My name is Brayden Brown. I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and started surfing when I was 10 and built my first board when I was 13. I have always been interested in building with my hands, starting with Legos and growing to foam, metal and wood. Once I got serious about building boards, I knew it was what I wanted to do.
I shaped the first 20 or 30 boards in the basement and glassed and sanded them in the garage. After my mom's car stayed in the driveway for over a year, she decided I had to move the business out of the house. We built out a full shop in a warehouse in Holly Hill and I worked part-time until I graduated high school in 2016.
After graduation, I took a part-time job in a local surf shop to learn more about the surf market and earn some cash to help Board Theory grow. In the first year in the new shop, I built around 200 boards and glassed another dozen boards under my glassing shop banner - Red Nose Glassing. I don't build boards that are like everyone else's - I tend toward experimentation based on traditional shapes and artistic resin tint finishes. Surfboards don't have to be boring.
After I outgrew my first board, which was bought in a local surf shop for about $600, I decided that I didn't want to spend that kind of money to get the board I wanted. I watched a lot of videos about surfboard building and decided I was ready to create my first board. I got my hands on an Australian blank and used boat glass and resin. I added some gelcoat from the boat store and I made my first board.
I decided I didn't like the plain white board. My mom says I started splatter painting when I was about 3, so I took the finished board out in the yard and splatter painted it with Kiah, a grom from down the street.
As of June, 2017, I have built over 250 boards and glassed a few dozen for other local shapers. I've been selling boards at Fluid shows and the recent Boards & Waves Expo. I have boards in five shops from Melbourne to St. Augustine and I've been lucky enough to get a little media attention. Everyday is a learning experience, whether it's creating a new model, learning something to make my glassing better or learning about marketing from my parents.
Melbourne News 12 - Featured 'Young Gun' at Boards & Waves Expo 2017
Brevard Business News - Featured 'Young Gun' at Boards & Waves Expo 2017
Fluid Magazine - Young Business Minds
TheSurfboardProject.com - Shaping The Future With Brayden Brown At Board Theory — Young Shapers Series