After half a century of shaping, Sage continues to carry his fathers legacy.
“The Joske’s seem to have salt flowing through their veins. Paul and Jenny started Valla Surfboards as a way to facilitate Paul’s need to surf, and built a career of creating custom boards with a focus on the traditional roots of surfing.”
When Paul moved away from Melbourne to Nambucca heads in Australia, he knew he loved all things about the ocean. He grew up surfing along the Australian coastline, much to his parents dismay who didn’t want him partaking in surfing.
Paul would get his chance to learn about shaping surfboards under the famous Australian shaper, John Blanch. He would take the time to observe and practice what he saw from John, shaping surfboards and repairing dings.
“I can’t let a board go unless I am happy with it, it doesn’t matter whether they can see the bumps or not; but it matters to me.”—Paul Joske
When 1970 came around, Paul decided to start up his own surfboard brand, Valla Surfboards. During the 1980’s, Paul would shape primarily shortboards, as that was the popular type of board then. Later in the 1990’s and present, he progressed to shaping longboards.
He currently has two sons, Heath and Sage, whom both surf passionately as well. They both surf on Valla Surfboards, either for fun or for competitive surf. Paul continues to shape surfboards for the enjoyment of improving each surfing experience.
Valla Surfboards is less of a business to grow rapidly, but more to shape boards for people who treasure the simple joys of “surf stoke”.