MATT BARROW BIO
Started Surfing aged 8 with his father one summer at Watergate Bay. This fuelled his love of the ocean and leading into making high performance surfboards.
Matt has been a two time British surfing champion and devoted many years of his youth to high level competition around the world.
Matt´s passion for making surfboards started while doing some ding repairs at Ocean magic in Newquay one summer. Soon after this Matt started making his own boards and this where it all started. Matt worked with Nigel Semmens for several years, and after meeting Greg Brown and Mark Phipps. he took the opportunity to go and work and learn how to shape at the Gash Factory in Torquay Victoria in Australia.
After 8 months working at the Gash factory, Matt went on walkabout and went surfing up the east coast of Australia. When he had run out of money, he called in at the Local motion Factory at Ballina near Lennox head.
Here he stayed for nearly a year and a half, improving his trade sanding and shaping boards. Learning from Gunter Rohn, Brian Ingham, Tony Cerff and the famous Gleg horn.
A chance meeting while working here would bring Matt back to Europe. Matt met Ignacio from Pukas and when he stayed with Matt for a week at Lennox Head.
Starting Glassing there and back shaping for the likes of Darren Handley, Peter Daniels and learning from Matt Biolos, Jeff Johnston, Bruce Mckee, Steve Wilson and Pat Rawson.
Matt became the in-house shaper after Bruce Mckee left for 5 years.
After his work at Pukas he moved back to the U.K to set up Factory52, the state of the art surfboard factory and started making Rusty Surfboards for Europe, Lost surfboards for the U.K, Billabong boards for Europe and Matts Factory52 label.
He also installed the first cad driven surfboard cutting machine, the DSD machine.
When the contracts ran out Matt Decided to accept an offer from Glassing Monkey to move his Matt Barrow label to their Factory in Seville and also become the Executive Shaper at the Factory.
Matt has been there now over 10 years with his family splitting his time between working on his own brand Matt Barrow Surfboards and surfing the great waves on offer in Spain and Portugal.
When Matt´s visa´s had finally run out Matt came back to Europe and working for Stephen Bell at Euroglass in Hossegor while also competing on the EPSA tour.
While working at Euroglass, Matt bumped into Ignacio from Pukas again and Ignacio offered Matt work at the famous Pukas factory Olatu in San Sebastian.