“TO PICK UP A BIG WAVE IS EASY, BUT TO SURVIVE A BIG WAVE IS ANOTHER STORY.” DAVID MESNARD
BITTERLY COLD, SHARKY AS HELL, MONSTROUS WAVES... WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE?
SOUTHERN OCEAN ADVENTURE ROAD DOGGIN’ ASH GRUNWALD TAKES SURFING, MUSIC, ART & FILM ON TOUR ...P22
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Latest surfboard designs P76 History P82 Test everything P84
Fitness P90 People out and about P98 After the last’s edition’s hearty feedback on the classic wipeout sequence of our history hero, Helmet, we opted to keep the comedy coming! This great sequence was taken at Point Cartwright. Is that you? Let us know! Got cool wipeout shots of you or your mates? Send them in! Photo: Chris Munro. See more of his work at www.redhotshotz.com.
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COME TOGETHER Enjoyment, relaxation, exercise, mateship, escapism… These are all reasons why we surf. Our motivations are all different. We all want to keep enjoying these good times and so it’s important not to forget those who provide us with the craft and the gear to realise our own sacred sense of fulfillment. Perhaps it’s the guy around the corner who shaped your first board when you were seven years old. Maybe it’s the local surf shop you walked into as a child and smelt resin for the first time, or that sweet smell of coconut scented surf wax. If we want them to remain there, we need to consider what steps we’re taking to ensure they survive. Sure, everyone is tight on money at present but even the smallest gesture of goodwill and support can make the biggest difference to a small business. To us the surfing community means everything and despite being newcomers to it all, we’re as passionate about the survival of our homegrown surfing industry as a 40-year veteran of the game. Not for one second of any day would we trade what we do now for our old, soulless corporate jobs. Because now we get to deal with real people. Good people. Down-to-earth people. Shapers, surf shop owners, manufacturers and you guys and girls – all surfers.
IN THIS EDITION We take a look at those great surf businesses supporting other surf businesses - people like Zak Koniaris, who has established somewhat of a collective of Victoria’s best shapers. Also featured are a seemingly countless number of shapers proudly displaying their latest designs and the craftsmanship that comes with a lifetime dedicated to shaping surfboards. We chat with Ash Grunwald and find out how surfing has inspired his lifestyle and many of his songs. We venture to the Solomon Islands, a magical surf spot which is enough to inspire any surfer to get off the beaten track and discover something new. And finally, on the note of surfing, the spirit of adventure and getting off the beaten track, we travel down to Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast. Guarded in secrecy and staunchly protected by local surfers, we respectfully talk about what makes this wild rugged coastline so special.
Wherever you can, support the people who have enabled us to share good times with family and friends out in the water.
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The colder months in Burleigh Heads Photo: Michael Dawes flickr.com/photos/tk_five_0/ july/aug 2011
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“KIDS READING THIS, STAY IN SCHOOL. YOU CAN SURF AT ANY POINT IN YOUR LIFE” erts
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SAVED MESSAGES We get so many phone calls about the mag - even more so than emails - that we thought it was about time we published a reader’s comment from our message bank. Hi guys. My name is Steve. You don’t know me. I just picked up your mag and wanted to congratulate you on it. I think it is so good. No competition stuff and so down to earth. Plenty of stories on surf destinations. I couldn’t believe it was for free. It is just a really good mag. Keep up the good work guys. I just wanted to ring and tell you that. To be honest Steve, it is calls like yours that keep us going. We are wrecked from time to time, pulling it all together. Most weeks we’re working 70-80 hrs plus, so we appreciate such kind words of support. Emails, letters and phone calls like this also reinforce with those businesses who so kindly support us - and keep the mag FREE for all - that there are such loyal readers out there who love smorgasboarder. Thanks.
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I have a friend who works at the local desal plant. He wasn’t allowed to talk to me about the desal plant itself, but I asked him few questions about the enviromental impact of the plant. He explained a few things they have put in place to prevent wildlife being harmed, so I tend to think this is a big cry about nothing. The shark nets off New South Wales kill more wildlife than ten desal plants and coming from a country that has real problems and real drought, I think Aussies take for granted how lucky they are. The only negative I could see is that it’s cost a lot of money that probably could have been spent on hospitals and schools, but as far as the environment goes, these hippies need to stop smoking ciggies, driving cars or even surfing as they all impact on the planet. In 20 years time when there is no water and we have the luxury of flicking a switch and making water, everyone will be stoked with the plant. Anyway that’s my two cents, mate. Great mag and keep ‘em coming. Charl, Phillip Island
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All we can say is... Damn, some of you should really clean out your wardrobe every ten years or so! Thanks for the entries and congrats to the winner, Karl. We reckon other beachgoers will be happy to not have to see his holey suit in the water ever again. BUT IT’S NOT OVER! C-SKINS are feeling generous and giving you all a second chance to win one in September! Send your worst photos to email@example.com. The winner will be drawn in our September edition and their photo published alongside other finalists. NOTE! C-SKINS phone number was incorrect in latst edition’s advertisement. The correct number for C-Skins is 0412 081 546. *Prize suit for illustration only. Terms and conditions, see the smorgasboarder website.
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ONLINE T-SHIRTS SHAPING UP Tired of looking like a billboard wearing the big name brands? Want to show your support for local shapers? Check out a new website that sells the latest and greatest gear from Australia’s best shapers and surf shops. Better still, what you buy is shipped anywhere around the country completely free of charge. Go to www.ssstees.com.au
GREAT TIME TO GET FIT! It’s winter. Yes, it’s cold. But don’t let a little bit of chill stop you surfing! If you do forego the occasional paddle for a coffee or dodge a rather average day for a hot pie, don’t forget that summer is only a few months away and you’ll regret being a slacker when you’re missing waves. So now is the perfect time to get some extra training in and get fit, or even fitter. Total Surfing Fitness is a very specific exercise program aimed at getting surfers catching more waves in five steps, by: increasing your paddle fitness; improving your core stability, strength and power; increasing your upper body endurance, improving your mobility and flexibility; and finally, improving your balance and lower body strength. You can grab a free training session online, so check it out at www.totalsurfingfitness.com
THE SURF PRAM? No, don’t be silly... This Phil & Ted Classic Buggy is just one of the baby essentials available from Yamba Nursery Hire. If you’re planning a family holiday around Yamba and Angourie, just forget packing in the baby gear... You can hire what you need at your destination and save the valuable travel space for other essentials, like an extra surfboard. For products, prices and more information, see www.yambanurseryhire.com or call 02 6646 3548. 14
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Fancy surfing over deadly sharp ‘n shallow coral reefs in the remotest Mentawais? If you do, in all seriousness, it’s just common sense to have some insurance cover. Problem is, some insurers won’t touch surfers with a 10ft SUP paddle. Fortunately one will, and this has literally saved surfers’ lives thanks to airlifts from G-Land. You’re even covered riding a motorbike in Indo and for extra peace of mind, surfboards are covered for damage or theft in transit. Planning a big one locally? They’ll even cover you for surf trips in OZ. Get immediate cover 24 hours a day at www.indosurf.com.au
LIKE A CAT We’ve had so many comments on Glenn ‘Cat’ Collins’ crazy-ass designs. Talking to industry insiders though, this guy is far from a fruit loop. This is what Craig Baird, curator of Torquay Surf World and someone who’s seen more boards than most of us had to say: “He could pretty much shape anything and ride it. He’s creative, free thinking and not restrained by design norms. “A lot of people may feel threatened by those who don’t conform but it’s people like Glen whose ideas filter down through the process into mainstream design. “Even if it is not adopted broadly, it gets people thinking about different avenues and possibilities.”
MORE THAN A GOOD READ A few editions back we made mention of the not-for-profit publication, Kurungabaa. With the latest edition recently arriving in the mail, we realised it just had to get another mention. Celebrating it’s fourth year in print, the ‘journal of literature, history and ideas from the sea’ has undergone a major overhaul, with a full design revamp, a new format and new paper stock. All in all, the updated package truly reflects the quality of the thoughts and work inside. Mostly black and white text, but with bursts of colour here and there, you can expect near 90 back-to-back pages of engaging and varied reading. Strictly an anti-business, the Kurungabaa collective really don’t want your money, but your support to keep this unique forum for art and free thinking would help. For only a few measly dollars, grab yourself a copy at kurungabaa.net and enjoy a very different surfing read. jul/aug 2011
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IT’S AMAZING HOW ONE SMALL EVENT CAN DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THE COURSE OF LIFE. LITTLE SUNSHINE COASTER, DAN BOUNTY KNOWS ONLY TOO WELL. WORDS & PHOTOS: PAUL BOUNTY “18 months ago Dan Bounty was a normal, happy little eight-year-old dude, just starting to get the hang of surfing. This all changed thanks to one Saturday afternoon in November 2009, body surfing with his Mum and sister, Chloe. “Dan caught a wave in the crowded, flagged section at Kings Beach, Caloundra and crashed head first into a large mans hip, hurting his neck. As a physiotherapist, I assessed him and felt he had just a minor neck strain. He seemed fine and ten minutes later he was racing around like nothing had happened. We didn’t think much of it. “The next morning, at about 7am, just as we were about to leave for nippers, Dan collapsed. The right side of his body was paralysed. We raced him to Caloundra Hospital who urgently transferred him to Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane where he had an MRI, revealing that he had in fact damaged an artery in his neck. This had formed a blood clot that had dislodged and travelled to his brain, causing him to have a stroke. “Due to my line of work, I’m familiar with this condition, but usually in elderly folk. I’m
unfortunately also acutely aware of the possible consequences and outcomes. So we all, very nervously, spent the next six weeks slowly watching Dan recover. He went from wheelchairbound, to learning to walk again to slowly regaining some of his sensation and function in his right arm. “Since the stroke, Dan’s been working hard on his rehab and although he still has a way to go, is doing well. He’s back to nippers and surfing and skateboarding. “With any brain injury you just don’t know how much recovery to expect, but fortunately for Dan there has been no cognitive loss and he’s still the same cheeky little bugger he always was. After the long road to recovery, it’s truly a reward to see Dan on his surfboard, back in the water with Chloe.” It’s always good to have stories with happy endings like this in the mag. We wish you a full recovery and many happy years of surfing with the family to come, Dan!
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Top: Dan’s back on the boards - if not in the water, at the local skatepark. Above left: Supportive sister, Chloe regularly shares surfing time with Dan. Right: Happy and healthy - the way all kids should be.
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BOARDS TO PNG Paul Hickman of Retro Wombat in Thirroul knows the Three Rs intimately - Reducing, Re-using and Recycling is just how he rolls. Happy to spread the love of pre-loved, he recently got involved with a push to get some used surfboards over to the local kids in PNG. “I managed to get together ten small thrusters, a couple of leg ropes and some travel bags,” Paul tells us. Added to this, he found a few pairs of top-notch boardies while out at garage sales, to add to the package. “My part in this is only a small one, as there are many people involved in the process of making it happen. I just couldn’t say no to helping out with suitable boards for such a good cause.”
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A FEW GOOD MEN
It is good to know in these tough times there are still some good guys and girls out there and you couldn’t meet anyone nicer than shaper Chris Garret. Upon hearing our plans to raise money to help those affected by the spate of natural disasters earlier this year, he was the first person on board. Not only did he custom make the board for the lucky bidder, he personally delivered it and shared the love. Keen on a Chris Garrett or Phantom board? Go to www.chrisgarrettshapes.com.au
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SURF ART WITH A BIG HEART The SurfArt Expo held in Alexandra Headland has been hailed a huge success, with over 200 people turning up for the opening charity night where over $1000 was raised for Wishlist and Sunshine Coast Surfrider Foundation. Artist Owen Cavanagh put together a collection of his own work and that of diverse, yet like-minded artists including Parrish Watts of Vintage Pacific Surfcraft, master shapers Richard Harvey and Tom Wegener - who opened the expo at the Friday night charity event - Phil and Jackie Jarratt, miniature surfboard artist Nathan Barker and more. For any further info, contact Owen on 0459 477 728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IT’S ONLY NATURAL FOR RILEY Mark Riley of Riley Balsa has lent his support to the Australia Wide Wood Naturally Better Program - a program designed to promote and educate people on the benefits, qualities and uses of wood. More than just a great material for building surfboards, wood is a natural, renewable resource that provides wide-ranging benefits, including absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere combatting the effects of climate change; uses less energy compared with some other building materials; and as a fuel, sustainably grown and harvested wood provides a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. All said and done, wood is pretty good. For more on the program, visit www.naturallybetter.com.au. Further reinforcing the commitment to the environment, Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards have sponsored environmentalist Parrys Raines of www.climategirl.com.au. “This should be a great partnership between Parrys and Riley,” says Mark. “We have very similar views on the way life should be and how the future needs to be cared for by all of us”. To read more about Riley and check out Mark’s balsa boards, see the website: www.balsasurfboardsriley.com.au
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Right: The site in June and below: happier times
PUB WITH NO BEER. OR JUST NO PUB
One of our all-time favourite pitstops on our travels has been the Aireys Inlet Pub. After visiting surf stores all day, or after a sneaky surf, it was always the perfect place to finish the day, comfortable and warm, with a beer in front of the roaring fireplace. On our last trip however, we arrived to find the old place boarded up and covered in grafitti. What an absolute disappointment. As we then discovered, the pub - originally built in 1890 and rebuilt after the Ash Wednesday fires - called last drinks on March 20 after the landlords decided to not renew the publican’s licence. The site had been put up for tender, which closed in May, but according to Frank Nagle of Biggin Scott Commercial, it was ‘too early to say’ if the site would indeed be a new residential development. Sadly, as another icon of our coastline falls victim to the ongoing race to become the richest when you die, it’s a bleak reminder that we need to appreciate - and actively support - what we have, while we have it, be it friends, family, local businesses or invaluable pieces of our culture and history. Cheers Airey’s. It was good knowing you.
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Alternative Surf in Alexandra Headland has had a facelift in more ways that one. With a new owner, new manager, new signage, new stock and exciting new lines its all, well... new! Owner Phil Giles is filling the store with unique brands, such as Seventhwave Wetsuits from NZ, Diamond Empire clothing and much more. Check it out.
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Pieter ‘Pie Eater’ Stockert has set up a live web stream from his shaping bay. Piet’s been shaping boards for Bennetts for over 8 years. To see what goes into shaping a board, check it out on: www.pieter.com.au
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On my most recent roadtrip I had a number of people come up and ask about the latest skateboard from SmoothStar. Yes, I gave it a rave review in our last edition and yes it IS actually that good. When you have a ute chock-ablock with magazines to distribute down the entire coast, there’s little room for much else. BUT I made sure to squeeze in my SmoothStar and gave a few people a test run as I passed through their way.
But just when I thought I couldn’t love SmoothStar anymore, the new promo video hit the internet... And it is a cracker! Not only does it feature team rider Dom McGeachie making magic on his 32” Flying Fish, it also features a little cameo appearance by none other than your favourite free surf magazine! Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsH2TNp_wY and for a walkthrough for one of the tricks on the video, see page 83.
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GREAT RESULT FOR GREAT OCEAN ROAD Victoria’s picturesque Great Ocean Road has been placed on the national heritage list with the announcement being made recently by Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke. Thank goodness we have recognised, and will now preserve, one of the most magnificent coastal stretches in the country and indeed the world. Any future development in the region will have to be approved by the Federal Government. The region includes famous breaks such as Bell’s Beach, Winki and Cathedral.
We say this not to cause offense but rather offer this word as a badge of honour awarded to none other than the fearless big wave charger Sandy Ryan of Island Surfboards. What he does for fun is just suicidal for mere mortals. In case you missed it, check out Sandy surfing Shipstern’s Bluff in Tasmania this May. www.youtube. com/watch?v=UH43LO5MCl0
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If you’re on the Sunshine Coast and have surfboards to sell, swap or show off, get along to the July 3 Swap Meet at the Da Bomb Surf Centre in Maroochydore from 11am - 2pm. Entry is free. There will be all types of boards on display from retro to modern and even a sausage sizzle on the go. For more details go to www.moresurfboards.com
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CLEAR BLUE DAYS, DEEP BLUES NIGHTS WORDS: MARK CHAPMAN
Road Dog Diaries is an exciting new travelling music roadshow, kicking off in Mildura, Victoria this July and working all the way up to North Queensland in early September. Far from just another band-on-theroad affair, this particular tour is any surf fan’s dream come true. By day, the crew will be searching out waves, snowboarding or skating and then hitting the planks at night for a musical fest, punctuated with exhibitions of surf photography and surf films between sets. And all of this, captured on film for an upcoming documentary. “Hopefully we get a fair bit of footage by the time we’re finished… of really good surfing and good locations from Torquay to Noosa,” Ash says of the very ambitious and incredibly cool project. “Also a lot of snowboarding and skating - we always get into a bit of downhill - and try and document the sort of stuff that happens.” Personally, having the distorted slide guitar wail over the beat of a stomping foot or some infectiously dancey hip-hop loops, finished off perfectly with blues-tinged, soulful storytelling is plenty reason to get me to an Ash Grunwald gig. But the concept of the complete package that the music is delivered with on this particular tour is sheer genius. In a very interesting twist, well-known surfers such as Beau and Nat Young, Neal Purchase Jr, Steph Gilmore and Matt Hoy will be making guest appearances on the tour.
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Thank goodness ASH GRUNWALD is a patient guy. It’s Wednesday. I have my interview time set. As a long-time fan I’m ready, prepared and just so excited to get the chat on the go, but my phone has other plans for our morning. Four phonecalls later, terrible reception and one crackling, dodgy phone line after another - not to mention an hour late - I finally get to talk to the easy-going bluesman about surfing, music and the new ROAD DOG DIARIES tour. And as it turns out, there’s a whole lot to talk about.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to document - just life on the road and the fun we get up to. We’re going to go out and do exactly that, just amplify it a little...”
“We’ve got Beau Young for a lot of it, if not most of it. The really good thing is that he’s going to come down south with us as well. That’s always a hard sell, because it’s cold. (laughs) So we appreciate that.” Dave Rastovich will also be joining in for time in the water and on stage. “That’s going to be really fun, because those two are good buddies. I go back a long way with Rasta and I surf with Beau a lot here in New Brighton. “ And of course it’s not just a surf fest – There are big-name musos on the bill as well, such as Kram of Spiderbait fame and – fingers crossed - roots master Xavier Rudd, who Ash used to play supports for in the early days of their careers. “I’m hoping to get Xavier when we’re down in Torquay,” Ash says. “He’s a good buddy and I’ve known him for over a decade now. That’ll be really good for the doco. It will document a part of me, and I can talk about the beginnings of it all.”
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Another major point of difference with the Road Dog Diaries tour is the standing invitation for local talent to get involved. The tour gives local surf photographers a chance to exhibit and sell their work and local filmmakers a chance to have their creations shown on screen during the show. In turn, it gives the audience an opportunity to discover some of their own homegrown talent… Possibly even catch a glimpse of themselves featured in a photo or local surf film. “I lived five years in Torquay,” Ash explains. “There was one guy who used to shoot film when Winki was cranking and then, lo and behold, a year later someone would say ‘Hey! You’re on this video!’ You’ve got some good footage of you on a good day surfing your favourite local break! “The same with the photographer down there she’d have a few snaps of you, or line-ups of your local when it’s cranking at it’s best. “I loved that when I was down there and thought that’s exactly what I want to have at these gigs. “So, in theory, someone can turn up and see themselves, or their local on its day of days… and just get really excited.” (laughs) “It’s more about the local, underground guys just going for a wave. High-performance surfers, we all get excited about, but this... I’m thinking about the guy like me in the crowd.” Normal, everyday surfers he means, not touring bluesmen... Yes, he’s a multi-award-winning musician with a stellar history of releases and collaborations, but as a late starter in the water, Ash is really humble when it comes to his surfing. “I’m by no means a ripper which is probably why I’ve still got my froth so in gear. I grew up in Melbourne, so access to waves was only ever an occasional thing when I was a kid. As an adult and really once I started gigging - I could arrange things so that I could surf more.” “I always loved it. To go to the beach was to go surfing. But being inland, I just didn’t have the opportunities to get into it as a kid. When you’re from Melbourne it’s when you get your license that you really start.”
However with a promising musical career in the making, surfing wasn’t always easy in the early days. Ash initially followed advice to tour inland, playing more obscure venues, off the beaten track, to spread his name outside of the fierce competition of the mainstream. But it wasn’t long before the ocean dragged him back.
“Well, this is what happens to me with story songs,” Ash explains. “I get a moment that really moves me. Then I think about that moment and work backwards from there and I think, ‘What is that story?’ And then I tell that story.
“I’d go to one-horse towns playing to one toothless drunk. It was quite soul destroying, but I thought ‘Hey, I’m making a living from it - who cares?’
“I was actually at Red Bluff in WA. A mate of mine who’s a really good storyteller had this great tale of where he paddled for one, missed it and then turned around to see the whole horizon lifting towards the heavens, about to land right fair-square on his head. And just that terror...
