Published on July 16th, 2013 | by pacificmedia1
R.I.P Craig Hughes
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of New Zealand’s greatest shapers Craig Hughes.
“When globetrotting shaper and airbrush maestro Craig Hughes returned to New Zealand in 1987, it wasn’t long before he started visiting his old haunt of Raglan. Securing work re-establishing the Town & Country brand, he soon moved with his young family to the then quiet west coast town, and not long after opened the Raglan Surf Co.
The shop’s humble beginnings were eclipsed by the momentum that the surfboard factory generated. With many of the local board building identities getting involved, it soon established itself as the most progressive board factory in the country, and became a focal point for local and visiting surfers. Johnny Boy, Sunny, Archbold, Occy, and Machado, among others, have all scrawled messages on the glassing room walls, while enjoying the odd beer and a yarn to the whir of the extractor fans.
With the long winding waves of the Raglan points as the consistent testing ground, the Surf Co. has been producing high performance surfboards for almost two decades, providing equipment for many of New Zealand’s top surfers, and amassing an impressive list of National and circuit titles.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the Hughes family from all at NZ Surfing Magazine.
Image courtesy of BEN CURRAN