Based near Brighton on the south coast of the England, Grey Paddleboards is run by Charlie Grey and his wife Karen. Charlie creates custom boards; from initial design concept through to precision CNC cut blanks and bespoke hand finishing. As well as undertaking various product design and development projects. Karen keeps all the orders, website and admin up to date and running smoothly.
“My aim is to create the magic boards and the best quality products that we are all looking for and that put a big smile on our faces on the water.” Charlie Grey
Charlie grew up water-skiing on a lake in Sussex (uk). As a child he also enjoyed windsurfing and sailing, racing dinghies on the school team for a number of years. Home was a very creative environment. Coming from a family of architects and designers, he always had a passion for building and an eye for good design. As children he and his brother would spend all day making model boats and aeroplanesthat they would test out on the water and in the air. He later combined his love for sport and design at university were he gained a BSc Hons. in Sports Technology. This desire to build, test and modify things, is something that Charlie is still driven by today.
In 2007 Charlie bought his first paddle board, and soon after was hooked. It was only a mater of time before his design and build passion kicked in and in 2010 he shaped and built his first board. Since then he has raced and surfed in locations all around the world including Europe, the USA, Australia and many more. Progressing quickly within the sport he went on to represent the UK at the World SUP Championships in Peru, 2013 and Fiji in 2016.
Charlie designs, tweaks and tests his designs and products to get the best from them. His abilities and experience across all aspects of the sport from long distance racing to SUP surfing and down winding mean that Charlie is able to take his real world on the water learning’s and apply them directly to his designs.