It all started  about 1967 in my fathers garage, when a friend and I were given some experimental foam to play with. We drew out the outline of our new 9ft longboard, using my father’s bamboo fishing rod, he shaped the one rail and I blended in the other. A good friend of ours did the most outrageous phsychedilic paint job on it, which fortunately attracted far more attention than our dual shape job. Fortunately the evolution of shortboards came quickly and all evidence could be cut up and stripped down. “Enough said, after one board it was time to break away from my shaping partner” and so the legend of Tich Paul began.

After finishing school in 1969, shaping became more serious and demand grew. My first few boards were made under the “flea” logo and from the early 70’s just about every Cape Town surfer rode a Tich Paul surfboard. Innovative and meticulous, the boards had to be of exceptional quality, as you were judged not only on your shapes but your colour tints, pinlines and mirror finishes. This era epitomised the soul of surfing and innovation was at it’s peak.



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We need to know the following:
The type of board you're after, your level of surfing experience, where you're going to be surfing and what you want to get out of the board - so we can advise you on what we think will suit what you're looking for.

You can pop in and chat to any one of our staff members who will gladly assist you - if you need something a little bit more specific, you can chat to the shaper - Ian Ihlenfeldt, himself.

Surf Report: 1 September 2014

Absolutely beautiful day in Muizenberg and the waves are looking spectacular 2- 3 ft, no wind and the flowers are blooming - its bound to put a SPRING in your step.
Atlantic is just as good...


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