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 Ty Judson from Australia is reinforcing the legacy of NSP racing with regular podium finishes, R&D and workshops worldwide.
In 2021 you’ll find Alain caught the foiling bug with the range of Pro and Recreational surf and sup foil boards having his DNA all over them. Alain will now apply his engineering skills to designing boards that can truly fly. We are excited to expand our cooperation with Alain as he designs the next generation of SUP foil, Wing foil and Surf foil boards by NSP.
New features like double concave bottoms, chinned rails, strap inserts and unique innovations like our front stringer on both the Pro models and our fuller nose concave of our Recreational range ensures our foil ranges continues to be state-of-the-art.