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What never ceases to amaze us is the number of emails, letters (yes, they still exist), reader photos and full blown reader stories we receive from you guys and girls -from the very young, to the salt crusted old men and women of the sea. The level of your involvement and passion for Smorgasboarder is staggering and it’s sincerely what keeps us forging ahead in our endeavour to unearth new and interesting people who love to surf, surfers with fascinating stories to tell and unsung heroes of the surf industry. In a day and age where most media struggle for any form of engagement beyond the click of

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a ‘like’ button on social media, you’ve adopted Smorgasboarder as ‘your mag’, and so it is. You’re one of us: a Smorgasboarder, a member of the family. So in this edition we thought we’d celebrate you, and feature even more of your stories, your photos and your surfboard collections. Whether it is Cameron Lindsay’s soul cleansing in Sumatra, Karl de Wet and his mates’ escape to the same, Craig Carter’s wedding anniversary celebratory surf in the Maldives, a Sunshine Coast school’s excursion to Bali or mad SUPers’ whitewater tales, they’re all your stories and they’re cracking reads.

If that wasn’t enough, we feature two stories on impressive young ladies who are longboarding their way around the world, and as always there’s a massive surfboard section to drool over yet again. Finally, if you have still not had your fill of Smorgasboarder in this print edition, we now have even more for you to read, see and watch online at our website, www.smorgasboarder.com.au Just as our family has grown, so too have ways we can entertain and inform you. Thank you, stay involved and enjoy the latest edition of your mag!

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PAGE 20 LONGBOARD LOVE

WA’s Georgia Young talks about her passion

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Peter Hogg shares his stash of world champ surfboards

You readers, you... Just look at all your awesome photos.

CELEBRATION

Take the wife on an Anniversary surf trip to celebrate. Nice.

SCHOOL SURF

‘Mum, can you please sign my permission slip to go to Bali?’

OREGON

James Ellis enters the USA, to find cold waves, nice people.

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A surfing trip can be therapeutic too

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LENSFOLK

Karl de Wet takes the boys trip he’s always dreamed of.

Power Base Fins & Boxes - Completely Integrated

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Columns Surf Coaching Music and Books Socials Aloha Barry

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CLEAR ADVANTAGE With the Noosa Festival of Surfing just around the corner we thought it only fitting to talk to someone who knows a bit about longboards. Western Australia’s Georgia Young does. She also just happens to be a former winner of the Open Women’s Comp (1st in 2012 and 2nd in 2013) and is the current, and two-time Australian Open Women’s Longboard Champion. Georgia’s successes suggest she has developed a clear edge over her competitors. We spoke with her about her love for longboarding and the quiver that’s assisting her to achieve these wins. WORDS: DAVE SWAN PHOTOS: KATIE CONWAY

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“I JUST LOVE IT. RIDING SO MANY DIFFERENT BOARDS OPENS YOUR MIND.”

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“THE WAVES ARE GENERALLY MUCH MORE POWERFUL. THEY CAN PROVE TRICKY TO LONGBOARD ON.” Georgia, on WA waves

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up in Swanbourne, a western suburb of Perth, Georgia began surfing her local break - nearby Cottesloe Beach - when she was around twelve. Her interest in surfing, sparked by her father, encouraged him to return to the waves. “I guess that’s what pushed me more into the longboard side of things. Dad and I would both go out on longboards together. It is awesome to get out there and enjoy the waves with Dad. “My homebreak of Isso’s (known as Isolators - a left and right reef break at Cottesloe) is also more of a mal wave. It’s not super-consistent. It’s a small reef break, but I love it. They hold the Whalebone Classic (a pro longboard competition, now in its 17th year) there each year.”

Whilst Georgia also regularly competed in shortboard comps in her teens, and still frequently rides a shortboard today, she developed a real affection for longboard competitions.

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“We have such a good State series. There are three events every year and it’s really just friends hanging out. I think it’s such a great sport, with such a good social element to it. It’s basically a good excuse to see everyone, and that’s probably what’s kept me in the longboard side of things all this time. “I do enjoy competing as well though, and to win an Aussie Championship was always a goal of mine since I started surfing. Having come so close so many times, it was amazing to win backto-back titles last year.” Georgia has also made her mark on the world stage for several years now making the final 16 for the World Titles, coming fifth last year in China. With such success, it’s pleasing to see Georgia has stuck with the same shaper she’s had since she started competing at age eighteen. Georgia recently turned twenty-six. Steve Del Rosso of Clearwater Surfboards and Georgia have enjoyed a winning partnership, which continues today, despite Steve having

relocated his shaping operation to the opposite coast of Australia. “Steve actually shaped my first custom longboard when I was about sixteen. I just love his boards. I ride them religiously. I trust Steve. He knows how I surf, how I want to surf and the feeling I am after. Having come from West Oz and now being based on the East Coast, he also understands the waves on both sides of the country and the different boards required to ride them.” Georgia has found the boards she rides at home very different to what she needs on the east coast. “I guess a lot of the guys over here ride really progressive thruster longboards. The waves are generally much more powerful. They can prove tricky to longboard on. You have to be pretty quick off the mark before they close out on you. It’s a completely different style of surfing. You surf the waves more top to bottom. “On the east coast you need something flatter with a 1+2 fin setup. I still like to keep that performance aspect in the tail but

have them a little flatter and wider in the nose to be able to noseride and get through sections. That’s not so much of a problem back home. “With all my boards I like to use a rounded square tail through to a rounded pin. I find that has smoothed my surfing out a whole heap.“ Western Australian however is not completely removed from the current single fin, old school log craze with many around Cottesloe now taking to such craft. “It has been really interesting to see. I guess people are riding so many different boards at the moment and having tried many of them too, it’s influencing the way I surf and what I’m after in a board. I recently bought one of those Seaglass finless boards with the soft top (Albacore) and have pretty much been riding that non-stop lately. I just love it. Riding so many different boards opens your mind.”

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And with this in mind, my mind couldn’t help but turn towards Steve Del Rosso. I wanted to find out what he’s specifically putting into his longboards that has them going so well.

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Having made the boards under the feet of two-time Australian Open Women’s Longboard Champion (Georgia Young) as well as the current Women’s Over 35 Australian champion, Debbie Allan; the inaugural Open Men’s Logger champion, Clinton Guest and third placed Mark McNamara; along with the board ridden in the final by Denver Young to clinch the Australian Under 18 Girl’s Longboard title, and Steve himself even made the semis of the Men’s over 35s, I was keen to hear what the hell Steve was putting into

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his longboards. Cheerful as ever, Steve was only too happy to chat. Are there particular design elements or construction techniques you are focused on of late to enhance the performance of these boards? I find my longboards are quite different to a lot of the others out there. I’m integrating a range of different rockers and contours into my longboards whereas a lot of shapers have perhaps been following the Bob McTavish/ Takayama thing. I don’t see many people straying from that original design philosophy. I’ve gone off on a completely different tangent, and it seems to be working. Have you found inspiration in your shortboard designs? A lot of inspiration has come from what I’m doing with my performance shortboards. I have definitely integrated elements of their design into my longboards for sure. There has been extensive testing with shortboards and an endless progression in terms of design

and the materials used. The designs have been tested and proven. With longboarding, I still feel there is a lot more room for improvement. That is why I am so interested in them at present.

depending on the surfer and the waves they are riding.

The hipsters are still looking at the ‘60s and ‘70s boards, and yet we’ve progressed way beyond that. Working with guys like Simon Anderson has confirmed this for me, so why go back? Midget Farrelly agrees. He can’t understand why people want some of his old replicas. He told me, “They didn’t go well then and they still don’t go good now.”

In WA my fins are more stable and solid, less flex and a bit more area in the tip. We predominantly use a thruster setup and quite a deal of rocker in the boards, which allow them to come alive in local conditions.

I am also very focused on developing different longboards for varied conditions. With shortboards, people understand you need certain kinds of boards in certain conditions, whereas on the longboarding side of things, I find the bigger brands are just pumping out models with a ‘one size fits all’ mentality. I don’t think that’s right. One longboard doesn’t suit all kinds of waves and riders. Every style of longboard I’m developing has different rockers and contours

Is there a certain style or design of fin you have pursued?

The wave at Yallingup is a classic example of why we have pursued this setup. It’s an oceanic bowl wave that is quite sucky and very powerful. With the thruster you can use your rail a lot more. You drop into this wave and need a great deal of hold to be able to drive off your bottom turn. You don’t want to nurse the board around, which seems to happen with crew trying to surf older school mals. How we have got it wired is you can just jam into it and drive off the bottom and drive off the top and carve. On the East Coast, my fins are the opposite, more flex in the tip, less area, more upright and a

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Note all the wax on the nose! Super-cool resin work

“I’VE GONE OFF ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TANGENT, AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING.” Steve, on longboard design

much bigger fin. I am finding it’s allowing the longboards to pivot easily. Being upright with far less rake also gives the boards greater drive in less powerful conditions. In terms of your logs, you have stated in the past you have sort to blend old school style with progressive design. Could you elaborate on how you have achieved this? I still ride a lot of old school mals myself and must admit they do go great in smaller gutless waves but one of the main drawbacks is they are almost solely for trimming and are not very manoeuvrable, fast or forgiving. So I’ve changed the rockers and bottom contours to address this.

1+2 fin setup

I put a lot more concaves into my mals now than I ever used to. I am chining the rails, putting a deeper concave under the nose and working on how I blend it in from the nose to the tail in combination with the vee. I’ve learnt that if you put too much vee in the tail, you lose too much speed in your turns. You really want to maintain your speed in the turns so you can go further out and do more stuff. I’ve tweaked the outline as well taking on influences from the pig shapes that, because of the hip, you can turn much easier from the tail. I had one board at the Aussie Titles that I really went to town on, and it just felt alive. I’m now integrating those design principles into my older-school, flatter mals and it seems to be working great.

1+2 fin setup

Macca (Mark McNamara) and Clint (Guest) felt at the Logger Aussie Titles they had an unfair advantage (laughs). They felt their boards could surf a wider variety of conditions to what the other guys were riding.

Rounded square tail

GEORGIA’S MAGIC CARPET: 9’1” x 22” x 11/16”

Performance Longboard by Clearwater’s Steve Del Rosso and resin work by the amazing ‘Lady of Many Colours’ Teena McIlveen (featured in issue #19).

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Thanks Steve for your time. Any further championships and I think they will start testing your boards for performance enhancing drugs... For more on Clearwater Surfboards, see the website www.cwsurfboards.com and see more Clearwater boards in our surfboard section on www.smorgasboarder.com.au

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE A young lady who has competed numerous times at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and is styling on First Point again this year is local surfer Maddy Phillips. Fellow Noosanaut Alex Benaud caught up with her to discuss her hometown and what makes it so ‘rad’. WORDS & PHOTOS: ALEX BENAUD

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP IN NOOSA? It’s pretty cruisy, nice and quiet. Everyone around here is really lovely and a lot of people surf, which is also really good. We have got some of the best waves in the world and we have got DI (Double Island) and Rainbow Beach where you can just take the 4WD up the beach and spend the day up there. It’s pretty sick! HOW WAS IT GROWING UP AS A YOUNG GROM? Yeah, pretty rad. Everyone around surfed, like friends, and school, which made it a lot easier for me to get into it. DOES NOOSA STILL HOLD THE SAME APPEAL? It does, but it gets very crowded, especially when all the holidaymakers are here. But it’s still really one of the most special places and a great home base to come back to after travelling because you can still score pumping waves. So really, you have the best of both worlds living in Noosa. YOU RIDE BOTH A SHORT AND LONGBOARD, DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE? Not really, I enjoy longboarding with my friends when there are small waves but when the surf’s bigger, it’s always fun to take out a shorty. The points are great for both really. ARE THERE ANY ASPECTS OF YOUR SURFING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE, AND HOW ARE YOU WORKING ON IT? The surf fitness side, I did my PT (personal training) course. I focused on my surf coaching along with strength and conditioning, not only for myself, but to also train others and help improve their surfing. It’s sort of something I want to get into, training elite surfers and/or upcoming groms to help improve their surfing ability. SUMMER 2014 | SMORGASBOARDER

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“THERE’S NO RULEBOOK, AND IT’S A GREAT EXCUSE TO TRAVEL AND MEET NEW PEOPLE.” Maddy, on surfing

WHAT OTHER INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE? I enjoy fitness obviously, particularly boxing. I’ve been competitively boxing for three years, which I find also helps my surfing. I am also a surf coach, which ties in well with my love of travel, as it has taken me to the Maldives and Mexico for a few months. WHY DOES BOXING APPEAL SO MUCH? Well I do my boxing with the world’s best trainer, Mark Evans at Impact Boxing! I don’t know why I enjoy getting punched in the face - it’s just a good feeling (laughs). I also do it for the fitness side. It’s helped me with my surfing, as it improves on your core strength and overall power. I went for the south-east QLD title and I got second in my division, which helped me win the ‘Female Fighter of the Year’. I get a few little girl grommets come up to me and say, “I wanna be just like you!” which is a really great feeling. WITH SUCH A FEARLESS ATTITUDE IS THERE ANYTHING YOU FEAR WHEN SURFING? Creatures, crowds, ROCKS! I fear rock jumping like at Boiling Pot or Tea Tree,

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because I don’t want to get smashed (laughs). I guess reef surfing was also pretty scary in the Maldives, but now that I’ve done that I feel a bit more comfortable. HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR LIFESTYLE? I work at a pretty cool place called the Bean Drop in the Noosa Junction, which is a little café, and behind the bar at Halse Lodge down at Hastings Street. I have a few jobs around town that keep me funded and interested in life! It helps me afford boards, pay rent and food, which makes me pretty happy! FINALLY, WHY DO YOU SURF? I surf because I love it. It’s addictive and you can have so many styles. You can surf as many ways as you want to. There’s no rulebook, and it’s a great excuse to travel and meet new people. So if you’re not surfing you should... but don’t, because we don’t want to many people in the water! (laughs). To catch Maddy and other great longboarders in action, check out the Noosa Festival of Surfing, March 9-15, in Noosa Heads, QLD.

