Celtic Connection has been quietly carving out high-performance surfboards from its base in North Cornwall for over 18 years.
Chief shaper Carl Welton has produced boards for amateurs and professionals alike, including rising international star Reubyn Ash and his brother Joss (ex-UK champ). He has also been the go-to shaper for many surfers looking to maximise and realise their potential in the water, through close discussion and precision craftsmanship.
Born and raised in Newport, South Wales, Carl quickly came to prefer the sea over the land, and soon developed a passion for wave riding that would take him off around the globe, surfing some of the best waves on the planet and meeting world-class shapers who instilled in him a keen interest in surfboard dynamics.
When he finally returned home, he naturally gravitated toward Cornwall, UK surfing’s spiritual homeland. Carl came to settle in the beach town of Bude, which hosts some of the country’s most prolific, exciting and formidable waves. And he’s been shaping there ever since.
With Carl’s wealth of knowledge and experience, Celtic Connection is able to conceptualise, design and shape any style of board that you wish, to suit your preferred style and enhance your ability. And this is always combined with a personal touch, through close, continued dialogue with the customer.
Celtic Connection surfboards are also 100% designed, hand-shaped and hand-finished here in sunny Cornwall. We’re very proud of that fact, and that we’re part of the fine heritage of hand-crafted goods that this region produces. We’re also steadfast in the quality that we offer: no board leaves the shaping room unless it’s perfect - company mantra!
Want to see for yourself? A warm welcome and a mug of tea awaits at our workshop in Cornwall.
There you’ll find our board showroom, complete with our demonstration range, so that you can try before you buy. We also have state-of-the-art facilities so that we can conceive, design and talk through your next surfboard via a large digital display, giving us the ability to hone in on the exact style and shape you desire.
As a Cornish brand, with Welsh roots, an international reputation and with surfers at the helm, Celtic Connection has the experience to understand and envisage the surfboard you need to develop your natural ability. It’s what we do best.