“I just decided after a while, ‘Nah, you know what, I’m just going to head for the coast. And it’s funny, it worked better for me anyway, even career-wise. But it was primarily just something I wanted to do with my life. So, surfing’s been this crazy adventure… “
“We were just around the campfire, but I was with him and felt what he must have felt. I was very moved by that story. I know the terror of when you’re in really solid waves and there’s a consequence to being caught in the wrong position. That’s what it was all about.
And it’s not just surfing. A true smorgasboarder in his own right, Ash hits a skateboard or snowboard with just as much enthusiasm as his stomp box at a live show. Touring has seen him clock up eight snow seasons, always overlapping shows with the opportunity to do some snowboarding.
“Once I got into that moment of terror, I thought the dude needs a back-story, you know? I sort of live it when I tell it, so I really think about it. I laugh sometimes though when he pops up and cops another six on the head – I always find that funny for some sick reason. (laughs)”
“I’m so lucky. Everything in my life has been facilitated by music.”
Victorian surf destinations have certainly made their mark on Ash’s lyrics. Cat Bay on Phillip Island set the stage for the event that inspired the very entertaining Dolphin Song, from the 2002 Introducing Ash Grunwald album. It tells the tale of him being rescued from a shark by a pod of helpful dolphins. And Ash reckons it happened exactly as the song says…
It’s not a one-sided arrangement. It seems that while music has a huge influence on his lifestyle, life also comes back around to influence the music. One song in particular, from the 2009 Fish Out Of Water album has stuck with me since the first listen. It’s the incredibly well-told tale of near-death in huge surf at Port Campbell. With a mental picture so well painted, surely that has to be a first-hand experience? “No that’s not autobiographical,” Ash laughs. “I’ve copped a lot of hold-downs and I have a lot of respect - and fear - for the South Coast of Victoria, but I’ve never paddled out at Two-Mile or any of these crazy hell-man places. I’ve surfed solid Bells, and I’ve surfed some solid waves down south, but none of the actual ‘big waves.’ So, just how did the Port Campbell story and song come about then?
“In the middle of the bay, on low tide with the right amount of swell, there’s a little bommie you can paddle out to. The guy I was with swore he saw a shark under me. In the post mortem I was saying ‘Well, all you did was mistake a dolphin for a shark and we didn’t actually get rescued,’ but he said ‘No way, no way... It was definitely a shark and we definitely got rescued...” Not many of us get the opportunity to throw everything we love most in life into one big event and then watch it come to life. For Ash, this artistic collaboration that is Road Dog Diaries is exactly that.
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“IT’S A GOOD THING ISN’T IT, SURFING... IT’S THIS AMAZING CURE-ALL THAT DOES EVERYTHING. “IT KEEPS YOU FIT, HEALTHY, HAPPY... AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO GET GOOD AT.”
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“It’s an intersection. It’s about a particular culture. I’ve got friends all around Australia that I love to surf with. Some are pro surfers and some are just Old Mate, who likes to go for a wave. They’re from all different professions and situations, from hardcore builders eating their pie and sauce, to full-on, tripped-out hippy dudes, or whatever... You have so much in common when you surf and there are just happy-go-lucky people who just want to get some waves and have some fun, then go to the gig, have a few beers and just hoot… Just positive people. That’s what I just love to be involved in.” Getting involved yourself is easy. Just get to one of the shows, be positive and have a whole lot of fun.
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HISTORY BUFF, REGULAR SMORGASBOARDER CONTRIBUTOR AND LAST EDITION’S PAGE 7 MODEL... MEET PAT QUIRK AND HIS EXTENDED FAMILY OF SINGLE FINS.
AKA “The Helmet”, Pat Quirk was born and raised in Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Now settled with his lovely family on the northern side of the Sunshine Coast, he spends many a day sharing waves at his favourite breaks around Noosa or Alexandra Headland, as well as tracking down pieces of surfing history to add to the growing collection. From left to right, we’ll let Pat introduce the ladies, most of which he uses regularly. 1 - OCEANIC 9’2” A very narrow, but thick longboard from 1963. No wall-hanger, this is my board of choice to ride. It goes amazingly in long walled point breaks like Noosa. 2 - DON BURFORD 7”4” TRACKER with a rolled bottom, made around 1968 when Don was still in South Australia. A challenging board to ride, but it’s amazing when you get it just right in the pocket of a nice wave. 3 - BARRY BENNETT 8’ MINI GUN with a dense foam stringer. Difficult to turn but definitely the fastest board I have ever ridden. 28
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4 - BARRY TAYLOR CUSTOM 7’8” from Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. A project board, crying out for restoration as the whole board needs to be reglassed... One day. 5 - TUBECRUISER around 6’8” by Paul Shanks, a kiwi shaper. Only surfed it a few times and I still need to get it out on a clean day. 6 - McTAVISH BLUE BIRD 7’ signed by Bob after being saved from landfill. An awesome find and my absolute fave board in the collection. 7 - KENN CUSTOM SURFBOARDS from the Gold Coast, around 6’2”. This is the board that started the collecting bug after my wife suggested a vintage, red board would look great hanging on the wall. (What a nice lady - ED)
11 - KENN CUSTOM BOARD 6’ Late 70’s single with a classic spray on the deck. 12 - McTAVISH 9’1” The only multi-finned board here, shaped by Bob himself. This is an amazing board to ride - only 2” 5/8 thick and lots of kick in the tail which helps with late take offs (sometimes). Got some cool boards to show us? We’d love to see them and show them off for you! Drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
8 - SUNBIRD SURF DESIGNS GUN 7” by Don Allcroft, a Victorian shaper who also shaped for Rip Curl. It looks to be around late 70’s. 9 - McCOY 6’8” This has had a full restoration, so it’s a little heavy but great to ride as it’s really thick so catches waves very easily. 10 - SHANE STANDARD 6” Around mid-70’s by the looks of the shape. Amazing shapers like Simon Anderson cut their teeth making these boards under the eye of Shane Stedman. Pat cruising at Noosa. Photo: Popeye
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WE ALL HAVE A FAVOURITE FAVOURITE. EMMA WEBB OF TORQUAY SHARES A LITTLE ABOUT HER SPECIAL BOARD WITH US It’s the board I’ve wanted for the last ten years and now we’ve finally found each other! It was an instant connection straight after that first ride the 6’2 Spunk Bubble shaped by Greg Brown had found its new home, my shed. Now to the really important stuff about the board. It’s not white it’s an actual colour nothing like adding a bit of colour to the line up! There’s enough black and white out there already and even if I’m black and white too, it’s not going to make me rip any more like Kelly or Fanning... Just a little bit of self-expression.
Another amazing thing is it floats me easily. I’m not flapping around like a fish out of water struggling to move forward, let alone ride a wave. It catches waves like I’m riding a Mini-mal - bonus for me out there! So that’s three big ticks for my new favourite board. Oh, and some might find these next facts more important but it all depends on the angle your coming from: it turns on a wing nut and gets heaps of speed... I sometimes get the speed wobbles I’m going so quick. A match made in heaven. Until I find my next favourite board anyway...
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A BREAK FROM THE ORDINARY
On a recent trip to The Gong I called into two stores in Thirroul - one I knew and the other I had heard a lot about. Basically, these stores are absolute Aladdin’s caves for the collector or soul surfer after something outside the mainstream. Both are well worth a visit - and an introduction - so we had a chat to the men behind the counter. WORDS & PHOTOS: DAVE SWAN
PAUL HICKMAN RETRO WOMBAT
CHRIS KELLY FINBOX BOARDSTORE
WHAT IS SURFING TO YOU? Trying to find a wave where there is only two or three in the water. I can’t deal with crowds or all that agro and stuff.
FAVOURITE BREAK? Chips. The reef break off the point at Geroa. I grew up surfing it.
FAVOURITE BOARD? My favourite single fin is a 6’1” Col Smith channel bottom. It suits my body type perfectly. That and a modern day Skipp thruster for when the swell is on. WHAT’S THE STORE ALL ABOUT? I guess the store is called Retro Wombat, Retro as in ‘backward’ and ‘wombat’ as in the ‘hard to find Australian.’ We’re more like the Hairy Nosed Wombat, the rare and endangered one, not the common wombat. Our motto, so to speak, is recycling suburban Australia. We’re about stopping stuff from going to the tip - the whole gamut of recycling from picking out the good things we can resell down to recycling nuts, bolts, copper, brass and steel. We offer people a complete recycling service and a large percentage of the stuff goes to local op shops and charity stores and some we sell in store. We have really tried to develop a charitable side to the business. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT TO FIND IN RETRO WOMBAT? I used to be more into the antique side of things but we’ve slowly moved more and more into the junk side of things. The junk is the fun stuff. It’s what people want and it is affordable. HOW LONG HAS THE STORE BEEN WHERE IT IS? Six years. When we set up here there was no roof on the building and no floor. All in all though, I have been doing this sort of thing for twenty years. I have had four stores through that time.
FAVOURITE BOARD? The one I am riding most at the moment is a 5’8” shortboard called ‘The Guild’ by shaper Lee Stacey. WHAT’S THE FINBOX ALL ABOUT I suppose the whole concept for the store was to bring that uniqueness back to surfing and make it a little bit more interesting. I wanted to create a store that felt like the ones I walked into as a kid in the 80s. Those stores were about surfing, surfboards and cool stuff. Nowadays mainstream surf stores have lost that soul. WHAT’S TRULY UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR STORE? I think it comes from just selecting a good range of products that reflect a different side of surfing culture. Being a surfer myself, I ride all types of boards, so I wanted a surf shop that had enough hardware with a range of surfboards that reflected surfer’s different styles and interests. I wanted to create a real surf shop. On the clothing side, we’re a little bit more of a boutique as we hunt down those brands that have a clear point of difference. With regards to the store itself, we wanted to create an inviting space where people can walk in and feel comfortable. With a good atmosphere, people want to hang here and have a chat and not just duck in and out.
FAVOURITE THING IN STORE? Probably the 10 ft pintail mal. It is a big heavy brute of a board.
FAVOURITE THING IN STORE? That’s a tricky one. We got the new Vouch boards in and I would have to say the 8’7” rolled vee bottom is amazing. I don’t know how long it will stay on the racks before I wax that thing up myself.
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WHEN HE’S NOT BALANCING LEDGERS, HE’S SNAPPING SLABS. WE CHAT TO UP-AND-COMING SOUTH COAST PHOTOGRAPHER, JORDAN GODLEY, AND CHECK OUT SOME OF HIS WORK.
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Q&A What came first: surfing or photography? Definitely surfing, I think it has only been the past six months or so that I shot more than I surfed. You’re studying Accounting – an unusual career to align with surf photography… How do you juggle the two? (Laughs) Yeah I get that a lot. I’ve actually just finished all my accounting studies, around 9 years all up. It’s been pretty tough in the past, working long hours, studying for my CPA and chasing swells. I guess long days, a flexible boss and a tonne of coffee makes all the difference. I pretty much froth 24/7 on surfing, so getting up at 4am to go surfing or working back late to make up for a few hours off work here and there has never been an issue for me. Does where you live lend itself to a lot of good photographic opportunities? Yeah, it sure does, especially surf-wise. There are so many different locations to choose from down here - from perfect beaches to slabbing reefs, all within an hour’s drive of each other. When not snapping, what are you riding? Lately whenever there has been waves I’ve been shooting, so I’ve only been surfing in the small stuff... So my weapon of choice would have to be the ezi-rider long board - so much fun. Other than that, my roommate and I have a nice collection of old boards we take out from time to time. I pretty much ride anything, depending on the conditions. The perfect surf photo... I think the perfect surf shot is different for everyone. For me, it’s one that has a story or journey behind it and takes me back to epic times. Also, it needs to have amazing light and composition. With a good camera being so cheap these days, there are so many of the same style of shots floating around, so I guess a shot that is unique really stands out for me.
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How can people get hold of your work? www.jordangodleyphotography.com has just been set up, and I run a blog, jordangodleyphotography. tumblr.com, which I update every few days. If anyone’s keen to have me shoot them surfing, they can always give me a buzz on 0422 529 801 or shoot me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
“empties... i’m kinda digging those shots at the moment...love blowing them up on canvas and staring at them... ”
What does the future hold? Hopefully pursue photography a little more. I’ve just finished all my studies in accounting and I now have something to fall back on, so I can focus on photography and enjoy it rather than chase it to make some coin. I’m in the process of putting together a coffee table book which I hope to finish by the end of the year. Next year, hopefully I will do a bit of travelling, chasing swells at a drop of a hat and shooting a few weddings here and there. I would love to eventually move to Indonesia, or spend six months of the year there shooting and travelling. That would be the ultimate dream scenario.
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Born: Penrith (Yes I’m a Westie haha) Live: Berrara, NSW Love: Being in the ocean, Photography, Surfing and Soccer. What’s your camera setup? Canon 50d, AquaTech water housing and a few lenses.
Take some time to view more of Jordan’s work online. And if you find an image you love, make sure to part with a few dollars for print. jordangodleyphotography.com
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This edition, we were absolutely flooded with fantastic photos, all taken by none other than you! This giant, meaty chunk of saltwater at Cape Solander, AKA - ‘Ours’ was sent in by Doug Ford and is most definitely our pick of the bunch. Absolute cracking shot, Doug. Free stuff on the way to you! Send in your snaps of glory, comedy or consequence to email@example.com
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In terms of an Australian surfing destination, it’s possibly a mountaineer’s Everest. One break - which will remain nameless - is the equivalent of better-known Australian big wave magnets such as Shipsterns in Tasmania or the Cow Bombie in Western Australia, definitely rating in the five biggest and heaviest waves in the entire country. Extending some 150km from Cape Otway to Port Fairy – basically the southern tip of mainland Australia to just short of the South Australian border - this stretch of coast is not for the faint-hearted or the ignorant. Mother Nature, and quite possibly the locals, will deliver it to you in spades if you forget to show the place due respect. While the Southern Ocean always packs a punch no matter what the wave size and the water temperature alone is enough to take your breath away, from a pure tourist perspective, this is possibly one of the most spectacular, picturesque, idyllic and stunningly beautiful destinations on Earth.
Shipwreck Coast COLD, DARK, SHARKY WITH MONSTROUS WAVES, HUGE RIPS AND HEAVY LOCALS... IT SOUNDS OH SO INVITING, BUT IF YOU ARE GAME, THIS PLACE JUST HAS TO BE SEEN AND EXPERIENCED. WORDS DAVE SWAN
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Facts CAPE OTWAY is the second southernmost tip of mainland Australia (Aptly-named South Point on Wilsons Promontory in Victoria is incidentally our southernmost.) PORT FAIRY is just under 3 hours drive from the South Australian border. Water temp in the region in winter can get down to 12 degrees. In summer it gets up to 17 degrees. Offshore winds push colder deep water nearer to the coast and replace surface water warmed by the sun. This coupled with air temperature and wind-chill need to be factored in when determining by how much you will freeze your bits off.
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Shipwreck Coast On penning this story I had originally envisaged calling it The Iceman Cometh: The Smorgasboarder crew tackle the arctic conditions and wild mountainous surf of the Shipwreck Coast. As it turned out, the crew, of which there are two, was reduced to one after Mark shafted me the day the trip started, so an expedition of Dave headed down south. My first day on the Shipwreck Coast was magnificent. The sun was out, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the first signs of surf revealed gentle, peeling, A-frame beachies more suited to a cruisy mal. It was hardly hellman territory. But, it wasn’t my first trip to these parts and as they often say, “if you don’t like the weather, hang around a while.” It’s possible to get all four seasons in one day. It can be sunny one minute, blowing a gale the next. The week before, I had received a text from a local surfer with words to the effect of, “25ft ground swells with a 12 second fetch. Should be 12ft plus.” Thank goodness I was running late. And the predictions proved correct. Mammoth swell
pounded the coast on that week, sweeping one of his surfing mates into a cave and treating him to a nasty, neardeath experience. Just think, that could have been me... The day I arrived however, only rolling waves slid past the Twelve Apostles and were something to behold. There possibly can’t be a more mindblowing experience then surfing amongst these natural pillars of wonder. The next day, and thereafter, was more of what I expected at this time of year: Bleak and cold, which is exactly what I was after. The surf wasn’t huge but had some grunt and that Southern Ocean still took my breath away in more ways than one. In my opinion, this is the perfect time to visit the Shipwreck Coast. If you’re after balmy conditions, head to Fiji. Down here’s supposed to be wild, woolly and cold. That’s part of its appeal. To witness the sea battering the rugged limestone coastline is not only amazing, but one of the sights that make the region so unique.
At the end of each day, having taken in the sights, watched some phenomenal surfing or made your own little bit of surfing folklore (in your own mind at least) you can retire to a cosy B&B cottage, comfy retreat or country pub. I don’t know why but there is something so appealing about freezing your knackers off, tackling waves with such raw power and then unwinding afterwards with a bit of amber nectar next to a roaring fire. The local food and produce is also superb and the perfect way to refuel your numb, aching body. Indeed, the area also boasts a number of superb restaurants and eateries. Ahh... the delights of a surfing roadtrip in a wintery wonderland. The colder, the better I say. I absolutely love this part of the world. But enough from me, we talk with local big-wave legend Russell ‘The Hellman’ McConachy, about his love for surfing these parts.
It’s at its most dramatic and awe-inspiring best when Mother Nature struts her stuff.
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Russell McConachy Born in Chelsea, in what was then a rough bayside suburb of Melbourne, Russell McConachy grew up surfing the Victorian east coast and places like Phillip Island. As he explains it, he didn’t surf anywhere in particular, he simply went to where the waves were… chasing quality and size. “I always studied the weather maps and got to know the systems, tides and winds for each break and headed to where I thought it would be best. I discovered a few spots down on the Shipwreck Coast in 1973 and thought it was awesome. It pretty much became my Hawaii. “I would drive down there every weekend from Frankston and stay for two or three days or a week depending on how good it was. I would drop everything, head down and sleep in my car. “There were only ever a few guys like Dave Smurthwaite, Rock Stone and PK surfing big waves down that way. My favourite spots were relatively empty. I would regularly surf alone. Still do, but only occasionally.” With that said, Russell has been able to share his love for big waves with a select few. “I have been fortunate that I have always had a good hardcore crew around me that want to surf big waves from when I was twenty until now. But if you don’t want to surf big waves, well then, you are not going to fit in on a surf trip. It’s just a wonderful and exciting thing to share. The anticipation of the night before... When you can hear the waves breaking outside, it’s just something else. “All my mates who surf these spots nowadays are generally ten, twenty, thirty years younger than me. I have also shared some waves down here through the years with some great surfers, the likes of Jeff Sweeney, Greg Brown, Glen Casey, Tony Ray and the Rowley brothers. “Gerard Healy (ex-Melbourne Demons and Sydney Swans AFL footballing great) is also one of my great mates and a surf addict like myself. We team up most weeks. Over the past decade he has been coming down the coast and tackling what we like to chase. Big waves just become a focus of your life.” “I have been surfing my chosen break for some thirty-three years now. It is an intense experience. It is perhaps like surfing Waimea.” “At 61, I know my days are numbered with regards to surfing the bigger days. I don’t have any desire to live up to any image and I pick my waves more carefully now. “There is a great new crew emerging, led by guys like Brendan Ryan, Pat O’Shea and Mick Deppeler. I get as much joy watching my mates catch great waves as I do catching my own.” I asked Russell whether he had ever tackled any other of the big name surf spots around the globe. “I started building my house down here in 1987, a rustic bluestone house with recycled timbers throughout and this, along with my chosen break, became my focus. I wasn’t interested in too much else. The lure of other surf breaks didn’t really appeal when I had great waves in my own backyard. Between time, money and running my business, I didn’t really pursue any others. However, I did go to Hawaii in 1978, as I wanted to experience and gain an understanding of what big surf was like. This would set my attitude towards big surf for the rest of my surfing life. I believe it’s important to have a true perspective of the waves you surf.” As for the biggest wave Russell has tackledat home? “The biggest I have paddled into is around 15 to 20 ft. I have a
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photo of me paddling over a 25ft wave. It was a 15 to 18ft day and we literally saw a line on the horizon. It blacked it out. It was the biggest wave I have dealt with in the water. I screamed at the guys, ‘Paddle like...’ I do some towing occasionally, but not here.” LOCALISM When it comes to localism, which is widely reputed in these parts, Russell is quite philosophical in his approach. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. You have to appreciate that spots will become known at some stage and inevitably, you have to be prepared to share. “I will happily share waves with people from outside the area just as I would with my friends. If you’ve been waiting, it’s your turn. I don’t think because it is my break you have to wait forever and that sort of stuff. Some people have that attitude or just want to take every wave, but that can happen anywhere. I am a little more easy-going. ‘Live and let live’, I say. Perhaps that’s part of getting older and having a bit more of a sharing attitude. I was probably a bit greedy when I was younger without even realising it.” As for the fanatics that staunchly guard these parts, Russell has this to say. “People really believe what they are saying. They genuinely believe in their cause, just as I believe in what they
are doing can be unfair in some ways. There is talk of a ‘surf sanctuary’ and yes, it is a very delicate environment around here in terms of the landscape and seascape. You wouldn’t want a contest here. The area just couldn’t cope. But as for the ‘no exposure’ mentality to try and keep the crowds down... the Great Ocean Road is on the map, our tourist board is promoting it, everyone knows it’s there and any surfer worth his salt tends to travel beyond his home breaks anyway. “Sure we don’t want a horde of surfers and jetskis turning up, making the place like another Mavericks or Jaws. It’s so hard to predict that it’s a tough call to travel here, especially if you have to travel from afar. There’s usually a very small window for it all to come together, so it is easy to be disappointed! “Localism, in my opinion, can be quite selective. Some photographers and surfers from outside the area have had a hard time, but local photographers seem to have less drama. “People know my opinion and hopefully they can respect my philosophy as I do theirs. We will agree to disagree.” THE SHARK FACTOR? “I don’t think it is a huge issue with all that is going on in the ocean. However it would be naive to suggest they are not nearby when you are surfing.