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COOLUM STORE OPENS Chris and Genevieve Kendall of Coolum Surf School are now expanding their offering with learn-to surf-lessons, surf coaching, new surfboards, ding repairs, accessories, hire boards and even hire bikes at their brand new Coolum Boardroom store. “So stoked, I feel like a grommet in a surfshop,” says Chris. “Genevieve has been a strong backbone in our new venture and deserves a big thank you. Thanks Gen!” Support your local! Pick up your Smorgasboarder from the new Coolum Boardroom.

WELCOME WAIPU FUSH* FRY Sadly, our beloved Currumbin Alley Fish Fry is off this year but the concept has sprung new roots on the North Island of NZ. Waipu Cove, just two hours north of Auckland - home to Kiwi master craftsman Roger Hall - will host the first ever NZ Fish Fry on the 9th of March.

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Put together by photojournalist Mike Cunningham, it’s a non-competitive and non-commercial event open to all and a great means for local and international shapers to showcase their designs. As with the evolution of the Fish Fry concept around the globe, this event will welcome a smorgasbord of surfcraft from fish to logs, hulls, alaias, handplanes, mats... More at thecovefishfry.blogspot.com *’fish’ in Kiwiland

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SURFWORLD: NEW EXHIBITION The ever-awesome Surfworld Museum in Torquay opened their summer exhibition, titled 20 20, as a celebration of their twentieth anniversary. The exhibition showcases 20 significant items from the museum’s collection which includes rare photographs, magazines, wetsuits, films, surfboards, posters and other artefacts. “We have tried to highlight the best of what the museum has to offer with 20 20,” said Museum Curator Craig Baird. “There are spectacular and significant milestones from Australian surfing culture on display as well as some items never before seen by the Victorian public. We are stoked to be able to share these treasured items with our visitors and encourage them to ride a wave of history by visiting the museum.”

“What? Dad wanted to name me Burt Reynolds? Let me back in!”

It’s on until May 2014, 9am-5pm, seven days a week. For info contact the museum 03 5261 4606, email surfworld@surfcoast.vic.gov.au or see www.surfworld.com.au

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NOT THE KEMO SABE* Jesse Watson of Black Apache Surfboards and his lovely wife Kylie have celebrated the birth of their third child - very much the ‘right brother’* to add to their ever-growing tribe. In fact, it seems like just yesterday we congratulated them on their second. Perhap’s there’s an old Indian ritual going on each time Jesse shapes a board... Elijah Lennox Watson was welcomed into the world weighing 4.2kg (9lbs 4oz), 56cm long and with a full head of hair. Congratulations Watsons! Now cut it out.

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KNEEBOARD We were stoked to hear of Melissa Grace from Dkoko Swimwear’s recent engagement to legendary Australian kneeboard shaper Dale Ponsford. It would seem Dale is quite the romantic. On holiday over the Christmas break at Treachery, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, Dale slipped the ring into his surfboard leash before proposing to Melissa out amongst the waves.

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SCOOTING SPIDEY WINS Andy Schembri of the Gold Coast offered to give up crime fighting for a week to win a trip for him and a mate to Taiwan. His selfless deed scored him the win and soon he’ll be jetting off to enjoy all of what Taiwan has to offer thanks to Scoot and SurfTaiwan.com. And yes, we want to see pics of the suit in action over there. www.flyscoot.com | www.surftaiwan.com 36

With his colourful board art (left) fifteenyear-old Lucas Soars took the honours for the Posca Art Competition and won a pack of Posca paint markers courtesy of PoscART.com.au Congrats ! Thanks for all the talented, inspiring entries. Pick up some markers yourself, visit www.poscart.com.au

SUBSCRIBER BOARD Declan Mercer of Broome, WA found himself a surfboard richer thanks to Bilton Surfboards and the Smorgasboarder subscriber promo. Congrats. For more on Bilton boards, see page 104. www.biltonsurf.com

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CELEBRATING A MILESTONE We would like to say a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gail Austen of Goodtime Surf and Sail in Brisbane. Gail recently celebrated her 70th birthday. She is one truly remarkable lady and an absolute legend of the Australian surfing scene. May you keep having a goodtime for many years yet!

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AUSTRALIAN IDOLATRY Dicko, not Dicko

Sleep deprivation is not good for you. Proof can be found in the many sleepless nights we endured putting the Christmas edition together. When writing the lede for the story on Bells Surfboards we referred to Darren “Dicko” Dickson as Ian “Dicko” Dickson. To the best of our knowledge, “Dicko”, the man who shapes awesome guns down in Torquay, has never been a judge on Australian Idol. That’s the Irish Coffee talking and we will be taking this up with Jamesons. Apologies.

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Gary ‘Gus’ Shearer who, with wife Donna, formerly owned The Top Shop at Kaikoura. We had the pleasure of meeting Gus and Donna back in early 2012 while we were visiting New Zealand for our ‘All Black’ edition. We still speak of Gus’ hospitality that day in Kaikoura, when he befriended three dodgy-looking Australians suffering from severe hangovers caused by the Marchfest beer festival in Nelson the night before. He led us back to his local fish and chip store where Donna cooked us beautiful, fresh seafood. The next day we returned for Donna’s home-baked pastries, and they sent us on our way down the coast with a catch of fresh cray. We described Gus as being, “a wealth of knowledge, stories and the kind of bloke the world needs more of.” Sadly, we have now lost him. Rest in peace Gus, and our thoughts and well wishes go out to Donna and the family.

DAD, NOT GRANDAD We also incorrectly labelled a photo of Mandy Chapman’s father, Des Chapman as one of her grandad, Sid. While the gentleman on the wooden surfboard was indeed Sid ‘Splinter’ Chapman -one of the first people to own a surfboard in the Twin Town area - this photo of the child at Kirra Beach in 1924 is in fact his son, Des Chapman.Apologies and we’ll never touch Irish Coffee again. Promise.

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SCHOOLBOY BOARDOM Last year, Callum Matthews of Noosa Pengari Steiner School undertook to build an eco-friendly hollow wood surfboard as his term project. The project was a way of learning to take initiative to pursue your dreams. “My passion for surfing, combined with my love of building and creating things led to me making my own board,” says Callum. Not knowing anything about the construction of a surfboard or how to make it eco-friendly, Callum contacted Surfing Green to find out about the sustainable aspects of Paulownia. Fast growing, water resistant, light yet strong, it’s said to be one of the most sustainable timbers available. Sourcing a timber rib and spar kit for an 8’5” Mini Mal, Paulownia strip planking, glue, fins and a fin box, Callum worked before school and at weekends to complete his project. With advice from Dave at Surfing Green and his Dad’s guidance in the use of woodworking and power tools, Callum’s board’s ready to be glassed with an eco-performance resin, and put through its paces in the surf. He’s totally stoked with the result. “The most fun part of the project was creating the flow and profile of the board,” Callum says. “I loved being able to do it exactly how I wanted it to be done.” It shows that with some time and effort and plenty of passion, anyone can make a sustainable surfboard from start to finish. What an inspiration.

ECO CHALLENGE GOLD COAST! There’s nothing like the ride, feel and experience of an authentic wooden surfboard . . . and when you’ve built that board yourself, with skills that will stay with you for life, nothing beats the feeling. Tree to Sea Australia offers 3 day workshops enabling you to build your own wooden board and give you the skills to build many more. Our wooden boards are environmentally friendly, and the feeling of riding one . . . incredible! Our unique construction method utilising sustainable plantation Paulownia timber, delivers a flexible, buoyant, manoeuvrable board that’s as good to ride as it is to own. SUP’s, long boards, short boards and classics - made by you with a little help from Tree to Sea Australia. See web site for workshop dates.Workshops are held in Mt. Eliza, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Tree to Sea Workshop Gift Vouchers are available Robert 0409 211 751 Gary 0423 804 975 info@treetosea.com.au

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And on the subject of timber boards, Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast/ Tweed Branch and Climate Wave Enterprises ecological event solutions are rolling out the invite for the Eco Challenge Gold Coast. The first event is the Wooden Surfboard Expression Session which will take place on Sunday, March 16, 9am-1pm at Tomewin St, on Currumbin Beach as part of Bleach Boulevard. This project evolved from a love of the ocean, surfing, community and sustainable events. “We’ve met many people that have the same passion for the environment and community,” says Greg Howell of Climate Wave. “With this event we hope to highlight the advantages of thinking outside the square while developing projects that align with our ethical standards and leaving environmental and social legacies. So come on over and like www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast”

...AND THE GC SURFING SPORTS EXPO It’s on at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14-16 February. Great events and some cool exhibitors. Entry is adult $14, Children $10, Family $40. See www.australiansurfingsportsexpo.com

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THE HITCHIKER “Packing my board away after an early morning session this little buddy wanted to hitch a ride on the tail. Board is a Venus Fly Trap from Zak” (Fortunately not a snail trap. Ed) Ashley Ryan. Ocean Grove, Victoria.

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SURFING... “We are attendees of the sea We swim around with all the algae I want to give you a brief about my belief It all lies within the reef Grease is the opposite of peace Pollution ain’t the solution so start making contributions Our ocean needs your motion The right affection makes us go in the right direction We camp like champs with our lamps nearby the oceans clams My love for the ocean is above all limits The spirit comes during our visits” Indi Purnell

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FROM time to time work puts on mandatory training days where we all shuffle

into a meeting room listen to the “latest and greatest” for an hour or two and then shuffle out, back to the grind again. Last year I went into one of those training days with the anticipation that it would be two hours of my life that I would never get back. On this particular occasion a psychologist came to talk to us about mental health in the workplace. “Great”, I thought and took up the usual position at the back, ready to zone out. The psych started off with stats showing that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and that in Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. She explained to us that in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety, which is obviously a pretty big deal. She went on to discuss causes and treatments, then started to talk about something I could finally relate to: in amongst diet, sleeping patterns, and various physic treatments she touched on the theory of “Living in the Moment”. In simple terms, she put it to us like this: “Life unfolds in the present but so often we let the present pass us by, allowing time to rush past unobserved and squandering the precious seconds of our lives to worry about the future and ruminate about what’s past.” Relating that back to depression (primarily focusing on the past) and anxiety (worrying about the future) it seemed to make sense. A bit of research later and I found that the benefits of living in the moment are extolled by many philosophical and religious traditions as a way of finding happiness and preventing stress. The psychologist on our training day reckoned that we get so taken with thoughts of the future or the past that we forget to experience, let alone enjoy, what’s happening right now. I then made the connection that I think all surfers would relate to as well: Surfing, in its purest form, is living in the moment. I had been calling my daily early morning surf before work my “salt water sanity” for years and now I actually knew why.

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When we surf, particularly when we are actually riding a wave, there’s nothing else other than that moment. We’re literally “Living in the Moment.” I reckon there’s one surfing pursuit where you can’t help but live in the moment, day in and day out, and that’s on a boat trip with a group of mates. Twelve months later together with nine mates in need of some salt water sanity we set off on a Indo boat trip. From dawn to dusk it’s all about the surf. For those on the trip that liked the early shift, the day started off with a bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt at dawn before paddling out into Indo perfection for a few hours. As the late risers started to paddle out for their share of the wave, the early crew would filter in for a second breakfast of omelets or pancakes. A mid-morning photo session with our resident photog Tom Woods would end with the massive decision of when to wave your board in the air so the tender would come to pick you up for lunch. On a couple of epic days a few chocolate bars and energy drinks off the tender boat was all that was needed to keep surfing right through the luncheon break. Lunch was hard to resist though, with a selection of traditional Indo or western cuisine on offer. Some of our crew were also fairly handy with a fishing line, so there were freshly caught fish dishes eagerly devoured on occasion. After lunch the next big decision of the day was taken after deep discussion with our intrepid surf guide Adam Dube – that was whether to stay put and surf the same spot or try a new reef. Swell, wind, tide, crowd but above all what we wanted to do was taken into account before we would motor off to a new set-up.

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Some of the group would then drift off for an arvo book read, nanna nap or a movie on the big TV, but others would just head back out there for more waves. Just about the whole crew however would paddle out for a late arvo surf before straggling in for the sunset Bintang beer before dinner. Those sunset beers watching the last of the crew throwing roosters down the line in the golden glow of the sunset light were gold.

This was our life for twelve days straight and everyone reckoned it was the most relaxed they had ever been. Not having mobile phone or internet connection no doubt played a part in the relaxation, but perhaps it was because we were pretty much forced to be “living in the moment.”

Thanks to photographer Tom Woods of ST Surf Images for capturing these great shots. See www.stsurfimages.com for more, and sign up for his email newsletter. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY HELP: If you’re feeling low, please talk to someone. Don’t wait. There’s fantastic, FREE, confidential support available. Call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 if you need a chat to offload. If you feel you’re in a really bad way, ring Lifeline on 13 11 14. They’ll help. Much more information is on www.beyondblue.org.au, www.mindspot.org.au and www.lifeline.org.au

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...so our 25th Wedding Anniversary seemed like the perfect excuse. The fact that my wife Leanne is also a keen surfer meant the odds were looking good. After many months of research (and saving) we decided to go with World Surfaris and head to the Maldives. To make it more festive, we invited Leanne’s sister Sheree, partner Jaimie and our nephew Kyle. And they quickly accepted. As this was the first surf trip for all of us, we chose Hudhuranfushi Resort in the North Male Atolls as our destination. The bonus of resident, experienced surf guides Richard and Amy Kotch being on hand was a big drawcard, especially for the girls. A work colleague of mine, Simone Day, also highly recommended ‘Lohis’. Given her many years of experience working as a surf guide on the island, we locked it in. Known as ‘Lohis’, the island is home to a famous left-hand break out the front and was formerly called ‘Lohifushi Resort’. And so we were off...

