Sean Wilde started Wilde Shapes over twenty five years ago in Huntington Beach California, after moving from Australia at the age of sixteen. His designs have been dramatically influenced by a decade of shaping in the States and now with a further seventeen years back in Australia his surfboards are a perfect blend of both styles.
Although working on his own designs since day one, Sean has also shaped for some of the most highly regarded shapers in the industry.
One such shaper the late Blake Case whom at the time was at the forefront of modern design and was shaping boards for Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia and Derick Ho. He passed on his knowledge and his prized planer which Sean still uses to this day.
Then Sean was offered a job at the Robert August factory. It was there that he started shaping and riding surfboards of the longer variety. Working there for four years with a team of surfing legends hand shaping an assortment of models, you might say his apprenticeship was well and truly complete.
When he was offered a chance to move back home to Australia with the Robert August label and his first child on the way he jumped at it. Having a well known label like that under his belt was great for getting his foot in the door of the Australian surfboard industry. It wasn’t long before he was shaping boards for not only the Robert August label, but also Bennetts, Keyo as well as continuing his own label – Wilde Shapes.
This all led to the ultimate decision of letting all other labels go in order to pursue his dream of making his own label – Wilde Shapes – a force in the surfboard industry.