A New Dawn For Hayden

The name Hayden Surfcraft has been synonymous with surfing and Surf Life Saving for over half a century, and now a new dawn is on the horizon for this iconic brand. Luke and Jodie Mellington, Sunshine Coast locals and surf sports family have taken the reigns of the business and are excited to take the company into a new and exciting era.

The Mellington’s are the proud new owners of Hayden Surfcraft. The family are thrilled to be a part of the Sunshine Coast’s vibrant surf lifesaving community and are eager to share their passion for creating top-quality surf craft.

The Mellington family has years of experience in Surf Lifesaving, with their sons competing for Alexandra Headlands and Mooloolaba. Jodie and Luke previously owned Mellington Smash Repairs in Maroochydore and Luke has been shaping and repairing boards and surf skis for almost 20 years.

Hayden Surfcraft started with the legend of Surf Lifesaving, Hayden Kenny, when he shaped his first surfboard in the cow shed on his grandfather’s farm near Maryborough, Queensland in 1959. By 1962, he opened Hayden Surfboards in Alexandra Headland. Hayden went on to become Australia’s first Ironman champion in 1966 and relocated Hayden surfboards to a larger factory in 1974. In 1979, the business was taken over by Mick Hopper and Graham Cook so Kenny could become a full-time helicopter rescue crewman. Since then, the pair have successfully run Hayden Surfcraft and shaped thousands of boards and skis. But now Mick and Graham are passing their skills, knowledge, and business onto the Mellington family.

“Mick and Graham have worked tirelessly on the business for over 40 years and are looking forward to enjoying their well-deserved retirement. They are both thrilled to hand over the reins and we are excited to take Hayden Surfcraft into a new era in Surf Sports. We aim to continue their traditions but grow the business and take Hayden Surfcraft to new heights,” said new Director Luke Mellington. “We have so many fresh and exciting ideas. We are sunny coast locals, employing locals and everything will be managed onsite. Our enthusiasm for this iconic brand is limitless, and we can’t wait to shape Hayden Surfcraft into the leading surf sports brand. Just watch this space!” concluded Luke.

Since its initial inception, Hayden Surfcraft has made its mark as a leading manufacturer of surf craft in Australia and worldwide. Pioneers in both design and manufacturing processes, including the first vacuum-infused skis in Australia, now a widely used process. By 2001 Hayden were exporting 34% of its production and resulting in winning a prestigious award for export.

Hayden Surfcraft now and will continue to include SLSA-approved Surf Sports Equipment including surf skis, paddle boards, nipper boards and rescue boards. As well as surfboards, including retro and longboards.

Hayden has partnered with Olympic, world, and Australian champions, including Michael King, Guy Andrews, Kenny Wallis, Kerri Thomas, Kristy Munroe, Rebecca Creedy and Clint Robinson. The Hayden Surfcraft story has so far spanned 60 years from its humble beginnings in a cow shed to the icon in surf sports it is today. It will continue with the same dedication and enthusiasm, fresh and renewed vigour, and passion from the Mellington family.

Hayden Surfcraft – 2/71 Wises Road – Maroochydore QLD 4558 – Phone: 0478 616 441
E: jodie@haydensurfcraft.com.au
W: www.haydensurfcraft.com.au



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