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We left Brisbane on the red-eye flight at 10.45pm for an 8 hour journey to Singapore, a 4 hour flight to Male and a 30 minute speed boat ride to Hudhuranfushi. Exhausted, we arrived at the resort around lunchtime. After a sensational lunch and a bit of a rest we were keen to head out on one of the dhoni’s for the afternoon session. We were stoked from the first wave and stayed that way until the end of the week. The whole trip was just perfect. All meals and drinks were included in our package, as well as the two boat trips daily. The food was amazing, as was the service. We especially loved our morning omelette specially cooked by one of the chefs. We quickly settled into a routine of breakfast followed by the morning boat trip at 9.30am, in the water by 10am for 2 hours, returning for lunch at 12.30pm. After a rest or snorkel it was time for the arvo surf at 3.30pm, returning at around 6.30pm for a cold beer or two, dinner and a few more drinks. We were all totally exhausted by the end of the day.

As to the choice of breaks, we mostly surfed Sultans and Jails as the southerly was playing havoc with the lefts. The goofy’s were complaining a little but they’ll get over it. The waves were 2-3ft for the first few days which was a good introduction for us all. When we headed out Wednesday morning, the adrenalin started pumping as the swell had doubled overnight. By Friday - which just happened to be my birthday - the swell had bumped up to 6-8ft. I was in heaven and as it was my special day, the guys from our boat let me have all the bombs. It was just one of those perfect days where the waves just seem to come to you.

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To top off my day, our waiter, Aggie, had decorated our table with beautiful flowers, written Happy Birthday in coloured rice and organised a special cake. After dinner that night the lights dimmed and all the chefs and waiters gathered around our table to sing Happy Birthday. A truly special day. Our room attendant was also a great guy – on Wednesday when we got back from the surf, he had decorated our bed with flowers, making a huge love heart with red hibiscus and left us a note wishing a Happy Anniversary. We topped off the day with an amazing 90 minute massage in the Coconut Spa and a special dinner at the Sunset Restaurant on the deck over the water. What a day!

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As if the trip wasn’t already perfect enough, we scored some amazing photos taken by Richard (Kotch). I haven’t stopped looking at them since – all 600 plus of them, at a very reasonable price. I still can’t decide which one will take pride of place on my wall. Richard and Amy were a great asset and do a fantastic job of keeping things mellow in the water. I can’t wait for the next trip – maybe my 50th? I’ll definitely be back to the Maldives, nothing’s more sure. For more on Hudhuranfushi Resort, see www.wordlsurfaris.com.

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EXECUTIVE ACCOMMODATION Managing over 25 executive beach homes and apartments from Twin Waters through to Coolum Beach, we have the perfect property to indulge all of your needs while on vacation. Each tastefully decorated with a high standard of facilities including pool, air conditioning, bbq and pay television. From $1300 a week, shorter stays available

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THE EXCURSION At my desert-town high school, a school excursion was to the local mine, to see dusty displays of old mining implements. I recall we once went to an old battlefield, except without a battle it was just a field, so not a great deal to see... The thought of getting on a plane to go on a surf trip? You must be joking... The surfing kids of St Andrews in Peregian however had it a bit luckier. Their school trip was just that: a surfing one to Bali. Dale Pound and the boys tell us all about it.

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we looked out on a small, fat, onshore Coolum, it was hard to imagine that seven days previous, we were faced with a double to triple-overhead perfect right-hand Serangan. But anyway back to the beginning… At St Andrew’s, surfing has always been part of the school program, but it has ramped up significantly over the last two years. Alex “Ozzie” - a new teacher to the school - pushed the boundaries with progressive coaching, video sessions, lunchtime yoga and gym sessions, and suggested a trip to Bali to boost the skills of our elite surfers. Skeptical at first, we all thought it was one for the too-hard basket, but Ozzie’s persistence finally won through, and Easter saw twelve of our best surfers and four teachers jetting off to one of the true Nirvanas of surfing folklore. We left on Easter Saturday morning with the groms frothing over the prospect of spending two weeks surfing perfect waves, and arrived at our Canguu base at eleven that night, tired but still bubbling. Chris “Cutch” McCuchin – a former Sunny Coast local was our host at Berawa Beach Resort. Cutch greeted us with the news that Berawa Beach should have a wave in the morning. It was a great introduction and gave us a chance to get our bearings. Next morning was Canguu again, with a little more size and consequence. It was interesting to realise what we thought was a mellow beachbreak was actually a reasonably-shaped slab. The afternoon was punctuated with a visit to watch some drag racing, which was a memorable and truly unusual event. There’s nothing that beats a little local knowledge and Woody was our man on the ground. He directed us to Keremas and was

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he on song!? What a setup! Great waves, great warung to relax at and waves that kept coming. We arrived to witness Pipe Master Bruce Irons being whipped into the 3ft fun ramps on offer and attempting to launch himself into orbit. A great session followed at the variety of peaks and was capped off when Chippa Wilson (top aerial surfer) paddled out to treat the crew to a few of his crazy punts. When the next day dawned, we returned to the west coast and the waves of Keramas where the troops scored clean overhead conditions all day long - perhaps the longest time in the water of the trip thus far.

Rising to the sound of roosters crowing, we loaded the vans and headed north along the east coast on a new adventure. We wound our way along the main highway towards Java at the mercy of ‘machek’ – hectic traffic. As anyone who has driven here would know: single lane highways turn into eight-lane autobahns without the road growing any wider. We finally twisted and turned our way down the coast road to the village of Balian. This beautiful region is renowned for its yoga retreats but also harbors one of the islands best left-handers. A lull between sets allows you to look back towards shore at one of the most picturesque landscapes a surfer can experience: a tropical rainforest of coconut palm trees cover the surrounding mountains which grow beyond sight and disappear into the clouds. A post-surf feed of Mia and Nasi Goreng refueled the crew for the arvo surf at a lesserknown beachie to the south. ‘Yeh Gangga’ is a slabbing sand bottom beach break similar to South Stradbroke Island. The lads spent plenty of time in the shade of some perfectly formed barrels before the setting sun signalled an end to the day’s proceedings.

In the morning, the wave forecast looked less than appealing, so we threw caution to the wind and hit the road, searching for a secret swell magnet but, as with every adventure, the journey is as much a part of the experience as the destination itself. After several wrong turns, road closures, overzealous private-access security guards and inquisitive monkey troops, we finally stumbled upon a pot of gold which exceeded all expectations. It seems that with even the worst swell forecast, Bali still has amazing waves if you’re willing to venture off the beaten track and follow your instinct down a dirt road… The spot we found provided us with the best waves we’d had and gave the crew with their first taste of a shallow water reef break - luckily no skin was donated to the ocean floor on this occasion. A short walk over the sea grass farms followed by a ten minute paddle out through the reef pass led us to overhead, hollow lefts and rights rifling down the

perfectly contoured reef before fading into the channel. You just had to make the take-off as you peered through the crystal clear turquoise water at the live coral awaiting your arrival should you not make the drop. Looking shoreward between sets treated the eyes to a vista of white limestone cliffs creating a natural amphitheatre for a series of gigantic Indonesian marble statues recessed into the gleaming scarp. “Wyan’s Warung” filled our empty bellies

and provided the necessary hydration needed to tackle a second session. What a day. On to Nusa Dua. This beautiful location is infamous for its elaborate resorts, golf courses and fashionista beach clubs. It also harbors a reef pass synonymous with bone crunching barrels. After a sneaky relax on the resort sunbeds much to the dismay of the local vendors, we paid our fee to the boat driver and hopped aboard our chariot to the lineup for four hours of cylindrical bliss, with a side of tropical marine life, served on a bed of azure paradise. Sticking the melon below the surface in a lull between sets treated the meat pies to perhaps the most extravagant bottom contours we’ve experience thus far. Coral heads exploded upwards from the sea floor in majestic fashion as an array of critters and creatures darted amongst the submerged caves. A mid-session visit from several men in grey suits failed

to deter the troops from their aquatic pursuits, I guess this is a pretty good sign of how good the waves really were. Wednesday morning of week two arrived with the prediction of building swell and light winds, so we headed back to our old friend, Keremas. Arriving to an overflowing rice paddy car park is never a good thing in Bali and our worst fears were confirmed as we caught our first glimpse

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"After several wrong turns, road closures, overzealous private-access security guards and inquisitive monkey troops, we finally stumbled upon a pot of gold." of the groomed corduroy lines crashing perfectly on the shallow reef: surf contest! The Japanese surf federation had ‘hired’ out the wave for two weeks and the place was teeming with oversized telescopic lenses, surf brand paraphernalia and a line-up full of pros. We stayed and watched the show as countless barrels churned, gargled and spat their temporary occupants into the channel and were applauded by the whirring

of high-speed shutters capturing the moment. Eager to substitute ourselves into those camera frames, we loaded up the vans and headed south to Serangan. A short 300m paddle across a shallow inside reef lands you in the middle of three main peaks that offer a variety of turn and barrel sections depending on the swell direction. Sitting in the lineup at this place is similar to surfing at Marcoola in that every five minutes

you hear the rumble of a jet engine and turn around to witness a passenger jet taking off on your back! To take in some local culture, we made our way to Uluwatu and the Pura Lahur temple. Regarded as one of the most important temples on Bali, Pura Lahur Uluwatu is located on the south-western most precinct of the island and is said to guard the Balinese from the evil spirits of the ocean.

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the cunning locals have worked out their game and traverse the cliffs with the skill of Tenzing Norgay to fetch your beloved belongings for a highly inflated fee.

Rhino, Uluwatu.

Robing up with our token traditional tourist sarongs, the crew had a captain cook around the temple before finding a seat in the amphitheatre for the famed Kacet performance. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the story is performed by a number of mythical, costumed characters surrounded by a circle of 50 or so men wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak� and throwing up their arms. It depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkeylike Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. With the sun disappearing over the faintly visible island of Java to the west,

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Our next stop was a meet and greet at the nearby Sanur Independent School. This international school caters to over 120 children from the ages of prep to year 7 of both Indonesian and non-Indonesian origin. After a guided tour by teacher and local ripper Mr Woody, the crew immersed themselves in the prep and Year 1 classes to help the young tackers with their reading tasks. It was great to see the lads let their guard down, get involved, and have a laugh with the kids. After imparting their literary and linguistic genius to the preppies, and overcoming the mental exhaustion of having to read a book for the first time in two weeks, the lads decided it was time to get physical and challenged the kids to a game of no-rules soccer. It was abundantly clear that our skill set lies in the ocean, as the crew’s soccer playing looked more the equivalent of a baby giraffe walking across a set of tiles covered in marbles. Bali can often be an enigma when it comes to deciphering the swell forecast. You could bet your house on the fact that a certain break should be pumping on a certain swell with a certain wind, only to turn up and find it wasn’t quite what you were hoping for. Hence, we found ourselves navigating the pothole ridden goat track to Serangan once again to greet the much anticipated new swell, instead to be greeted by cross-shore winds and funky tide. Despite this, the crew enjoyed the biggest surf of the trip so far and threw themselves over the edge on some solid drops. After logging a couple of hours water time, a team meeting was called ashore in the Warung to devise a plan of attack for the afternoon. Half decided to call it a day and piled their over-inflated chocolate pancake filled stomachs into vans for a relaxing afternoon by the pool at the villa. For

those that decided to stick it out, an afternoon of character development and personal growth was set to ensue… Suddenly, it was as if someone hit the reset button on the Indian Ocean wave machine. As the tide pulled back, exposing the razor sharp surgeons table, the swell jacked and realigned itself to allow the waves to break in perfect formation while the wind swung directly offshore. Big, blue, deep sea monsters surged, folded and ran themselves off into the channel cylindrically, without a drop of water out of place. As each set progressively grew in size, the crew found themselves scratching for the horizon on more than one occasion to avoid becoming a permanent fixture on the shallow reef. After letting a few of the early waves pass, the lads finally got their bearings with their land markers and figured out the correct positioning in the lineup. Unfazed by the fact they were severely under gunned, Nossy, Liam, Matty and Sean proceeded to throw themselves over the ledge on the biggest waves of their lives. Dodging lips that acted like giant guillotines, many an epic ride was had. Chicken-skin moments that will forever be logged in the memory bank. This is what surf trips are all about! Culturally diverse, challenging surf and great times all round - this was one truly remarkable school trip. St Andrews Anglican College is a school of about a thousand strong, situated in Peregian Springs, just inland from Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

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FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA’S WEST COAST Smorgasboarder’s James Ellis braved the freezing waters of the bay of Alaska, then headed to Vancouver Island to bask in the welcoming surf-vibe of Tofino. But, as all things must come to an end, he’s packed the bags, said goodbye to Canada and started his trek south to enter the US of A. We catch up with his travels again as he meanders down to Oregon for some (surprise, surprise) more freezing surf and more friendly folk. WORDS & PHOTOS: JAMES ELLIS

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Washington State is jokingly referred to by locals as the ‘dark state’. I was told there’s a higher concentration of serial killer convictions in Washington state than in any other US state. Afraid? Don’t be. Staying at one of the dozens of State Parks right on the beach will take your mind right off anything other than enjoying the great American outdoors. The USA have national parks, just like Australia and NZ, yet these States Parks are different. They’re purpose built ‘by the people, for the people’, so it seems like anything goes - Quad bikes, Trikes, Dune buggies, burnout buggies, horses, ponies anything... Campfires (fire-pits) are available all over and supplies support the retired generations who will sell you firewood ‘by the 3 foot pile’. Most parks cost you US$25 per night and include showers and BBQs. The nicest one in Washington State, was Long Beach. You can even stay in these funky things called ‘yurts,’ which are a bit like Indonesian losemans. The surf in Long Beach is a longboard heaven, with small cruisey waves rolling in over a gradually falling silt build-up beach, thanks to the biggest river mouth, bar the Nile - the Columbia River - which borders Washington State and Oregon. (Check out the pic, longest bridge ever!)

