Starting at the young age of 15, Kym Thompson made designing surfboards his life’s work and to this day he designed and shaped everything from single fin boards, right down to all multi-fin configurations.
Originally Kym began his career shaping longboards and as the shortboard era took hold, Kym advanced his skills and transitioned his designs to meet the demands of the market.
From the beginning, dating back to 2001, Kym and NSP built a strong partnership with Kym being the mastermind behind the popular PU Heritage Series. His Endless, Hooligan, Dream Rider and Fighting Fish shapes are now integrated in the light weight and sustainable Cocomat and Coco Flax series.
NSP is looking forward to continuing a long tradition of bringing high quality, innovative, yet affordable surfboards by Kym Thompson to the market.
In 2017, legendary shaper, Marcie O’Neill, teamed up with NSP to bring some new direction to the already popular Elements Longboard, Funboard and Fish surf shapes.
Marcie, grew up surfing in Australia and started designing surf boards at the Aloha Factory in 1989. Coming from a traditional, yet eccentric background, when you look a little closer at the lines and rockers, you will see how our Long, Fun and Fish Elements have evolved in terms of performance and taken on Marcie’s highly regarded style.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with Marcie as we further develop the NSP range, but for now jump on over to NŪU Surfboards to see his latest artistic surf collection and inspirations.
SUP SURF SHAPER
Dale (DC) Chapman
Growing up in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Dale Chapman (owner, shaper of DC Paddleboards) has been designing boards for riders, all over the globe, for the last 30+ years. Dale’s passion to put the best design under each individual’s feet is what drives him to continue shaping. “Our success is based on the fact that we listen to what our customers want, understand what they are hoping to achieve on the water, and deliver a board that will exceed their expectations.”
DC Paddleboards and NSP joined forces in 2012 to produce a wide range of NSP DC paddleboard designs. Dale personally shapes the prototypes in Thailand, the boards are then sent to Australia to be tested and then mass-produced and distributed throughout 76 countries. The relationship between NSP and DC Paddleboards enables us to create superior, Australian designs and shapes that reach the enthusiastic sup and elite paddlers internationally.
“Any good shaper will tell you, its all about touch and feel. This comes from experience, and most importantly you have to love it.
RACE / SUP DESIGNER
Our race designer, Alain Teurquetil, first came across stand up paddling back in 2008 when his tandem surfing buddy came back from Hawaii and decided to leave a paddle with Alain. Finding a paddle board in Australia back then was next to impossible, but another coincidence had Alain meet Dale Chapman.
Living just an hour away, Dale was the only shaper on the Gold Coast with an interest in SUP design. Intrigued, Alain spent a lot of time paddling and trying out different concepts that year. Several months later, Alain was traveling back from Europe and visited the Gold Coast once more. This time, Dale was working on 12’6” shapes and unlimited race boards, which caught Alain’s interest.
After trying a 16’ race board, the virus really got a hold of him. Exploring different performance designs together, Alain quickly hit the limitations of his software. A solution came from Shape3D, a software company specializing in surf designs. By tweaking their CAD program beyond the metrics of classic surf and windsurf designs, creating advanced race boards from design to finish became effortless.
In 2011, team NSP, under the direction of Trent Pedersen (today’s Brand Manager and CEO), along with his team, produced their first production race boards. These boards were later selected by the ISA to be used in 2012 at the ISA SUP World Championships in Peru.
From there, with their boards quickly gaining a reputation for speed, Travis Grant joined the NSP team that same year and history was made. Travis rode Alain’s winning designs and Dale shaped the prototypes into existence. In 2013 Alain and Dale tested their first 12’6” design in Europe, laying the foundation of NSP’s current racing and touring program.
Alain with the help of our pro team continues to design and develop the the NSP race program while Dale focuses his attention on producing some of the most cutting edge foil and surf sup deigns.
Together, Alain, Travis and Titouan Puyo created a race program that secured 4 Molokai titles, 3 Carolina Cup victories, with many more to come. Today, young gun Marcus Hansen represents NSP in the upcoming 2018 ISA World Championships and kicked off his 2018 season with a phenomenal Tahiti win under brutal conditions. New to the team in late 2018, Ty Judson from Australia, will help continue the legacy of NSP‘s well-rounded, winning tradition.