Haydenshapes Mona Vale Factory Destroyed By Fire
The two storey shaping facility and retail shop has turned to ash and rubble.
More than 70 Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW were called to the Haydenshapes factory on Tengah Crescent, Mona Vale, around 4pm Saturday afternoon.
“Three NSW Ambulance crews responded to the scene of the fire. Paramedics treated a male occupant, understood to be a worker at the surfboard factory, who had suffered burns in a reported explosion. The man in his 30s had singed hair and burns to his neck and arms, but had protected his face with his arms when the initial flash fire had happened, and did not appear to inhale any of the burning gasses. Paramedics gave the man pain relief and cooled his burns before taking him to hospital in a stable condition,” reported the Northern Beaches Advocate.
The HS Mona Vale factory contained glassing, cutting and sanding bays, and a small retail shop at the front. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Hayden Cox founded the surfboards, wetsuits and fashion business in 1997 when he was 22, after designing his own boards from the age of 15. He has featured in multiple Stab projects from the Electric Acid Surfboard Test (EAST) to Stab in the Dark (SITD).
Earlier this year, Haydenshapes launched their neoprene category, Releasing an 18-Piece Collection With Dion Lee. The brand has done collaborations with Apple, Audi, IWC Schaffhausen and countless other high-profile brands and artists in the past. Hayden won GQ’s ‘Man of Innovation’ award in 2018. The Hypto Krypto model is the world’s best-selling surfboard.
Due to the number of flammable chemicals used in construction, surfboard factories are particularly prone to fires. On Boxing Day in 2019, Darren Handley’s Burleigh Head complex was engulfed in flames. In June 2017, the Pukas factory in the Spanish Basque Country burnt down after a short-circuit triggered an electrical fire.
Heartbreaking to see the bizness go up in smoke. We wish the best to all those involved.
More to come.
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