If you’ve not yet been to the United States, you should. But in going, you should know that getting into the US is rather confronting. Expect to be questioned - school headmaster style - on your length of stay and planned destinations. Be prepared to be fingerprinted and photographed. And if your answers don’t match your visa application, you wait, a long time.... It turns out getting gear in is a similar affair.

CANON BEACH SURF SHOP, MERCANTILE & LIQUOR: At this store you can pick up a thick wetty, a board, a fully automatic weapon, some ammunition and a block of Mr Zoggs finest! The owner is a local surfer, and shooter for that matter. He can advise you on the best equipment for surfing, hunting and drinking. He recommends all of them in one day, in the order stated, of course.

THE STUB, AS IT’S KNOWN... Whilst in Canada, I designed a board on a mate’s computer, and had it buzzed and glassed, then shipped to me in Portland, Oregon. I didn’t, yet one should, always count on US Customs holding up your FEDEX Board delivery by a day or so... just ‘cause. Welcome to bureaucratic America… Where anything can be seen as a suspected matter of National Security: ‘so serious sir’. Anyway, the board itself was eagerly anticipated. Some risky numbers went into this little slider... 5’8” x 22” x 3”! A round tail, similar tail profile to a Rusty 8’5 Gun, with a hard edge, then 2” of nose lift and 7/8” of tail lift. A total of 2 7/8” of rocker! Eeeeeeeek! The flattest board

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“CRUISEY, PATIENT, KIND AND SHARING WITH THEIR WAVES.” James on Oregon surfers

I’ve ever ridden, and the fastest, but I wanted an all-rounder, that I could ride with care in anything, and it worked. It took a little getting used to, but it never let me down. I enjoyed the Stub’s maiden voyage in Oregon, so that’s one particularly special memory I’ll take with me from this State. Cannon Beach is a nice hub to base oneself in Oregon, with about four options of quality waves, which accepts swell from the north, west and south, and offers protection and offshore in almost all of the directions due to the long, cliff-lined bays. Surfing the world class lefts of Seaside, to the beach breaks of Short Sands and Hay Stacks, you can surf quality cold water waves with only a handful of people. Seaside is possibly the only lefthander in the area, that is arguably better than Manu Bay in NZ, or Red Bluff in WA - and longer! When surfing, I saw a wave barrel without sectioning for 45 seconds! And It was soooooooooooooooo cold in the water. I think the water was colder in Oregon than anywhere I surfed in North America (I’m talking 5/4mm hood and 7mm booties) yet the sun shone almost full-time in summer. It’s quite strange surfing in freezing water, with hot air in the 90˚F (35˚C). Yet North Americans 70

love their outdoor pursuits, so surfing gets a guernsey, with 7mm booties and 6mm full suits! Surfers in Oregon (apart from Seaside be careful of the small contingent of ferocious locals there) are pretty cruisey, patient, kind and sharing with their waves, and their lives. One of the coolest things about North America is the sheer population. In NZ, there may be 40 people with exactly the same interests, past times and appreciation of life as you. In Aussie, maybe 300-400. In North America, you can bet on there being thousands. So, there are so many more levels to just about everything. More models of cars. More fashion styles… The same goes for surfcraft. In one example, there seems to be a craze over there for super-long and thin longboards. I’m talking 10’0” x 17”! I surfed with a shaper at ‘Shorties’ (aka Short Sands) from just south of Seaside in Oregon. He and his mates were surfing these super flat planks. Short Sands is a great surf zone, as it is super protected by cliffs on either side, and it is in a bay, inset 2km into the mainland. Another stop enjoyed. Next comes the surfing jewel that is California and James’ trip, San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

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Sunshine Coaster Karl de Wet recently headed off for his first overseas surf charter boat trip, and he got everything he had hoped for. Here’s his blow-by-blow travel journal of his experience.

WORDS: KARL DE WET PHOTOS: KARL, THE BOYS & ASIA CREW

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Our taxi... With a wave of the board, i’s back and forth to the boat.

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(Above) Pat - AKA ‘Son of Kong’ gets his fins out, while I enjoy a little glassy one (right)

Batcaves

DAY 0:

The moment I’ve been waiting half my life for, the 11-day trip to the Mentawaiis, started as we arrived in Padang with our crew of ten keen surfers: BobCat, Gordo, Robo, Bozza, Tim, Banger, Ashby, Lee, Pat and myself - all legends of surfing you’ve never heard of. So, Padang for a start is just that: a starting point and a place to have a beer or walk around while you wait for the boat to leave. We were pumped!

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After an overnight crossing, we headed straight for a break called Scarecrows where we picked up about 3 to 5 foot lefts - a great intro. After a full day of waves and a few scrapes it was time for a feed and a dose of the well-known local reef cut ointment (don’t know the name because I can’t read Chinese), it was time to relax. Our boat had just had a refurb, which was excellent.

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DAY 2:

We arrived at Lances Lefts with glassy conditions and similar swell to the day before. Rony, our Tinny runabout driver, had us at the 3 to 5 foot lineup in minutes and after my first 100m ride I didn’t know what to do - laugh or cry. I was experiencing the best conditions coupled with the best surf location I’d ever come across. BobCat had an altercation with the reef and Lee, who was initially pretty low key, had an absolutely cracking barrel as everyone ‘hoop-hooed’ from the bow of the boat. The afternoon allowed a bit of time to pop to the beach and visit one of the owners of Kingfisher Bay Resort, an Aussie, for a little reconnaissance. At about $165 per night and multiple quick access options, this place offers great value with fewer crowds than further north. Not to mention the friendly welcoming atmosphere.

DAY 3:

The morning was spent surfing the normally excellent Hollow Trees right hander but we soon left the onshore conditions for Bat Caves. I headed for a nap. A few hours later I heard the boat stop, so jumped up to see where we were. I was greeted by beautiful offshore conditions with a 3 to 6 foot right hander reeling around the tiniest sand island I have ever seen. We spent five hours surfing these long walls – with it all to ourselves. After another great meal from Dulang, our cook, we headed for safe waters and anticipation of two days at Macaroni’s.

DAY 4:

Macaroni’s, for me, was a bit of a letdown. This amazing wave appears to be a little spoilt - or even wasted - by surfers chasing a once in a lifetime opportunity. I did however get the best backhand barrel of my life there, and the nearby resort and accompanying crystal clear lagoon offers an excellent break from the sometimes hectic line-up.

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...THEN COMING BACK AROUND...

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...TO SPRAY OFF THE TOP

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By the next morning we were already at our next break, which was appropriately named Thunders. I wasn’t quite sure why it had this name but assumed it is because of the sound of your heart while you surf it. I found out from Rony that this was the first Mentawaii break discovered and it was the sound of the break during the first night there. This break attracts swell when no other break does. The amount of water moving around on this break is not for the fainthearted. Some huge drops, with just our crew in the lineup, made for memorable surf and brought our crew down to earth. Gordo even made friends with a dude from Metallica, whoever they are. I was too busy dealing with Thunders so I wasn’t in the mood for socialising what a break and what a buzz. At Thunders we had phone reception all day, so we could get in touch with our families. By late afternoon we had four boats on the break and it was time to set off for a safe harbour and a feast of mud crabs. After dinner we ended up at the front of the boat enjoying the full moon and Ashby playing a makeshift didgeridoo. Next thing we knew MacGyver -our genius mechanic - produced a sound system and announced that we were having a party. So we obliged, drank too many beers and enjoyed the sounds of Robo and Lee’s banshee howling.

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DAY 6 & 7:

It was now time to head north and see an end to our trip. But before we left we had to experience Playgrounds. This area has some beautiful islands, sick waves and all types of accommodation. Even though the swell didn’t seem favourable, we ended up at Nipussi’s on two occasions. It was on the second day that I paddled into the uncrowded line-up to see that I was some 30m further out than the previous days 3 to 5 foot. I soon found out why and soon we were all hunting for the wave of the trip. I gave it to BobCat because even he looked shaken by the double overhead wall he had to chase and I in turn had to wear on my head.

THE REST... A BLUR: The last few days were spent surfing so many different

waves in such a small area. This was the most amazing area for not only a surf trip, but a tropical island getaway. The range of accommodation runs from $25 a day up.. Transport is by water taxis, which can be shared to lower costs and even jetskis get you out to the line-up. Waving your board in the air gets you picked up again… Amazing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before it was time for a last lucky barrel at Pitstops and an overnight crossing back to Padang and home. The Mentawaii islands have left an imprint on my mind of a tropical paradise with the most perfect waves I have ever experienced. I’ll be back.

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SUP: ADVENTURE Some tips for exploring rivers on a paddle board: • Learn about the hazards present and how to deal with them. Kayakers and rafters are a great source of knowledge if there are no paddle on your The intrepidboarders SUP riders on local rivers. this page are getting their • Walk down to the river and adrenalin fimake x on the sureTarawera that you can recognise the River in NZ’s Bay offrom Plenty. takeout the water. Paddling past Photos: Liquid Stixx can make for a much longer the takeout day. • Wear a helmet and a PFD (personal floatation device). Leashes need to be releasable in the event of becoming snagged. Grade 2 rivers, by definition, should not involve any major risk to those using them. However, any moving water can pose a risk and it is important to recognise the potential hazards. Go out with others who can teach you and who can identify hazards. Look at doing a course that can teach you about the river 82

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CHRIS: “It’s easy to spot a river user. They’re the ones who can’t drive over a bridge without looking below. Well thanks to a day on the Motueka with Frosty, I now look at the river from another viewpoint - what can a river offer a paddleboarder? The Motueka River, in the north of the South Island of NZ, is such a Grade 2 river. When there is a

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suitable flow (spring time being ideal as in summer it is often too low), it’s a river journey with the excitement of rapids spread along its course. The water is (reasonably) warm, fish are abundant and the road follows the river making the shuttle easy.

rapids with rocks, the odd larger hydraulic and plenty of currents that will challenge your ability to control your direction. In spring you will be looking up at snow-capped mountains, while in summer you will constantly be eyeing up deep pools for a swim.

It’s possible to do a 25km trip, which includes most of the rapids on the river. You will pass by kiwifruit orchards, paddocks of sheep and cows and sections of native bush. To challenge you, there are rapids with waves,

The Motueka River is protected by a Water Conservation Order (WCO). This gives the river a similar level of protection to a National Park. Rivers that have a WCO have outstanding characteristics that are to be

preserved in their natural state. The Motueka River will be able to be enjoyed by generations to come, without the threat of large irrigation schemes or hydro dams. If you want to make a longer trip, throw a fishing rod (and fishing licence) in with your gear and have a cast in the many pools between rapids. Or, plan a picnic with a swim and sunbathe.“

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Frosty’s weapon of choice is the Versa, by Native, which is essentially a Stand-up kayak, specially designed for the river.

FROSTY: “The Motueka River west of Nelson is the largest river in our area. It runs for about 120km from the Mountains to the South of Nelson to Tasman Bay. The average flow is 59 cubic meters/ sec and ranges from 6 - 2100 cubic meters/sec. It’s full of trout - I must have seen 100 or more good sized trout in the 6km run

we did in the lower section of the river… I’ll have to get back over with my rod and tackle. “It was my first venture into river running and something that Chris and I had planned from when I first purchased the Versa board. With no surf for a couple of weeks, I was starting to suffer from Adrenaline Deficit Syndrome and I can become difficult to live with. Chris called, and said there was a good flow running down the lower Mot and would I be keen to test

the water. Of course the answer was ‘Sure bro, lets go!’ With four whitewater rapids of Grade 2, crystal clear water swiftly moving over beautiful rocky bottom surrounded by stunning scenery. It was a blast. “Expert guidance from Chris, who showed me the right lines to paddle, allowed me to negotiate any tricky bits without incident. Staying upright is definitely a challenge through the whitewater sections at stages the Versa

completely disappeared! Sheer momentum carried me through, and left me with a great feeling of accomplishment shooting out the other side still standing. “I’m keen to go again! Chris wants to get more serious and take me down the mighty Buller River next time! This river has an annual mean flow of 429m3/s and boasts the highest flood flow of any New Zealand river which is over 14,000m3/s.v”

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From rough (left) to relaxing (below) the Motueka River is a great place to get comfortable with river paddling.

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SUP: ADVENTURE Warren ‘Wazza’ Shanks - the man behind Elofant Board Straps - and his good mate Streety found out that planning or no planning, a pie after a paddle goes down a treat. WORDS: WAZZA PHOTOS: SUE AND WAZZA SHANKS

Adventure ideas come and go, many without another thought, especially when over a few beers, but when my mate Streety said about doing a SUP run from Kenilworth Homestead to Moy Pocket Bridge, I was in from the start. His prediction of about 6km and about an hour of easy cruising along the Mary River was well within my capability. We’re not spring chickens anymore at 55+, and to say we’re experienced paddleboarders would probably be a slight exaggeration, but several outings in the Maroochy River and Double Island had enticed us to explore other options. So, it was set - Sunday 11am we left home in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast to head north to Eumundi, and then West to Kenilworth Homestead. We arrived at 12, geared up and got our boards into the water, blessed with a top 25 degree day and crystal clear water. Everything was looking great, so we sent the wives off to do some local retail therapy and then meet us at Moy Pocket Bridge in about an hour. Streety said he’d like a pie and a coffee waiting at the meeting point, and apart from that no other matters were discussed. In hindsight, we should have had a backup plan. However Streety had assured me that he had assessed the route and all was good. Him being a surveyor, I figured we were safe. We were off and paddling where I’m sure no SUPS had ventured before. Streety had a 9’2” SUP with his small triple fin setup. I had a 10’6” SUP and decided to remove

the large centre fin and run with the two small outer fins (which was probably the smartest thing I did as we hit enough rocks with our small fins. I soon realised that running river rapids and dodging rocks and logs was a lot different to ocean paddling and I managed to fall off several times especially when turning against the flow . Streety however managed to remain steadfast, however I think this was because he went barefoot instead of my decision to wear runners, which I’d worn thinking they’d come in handy when getting out to trek around rocky parts. Surely skill had nothing to do with it. But finally I restored some dignity as the river calmed a little, and I remained upstanding to enjoy the glorious day, crystal clear water, heaps of fish and wildlife, “ah the serenity.” The next hour passed quickly and we just floated along with the current, enjoying cruising around the odd fallen tree and logs, the Mary River went from fairly shallow and fast flowing rocky areas to deep green stretches of water where we actually had to paddle a bit for a change. We rounded one of the many bends and entered some sandy shallow water and then came across a couple of blokes fishing . They didn’t say much until Streety spoke to them, but by the expression on their faces, I don’t think a couple of SUP riders ducking around their fishing lines had been something they’d expected. The river had progressively widened with steep banks - in one part we could hear cars on the adjacent road which we had noted on our way to

Kenilworth, so I estimated we still a had at least 3 to 4 km to go and it was 1.30 pm already. I figured the girls would be waiting a while yet…

trees, exit up the steep banks in knee deep mud and back into the water, this was certainly not part of the deal. I was damn glad I wore those runners now.

