Jeff Clark, by the age of seventeen had ridden over fifty different types of surfboards. Boards from Southern California to Hawaii and Australia, Jeff understood that every condition required a different style board. So he used a little bit of each design to develop his own style. Jeff, a third generation carpenter, began shaping his own boards in nineteen sixty eight. It was all done in his garage about two miles from Mavericks. In a sense, this was the beginning of Clark Surfboards. He continued to shape for friends and experimented with new designs for his own boards. His main goal in shaping surfboards was to create shapes that would set his surfing free in all conditions. His designs are proven in the water and he is now developing and testing the next generation big wave boards to be used at Mavericks. His boards are shipped all over the world.
“When designing a board I create the board to fit the surfer and the wave… going for the ultimate surfing experience. I ride everything I shape whether it be a flying fish in two foot waves or a tow board on a 50ft wave… I am constantly creating new board shapes…pushing myself to better my designs no matter how unconventional the idea or method… I am open to all adaptations of design for use in surfing, incorporating technology from other water sports to advance my surfboard design… there are no boundaries. If you dream it, and your mind can see it … you can probably create it and ride it on a wave.” – Jeff Clark