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Meet Hannah from Ways Away Surfboards

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We love supporting local, we love supporting independent brands and makers, we love supporting ladies - and Hannah from Ways Away Surf Boards ticks all of these boxes. 

This incredibly talented and humble shaper has had us all in awe of the beautiful boards she has sitting in our store, drawing many people in from the street just to admire the craftsmanship. 

Living locally, we are lucky enough to get to spend a bit of time getting to know Hannah, from sharing beers and conversations about music, surf and environmental topics or just having a laugh - Hannah is someone we are beyond stoked to have onboard the Sea Bones journey. 

If you are interested in purchasing a Ways Away board - either one in stock or a custom, give us a call on (02) 6680 7384 or email ahoy@seabonesbyronbay.com and we will be able to help work out the dream board for you shaped by this dream woman.

Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore

1. What inspired you to start shaping boards?

I thought it would be good to surf a board that I had made myself. 

2. Who is your greatest inspiration in terms of shaping?

I really enjoy riding singlefins and I think its because Ive always loved the 70's era singlefin surfing, especially the way that MP and Buttons surfed. Id say guys like that have influenced the style of boards I predominantly make. 

3. Where are some of your favourite breaks? Locally and globally?

 Im a sucker for points and we are spoilt for those on the North Coast . I think Lennox point, Broken, the Pass and Angourie are some of the funnest waves I have surfed anywhere in the world. I love Cactus down in South Aus too and Ive had fun in Central America.

4. What boards are currently in your personal quiver?

A singlefin mid-length. 

5. Where do you shape? 

 A surfboard factory in Ballina, near the airport.

6. What does the day in the life of Hannah sound like?
Ive been listening to heaps of 2pac lately... 
7.Are there many other ladies out there shaping boards? And historically?
Women in the surf industry are generally a minority, has this been hard for you?
Yeah, a legend by the name of Sasha Leitmanis from Victoria has shaped a bunch of good looking boards under the name Velvet Moon. I know of other ladies who shape in France and the States too, so they are out there. Historically, I dont know of any women who shaped boards although Im sure there were a few chicks in the mix somewhere.
I work with a lot of older guys and have found that overwhelmingly they are very generous with their time and knowledge. Being shown little tricks by someone who has done it for years has been really valuable to me and has allowed me to develop as a shaper. The only hard part for me is that in most surfboard factories there is only one toilet and most of the time its gross. Boys can be so gross..  

Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore Lady Shaper Hannah Magnall of Ways Away Surfboards. Recent collaboration with #seabonesbyronbay #coastalconceptstore

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