Shaping Bay


Everything in surfing revolves around the surfboard. For Strapper, having our own surfboard factory and our own “shaping bay” is core to who we are and our surfing passion.

All Strapper ever wanted to do was go surfing and hang out with his surfing mates and make surfboards, that was in the 60’s. Today the Strapper Surf shop is a lot bigger, has hundreds more surfboards plus longboards, SUP’s, kneeboards and more. We still have a shaping bay out the back; we still go surfing and share the stoke with our mates.


We make surfboards!

We have two shapers who combined have over 70 years surfing experience and over 63 years’ experience in the shaping bay, and a small team of passionate board builders. We always strive to make the best boards and have a list of team riders testing our boards and providing feedback so that our designs remain at the forefront.

John ROBBO Robertson is a local, state and national level surfer with over 25 years shaping experience and super passionate about everything surfboards. John specialises in performance surfboards working closely with our team to tweak and fine tune his shapes.
Michael D’SAS Di Sciascio has been shaping since he was 15 years old, has a dozen or more State kneeboard surfing titles and proven to be able to shape/design anything to go surfing with. Shortboards, kneeboards, longboards, SUP’S, even bodyboards and sailboards.
You can order a custom board with our board shop crew or arrange to talk with John or Mike.

Call us on 03 5261 2312 or email us

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John ‘Robbo’ Robertson


Michael ‘D’Sas’ Di Sciascio


Strapper surfboards was founded in Torquay on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia with Bells Beach and Winkipop surf breaks just down the road in the heart of the indigenous Wathaurong country. Strapper Surf shops are in Torquay as well as the neighbouring towns of Ocean Grove, Geelong and Aireys Inlet just down the Great Ocean Road.

The traditional image of a surfboard shaper with his surf shop out the front selling surfboards and everything needed for surfers to go surfing is a well-worn story that in fact is very rare and unique today. Strapper started making surfboards in the 60’s and still today has a surfboard factory at the back of the main Strapper Surf store in Torquay and are still stoked that “we make surfboards”. We sell all the major surf brands and surf products and showcase a curated multi brand offering of surfboards, wetsuits, surfwear, footwear, surf accessories and everything else that surfers need for the beach in our surf shops along with an awesome range of Strapper surfboards and gear.

In Torquay along with Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Oakley South Pacific and others Strapper was born and continues to be “local owned and operated” by a surfboard shaper and proud to be “the surfers shop”.

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  • We love our #strapperoceangrove surf shop!
For thirteen years it’s been in the center of Ocean Groves main street ,The Terrace and embedded in the local and surf community. I guess it’s a traditional surf shop, lots of great boards, wetsuits, surfwear and gear to go surfing and hang at the beach with, plus skateboards!
Shannon our store Manager was a grommet #strapperteam rider and shredder plus worked for us after leaving school. After a few years he traveled and had another career but came back and is now raising a family and running the store and still shredding! Along with Alisha, Deej,Megan,Jane, Zoe, Noa, Tarsh, Reilly, Emma and Aneesha.
Yeah OG!
  • Recent pic of Miss @bella_wilson_02 Winkipoping!
Bella riding her custom #strappersurfboards #allrounder model shaped by John in our #Torquay
#strappersurfboardfactory pic x @willow2002 
  • Vertical backhand attack from @indiwhite1 at #winkipop last week with new sponsor @visslasurf 
Yeah Indi!
Pics @kingklips
  • Love your feet, love #birkenstock sandals availiable in your Strapper surf shop.
Yeah Birks!
  • A nice custom #allrounder model #strappersurfboards for @jasper._.girvan in our #torquay #strappersurfboardfactory last week.
5’9” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/8” x 23.9lt
Shaped by @michael_di_sciascio #wemakesurfboards 
Yeah Jasper!
  • Yeah Grommets!
Grommet size #surfboard covers, legropes, deck grip and hooded towels from surf accessories legends @creaturesofleisure in your Strapper surf shop along with a full range of #grom surfboards in #strappertorquay 
#grommetfroth high!
#creaturesgrom surfer @rasmusking 
  • The froth levels were high when local shredder Greeny picked up his custom #Padillac model by #surfboard lords @pyzelsurfboardsau this week from Shannon at #strapperoceangrove 
6’10” x 19 3/4” x 2 3/4” x 38.3lt
of green awesomeness!
Yeah Greeny!
  • Nice carve and spray from @bella_wilson_02 riding her #strappersurfboards pic x @willow2002 
  • Nice surprise yesterday, Strapper Surf receiving ,one of only four in Australia, a personalized  thank you pack from @sunbum founder Tom Rinks.
As one of the first stockists of #sunbum in Oz we are now part of the #foundersclub 
Josh and Mike loving the pineapple!
Yeah Sunbum!
#lovethebum #trustthebum 
#sunscrean #sunbum #strappersurf
  • 2019 World surfing tour rookie @solibailey wearing the #Oneill brand “Lodge” flannel jacket now in your Strapper surf shop.
Good luck Soli!
  • Fresh kicks from #globe brand and the Lord of #skateboarding Mr @rodneymullen just landing in #strappergeelong and #strappersurfcity
#kickflip #goskateboarding #rodneymullen #strappersurf
  • Jon Pyzel @pyzelsurfboards is coming to Australia and wants to shape your next custom board 🙌🏻
Jon will be here in April to shape a LIMITED NUMBER of boards. If you would like a board shaped by the guy who shapes @john_john_florence and @jackfreestone boards, then get into Strapper Surf and put in your order, be quick!!! LIMITED NUMBERS, all orders must be in before April 1st, Padillac orders NO LATER then March 17th.
Check out the range of Pyzel surfboards at #strappertorquay #strapperoceangrove #strapperaireysinlet 
#surfboards #pyzelsurfboards @pyzelsurfboardsau #strappersurf