Rodney "Weasel" Bedford began shaping surfboards at South Australia’s original surfboard factory, 'Jaybee Surfboards', and has since shaped 1,000s of boards for surfers all over the world. In the last 30 years around 75% of South Australia's state title winners have won their titles on one of Weasel's shapes.
Weasel began at Jaybee’s as a young surfboard repairer in 1965 and shaped his first board in 1966 at the age of 15.
He was tutored in shaping by his uncle, Bert Bedford, who was South Australia's first professional surfboard shaper, and by 1966 had shaped hundreds of surfboards out of balsa and polyurethane foam. Bert was also the first president of the South Australian Surfing Association.
In locations such as Byron Bay and Penong (on South Australias west coast), Weasel has shaped for various manufacturers including Sunrise Surfboards, Lipstix Surfboards and - as head shaper at his own company - Cutloose Surfboards. He has also won numerous state titles on both shortboards and longboards including an open state title in 1978, while also representing South Australia in numerous Australian titles.
As far as shaping goes, Weasel has shaped every style of board you can imagine, from kneeboards through to longboards, all styles of fish’s, twin fins, thrusters, nuggets, hybrids, stingers, mini-mals and sailboards. You name it, he's shaped it.
In 2015 Weasel is right up to date with the latest designs in surfboard manufacturing. He can recommend the right board, or replicate an old favourite, armed with all the knowledge and skills honed over 47 years of experience in both competitive and recreational surfboards.