One of the first buildings you pass in Dunsborough’s Light Industrial Area is the Yahoo surfboard store. On the shaded veranda out front there are stands of second-hand boards. Inside it smells of surf wax and fresh neoprene and there are rows of glistening, new surfboards.
Most of these surfboards are the lifeblood of one of this town’s most well-respected surfboard shapers, Mark Ogram. Oggy, as he is known, began making surfboards in Dunsborough in 1990.
His boards were originally markedly different from the conventions of that era but his vision and foresight were prescient.
“It was the Kelly Slater era then. Boards were getting narrower and longer and thinner. They were geared towards high performance and it was interesting to see, but they weren’t right for everyone,” says Oggy.