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ISSUE #1 SEP/OCT 2<strong>01</strong>0

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INSIDE<br />

76<br />


MR RILEY<br />

Mark Riley’s master<br />

craftsmanship of<br />

balsa surfboards<br />

22<br />

BEG<br />

WHALING:<br />


Why you may know<br />

Isaac Paddon’s voice<br />

but not his face<br />

28<br />

ALL THE<br />



We take a look at the<br />

war being waged in<br />

international waters<br />


P14 News<br />

P15 And Greatest<br />

TRAVEL<br />

P46 Road trip: Phillip Island<br />

P68 Plane Trip: Hermosa Beach<br />

GEAR<br />

P84 Board profiles & skateboard<br />

reviews<br />

P96 Southern Man, Ulladulla’s<br />

original & best<br />


P100 Art: Many Good Resins to<br />

see Ian Chisholm’s art<br />

P113 Mick Waters’<br />

Filmmaker’s Five<br />

Late arvo surf<br />

Photo: Crumpet Productions<br />

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& THINGS<br />


Smorgasboarder is for all of us that love surfing,<br />

whether it’s to relax, unwind, get in a healthy bit of<br />

exercise or to catch up with friends and family.<br />


Quality surf stores, shapers and cool cafes within 10kms<br />

of the coast from Noosa to Warrnambool. We also supply<br />

select stores in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. For our<br />

full list of distributors log onto www.<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.<br />

com.au, visit our directory in the back of the mag or get<br />

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Thank you to all our creative contributing writers, fantastic<br />

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With the break of a new day, all along the east coast there is the<br />

coconut hint of fresh wax in the air along with the sound of barely<br />

dry neoprene and rubber being stretched over hundreds of heels in<br />

parking lots. There’s the quiet conversation of friends as the sunrise<br />

is watched through blurry eyes still adjusting to the new day.<br />

There’s the zip of boardbags opening, car doors closing as people do<br />

the surfy-run for no apparent reason. Thousands of splashes happen<br />

simultaneously, all the way from the Sunshine Coast in the north<br />

right down to Phillip Island. Some of those splashes are noticed by<br />

others around in the high-traffic waves of Manly, Noosa or the Gold<br />

Coast, while some go unheard except for the solitary surfer making<br />

them in one of a thousand secret spots. But alone, or in a crowd,<br />

each and every person in the water gets the same… A fresh taste of<br />

saltwater, an unridden set, a new thrill, a new opportunity to live, be<br />

free and experience all the ocean and life has to offer.<br />

Not all mornings are spectacular, nor is every session in the water<br />

the ultimate experience, but the constant search for that perfect<br />

wave - that moment of clarity - is fuel enough to keep people coming<br />

back again, to experience those firsts over and over again.<br />

A small blip in the grander scheme of surfing, life and the universe<br />

is our little first - the inaugural edition of <strong>smorgasboarder</strong>. As we<br />