It’s more a matter of so far so good! Further south, around Port Fairy and Portland, there is reason for more concern, but you just have to forget about it and keep surfing, ideally!” But I pester Russell for a more direct answer. Surely there must have been some bumps or close calls through the years surfing these parts all alone? “Oh yeah, I have had a fair few. It does stay with you for a few months afterwards. I have mates with great shark stories. “Paddling across deep-water channels in some parts, it does cross your mind, but you just have to deal with it. It’s out of your control. It’s always been my philosophy when you are in the ocean you have to ‘accept what you can’t change and change what you can.’ I have that quote on my desk and in my diary. I think it is so true of life. I think when you surf you have to accept that is part of the deal. “I would be shattered if something happened though, after all this time. To think I have gone this far.” WORDS OF ADVICE FOR THOSE VENTURING DOWN THE COAST “I think a surfer has to have the right equipment and the right headspace to deal with whatever they confront. You can pull up at some breaks, think it’s 6ft and paddle out to realise it’s 12ft. I’ve rescued quite a few guys over the years.
“For example, you can’t just use a standard leg rope. I use a 15ft tied leg rope, two plugs, extra Velcro - a lot of things that eliminate any chance of having to swim. That’s where the problems start. When it’s big, many of the bays turn into massive rips going out to sea. It is serious. You can’t paddle against it. “I think in any break, you respect the place and the people in the water, which I think goes without saying, whether you are a local or not. Don’t try to be ‘the man’ out there. Attitude is the key. It’s pretty basic. “Other than that, you need a 4/3 wetsuit from now on, until November. THE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED “I have several 9-10ft guns. I have a new 9’9” that I am riding now. Custom made of course - 3 ¼“ x 19 ¾ “ x 9’9”. “I’ve had boards from Maurice Cole and Murray Bourton. Mike Anthony made my last one. It’s good to have someone in town to have that old-fashioned relationship with your shaper.” TRAINING So what of holding your breath and the training to tackle monstrous waves? Russell shed some light on his approach. “I don’t carry rocks along the ocean shore (he laughs). I think if you are physically fit and mentally strong, you
When you look at a weather map and you see the massive systems hitting our coast non-stop, compared to what you get on the east coast, it is just staggering.” Russell McConachy
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deal with it. Mucking around in the pool the other day, my partner’s daughter held her breath underwater longer than me. I don’t have any interest in doing that. I think you just do what you have to. I am a very strong swimmer and am fit so I know what I can handle.” Russell did Taekwondo for twenty years and fought full-contact tournaments for eight years. “I wasn’t the best martial artist, but I trained my arse off and was as fit as you could be. I did ok because I was very fit. You get the best out of your body. Likewise with surfing, being fit will put you in a good position to catch a few good waves.” BEST CONDITIONS North-east depending on the break. A south-west swell is normal. On surfing iconic landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles: “I have surfed there up to 10ft, but waves there can often be closeouts. The region just gets so much swell and consequently, the sand banks are constantly changing. You can have months where it’s so big and disorganised that it is unrideable. “
LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK “There are some good spots in the region. In Port Fairy, Rebecca’s is really good. Time and Tide is also a very nice restaurant. The Merrijig Inn is great. “In Port Campbell, Room six is great for breaky, lunch or dinner. The pub is good for dinner and to socialise. 12 Rocks is ok as well.” And as for a good spot to grab a beer, Russell’s reply was the same as Mark Richards in our last edition. “I don’t drink beer. I have never been a beer drinker. I will have a stubbie in summer if it’s warm but more often than not I will drink a lemon squash. I guess that’s why Russell rides 18ft waves and I don’t. At least I now know what’s been holding me back. Incidentally, from my personal research, the Caledonian Inn in Port Fairy is also a cracker. Roaring fire, good beer and one of the best steaks I have had. Spoons Café also makes great coffee and muffins.
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STUDY THE BREAK. Most spots on the Shipwreck Coast are further out then they initially seem, hence the waves are bigger than they appear and the paddle out draining. Then there are the rips, the sea floor, the rocky cliff faces... you get the drift. Know what you are getting yourself into first. SURF WITH A MATE. This wasn’t possible as Mark shafted me, but in most cases it’s great to surf unfamiliar waters with a friend, in the event you get into any trouble. SHARKS. It’s all in the mind, they say. BE RESPECTFUL OF LOCALS. They’re particularly sensitive to outsiders taking over their breaks. If you’re low-key and go about it the right way, you shouldn’t have any hassles. If you’re a knob, expect some problems as these guys will defend their patch.
As part of our respect for the local surfing community, we have not named specific surf spots on the Shipwreck Coast. After all, the spirit of adventure on a surfing road trip is to discover. All up, when surfing these parts make sure you are up to it. If you are, remember, no guts, no glory. Go hard or go home. So what did I do exactly? I surfed alone. Again, Mark you bastard. Jokes aside, I was mindful of showing due respect to the local crew and sat a little way away from the lineup, still getting my fair share of waves. Of course I didn’t want to sit too far away, just dangling my legs like chicken wings in the dark abyss below. I made sure I kept within reasonable distance of the pack so as not to get a close and personal experience with the fauna that frequent these parts. As they say, it doesn’t matter if you can’t outswim the shark as
long as you can outswim the guy beside you. As for donning some serious rubber, surfing down these parts just heightens my respect for cold-water surfers the world over. Stick a 4ml piece of rubber, booties and hood on me and I feel as coordinated as a performing walrus at the Zoo, and believe me, I am just as entertaining. The gear required, which is just a necessity in these parts, adds another dimension to surfing. To see what some guys do with all that neoprene on is incredible. It feels like surfing in slow motion and the hood has the effect of someone turning the sound down. Everything is silent. You see the size of the waves, paddle through the kelp and think about what lurks in the depths below and it is like watching a horror movie with the sound switched off. In a way, it’s frightening whilst being somewhat serene at the same time.
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What to See and Do
The Twelve Apostles. A true natural wonder of the world.
I have heard the Great Ocean Road likened to Route 66 in the United States. Just like the great road, it cannot be rushed. You could drive the Shipwreck Coast in around 2.5 hours but you would be crazy if you did. There are so many majestic viewpoints along the way and so many great surf spots, it is better to explore the region over the course of four days or more, particularly if the swell is on.
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION The Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest lightstation on mainland Australia. It began operating in 1848. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in the spectacular views, you may even spot some seals and penguins and whilst there you can tour the surrounding historical buildings that include lightkeepersâ€™ residences, a telegraph station and a radar room.
CAPE OTWAY If venturing from the north, the start of your journey is Cape Otway where the Southern Ocean meets Bass Strait. It forms part of the Great Otway National Park and is lush and mountainous - tall wet forests, ancient rainforests, diverse heathlands and woodlands all fringed by a rugged coastline with pockets of sandy beaches and striking waterfalls.
OTWAY FLY TREE TOP WALK 600m long and 25m high, this is a treetop walk that will not be forgotten. A 47m high lookout will add to your exasperation. The walk takes you through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest. You can even zipline or abseil from the Fly for an adrenalin rush.
After Cape Otway the scenery becomes even more spectacular - 200ft sea cliffs, wave-sculpted islands, blowholes, cathedral-like arches and heaving ocean swells. THE TWELVE APOSTLES Next stop is the huge offshore limestone pillars called The Twelve Apostles, well there are actually only seven now but they are stunning nonetheless. At sunrise or sunset they are particularly breathtaking but are magical at any time of the day. They are as famous a landmark in Australia as Ayres Rock, the Great Barrier Reef or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They must be seen.
The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Martyrs and the Bay of Islands... The amazing coastline continues and there are numerous walking trails and lookouts to appreciate the beauty of this rugged coastal stretch. Go on to the Victorian tourism website for all details www.visitvictoria.com CHEESE WORLD 10 minutes east of Warrnambool is the Allansford Cheese World, home to the award winning Warrnambool Cheddar Cheese. Free cheese tastings are conducted hourly on the half hour between 9.30am and 4.30pm. A large selection of local products including wine, jam, honey, chocolates and sauces can also be purchased.
PORT CAMPBELL A nice little fishing village nestled amongst Norfolk pines set on a natural gorge around Port Campbell Bay at the mouth of Campbells Creek.
FLYING HORSE BREWERY & BAR Be sure to stop in for a drop. I must confess I could not resist. I had a couple on tap and had to grab a mixed
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Caledonian Inn, Port Fairy Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool
Cape Otway Lightstation
Local breweries are king
Surf and SUP lessons are available through Go Surf in Port Fairy
constructed viewing platform in the dunes. You can walk, skate or bike ride the 5.7km path along the promenade.
six-pack to sample later. Superb beer from their Dirty Angel dark ale through to their thirst-quenching Whale Ale and Whoolaston Wheaty, a traditional Bavarian style hefeweizen. Wooohooo, my mouth waters. WARRNAMBOOL The coastline levels off at the windswept port of Warrnambool. The first thing that hit me about this town is its amazing Foreshore Promenade. It stretches from the Breakwall along to the Southern Right Whale Nursery at Logan’s Beach - that’s right, whales swim within a couple of hundred meters of the beach with their calves and can be viewed from a specially-
Along the stretch there is Lady Bay, great for a playful wave with the kids. You can explore the rockpools at nearby Stingray Bay. And then, there is Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground. This ‘parkland’ is massive, 20 hectares in fact, and is a haven for young families. I have possibly never seen so many kids’ playgrounds in one spot. The kids could literally spend hours going from one playground to the other and there’s also giant slides, flying foxes, a maze, paddleboats and plenty of sheltered BBQ facilities. Nearby there is a skateboard park, lawn tennis courts, mini golf and an athletics track. You can even hire bikes at the Warrnambool Foreshore Pavilion. Flagstaff Hill is another attraction in the city of Warrnambool itself. It is a maritime village that is set on 10 acres and reflects the pioneering
atmosphere of an 1870’s coastal port. You can even relive the survival tale of two passengers aboard the ship Loch Ard, which sank off the coast, in a dramatic sound and laser show. Screenings nightly from dusk. TOWER HILL 14km west of Warrnambool is the Tower Hill Nature Reserve. An Aboriginal-run nature preserve inside an extinct volcano, it’s packed with koalas, echidnas, and emus. PORT FAIRY I can’t begin to describe how pretty this quaint seaside fishing village set on the historic Moyne River is other than to stay it is possibly the most magical town I have seen on the entire coast from Noosa to the South Australian border. In some parts its like a tiny town in Canada or Maine in the US. Around the golf links and its southern shoreline - aptly named
Shipwreck Coast Pea Soup - it reminds me of Scotland. It’s so very different to the rest of Australia in terms of its look and feel. A walk around the tree-lined streets will reveal a wealth of beautiful bluestone cottages, historic buildings, stunning beachside and waterfront houses, churches, restaurants, cafes and classic pubs that still offer true country hospitality. Much of Port Fairy’s history has been preserved from when it was once Australia’s second largest port in the 1840s. (The region was frequented by Bass Strait sealers on seasonal hunting expeditions from Tasmania and derived its name after a cutter sailing vessel ‘Fairy’ took shelter in the River Moyne from a dreadful storm in the early 1800s. The bay was named ‘Port Fairy’ by the boat’s captain, in honour of this tiny ship.)
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Port Fairy stages a number events throughout the year such as their famous folk festival in March providing even more reasons to visit. For details go to www.visitportfairy-moyneshire.com.au A FEW PORT FAIRY WINTER WARMERS: Love Port Fairy. A time for indulgence and romance. 2-3 July. Taste the Flavours of Port Fairy. 6-7 August. A celebration of local food and wine along with cooking demonstrations. Ex Libris Book Fair runs from 9-11 Sept. Meet top authors, illustrators and booksellers. And as with the entire Shipwreck Coast, Southern Right Whales play off these shores from June through to October
Getting there To make the journey along the Shipwreck Coast you need a car. I wouldn’t fancy undertaking a hike with a surfboard under your arm, despite how scenic it is. How you get there, is up to you. You could fly into Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport or Avalon airport which is even closer to where you need to go. From Tullamarine it is a little over an hours drive to Geelong depending on traffic (Flying into Avalon will cut your journey down to Geelong by ¾). Once in Geelong, you might as well travel 30 minutes onto Torquay and take the scenic route along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway, the start of the Shipwreck Coast.
Port Fairy is arguably the most picturesque coastal town in Australia”
Torquay to Cape Otway will take you a good 2.5 to 3 hours drive without stops. Adelaide to Port Fairy is around 7 hours drive and covers about 590 kms.
Shipwreck Coast Boats moored on the beautiful Moyne River, Port Fairy
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Where to stay
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A great place to use as your base! The Park features Riverfront, Spa, Deluxe and Ensuite cabins, as well as powered and unpowered sites in a tranquil setting, on the banks of the Curdies River Inlet. The park is near fantastic surf breaks and the sandy beach and inlet are good for swimmers of all ages, or fishing, sailboarding and boating. A member of the Top Tourist Parks of Australia chain. Discounts to members. Proximity: Between Bay of Islands Coastal Park and Port Campbell National Park, near some of the best surf breaks around. Estuary and cray fishing on your doorstep. Phone: 1800 200 478 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gortp.com.au From $95 per night for cabins and from $32 per night for sites
On a peninsula between Stingray Bay and Lady Bay with 80 well-appointed guestrooms including deluxe suites, premium studios with spa baths and fully self-contained penthouses. All have individual balconies and many offer views of the Bays. An underground aquifer provides naturally heated geothermal water for the hotel’s Deepwater Baths, whilst Mii Spa offers therapeutic relaxation. Water Table Restaurant & Bar perfect for casual, relaxed dining is also on site. Proximity: 100m to beach, opposite Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground Near Warrnambool Promenade Phone: 03 5559 2000 www.sebelwarrnambool.com
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GOING SOLO, MON PHOTOGRAPHER JOEL COLEMAN, OF MANLY-BASED PHOTO GALLERY SALTMOTION, SHARES HIS IDYLLIC EXPERIENCE OF STUNNING SCENERY, UNCROWDED WAVES AND FRIENDLY FOLK IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS. “Film set or surf trip? Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference when travelling through the Solomon Islands. This paradise location seems too perfect to possibly belong to the same world we flew out of - a world of packed line-ups and parking officers at the beach. “There’s a statistic I heard that goes something like this: people that live a subsistence lifestyle work fewer hours a week than those who work a nine-to-five job in a major city. Welcome to the Solomon Islands - a place where subsistence is the way of life, shells still form part of the currency, and waves - good waves - are going unridden as you read this.” WORDS & PHOTOS: JOEL COLEMAN/SALTMOTION.COM It takes us two days of travel to get here. Two flights, a truck, a ferry, a 4x4 vehicle and a small boat. Led to believe we would be staying in a village with the local population, we’re expecting nothing more than a palm thatched hut with a mat to sleep on and a mosquito net to ward off the malaria-carrying mozzies. When we arrive on dark at the village, we’re gobsmacked. An entire island, roughly 150 square meters, has been built by hand, inside a lagoon, from coral rubble collected from the nearby reefs. Traditional houses with simple floors allow you to see through to the water lapping beneath. Our first meal is a feast of crayfish and local vegetables. Solar cell powered electric lights and there were beds comfortable enough to ease any aching surfer’s shoulders. This is by no means a tourist setup though. The island is a living, working village. The house where visiting surfers stay has been built in partnership, by Australian ex-pat and Surf Solomons man in charge, Tony Jansen and the traditional land owners of the village. It caters for those after a chance to surf perfect tropical waves with not another surfer in sight except the friends you came with. On our first evening someone asks what time we should head out in the morning. The response will stay with me for a very long time... “It’s up to you, the tide is right all morning and you don’t need to worry about beating the crowds... There are no other surfers here.”
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“THE TIDE IS RIGHT ALL MORNING AND YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BEATING THE CROWDS... THERE ARE NO OTHER SURFERS HERE.”
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The Solomon Islands culture looks down on swearing - a problem for your average Australian on a surf trip. It‘s decided on our first night to do our best to respect our hosts by not swearing. The penalty? Ten push-ups, to be paid instantly. One of our crew lasts about five seconds on hearing the rule. “Shit! I’m a tradie, it’s impossible not to swear!” Down he goes for the first ten of the trip. After the first day we’ve all put in a load of push-ups and decided that there’s an amnesty when out surfing (no locals out there to hear how rough we were). After a few more days the tone of our conversations has amazingly mellowed a little and other long-lost adjectives have found their way into our ramblings.
James Hozack stalling for a glassy cover-up
I have had the opportunity to visit some pretty amazing surfing destinations over the years, met some fantastic people and stayed with those who call themselves locals. However, there is something different about this trip. The tribal system of land ownership in the Solomon Islands means you can’t just motor your charter boat up to these reefs, throw anchor and surf. You need permission from the local village, meaning it is unlikely the big operators are going to make tracks into this part of the world in a hurry. The local culture doesn’t really value money the way we do and their “one talk” system, of distributing wealth earned among the whole family, discourages capitalist thinking. At the same time this place is hard to get to by land. Accommodation doesn’t exist for tourists and it would be hard to get a local fisherman to drive you out to the reef and wait while you surfed for a few hours. So, if you want to come surf here you either need to be an intrepid traveller with plenty of time, patience and good luck or you need a local guide. In this part of the Solomon Islands there is only one local guide. I would love to think it will stay that way and crowds will never become a problem here, but given the magic of this place, that’s unlikely.
THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THE WAVES HERE IS... UNCROWDED. Picture a setup with hundreds of potential breaks, and no one surfing. As we load boards into the boat each morning to head out to the reefs we keep an eye on each spot we pass by and regularly ask our guide what that break is like. Often the response is that he has seen waves there, but not surfed it yet. The possibilities are almost endless. One day the wind comes up. We take a hike up into the hills of the main island to get a good vantage point to see the reefs and the outer edge of the lagoon snaking, twisting and turning in so many directions, showing so many possibilities to pick up swell from different directions. The waves themselves are all reef breaks where booties are essential and a bad wipe-out could see you lose a little skin to the coral. Having said that, there is no one else to compete with for waves! If you are not a hero barrel-hunter and you prefer to sit a little wide on the shoulder then go for it, you will get your fill of waves. Most of the spots we surf offer short, punchy rides. (We didn’t see any major swells during our visit but the vision of what these reefs can offer has me very tempted to return again as soon as I can squeeze it in.) Surfing in water that is around 30 degrees Celsius and air temps that go from hot, to hot and wet, can make you pretty thirsty. Water flows in abundance from freshwater springs throughout the islands, but far better is the post-surf coconut that the boat driver cracks open for each us on our return to the boat. The sweet water from inside is something to look forward to, and munching on the flesh of the young coconuts during the boat ride back to the surf camp is a great way to keep growling stomachs at bay until the next meal arrives... I have never had anything as good as a fresh coconut followed by a meal of fish that was caught while we were surfing. I’m not kidding either! While we surf, local villagers in dug-out canoes paddle over to the boat and trade fish they have just caught, which becomes our lunch only hours later. Fresh vegetables and greens are collected from the gardens on the main island - gardens that looked like jungle, but are actually very cleverly cultivated food producing machines. Basically, everything we eat on the trip was either breathing, or in the ground growing, only hours before it hits our plates. We have a break from surfing one afternoon and our guide Tony asks if we would like to visit a village located a short boat ride up the river. Motoring up the river can only be described by visualising a happy version of the scene from “Apocalypse Now” when they reach Kurt’s camp. Dug-out canoes being paddled up the river by jul/aug 2011
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We hit a flat spell around day three, or was it day four, of our trip? Even after such a short stay on this tiny island it appears that time had started to become insignificant. On a surf trip, a flat spell can normally spell disaster, with a bunch of high energy man-grommets doing their best to get on each others’ nerves until the swell returns. In the Solomon Islands it is exactly the opposite. Tony calls us together and asks if we would rather skip on the small waves in favour of hiking up into the bush on the main island. The promise of waterfalls, majestic views of paradise and some good exercise is enough to convince us. “Oh yeah, it might be a bit muddy. Probably best to wear your reef booties.” This turned out to be the understatement of the year. The tracks up the mountain are mostly ankle deep in warm mud, steep and pretty difficult. The locals charge up with little thought to us with our delicate feet and lack of skill on these tracks. But the slipping and sliding around only makes the adventure come to life and we’re treated to some amazing views. We stop at a handful of waterfalls to cool off and rinse away the mud throughout the day. About two thirds of the way through the trek we come across a small bush village where a young guy climbs a palm tree and cuts a coconut for each of us to drink from. Refreshed, we begin the walk back down to the coast. The variety of terrain we pass through in a half day trek
is amazing. From coastal mangrove to tropical rainforest, to cultivated subsistence gardens and areas designated by the village for logging to build their communal buildings. I can honestly say that the entire group is amazed at how great a day we have had. The fact that there were no waves was almost a blessing. Had there been surf, we probably would not have taken the time to open our eyes to the offerings of the island of Malaita. The surf industry in the Solomon Islands is still very new. The reason for the slow development is that Tony is aiming to ensure that the local population benefit from the development of the industry and are not left behind by the menace that can be the surf tourism machine. That said, the service they offer is amazing. His knowledge of the villages, the reefs and the people can only come from someone who has lived and breathed the Solomon Islands like he has. Being married to a local girl, he has been completely accepted into the culture and is able to share that with his guests. The system of land and reef ownership through the tribal system should ensure that big business is kept away from this remarkable place, I say, for the better. As the younger people in the villages take to surfing through boards left by guests, they will begin to understand the resource they are sitting on - one that is positive, promotes an active and healthy lifestyle and can provide a good income for their village in a country, where making a living can be difficult. I think it is only a matter of time before we see several small surf camps along the lagoons. Based on Tony’s model of partnering with a village and employing the locals, it will give more surfers the chance to surf the waves of the area. Crowds will never become a
“THE WAVES ARE ALL REEF BREAKS WHERE BOOTIES ARE ESSENTIAL AND A BAD WIPE-OUT COULD SEE YOU LOSE A LITTLE SKIN TO THE CORAL.”
