(San Clemente, Calf.)- Imagine Surf is pleased to announce the addition of extreme waterman Garrett McNamara to its pro surfing team. Imagine surf, which was founded in 2002 in Canada, began to make stand up paddleboards in 2006 and has since grown into one of the premiere SUP brands in the world, with a line of boards that reaches all the way from high end carbon fiber race boards down to low cost plastic boards for beginners.
"We make some of the most cutting edge designs on the market today," said Imagine founder Corran Addison. "We want to show this to the world by having some of the best riders out there on them. Garrett is such an icon in the surfing world, and an amazing stand up surfer, that it just made sense."
Garrett and Corran met at the Stand Up World tour final in Hilo, Hawaii last December, and quickly hit off a friendship. "We were talking design, and rail shape and deck shape, animating turns and cutbacks on the land like two little kids," Corran went on to say. "I love the way Garrett thinks about design, and his approach to riding, and I knew right then I wanted to work with him."
In the summer of 2010, Imagine secured funding from the Contrarian Group, headed by Peter Ueberroth, the organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and moved its operations from Montreal Canada to the heart of surfing in San Clemente, California. The Contrarian Group provides investment capital and management support to early stage companies in the services, sports, travel and selected technology fields and is based in Newport Beach, California.
At this time Imagine Surf moved the majority of their production from China back to the USA.
"It’s so nice to be working with a company that understands and knows how to build what I need," said Garrett. "I have enough risk in my life, so when it comes to my stand up boards I wanted to ride boards I could rely on".
Imagine Surf is now offering two Garrett McNamara pro models for this season.
"This board is the accumulation of all the ideas I've been working on for the last 4 or 5 years, combined with those that Imagine has brought to the table," Garrett continued. "I think this will be the board that a lot of people have been waiting for."