Chris Leppan

Chris Leppan is South Africa’s most exiting freesurfer. His mix of smooth, stylish surfing & radical air

game has captured the eye of South Africa’s media. Chris has multiple covers to his name, yet is

seemingly un-phased by the hype. Whether he’ pulling in a decent size Kuta off his fishing ski, saving

turtle’s and dolphins or gliding through the tube, we can’t deny than Chris is having more fun than

the rest!


Home Town: Umhlanga Rocks

Claim to fame: Third Generation surfer and waterman.

Favourite waves & board to ride in the conditions: Fast, powerful, hollow waves that don't close out.

3 fin THRUSTER, more specifically… Fishstix 5'10 Rounded Pin (Insert Model Name HERE) or Fishstix

5'6 ('seabass' Model i think?).

Something un surf related Aspiring travel journalist the loves fishing, spearfishing and hiking in the


The best heaviest thing: Empty West Coast Slabs

The Worst: Localism

‘’Since day 1, Working with the Fishstix crew has been smooth sailing. I have always been welcome

in his home and his factory and some of my greatest experiences have been surfing the amazing

pointbreak’s around where he lives while working on boards and catching a few fish at the same

time. I can’t quite remember the first surfboard i ever got from him but since I’ve had the

opportunity to shy away from competition and focus on scoring the best waves possible I’ve had

some incredible surfboards that many surfers would not be able to ride while fitting into the whole

'judging criteria' thing. We have had alot of creative freedom when it comes to our surfer/shaper

relationship and having a shaper that will take off deeper than you on most days gives me great

confidence in his designs. I respect Simon in and out of the water, and his surfboards are the cherry

on top. His surfing and his shaping speaks for itself. Thank you Fishstix.’’

Simon is a great friend and his product feels like an extension of my limbs. Every time.

Follow Chris @in2thewater

Chris weigh’s 65kg’s

Chris Ride’s

Surf Punk 5’10 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 24.8L

Wave Improver 5’8 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 25L

Sea Bass 5’6 x 18 ¾ x 2 ¼ x 25L

Wave Warrior 6’1 x 18 5/8 c 2 4/15 x 27.5L