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smiling people and an army of laughing children waiting for us on the shore. Walking through the village is like walking back in time - a time forgotten, embraced by the jungle and centred around a natural spring where fresh water gushes constantly from the earth and breathes life into the culture.
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“THE ‘ONE TALK’ SYSTEM OF DISTRIBUTING WEALTH EARNED AMONG THE WHOLE FAMILY DISCOURAGES CAPITALIST THINKING.”
TRAVEL: PLANE TRIP Joseph, one of the few local surfers, showing his style
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Solomon’s fisherman.They’ve been into SUP for centuries already.
Jungle boy, for real
problem as each island village can only sustain so many people. The accommodation will never be five star, if you want that go somewhere else. But the waves, the culture and the experience are beyond five star.
Mark Studdert dropping into an inside bowl.
In a world where so many people are in it for themselves it’s refreshing to meet someone who has a genuine interest in making a difference for other people. Tony Jansen has created the first surf camp in the area and had done it all by integrating a successful business model into a local subsistence culture. Essentially villages are allowed to create their own camps and, as such, a source of income which would otherwise not be there. The model also protects against those who wish to come in for no other reason than for profit. You can’t buy land here to build a resort so this should to keep the crowds away. Secondly, charter boats would need to secure access to the breaks through the local chiefs - another reason that crowd numbers in this area will probably remain low. After surfing most of the week based at the camp, Tony begins to murmur about a right hand reef that starts to barrel from two foot. The boys get excited and we decide to head to another island for our last few nights of the trip. We again arrive to paradise and are greeted by the entire village community. And the wave... It’s true! From two foot it started to throw a lip, a three foot set is a pretty good barrel and, bigger - you want to know what you are doing as the reef is shin deep in places and pretty unforgiving.
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The island itself has no electricity or running water, which heightens the sense of adventure. As only the second group of surfers to stay there, it’s a pretty big deal to all the locals and - as one of our group described it’s like being ‘Peter Pan’ in Neverland. Everywhere you walked local children are there to guide you around, swim, laugh and echo your every word. The beaches are white sand and the water the deepest shade of blue. Life in the village is simple. There are children everywhere and happiness and laughter seem to follow you wherever you go. Tony describes the children as “Free Range Piccaninnies” (the local word for child) meaning they have the run of the island. Everywhere you walk you instantly have an entourage hanging around, lapping up the novelty of their visitors.
As a photographer, the Solomon Islands offered me an opportunity at every point. The tropical downpours that could ruin a setting one minute, would clear to the most amazing sun-soaked scenes the next. As long as you had somewhere to stash your camera when things got wet or muddy, there were endless opportunities. The reefs of the islands form part of the coral triangle and the place is teeming with all sorts of fish life. If you were the first one back to the boat post surf, you could keep yourself entertained by grabbing a mask and snorkel and checking out the marine life until even the most surf stoked man-grommet decided to call it a day. Natural, unspoilt beauty is the Solomon Islands. And the longer it remains so, the better. Thanks to www.surfsolomons.com and Perfect Wave Travel for malking this trip possible.
TRAVEL If you have the travel bug and are after an experience off the beaten track, contact Joel and Sherrie at Saltmotion in Manly to find out more about their travel booking service. There are some unique opportunities available to travel to some of the lesser known surf destinations around the globe, so if you fancy yourself as an adventurer, get in touch. And of course, if you end up on a trip with Joel, you know you’ll have the opportunity to get some stunnng photos to show off to the friends and family. You can find out more about the Saltmotion Travel offers online at www.saltmotion.com, where you can also view amazing galleries of some of the trips so far. Images are available to purchase as prints in a variety high-quality formats. In fact, when you’re there, make sure to sign up for the Saltmotion email newsletter to get a dose of perfect waves and incredible photography delivered to your inbox daily. www.saltmotion.com 64
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FLEX No, not gym-junkies who stare for hours in the mirror instead of riding waves... rather, a very important aspect of surfboard design. ‘Flex’ is the ability of your board to store energy and release it later. It basically works like this
SURFBOARDS FLEX AND RELEASE •
MORE THAN A FEELING MARK RABBIDGE OF RABBIDGE SURF DESIGN AUSTRALIA & RETRO LONGBOARDS WORDS DAVE SWAN On leaving Mark Rabbidge’s shaping bay on the NSW south coast I found myself playing air guitar in the car and singing the Boston tune from the 70s ‘More than a feeling’. Ok, maybe I had been on the road a little too long but here’s why.
they are not weird to me. I just want to see what they will do. And little aspects of those designs will make their way back into the more mainstream stuff. It is about experimentation and pushing the boundaries to evolve surfboard design.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, “ Mark says. “If the surfboard alone was the key, all you would need is Kelly Slater’s board and you would be world champ. Sure, you have to have the right fundamentals in the surfboard underneath you but it is so much more than that. You are really riding the waves, not the board.
“Now surfers are mainly riding these different boards because of the feel. They want to feel something different. That feeling of something new and the challenge and excitement it brings.
“My family and I are all water people. We ride long, short and everything in between. I look at the conditions and say to myself, ‘Now what board am I going to have the most fun on out there today?’ and that’s what I pull out of the quiver. “I have been riding waves for some fifty-two odd years. I have spent about two years riding surfboards and the rest of the time riding waves. “People get sick of riding boards that are 6ft x 18 ½” x 2 ¼” with 3 fins in it. Surfing is about feelings. It’s about the first wave you rode when you went, ‘F*#@ that felt unreal.’ That real rush. That is what surfing is all about.
A Skerry blossom
“In terms of surfboard design today, people are already experimenting with mini-simmons and finless boards. Some of the things I make are really weird things, but
“I shape for surfers, real surfers. And surfers don’t buy stickers. They buy the ‘feel’. They buy that ‘flow through the water’. Many surfers who come into me say, ‘I want to feel a certain glide or I want to feel a rush.’ They want to feel something. And it doesn’t matter who they are and what they want to ride, when the lip is coming at them, they automatically turn into Kelly Slater. I know I do. It doesn’t matter what I am on, whether it is a finless creation or a 9’8”. It is that feeling I get that is so exhilarating. And that feeling is what we crave and what we desire.” Mark Rabbidge has been a leader in surf craft design since the 1970s; he shaped his first board in 1966 when his own shaper questioned the rails he wanted on his new board. “He wouldn’t do it so I did. The thing is, it worked and ideas about surfboard design grew from then on.”
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As you carve a big bottom turn, the board will bend ie ‘flex’ • As the board flexes, the rocker increases and stores more energy (‘Rocker’ is the bend in the board from nose to tail. The straighter the rocker, the faster the board goes. The more rocker in the board, the more responsive it is turning.) • As you exit the turn, the board returns to its original shape, releasing that energy, propelling you out of the turn • This can deliver a great deal of acceleration if flex is correctly harnessed within the design of your surfboard But more flex is not necessarily better. If your board flexes too much it can bog down, making the board feel spongy and slow. Introducing flex into surfboard design also walks a fine line between strength and the boards liveliness and its ability to retain flex (In time, boards are said to lose their flex, making them feel ‘dead’ in the water.) Through the years shapers have tackled flex in different ways.
CENTRE STRINGERS will generally be stronger and less flexible. Such boards limit flex in terms of rocker but can suffer from torsion flex, where the board twists from rail to rail, slowing it down. PARABOLIC STRINGERS limit torsion flex but enhance flex in the centre of the board, where you want it.
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FLEXTAILS are believed to propel the surfer with ease, as the tail acts like a spring, loading up in a turn and releasing as you come out. In many ways the theory of a flex tail is akin to a dolphins flukes. Dolphins transform the profile of their tail to drive them forward and those guys appear to be pretty awesome surfers compared to us mere mortals. The quest for springier surfboards, accelerating better out of turns is certainly a worthy endevour in surfboard design. jul/aug 2011
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Zak Koniaris and friends
Before advertising was king and everything was overproduced for the mass market, things happened reasonably slowly. In the context of history, surfing and surfboards are a fairly recent development. Blokes who are still breathing today were there at the very beginning - when the modern surfboard was hatched from a concoction of petrochemicals and love by a backyarder, somewhere, a little while ago... We take a look at an initiative to promote Victorian shapers and find out more about them on the way.
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ZAK KONIARIS OF ZAK SURBOARDS GIVES US HIS THOUGHTS ON THE STATE OF PLAY IN THE SURFBOARD INDUSTRY AND TELLS US WHAT HE’S DOING TO SUPPORT LOCAL PRODUCTION.
Zak Koniaris - owner of Zak Surfboards in Thornbury
“Local product suits local waves. That has been our experience.”
“Business, by nature, is hardly a level playing field, and the surf industry exemplifies that more than just about any other. From the most local cottage crew sculpting specialised craft in their backyard, to multinational corporations manufacturing and sourcing materials overseas, surf production is as diverse as the boards that are shaped. Supply and pricing arrangements have seen big company profits soar, yet the average punter is still paying roughly the same for a locally produced product as he is for a product produced for much less offshore. “Whether this has occurred by accident or careful planning, there is no disputing the explosion in the popularity of surfing and its general consumer appeal. Proximity to the ocean for a very large proportion of the population and higher disposable income have enabled some once-small companies to become huge business concerns. But have these giants, in all their expansionist ideals, lost touch with the grassroots locals and just become prescribers of fashion? “In the broader context, is ‘brand loyalty’ simply a corporate advertising construct? Is there some greater sense of where a product comes from, and who made it? “It’s difficult to draw any real sense of localism from advertorials full of careful brand placement and ‘exciting linked lifestyle choices.’ Yeah, they have slick magazine ads, featuring the best surfers in the world, but at the end of the day, just how much does big business have to offer? Prescribing that this year’s model of surfboard will suit Joe Public wherever he chooses to surf? How real is that idea? “As to surf product, the new school of thinking is one that has seen the rise of the little guy in a collective way. Where the past was about just having a shop at the front of the factory and selling your own boards, now there are more marketing opportunities available to smaller manufacturers, with independent shops stocking a diverse range of local surfboards and clothing. This has been an oddly organic process. And if there was a battle raging between big and small, the small are winning. Not because of intellectual or moral superiority, but because they provide a more individual and locally relevant product.
They are stoic, resilient individuals who are exacting - to the point of being obsessive- about their craft and less so about the market and their place in it. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a manufacturing business in Australia today that is as labourintensive as making a surfboard, as capitalintensive, with as tight a margin, that is still able to compete with mass, foreign-produced product. Small manufacturers who source local materials (as much as possible), employ local staff and sell within a reasonably small locality. They are defined as much by who they are as what they produce. They are integrally involved in every aspect of the business. And the good thing is that these local guys who have been making surfboards, evolving and enhancing their craft for years, are still doing exactly that, without the bright lights, the bikini clad babes and the accountants. “Zak Surfboards made a decision to back local manufacturers – initially to produce Zak branded product. Eventually as the business grew there was sufficient demand to diversify the range, and the result is a program that primarily attempts to push local product with a periphery of imports. So far, the local product has been far out-selling the imports. We’re not trying to be a surf boutique. At the end of the day we sell what we think will sell. Local product suits local waves. That has been our experience. “And the shapers? It’s only by knowing your local shaper can you begin to support him. Who and where he is and what he does. Patronage is much more than handing over the cash. Visiting the place where the board is made and talking to the man who makes it will give a valuable insight into the process and the true value of their craft. “But as that’s not always possible, we decided to profile some of our shapers - because they’re local and because we value what they do. “They’re all unique determined characters who may not get shitloads of press - or even want it so we asked them a few questions so you could better know and support your local shaper.“
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Ken Reimers. Photo: Supplied
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Local break: Bells/Winki Boards made: Between 27 and 15,127... Memory used to be better... Golden rule Shape it, surf it and better it. Describe your signature model at the moment Metro, deep concave, fastest board on the planet. Easy paddling, high speed turns that make ya tremble! Inspirations Tow surfing, testing designs and materials at twice the speed... My Formula 1... Considered other careers? Yes and I realise there’s not much else I can do but surf and design. Last holiday ...Don’t have ‘em. Offshore production Inevitable, and has shaken up our industry, but killed off the next generation of surfboard workers. In 10 years time Surfing, designing, shaping... With the odd visit to the surgeon to keep the bodily parts functioning. Pro tour? Its all a bit retro and boring. No new surfboard designs in 10 years, no time to test.. But some great surfing still going on. Bedtime Midnight. Wake-up 6.00am.
Maurice Cole. Photo: Supplied
Local break Not being a believer in localism, I surf anywhere I can catch a wave while trying not to upset the locals. Golden rule Accuracy. Strive for good workmanship because this will give you longevity. Last holiday Maldives, 10 years ago. Love it. Need to get back. Favourite food? My wife’s cooking. Seriously, she’s a freak in the kitchen. Favourite movie Bones Brigade “Search for Animal Chin” (Classic 1987 skateboarding film, starring Tony Hawk and th Bones Brigade) Favourite colour The ocean. Favourite brew OP Rum, “the spirit of the sea.” Your best board A 5’10” chisel-tail 5-finner which I made in 1982 at Trigger Bros. It had a clear deck and a blue pigment bottom with “Statesman Team” written in white. It was just one of those boards that went where you wanted to go. I would love to get it back, if anyone knows of it, please contact me. Offshore production Of course I hate it. What small manufacturer wouldn’t? They managed to flood the market so quick that a lot of long term small business board builders got squeezed out. I’ve seen some of Australia’s best board makers leave the industry and that’s a bitch. Support Australian made! Pro tour? Good on ’em if that’s what they’re into. Not my idea of fun. Too much stress, I reckon. Each to their own. Bedtime When my eyes start giving me grief from surfing the net.
The word ‘pioneer’ is loosely bandied about in many spheres, particularly in the surfing arena, but not all live up to their reputations. There’s bloody good reason why this guy has shaped for some of the best in the business though. Maurice Cole is an innovator. It’s why he is so revered and respected by his peers and surfing’s elite – he’s shaped for none other than Tom Curren, 3-time world champ, and at present is pushing the boundaries in tow-in surfing, charging and crafting speed machines with Ross Clark-Jones. 40-odd years of surfing, shaping, testing and exploring new materials and technologies has put Maurice at the pinnacle of surfboard design.
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Jordan Noble. Photo: www.notesurfboards.com
Honing his craft under legendary Mornington Peninsula shaper Paul Trigger and underground ghost-shaper Kenny Reimers, ‘Fordy’ - as he is known - moved to the other side of the bay, to Ocean Grove where he has been shaping 4D Surfboards for the past decade. A staunch advocate of high-tech computer-controlled shaping machines, he’s also known to produce some super-light epoxy shooters that fly.
“14 years shaping!”
“Never had a job!”
Simon Forward Photo: Supplied
As Jordan describes it: he’s used to the cold, grew up in Nelson, New Zealand, now lives in Jan Juc, his mother was a hippy and his father was a pirate. He has spent his whole life staring at the ocean and studying boats, boat hulls and old surfboards. Yep, he’s different and doesn’t much care for what people think. He’s on his own wave. He shapes, glasses, sands, makes his own fins and creates amazing boards - or updated old boards that really work, as he describes them, many with the most startling resin tints. In the process, he has made a real name for himself and has developed what could be regarded as a strong cult following. Local break: McClouds Watering Hole. Boards made In what time? Golden rule I don’t have rules. Considered doing other things? Yeah, actually the other day when I was shaping I thought “I woundn’t mind a cup of tea now” so I went and boiled myself a pot of tea. I think it’s important to do something else, at times. Favourite colour I don’t discriminate, mongrels are good. Favourite brew I can never recall which one it was. Best board I still have the best board I ever made, it got chopped in half with an axe though. Offshore production Pff! Completely irrelevant. I like Asians. In 10 years time I’m saving for a set of walkie talkies. So, hopefully in ten years...
Local break 13th beach. Boards made About 6,000. Golden rule Keep it pretty simple. There’s no need to overcomplicate a surfboard. Inspirations To be able to ride them myself and hopefully for them to perform the way I designed them to go. To shape boards for customers and friends that help them enjoy their surfing more. Considered doing other things? Plenty of times, however then I wouldn’t be doing this which I enjoy. Favourite TV show Anything to do with football. Favourite brew Coffee in the morning. Offshore production I don’t worry about it too much. Surfers are always going to want reliable local service and to be able to talk directly to their local shaper about their board. In 10 years time Hopefully still working and surfing around here in Ocean Grove with my family, if I can get my two daughters surfing by then. Pro tour? Its great to watch as they surf so good nowdays. I especially like watching surfing live on FUEL in the comfort of my loungeroom. Bedtime I have young kids. Wake-up I have young kids.
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“Shaped first board 44 years ago, shaped full time for 25 years, now part time.!”
Local break The reefs at Bells and Winkipop. Shaping & designing - the main idea Water flowing along the bottom, around the rails, gripping when it should, releasing at the right time and making sure they all connect without losing speed. Golden rule Balanced outline with profile. Nothing extreme. Allowing all elements of the design to blend together and achieve the design’s outcome... speed and manoeuvrability. Last holiday Every day I go surfing.
“I’m enjoying the downsizing theory”
Andrew Stump Photo: Supplied
Doug is part of small group of elite shapers who has crafted boards for Rip Curl. His innovative designs in the ‘80s were what every hot young surfer was after. Today he is handshaping a select range of single fins, fish and big guy performance hybrids for Zak Surfboards.
He left home at 16 in pursuit of the surfer’s lifestyle and started working in the industry in 1978 with Ocean Foil. Consumed with passion for all things surf related, Stumpy is obsessed with quality craftsmanship. With more than 30 years experience under his belt, he is an artisan who tailors boards for the beginner through to the high performance competitive surfer. His goal, as always, has been to extract maximum board performance for greater pleasure, fun, and enjoyment.
Favourite colour Perfect offshore surf blue, rainbows and twilight sky colours. Polished red surfboards. Favourite brew Pot of freshly brewed tea, thanks. Offshore production Which part of the industry? The surf industry has to be as fluid as the ocean we play in. Major players support so much more than the people who directly work for them, the owners and shareholders. They advertise in magazines, pay for surf videos, sponsor grommets, pay for the whole pro circuit. That takes money to run. That means they must be profitable as well. That also means that there is little gaps created that can be filled by smaller operators. There will always be involved surfers who want to order a custom handshaped surfboard, just as there will be others who want to buy on price, or buy a particular designer’s boards, no matter where it is made. Apparel and wetsuits have been sourced offshore for decades. Chemicals for surfboards are imported. Don’t worry about that. Forget it and go to the beach. The waves really don’t care were the equipment comes from... Have fun. Pro tour? When the waves are great, the spectacle of pro surfers ripping is a phenomenon. They are such great athletes, both men and women. The guys on tour now are great watermen. They will all take on Bells , J-Bay, Pipeline, Wiamea and rip. When the waves are junk it is questionable whether it is even worth looking at. Yawn.
