I recently interviewed Steve Croft, who is the shaper up at laminations. Steve has been ghost shaping for Chops Lascelles for some time and producing some great shapes under his own label Empire Surfboards. I had seen the Empire boards in a few magazines a couple of years ago but found more about Steve when my girlfriend, Alexa Poppe recently joined Empire Surfboards as a team rider. I was impressed by the board he has made Alexa and was intrigued by his approach to surfboard design. He is originally from North East Yorkshire and has an interest in alternative surfboard design, that pre-dates the retro fashion and is not realy influenced by fads, rather approaching design pragmatically. The full article will be published by Drift, the online surf magazine.