The trip was certainly full of adventure and had more than exceeded our expectations. The countryside was mainly farms and houses were set back a bit from the river, so no one really noticed us cruising along. We made a brief stop to discuss our plan from here and to hook into our only rations - some slightly damp chewing gum and decided to push on harder from here so the girls did not go into panic mode.

Just when I was ready to put my paddle into an area of Streety’s anatomy where the sun don’t shine for dragging me into this mess, it all cleared and we saw the bridge up ahead. The girls were waving frantically from the bank . We paddled out into the sunlight at 3pm at Moy Pocket Bridge - a little muddy, but in high spirits.

Another kilometre or so, and we had to stop to carry our boards across a shallow rocky area which led into very deep green water. This continued for another 3km, winding around the base of some small hills. We pushed fairly hard through here, but bend after bend of open water started to take its toll... We were now an hour overdue, but Streety was only worried about his pie and coffee going cold. The girls would be talking that much anyway they wouldn’t even notice the time. What’s an hour or so anyway? Finally we hit the end of a long stretch and rounded a sharp left hand bend where the river changed from wide open to narrow shallow waters with plenty of fallen trees, logs and debris from past floods and it all went pear-shaped - the whole river was blocked for the next 200m. Also, the flow pushed us against all the submerged logs and trees, so going was very hard. Having to lug our boards in and over

Firstly we scoffed our cold pies and coffee and then told of the Great Adventure, giving good cause for the late arrival. Hell, only two hours late. Not that bad, considering the actual distance of about 12km. Someone’s estimate was a little out, I’d say. However, there were unfortunately some casualties. Streety had lost a fin and taken a hit from a submerged log whilst I had a reasonable scratch from a rock in my board. But all in all, we survived. It was well worth it and we would sleep well tonight after some pale ales. Where to next? Check out Wazza’s surfboard and SUP storage solutions online at www.elofant.com

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NOOSA’S PETER HOGG has a passion for surfboards. His passion - in particular - is for the boards of surfing world champs, “or the closest replica I could afford to buy,” he tells us. But it’s not just the names... The real draw to the boards seems to be the timeless stories that each one encapsulates.

Peter, who is Hive Swimwear’s marketing director and a long-time Olympic Sports Physiotherapist, started collecting boards six years ago and became fascinated by the stories behind the boards and also the iconic personalities of those that rode them. Behind every transitional step in surfboard shape and design is a story but there is an equally interesting story about those surfers that pushed the limits - the ‘colourful’ people whose stories add depth to the collection.  “Personally I like to analyse the transition and revolution in competition surfboards and also the surfers, as they tell a unique story about how the sport has evolved. The boards ‘carbon date’ the surfer and the era of surfing they were involved in.

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HOGGY’S WORLD CHAMP BOARD COLLECTION: 1. McCoy Lazor Zap (5’8”) with Ben Lexcen winged keel (‘84) similar to model ridden by ‘Bronze Aussie’ Cheyne Horan.

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2. Hot Stuff (5’10”) Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew (personal board ‘82 era) thruster with deep pink channels and Warner Bros decal. “Rabbit won the ‘79 ASP World Title and featured in the “Bustin’ Down the Door” movie.

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3. Energy 3 ‘Simon Anderson’ Thruster (5’9”) (‘81). Simon Anderson won the Bells Beach Classic in ‘81 in solid swell and dominated. A very worthy candidate in the ‘Surfing hall of Fame’ 2011! 4. Eric Arakawa ‘Andy Irons (RIP 1978 -2010) 6’10” personal thruster for Tahiti (‘09). Andy was an ASP 3 x world champ 20022004 and winner of 2010 Tahiti Pro. 5. Phil Myers 5’10’’ ‘Buttons Kaluhiokalani’ graphics channel thruster ( RIP ‘58 - ‘2013) Innovator of skateboard-like surfing moves. 6. DHD ‘Mick “Eugene” Fanning’ 6’0” personal board (‘07) ASP World Champ ‘07/’09. (“White Lightning” for a reason) 7. Julian Wilson personal board (5’10’) with artwork by mum Nola. (‘2010) (Julian featured in ‘Young Guns II’ and invented the “Sushi Roll”) 15.

8. Al Merrick ‘Kelly Slater’ 6’1” personal board - thruster (‘06).(11 x World Champ - The best!) 9. Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly 6’10” pintail, early ‘70s era. Winner of ‘64 World Surfing Championship’ in Manly. 10. Bill Wallace Toothpick (16’0”)- ‘56 Joe Sweeney replica.(‘09) Joe Sweeney was Olympic wrestler in ‘56, he helped build the road into Bells and has made the Bells Beach trophies for the winners of the event. “There have been no duds that have won the Bells contest”.

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11. Mark Richards (The wounded seagull) ‘79 single fin. (5’10”) 12. Spirit of the Sea ‘Pete Townend’ personal board (‘76) 5’8” single fin. Member of ‘Bronzed Aussies’, first professional champ in ‘76  and surfer in ‘Big Wednesday’.

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13. JS ‘Joel “Parko” Parkinson’ personal 6’0” thruster. ASP 2012 World Champ. 14. Wayne Lynch ‘69 personal pintail. A pure-bred evolutionary surfer that pushed the boundaries in ‘70s. Won ‘75 SurfAbout, surfer in Paul Witzig’s movie ‘Evolution’ and famed for skipping out on conscription for the ‘71 Vietnam War.  15. Simon Anderson ‘Tom Carroll’ 6’0” personal quad. Tom won ‘83/’84 world titles, filmed ‘Storm riders’ and is famous for his ‘91 Pipeline Masters snap. 16. Wallace 5’2” pop out (‘70)

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17. Spiral Ride Wintersun Design ‘Michael MP Peterson’ ‘83 5’8” personal thruster. (RIP ‘52 - 2012) MP won many events including the 1977 Stubbies. Starred in the “Morning of the Earth.” 18. Gordon Woods ‘96 9’4” Malibu (Brookvale). Very similar to Nat Young’s ‘Sam’ with thin egg rails shaped by Gordon Woods.  19. Bill Wallace 8’10”  ‘59 Okanui replica by Bill Wallace (‘09). Hollow plywood construction to copy balsa boards introduced in Nov ‘56. 20. Mark ‘MR’ Richards 5’10” ‘79 Abellira-inspired Brewer twin fin. Mark won 4 x World Champs (79-82). A legend of surfing in the early eighties!

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Can’t fault the decorating in Peter’s Noosa ‘surf shack’. Photo supplied

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“THE BOARDS ‘CARBON DATE’ THE SURFER AND THE ERA OF SURFING THEY WERE INVOLVED IN.” My collection gives the opportunity to add personality to the boards.” Peter explained. “Not all of my boards are those of ex-world champs (or the closest replica I could afford to buy). I also have acquired boards ridden by other iconic surfers that pushed the sport. Examples include boards ridden or shaped by George Greenough, Michael Peterson, Cheyne Horan, Bill Wallace, Larry Bertlemann, Mark Foo and Terry Fitzgerald to name a few. 

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“My favourite ex-world champ boards are those personally owned by Kelly Slater (11 x world champ), Andy Irons (‘02/’03/’04), Mick Fanning(‘07/’09/’13), Mark

‘Occy’ Ochilupo (‘99), Shaun Tompson (‘77), Tom Carroll (‘83/’84), Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew (‘78)  and Tom Curren (‘85/’86/’90). “Surfboards from the past are in my opinion a form of art,” Peter says. “I do believe the boards of the late ’70s and through the ’80s are most appealing as art pieces on the grounds that the boards were more meticulously hand shaped and less massproduced. Nonetheless, it’s nice to pick up a recent pro’s personal board - like Mick Fanning’s - to appreciate the performance aspects of modern design.” “Perhaps you have to be old enough to appreciate the changes? “

PETER HAS THREE HOLES IN THE COLLECTION HE’S TRYING TO FILL: Barton Lynch  (‘88), Martin ‘Potz’ Potter (‘89) and Derek Ho (‘93). If anyone can assist, please drop Peter a line by email on sales@hiveswimwear.com

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Can’t fault the decorating in Peter’s Noosa ‘surf shack’. Photo supplied

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The one shortboard that almost does it all. Perfect for the intermediate to expert surfer in knee to head high surf.

This little nugget of a shortboard suits small to medium surf - an essential in everyone’s quiver. Its short, wide outline combined with a single concave allows riders to make the most out of everyday conditions.

Our competition model, designed to be ridden hard and fast in waist high to a little overhead. A similar outline to our HOT DOG but stretched out - the width slightly forward under the chest for catching waves with ease, and increased tail rocker for control in bigger waves. Hands down, one of our team’s favorite boards.

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The shorter outline allows it to fit in the pocket of a small wave, and the width with the single concave gives fast acceleration and room for error during maneuvres.

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The stubby TIM TAM is designed to excel in small sloppy surf. To be ridden up to 6 inches shorter than your height, yet it feels a foot longer. Will suit waves under head high, due to increased thickness and flat rocker. Dino, our shaper, has found it works both as a thruster and quad, hence why it comes with the 4 + 1 fin option.

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GEAR: BOARDS 6’0” - 7’0”

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This is a modern take on an old board, with current rails and bottom curves. Goes in any conditions and guaranteed to smooth out anyone’s style.

Vaporize your worries away with this high performance fish. Perfect for the intermediate to advanced surfer.

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A rounded pin with hand made glassed on fin and resin tints. A range of lengths from 6’0 to 7’0.

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An old school look combined with a new school feel. I believe in progression... not regression.

Available 5’10 - 7’6”

2 or 4

This high-performance board is perfect for an experienced surfer but can be tailored to suit the needs of intermediate surfers as well. A great board for most conditions and wave types.

CONSTRUCTION

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Features include a performance outline, deep concaves and more curve through the tail. Available 5’10 - 6’4”

SHAPER COMMENT

This is my current high performance shortboard

by Glyndyn Ringrose

A loose and skatey feel underfoot, this performance fish works well in small to medium sized surf.

CONSTRUCTION

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Our boards are made with the highest quality materials, and will vary depending on your height, weight, ability, conditions and more. Chat to one of our shapers to determine which is the best surfboard for you.

SHAPER COMMENT

A rounder outline and bottom curve combined with single/double concave and a diamond tail adds up to a whole lot of fun!

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SHAPER’S PROMOTION

6’4” x 22” x 2 ¾”

5’5” x 22” x 2 7/8”

5’10” x 18 5/8” x 2 ¼”

From 5’6” up

THE COFFIN

DISCO BIKKY

RAINMAKER

AQUARIANT

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Snub-nose shape with a lot more paddle area. Super stable for your takeoff. It’s fast and a lot of fun.

CONSTRUCTION

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South Coast Foam PU and polyster resin. Set up as quads so you have a bit more tail area.

SHAPER COMMENT

You will be amazed how easily they plan through flat sections of a wave and maintain their speed. It has all the benefits of a longboard but surfs like a shortboard.

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Single flier step-tail pin with a massive bonzer double concave. Quaddy set up and plug for Knubster.

CONSTRUCTION

4+1

All PU, handshaped and 2 x 4 and 1 x 4 bottom with finish coat polish.

SHAPER COMMENT

Fastest board in the water from 1 to 4 ft. Sweet.

by Jack Knight

Modern everyday high performance surfboard, with a touch more hidden area than previous performance shortboards giving it a more balanced plan-shape.

CONSTRUCTION

X3

Thruster fin set-up and 4 x 4 x 4 glassing with carbon patches on tail.

SHAPER COMMENT

Very responsive and best suited 2-5 foot quality surf for intermediate to experienced surfers.

DICKSON SURFBOARDS M: 0437 246 848 E: dickosurf@gmail.com Shed 4, 10 Baines Cr, Torquay, VIC Look for Darren Dickson Surfboards on Facebook

by Jack Knight

‘70s-inspired, this features a beautifully balanced planshape with plenty of area and foam.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

Entirely handcrafted. Wide point and area pulled slightly forward, mid to down rail with plenty of foam. JPI 6 Channel bottom. The curves in the channels work with you, rather than tracking, giving more acceleration through turns.

SHAPER COMMENT

Built to be cruisey and fun!