Local break: Secret spot on the Mornington Peninsula Golden rule Accuracy. You’re only as good as your last board Describe your signature model at the moment I’m enjoying the downsizing theory. A 5’5”- 6’0” that outperforms the standard 5’10” - 6’0” Inspirations Well, its not money... Last holiday Don’t have them. I live in a tourist destination. Favourite brew Not into it. Most memorable manoeuvre Cutting out of a backhand wave and sticking it to carve back into it - a great feeling. In 10 years time Alive and surfing of course. Pro tour? Not much into it, but I take my hat off to that Slater bloke. Wish he was giving me feedback on my boards. Wake-up You mean out of bed? Before the birds - 5.00am.
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Greg Brown Photo: Supplied
GEAR: SHAPERS UNITE
GASH DS SURFBOAR
Local break Brewer Shirks (Not too sizey) Shaping & designing - the main idea Tweak it here, rub it there and it’ll be a beauty.
“Up at sparrow’s fart!” Pioneer big wave rider, Quiksilver shaper, founder of Roar and Gash Surfboards and current Men’s Over45 Australian longboard champion, Greg Brown is already somewhat of a living legend. He first learnt to shape under Kym Thompson and Maurice Cole at Watercooled. Today, he is widely respected as a man who has mastered both the art of surfing and shaping.
Golden rule Measure once, cut twice. Last holiday I had a 20 minute holiday yesterday afternoon. Favourite food Peanut butter and honey sandwich. Favourite TV show ABC Weather at 7.24pm with Paul Higgins. Favourite brew Blend 43 instant actually. Best board I’d surfed an 8’8” red gun for years in Vicco and Hawaii, but unfortunately I creased it in some big beachies. Troy Brooks liked the look of it and promptly ran off with it, mumbling something about taking some huge drops on it. I saw Troy with Big Red, cross the Great Ocean Road and run up to the top of a steep hill on a sheep farm. Being a maniac and mischief-maker he took the drop on the old girl,
“Above all else - flow”
probably 150m down the worn and rutted paddock. The gun flexed and flapped and flopped and cracked, finally bucking Troy off into a barbed wire farm fence at the bottom of the hill. He was grazed and bruised but big red was $%&-ed. Offshore production Some of the largest surfboard labels are like most huge companies. They’re primarily profit-driven. Number and volume equals turnover equals dollars and cents in the ledger at the end of each financial quarter, which keeps a wry smile on an accountant’s dial. I know the Asian manufacturing system works well for ping pong ball brands, just the same as surfboard brands, so it seems everyone’s happy. If the button gets pushed and the machine is fed, stuff gets pushed out of an office and we can rest easy and satisfied with that simple aura of wellbeing. In 10 years time Nowhere special. I quite like where I am. Pro tour? I’m not on the tour.
A shaper spoken of highly in many surfing circles is Dave Boyd. Imperial Surfboards are designed to reflect our soulful past - simpler times before our surf industry was governed by the commercial madness of today. His relentless exploration of innovative design in the pursuit of performance has earned him many accolades. Local break 13th Beach Shaping & designing - the main idea For me, above all else - flow. Considered doing other things? No Last holiday March, on the east coast of Malaysia Favourite food Food Favourite TV show Deadwood Favourite colour Purple or lime green Offshore production Different strokes for different folks In 10 years time Anywhere but a coffin Pro tour? Take it or leave it
David Boyd Photo: Supplied
Favourite brew Carlton Draught
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Local break: Bells Beach Years on the job: I’ve been making wooden surfboards for a year or so, mostly for fun, as a job I’ve been a car designer for over 15 years.
surf” you want to “Shape what
Golden rule Shape what you want to surf. It’s a personal thing and there are really no rules. The only limitations are the ones you place upon yourself. Considered something else? I think about how I can live my life in a way that will allow me to surf a lot. Last holiday I went to Crescent Head, camping with my son, Samuel. We surfed every day and toasted marshmallows at night, I think it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had.
If you’re after that timeless feeling of riding a wood creation on your wave of choice, then Dave Dewitt is your man. His range of hollow wooden surfboards complete with internal wood frame construction look sweet and ride unreal. Everyone needs at least two wooden surfboards in their quiver, one as a wall-hanger and the other to feel the ride because wood is so good.
Favourite brew A good chai. Offshore production In some ways it’s sad, but I understand the reasons. I think that in lots of ways mass production has opened up a space for more people to try surfing. I still believe that the true seeker will find a shaper that resonates with the way they surf and get a custom board regardless and those who want their own space will create that too. So I don’t think mass production will ever kill off the small guy, maybe it’s an opportunity for shapers to experiment more with design. Pro tour? I think its awesome to see the pros surf.
Rousa epitomises everything we love about the surf industry. He lives and breathes surfboards. He’s the personification of old-school surf craftsmanship who does what he does - not because he has to - but because ‘it is the only way.’ He shapes boards because they are his passion. His boards are works of art and ride just as well.
“Shaping for 41 years” Local break: 13th beach Golden rule Make it sexy Describe your signature model at the moment Chine rails, single to double concave to vee. Inspirations Making grumpy guys a little happier Last holiday Three years ago, Tassie in the winter Favourite food Hot pie at the footy Favourite brew Carlton Draught Best board The Freak - 4’9” concave deck, concave bottom double ender, swallow tail, swallow nose. I still take it out occasionally.
ROUSA DS SURFBOAR
Offshore production Saw it coming for decades. 100% true custom boards will survive In 10 years time Sitting on the verandah, playing guitar Pro tour? The level of skill by the latest young crop of surfers is mindblowingly inspiring. jul/aug 2011
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Glasser at NOTE Local break: Torquay point (closest to home) Golden rule: Neat trim jobs and evenness. Signature glass job: Probably the jelly bean tail dip and wet rub/polish combinations. Favourite brew VB from the Leopold Sportsmans Club - smooth and creamy, straight from the tap. Offshore production It doesn’t worry me, because it gets people into surfing for they’re a cheaper option... But the thing that I HATE is when people get boards made overseas and tell people that they’re locally made in Torquay.
Sander - 32 years
Local break Bird Rock or Sparrows Sanding - the main idea Fixing all the f*ckups from the shaper to make them look good.
Inspirations I enjoy making boards for young kids. They’re not full of shit like you older guys. Best board Shaped by Greg Brown, glassed by me. It’s in my shed and still gets surfed about 10 times a year. Pro tour? It’s good to watch at Easter time to see some real surfing.
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The man himself... Zak Kon iaris
Dispense with any preconceived ideas about Zak Surfboards. If you doubted whether a surfboard shop in the outer suburbs of Melbourne would have much to offer, doubt no more... Zak’s is an absolute cracker. In fact, it’s possibly one of the best surf shops in the country, and one of our favourite stops on the road. They have heaps of boards (they sell close to 1000 boards a year) a large skate section, plenty of hardware, a select line of surf clothing - not the usual stuff - and then there’s a range of fins and the latest surf DVDs and books. Best of all, the entire crew - Zak, Tim, Scott and Steve are down-to-earth blokes, super-helpful and know their stuff. With so much Victorian board-building talent behind these doors, there’s now even more reason to pop in for a visit. Make sure you do.
Board guru Steve
307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 Phone: 03 9416 7384 firstname.lastname@example.org www.zaksurfboards.com
Repair guy Scott
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Shaper: Jed Done Dimensions: 9’2” x 22 ½” x 3” Ideal conditions: Knee high to just over headhigh, easy peelers Suits: Any surfer who wishes to walk the board and hang out on the nose . Description: A classic edge mal. Concave nose to stand on, double concave flat in the mid entry area for neutral control in trim, double concave v under feet which lines up with outline hip to turn off, and a slight concave behind the back fin to stop the tail bogging in turns. Construction: Dion PU foam, single red cedar stringer, polyester resin. Fins: Fin box and 4WFS side boxes for flexibility Shaper comment: Built as a nose rider, all rounder mal for all levels of surfing ability.
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Shaper: Tom Wegener Dimensions: 9’4” x 23” x 2 ¾” - 10 kilos. Ideal: Small, clean waves Suits: Anyone who wants traditional longboard style. Construction: Hollow construction paulownia sealed with linseed oil, gum turpentine, and vinegar.My kids named the boards after the character Plankton on SpongeBob Squarepants because in 2003 I thought these boards were going to take over the world. Fins: Box single fin. Shaper comment: After 6 years of making alaias and planktons, I know that the oiled wood surface is substantially faster through the water than boards finished in fibreglass. I recently had a lightbulb moment, finding a way to make better glue joins on the rails. There are over 46m of watertight glue joins so this was an important innovation! Wood rides better than foam and now noseriders are faster. Available for $1,990 + GST and freight.
Shaper: T homas Bexon Dimensions: 9’6” x 23” x 3” Ability: For beginner to advanced interested in long extended noserides Suits: From 75kg to 95kg Description: The step reduces volume and increases flex through nose to help stay in trim while perched. Big fin provides locked-in hold and stability required to make noseriding an easy enjoyment. Construction: ½ inch cedar stringer, 8oz Volan bottom and tail patch, double 8oz Volan deck with resin foam stain details, top and bottom, under a blue tint - all executed with the utmost attention to detail. This really is a quality product. Fins: Big glassed-on, smooth pivot fin. Shaper comment: Designed to make getting on the nose - and staying there - as easy as possible.
TOM WEGENER SURFBOARDS 108 Cooroy, QLD 4563 Ph: 0401 257 479
THOMAS SURFBOARDS PO Box 234 Maroochydore Qld 4558 Ph: 0412 131 491
The Hpachillbe Silurlyfboards
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Shaper: Jesse Watson Dimensions: 10” x 23 1/8” x 3 1/8” Ideal conditions: Up to head high sliders Suits: Hepcats to kooks, kicks, flicks and hanging heels. Description: Traditional noserider-inspired modern sled, but with modernised rockers and foils for the logger who wants to noseglide and whipturn like it aint no thang. Construction: Triple stringers, 6/4oz deck + 6/4oz bottom, gloss and polish, vintage fabric inlay with gold resin pinlines. Glass-on matched fabric leash loop - proper old skool Fins: Matching fabric Stage IV hook fin Shaper comment: A modern sled for the discerning kook. Traditional in looks - but a real hotrod under your feet. You’ll never spend more time on the nose than on this board. Its a ‘55 chevy with race car steering. Hang tens are the norm here.
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BLACK APACHE SURFBOARDS Ph: 0410 419 791
Old Skool libu by Classic Ma Shaper: Peter White Typical dimensions: 9’4” x 22 ¾” x 3” Conditions: Head high or below. Ideally point breaks but surprisingly versatile on a more mellow beachies. Suits: The soul-kats among you - those wishing to emulate Russell Hughes, Bobby Brown, Midget and Kev-The-Head. Description: Harks back to the days of pre-legrope and fixed fins. Hips in the rear third, it tapers into the nose, giving superb manoeuvrability for such a traditional, flat-rockered board. Rolled bottom and refined rails gives exceptional trim-speed. Construction: PU Foam, 9mm stringer. Glassing: 6oz and 7.5oz on deck, 7.5oz bottom Fins: Fixed or fin-box, a more upright, hatchet or pivot fin at 9-10” Shaper comment: A beautiful board to ride with grace and style, rolling turns and pure, Old Skool flair.
CLASSIC MALIBU Cnr Gibson & Eumundi Rd Noosaville, QLD 4566 Ph: 07 5474 3122 firstname.lastname@example.org www.classicmalibu.com
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Shaper: Scott Newman Dimensions: 9’6’’x 23 ¼’’x 2 7/8’’ Ideal conditions: Anything worth logging, up to shoulder height Suits: Loggers and anyone that wants a new board with that old school feel. Description: Traditional style log. Flat deck, flat nose rocker, rolled bottom to a rolled V through the tail. With all that tail rocker and pinched 50/50 rails. Construction: Single 9-ply stringer with double 6oz deck, plus deck patch and double 6oz bottom, plus fin patch. Full custom resin pigment and tint with a full gloss polish. Fins: Hand-foiled box or stick on 10” hatchet single fin. Shaper comment: Get stoked on the old school feel and then drink some beers
SLS SURFBOARDS Caloundra QLD Ph: Scott 0424 314 183 Luke 0401 350 992 slssurfboards.com.au
Shaper: Jim Parkinson (Shaping at Jackson’s since 1974) Dimensions: 9’ x 22 5/8” x 3” Conditions: Small to medium sized waves Suits: Intermediate to Advanced Description: Our most popular all-rounder mal shape, featuring nose rail concaves through to double concave vee in the tail. Foiled thickness through nose and tail. Construction: PU foam with polyester resin, in any glass configuration. Fins: 2 plus 1, or quad Shaper comment: This is a very forgiving mal to ride. The nose rail concave generates a lot of lift up front, while the double concave in the tail delivers heaps of drive through turns.
SLS (below) Boards by Jackson (above) and
Scott Newman of SLS Surfboards in Caloundra
JACKSON SURFBOARDS 57 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah, NSW Open 7 days Ph: 02 9524 2700 Mobile: 0407 909 137 www.jacksonsurfboards.com.au
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Miles Livingstone cruising on an SLS creation. jul/aug 2011
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Shaper: Wayne Lowen Dimensions: 5’10” x 19 ½ x 2 ¼” Ideal: All conditions, beach/point breaks, 2-5ft Suits: Intermediate to pro Description: All round semi-fish. Fast, with good drive and release. This one is a swallow tail but also comes in rounded square or round tail. Construction: Comes in standard PU/polyester or Eps/epoxy. This one is PU/polyester resin with double rail stringers. Fins: Futures - thruster or quad Shaper comment: Feel free to contact me for anymore info about this design and construction.
LOWEN88 Ph: 07 5526 5161 Mobile: 0433 141 177 Factory Showroom: 2A/2172 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami, Gold Coast 4220 E: email@example.com www.lowen88.com
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Shaper: Steve Barber Dimensions: 6’4” x 19 ¾” x 2 3/8“ Ideal conditions: Excellent everyday board Suits: Anyone Description: Flattish entry for easy paddling, single into double concave with tail vee on larger versions. Double flyers in planshape give greater tail width for drive thru turns in any conditions with better hold in larger waves as a bonus. Construction: Polyurethane Fins: Thruster or Quad. (Quad is best as 4 channel) Shaper comment: This is a rare all round board design. Great in ordinary surf through to pumping South Straddie or Snapper. Fast, manoeuverable, easy to surf, yet highperformance as well and forgiving when you’re having a bad day!
Shaper: Chris Garrett Dimensions: 5’7 “x 19” x 2 5/16“ Ideal conditions: Anything up to the 6ft mark Ability level: Anyone... customised to suit Description: Shorter , wider, thicker and with a whopping concave between the fins. Down rails and a flat deck. Kinda normal, but not.. Construction: PU, polyester resin and fibreglass. Fins: Chris Garret A’s... set... and forget. Shaper comment: The new favourite. Just returned from indo and this handled anything that I wanted to surf it in. Super-fast out of the bottom turn with the concave working like channels, but with the freedom of a flat bottom. I like it!
STEVE BARBER/FULL FORCE
CHRIS GARRETT/ PHANTOM SURFBOARDS Ph: 0424 450 690
18/48 Machinery Drive Tweed Heads South Ph: 07 5524 2933 firstname.lastname@example.org Join us on Facebook
Chris Garrett... getting barrelled on the Bullet Photos: Kaylan Dahl
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Keeerrl yfinSurf OriginWal ePgeenaenrut by by Sk Shaper: Simon Skerry Dimensions: 6” x 19 ¾” x 2 3/8” (or shaped to order) Ideal: 1-10ft... Loves it all. Ability level: Beginner to well-experienced Description: Classic twin fin feel, smooth continual speed and paddle power. Features Cherry Blossom resin artwork. Construction: Full 6oz lamination with ¾ deck and fin patches. Fins: Glassed on, double foiled 8” keel fins Shaper comment: A classic board that won’t let you down with non-traditional resin artwork.
SKERRY SURF PO Box 354 Lennox Head NSW 2478 Ph: 0403 240 452
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Shaper: Tom Wegener Dimensions: 5’7” x 16 ½” x ¾” Ideal conditions: Medium sized clean waves Ability: Groms to advanced Suits: Advanced Alaia surf Description: Tom Wegener designed paulownia Alaia blank sealed with linseed oil, vinegar & gum turpentine. Fins: Two fins on each side stretching from nose to tail... the rails are the fins ;) Shaper comment: The original Peanut is the nose of the 12 footer that was in the movies “Musica Surfica” and “Seaworthy.” In 2008, I cut the 12-footer down because it didn’t work well and I needed to try more shapes. Master Jacob Stuth rode this board for Jack McCoy in his new movie “A Deeper Shade of Blue” and then the board went to Rob Machado who surfed it in “The Present”. I have reserved this template for super-advanced alaia riders because you have to bottom turn totally off the front rail to get it to hold in.
Shaper: Ed Sinnott Dimensions: 5’9 x 19 ¼ x 2 3/8” Ideal conditions: Anything up to 6’ Suits: Anybody Description: This is a combination of all my old single fin and twinfin templates combined with new school bottom curves and rails. The result is a sensational hybrid that flys. Flat entry, deep vortex concave, razor edges and wet and dry finish. Construction: Burford/ South Coast PU blanks, Silmar polyester resin, Colan and Surf Nine glass. This combination has stood the test of time. I love the flex. Fins: Thruster Shaper comment: Surfboard design has gone the full circle now. We’ve got boards that make so-called normal 6’1’’ boards look like guns. Go smaller, thicker and wider. Yew!
TOM WEGENER SURFBOARDS 108 Cooroy, QLD 4563 Ph: 0401 257 479
ESP SURFBOARDS 2/81 Centennial Circuit Byron Bay, NSW Ph: 0404 059 321 espsurfboards.com www.edsinnott.com.au
Shaper: Peko Dimensions: 5’8” x 2 ½” x 22” Ideal: Up to 3ft points and small beachies Suits: Everyone Description: Fast, fun twin keel or quad. Single concave running from midway through tail. glassed-in, handmade fins or FCS quads. These little things fly and are available in sizes 4’10” upwards. Construction: PU foam and polyester resin with tints, pigments, sprays and handmade keels. Fins: FCS fibreglass keels Shaper comment: Handmade to your requirements using the best materials, as are all Underground boards. These little things are so much fun.
UNDERGROUND SURF 3/31 McLean St, Coolangatta, QLD 4225 Ph: 07 5599 1040 email@example.com
by Jye Byrnes Shaper: J ye Byrnes Dimensions: Custom shaped, 6’6-10’ Ideal: 6ft and above Ability level: Int to adv, travelling to the islands or wanting to charge. Description: What you need when the waves start to get serious and your step up shortboard won’t quite cut it. A little different to some other guns on the market maintains the gun outline with a little more width in the nose and tail. Thicker volume in the center for versatility in various conditions. Great traveller, or just to chase rhinos at your local. Construction: PU foam with heavier glass job recommended. Option of hybrid carbon strips on deck/bottom as shown. Fins: Thruster FCS or Futures. Optional 2+1 fin box or bonza fin set up Shaper comment: Tried and tested at my local and the islands. A great traveller.
THE SURF FACTORY 16 Maitland Rd Islington Newcastle N.S.W 2296 Ph: 02 4969 5889 Mob: 0409 227 407
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Shaper: Dave Verrall Ideal conditions: Trusty thruster for all conditions Suits: Performance surfer after a user-friendly board. Description: All the volume of your daily driver, it’s 2” shorter than your traditional shortboard and 1/4” - 3/8” wider. Extra thickness in centre with a rolled deck and medium low rails. Light width increase in the nose and tail keep it speedy and reliable with light single to double concaves for control at speed. Construction: Dynocore™ technology - a high tech fusion of fibres and foam. Dynocore™ gives you the confidence to pull in to anything big and barrelling yet carry with one arm over long walks to secret points. Fins: Thruster Shaper comment: Developed by Dave Verrall and Dale Richards. Inspired by Dale “The Machine”, shaped and designed on a “machine” and a shape feature that’s specifically cut on my aps3000 machine... Footwells on the deck.
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Shaper: Rory Oke Dimensions: 5’8” x 20” x 2 3/8” Ideal conditions: 1-4ft Suits: Everyone Description: Wide outline, flat rocker with a tiny nose kick and a single concave to deep double scoop in the tail. Construction: Ocean Foam blank, 4oz glass with sanded finish. Fins: Speeedfins Fibreglass s143 sides with an optional small trailer fin Shaper comment: With the imput of team rider Fraser Ross, this is the fastest, best performing fish we have ever created.
