of 1998, Steve Morrison wanted to try shaping surfboards. There was only one problem, Steve didn't have a place to shape boards.
Frank Sarno a friend of Steve's, offered to let Steve use a shed in his backyard. Steve labeled his boards Mako Surfboards.
Steve learned about making boards from a instructional video and Rozo (a shaper himself out of Northern Florida). Crepid J
glassed and finned the first board Steve shaped. The following boards Steve started doing all of the production himself; with
Crepid J putting the FCS plugs in here and there. In late summer of that same year Frank asked Steve if he needed any help.
So together they built "Mako Surfboards." At the time they were selling the boards for the cost of materials. That's
right, no pay check. In early fall of that year Steve found out what most surfboard builders take years to discover, and that
is, the money isn't there. The time and effort it takes to make a board far exceeds the paycheck. Steve wasn't in a position
to live that lifestyle. So as Steve faded out of board building; Frank kept it going. Frank also learned how to build boards
through instructional videos, books, and from other shapers.
Frank shaped the Mako label for at least a year and
a half. In the year 2000 Frank changed the name to "Indie Surfboards." In late 2000, Frank went out to Hawaii for
about 3 months. While he was there, he tried to learn as much about building boards as possible. With the help of some friends
from home, Frank was able to hook up with Jeff Bushman while in Hawaii. Frank was also offered a sanding job from Carl Schaper
on the North Shore. At the time Frank was living on the South Shore. So, no ride made it difficult to commit. The only board
he shaped while in Hawaii was a 12'2 Tandem board for the people he was staying with. Also, while in Hawaii Frank met Greg
Geiselman owner of Orion Surfboards out of Florida. Greg told Frank if he ever came down to Florida he could find room for
him at the shop.
The first 150 boards Frank did all the production work on: shaping, airbrush, glassing, fins
and sanding (which sucks). After that he decided to send the boards out to get glassed and sanded. Now he just shapes and
airbrushes the boards. He has used glassers in the area as well as traveled down to Maryland to have boards glassed. Now he
has the boards glassed at Wynn Surfboards. In the past he has also shaped private label boards for the Surf Shack.
There are about 300 Indie Surfboards being surfed in various places including Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Florida,
Virgin Islands, El Salvador, New York and good old New Jersey.
the last couple of years Frank has taken a break from shaping boards with a new baby and his "day job" his time
is limited............Keep a look out, you might just see some of his shapes resurface.