all continue our respective individual journeys, we hope that this<br />

magazine will become an extra travelling companion for many, a<br />

mouthpiece for those with something to say, a platform for those<br />

with tales to tell and a genuine voice for the surfing community<br />

along the Australian east coast. This isn’t our magazine, it’s OUR<br />

magazine, and we hope that you will be one of the many interesting<br />

and interested people we will meet and include along the way.<br />

As we take our first step into our new and unridden wave, we’re only<br />

too happy to have you along for the session.<br />

Photo: Jules Elliott<br />

8 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />




LOCALLY: I love beach breaks like<br />

Wurtulla, Coolum and Peregian. Nothing<br />

is better than walking down the beach<br />

at Coolum to find an empty bank, clean<br />

waves, no wind and a good swell. I love<br />

those days here on the Sunshine Coast.<br />

INTERNATIONALLY: Uluwatu - we stayed<br />

on the cliff and rode our scooters there<br />

everyday and ate banana pancakes after<br />

every surf while on Bali.<br />

TARA Christie<br />

In a world clambering for<br />

positive female role models,<br />

Primitive Surf team rider<br />

Tara Christie has put in the<br />

hard work to be exactly that<br />

person.<br />

10 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

“ There are<br />

no surf<br />

shops in<br />

Brisbane”<br />

Not true. Not true at all.<br />


“I was born in the infamous Brisbane city - a fair distance from the<br />

beach. I believe living there allowed me to never take surfing for<br />

granted. It’s all I wanted to do while at school. The south side<br />

of Brisbane was very ghetto and a lot of kids were turning<br />

the wrong way. I was lucky to have a dad who loved<br />

the coast and would religiously take us to the<br />

beach on holidays and weekends. That’s where<br />

I learnt the basics of surfing.“<br />

Tara says her father is still one of the major<br />

influences on her surfing.<br />

“Not only did he buy my first board - a dingy old<br />

board from the trading post - but he taught me to win humbly and lose<br />

gracefully when it came to competitive surfing.”<br />

Freshly graduated from university, Tara has been a team rider for<br />

Brisbane surfboard manufacturer Primitive Surf for around eight years<br />

now and also endorses the clothing brand Moselle, who donate their<br />

profits to women rescued from human trafficking.<br />

She has recently taken over the role as President of the Sunshine<br />

Coast Girls Boardriders Club, who support local girls in their surfing<br />

development and help them achieve their goals.<br />

“Most women are looking for others to surf with and make new friends.<br />

It’s a good way for them to connect on a regular basis in a safe and<br />

supportive environment.”<br />

In fact, primitive surf<br />

has been supplying top<br />

quality surfboards and<br />

surfing products to the<br />

city hustle and bustle<br />

for well over 10 years<br />

now.<br />

With custom board<br />

shaping on site,<br />

primitive surf is literally<br />

a one-stop shop of<br />

everything a surfer<br />

needs: boards, gear,<br />

travel information nights<br />

and even elite SAS surf<br />

coaching.<br />

And, located right near<br />

the Brisbane airport,<br />

primitive surf is your<br />

perfect stop, whether<br />

you’re arriving for a<br />

Queensland holiday, or<br />

flying out on an exotic<br />

surf trip overseas.<br />

So before you head<br />

off to the waves,<br />

feel free to test out<br />

a surfboard from our<br />

extensive range.<br />

And if that’s not enough to keep her busy, Tara also helps out with<br />

Christian Surfers Coolum Beach, who organise surfing camps,<br />

competitions, road trips and hang-out nights for kids in the local area.<br />

“Every Friday night we gather at the local board riders shack and the<br />

grommets skate, eat pizza, play ping-pong and watch surfing DVDs.”<br />

Tara tells us that Christian Surfers is a not-for-profit organisation that<br />

aims to support youth towards making healthier life choices.<br />

“There are a lot of negative influences for teens and being able to<br />

organise events like these gives them another option in their lives.”<br />

6<strong>01</strong> Nudgee Rd,<br />

Nundah, Qld 4<strong>01</strong>2<br />

Phone: 07 3266 10<strong>01</strong><br />

Fax: 07 3266 2002<br />

open 7 days<br />

MON-FRI 8:30-5:30<br />

THURS 8:30-8:00<br />

SAT 8:30-4:00<br />

SUN 10:00-4:00<br />

www.primitivesurf.com<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />






FOR SALE<br />




Owner retiring. Sale includes stock in shop and<br />

factory ready to go. With accounts. Rip Curl,<br />

Ocean & Earth, Peak, Creatures, Network Surf,<br />

Balin, Surf Hardware Int. $50,000<br />

For information, call Mick on (02) 4229 9462 or 0402 <strong>01</strong>9 771<br />

With this being our brand-spanking new, bright and shiny first<br />

edition, it would have been more than a little tricky to have letters<br />

to the editor in here already. So, what we would like to do instead<br />

is to use this opportunity to encourage each and every one of you to<br />

use this forum to share inspiring stories, vent your frustration, point<br />

out our flaws or shower us with praise.<br />

Use this space and this magazine to let your voice be heard in our<br />

surfing community and of course, get freebies. See the giveaways<br />

to the right for what you can score for having your ramblings and<br />

personal photos committed to the letters pages of our mag. In fact,<br />

I’m only writing this for my free stuff.<br />

As you’re reading this, you’re already a part of the family so feel<br />

free to treat this as your home. This magazine is all about you, and<br />

us, the greater ‘us’ that is - our collective family of surfers and<br />

surf lovers. The water worshipping cousins, uncles and aunts you<br />

haven’t even met, yet share a common bond, albeit a little thinner<br />

than blood.<br />


Email all your innermost thoughts, letters, stories, photos, praise,<br />

rants to letters@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au or send other<br />

contribution ideas, surf photography or fantastic ideas for stories to<br />

editor@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au.<br />

Join us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/<br />

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search for <strong>smorgasboarder</strong>) We promise not to poke you.<br />