Up L7 Currevess SSurtfbepoards by Exp
Shaper: Paul Armstrong Dimensions: 6’5” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/8” Ideal: Anywhere juicy! Ability: Intermediate to advanced surfers Description: Single concave into double V bottom. Concaves are kept subtle to allow quick decisive trim on the face to set up tube time. Central apex rocker for larger wave face and a smooth even, outline for hard drives off the bottom to gain maximum speed. Construction: From the best materials known to mankind! No compromises, NEVER. Fins: Powerbase - more speed, drive and love. Shaper comment: For serious surfers after maximum performance in larger waves. Surfs like a high performance shorty in bigger waves. Designed with the help of intrepid surf traveller and team rider Dan Hayler, a great board for that next Indo trip or bigger point/reef break day.
IM The deimS-S urfboards by Mor
EXPRESS SURFBOARDS 5/136 Taren Point Rd Taren Point NSW Mob: 0403 827 478
by The Factory
Shaper: Paul Carson Shaper: Mark Pridmore Dimensions: Dimensions: Short x Wide x Thick 6’8” x 21 ¾” x 3” (Above: 5’2” x 21” x 2 11/16’’) Ideal conditions: 2 - 6ft Ideal: All rounder for small running points to head-high Suits: Anyone barrelling beachies and everything inbetween Description: Roundtail, Suits:Suitable for surfers four tail channels, Single who really wanna be stoked to double concave. on a sweet and easy ride Construction: Burford Description: My version of Bob Simmons’ 50s blank design. Full credit and Fins: Shapers SMF-L respect to him, hence the “SIM” in dim-SIM. fins, great as a thruster Designed for performance, or quad. these are fast, great paddlers and just easy Shaper comment: and fun to ride, I ride mine Performance mini mal 90% of the time. great for beachies Construction: Made in Australia with good old PU foam and PE resin, feels good, goes great and is affordable. Fins: Twin keels or Quads Shapers Comment: These super fun slabs of foam are too good not to try. Custom orders available thru Da Bomb Surf Centres or direct at www.moresurfboards.com .
Available from Da Bomb OKE SURFBOARDS 1/1-7 Canterbury Rd, Braeside, VIC, 3195 Ph: 03 9587 3553 okesurfboards.com
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GEAR: BOARDS SUP paddles too!
Prd or10kayak U S oa b Paddle Dimensions: 9’6” x 29” x 5” Ideal conditions: Flatwater SUP Suits: For those new to the SUP world. Description: Designed to be very stable and very easy to paddle, the board is outfitted much like a recreational kayak, with end grab handles so it can be carried by two people from the ends, a center handle to carry it. Storage area for your gear. Use it as a Sup or kayak! Construction: 100% rotamolded plastic, offering great strength and relatively low weight for transportation.Uniquely designed to be very durable and robust. Comment: Very stable and easy for paddlers. Best for beginners and family. Package deals include paddle and extra blade for kayaking.
ILLUSIONS NOOSA 2/2 Venture Dve, Noosaville, QLD 3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction, QLD Phone: 0488 686 206 fax: 07 3319 7269 illusionsnoosa.com.au
Dimensions: 12’6” x 29” x 6” Ideal: Long distance paddling either in the river or in the ocean Ability level: For both the competitor and for the recreational paddler Description: Streamlined shape parts the water with ease. Round nose on top, deep vee under nose and double concave on the bottom under your feet for straight line paddling. Recessed standing area for stability and just enough tail lift to catch swells. Construction: Hand shaped and glassed in epoxy resin for extra strength and durability. Two leash plugs and one vent at tail, plastic grip box and deck grip Eva pads. Fins: Deep keel-like fin for direction. Shaper comment: These boards are streamlined, very fast and a lot of fun.
ILLUSIONS NOOSA 2/2 Venture Dve, Noosaville, QLD 3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction, QLD Phone: 0488 686 206 fax: 07 3319 7269 illusionsnoosa.com.au
Cutlass UP Pro Surf S
Dimensions: 9’6” x 29” x 5” Ideal conditions: Can handle any size swell Suits: Competent to pro. For shortboarders who want to take the next step. Description: Designed for fast, responsive, ‘cut & slash’ manoeuvres. Bulk in the main deck area assists with paddling speed and gilde. Hard, tight, rail allows the rider to execute snappy manoeuvres with speed and accuracy. Construction: Vacuum bagged with a D-XP3 core, which is a 100% recycled bamboo fibre blank with bamboo veneer and 4oz fibreglass top and bottom. Two leash plugs and one vent at tail, plastic grip box and 1/3 deck grip Eva pads Fins: 2 x FCS side fins and a fiberglass 10” center fin Shaper comment: Ideal board for those looking for a fast, performance SUP that is highly responsive.
ILLUSIONS NOOSA 2/2 Venture Dve, Noosaville, QLD 3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction, QLD Phone: 0488 686 206 fax: 07 3319 7269 illusionsnoosa.com.au
GobelerlynngCooakt by G
Shaper: Gcat & the Erle of Pedersen Dimensions: 6’14”x 17” 3/20th x 85 + 39 - 75.8 = sq2 + 4/4th & 10/16ths = FA Description: Double flyer, Erle’s flame jet, single side concave, cross channel, t’spoon, double swallow, try fin...
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WHAT LIES BENEATH
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CHAPTER IV: INTRODUCING
Brought to you by Underground Surf
FIRE THE LAZORS! WORDS AND PICS: ANDRÉ MARSAUS
With a wide area, thick tail and pointed low-resistance nose area, in 1978 the Lazor Zap concept revolutionised surfboard design. The design was so unusual to what people were familiar with that it challenged the ideas and beliefs of the industry. In turn, the industry seemed to react with fear and rejected the design. Might the powers that be lose the growing control over the direction in which surfing was heading? Cheyne Horan rode the Lazor Zap to four second places in the World Surfing Titles, proving the design concept was exceptional.(Those second places are controversial still today.) Then, and now, some believe that it was the establishment’s way of discrediting Geoff Mccoy and his design, to retain control of surfing and sales. The concept of the Lazor Zap is based on Geoff’s energy theory how that energy turns into wave formation and how objects react with those formations.
ls “Active foi e th allow the back of e” ov m fin to There’s a variety of options fo removable fin systems on your surfboard. From the standard to the weird and wacky, each system has its own concept and benefits, and for the most part - all have their merits.
The original Lazor Zap was designed with short arc, with reactive, high-powered surfing in mind. The surfer was able to stand in one position, not having to move their feet to perform manouvers. The pulled nose allowed the board to elevate very quickly as it reduced the length of rail being used when the board is turning. In turn, this allowed for more manouveres to be performed while the surfer was standing in a fixed position on the wide supportive tail, which generates greater pressure and easier reaction. The advantages were many - easier to paddle, standing in one position to ride the wave, quicker reaction due to the extra volume, easier turning from less resistance; and the ability to surf at a faster speed. In effect, the Lazor Zap’s design delivered at all levels of performance.
One particularly robust option is the Speeedfins system, and the science behind it is fascinating. Speeedfins are described as an ‘active’ fin. That is, the back half of a Speedfins fin is free from the board and moves in response to the water pressure. The trailing edge of the fin moves as you turn reportedly resulting in more speed, more drive and acceleration off your turns. The principle behind it is to keep as much smooth water in contact with both sides of each foil. A process called ‘Attached Laminar Flow’. By keeping the water attached it reduces cavitation (water turbulence) trailing off the fin, reducing drag. Once you have the boxes installed in your board, you have a wide variety of choice as far as the actual fins go - from reinforced nylon, ceramic or fibreglass to carbon, depending on your needs, ability and budget. For more info, see www.speedfins.com.au or call (03) 9587 3747.
Unfortunately these futuristic boards were discredited, not embraced, but what was evident from his team of high standard surfers was that they truly did work... and well. The Lazor Zap design is now over 30 years old and is still made today with some tweaks for better performance, making it more user friendly in waves up to six feet. The original 80’s Lazor Zaps are highly sort after by collectors and are extremely rare, but you can order a custom, handmade by the man himself, Geoff McCoy. Thanks to Geoff McCoy for details.
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Photos: Charlie Hardy Photography, supplied
MASTERING SMOOTH STYLE
Yes, we’ve loved SmoothStar boards ever since our first test run in our very first edition. The latest model - which we test drove in last edition - totally reinforced exactly how much fun these boards are. But just when we were feeling cocky and comfy, carving it up on the pathways around the Sunny Coast, we saw the brand spanking new Smoothstar promo video featuring team rider Dom McGeachie... Sadly, we realised that we have a long way to go - and a whole lot more to learn about getting the most out of these boards. To see how good this looks in action, check out the new promo video online - it’ll make you want one too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsH2TNp_wY So, here’s a little lesson on doing a cool reverse slide. Dom talks us through the move, step by step. Over to you...
1. Bend knees when approaching the wall just like doing a bottom turn, with a bit more emphasis on the back leg to keep balance. 2. Start turning up the wall but begin to turn your shoulders the opposite way to which you are going to reverse slide. This well help with bringing your back foot around. 3. Really start to turn sharply up the face. 4. Bring your back foot around whilst turning your body to face back down the ramp, which will drag you up the face whilst sliding across at the same time. 5. Begin to slide your front foot around whilst holding your back foot where it is so as to complete the 270° motion. To add a little bit extra to the matter you can hold yourself in this position, so as to slide almost sideways down the ramp. 6. Instead of sliding down sideways, just bring the front foot all the way around to roll out of the slide cleanly. 7. Roll out like a boss. Ahah. Thanks Dom. And there you have it. Now go and practice.
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EESRYTTHING T EV SWAN WORDS: DAVE
The new Big Stick blade gives more grip through strokes
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Below: Team rider Cory McBride sticking it to Melbourne during his trip across Australia.
KAHUNA CREATIONS Adjustable Big Stick I must admit, between the two of us at smorgasboarder, Mark has always been more of a skateboarder and I the surfer. With surfboards I have a hoarding and collecting problem - quite a few problems in fact. But I had never really owned a skateboard. Since we started smorgasboarder however, I have become hooked on the land-boards too and now have four... and the temptations keep coming. The latest thing I’ve become addicted to is the Big Stick for Street SUP - or in other words Stand Up Paddle on a skateboard. And I seem to have passed on my addiction to my kids. In all honesty though, it‘s such a good thing. Better they’re outside in the sun, getting some exercise and enjoying themselves than inside playing games on the laptop. Plus, it’s an easy activity we can share in and enjoy together something really special for a parent in today’s ridiculously fast-paced world. The Big Stick is basically, well, a big stick. It’s very similar to a SUP paddle, but obviously without the actual blade. This latest version of 84
the Big Stick features an adjustable shaft - the height can be tailored to suit my 6-year-old son or 8 and 10 year old daughters, and occasionally me, if they ever get off and give me a bloody chance to use it.
The Adjustable Big Stick by Kahuna Creations retails for $179.00 and you can choose from 2 designs - Moko & Pohaku. Ask about it at your local surf and skate store or log onto www.streetsup.com.au for stockists.
The stick basically enables you to use your skateboard like a SUP and it’s good dry-land practice as a matter of fact. You can use it to really pull into your turns and get yourself up inclines or increase your downhill speed. For the kids, it also enables them to balance and build their self-confidence on the skateboard. In fact, after a couple of runs with the Big Stick, they have turned from tentative wimps into charging hell-hobbits. With a soft-grip ergonomic handle, the Big Stick is comfortable to hold while the new vulcanized rubber road grip gives you a choice of angles to dig at the road with. The idea behind the shape is that you get more contact with the surface, meaning a more forceful push, while the holes help cushion the impact of the strokes.
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BY MARK PRIDMORE/MORE SURFBOARDS
BY JED DONE
5’9” finless freak (or two training wheel miniature side-biter fins)
6’4” x 18 ½ “ x 2 7/16“
Features Kung-Fu Panda inspired artwork by Sirrah and Cain Pridmore
Features a 7 ½ “ long flextail and the 4-Way Fin System enabling you to adjust splay & toe
I’ll once again admit I’m absolutely addicted to the finless thing. I can’t get enough of it. When you are an ordinary surfer and you can start pulling 360’s, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I still get thrown more times than a rodeo clown, but it’s the challenge that feeds the addiction. You don’t want the bloody thing to beat you. When you whip it around and then go on riding the wave, it’s like riding your first ever wave all over again, every single time. Now enough about my ramblings on finless boards... The Frankenstein Fish Finger: she looks weird, but is super easy to paddle. Despite being quite narrow through the guts and the nose there is a fair bit of volume in the board with a big fat-arse tail. Overall this means the board is more performance orientated than earlier models and rides more like a shortboard but the wide tails give you some stability for nice arcing tail slides. The board’s volume enables you to ride the board in 1ft slop or bigger. Small surf days are no longer a bore. There is a really interesting bottom curve going on with quite a square rail that enables you to grip the wave face. The miniature fins themselves just give you that additional bit of hold when you are first learning on the board or if the conditions are super sucky. Trying to dig a rail without any fin on a steep wave face isn’t easy. No fins or small fins, it certainly is addictive. I can’t get off it.
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Jed’s personal board - well loved for a reason
I love trying different types of boards and was always really keen to try out a flextail. Thanks to Jed I finally got my chance and had a few test runs around Mallacoota and down the Shipwreck Coast. The board did feel a little different but being in unfamiliar swell - while fun - it didn’t provide me with a genuine opportunity to get a true feel for the board. Thankfully a decent swell arrived back home at Moffat Beach on June 3 and 4, giving me a chance to see what the Bushrat Flextail could really do. On my first wave, which pitched just overhead, I zipped down the face, turned, turned again and it just stalled. ‘Oh crap...’ As I started paddling back out I was thinking to myself, ‘What the hell am I going to say? Jed is such a nice guy but at the end of the day I have to honest with our readers...’ My next wave... what the?! I was obviously standing in the wrong place initially, because what I experienced on my second wave I just had to experience again. I did a bottom turn and it felt like I was shot out of a cannon. Fair dinkum. It was like I had a rocket strapped to my feet. The speed was incredible. It was too much for me to handle at first, to be honest. By my third wave I started to understand why speed is so important to performance surfing. Not that I am kidding myself but I had never sprayed a rooster tail like that off the lip before. I did miss a bit of the volume under my chest though, which made paddling a little harder, but this is Jed’s personal board, not made for me. Mine would have a bit more foam to start off with. Could the narrow nose contribute too? It might a bit, but I guess that is all part of the design to achieve warp speed. Anyway, a little bit of pain for all that gain is worth it. And as Maverick once said to Goose, ‘I have the need, the need for speed.’
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Triple X Wetsuits 4/3 TX2 steamer
BELOW LEFT: The Triple X 4/3 and RIGHT, the Zee Wetsuits 3/2
The major selling point about this suit apart from the price is warmth. I have never worn this much rubber so I was somewhat excited to see how I would fair in the waters off Port Fairy and Warrnambool. I wore a hood, booties and just the wetsuit with no rashie. I was as warm as toast. As for water entry? no problems. The back zip suit was not only easy to get on, it lived up to its promise. There was no water entry whatsoever. Each time I stepped out of the suit following a surf, I was not only warm but dry. The tab at the base of the zip was also a blessing. When getting the suit on I didn’t have to undertake my usual ritual of jiggling and dancing to guide the zip up the back of my wetsuit whilst pinching the neoprene together. Why on earth someone has not introduced this to wetsuit design earlier is beyond me. But how about the fit? The wetsuit was posted down to me. I hadn’t tried this model on before, or any Triple X Wetsuit for that matter. All I had provided was my height and weight. There was not a drama. The fit was snug without being too firm thanks to the latest stretch neoprene. Despite all that rubber, I did not feel like the Michelin Man. The suit kept me warm but didn’t restrict my movement. The wetsuit was also super comfy to wear. The interior jersey lining was soft, warm and silky to pull on. The suit glided over your skin and didn’t stick to you like I often find with most wetsuits.
Warm... The water hovered around a chilly 14 degrees.
SPECIFICATIONS: • 4-way mega-stretch titanium neoprene • Titanium insulation shield to minimise windchill and increase thermal warmth • Smooth chest/back, limiting wind chill • Waterless S-lock back zip entry with zipper tab stabiliser • Glued & blind stitch sealed seams • 6-12 month replacement warranty + lifetime repair warranty • 100% Australian owned • Price $369
Zee Wetsuits 3/2 GBS steamer The first thing you notice about this wetsuit is how comfortable it is. Comfort, comfort, comfort. Without doubt the fit and, in particular the stretch (now that I know what that means) is unlike anything I have ever worn before. It had me thinking what on earth my old wetsuits were made of. Bernie had mentioned the neoprene Zee source is second to none and he sure as hell wasn’t lying. Sure I know neoprene had advanced somewhat and become lighter and stretchier but this just didn’t feel like a wetsuit as I knew it. There was no restriction of my movement. Paddling was super easy, getting to your feet, turning… it was like a second skin. Plus the neoprene is super soft. One of my mates who lives in Sydney checked out the suit when I was on my road trip and wouldn’t believe me when I told him it was a 3/2. In his opinion it was a plain 2 ml because no 3/2 could be that light. It wasn’t until I showed him its tag, which I still had in my glovebox, that he believed me. In terms of warmth, being a 3/2, I must admit it was borderline in the waters off Port Fairy at the start of winter, because I’m soft. But with liquid seams, water entry wasn’t and issue. It was just a matter of the neoprene thickness in those extreme conditions. Indeed, the wetsuit I had in possession was perfect for Queensland and northern NSW winter sessions. You would struggle to find a better suit and the big brands certainly couldn’t match a suit of this quality for the price.
SPECIFICATIONS: • Advanced stretch and memory retention • Smooth chest/back, limiting wind chill • Back zip entry • Plush inner touch lining • Sealed liquid seams inside • Raw edge, super seal • 12-month material warranty • 100% Australian owned • Price $349 juniors/$399 adults
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LEFT: Armed with the Flextail and shielded with warm wetties... Can’t hear a bloody thing, but can take on the Victorian cold.
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GEAR: SUP SHOPPING
P! U S T H IG R E H T G IN S O O H C
BABY STEPS... Just a bloody big surfboard with a paddle? Finding the right one sounds easy, but once you start looking around at the multitude of different sizes, shapes, constructions, and prices of these things, you start to realise it’s not as easy as you’d think to find a SUP that suits your needs.
Below: Scott. Above: Scott’s little one choosing the first of many water toys.
The process can be made a lot easier by asking yourself one important question... WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? “There is definitely a reason that Stand Up Paddling is the fastest growing sport in the world. Along with the addictive fun factor, SUP has multiple uses from surfing, ocean paddling and cruising, downwinding, river and lake flat-water paddling, shooting the rapids down rivers and creeks, and for the competitive types - racing and surf comps. For all these multiple uses there are also multiple boards. “If you are after a SUP to surf, do you only want it for the “small days” where your usual board of choice doesn’t work so well? A lot of surfers are moving to SUP due to injuries. Neck and back issues can make it hard to paddle and pop up from prone position to standing on a normal surfboard, so using a SUP for all conditions makes sense. “SUPs have gotten smaller, and can be shorter and more maneuverable than some longboards. With boards now down around the 8’ mark, for experienced SUP surfers the only limitation to size of board is their ability to stand on it and be able to paddle onto waves. Be warned though, too small a board in choppy surf can take the fun factor right out of it real bloody quick. “For stability, board displacement (volume) is important, but the plan shape including width, thickness, rail design, and also how the volume is distributed, can make a board that looks good on paper a bobbing cork in the ocean! 88
Boards for ocean paddling come in many different sizes and shapes too. Cruisers that are designed for getting out to bommies or just paddling up and down the coast grabbing the occasional wave, are different to full blown downwinders (some with rudder systems) that are used to surf the ocean’s runner waves with the wind and swell direction. “Whatever board you finally choose will also be controlled by your budget. “With the massive influx of cheap SUPs on eBay and other online sites, it would be easy to think that a good board doesn’t cost very much. Not that all lower priced boards are rubbish, but when you see a no-name (or “leading brand” that you have never heard of) board with a dodgy-looking shape, selling for less than a secondhand wellknown brand, you have to wonder at the process that went into shaping and manufacturing it. Imagine how it will perform, and how long it will last. With SUPs you really do get what you pay for. “The best thing is that all good SUP retailers will have an extensive fleet of demo boards available, that you can ‘try before you buy’ to get an idea of what feels right for you. If they’re worth their salt, they should be riding them all every day themselves anyway, and will be able to give you the correct information from an experienced perspective.” SCOTT PENWARN GREENLINE PADDLESURF, MERMAID BEACH
“It’s all about catching waves and having fun, not about having the shortest board or being the most aggressive rider, so don’t be afraid to choose a board with enough size to enjoy the waves. You can always progress to a smaller board later.“ HAYDN FLEMING OCEAN ADDICTS, MAROOCHYDORE
“Determine your needs, wants, weight and skill level and seek advice from a qualified SUP coach or your local SUP store. “ TODD MINGRAMM CRONULLA STANDUP PADDLEBOARD
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No big brands. No marketing hype. Just cool merchandise from the salt of the Australian surf community
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CARDIO TRAINING BUILD YOUR ENERGY LEVELS FOR SURFING USING THE “NEW SCIENCE” OF CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING WORDS: CLAYTON BEATTY
Gone are the days of doing long, steady state aerobic workouts to build your cardiovascular fitness for surfing. I mean who wants to spend hours every week jogging on a treadmill or sitting on an exercise bike when you can get twice the results in half the time using the new science of cardio training. What is the new science you ask? The latest exercise science proves that interval training is the fastest way to build your endurance. When you surf, you are using 2 main energy systems, your aerobic energy system and your anaerobic energy system.
