Ryan was born into a surfing family. His first memories as a child are the inside of his parent’s surf shop. The smell of the Indian essential oils, and the lime green ‘hang ten’ surf mat hanging on the wall. The next memory is waiting on the sand for his dad to return from the surf to take him out in the waves. From this it might’ve been obvious that Ryan was going to end up strongly involved in the surf community.
Fast forward 20 years, Ryan is beginning to experiment with riding different styles of boards and formulate ideas for how to improve on their performance. his curiosity expanded and ultimately led to shaping his own boards from scratch.
Shaping then quickly went from a part time hobby to a full-blown obsession, and Ryan decided to down tools as cabinetmaker to pursue his passion for surfing and surfboards.
Over the next several years, while working out of his backyard shed, Ryan expanded his range of board designs through trial and error, and constant experimentation. Testing each new design himself, and accepting feedback from his growing number of customers, gave him a broad knowledge base over all styles of surfboard.
Black Square Surfboards is still growing and evolving.
Testimonials for Black Square Custom Surfboards
I’ve been working with Ryan for the last 12 months refining and testing a variety of boards, together we work and experiment well with all aspects of surfboard design trying to find what works best in all conditions.
Successfully I’ve had some of my best boards to date and refined some really good boards to suit a wide variety of waves. With the goal just be able to have as much fun in the water as possible.
Ryan’s a legend to work with and an awesome shaper I’m stoked to be able to work so closely with someone so knowledgeable and experimental towards surfboard shaping, as well as the supporting local shapers.
Photo: Tom Howard
The Bells Family
We highly recommend Black Square Surfboards. Our whole family surf Black Square Surfboards and we could not be happier!
Waz and Ryan have been fine tuning shapes for the whole families individual needs for over 10 years. Thanks guys we look forward to our future boards!
Photo: The Bells Family surfing in Sumatra with a local boy
I’ve been getting Ryan to shape my boards for the past 2 years, I used to go through a lot of boards and get him to stick them back together then one day he said “ try one of mine’. Since then I haven’t got off them, Chello’s attention to detail is awesome, and i’m a pretty average surfer so getting every little edge you can makes a big difference to the average surfer game.
I have also found that I break a lot less of his boards! I used to go through a lot of boards, but now I don’t and the weight has still stayed the same.
If you haven’t tried a Black Square do yourself a favour and get one, you wont be disappointed.
Photos: Kingy in action in Tahiti
Birdrock Memorial Surf Classic
The Birdrock Memorial Surf Classic team has developed a strong relationship with Ryan and Kristy at Black Square Surfboards. They are a critical part of our team that bring us quality with no fuss, and that personal connection through their product.
It goes without saying they are an integral part of the Birdrock Family and our values, with product that not only has the wow factor but shows the true feelings of who we are and our Surfing Memories. A real tribute to those on the memorial.
Thank you Black Square for your support through the years and your commitment for our future.
Geoff Branch – representative for the Birdrock Steering Group
Mid North Coast Girls Surfriders
Mid North Coast Girls Surfriders have developed a great partnership with Black Square Surfboards.
Ryan’s experience and expertise in making custom boards for our members has contributed to our surfer girls competitive ability and competition successes in the sport of surfing!
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