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March 23, 2017 3 min read

Volte Contemporaries are people, organisations and businesses that we greatly respect. Ryan Von Dresselt is a humble, hard working guy who turned years of experience into his livelihood. After travelling the world honing his craft, he settled back in Western Australia and set up Von Boards in the South-West town of Vasse. Functioning as a shaping bay and shopfront, Ryan sells a host of surf hardware, including our own Volte suits. We recently caught up with the man himself in the middle of a typically busy day.

Photos: Chris Gurney

 

Ryan, give us a little bit of background on yourself – how did you get into surfing and where are you from?

I originally came from Africa, I was born in Rhodesia – Zimbabwe. We emigrated here and I went to Deanmore Primary where everyone surfed. We’d get taken to the beach and I started surfing from there. I just frothed it, I loved it. I picked it up pretty quick and I was doing well in the local contests, usually top 5 in the state and so on.

How long have you been in the shaping business, and why did you get into it?

I became interested in boards after I’d been surfing for a while,…I’ve got photos of myself dating back to when I was 14 or 15 doing ding repairs on old boards. I fell into a job with one of my sponsors Town and Country/Hot Buttered and that’s where it all started for me. I decided school wasn’t for me and I wanted to do that. I started off just sweeping the floors and evolved over time.

You’re set up in a nice area of the South-West in Vasse, why did you choose to build your shop there?

I’d always wanted to do it, I’d shaped overseas all through my twenties. I had contracts in Europe, Japan and Africa shaping internationally. I came back to Perth in my early thirties and worked on getting established here. The goal for me was always to come down here (the south-west), the opportunity just popped up and the location was ideal.

Vasse is the gateway to the south-west; you either go left to Margies or right to Dunsborough, either way you’re going through Vasse. It’s also the best possible place for feedback on boards because of the world class surf nearby. There’s no better way to get such accurate, immediate feedback in all sorts of conditions.

What is the focus at your shop?

Our focus is the cultural aspect of surfing.. encouraging the culture of surfing to grow a bit and be sustainable. We invite younger guys who want to be in the industry to work here in the hopes they can get a leg up and start their careers. I’d love to be a flagship for up and coming shapers and eventually work with high end international shapers and surfers to make us a really vibrant and buzzing shaping hub.

There is a lot of interesting artwork in the store (painting above right by Aidan Lee Smith), what’s the deal with all of that? 

I’ve always been involved in the arts, I love art and really appreciate it. My thoughts were basically: why can’t we be a little art hub too? We’re trying to give local artists a chance to exhibit and hang their work. There’s always a great story behind any piece of art, we often end up chatting to customers about the work we have hanging on our walls.

You’re stocking a bunch of Volte suits, how are you finding their performance?

I’m a pretty fussy wetty wearer, I’ve been pretty spoilt I guess being in the industry for a long time but I’m blown away. I’m stoked to be stocking them and I’d put my name behind them one hundred percent.

To check out the Von Boards store, head to 2/12 Burler Drive, Vasse Business Park.
Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9am-3pm Saturday. Also available by appointment after hours. 

Size Chart

MEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

XS

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

57 - 64

125 - 140

88 - 93

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

28 - 30

71 - 76

S

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

61 - 70

135 - 155

93 - 98

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

29 - 31

74 - 79

MS

174-179

5’6 1⁄2” - 5’8 1⁄2”

64 - 73

140 - 160

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

74 - 79

M

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

68 - 77

150 - 170

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

MT

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

LS

171-177

5’7 1⁄2” - 5’9 1⁄2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

77 - 83

L

178-183

5’10” - 6’0”

77 - 86

170 - 190

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

LT

183-188

6’0” - 6’2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

XLS

174-179

5’8 1⁄2” - 5’10 1⁄2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XL

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

86 - 95

190 - 210

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XLT

191-196

6’3” - 6’5”

91 - 99

200 - 220

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

93 - 98

2XL

183-191

6’0” - 6’3”

95 - 104

210 - 230

113 - 118

44 1⁄2 - 46 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

93 - 98

3XL

185-195

6’1” - 6’6”

104 - 113

230 - 250

118 - 124

47 - 49

41 1⁄2 - 43 1⁄2

98 - 110

WOMEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

HIPS (IN)

6

165-170

5’5” - 5’7”

48 - 57

105 - 125

80 - 85

31 1⁄2 - 33 1⁄2

24 - 26

34 - 36

8

168-173

5’6” - 5’8”

50- 59

110 - 130

85 - 88

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

25 - 27

35 - 37

10

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

54 - 64

120 - 140

88 - 93

34 - 36

26 1⁄2 - 28 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

12

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

59 - 68

130 - 150

93 - 95

35 1⁄2 - 37 1⁄2

28 - 30

38 - 40

14

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

64 - 73

140 - 160

95 - 99

37 - 39

29 1⁄2 - 31 1⁄2

39 1⁄2 - 41 1⁄2

16

180-183

5’11” - 6’0”

73 - 82

160 - 180

99 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

31 - 33

41 - 43

KIDS

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

2

95-102.5

3’1 1⁄2” - 3’4 1⁄2”

13 - 16

30 - 35

51 - 56

20 - 22

19 - 21

48 - 53

4

117-124

3’10 1⁄2” - 4’1 1⁄2”

16 - 19

40 - 55

58 - 64

23 - 25

20 - 22

50 - 55

6

124-132

4’1 1⁄2” - 4’4 1⁄2”

16 - 23

50 - 65

64 - 69

24 1⁄2 - 26 1⁄2

21 1⁄2 - 23 1⁄2

53 - 58

8

132-140

4’4 1⁄2” - 4’7 1⁄2”

20 - 27

60 - 75

69 - 71

26 - 28

23 - 25

55 - 66

10

140-147

4’7” - 4’10”

34 - 41

75 - 90

71 - 75

28 - 30

23 - 25

61 - 66

12

147-155

4’10” - 5’1”

41 - 48

90 - 105

75 - 79

29 - 31

25 - 27

63 - 68

14

155-163

5’1” - 5’4”

48 - 54

105 - 120

79 - 84

31 - 33

27 - 29

68 - 73

16

163-170

5’4” - 5’7”

54 - 61

120 - 135

84 - 88

33 - 35

28 - 30

71 - 76

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