You aerobic energy system uses oxygen as its main fuel and is the dominating energy system for bouts of exercise lasting several minutes or more, for example when you are paddling out to the break. Your anaerobic energy system on the other hand is used for shorter bouts of more intense exercise such as paddling for a wave. If you want to have lots of energy so you can surf longer without getting fatigued, then you need to train both of these energy systems. That is where interval training comes into play. Interval training is where you do shorter bouts of higher intensity activity dispersed with periods of lower intensity activity or rest. Following are several different interval training workouts you can use to build your cardiovascular surfing fitness. Include 2-3 cardio workouts into your weekly training schedule and get ready to feel your energy levels skyrocket when you are out in the surf.
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BEACH RUNNING WORKOUT A workout you can do on the beach or at a local park. •
Warmup – 5 min low/moderate intensity
Intervals – 20 sec high intensity: 40 sec low
Repeat intervals for 10-15 min
Cooldown – 5 min low intensity (then stretch major muscle groups)
SWIMMING WORKOUT The idea for this workout came from the High Performance Fitness coaching at Surfing Australia. They have similar swimming workouts for their surfers. You can do this workout at a local swimming pool. In addition to boosting your fitness, it will also help improve your ability to hold your breath. It simulates paddling out to the lineup while having to duckdive the incoming waves. Swim 100m freestyle and whilst duckdiving, touch the bottom with your hands every 10m. Rest for 30 sec after 100m. Repeat until you have done 1000m. Once you’ve mastered this, you can increase the intensity by not taking in a full breath before you duckdive to the bottom.
RUN SWIM RUN This will give you the benefits of both of the previous workouts in one. Do this at the beach. •
Warmup – 5 min low/moderate intensity run
Swim 50-100m straight out into the ocean duckdiving under the waves, then turn around and swim back in.
As soon as you get back to shore, run down the beach for 60 sec as hard as you can.
Rest for 60 sec, then repeat the swim/run intervals for up to 5 rounds.
Cooldown – 5 min low intensity jog (then stretch major muscle groups)
Clayton Beatty is a qualified Exercise Scientist with a BSc Human Movement Degree from the University of WA and is a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). He runs Total Surfing Fitness, created to help surfers improve their skills and reduce the risk of injury.
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We’re all keen to improve our surfing, so check out his site for surf-specific functional training exercises. Go to TotalSurfingFitness.com, and there’s even a free sample workout to get you started.
jul/aug 2011 02 4226 1322
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DEEP BREATH A hold down can be frightening. When seconds feel like hours, it’s only too easy to think the worst and work yourself up into a panic. Most, if not all of us, would feel a lot more comfortable being armed with extra knowledge and skills to cope better under water. And knowing you could hold you breath a bit longer would be helpful too. WORDS: MARK CHAPMAN David Mesnard is a the tall and bronzed french-born freediver and owner of luxury Maldivian charter boat, the Ocean Dancer. He recently spent a short time In Australia to conduct some freediving training clinics with professional surfers. As gracious a host on Australian soil as ex-guests say he is on the boat, David took some time out of his busy schedule to chat to us about the training program for his guests on board. “I teach them how to freedive - basically, how to hold their breath under water,” David explains. “We train them for when they get trapped under the waves. We have a special therapy for that.” Since 2006 the Ocean Dancer has been providing an upmarket alternative for a surf trip to the Maldives. The guests live in board in luxury for seven nights, spoiled by - amongst others - the onboard chef and massage therapist. Between surfs, David conducts a freediving course. “It’s all about relaxation. Everything is mental. Everything you achieve in life is all about control and how you can mentally take control of your body,” he tells us. “When people are surfing and they get trapped under big waves, they freak out because they get held down too long, so we try to explain to them the process of relaxation - what to think about and how to plan their timing. “To pick up a big wave is easy but to survive a big wave is another story.” Everyone who participates in the course experiences an improvement in their ability to hold their breath but it’s more to it than that, David says. “The goal is not so much about how long you will hold your breath - that will come automatically. The goal is to be able to think about something that is enjoyable, not something unpleasant. By the time you think about that, your body reacts and your mind takes control. So instead of thinking negatively and freaking out, you can cope with the situation and be in control.” A healthy dose of self discovery comes as an added bonus for most. “People can tell you whatever they want, how great they are and how well they do things, but underwater there’s no bullshit,” David smiles. “They can’t cheat you under water. Once you put someone’s head under water… once he needs to breathe, he needs to breathe.” “Doing this freediving clinic is a real therapy for everyday life. We teach people how to be in control in everyday situations. We train people not to be victim to their emotion.”
For more information on the Ocean Dancer, see the website www.oceandancer-maldives.com and for bookings, get in touch with the folks at World Surfaris: www.worldsurfaris.com or call 1800 611 163
“TO PICK UP A BIG WAVE IS EASY BUT TO SURVIVE A BIG WAVE IS ANOTHER STORY.” jul/aug 2011
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IN THE WATER WITH WAVE HUNTERS WHITE STAR PUBLISHERS/ SCRIBO GROUP
French journo Guillaume Dufau brings together extreme sport photography from across the globe in this 200+ page hardcover book. In true smorgasboarding style, this book covers all aspects and disciplines of waveriding from surfing to windsurfing and kite, bodysurfing and bodyboarding to SUP and plenty more - even skimboarding. Recording ‘the astonishing feats of the world’s master surfers’ it’s all about the power and beauty of the ocean as seen through a collection of stunning images from locations all around the world. Tow In is definitely the standout section is the book. The amazing big wave shots from Jaws and Dungeons are enough to inject a healthy dose of fear into the most sane surfers out there. Surf! In the water with wave hunters is a great addition to the coffee table collection of any avid water fan, and retailing at $59.99, it’s a pretty good gift option too. Mark Chapman
Wipeouts with consequences... Plenty of dramatic images like this one fill the pages of Surf! In the water with wave hunters Photo:Tim McKenna, courtesy of Scribo Group
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ONE VITAL WORD
FRIEND FROM ANOTHER STAR
The Waifs sixth studio album, “Temptation” reverts back to the foundations of country and folk. The band has developed a solid reputation and extensive fan base over 20 years and this release is sure to more than satisfy loyal fans. The album is beautifully packaged and is representative of the stripped back and ambient sounds. While some of the songs lack the hook of some their past hits, highlights include Beautiful Night and Drifting Dreaming. This is definitely a laid back album for a laid back day. For more, see the website www.thewaifs.com. Gus Brown
One Vital Word is a punk hardcore band from Newcastle playing fun, energetic and fast-paced music. “Early Days”, on the great SA punk label, Pee Records is a five-track burst of energy. Mostly shouty stuff, but featuring some high-quality H20-ish singalong melodies in the title track. More of that please, gents. Not the average Joe’s cup of tea, but well worth a listen for the punkers out there. www.peerecords.com. Mark Chapman
THE OCEANICS GET FRIENDLY, MISTRESS, MAYBE EP INDEPENDENT RELEASE
RELENTLESS SET IN STONE
Okay, I’m a sucker for NY-style hardcore. And for a bunch of Sydney surfers, these boys absolutely nail it. From the opening bounce of Against to faster numbers like Faced with the End, this is all hardcore gold. Relentless is as good on the album as they are live. Fans of Madball, AF and the like will love this. Guaranteed. www.myspace.com/relentlesshc Mark Chapman 94
Although the Oceanics have been around on the live music scene for a while including an appearance at the Big Day Out, this is their first official EP release. After listening on high rotation this indie-pop outfit had me moving around singing along as if I knew the lyrics. The music is tight, upbeat and should be accessible to a wide audience. Although all the songs rock, $12 Specs and Funs Over are the choice picks. This is a solid introduction to a currently unsigned band that’s going places. Check out dates and venues for shows at www. myspace.com/oceanics_band. Gus Brown
THE WINDY HILLS Andrew Kidman is a clever man. Prolific and talented, his name inevitably pops up in any conversation on surf art and culture. Having more than dabbled in all artistic disciplines from writing to painting, photography to of course filmmaking, The Windy Hills is a return to an exploration of music. Laidback, slow and melancholy, this is most certainly not a party album, but rather reflective mood music. The recording is honest and raw in its production and I’m a sucker for the guitar tones - from smooth and clean to gloriously dirty and overdriven. Atlantic City Ashes is an easy favourite with a super-catchy chorus. Another standout is the trippy Bingo Love. The very chilled Road Block sees a guest appearance from Neal Purchase Jr. on guitar and is also a definite winner. 10 relaxed tracks and a neat digipack make this a worthwhile buy for yourself or a great gift for any Kidman fan. www.andrewkidman.com Mark Chapman
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Pick up the next edition of smorgasboarder at any of these fine businesses - out in September. Businesses that advertise in smorgasboarder allow us to bring you the magazine for FREE. So, be sure to support them! QLD CENTRAL COAST REEF 2 BEACH SURF SHOP 07 4974 9072
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BRISBANE PRIMITIVE SURF 07 3266 1001 - 601
Nudgee Rd, Nundah primitivesurf.com GOODTIME SURF & SAIL 07 3391 8588 29 Ipswich Rd, Wooloongabba www.goodtime.com.au FIIK Unit 2/3366 Pacific Hwy, Springwood www.fiikskateboards.com COD 07 3207 0116 - 51 Ziegenfusz Rd, Thornlands www.codsurfing.com.au
NTH STRADBROKE ISLAND MINTY SURFBOARDS 07 3409 8334 - Point Lookout www.bobmintysurfboards.com
GOLD COAST SURF FX 07 5531 3199 - 127 Ferry Road,
Southport www.surf-fx.com SIDEWAYS 07 5592 3849 - 3012 Surfers Blvd, Surfers Paradise sidewaysboardsports.com.au DUKE’S LONGBOARDS 07 5572 0477 2578 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach www.dukeslongboards.com STUART SURF DESIGN 07 5572 0098 2576 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach www.stuartsurf.com.au
GANGSTA SURF 07 5526 6969 - Shop 1/ 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach www.gangstasurf.com
GREENLINE PADDLESURF 0412 398 585
2544 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach www.greenlinepaddlesurf.com
BOARD CULTURE 07 5572 9866
2438 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach www.boardculture.com.au
MC SURF DESIGNS 02 6685 8778 - 3 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay www.mcsurf.com.au
JUNGLE SURF 02 6555 8556 - 86 Manning Street, Tuncurry www.junglesurf.com.au
NORTH COAST SURFBOARDS 02 6685 6896
SALTWATER WINE 02 6554 7979 5 Wharf St,
MUNRO SURFBOARDS 02 6685 6211 - 29 Acacia St, Byron Bay munrosurfboards.com.au
BOOMERANG BEACH SURF 02 6554 0351
29 Acacia St, Byron Bay bearsurfboards.com.au
T&C SURF DESIGN / McCOY 02 6685 7485 10 Acacia Street, Byron Bay
BYRON BAY LONGBOARDS 02 6685 5244
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 07 5526 6377
Shop 1 - 89 Jonson St, Byron Bay
THE BOARDROOM 07 5527 7877
HO’OKUPU 02 6685 8861 - 2/9 Lawson St, Byron Bay hookupusurf.com
2251 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach 2084 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami
LOWEN 88 07 5526 5161 - 2a/2172 Gold
Coast Hwy, Miami www.lowen88.com
HARVEY SURF GALLERY 0414 557 624
3/10 Pacific Ave, Miami www.harveysurf.com
MT WOODGEE 07 5535 0288
1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads 07 5598 2188 - 2 Stewart Rd, Currumbin 07 5536 5937 - 122 Griffith St, Coolangatta www.mtwoodgee.com.au
PATAGONIA BURLEIGH James Street,
Burleigh Heads www.patagonia.com.au
WORLD SURFERS 07 5535 4037
63 Lower West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh
SEAN SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY 07 5520 2774
Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Shop 10, Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads 07 5599 1150 - Shop 3, 110 Marine Pde, Coolangatta seanscottphotography.com.au
DALE CHAPMAN SURF DESIGNS 07 5593 8411 Unit 3/48 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads www.chapmansurfboards.com
UNPLUGGED 02 6685 7441 - Shop 1/ 2 Lawson St, Byron Bay www.unpluggedbyronbay.com
ALL ABOVE BOARD 02 6687 7522 68 Ballina St, Lennox Head
MADDOG SURF CENTRE 02 6685 6094
45 River St, Ballina www.maddog.com.au
Rd Currumbin www.dmshapes.com 1/8 Hawker St, Currumbin www.darcysurfboards.com
SHAPERS 07 5534 4228 - 9/7 Traders Way, Currumbin www.shapers.com.au
BURFORD REINFORCED PLASTICS
07 5534 3777 5 Stewart Rd, Currumbin
DIVERSE SURF 07 5598 4848 - 476 Gold
Coast Hwy Tugun www.diversesurf.com.au
DORRINGTON SURFBOARDS 07 5599 4030 16 Musgrave Street, Kirra www.dorringtonsurfboards.com
KIRRA SURF/WORLD SURFARIS 07 5536 3922
8 Creek St, Bilinga www.kirrasurf.com.au
UNDERGROUND SURF 07 5599 1040 Shop 3/31 McLean St, Coolangatta www.undergroundsurf.com.au COOLANGATTA BOARD STORE 07 5536 7850
152 Griffith St, Coolangatta www.cbsboardstore.com
88 Marine Parade, Kingscliff
SAM EGAN SURFBOARDS 02 4969 7299 28 Maitland Rd, Islington www.samegan.com.au
SURF FACTORY 16 Maitland Rd, Islington www.thesurffactory.com.au MARK RICHARDS SURFSHOP 02 4961 3088
NSW MID NORTH COAST XS SURF 02 6654 1049 - 76 Beach Street,
PACIFIC DREAMS 02 4926 3355 - 7 Darby St,
COOPERS SURF CENTRES 02 6654 0033
Junction Fair, Union St, Newcastle www.sanbah.com.au
56D Beach St, Woolgoolga; 02 6652 8146 28 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour
FLANAGAN SURFBOARDS 0432 361 694 Unit 26, 22 Lawson Cres, Coffs Harbour www.flanagansurfboards.com
Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle
SANBAH SURF 02 4962 2420 - Shop 27, The
(02) 6651 4500 370 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour Jetty www.watersurfartcafe.com THE LOG SHACK 02 6658 0223 - 392 Harbour Dve, The Jetty Strip, Coffs Harbour www.thelogshack.com.au OUTER ISLAND SURFBOARDS 02 6655 7007 7 Bayldon Dr, Raleigh www.outerislandsurfboards.com
VALLA SURFBOARDS 02 6568 8909
Nambucca Heads www.coastalcurves.com
SONIC SURF 02 6568 4666
1 Cooper Street, Macksville, Scotts Head
CRESCENT HEAD SURF CO. 02 6562 8306
33 Smith St, Kempsey
CRESCENT HEAD SURF SHOP 02 6566 0550 Crescent Head Tavern, Crescent Head
THE PERFECT WAVE 02 9939 0890 Suite 38, 42-46 Wattle Rd Brookvale www.theperfectwave.com.au BENNETT SURFBOARDS 02 9905 5157 180 Harbord Rd, Brookvale DRIPPING WET SURF CO. 02 9977 3549 398 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale; 02 9977 3549 - 93 North Steyne, Manly www.dripwetsurf.com SUNSHINE SURFING 02 9977 4399 - 89 Pittwater Rd, Manly www.sunshinesurfing.com.au
SIX OUNCE 0408 259 783 - 48-50 Pittwater Rd, Manly www.sixounceboardstore.com
CENTRAL COAST BEACHIN’ SURF 02 43 96 5159
HERITAGE SURF 02 9977 7623 - 24 Darley
Manly www.saltmotion.com 39 Belgrave St, Manly manlylongboard.com Rd, Manly www.heritagesurfaustralia.com
ADRIFT SURF 02 4332 8355 - 133 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance www.adriftsurf.com.au BOARDERLINE SURF SKATE 02 4332 7175 421 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty www.boarderlinesurfskate.com SURFERS CHOICE 02 4334 6532
SURFECTION 02 9969 1011 - 522 Military Rd, Mosman www.surfectionmosman.com
SYDNEY SOUTH BONDI UNDERGROUND 02 9365 0870 2/72 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach
DRIPPING WET SURF CO. 02 9300 0055 180186 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach
473 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty www.surferschoice.com.au
SURF CULTURE 02 9389 5477 - 40 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction www.surfculture.com.au
BATEAU BAY SURF N SPORT 02 4332 1157
CRONULLA SUTHERLAND JACKSON SURFBOARDS 02 9524 2700
101a Bateau Bay Road, Bateau Bay
ONE EIGHTY SURF COMPANY 02 4385 8440
Shop 2, 82a Ocean View Dve, Wamberal www.180surfco.com.au
SLIMES 02 4365 5511 1/203 The Entrance Rd, Erina THREE POINTS SURF 02 4382 1541
57 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah www.jacksonsurfboards.com.au
TRIPLE BULL 02 9524 4822 - 41 Captain Cook Dr, Caringbah; 02 9544 0354 - 23 Kingsway, Cronulla www.triplebullsurf.com CRONULLA SURF DESIGN 02 9544 0433 8 Cronulla St, Cronulla www.cronullasurfdesign.com.au
170 Avoca Dve, Avoca Beach
NORTHERN BEACHES BEACH WITHOUT SAND 02 9918 2763 1a Nth Avalon Rd, Avalon
RAISED BY WOLVES 02 9918 8861 - 40 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon; 02 9997 4838 9b Waratah St, Mona Vale www.raisedbywolves.com.au
LITTLE DRAGON 0403 974 967
1 Bramley Lane, Newport Beach
RON WADE SURF DESIGN 02 9979 7071
23 Bassett Street, Mona Vale ronwadesurfboards.com.au
CHANNEL ISLAND SURFBOARDS 02 9997 8266
4/76 Darly St, Mona Vale cisurfboards.com
INNER VISION SURF ‘N’ SKATE 02 6583 7790
SUPER SWELL 02 9144 3229 166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
McTAVISH 02 6680 8807 - 91 Centenial
SALTWATER WINE 02 6584 4877
STAND UP PADDLE GEAR AUSTRALIA
1/125 Gordon St, Port Macquarie www.saltwaterwine.com.au
02 9986 3420 6/53 Myora Rd, Terrey Hills www.supgearaustralia.com
SANDY FEET 02 6584 1995
SUGARMILL SURF EMPORIUM 02 9913 3332 2/1329 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen www.sugarmillsurf.com
5/21 Clarence St, Port Macquarie www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au
17 Anzac Ave, Collaroy www.windsurfnsnow.com.au
MANLY LONGBOARD CO. 02 9977 0093
BRUNSWICK SURF 02 6685 1283 1/12 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads www.brunswicksurf.com.au MADDOG SURF CENTRE 02 6685 6395 91 Jonson St, Byron Bay; 02 6685 6466 4 Jonson St, Byron Bay www.maddog.com.au
WIND SURF ’N’ SNOW 02 9971 0999
SWANSEA SURF SHOP 02 4971 4422
QUIKSILVER MONA VALE 02 9999 3727 1729 Pitt Water Rd, Mona Vale
Circuit, Byron Bay www.mctavish.com.au
1012 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy www.longreefsurf.com.au
SALTMOTION 02 9976 6518 Market Place,
CRESO EXPRESSO 4 Shore Holiday Park, 80 William St, Port Macquarie
1103 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach
LONG REEF SURF 02 9982 4829
THE SURF SHACK 02 4945 8965 703 Pacific Hwy, Belmont South
CABARITA SURF SHOP 02 6676 3151 1/38 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
WICKS SURF CENTRE 02 9971 0760
BASE SURFBOARDS 02 9976 0591 - 46 North Steyne Rd, Manly www.basesurfboards.com
EGAN’S 02 4945 8055 575 Pacific Hwy, Belmont
BOARD CITY 02 4397 1092 - 150 Main Rd,
Distinctively relaxed atmosphere, exceptional food, coffee and tea, great service, photographic art from Australia’s best photographers, exquisite gifts and select surfwear and boards.
