Greg Laurenson was one of WA’s best surfboard shapers from 1970 to the early 1990s. He started in the surf industry in the late 1960s at Hawke Surfboards in Osborne Park. Greg then honed his board shaping skills at Cordingley Surfboards in Subiaco before opening a surfboard manufacturing business in Perth. In the late 1970s he moved to the South-West and set up a shaping bay in an old cow shed at Dunsborough. Greg went on to shape for Santosha Surfboards before forging a long career shaping boards for Rusty Surfboards.
In his later years Greg lived in Tasmania with his wife Jo & daughters Jade & Zoe and pursued an interest in sailing & boats.
In 2007 Greg passed away after an illness. In the same year he was awarded Surfing WA’s prestigious Len Dibben Award for his services to Surfboard Shaping in WA.
This 1982 photo shows Greg Laurenson standing in the entrance of his surfing studio set up in the old cow shed at Dunsborough. The old cow shed and Greg’s surf studio were demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the Dunsborough Medical Centre. Photo courtesy of Gary ‘Gooselegs’ Vaughan.
This compilation of photos shows Greg’s surf studio at Dunsborough in 1982 on the left and Greg’s surfboard logo and shaping bay on the right..
Left top: Exterior of surf studio in old cow shed Dunsborough. Left bottom: Greg Laurenson and Donna Vaughan in shaping bay Dunsborough . Photos courtesy of Gary ‘Gooselegs’ Vaughan. Right top: Greg Laurenson’s dolphin surfboard logo. Right bottom: Greg Laurenson’s shaping stand. Photos courtesy of Grant Mooney Surfboard Collection.
2014 Craig Brent-White at Quindalup on his 66 birthday, with the heart of a classic Greg Laurenson surfboard broken by Clarry at the first Yallingup Malibu Classic held in 1985. Photo credit Loz Smith.