This is only the first set rolling in and there’s plenty more swell on<br />

the horizon, so join us in these uncharted waters as a proud new<br />

part of the <strong>smorgasboarder</strong> family.<br />



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We just know you have a great story to share. Send it in and if yours<br />

happens to be the most riveting, entertaining or thought-provoking<br />

submission for the edition, be rewarded with a prize pack of what we<br />

happen to have handy in the giveaway drawer. Every letter published<br />

gets a free something-or-other anyway, so give it a crack.<br />

Email your thoughts to letters@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au<br />

photo: Shane Newman<br />

YOURS<br />

This edition’s giveaways include copies<br />

of the Mick Waters movie, Little Black<br />

Wheels, a Surflock combination lock, a<br />

set of Foilz Fins and a swimsuit voucher<br />

worth $90 from Hive Swimwear.<br />


Just the same as letters, in every edition of <strong>smorgasboarder</strong>, the best reader<br />

submitted photograph wins a nifty little prize pack as a thank you for sharing.<br />

Because just like waves, sharing is where it’s at. We’re looking for interesting,<br />

abstract, quirky... So, get snapping and email your attempts at glory to us:<br />

letters@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au<br />

Photos like this cracker landscape from Lucas Muro and the high traffic incident of<br />

Curl Curl’s Matt Poul from Northern Beaches lensman, Crumpet, are just ideas to<br />

get your creative juices flowing. Think photos of your grandad on a log in budgie<br />

smugglers, a surfing dog, awesome waves, your board collection... Whatever gets<br />

you excited will do the same for us. Maybe not the Pops one though...

SURF<br />








02 6685 5100<br />




THE YEAR<br />


Well known for his experimentation<br />

with wood boards, few would possibly<br />

know Tom Wegener began shaping foam<br />

in Australia back in 2000, developing<br />

models to suit the point waves of<br />

Noosa and later, beach breaks.<br />

Due to popular demand his tried and<br />

tested foam and fibre-glass models will<br />

return and be made exclusively under<br />

the Noosa Longboards label. A range<br />

of models will be available through<br />

Noosa Longboards from mid-September.<br />

It makes for the perfect opportunity to<br />

check out their new signature store in<br />

Hastings Street containing rarities such<br />

as a 1960s Fender flag signed by Jimi<br />

Hendrix, a 1963 vintage pinball machine<br />

and a 1961 Duke board from Hawaii.<br />

Visit www.noosalongboards.com.au<br />

for more details.<br />

Photo: www.fotosinnoosa.com<br />

For something a little different<br />

Southcoast Surfboards, Gato Heroi, Bing, Takayama<br />

and a unique range of surfing memorabilia<br />

5/21 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie Ph/Fax (02) 6584 1995 or 0416 226 774<br />