JACK KNIGHT/HARVEST SURFBOARDS Christine Avenue, Miami, QLD P: 07 5576 5914 E: info@jackknightsurfboards.com.au www.jackknightsurfboards.com.au

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GEAR: BOARDS 8’0” x 22 ¾” x 3”

7’8” x 22 5/8” x 2 7/8”

7’4” x 21” x 3”

6’8 x 20’’ x 13 ½’’ x 14’’ x  2 ¾’’

BIG FISH

MIDLENGTH SINGLE

BIG HYBRID

REPLICA SINGLE FIN

A single concave to a scooped vee off the tail for speed and release. There’s plenty of volume all over.

This beautiful one-off single fin will look incredible both in the water and on the wall with its cut lap pale pink pigment bottom, unique deck print and stunning cedar stringer, all finished off in a high gloss polish.

A great board that performs for the bigger boys. Good floatation, paddles well and handles choppy conditions with ease. Perfect for Piha or similar breaks.

A slightly modernised ‘75 Nat Young replica board.

CONSTRUCTION

SHAPER COMMENT

by Rory Oke

CONSTRUCTION

by Rory Oke

X5

Ocean Foam handshaped blank, 6oz cloth with a polished finish.

SHAPER COMMENT

A responsive, easy paddler for the old mates.

X1

Ocean Foam handshaped blank with a polished finish.

by Mike Jolly

CONSTRUCTION

by Jordie Brown

X3

Personally handcrafted by Mike.

SHAPER COMMENT

It’s a bit of fun. Longboards, shortboards, mini-mals and hybrids - I like tailoring them to what the individual surfer requires so they can have fun in the water.

OKE SURFBOARDS 1/1-7 Canterbury Rd, Braeside, VIC, 3195 Ph: 03 9587 3553 www.okesurfboards.com

PIHA SURF 122 Seaview Rd, Piha, NZ Ph: +64 9 812 8723 E: pihasurf@xtra.co.nz www.pihasurf.co.nz

This design keeps a flatter centre section for increased planing ability and down the line speed while the chine makes rail to rail transitions easy.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

6oz trimmed lap glass-job, resin tint, and a full gloss coat and polish. Art by Tiphaine Flurette Brown and a handmade glasson 7 ½’’ single fin.

SHAPER COMMENT

This mid-‘70s design paddles like a dream, flies down the line and holds unreal in the pocket. I spent a lot of time riding this style of single fin over summer. It more than held its own in the line up today!

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SHAPER’S PROMOTION

FREE SHIPPING!*

From 5’9” - 6’1”

6’0” x 19 ¾”x 18 3/8”

5’10” x 19 ¼” x 2 3/8”

5’10”x 20 ½” x 2 5/8”

THE 4X5 COMBO

SQUASH ROCKET

SLINGSHOT

THE BLOB

Channel bottom combined with a shorter, wider highperformance board. 5-fins a must for variety. Works in any conditions, from 2-6ft+.

This performance shortboard is best in small to medium waves. Deep, single concave, with flatter rocker, refined rails with extra volume through the tail.

A wider nose for greater control when landing airs and tighter tail to be push to the limits. The bottom features a 5mm concave fading out through the tail.

A summer special, for sunny little days when you just need a surf. It’s short wide and thick and will power over those fat sections, and turn on a dime.

CONSTRUCTION

CONSTRUCTION

by Ian Byrne

X5

Burford PU blank 4 x 4oz deck and 4oz bottom. FCS fins.

SHAPER COMMENT

Quick off the mark, higher top end speed with the maneuverability of a performance shortboard.

Ph: 07 5535 0288 www.mtwoodgee.com.au Join us on Facebook Stores at Coolangatta, Currumbin, Burleigh Heads

*FREE SHIPPING! Australia-wide on

all Mt Woodgee stock boards up to 6’8! (Excludes Movement and clearance boards)

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X 3 SLIDE

Please call Outereef for glassing and fin options. This is the perfect shape to run Slide Fins!

SHAPER COMMENT

A great performance shape that flies through flat sections but also turns nicely in the pocket, its super loose and responsive. This board is a great summer board option.

OUTEREEF SURFBOARDS 73 Phillip Island Road, San Remo VIC 3925 P: (03) 5678 5677 M: 0408 399 519 E: info@outereef.com.au www.outereef.com.au

by Bob Minty

CONSTRUCTION

3, 4 OR 5

Lightweight EPS and Epoxy. Fins can be set up as either a thruster, quad or 5-fin setup with FCS fusion plugs.

COMMENT

Can vary in width and thickness, from 5’-6’. A variety of tail shapes available – swallow, rounded pin or square tail.

by Bob Minty

CONSTRUCTION

3, 4 OR 5

Light glass - 4 x 4 x 4oz and any type of fin arrangement.

COMMENT

The board in this photo is 5’10” which is large for a board of this style. Sizes range from 5’4”- 5’6 - 5’8” by around 20 ½” wide and 2 3/8” to 2 5/8” thick or thicker.

BOB MINTY SURFBOARDS 9 Mooloomba Rd, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island P: 07 3409 8334 www.bobmintysurfboards.com.au

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GEAR: BOARDS 5’10” x 19 ½” x 2 ½”

5’8 x 21 ½ “ x 2 ¾”

KARATE ‘CHOP TAIL‘

WEE FUN BOARD

Tail characteristics of a super high performance board to come sharp off the bottom, and turn off a dime at the top, with controlled fin release. Lots of volume under your chest, with width in all the right places makes it a very forgiving board.

Packs in speed, easy use and agility into a fun little package. A double concave into a spiral vee through the tail makes for easy transitions and can still power on in small surf, while the quad setup has proven the best configuration, riding with only two in can be fun.

by Darren Pead

CONSTRUCTION

All quality materials used

X2

SHAPER COMMENT

Jetlok makes boards for everyone from weekend trimmer to high performance shredder. This one’s a great all-rounder. Test one out punks!

JETLOK SURF Lake Munmorah, NSW P: 0421 400 537 E: jetloksurf@outlook.com

facebook.com/jetlok.surf

by Mike Bilton

CONSTRUCTION

X4

Bottom 6oz top 4+6oz PU core.

SHAPER COMMENT

Shown in denim done with resin tints and yes the stitching is hand drawn.

PH: (07) 5607 0211 M: 0431 042 507 Unit 2/8 Ramly drive Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 mike@biltonsurf.com www.biltonsurf.com

Custom orders

PAULOWNIASKINNED EPS

by Geoff Moase

High-performance planshape with a slightly relaxed “hybrid”rocker. Rails hard aft, soft up front. Flat to single to double concave with slight vee through rear fin.

CONSTRUCTION

X3

High-strength light-weight. Australian-grown Paulownia Fortunei (superior to Asiangrown species). Composite deck sandwich construction. Cedar pinline. Can be no-glass finish.

SHAPER COMMENT

A super fun board for a wide range of conditions. A nice piece to own.

DOVETAIL SURFBOARDS

8B Alex Fisher Drv, Burleigh Heads

Ph: 0411 676 854

www.dovetailsurfboards.com paulowniatimbersales.com.au

5’7” x 20 ½” x 2 ½”

CEDAR TWIN FISH by Steve-O

Each of my boards is handcrafted and is a unique one of a kind.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

Hollow like an aeroplane wing. Heavier than foam and glass, but still very light and very fast. I only use recycled timber or sustainable harvest plantation timber. Leftover pieces get made into nose and tail blocks, fins or tick finish inserts to jazz up the look even more.

SHAPER COMMENT

I am totally into building, riding and promoting top of the line unreal looking hollow surfboards, so as to minimise the impact on environment.

WOODEN SURFBOARD SHAPES BY STEVE-O Ph: 0421 522 503

woodensurfboardsshapesbysteveo@gmail.com woodensurfboardsshapesbysteveo.com.au

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SHAPER’S PROMOTION

9’6” x 19” x 23 ½” x 16” x 3”

10’1” x 20” x 3 ¼”

From 8’ to 10’

8’x 22 ½” x 3 ½”

LONGBOARD

BARRACUDA

PETE’S ELEPHANT GUN by Peter Sheely

TRADITIONAL MINI LONGBOARD Peter Sheely

This board is a custom for a local surfer. It’s for small local conditions and northern points. Two-colour Volan tint. 

Rolled bottom into vee, slightly rolled under nose. Nose is 10¼”, same as tail, making it a doubleender, which is possibly hard to get your head around, but it is. 

Available from 8’ - 10’ long, 20” - 22 ½” wide and 2 ¾” - 3 ¼” thick, this big wave gun suits experienced surfers... Or someone who wants to hang it on a wall and just do some serious dreaming!

Traditional Mini Longboard with the features of the ‘60s with roll bottom and 50/50 rails, hippy tail and excellent nose riding qualities.

by Sam Egan

CONSTRUCTION

X1

Designed as an all-round log with round pin to handle all conditions. Turns and trims well and still good in hollow waves. PU Handshaped. 1 x 6oz bottom 2 x 6oz top.

SHAPER COMMENT

Noserides Like a dream. Sam Egan Surfboards - handshaped for over 50 years.

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by Graham Carse

CONSTRUCTION

X4

The first gun we’ve done as a quad. More fins in the wave face for hold and speed. 30oz of glass on it to make it strong and get the weight right. It weighs 6 ½ kg - a bit heavier to handle the chop. 

SHAPER COMMENT

It’s good for 15 - 25 ft down here. Made for Jimmy.

QUARRY BEACH SURFBOARDS

75 David St, Caversham, Dunedin NZ

Ph: +64 3 455 7414 M: +64 27 518 8678 www.qbsurfboards.com

1 OR 3 CONSTRUCTION Custom made with a choice of stringers, colours, tints, pigment and sprays. Finished with a heavy glass job for maximum strength. SHAPER COMMENT A serious big wave surfboard or collector’s item waiting for the perfect wave.

CONSTRUCTION 1 OR 3 Choice of 1, 2 or 3 stringers, foam inserts, colours, tints, pigments or sprays. Volane 8 or 10 oz or 6 oz normal glass, you choose! 9” to 9 ½” single fin set in or fin box. Plus add side fins if you want. SHAPER COMMENT Traditional ‘60s style board but just that bit shorter and developed with today’s technology. PETER SHEELY SURFBOARDS Ph: 02 4957 3161 M: 0417 264 739 peter@sheelysurfboards.com sheelysurfboards.com


SHAPER’S PROMOTION

GEAR: BOARDS 6’2” x 19” x 2 ½”

5’10” x 19 ¼” x 2 ¼”

SEMI-MOD SINGLE

THE TUGBOAT

by Daren Glennan

CONSTRUCTION

X1

King polyurethane foam. Newkem polyester resin with translucent blue tint, 2 x 4oz bottom, 4 + 6oz deck, gloss and polish. Fins: Single 8” fin box running 7” Fluid Foils single fin.

by Chris Garrett

Low rocker, flat deck with foiled rails. The widest point is way behind centre to provide maximum pivot. Generous plan shape. Bottom triple concave feeding a vee out the tail. Surprisingly versatile in a wide variety of waves and conditions to overhead.

CONSTRUCTION

3, 4 or 5

Burford blanks, Silmar resin, surf 9 cloth. 4 x 4 x 4oz glass.

SHAPER COMMENT

A good all-round board that punches above its weight.

ENTITY SURFBOARDS 1-2/2 Regmoore Close Culburra Beach NSW 2540 Ph: 0423 987 492 entitysurfboards.com.au

PHANTOM SURFBOARDS Ph: 0424 450 690 phantomsurfboards@gmail.com chrisgarrettshapes.com.au Available at SUNHOUSE, 41 McClean St, Coolangatta.

5’8”

6’0” x 21 ¾” x 2 ½”

RETRO SINGLE

Leighton Clark | CLARK SURFBOARDS

Revisiting all-time classic design, this retro-style single fin is sleek and stylish.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

6oz resin tint glassing with a gloss polish finish. Custom art and digital graphics available.

SHAPER COMMENT

WE LISTEN, WE TALK and WE CREATE a board to suit your requirements. Custom boards are our speciality. Love to hear about what you are riding, and what you want to ride.

CLARK SURFBOARDS NOW IN A NEW LOCATION Units 7 and 8, 9 Chapman Road Hackham SA 5163 E: leightonclark01@yahoo.com.au M: 0422 443 789 Available at www.onboardsurf.com.au

PIGGY

by Jay Jackman

Versatile egg shape, with glide as it’s main game. High line trim and tube time hold.

CONSTRUCTION

1+2

12oz deck and 6oz bottom. Acrylic spray or polished resin finish. 7 ¼” flex tip + side bite fins. From 6’0” - 7’2”

SHAPER COMMENT

The Piggy will bring a smile to your dial no matter how big the surf or how great your ride. Long lines and long rides a certainty.

SADHANA SURFBOARDS Christchurch, New Zealand

E: jay@sadhanasurfboards.co.nz

Ph: +64 (3) 389 5611 sadhanasurfboards.co.nz Connect on Facebook

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GEAR: BOARDS

SHAPER’S PROMOTION

9’4” x 23” x 3”

9’6” x 23”x 2 7/8”

9’1” x 22” x 2 ¾”

9’4” x 23” x 3”

OLD SCHOOL SLIDER

by Soul Surf Designs

Matt Williams | THE FACTORY

GRUGSTEP

MAGNUM

Performance model, designed to take your longboarding to the next level.

Made for tight pocket noseriding and in the curl turns.

A great high-performance longboard that turns easy, drives hard and noserides well. Tear-drop nose concave into vee, ending with a double concave tail.

Slight kick in tail for those gliding turns. Nose concave for ease of nose riding .

CONSTRUCTION

Farrelly Blanks with FCS sides and fin box. 6 x 4oz deck, 6oz bottom. Finish coated, and Glide custom, handmade fins .

Rolled bottom to slight Vee in tail, 50/50 rails Alka “D” Fin, set onto board. Resin tinted on bottom and resin streaked on deck 12oz Volan glass.

SHAPER COMMENT

SHAPER COMMENT

JASON LIVINGSTON

CONSTRUCTION

X3

Farrelly blank, 6 x 6oz deck and 6oz bottom. FCS fin setup. 3 x Dion fins designed to make the board very loose and manouverable. Colour spray by Martyn Worthington. All Australian Made.

