About Dale Chapman

Photo Credit: Tanika Chapman

Photo Credit: Tanika Chapman

I am the owner of DC Paddleboards and stoked to be able to say that I’ve been creating surf and paddle-boards for over 30 years – it’s my passion.    

We are not a large production company, we are a boutique board company that handcrafts custom boards for our customers.

You wont find many of our boards in surf shops as we make to order. 

Over the years I have developed a natural flair for shaping and design, supported by years of experience surfing in contests globally. As a result Dale Chapman Surf Designs and DC paddleboards have produced over 25,000 boards.

Any good shaper will tell you, its all about touch and feel. This comes from experience, and most importantly you have to love it. Any board designed and made in my factory is treated like my own. The last 30 years have been like a roller coast ride. I have spent little time marketing my brand or advertising my product/service. Actually I'd rather shape a board or be in a barrel than talk marketing.

My brand is recognised throughout global markets, there are people riding my boards all over the world. I'm confident they will tell you, they are stoked with their board. This demonstrates the success of my business, its been bulit up by my customers and I'm very appreciative, grateful and super proud.

 

Dale Chapman


What I do

Photo Credit: Pieter Ploy, Sup World Magazine

Photo Credit: Pieter Ploy, Sup World Magazine

I hand-craft and produce custom design, shape and glass stand-up paddle race boards and surf boards from my factory in Burleigh, Gold Coast, Australia.

Each board is designed to suit the individual customer starting with weight, rocker, and nose and tail design and continuing through to the colours, spray and decals. 

I personally shape, glass, and oversee production of every board DC Paddleboards creates, ensuring each one is made with a unique level of precision that results in an innovative and cutting-edge design.

DC Paddleboards is one of only three surf companies that custom-make the Surf, Sup Boards in Australia. I’m proud to be one of them.


What makes
DC Paddleboards Great?

DC Paddleboards includes a team of extraordinary board engineers, sprayers and team riders all of which contribute to research and design. As a team, we keep on top of industry trends and the latest technology and materials which results in superior design and production.

Photo Credit: Pieter Ploy, Sup World Magazine

Photo Credit: Pieter Ploy, Sup World Magazine

On average, DC Paddleboards creates 100 boards each year. These boards are shipped into both domestic and global markets. Our success is based on the fact that we listen to what our customers want, understand what they are hoping to achieve on the water, and deliver a board that will exceed their expectations.

DC Paddleboards has a strong relationship with NSP, which is one of the largest global board production companies.  We provide NSP with a wide range of NSP DC board designs for both surf and sup paddleboards twice a year.

Dale Chapman personally shapes the prototypes in Thailand, the boards are then mass-produced and distributed throughout 76 countries.

The relationship between NSP and DC Paddleboards enables us to create superior, Australian designs and shapes that reach the enthusiastic sup and elite paddlers internationally through online marketing and NSP distributors. 

Over the years, this relationship has grown in strength and DC Paddleboards can proudly say we’ve worked in collaboration with NSP on numerous designs.