1228 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen www.balmoralboards.com.au
44 Pittwater Rd, Manly www.alohasurfmanly.com.au
BREAKAWAY SURF CO. 02 4943 2699 181 Pacific Hwy Charlestown
262 Main Rd, Toukley
BALMORAL BOARDS 02 9970 8600
ALOHA MANLY STYLE 02 9977 3777
164 Pacific Hwy, Swansea swanseasurf.com.au
COASTAL CURVES 02 6568 6902 - Ridge St,
SURF XCESS 02 6674 5350
4 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
BREAKAWAY SURF 02 4929 1144 - Shop 6
NSW NORTH COAST SIDEWAYS 07 5524 6699 - 13-21 Greenway Dr, 18/48 Machinery Dve,Tweed Heads
NEWCASTLE NEWCASTLE SURF DESIGNS 02 4968 9989
THE PLANK SHOP 02 6645 8362 Top of the
8 Monro St, Nambucca Heads www.vallasurfboards.com.au
FULL FORCE SURFBOARDS 07 5524 2933
43 Donald St, Nelson Bay, Newcastle
GUNTHER ROHN 02 6681 5879 - 3/10 Piper Drive, Ballina www.guntherrohn.com
COOLY SURF 07 5536 1470 - Cnr Dutton St & Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Tweed Heads sidewaysboardsports.com.au
GRAFFITI SURF DESIGNS 02 4981 3409
SURFHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY 61 Hunter St,
FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS 07 5587 7700
D’ARCY HANDSHAPES 07 5559 5866
Shop 4, Boomerang Dve, Pacific Palms
755 Hunter St, Newcastle www.markrichardssurfboards.com
Drive, Ballina www.triple-x.com.au
GOLD COAST SURF WORLD 07 5525 6380 Tomewin Street, Currumbin www.surfworldgoldcoast.com
DMS 07 5559 5949 3/56 Currumbin Creek
TRIPLE X WETSUITS 02 6686 3939 - 10 Piper
SOUTHCOAST FOAM 07 5522 1600 - 15 Greg Chappell Dr, Burleigh Gdns Estate, Andrews www.southcoastfoam.com.au
1/49 Currumbin Creek Rd Currumbin www.firewiresurfboards.com
CRONULLA STANDUP PADDLEBOARD Everything to do with S.U.P Lessons, Hire, Sales of New and Used equipment, Accesories, Apparel & more 02 9544 2293 0400 085 823 Shop 3,13-15 The Kingsway Cronulla, NSW 2230 www.cronullasup.com
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SNOW & SURF CO. 08 8223 5277
Street, Foster www.atolltravel.com
REEF 2 BEACH
SERIOUS SURF STUFF 03 5674 2540
EASTCOAST STAND UP PADDLE Dedicated to SUP - Sydney’s original Stand Up Paddle outlet. Performance, flatwater, race, and distance boards – we have a board to suit all skill levels.
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WOLLONGONG RETRO WOMBAT 02 4267 1322
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NSW SOUTH COAST ZINK SURF 02 4233 1189 - 136 Terralong St, Kiama www.zinksurf.com.au
NATURAL NECESSITY SURF SHOP 02 4234 1636
115 Fern St, Gerringong www.nnss.com.au AQUATIQUE 02 4421 8159 - 125-127 Junction St, Nowra; 02 4441 5530 - 55 Owen St, Huskisson www.aquatique.com.au BUSTED SURF CO. 02 4447 3485 10 Fairlands St, Culburra Beach OCEAN & EARTH 02 4441 2482 12 Springs Road, Sussex Inlet www.oceanearth.com SUN & SURF SHOP 02 4441 1938 Shop 1, 168 Jacobs Dve, Sussex Inlet AKWA SURF 02 4454 5222 - Shop 1, Mellick’s Corner, Princess Hwy, Milton www.akwasurf.com.au
SOUTHERN MAN SURF SHOP
02 4454 0343 -138 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla www.southernman.com.au SALTWATER DREAM 02 4472 3811 2 Bay Central, Batemans Bay OFFSHORE SURF SHOP 02 4474 4350 66 Vulcan St, Moruya offshoresurf.com.au NAROOMA SURF & SKATE 02 4476 1422 30 Princes Hwy, Narooma DSC SURFBOARDS 0424 867 962 Princes Highway, Narooma BERMAGUI SURF SHOP 02 6493 4849 4/28 Lamont St, Bermagui RAW SURFBOARDS 02 6494 4466 1291 Tathra Road, Kalaru www.rawsurfboards.com.au MERIMBULA SURF SHOP 02 6495 1515 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula SALTWATER DREAM 02 6495 1600 39 Market St, Merimbula CORE SURF SKATE AND KITE 02 6494 3374 49 Toalla St, Pambula Village www.pambulasurfshop.com.au
COUNTRY VIC SURF SHACK 03 5155 4933
507 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
(Mon – Sat, 9-5pm, Sun,10-4pm) 07 4974 9072
1 Williams St , Inverloch VORTEX SURF & SKATE 03 5672 4112 54 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi
PHILLIP ISLAND OUTEREEF 03 5678 5677 - 73 Phillip Island
Rd, San Remo www.outereef.com.au
(Mon – Sat, 9-5pm, Sun,10-4pm) 07 5451 0620 - Maroochydore 07 5437 9201 - Bokarina
FULLCIRCLE SURF 03 5678 5873
115 Marine Pde, San Remo; 03 5956 7453 4-5 Vista Pl, Cape Woolamai www.fullcirclesurf.com.au ISLANTIS 03 5956 7553 - 10-12 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven www.islantis.com.au ISLAND SURF CENTRE 03 5952 2578 147 Thompson Ave, Cowes; 03 5952 3443 65 Smiths Beach Rd, Smiths Beach www.islandsurfboards.com.au ISLAND SURF SHACK 03 5952 1659 148 Thompson Ave, Cowes
MELBOURNE ZAK SURFBOARDS 03 9416 7384
319 Victoria Rd, Thornbury www.zaksurfboards.com TRIGGER BROS SURF & SAIL 03 9537 3222 Shop 2, 1 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda www.triggerbros.com.au RPS (THE BOARD STORE) 03 9525 6475 87 Ormond Rd, Elwood www.rpstheboardstore.com BRIGHTON SURF CO. 03 9593 2211 43 Church St, Brighton SHQ BOARDSPORTS 03 9598 2867 81 Beach Rd, Sandringham www.shq.com.au MORDY SURF CENTRE 03 9580 1716 628 Main St, Mordialloc mordysurf.com.au
PAULOWNIA SURFBOARD SUPPLIES
03 9588 2533 - 45 Governor Road, Mordialloc paulowniaparadise.com.au OKE SURFBOARDS 03 9587 3553 Factory 1 1-7 Canterbury Rd, Braeside www.okesurfboards.com TRIGGER BROS SURF & SAIL 03 9770 2223 7 Rossmith St, Frankston; 03 5989 8402 Point Leo Rd, Point Leo; 03 5984 5670 46 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento www.triggerbros.com.au PENINSULA SURF CENTRE 03 9783 3811 40 Wells St, Frankston; 03 5975 1800 835 Nepean Hwy, Mornington; 03 5985 4637 - 2137 Pt Nepean Hwy, Rye www.peninsulasurf.com.au BALIN 03 5986 6069 - 12 Newington Ave, Rosebud www.balin.com.au BEAN SURFING 03 5984 5199 4 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
VIC SURF COAST MURFS LONGBOARDS 03 5255 5525
82 The Terrace, Ocean Grove www.murfslongboards.com.au STRAPPER SURF 03 5255 2666 67b The Terrace, Ocean Grove www.strapper.com.au GREEN ROOM SURF SHOP 03 5256 2996 64 The Terrace, Ocean Grove www.greenroom.com.au RASTA’S 03 5254 3255 51 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads rastasurfboards.com.au STONKER TORQUAY 03 5261 6077 - 1a Baines Cr, Torquay www.stonker.com.au HYDROPHILIC 0421 504 621 - 1C Baines Cr, Torquay www.southcoastlongboards.com.au SURF WORLD 03 5261 4606 Surf City Plaza, Torquay www.surfworld.org.au PATAGONIA 03 5261 4420 - 116 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay www.patagonia.com.au BASE 03 5261 5666 - 3/108 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay www.basesurfboards.com STRAPPER 03 5261 3508 - 96 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay; 03 5261 2312 - 106 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay www.strapper.com.au WATERMARKS PHOTO GALLERY 03 5264 7232 38-40 Bell Street, Torquay www.watermarksphotogallery.com.au TORQUAY SURFING ACADEMY 03 5261 2022 34A Bell St, Torquay torquaysurf.com.au TIGERFISH 03 5264 7271 - 12/15 Bell St, Torquay www.tigerfish.com.au
LONGARM BOARD HOLDER Arms too short? Too far to walk? Get a grip! 0408 092 122 www.long-eaz.com
ANGLESEA SURF CENTRE 03 5263 1530
111 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea www. secondhandsurfboards.com.au LORNE SURF SHOP 03 5289 1673 130 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne SHARKY’S 03 5289 2421 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne HODGY’S SURF CENTRE 03 5237 7883 143 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay hodgys.com
SHIPWRECK COAST PORT CAMPBELL TRADING CO. 03 5598 6444
27 Lord Street, Port Campbell TAYLORS SURFODESY 03 5562 5681 132 Liebig Street, Warrnambool WARRNAMBOOL SURF CENTRE 03 5562 1981 136 Koroit Street, Warrnambool DAKTARI SURF/DIVE 03 5568 2800 33 Bank Street, Port Fairy www.daktarisport.com.au
SOUTH AUSTRALIA CUTLOOSE SURF 08 8326 0939 - 4 Piping
Lane, Lonsdale www.cutloosesurf.com.au
MID COAST SURF 08 83845522 - 8/200 Dyson
Road, Lonsdale www.midcoastsurf.com.au PREECE’S SOUTH PORT SURF 08 8386 0404 159 Esplanade, Port Noarlunga South www.preece-sthport-surf.com.au BARREL SURF 08 8555 5422 - 10c Cadell St, Goolwa www.barrellsurf.com.au BIG SURF AUSTRALIA 08 8554 2399 24 Goolwa Rd, Middleton SOUTHERN SURF 08 8554 2375 36 North Tce, Port Elliot THE SURF SHOP 08 8552 5466 -15 Albert Place, Victor Harbor thesurfshop.net.au
THE DING KING / CLARK SURFBOARDS
0422 443 789 - 20 Cottage Road, Hackham email@example.com SURF ESTEEM 08 8557 7201 - Aldinga Central Shopping Centre www.surfesteem.com ONBOARD SURF WIND SNOW 08 8294 3866 21 Saltfleet St, Port Noarlunga; 1-3 Lights Landing, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg www.onboardsurf.com.au JRS SURF & SKI 08 838 47466 - Centro Colonnades; 08 8377 0322 - Westfield Marion; 08 8223 5505 -121 Grenfell St, Adelaide CBD; 08 8231 9577 - Myer Centre, Adelaide CBD; 08 8396 4822 Tea Tree Plus www.jrssurfandski.com.au FLY BOARDRIDING 08 8386 0100 Shop 41 Seaford Shopping Centre www.flyboardriding.com.au ISLAND SURF 08 8296 9776 363 Brighton Road Hove EXTREME BOARDRIDERS 08 8295 1219 1/118 Jetty Rd, Glenelg WALLBRIDGE SURFBOARDS 08 8376 4914 27 Oaklands Rd, Somerton Park www.wallbridge.com.au SANCTUARY SURFERS 0403 134 478 201 Waymouth St, Adelaide www.sanctuary.net.au
(Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:30pm, Thurs 8:30am-8pm, Sat, 8:30-4pm, Sun, 10-4pm) 07 3266 1001
(M-F 9-5pm, Sat 9-12pm) 0402 863 763
DINO’S DING REPAIRS
(M-F 9-5pm, Sat 9-12pm) 0409 727 735
(M-F,8:30-5:30pm, Sat and Sun, 9-4pm) 187 Rundle St, Adelaide 07 5598 4848
UNDERGROUND SURF (7 days, 9-5pm) 07 5599 1040
(M-F, 9-5pm) 07 5524 2933
BYRON BAY DING REPAIRS (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30pm) 02 6685 6770 0409 849 442
THE PLANK SHOP 02 6645 8362
(Tues-Fri, 9-4pm, Sat, 9-12pm) 0432 330 826
COFFS HARBOUR THE LOG SHACK
(M-F, 10-5pm, Sat & Sun 10-2:30pm) 02 6658 0223 www.snowsurf.com.au
BUCKO’S SURFBOARD REPAIRS & RESTORATIONS
(M-F, 10-5.30pm, weekends by appointment 0422 304 078
S & D SURF DESIGNS
(M-F, 9-4pm, Sat 9-12pm) 0437 032 614
BROOKVALE SURFBOARD REPAIRS
(M-F,8:30-5:30pm, Sat and Sun, 9-4pm) 0403 971 072
CHAOS SURFBOARDS (M-F,9-6pm, Sat & Sun 8:30-6pm) 02 9907 2769
M-F,9-5:30, Thurs 9-7:30pm, Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4) 02 4228 8878
INNER FEELING SURFBOARDS (7 days, 9-5pm) 02 4441 6756
DSC SURFBOARDS (7 days, 9-5pm) 0424 867 962
(Mon-Fri,10-6pm; Sat 10-5pm) 03 9416 7384
STONKER TORQUAY (Mon – Fri, 9-5pm) 03 5261 6077
PHILLIP ISLAND ISLANTIS
(7 days , 9-5pm) 03 5956 7553
ISLAND SURF SHOP - COWES (7 days, 9-5pm) 03 5952 2578
FULLCIRCLE SURF (7 days, 9-5pm) 03 5956 7453
(M-F, 9-5.30pm, Sat 9-4pm) 08 8376 4914
SOUTH ADELAIDE THE DING KING (M-F, 9-5pm) 0422 443 789
FIX BROKEN BOARDS?
Promote your repair business for $15 an edition. Call 0401 345 201
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Planning a surfing holiday or weekend away? These fine accommodation options offer great proximity to surf beaches in some of the country’s best surf spots. Get out there.
SURF TRIP ACCOMMODATION
NEW SOUTH WALES
PORTOBELLO BY THE SEA 6 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach Caloundra Fantastic surf spots right on your doorstep. Moffat, Neill Street, Dicky Beach all within a 5 minute walk. Luxury accommodation within 50 m of some of the best restaurants Caloundra has to offer. Proximity: Across from patrolled Dicky Beach, on-site dining and shopping. Phone: 07 5491 9038
www.portobellobythesea.com.au From $325 for two nights.
PANDANUS PALMS HOLIDAY RESORT 21 Cumming Pde, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
THE ISLANDER HOLIDAY RESORT
High on a hill overlooking Home Beach, looking north towards Moreton Island, offering plenty of open space for children to play, full size tennis court and swimming pool.
Ideally located, whether it’s adventure or relaxation you’re after, there’s something for everyone - pool, tennis court, bbq area, kids playground, scooter & car hire. Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available, all fully self-contained with foxtel, dvd player, wireless internet access, balconies and parking.
IBIS WOLLONGONG Cnr Church and Market Street Wollongong
PHILLIP ISLAND VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 895 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven, Phillip Island
3.5 star hotel in the heart of Wollongong restaurant and business district, minutes from beautiful beaches. Winner Best Standard Accommodation on the South Coast 2008, 2009 & 2010. Air conditioned rooms include tea and coffee facilities, mini bar fridges, flatscreen TV and internet connectivity. Special Access rooms and facilities are also available.
Planning a surf trip to Phillip Island? The island offers over 2000 beds and over 100 accommodation businesses to choose from. Contact Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre’s accommodation specialists for all your accommodation needs. Let our friendly staff assist you in finding the perfect place for you to stay.
Proximity: 10 minute walk to the beach and WIN Entertainment Centre. On the doorstep of Crown St Mall Phone: 02 4223 6000 E: H6377@accor.com www.accorhotels.com/6377
P: 1300 366 422 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbasscoast.com
From $330.00 for two nights
From $119 per room per night
The two or three bedroom villas are fully self-contained with large living area and private balcony, own BBQ and linen is supplied. We can arrange return vehicle ferry crossings at a discounted rate. Proximity: 500m walk to Home Beach and Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel. 2km to cafes, shops and Gorge Walk. P: 07 3409 8106 E: email@example.com
CALOUNDRA HOLIDAY CENTRE 1/78 Bulcock St, Caloundra Caloundra Holiday Centre has been assisting holidaymakers find their perfect Sunshine Coast getaway for over 25 years. We offer one of the largest portfolios of holiday accommodation in Caloundra, consisting of a great choice of budget to luxury self contained units and houses at all beaches. With family friendly prices and seniors’ discounts available, we’re sure to have a property to suit your needs at a competitive price. Our friendly and experienced staff can assist you with finding your perfect beach break! Request our free colour brochure and price list today! P: 07 5491 5444 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
caloundraholidaycentre.com.au From $340 p/w, low season TV
41 East Coast Rd, Point Lookout North Stradbroke Island
WHALE WATCH OCEAN BEACH RESORT Samarinda Dve, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island Located at North Stradbroke Island’s Point Lookout, Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort provides endless views along the main surfing beach (which is one of the east’s coasts renowned surf spots) and over the Pacific Ocean, to the Gold Coast and beyond. Proximity: Short walk to Point Lookout Surf Club and all the major Point Lookout attractions. P: 07 3409 8555 E: reservations@ whalewatchresort.com.au www.whalewatchresort.com.au kitchen
Proximity: 2 min walk to hotel, pub, bowls club, shops & restaurants. Opposite Home/ Cylinder beaches. P: 07 3409 8388 E: email@example.com
islander.stradbrokeresorts.com.au From $225 for 2 nights
STRADBROKE ISLAND HOLIDAYS Shop 2 Raby Bay Harbour 152 Shore Street West Cleveland North Stradbroke Island is the ideal holiday destination for families, couples or maybe just a day trip. Located one hour from Brisbane, Straddie is easily accessible by Stradbroke Ferries’ fast reliable vehicle ferries or water taxi which depart from Cleveland. Stradbroke Island Holidays offer an efficient booking service to arrange all of your accommodation and luxury Stradbroke Ferry transfers to and from North Stradbroke Island. P: 07 3821 0266 www.stradbrokeholidays.com.au pool
SILVERWATER RESORT 17 Potters Hill Rd, San Remo
KIAMA COVE MOTEL 10 Bong Bong St, Kiama Kiama Cove Motel is located in the heart of Kiama, overlooking Surf Beach with most rooms having ocean views, airconditioning and king sized beds. All with complimentary continental breakfasts. Proximity: Right on Kiama Beach. Short walk to the main street of Kiama. Phone: 02 4232 3000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kiamacove.com.au From $99-$169 per room per night family-friendly
Spacious one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments all with spectacular bay views and modern conveniences. Complementing the 4.5 star accommodation is an excellent range of resort facilities including indoor and outdoor pool, billiards and games room, tennis and basketball courts, restaurant and bar. Proximity: Five mins to surf beach, two mins to town Phone: 1800 033 403 email@example.com www.silverwaterresort.com.au From $175 per night
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ROCKIN’ THE SANBAH
Merewether’s trendy surf and fashion store, Sanbah, celebrated the opening of their new joint at Junction Fair in style. PHOTOS: 1. Jesse Adam and Cable from Vampirate Surfboards 2. The groms - sponsored Sanbah team riders (L-R) Louie Stackhouse, Jack Taylor, Jackson Baker and Luke Hamilton 3. Mark Gnech, Hayden Cox and Ozzie Wright 4. Stephanie Smith and Sophie Damen 5. The hosts Rhys and Sophie Smith - owners of Sanbah - with interior stylist for Sanbah Tim Neve 6. Happy couple Lauren and Ryan Smith 7. At the skatewall - Lewis Brent, Tom Antcliff, Joel O’Brien and Jake Sylvester 8. Lauren Miller and James Simpson
If you’re in Newcastle, make sure to pop in to Sanbah, check out their variety of wares and say of course, g’day to Rhys and Sophie. www.sanbahsurf.com.au
A DECENT FEED OF FUN
The annual longboard competition staged by the Merimbula Sailboard Club recently took place and by all accounts, a lot of fun was had by all. The event has been running for 25 years now and has taken on many names such as The Maligator, The Maltrix and the In-4-Mal. This year it was Malnutrition. For many of the competitors it’s the only time throughout the year they ride a mal.
Photos by Stan Squire, artist for - amongst others - Bushrat Surfboards. To check out his artwork, see stansquire.com PHOTOS: 1. Dave Pimm of Sydney 2. Jay Mulherin of Cooma and Gary Corbett of Merimbula (paddling) 3. Dave Prowse of Pambula 4. Henry Jones, Mark Hagan, James Hagan 5. Jacob Holme 6. Jed Done 7. Lachie McNeil
TELL US ABOUT YOUR EVENT
If you have something on the go, let us know. Email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ZE’ RIGHT TIME FOR A NEW WETSUIT!
ZEE WETSUITS! Sacre bleu! Wis years of local experience and ze ‘ighest quality materials, a ZEE wetsuit is ze warmest and most comfortable wetsuit you can own. Most importantly, every ZEE WETSUIT is built to last. Made locally and 100% Australian owned.
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