SHAPER COMMENT

CONSTRUCTION

X1

I made this board out of a 9’8” log blank from Burfords. It’s a heavier, more traditional blank with great rocker.

SHAPER COMMENT

Glass on or a box, this board really surfs the way a nose rider should.

Based on our performance longboards, we refined this design for our team rider, Jason Livingston.

SOUL SURF DESIGNS 10/90 Mona Vale Road Mona Vale NSW 2103 P: 02 9979 2226 www.soulsurf.com.au Join us on Facebook. 102

THE FACTORY SURFBOARDS 17 Allen Street, Caloundra QLD Ph: 07 5492 5838 E: Williams.h.m@hotmail.com

by Nick McAteer

by Chris Brown

1+2

Made by hand in Australia. Custom orders available for all levels of experience, with sprays, resin tints and polishes.

NMC SURFBOARDS

Sheepwash Rd, Barwon Heads VIC P: 03 5254 1658 M: 0422 056 188

E: nmcsurf@bigpond.com facebook.com/nmcsurf

CONSTRUCTION

1+2

This Old School slider is glassed to last.

BROWN DOGG SURFBOARDS

P: 0416 455 985

E: browndogg1@optusnet.com.au

Brown-Dogg-Surfboards

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GEAR: BOARDS 9’6”x 23 ½”x 2 7/8”

9’6” x 23” x 3 1/8”

9’1” x 23” x 3”

9’1” x 22 ¾” x 2 ¾”

THE CLASSIC

STYLEMASTER

THE LUMBERJACK

LONGBOARD

With classic ‘67-ish shapes in mind, this is a more refined high performance classic. Rocker straighter through centre, with medium tail rocker. Concave under nose, rolled vee into tail. Pinched 50/50 rails, medium volume, 19” nose, 15” tail 8” square tail.

This beauty is something for the logger/traditionalist. We call it the Stylemaster, as the riders of these designs tend to care more about style and glide than whacking the lip.

By Alan Colk

CONSTRUCTION

X1

PU, translucent green tint. 6 x 6 x 4 glassing. Satin finish coated bottom and rails. High traction resin deck. Single box, glass 11” hook Logger fin from Shapers Co.

SHAPER COMMENT

For classic style surfing, drop knee, nose riding, smooth flowing turns and perfect trim.

By Mickey T

CONSTRUCTION

By Dan Bekis

X1

Handshaped PU, 7.5oz bottom with 7.5 + 6oz deck, optional knee pad. Glassed to last with resin tints, gloss and polish.

SHAPER COMMENT

For maximum enjoyment. Traditional flavour combined with more evolved, userfriendly features.

The Lumberjack has a hulled bottom with a slight single concave in the nose, pinched 50/50 rails and a flat deck.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

PU foam with 8oz tinted Volan glass and custom fabric inlays. Choose from a single 12” fin box or glassed on fin.

SHAPER COMMENT

Inspired by ‘60s logs, this board is for nose riding when it’s half a foot to head-high.

TUBE TIME SURFBOARDS P: 0408 425 368

www.tubetime.com.au

All my longboards are a subtle blend of curves and concaves with no hard edges so the board effortlessly glides and flows with the wave. The rounded tail shortens the rail line making this board feel 2” shorter than it actually is. This, combined with a little tail lift, make the board easy to turn.

CONSTRUCTION

1+2

Made here in Ulladulla. Single, or box with two sides.

SHAPER COMMENT

Let me custom tailor it to the way you want to surf and the feel you are after.

RAGLAN LONGBOARDS

257c Wainui Road, Raglan NZ Ph: +64 (0)7 825 0544 Mob: +64 (0)274 460 396 E: mickeytsurf@hotmail.com raglanlongboards.co.nz

by Mark Rabbidge

DJB SURFBOARDS 1/1 Mitchell Rd Brookvale NSW Ph: 0417 674 257 www.djbsurfboards.com.au

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GLOWING INTEREST A few editions back we introduced you to the innovative Bilton LED Surfboards and chatted with Mike Bilton about how he got into shaping all manner of surfboards from LED shooters through to a range of performance shortboards and retro-inspired shapes. Well the lights are still shining bright and Mike’s about to head off to the States where interest has been growing in his LED creations. We spoke with Mike recently about what lies ahead. WORDS: DAVE SWAN

WHAT NEW IDEAS ARE GOING INTO THE LIGHTS, MIKE? We can obviously configure the lights however a customer wants them, but following a fair bit of my own testing after dark I found the centre strip on the deck to be quite bright in your eyes. So, I’ve flipped these onto the bottom of the board so it can, in effect, light the way as you surf along the wave. As far as the weight goes, I’ve made significant advancements. I’m putting them into epoxy boards and it’s come down massively. The board, lights and battery pack, is down under a standard PU board. For a 6’ you’re looking at just under the 2.5kg mark, and that’s for a board with a fair bit of volume in it. We can even go lighter again, and because I’m doing everything myself from start to finish, I can custom-make it to requirements.

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We’re even putting lights into channel bottoms and I am just about to start on my first longboard order. In fact it will up at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. YOU’RE GETTING SOME INTEREST OVERSEAS? Well, where Australian culture is sometimes a little averse to something new and different, as most of us don’t like to stand out from the crowd, it’s quite the opposite in the States. They want to be the first to try anything new. I’m getting a lot of interest out of California... And Scotland of all places. YOU’RE ATTENDING THE BOARDROOM SURF TRADE SHOW IN DEL MAR,CALIFORNIA?

It’s just good timing. The interest coming out of California happened to coincide with the surfing trade fair - one of the largest in the world. I always wanted to go as just a general punter, but when I got the opportunity to exhibit the boards there as well, it was too good an opportunity to miss. I believe it’s one of the longest standing surfing trade shows in the world. What makes it so special

is that it’s a gathering of shapers, laminators, sanders, foam chemists, fin gurus… Basically so many legends of the surf industry that have always been a dream of mine to meet, all in one place. On top of that, I’m superkeen to see the Foam Block Challenge where some of the best shapers in the world are pitted against each other and given three hours without templates, measuring tools and the like to craft a surfboard using nothing but their imagination and experience. It is a pretty distinguished competition. And there’s also the Vintage Surfboard Auction...

WILL YOU BE AFTER INSPIRATION FOR RETRO SHAPES FROM THE VINTAGE BOARDS THERE? Definitely a source of inspiration, but my retro shapes are not strict replicas of vintage boards. I still try to infuse new technology and shaping concepts into them. Some of those older boards had real hull bottoms, which may suit breaks like Burleigh Heads, but are no good when you have a bit more mush elsewhere. So I use concaves to massage the feel of my retro boards to make them more userfriendly and faster. As to other elements, I strictly don’t make any white ones - resin tints all the way. On my longer

boards I like to feature timber nose and tail blocks and pearl inlays as well. AND THE BIKES, WHAT’S UP THERE? Yeah, I enjoy customising bikes, namely café racers, but I’ll really touch anything. Being a former race mechanic, I know my way around a bike. At present I have a retro one - a 2006 Kawasaki that’s fuel injected, electric start... All the comforts of a modern bike, but plenty of chrome and a cool vintage look. MANY SURFERS HAVE AN INTEREST IN BIKES, WHAT’S YOURS? I guess it’s thrill-seeking. I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I’ve done a lot of downhill mountain biking and rock climbing, been up to Camp One on Everest... It’s funny, but many of my pursuits from the past have influenced my thoughts on surfboards, like with new materials. I was a competitive whitewater kayaker for a number of years. That’s why I started playing with Kevlar, Carbon Kevlar, Ineggra and all that. In many ways, the surf industry has been miles behind in the use of nano-carbon materials. Kayaks have used these for thirty years now. They can bounce off rocks without a scratch, so that kind of thing is always going to be of interest to enhance the durability of my boards. Not just working with cutting edge surfboard technology, Mike lives cutting edge. Find out more at www.biltonsurf.com and see more Bilton boards at www.smorgasboarder.com.au

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Custom sizes to suit requirements

9’1 – 9’10” x 22 ¾” – 23 ¼”

9’1 – 9’4”

NOOSA LOG

THE PERFORMER

By Peter White

By Peter White

This gives true meaning to our catch-cry of “style is everything”! Pinched rails for less volume and a slightly rolled bottom give this heavy log a sensitive feel. Quite light underfoot with great noseriding ability, the added weight creates nice glide through slower sections and adds strength.

CONSTRUCTION

X1

Handshaped by Peter White. Glassed with 7.5oz / 7.5oz + 6oz Typical dimensions: Length 9’1’’ - 9’8’’, width 22 ¾” 23 ¾”, thickness 2 ¾” - 3 1/8’

SHAPER COMMENT

It meets logger criteria.

A high performance board with reasonable nose-riding capabilities. It has an even rocker with a curvier outline shape allowing for smooth turns and lots of speed.

CONSTRUCTION

ANY

Suitable as thruster, 1+2 or quad. Call us for weight and strength alternatives. Available in various tail shapes (pin, diamond, square) each giving a different feel, but all work well.

SHAPER COMMENT

A shade more volume with heightened manoeuvrability, exceptional speed and superb performance makes it the ultimate craft for competition or high-octane surfing.

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THE MOD LOG

X1

By Jesse Watson

The Mod Log’s roots lie in the mid to late sixties of Australian surfing culture. Not quite “Pigs” they had the influence of guys like Mctavish, Young and Lynch with Greenough’s fin designs pushing the performance levels. This was long before the down rails and concaves came into play. It features a rolled bottom front to rear and pinched 50/50 rails. It’s slightly narrower nose, hips behind centre and flipped out tail make for a real trim machine that loves to take off behind the section and be guided through from the tip of the nose. Holds well in the pocket for more tip time and pivots off the tail like a true board of the era.

The fin is true to the design as well featuring a “greenoughesque” 11” hook fin that combines the right amount of flex and hold. Serious involvement-era flashbacks. 

CONSTRUCTION 6oz top and bottom glass on fin and full resin art finish.

BLACK APACHE SURFBOARDS Ph: +61 410 419 791 E: blackapachesurfboards@live.com.au www.blackapachesurfboards.com.au instagram: @blackapache or find us on Facebook

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SUP

GEAR: BOARDS

SHAPER’S PROMOTION

This board: $1,350, including FREE legrope, board sock & fins! Ltd time

‘The Bull’ is the longboard ridden by team riders Lara Murphy, Glenn Carter & Tim Hutton. See them at the NFOS.

8’ 3” x 28 ½ =110l, 4.8kg

10’ x 32” x 4 ½” =161l

8”10 - 9”3

CUSTOM CARBON WAVE SUP

DEGENERATE

DUCK BILL By Paul Congreave

Ron Wade Surfboards

Designed with performance surfing in mind, designed and built with high-end construction techniques by people that know how the job should be done.

For the bigger guy who still wants to surf hard, but wants extra volume to help with choppy conditions. Fast and drivey but can still turn hard. Concave to vee double through tail with high performance rails.

Moderate rocker, single concave to v, soft rails, and magic foil make for a forgiving fun ride. Suits all levels.

Three-stage bottom with single concave in nose, merging to the trim spot, flowing to dual concaves for easier rail to rail control. Medium tail lift to loosen the tail but not lose speed.

CONSTRUCTION

X3

CAD designed, CNC shaped. Carbon/epoxy vacuum sandwich construction. Incredible strength to weight ratio. Futures fins. We can design to any custom size.

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Our no compromise approach to materials and building methods ensures super light boards that have the ability to perform, like you need them to.

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CAD designed, EPS core. CNC machined, glassed in mix of carbon Innegra and 6oz glass.5 fin setup, Futures/FCS.

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SHAPER COMMENT

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Shortened down, stubby version of a high performance board. The channels, size and outline combine in a mid 4’ board that surfs nothing like a retro board. Great for airs, tube riding and ripping a wave apart.

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CONSTRUCTION

CONSTRUCTION

A fun, small board, from 5’5” to 5’9” that can be easily scaled up in size for the heavier surfer. Flat rocker with centre width, so a great paddler.

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High performance 4 x 4 x 4 glassing or any combo you like with whatever tail you prefer.

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Not to be discounted, high performance rail, this board performs if pushed and driven!! Custom shaped to your requirement. Fin combo, your choice. Fitted with SBT Surfboard Tracker security systems. As a custom specialist with 40+ years experience. I make surfboards with personality, talk with you, find out exactly what you require and then make it.

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Still the best way: PU. Burford blank with Silmar resin and Surf 9 4oz glass.

SHAPER COMMENT

For all sorts of conditions.

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STUNT DINGO by Wayne Webster

Fast, loose and drivey, it’s a perfect all rounder for our Australian waves.

CONSTRUCTION

3, 4 or 5

Flatter nose entry rocker extending through to an accelerated tail curve. The board has a medium single to double concave design and works well with all tail shapes and a 3,4 or 5 fin set-up.

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The Stunt Dingo is quickly becoming my most popular shortboard.

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THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE ARE SAID TO TELL THE TRUTH:

DOES IT WORK?

Drunks, kids, and really angry people. Considering we’re not drunk or angry, we decided to let the kids do the talking...

SMORGASBOARDER TRIED AND TESTED

WORDS: THE SWAN CLAN

THE SOFT OPTION

DON’T HAVE YOUR KIDS RACING TO GET ONTO A FIBERGLASS BOARD UNTIL THEY ARE READY... HAVE SOME FUN IN THE MEANTIME INSTEAD. Following their first real introduction to surfing last summer when we tested a range of softboards, my kids have officially caught the bug. The tables have turned from, “Hey nutbags, do you want to go surfing?” to “Dad, can we go surfing today?” It is nice to see them share the same love for surfing as me. Recently on a family “test day” we decided to take out a family of El Nino softboards. These guys really do have something for everyone. The 8’ Cruiser is perfect for all my kids. With plenty of stability it’s easy to ride. The 7’ Fluid, being smaller, is lighter and easier to turn; and the 4’6” Moke is perfect to use as an oversized boogie board to give their tired legs a rest - or for dad’s finless fun when the kids have a break.

