A fire at Jay Surfboards HQ in Midlothian, Scotland over the weekend has devastated a long time shaper and spurred the local surf community to try and help get his factory and life back.

“Jay has been a prominent figure in the Scottish surf community for many years. He was Scotland’s first professional shaper, a true master of his craft and a respected friend and community member. “ says Sam Howard

“His workshop and shaping bay was a place of beauty, full of tools, surfboards, art, wetsuits, custom orders and boards under repair. Jay has lost his business, lifelong work and many irreplaceable items he has collected over the years.

“Jay has had a massive input into developing the sport in Scotland and has brought surfboards and happiness to many of us in the community. He has also supported talented surfers with boards and has given guidance and support to many.

“A small group of Jay’s friends have come together to help him build something even more beautiful. Please support with any amount you can to help create a new start for Jay and others who lost possessions in the fire. Let’s bring Jay Surfboards back bigger and better than before. Let’s bring back hand-shaped surfboards to Scotland.”

“Many possessions can’t be replaced with money, but our financial support is a good place to start.”

If you wish to donate a GoFundMe page has been set up here.

Jay in happier times