Phippsy has been shaping surfboards almost as long as he's been surfing. He first picked up a planer under the guidance of Wayne Lynch and Greg Brown in the famous Gash factory. Phippsy has his own reputation as an outstanding surfer with a strong competitive career. Becoming a board shaper meant that he could make the most of his time in the water, not waiting to surf a heat. Phippsy splits his time between France and his home town of Point Lonsdale in Victoria, Australia. That lets him enjoy the best surf in each location and keeps him in touch with the international network of travelling surf pros who favour his specialist, custom made surfboards.