Ross began his shaping career growing up on the coast of São Paolo, in Guarujá– home of the best Brazilian surfers or as some would say–the best surfers in the world.
He started shaping with his uncle, Claudio Maran, who was one of the first surfboard shapers in South America. Claudio helped shape for Johnny Rice, and then in turn became a mentor to a lot of young Brazilian shapers in the 80s. Even today, his shortboard single fins and twin fins would make a stylish surfer swoon.
Drawing on his experience and craft in Brazil, Ross began to travel all over the world, collecting global ideas and mentalities. In his shaper jobs, he connected with people from other countries, getting different approaches from the talented surfers riding his boards. Much of this feedback, especially from longboarders, a culture that is not heavily prevalent in Brazil, came from California and Australia.
Though Ross owes his beginning and passion from the legacy of his uncle, Ross Concept Surfboards are an amazing craft all to themselves. Based in Bali, he loves to make boards for surfers who know what they want and how to ride–he can tweak and adjust based on their style of riding and will work until he shapes a perfect board. He also shows care and concern for those who don’t know what they want (and don’t we all), recommending shapes and sizes and working with them every step of the way.
His ultimate goal with every new board is to craft a fun, easy to ride, beautiful speed machine. Walk to the nose on every longboard and use a twin fin cut to through the waves like butter sitting out in Bali in the dry season.
- Words by Katie Kealoha Lee