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The evolution of reinforcement materials and the surfboard manufacturing industry

Damien Bensley, General Manager, Colan Australia


Damien will give an informal discussion about the challenges and successes of Colan’s contribution to the surfboard manufacturing industry. Topics covered will be reinforcement materials and how they are used, the changing landscape of the surfboard manufacturing industry, keeping up with current trends and overcoming the challenges of supplying to an intensively competitive global market. Damien will also have some surfboard examples and the materials used to create them.


Damien has over 16 years experience working with technical textiles at Colan Australia. He commenced in 2002 operating the weaving looms and the progressed to a QA inspector, storeman, warehouse supervisor, logistics and internal sales. He then worked as Sale Manager and Operations Manager simultaneously and was then promoted to General Manager in 2015 and has been in the role ever since.

Damien is also the lead developer in the custom made materials for the surf industry since 2007. This has grown to a range of over 300 styles of fabrics and tapes which are supplied to a global customer base and local distribution on all 7 continents.