More online...<br />

www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />


A big win for Big Wave Complex. Not only is The Island<br />

Accommodation - Studio suites and flash packers super swish,<br />

stylish and has the best rooftop party deck, it has been voted to have<br />

the Best Environmentally Sustainable Design at the recent Building<br />

Designers Association of Victoria awards. Yet another reason to get<br />

island fever. See our Phillip Island travel story on page 46 for more.<br />

14 september 2<strong>01</strong>0



RPS Boardstore celebrates 20<br />

years in business on September<br />

6. If you are in and around one<br />

of Melbourne’s hippest suburbs,<br />

Elwood, pop into the store and<br />

pick up some great bargains on<br />

surf, skate and snow gear.<br />

www.rpstheboardstore.com<br />


For the well-prepared surfer,<br />

now is a timely reminder, the<br />

Manly Festival of Surfing will be<br />

held from November 18-21. A<br />

celebration of surfing music, film,<br />

fashion and history, the Manly<br />

Festival of Surfing continues<br />

to evolve. Spread throughout<br />

Manly, the festival features a<br />

huge range of activities that will<br />

entertain over 20,000 visitors<br />

and last year welcomed surfing<br />

legends, plus 6 World Champions<br />

past and present. Word has it, a<br />

major music concert will again<br />

take place at the stunning cliff<br />

top location at North Head,<br />

overlooking the Northern Beaches.<br />

For details check out<br />

manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au<br />


In the face of the growing surfboard<br />

manufacturing market in Asia, there<br />

are plans to establish an Australian<br />

surf craft manufacturers association to<br />

oversee the future of the industry.<br />

“Hopefully we get people who do want<br />

to get involved,” Bek Clarke of DMS<br />

says. “This all about saving a dying local<br />

industry. Everything else in the surfing<br />

industry seems to be moving forward<br />

except us. Too many people are closing<br />

their factories because it is too hard to<br />

get workers and too much of a struggle.<br />

DMS, Darcy Surfboards and Chris<br />

Garrett Shapes have formed the basis of<br />

the association so far and are actively<br />

seeking local surfboard manufacturers<br />

to get involved. For more details contact<br />

Michelle Blauw on 07 5559 5066.<br />


I you are keen to check out Isaac<br />

Paddon live in person (for more<br />

about Isaac see our story on page<br />

22) you can catch him in a solo<br />

performance on Saturday the 26th<br />

of September at his favourite haunt,<br />

the Pacific Hotel, Yamba. Isaac will<br />

be performing a mellow, chilled-out<br />

afternoon session from 2.30pm.<br />

www.isaacpaddon.com<br />


In case you didn’t know, Sandy<br />

Feet is in new digs on the Cnr<br />

of Clarence and Murray Streets,<br />

Port Macquarie. Mike’s new<br />

store is a cracker. He’s also just<br />

taken delivery of some amazing<br />

new boards from Ian Chisholm of<br />

Southcoast Longboards.<br />

www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />

FEET UP<br />

And whilst we are speaking of<br />

feet, Mick Carabine is looking<br />

to put his up. After 41 years in<br />

the business, Mick is looking to<br />

take things a little more leisurely.<br />

His board building business in<br />

Wollongong is up for sale.<br />

For more details contact Mick on<br />

(02) 4229 9462.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



RACK ‘EM UP<br />

Those lucky enough to make it to the<br />

Noosa Festival of Surfing in March of this<br />

year would have seen Solid Racks’ gear<br />

and appreciate their racks are without peer.<br />

They’re solid! Nice racks for surfboards,<br />

SUPs, snowboards and more.<br />

See www.solidracks.com for a stockist<br />

in your local area.<br />


Reef’s new concept tent is a cracker. Given the brief: “provide quick shelter<br />

on the beach when you’re far from civilization” the team at LifeStyleDesign<br />

devised a tent made up of two parts – an adjustable canopy (left) and an<br />

inflatable sleep pod (below) which apparently all pack neatly into what<br />

doubles as an esky. Cheers to that!<br />

Please note: before you run out and look for it at your local shop, remember<br />

that ‘concept’ means it’s not yet available. But here’s hoping it is soon.<br />

16 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

IN THE BAG<br />

With names like Green Eggs, Fish<br />

Finger and Jelly Tip, it sounds like<br />

the guys at the Critical Slide Society<br />

are in need of a good feed. There’s<br />

certainly no need to feed their<br />

creativity, their range of board bags<br />

are a feast for your eyes.<br />

For a full range of stockists go to<br />

www.criticalslidesociety.com<br />




His work may not be new to Sydney-siders but to<br />

us the surfboard art by Caspian de Looze is some<br />

of the best we have seen on the east coast. Check<br />

out more on www.surfdecals.com<br />


Moviola Studios $2.49<br />

This is a great app for those people<br />

just getting into surfing or who want<br />

to know a little more about surfboards,<br />

what equipment to buy and how it<br />

works. Expertly written by former world<br />

surfing champion Shaun Tomson, it’s an<br />

easy to use application designed to help<br />

you choose the right equipment for your<br />

ability level.<br />

At <strong>smorgasboarder</strong>, we’re committed to<br />

providing our readers with a wealth of<br />

information about the world of surfing<br />

and with that in mind, here’s an app for<br />

one of our favourite international surf<br />

magazines from the UK.<br />


More proof that surf and art go hand in hand.<br />

These fins from the Captain Fin Co would look<br />

just at home on your wall as they would on<br />

your board. See if your local surf shop can get<br />

them in for you. For more information and more<br />

fins, visit www.captainfinco.com<br />


Pixel Mags $1.19<br />

The Surfer’s Path is quite unique in the<br />

surf magazine world, offering a more<br />

eclectic view of the world of surfing.<br />

There’s a strong international travel<br />

focus, profiles of unusual characters and<br />

stories from all walks of life.<br />

The magazine also takes up a hugely<br />

influential stance on environmental<br />

issues affecting all surfers. This app<br />

lets you to read the mag on your phone.<br />

Never as good as sitting on the couch<br />

with the real thing, but a great way to<br />

keep on top of things on the move.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />


