Gnome Orr Shaping Co | Promotional Video

Josh Orr. Gnome Orr Shaping Company. Wellington. New Zealand. Gnome Orr Shaping Co. was started by Josh “Gnome” Orr in Byron Bay, 2011. “It all started because I wanted to make short, fast surfboards for people like me, who can’t…

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Josh Orr. Gnome Orr Shaping Company. Wellington. New Zealand.

Gnome Orr Shaping Co. was started by Josh “Gnome” Orr in Byron Bay, 2011. “It all started because I wanted to make short, fast surfboards for people like me, who can’t always surf in the best conditions and don’t mind a bit of extra foam under their feet”.
Gnome has always enjoyed creative pursuits and after finishing High School in Nelson, NZ, started a glass blowing apprenticeship at Hoglunds Art Glass. Crossing the ditch in 2005 Gnome found himself living in the surf town of Byron Bay and loving spending hours on end in the water. Gnome honed his shaping skills spending time in some of Byron Bays oldest shaping rooms.
In 2010 Gnome and his partner Jas took some time out from Byron Bay and spent 6 months travelling through Indonesia and the North Island of New Zealand. When returning to Australia, Gnome decided it was time to launch his own label and to spend some one on one time learning from Jas’s dad, renowned Victorian shaper Clyde Laird (Xboards and Peninsula Surf). “Now I’m based in Wellington I’m making everything from handplanes and mals to high performance shortboards and grovellers”.
If you are interested in a custom Gnome Orr Shaping Co. surfboard you can drop us a line in the contact page or if you see him around stop him for a chat.
www.gnomeorrshapingco.co.nz

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