SPIDER MURPHY - MASTER CRAFTSMAN
Having shaped boards for more than 20 World Champions over a 55 year period, Spider has developed a consultative style that brings out the best from some of the world’s most innovative surfers. Part of his magic process is inviting champs to shape the board with him.
It has been said that twice, he has successfully disrupted the world's surfboard industry with his creations. First with Shaun Tompson's "Pink Banana” Pipeline board he created in 1974 and then again with green "The Saint" 5'5" twinnie for Martin Potter in 1981.
Spider first shaped a board in 1963 at the tender age of 16 and founded War Surfboards before joining Graham Hynes at Safari Surfboards as their main Shaper in 1972, following the departure of Andrew Ogilvie.
If you pop your head into Safari and catch Spider in his shaping bay, it is evident that even after having shaped 90 000+ boards, Spider is still giving all his effort and dedication to every single board. He refers to it as boards with “added soul” and that’s something you can actually feel once you get hold of one.
His latest masterpiece the Spider Missile Pro is already making serious waves in the surfing industry.
No matter how many articles and interviews he is featured in, he still remains a humble, spirited innovator.
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