Why<br />


...when you can<br />

carve like a surfer?!<br />

Designed for<br />

surfing, the<br />

SmoothStar<br />

Thruster system<br />

allows the front truck<br />

to move horizontally<br />

and vertically,<br />

transforming the<br />

way a skateboard<br />

handles...<br />

Improve your<br />

surfing and stay stoked<br />

between surfs!<br />


You can control your<br />

speed by carving<br />

from side to side.<br />


SOLAR<br />

POWER<br />

With the warmer months upon us<br />

it is important to be sun smart and<br />

slip, slop, slap. Not that you have<br />

to slop on sunscreen anymore!<br />

The season’s new sunscreens are<br />

non-greasy, provide 30+ protection,<br />

are free from nanoparticles and<br />

best of all, are water-resistant.<br />


But what the hell are nanoparticles, we hear you say?<br />

They’re nasty little particles found in some sunscreens<br />

and cosmetics that can clog up your skin and<br />

cause health problems.<br />

What kind of protection does 30+ sunscreen provide?<br />

This is the factor by which the sunscreen increases<br />

the time it takes you to get sunburnt. A properly<br />

applied coat of SPF 30 sunscreen will keep you<br />

burn-free for 30 times longer than normal, so if you’d<br />

usually get mild sunburn in 10 minutes, the SPF 30<br />

sunscreen will in theory keep you burn-free for five<br />

hours (300 minutes).<br />

That said, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen every<br />

two hours, because water and sweat wash away the<br />

coating on your skin.<br />


than any normal<br />

skateboard and<br />

work speed into<br />

the board without<br />

pushing.<br />

SmoothStar is<br />

available in 3 sizes,<br />

for a different ride<br />

and for different<br />

sized riders.<br />


For more information, call 0407 405 390<br />

or visit www.smoothstar.com.au<br />

SOLRX<br />

SPF 30+ available in a variety<br />

of sized tubes or pump spray.<br />

Chapstic also available.<br />

Thanks to the unique Waterblock<br />

System TM SolRX Advanced<br />

formula sunscreens are rated<br />

Very Water & Sweat Resistant.<br />

On average, water and sweat<br />

removes standard water resistant<br />

sunscreens after 40 minutes of<br />

activity. SolRX lasts four hours in<br />

and out of the water.<br />


SPF 30+ , available in 100ml tubes<br />

Non-greasy and fast absorbing,<br />

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Ray Moran (above) is said to be the first<br />

person to surf Angourie, back in 1962.<br />

48 years later, Ray - who now lives in<br />

Manly - stands outside the Yamba Surf<br />

Club with his longboard as a visitor to<br />

Yamba for the festival of Comedy, Music<br />

and Art. At this year’s festival it was<br />

announced that in 2<strong>01</strong>1, in conjunction<br />

with the Yamba Angourie Surfing Hall<br />

of Fame, Yamba will host the inaugural<br />

Tommy Walker Longboard Classic,<br />

named after the historical photo that<br />

has been making waves for the town.<br />

For more about Tommy Walker, see the<br />

History section on P1<strong>01</strong> and for more on<br />

the festival, see weloveyamba.com.<br />


Girls who chase the curls now have good reason to attend this year’s Sunshine Coast<br />

Fashion Festival, which runs from September 6 to 11 at Quay West Resort & Spa<br />

Noosa. Local swimwear label, Hive, designed by mad-keen surfer and former surf<br />

instructor Kat Hogg, is only just one of several surf swimwear labels for the ladies<br />

making an appearance at the festival. To purchase tickets, book accommodation or for<br />

more info, visit www.sunshinecoastfashionfestival.com<br />

On the subject of suits, Surfaid International announced that in August their Surfing<br />

