Mike’s philosophy is simple, but remarkably rare in today’s industry. It’s all about the boards!
The driving passion is to create hand shaped boards to suit individual surfers needs. Total control over the design process allows him to focus on the surfer and adapt different designs to suit. By shaping boards by hand it allows him to explore the hundreds of potential combinations that can create that elusive magic board that every surfer is looking for. Such a philosophy takes time, commitment and hard work which, unfortunately, not every shaper is willing to give. The sad truth is that the majority of boards are now made by machines for the mass market.
The philosophy of hand shaping surfboards is nothing revolutionary, quite the opposite, and that’s where the strength of hand shaping lies. Mike has been shaping surfboards for different surfers with different needs for seventeen years. No amount of technology can replace the importance of speaking to a shaper about what you want and then having a shaper with the experience to convert that into a board that is perfect for you.
Over the years Mike has shaped boards for Lee Winkler, Mark Mathews, Nathan Webster, Jarrod Howse and other various WCT surfers. Shaping out of Manly Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches you’ll find him out surfing anywhere along the stretch.
Working with Simon Anderson in Japan and Australia over a period of 8 years has influenced his shaping & design skills, as well as finding knowledge to create his own new and exciting designs. He has developed his own technique as one of Australia’s best handshapers.
Voted Shaper of the Year in the Realsurf Shapers Poll, he has developed a loyal following locally and around the world.
His new website is up & running, with a new look, styling and functionality. The site gives you an overview of all his current models, including his specialised models like the MP series, the Squid, the hipster, the diamond & his seventies series. It also has an easily downloadable order form to simplify the ordering process.
Support a local at: www.psillakissurfboards.com.au