From surfer to surfer.
Fernando Dal Grande, DG, started surfing when he was 8 years old at his local home break in Santa Catarina, Brazil. He grew up surfing in one of the longest and best right hands in Brazil.
His skills and passion for surfing were big enough so he started competing in the juniors events achieving amazing results in the local and state competitions. Always passionated about surfboard design made him in 2003 to shape his first board. That board “luckly” was a magic one so he rode it until it completely destroyed it. That was the start of a dream to a promising career that continued in Sydney, Australia, in 2006 when he moved to the Northern Beaches.
He was shaping boards for himself and his mates till 2009 when he started working at Rhino Laminating, one of the best glassing companies in Australia. It was at Rhino where he mastered the art of surfboard shaping, glassing and sanding due to being in contact with the top guys in the game such as Channel Islands, Simon Anderson, Chilli Surfboards, Webber, Lost and many others.
DG has been travelling around the world for a few years, he lived in Hawaii for 4 months, where he worked very close to big wave board specialists like Kazuma and S.O.S shapes. He has been to Europe, California, Central and South America, many seasons in Indonesia, New Caledonia, Fiji and all around Australia. Always making the most of all different insights and designs when became to surfboards.
At the moment DG is based at the best glassing company of Australia, The Glass Lab, in Tweed Heads, Gold Coast.
He has shaped boards for some of the most important brands in the world:
• Channel Islands Australia
• Channel Islands Brasil
• Stacey Surfboards
• Sharp Eye Australia
• Psillakis Surfboards
Some of the big names he shaped boards for:
• Alex Chacon
• Wigolly Dantas
• Caio Ibelli
• Ramiro Rubim
• Miguel Pupo
• Jean da Silva
• Icaro Ronchi
If you are looking to improve your surfing, regardless of your skills and level, just give him a call, he will look after you.