Suits program had been a resounding success, raising more than $30,000 for the the<br />

organisation.North Curl Curl Beach was the venue for the east coast event and saw<br />

surf legends Simon Anderson and Tom Carroll join in the fundraising efforts. Good job.<br />

www.surfaidinternational.org<br />

The Sea Shepherd<br />

oranisation defend those<br />

in the ocean that cannot<br />

defend themselves. If you<br />

feel for the cause, please<br />

get involved. More online:<br />

FROM THE<br />



For those of us with kids, I wonder if you can remember the first time you took<br />

your daughter or son out for a surf. I can. It is one of the most memorable<br />

experiences in my life and one I will cherish forever. Now, take a minute to<br />

imagine what it would be like if your child was disabled, or became disabled.<br />

With that in mind, it is important to appreciate what we have and spare a<br />

thought for those less fortunate.<br />

That is what a dedicated group of Sunshine Coasters do each year through<br />

an amatuer corporate surf event called The Board Meeting. The charity event<br />

is held on the second weekend of November each year to raise much-needed<br />

funds for local disabled children. The event is in its 8th year and has already<br />

raised $80,000 to assist young kids realise their full potential. Funds are<br />

committed to providing families of disabled kids with much-needed assistance<br />

and equipment such as wheelchairs to assist their child’s mobility and in some<br />

cases, independance.<br />

If you live on the Sunshine Coast or are here on a ‘corporate weekend’ dig<br />

deep, paddle out, catch a wave, have some fun and assist this local charity<br />

with their worthy cause. The activities includes plenty surfing as well as a<br />

surfing memorabilia auction. Entry is open now and the boys would be more<br />

than happy to have more on board. Event details are on their website<br />

www.theboardmeeting.org.<br />

Event Venue: To be held at Kawana Beach (with alternative sites at<br />

Maroochydore Beach or Ann Street, Caloundra, if conditions require)<br />

Event Date: Competition from 6.00am Saturday, November 6, 2<strong>01</strong>0.<br />

Entries close: Friday November 5, 2<strong>01</strong>0.<br />

Entry cost: $500.00 for team of 4 and includes t-shirt, gift bag & drinks<br />

vouchers for both registration night and auction night.<br />


Last month, the Sea Shepherd vessel Golfo<br />

Azzurro - on an undercover operation to defend<br />

the pilot whales in the Faroe Islands - had its<br />

cover compromised, and the ship was boarded<br />

and searched by police. The vessel was<br />

released because no laws had been broken, but<br />

was then escorted by the Danish Navy.<br />

Sea Shepherd crew members were continuing<br />

their patrol, but this time under the watchful<br />

eyes and guns of the Danish Navy.<br />

http://www.seashepherd.org/australia/<br />

If you have any news and events that should be in these pages, please feel free to<br />

drop us a line at editorial@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />


Photo: Joseph Ryan<br />

Photo: Dan Howard, Ocean Art Photography<br />


22 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

I BEG<br />

YOUR<br />

PADDON?<br />

There’s something about musos who<br />

surf. In touch with nature and with<br />

egos in check, despite commercial and<br />

chart success flowing their way. We’re<br />

talking names such as Jack Johnson,<br />

Donovan Frankenreiter and Ben Harper<br />

- all as well known outside the surfing<br />

fraternity as they are in it. But a chance<br />

meeting in a surf shop has left me<br />

convinced we’ll one day soon rate Isaac<br />

Paddon right up there with the best<br />

of them. Even if I didn’t know who the<br />

hell he was at first. Well, I didn’t know<br />

I knew him at the time... if you know<br />

what I mean. WORDS DAVE SWAN<br />

I had stopped in at Diverse Surf on the Gold Coast to catch<br />

up with the singly named “Isaac” and photograph a few<br />

boards for the magazine.<br />

We got chatting, as you do, and eventually my inquiries<br />

turned to his surname. “Paddon,” he replied casually. It got<br />

me thinking: “That sounds familiar,” I said. “Why do I know<br />

that name?” “Oh, I play a bit of music in a band.”<br />

Then it hit me. It was bloody Isaac Paddon. The same Isaac<br />

Paddon I’d been telling my mates about. This guy I knew<br />

nothing about, but who was on my iPod. The same guy<br />

with three songs on the soundtrack of Home - one of my<br />

favourite Australian longboarding movies.<br />

Having figured it all out, I got straight into this interview.<br />

Fortunately, it turned out for me that Isaac is a down-to-earth,<br />

easy-going bloke you could easily imagine having a beer<br />

with. And not only is he a talented musician, he can surf too,<br />

although he won’t readily admit it. He’s a loving family man<br />

but still likes to sneak off for a quick surf trip when he can.<br />

And like so many of us, he hasn’t really come clean with his<br />

wife as to how many surfboards he actually owns.<br />

After a good chat, Isaac handed me a copy of his newest CD,<br />

which went straight into my car’s CD player. I’m happy to say<br />

that each new song I heard was as good as the ones I already<br />

knew. This cracker of a CD is now officially in my Top Ten.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



THE MAN<br />

Born in Manly in 1978, Isaac lived in Dee Why and Mona Vale until<br />

he was about two, when Mum Karin and dad Derek upped the family<br />

– including sisters Rachel and Leah – and moved to the Central<br />

Coast. In his first year of high school the family moved to the Gold<br />

Coast. Isaac has called the Gold Coast home for the last twenty years.<br />

“I consider myself a local now,” Isaac explains. “One of my mates,<br />

who was born and bred here, said you can’t consider yourself a local<br />

until you have spilt some blood on the rocks. I have done that at<br />

several breaks now so yeah, I consider myself a local.”<br />

So strong are his ties he plans to stay in Tweed Heads indefinitely,<br />

drawn to its chilled vibe. “I regularly surf from Kirra south,” he<br />

explains, “At the moment I have been going out at Snapper on a<br />

longboard – you get more waves out there on a longboard with the<br />

crowds. When that gets too hectic I head south.”<br />

And if he gets the yearning for new horizons, well that’s where the<br />

band comes in handy. “Because we are always travelling with the<br />

band I get to go to a lot of other spots,” he says “So providing you get<br />

a couple hours of sleep after a gig, you can get in a surf the next day.”<br />

We had to know more.<br />


Describe your musical background…<br />

Mum is from the West Indies so we were always right into our music.<br />

Dad was from England and was an influence in my love of folk<br />

music.<br />

When did you start playing?<br />

When I was about 15 years old. I was in the school band playing<br />

guitar but could only manage to strum three chords.<br />

The Gold Coast is pretty fast paced, in the water and out. How did<br />

you not end up playing super-fast punk instead?<br />

In my earlier years I definitely had a punk phase. I was really into<br />

Pennywise and Bad Religion. Nowadays I still like listening to<br />

artists such as Neil Young, Jeff Buckley and, for modern bands, New<br />

Zealand reggae bands such as Cornerstone Roots and The Black<br />

Seeds.<br />

The first band I played in was called A Trip to Birdland. They didn’t<br />

have a singer, asked me and I said ok. We played a gig in my final<br />

year at Elanora High School. Even though we had rehearsed a few<br />

times, when we got out to play I wasn’t really ready for it. I was pretty<br />

nervous but . . .<br />

Anyhow I finished at the end of Grade 10 but kept playing with them<br />

for the next couple of years.<br />

One of the most notable musicians I have opened for is Jeff Martin<br />

from the Tea Party.<br />

In terms of gigs, what we have done at this stage is just the east coast<br />

from Noosa down to Sydney. We haven’t really ventured out much<br />

further than that. Some of our CD sales however come in from Great<br />

Britain, Japan and America. You do meet a lot of travelers when we<br />

are playing gigs, and they tell their friends about us, so when they get<br />

home, they spread the word. Or you get stuff like surf movies that<br />

help you out as well.<br />

What is your favourite place to play?<br />

Definitely Yamba (in New South Wales). Yeah, Yamba is my favourite<br />

place just because I like going there, whether I am playing or not. It’s<br />

good, especially in winter. It is nice and quiet. You can get away from<br />

the crowds. It is just good to get down there and have a surf. Playing in<br />

the band is really just an excuse to get down there for a surf trip.<br />

When we play Byron we usually play at the Great Northern Hotel.<br />

It took me two years to get my first gig there. I was just constantly<br />

sending in CDs and ringing up.<br />

When I got my very first gig there, the manager rang me and said ‘I<br />

have got you a gig. It is on the Saturday of the Blues Fest and it is going<br />

to be capacity crowd’. So he goes, ‘Be ready for it.’ I said to him ‘I am<br />

really sorry. I haven’t got the band that night. Can I still play the gig?’<br />

