No one chooses to become a surfboard shaper. You certainly don't choose it for the money or the fame. Tom has dreamt of surfboards since a very young age and continues to do so. With an intense interest in surfboard history he has delved into every type of surfboard design across the decades (and centuries). Tom reignited the stoke of the ancient alaia. He has advanced the building of hollow wood surfboards and has created a new genre of finless surfing and several finless surfboard designs.