Nev Hyman, the man behind one of the most popular epoxy surfboard brands, Firewire, made his start shaping boards back in 1975, in Perth, Australia. By 1998 he had grown a global brand presence with Nev Future Shapes, pumping out
5,000 boards annually. Nev first started looking at shaping a surfboard with a computer in 1989. He is largely responsible for shifting surfers’ perceptions of boards shaped by a machine rather than by hand.
In 2006 Firewire was launched and these epoxy surfboards designed with CAD software and shaped with AKU CNC shaping machines began their ascent to what is now a regularly seen brand out in the waves.