Thomas Meyerhoffer’s work is as revolutionary as its users. His design studio serves as a hub of creativity with workspaces, barber shops, merch stores, gym facilities, art galleries and cafes all housed within its walls.
He sculpts both hand and machine-shaped boards, the latter saving him time while still allowing him to create signature designs.
Early Life and Education
Thomas began shaping surfboards himself at age 14. Driven by curiosity and passion, he set about doing what was not possible at that time; specifically making boards seen on surfing movies work.
He is best-known for revolutionizing surfboard design with his creation of small keel-like fins that gave surfboards greater stability by giving directional directionality.
Thomas’ shared space is at the core of his lifestyle and local community in Noosa, Australia. Not only does it house his shop and art gallery but it is also host to events and parties, such as SurFebruary which raises funds for cancer research – these events draw large numbers of locals who enjoy enjoying his excellent coffee along with an expansive collection of surfboards from Thomas.
Thomas surfboards is well-renowned for their commitment to traditional longboarding. With a design philosophy that balances aesthetic appeal and usability, Thomas surfboards believes the ideal boards should not only look beautiful but also perform well enough that riders enjoy them.
The company has earned itself a place within the surfing community, earning praise for helping restore tradition to the sport while cultivating young talent such as Harrison Roach on their team rider roster.
Noosa on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, Thomas Thomas Surfboards work closely with local glasser Jake Bowery to produce wave-sliding vehicles of exceptional quality, such as twinnies, mini-simmons, performance quads or hulls. Thomas also enjoys using machine shaping technology which saves both time and provides him with control of the final product.
Achievement and Honors
After some years of social work and running a cafe in Maroochydore, Thomas made the bold decision to focus on shaping surfboards full-time – an immensely fulfilling career choice which allowed him to indulge his true passions.
Harrison Roach had been striving for world title victory for years, so his victory at Malibu was especially sweet given the length of time it had taken him. Additionally, it marked an exceptional surfer/shaper partnership.
Two men work harmoniously together in Noosaville’s shared workspace that has become a center of culture and traditional craftsmanship. Their workshop contains barbershops, merch stores, gyms, art galleries and cafes; and hosts many creatives who share similar goals.
Thomas Bexon, an internationally acclaimed surf shaper based out of Noosa, has become one of the premier shapers. He has provided top surfers from around the globe with expert shaped boards. Bexon holds strong Christian convictions and an easygoing lifestyle while remaining connected to surfing culture and history.
His partnership with Jake Bowrey, a world-class glasser, has produced boards of exceptional quality. Their work has reintroduced traditional longboards into mainstream society; their team riders include Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, and Zye Norris.
They share a workspace that serves as a hub of creative collaboration, housing an art gallery, merch store, barbershop and cafe with Allpress coffee served through a Linea Classic espresso machine – in celebration of true artisans and their craft.
Thomas Gottwald has amassed an estimated net worth in the millions. A successful businessman and surfboard designer, Thomas founded Thomas Surfboards with an array of popular surfboard designs as well as an experienced team of surfers that has contributed significantly to Carpinteria community’s prosperity through Thomas Surfboards’ success.
As he puts it: “My goal is to produce boards that perform optimally in different wave types; this approach will allow surfers to progress more rapidly.”
Thomas and Jake have since developed an artisanal approach to their craft, making Thomas Surfboards’ headquarters in Noosaville an incubator of creative people with an emphasis on traditional surfing culture and production.