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We replicate trusted designs from elite shapers on all of our boards, but with a sustainable spin. Because we figured there was no sense in reinventing the wheel, or the board, for that matter.

Learn more about the shapers we love to work with below.



Surfing’s eccentric alchemist.

Maurice has secretly been with us from the start, behind the scenes and guiding us with his knowledge of structure and the intricate minutiae that take a board from “meh” to “holy f*ck this thing goes good.”

For the last 50 years, Maurice has made a name for himself as a disruptive force of creative genius in the surfing world, churning out shapes that defy everything we think we know about surfboard design.

His boards have won world titles and have been ridden by some of surfing’s best, and as one of the industry’s most esteemed designers, he sculpts his boards with a sense of alchemy, eccentricity and a deep, philosophical understanding of wave mechanics.

He believes that like anything in life, we are all surfers of varying abilities. Some of us prefer cruisey sessions in easy waves, while others are happy to compete for surf. Some aren’t comfortable in big waves, while others thrive on challenging conditions. There is no right and wrong. There is virtue in all approaches and Maurice believes there’s room for everyone.

If you’re on the hunt for an epic board, look no further than the Red Dingo and Twin Pin models.

Varuna shapers Renaud Cardinal UWL Surfboards standing next to surfboards, black and white


A fresh take on classic designs.

Renaud Cardinal is a French shaper based in La Rochelle, France. His longstanding passion for craftsmanship dates back to his childhood, and he took a keen interest in surfboard shaping on his many travels as a youngster.

This combination of passion and surfing led him to create UWL Surfboards in 1991 with his brother, Thomas Cardinal.

His well-rounded approach to shaping and appreciation for sustainable materials made Renaud a perfect addition to our list of talented shapers.

Check out Renaud’s Heritage Twin and Diamond Tail in our quiver – you’ll be stoked to get your hands on these epic designs!

joel fitzgerald

A soul surfing craftsman.

Growing up in the Hot Buttered factory, under the watchful eyes of his father Terry Fitzgerald,  Joel Fitzgerald was born to make incredible surfboards.

His freethinking, artistic character has led him to develop a unique and well-respected innovation to his shaping.

A soul surfer through and through, Joel grew up surfing with some of the world’s best, allowing him to refine his craftsmanship.

Each board is designed with precision and care, combining subtle yet progressive elements, leading to what we are all looking for in a surfboard: speed, power and FUN!! Be sure to check out his Space Hawk model, a favourite amongst Varuna frothers.

Varuna Shaper Stuart D'Arcy stands in front of a surfboard


A life committed to quality.

With 30 years in the game, Stuart D’Arcy has built his philosophy around “a life committed to quality.” This ethos is reflected in every one of his boards and he continuously proves to be a pioneer in design.

Stuart’s background as a professional surfer allows him to take the best from past designs and integrate them into shapes that suit all levels of surfer.

And no matter what, Stuart believes your next board should always be better than your last. Be sure to get your mitts on D’arcy’s Waterbird model, a board that will have you flying.

But our shaper collabs don’t end here. As we grow Varuna, we’ll be working with legendary shapers from across the globe to replicate your favorite shapes, giving you a planet-friendly surfing experience.
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