North West Surf Designs
SPEED-E - Cross the ML with an Egg and you have a board with a slightly pulled nose and a little more rocker than the average egg. 5 fin.
Please note: Boards instock are clear and 7'8" has a small swallowtail, 7'6" has a squashtail. Both come with fin sets.
Owner and shaper Scott Rowley was born in New Zealand and started travelling at 18. He headed to Australia and cruised the East Coast from the Barrier Reef to Torquay in Victoria, chasing all the surf he’d seen in the mags growing up.
While in Torquay he lived in a house with a local shaper and through hanging out at the factory while his channel bottom single fins were being glassed, he picked up enough knowledge to begin building his own boards.
After a short spell back in NZ (long enough to build some travel boards) a year long sailing adventure began thru the South Pacific. Surfing in Tonga, the Samoas and Fiji – where he spent 2 months surfing on Tavarua and surrounding islands pre surfcamp.
From Fiji it was back to Oz and across the bottom to 'Cactus' and over to West Oz where the fledgling PEAK Surfboards was started around the Margaret River area in 1981.
Another winter season in Fiji (Tavarua again) and Tonga before returning to New Zealand in 1983 and establishing 'PEAK Surfboards' in Taranaki where he shaped boards for a variety of waves and surfers. For mates in Tara, Mahia locals, Wiararapa hellmen and high profile NZ junior surfers Motu Mataa and Dada Lellman.
After a 6 month journey to the Pacific NW in 1987 Scott immigrated to the US in 1990 and worked for an Oregon surfshop for 2 years before Northwest Surf Design was born.
25 years later Northwest Surf Design is part of the Pacific Northwest surf lore. If you started surfing here in the last 20 years or moved here you'll have seen our boards – or may even have owned one.
The search for waves and adventure has led Scott from Oregon thru Washington to remote Vancouver Island, Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico, back to Fiji (again), New Zealand, and down to Chile over the last 20 years, with more to follow.