Simon Anderson has earned the number five spot on the most well-known and influential surfboard shapers list for his contributions to surfboard designs by creating the “thruster,” the first three-fin design in 1980. Simon was born and raised on the Northern beaches of Sydney and prior to shaping Simon was busy putting all his efforts into professional surfing. After winning the junior division at Bells Beach Classic in 1972 and then going on to win the competition again in 1977, Simon decided to start shaping boards. After seeing a twin fin board with a trigger point fin, Anderson thought of the three-fin design. After shapping two prototypes and traveling to Hawaii and California with the board, the “thruster” became a forefront design sought after by many. Anderson never patented his invention, he did not seek the financial rewards of his product, he was “just happy to contribute” to the new wave of surfboard designs.