A short history of Fatum Surfboards

Born on mainland Germany, it wasn’t long before the lure of the ocean brought Gero to the North Sea island of Sylt.

In order to finance his dream of a ‘surf lifestyle’ Gero started shaping and repairing boards at Paradise Customs Sylt in 1988.

It was during that time that he built a reputation as a progressive shaper. His speciality was small wave boards and longboards. Gero carved a niche for himself, literally, designing boards that allowed the user to get the most out of the sloppier Northern Sea Swells.

Having established himself in Sylt, Gero then moved to Peniche in 1996 to take his dream of a surfing lifestyle to the next level. Here, he was able to shape and surf all year round. And it is here that the idea of FATUM was conceived.

FATUM Surfboards was founded with a very straightforward approach to board design:

“Give every surfer the best possible board.”

Peniche, with its vast array of surf breaks and surfers, was the perfect place to achieve this.

Today, with more than 30 years’ experience and over 14,000 shaped boards, FATUM Surfboards has evolved into one of the most established Surfboard Manufactures in Europe.

In addition to surfboards, Fatum also create a line of surf accessories and a clothing line with the emphasis on comfort, for on and around the beach.

Despite his success, Gero insists on keeping the business small and personal. Everything is created in-house, supported by a close team.

Every owner of a Fatum custom Surfboard becomes a part of the Fatum Family. You will understand what we mean when you buy a board!

Fatum products are available in selected stores throughout Europe, in our Factory Store in Peniche and online through our website.