IF STEVE Halpin isn't out surfing on his wooden boards, you may find him making them. Otherwise, he's supporting the family doing security work.
The 45-year-old married father of one lives in Tewantin and is busy doing his best for the earth and its surfers with the manufacture of Paulownia and recycled timber surfboards.
He started to surf as soon as he came to Noosa when he was 26, and in no time at all had decided to take his career into surfboard production.
"So off I went to the local board factory and studied the subtle craft of surfboard manufacturing, under quite a few well-respected shapers," he said.
He credits Steve Friedman of Friedman Flyers and the now-retired Bill Wallace with sharing their knowledge with him.
"And one year during the Noosa Surf Fest, I was at the Sheraton," he recalled.
"And I dragged over Tom Wegner to see the Paulownia board."
Paulownia timber surfboards are Steve's specialty. He cites the qualities as resistant to salt, termites, fire and rotting.
"And it's a sustainable plantation-grown timber," he said.
"I still make foam and fibreglass boards," he said.
"But it is the wood boards I enjoy most.
"I am totally into building, riding and promoting top-of-the-line unreal-looking hollow surfboards."
Steve makes hollow wooden surfboards, fishes, guns, malibus, and stand-up paddle boards.
He uses recycled timber or sustainable harvest plantation timber. Left-over pieces are made into nose and tail blocks, fins or tick finish inserts.
Paulownia tree is native to China. According to both legends and records, dating back 2600 years, people in ancient times used Paulownia Trees for various purposes.
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