THE LINEUP

The point I am making, well there are actually two is, today’s softboards ride really well. Everyone can have fun on them. I still love jumping on all these boards and mucking around. Secondly, and most importantly, ignore the desire for kids to be ‘cool’ and ride a fiberglass surfboard before they have fully developed their surfing skills and wave sense. The risk of injury to themselves and others is too high.

8’ CRUISER

“This is still my favourite. It is so easy to ride and paddle.” Mikaela, 13 “Yeah.” Sam, 8

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7’ FLUID

“It was harder to surf on at first but now I am getting used to surfing I like this board. It’s smaller, lighter and easier to control.” Phoebe, 11

LEFT TO RIGHT: The Moke, the Flow and the Cruiser.

4’6” MOKE

“It is cool as a boogie board but hard to control and surf on. I call it the Minion-board (fans of the kid’s flick Despicable Me will understand).” Sam, 8 “Short, fat, finless fun. After sending kids down wave after wave for a few hours it is fitting reward for a hard working dad.” Dave

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DOES IT WORK? SMORGASBOARDER TRIED AND TESTED

WORDS: DAVE SWAN

HARVEY CORKY This board quite sincerely is revolutionary. There were numerous thumbs up from my kids on this board: 1. IT WAS MUCH LIGHTER than a softboard of the same size making it easier to carry down to the beach and handle out in the surf. 2. They loved the fact YOU DIDN’T NEED WAX and the cork was grippy yet soft on the feet. 3. THE MARKINGS definitely assisted them to start positioning themselves correctly on wave and gave dad’s voice a break. 4. I took it out in a couple of reasonable size waves on occasion and it lived up to Richard’s remarks. IT HANDLES REMARKABLY WELL. 5. It certainly was A FUN BOARD to ride and all the kids frequently sort to have a go on the “Corky”. 6. It is THE PERFECT NEXT STEP FROM A GENUINE SOFTBOARD and I would strongly recommend surfers advancing their skills progress to this board before trying to tackle a fiberglass surfboard before they are ready.

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ONE CORKY IDEA Richard Harvey is no stranger to experimentation with different materials in his surfboard design, and he’s pretty prolific in his offering up of revolutionary, new ideas. One of his most recent ones is the Corky - an alternative to, and step-up from a softboard. With a cork top, and a solid glassed bottom, you get the best of both worlds: enjoy the comfort of a soft deck, while the performance is enhanced by a glassed bottom, and a set of genuine fins. The deck features markings that are not just for decoration, but also help the surfer as reminders for best body positioning. This is not only a great craft for beginners and kids, it’s also a fantastic go-to for a fun day at the beach for more experienced surfers.

A REAL POINT OF DIFFERENCE: A glassed bottom and a set of genuine surfboard fins mean the performance of the Corky is more like a surfboard than softboard.

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RICHARD PROVIDES AN INTERESTING INSIGHT INTO THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN. “It is a pretty simple philosophy. It’s not a performance surfboard but a good transitional board between a genuine softboard and a genuine fibreglass board. “Softboards may be good for absolute beginners but how they surf, the feel is like trying to run in gumboots. They are soft and spongy. They just don’t give you that nice crisp feeling on a wave and that’s what surfing is all about to me, that feeling on the wave. “That’s the idea of the Corky. It has a fiberglass shell with a foam core and a cork top to soften the feel; the hand grip when you are duck diving and pushing up and a bit of cushioning if the board does hit you. “It’s still a buoyant, soft, corkie surfboard in essence but has a fiberglass feel to it. It has a fair amount of volume making it stable but I have shaped the rails, introduced some concaves and put a little vee in the tail so it handles like a true fibreglass board. Coupled with the rocker in the front, it allows surfers starting to get a grasp of things, to ride hollower waves and feel the sensation of getting onto a rail.

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“We didn’t want to make it a log that just caught waves. We wanted to deliver some maneuverability. “The markings on the top help you to position yourself when paddling and getting up on the wave, such as placing your back foot on the triangle, which is the sweet spot above the fins. “It is glassed in 8oz glass both sides so it is really tough. The cork is impregnated into the board when we vacuum bag it so it is firm and fixed on. There have been no issues with the cork’s durability from extensive testing with the surf schools and the feedback has been really positive so I’m going into production with it.”

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DOES IT WORK? SMORGASBOARDER TRIED AND TESTED

WORDS: DAVE SWAN

D6 SURF SKIMMER

This is essentially a skimboard designed for young kids with a stability handle that assists them keep their balance. Once they have the hang of it, the handlebar can also assist them to perform other radical maneuvers.

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POWER SLIDER

I have tackled some tough subjects in my time with Smorgasboarder but none tougher than interviewing my eight year old son, Sam. The D6 Surf Skimmer is designed for kids his age, so I thought it best he test it out. I asked him what he thought. (Please note there a references to his dad, some which are correct and others that are completely false). SO HOW HARD WAS IT TO LEARN? I found it pretty easy, because I listened to my dad and then got it right. YOUR DAD IS PRETTY COOL? Yeah

SPECIFICATIONS

HE KNOWS EVERYTHING, HEY? Not everything.

The Surf Skimmer has deck grip, a sleek design and stable handle that allow kids to experiment and excel in skimboarding within minutes on the shoreline.

SO IT WAS FUN? When you get the hang of it you will think it is really fun. You can go really, really fast on it.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST? You can go really fast along the shoreline and when you hit a wave you go up in the air. You can also do cool power slides. I am better than dad at it. He kept falling off. He kept saying, “My son cannot beat me” but kept trying and failed every time. ANY OTHER TIPS? Don’t go in the deep water or you will sink. Don’t go in the shallow or you will get stuck and go flying over the handlebars like Dad. When you’re really good at it, you can take the handles off and feel like you are surfing.

Impressed dog

THE WRAP Sam absolutely loved it. He enjoyed it so much he nagged me to go skimboarding every day of the holiday. He particularly enjoyed the fact I was crap at it. It’s best for kids where the handle comes up between waist and chest height, that way they can get their momentum behind the handle. And when they get a little older or really get the hang of it, you can take the handle off completely. PRICE: $129.95 BUY: www.sfida.com.au/d6-surf-skimmer

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WORDS: THE SWAN CLAN

ADJUSTABLE

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BIG STICK WITH HAKA GRAPHIC

This is the Kahuna Big Stick Mark II, with a new and improved adjustable shaft and redesigned blade for better grip.

BETTER TRACTION

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING The notable design changes are: •

It’s much easier to change the settings of the adjustable shaft to suit the height of the rider

chargers to take theirs to another level.

The blade features a softer rubber that grips the road even better

As you would expect, the people who invented the gear are constantly updating and improving it. When I heard they had updated the Kahuna Big Stick, it’s fair to say I had several enthusiastic testers at hand.

The outline of the blade is much wider and flatter than the original semi-circle design and definitely makes a difference when trying to build speed rapidly. When you really apply pressure to the blade you want it to really grip the road and not skid. This is a significant improvement.

DESIGN REFINEMENTS MAKE THE ORIGINAL BIG STICK EVEN BETTER

Thanks to a meeting back in early 2011 with the lovely Carina at Street SUP, who are the Australian and New Zealand distributors

The kids and I have been right into it for close to three years now. It’s great fun, a good work out, assists novices to handle a skateboard and challenges

THE WRAP Big Stick II

The stick and the “blade” at the end of the shaft, allow you to push down and grip the road propelling yourself forward on the skateboard. You can also use it to turn the board and perform various maneuvers.

of Kahuna Creations along with a range of other cool skate gear, I became an early advocate of street SUPing.

Big Stick

Street SUPing is just like paddle boarding but instead of the ocean, it is performed on land with the use of a skateboard and a land paddle or “stick”. The people who invented the movement, Kahuna Creations, are also the creators of the gear, namely the Big Stick.

These design refinements and improvements on the original design make a good thing even better, for the reasons listed above. RRP $179 www.streetsup.com.au

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Upon reading the recent story on Rainbows Sandals in our Christmas edition, the lovely Louise, who works with us at Smorgasboarder HQ, bought a pair for her partner Pete. Since opening them on Christmas morning they have apparently been glued to his feet, which we gather would possibly present a bit of a problem at his practice, considering he is a doctor. The thonged practitioner... Pete loves them so much, he wrote us a poem about them, after a few drinks whilst on holiday, and yes, he was still wearing them at the time. For some reason, you can almost hear this being read out with a southern drawl, which is weird, considering he’s English. Not just thongs. Supple dark leather hugging’ my soles, The arches shaped and supportin’, the straps smoothly gliding, The quality proudly showing, and lasting, and lasting, Love ma Rainbows.

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NEW YEAR POSITIVITY Starting afresh for the New Year, I wanted this column to contain a positive message. Of course, there may be a cynical slant, as is nearly always the case when writing about ocean conservation (or any form of conservation for that matter). However, when trying to raise awareness of environmental issues there’s always the danger of being labelled a hippie who purely whinges on about the negative state of the world instead. In my case, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m by nature a positive person. But it’s important as we dance through life that we’re aware of our impact on the environment and the consequences our actions have on future generations. So here’s the positive news: Slowly but surely, the work of ocean conservationists to protect and maintain our surf breaks is coming to fruition. In New Zealand, a formal definition of a surf break has been included in the country’s most recent coastal policy statement, which protects 17 nationally significant surfing breaks. Australia has also created National Surfing Reserves - 24 to date. These are dedicated areas protected for use by the general public and surfing community. These reserves also recognise sites of environmental, cultural and historic significance in Australian surf culture.

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Indonesia is considering including some of the island’s favourite surf points as water conservation areas to protect them from development. While Indonesia may be more motivated by ensuring the surfing tourist dollar doesn’t dry up, (can’t get through without a little cynicism) at least the ocean wins, regardless of motivation. What’s important to note however, is there are only 41 formally protected surf breaks throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is just a drop in the ocean (excuse the pun). While things are definitely moving in the right direction, this is no time to become complacent. If your local break is not on the list, work to get it there.

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CLOSEOUT: COACHING Clear mind, clear water.... Clearly the best thing in the world. Photo: Shayne Nienaber www.shaynenienaberphotography.com

COACHING WITH CLAYTON

#3: AWARENESS Taking a step back from the physical for a minute, I wanted to talk about how your mind influences your surfing. It’s not always the mechanics of your surfing technique that determines how enjoyable your session will be - your mind plays a huge part in your performance. In my first training session, I do an exercise that often has surfers feeling a little self conscious, but it’s worth it. I stand behind, and challenge them to spin around and hit my hand. Sounds easy? You’d be surprised. The exercise allows the surfer to gauge how quick they are, and how aware they are of what’s happening - not only externally, but internally too. In one surfer’s words: “At the time I didn’t realise how distracted I was by the complexity of my life. While I was busy trying to hit Clayton’s hands, I realised what was slowing me down was my thoughts. Deadlines, kids, job, marriage, promotion, salary, health… You get the picture. The fact was there was just no space in my mind to enable me to focus on the job at hand. As I consciously got rid of these thoughts and focused, I got faster.” The trick is then to take that awareness into the surf. Find a way to clear your mind before you go. Leave your baggage on the beach. Some people meditate, some use yoga… whatever works for you. Make the mental process a pre-surf cleansing of everything but thoughts about the session and how you’ll approach it. Most people use surfing to relax and de-stress, so it seems counter-intuitive that you de-stress and relax before getting in the water. The result should be however, that your mind is clear and the focus on the task at hand means you’re more aware of your surfing, the conditions and environment, so you’ll have a more successful, enjoyable surf session. Go mind-cleanse.

Clayton Nienaber runs Clayton’s Corrective Coaching helping surfers of all levels improve. Having coached the likes of Jordy Smith, he kinda knows his stuff. Drop him a line for personal coaching to be a better surfer, from $50 for group sessions, $90 for one-on-one and $150 for a full coaching clinic.

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THIS EDITION’S PROBLEM... “I’m a keen surfer but can’t paddle or pick waves.  “My daughter has just started to really enjoy surfing - proper surfing - and I’d like to do some coaching for me, but also some Daddy-daughter coaching, so she gets some good early direction. And so I can keep up with her. At least for now.” Jamie Forster, Brisbane

CLAYTON SAYS: “First off, don’t paddle too hard or too much. Timing is everything. Use the same stroke as you would paddling out. It only take 3-4 strokes to drop into the wave face - not 500 messy windmill splashes! Don’t drop your head, keep your back arched, look up, read the wave. You read a wave from the bottom, not the top. Looking down will tell you if it’s a hollow wave or a soft, fat burger by the way it draws off. Keep looking to where you want to go, and relax! Don’t rush! Good luck.”

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The beauty of a surfing road trip: You’re heading down, up or along the coast with no particular schedule, in the hope of finding nirvana. It helps, however, to know the lay of the land you’re heading to and know of some notable spots along the way. And that’s where this little book comes in handy! The Surfer’s Travel Guide features a rundown on nearly every wave in Australia, broken down by region, including a description of the wave itself, to the best conditions, how to get there, associated dangers and even “rumours” about the break. It now lives in my van for the regular road trip down the coast with Smorgasboarder. 240 pages in total, A5 size, full colour with plenty of pictures of various surf spots. $29.95 www.renniks.com Renniks Publications also sell the New Zealand Surfing Guide RRP $49.95. This too is an absolute cracker. I use it religiously each time I visit. It’s pocket book size, but has stacks of information on the various surf set-ups. Unfortunately I left mine in the campervan following my last visit to NZ. Damn you, Mac’s Gold Malt Lager and early morning cross-Tasman plane trips. Dave Swan

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