By Kate Tilley, UT Australia Bureau Brisbane, Australia-A small Australian company is riding a wave of business opportunity caused by the crash of Clark Foam, a major Californian manufacturer of surfboard blanks made using rigid polyurethane foam. Shapers Australia Pty Ltd, headquartered on Queensland's Gold Coast, is expanding production capacity after it was inundated with requests for foam blanks when US surfboard-industry icon Gordon 'Grubby' Clark decided to close. Clark cited liability concerns and bureaucratic red tape as reasons for his decision.Len Holloway, Shapers Australia director, would not divulge details of future plans, but said the company was seeking ways to boost production, including hiring more staff and adding manufacturing equipment. He would not say what equipment nor how many staff were needed.Current demand caused Shapers to post a statement on its website expressing sympathy for people affected by Clark Foam's closure and saying it was unable to fill new orders until after March."We have been overwhelmed by immediate requests for blanks. Unfortunately we cannot service any further container loads of blanks within the next three months," the notice said.Holloway said the delay was because the company's priority was to "maintain commitment to quality and not promise what we cannot deliver."Shapers Australia supplies mainly Australian surfboard shapers, but also exports to clients in the US, Japan, Brazil, the UK, Spain, France, Portugal, Holland, and New Zealand."