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Murray Bourton first picked up a planer back in 1970 and has not turned it off since. He has seen the evolution of surfboard design from almost the beginning and his knowledge in hydrodynamics through trial and error over the last 35 years is second to none. Many well known top shapers like Darren Handley (DHD), Jason Stephenson (JS) and his son Skye Bourton (On Fire), owe their starts to Murray Bourton.
Murray Bourton started Pipedream surfboards in 1976, and his shapes are well known and represented not only on the Gold Coast, but all around the world. The famous Coolangatta Pipedream store has always been a favourite hang out for local and visiting surfers, where Murray Bourton is often seen in store sharing his many years of design experience.
Now 30 years later Murray Bourton has released Bourton Shapes, as a re-invention of Pipedream. Bourton Shapes are top end, high performance surfboards while Pipedream surfboards are still available, they will remain an entry-level and more affordable surfboard brand. There are also a great range of Pipedream Retro boards on offer, that are exact replicas of models that Murray Bourton used to shape back in the 70's and 80's.
His versatility from Indo guns to tow boards ridden by Tony Ray and Ross Clarke Jones and his cutting edge contest boards ridden by the hot young guns Troy Brooks, Luke Munro, Ry Craike and Lee Wilson, leave no questions asked of Murray Bourton’s commitment to modern short board design.A point worth mentioning is Murray’s current success with Cooly’s latest 16 year old whiz kid Jack Freestone who is 42 years younger illustrating that when it comes to keeping ace with each new generation Murray’s design language transcends the gap.
In recent years due to Murray’s embracement of the computer shaping programs his passion to innovate has soared, drawing from past and present his new hybrid designs have inspired many who have lost patience with the thrusters status quo. Due to their paddle friendly nature Murray even at his age will test ride most of these designs to be sure they are on track.
Perhaps Bourtons strongest asset is his custom communicative skills, having worked in his own shops the last 35 years he is under no illusion what a real surfer wants and needs. This asset has been bolstered of late with his mastering of the internet custom ordering process. Many customers who make enquires about his models are surprised when all of a sudden they are on line talking technical with 40 years of hydrodynamics. Murray treats on line the same as he does a customer on the floor of our hardware shops. So if you are a distance away and want to be serviced- we dare you to send him an email.