Our Story

STONKER (noun);

1. Something great, exceptional
2. Slang for anything massive or large


example:
Having a “Stonker” of a day!
What a “Stonker” performance!

Stonker is an innovative standup paddleboard (SUP), surfboard, kiting and foiling business with a commitment to supplying riders with the equipment they need to go in search of that perfect wave or simply enjoy their passion.

We use the highest quality & environmentally friendly materials available. For over 20 years we have specialised in quality shaping, glassing and board manufacturing along with a host of surfing and kiting related products.

Stonker is an Australian owned and operated company in Torquay, Victoria, local to some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches, including Bells Beach, which is where our new shapes and design get tested in all types of weather and swell conditions.

 

The Stonker Crew

Alex Gillan (The Founder of Stonker)
Originally a competitive windsurfer Alex Gillan fell in love with kite-boarding after he first saw the sport in Hawaii in 1998. When he found that he couldn’t buy a kite-board in Australia, he decided to start making his own.

He launched his kite-board company Stonker in St Kilda Melbourne, the first in Australia, but wanted to be where the action was, which in the surfing world meant a move to Torquay, the surfing centre of Australia on Victoria’s surf coast.

He has since extended the Stonker brand into hand-made custom surfboards and stand up paddle boards, locally-made and imported accessories and clothing.

Eiji Shiomoto (Shaper, Glasser and Board Designer)
Eiji started shaping surfboards over 45 years ago. In 1976 he opened a surfboard factory in Japan, since then he has traveled the world shaping and surfing boards. In 1997 he moved to Bells Beach Torquay, which he now calls home, shaping surfboards for Australian and International customers.

Kenta Fergusson (Shaper, Glasser and Board Designer)
Certainly one of the better young surfers and SUP surfers in Victoria, Kenta joined the team here in 2017 and has proven his worth as a fast learning board builder and repairer.

Jim Utting (General Manager)
Jim joined Stonker in 2019 with a background in small business development, event management and marketing, forging strong community and business relationships, and general jack-of-all-trade-yness

Jim enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle that includes SUPing, MTB, football, cricket, hiking, music festivals, group fitness training, and anything coastal.

Murray Ceff 

Now in semi-retirerment, Murray is still  helping out with kiting, foiling and SUP demos and lessons. You'll bump into him in the shop every now and then. If you want to talk about kite lessons, give the shop a call and set up a time to see him - he's always stoked to help anyone who wants to get into kiting!