He said, ‘No worries.’ And I said, ‘I promise I will do a good job.’<br />

How did you handle it? Were you nervous?<br />

Yeah I was. I got a solo act supporting a band called Marshall & The<br />

Fro. I had only played a few gigs and I wasn’t used to playing in front<br />

of big crowds, or I was playing in noisy pubs where people didn’t<br />

listen anyhow.<br />

So the curtains open and all these people rush to the stage and I play<br />

the first few chords and they are just screaming and jumping. I wasn’t<br />

ready for it. I instantly starting sweating. But basically the crowd<br />

started encouraging me and amped me up to get going and from<br />

there I kind of got into it straight away.<br />

On the very last song, Marshall came up with his band. I wasn’t really<br />

expecting it but they just jumped up on the stage. It was just really<br />

good to get that first gig at the Northern with capacity crowds.<br />

What is the capacity there?<br />

Four hundred and fifty, but it seemed like there was more. It was only<br />

a little room. I must have left a good impression because they have<br />

had us back every time. We play gigs there now regularly. That first<br />

gig was about five years back.<br />

How long have you been with the band?<br />

We did our first serious CD in 2003. It was called Here Comes the<br />

Sun. Until then I was really only mucking around in beach car parks,<br />

playing nothing serious. We used to light a fire in a 44-gallon drum<br />

down at the Currumbin beachfront car park, have a few beers and<br />

play a few songs. You couldn’t get away with that now. That was old<br />

school Currumbin.<br />

Not long after that I had a band that was half serious, did the first<br />

CD and then did the second CD in 2005. From there I started getting<br />

really into it. My circumstances changed and I changed my whole<br />

band and released this last CD, which has been out about 12-18<br />

months now.<br />

Tell us your worst moment on the road with them?<br />

It’s a long story, but needless to say it involved my Hiace Van leaking<br />

oil everywhere, a faulty gear transmission that meant I could only<br />

drive in fourth gear, extreme flooding on the way to a gig in Urunga<br />

(New South Wales), breaking down on the way home, blowing out<br />

a tyre on the trailer towing my van back to the Goldy, having to run<br />

numerous red lights because I couldn’t get the car out of fourth gear<br />

and then being asked to go on stage early for our gig at Kirra. Need<br />

I say more? Buy me a beer when you next see me and I will tell you<br />

the full story.<br />

What came first - surfing or music?<br />

Definitely a surfer first. Like I said, the band is really just an excuse to go<br />

on a surf trip, although I have scaled it back now days with young kids.<br />


When did you first get into surfing?<br />

When I was about six, Dad pretty much just pushed me off in the<br />

white water when we were living down the Central Coast. After that,<br />

I was only really a summer time surfer because we lived about 25<br />

minutes from the beach, and Dad wasn’t really into surfing, but he<br />

would take us down in summer. I didn’t really start surfing until I<br />

was about 12 or 13.<br />

Where you more of a short or longboarder?<br />

I was more of a shortboarder back then. We used to go down to<br />

the Tugun tip and we would buy old boards – stuff that is worth<br />

heaps now. I remember I picked up this Mark Richards Twin Fin,<br />

24 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

“...the band is really<br />

just an excuse to go<br />

on a surf trip”<br />

which I still have now. I got it for $7. I have had it for a while now. I<br />

bought it when I was about 15. I picked up a few old boards like that<br />

and we would ride those boards too. Back then you didn’t think they<br />

were worth anything. You just enjoyed riding them because they were<br />

something different from your everyday shortboard.<br />

For the last 16 years I have been riding Dave’s boards (Diverse Surf<br />

owner/shaper Dave Verrall) and just trialling all these different models<br />

he makes. I just go and ask for a lend. Dave would just go out and pick<br />

a different model and I’d take it out and ride it.<br />

Photo: Jake Carroll<br />

Photo: Joseph Ryan<br />

So you ride short, long, retro…<br />

I ride everything.<br />

But in competitions you ride longboards?<br />

I have done a few contests in the last three years but I have only really<br />

been longboarding more so over the last three to four years.<br />

It is good if you ride all different equipment because you never miss<br />

out on a surf. Whether it is ankle height or too big to paddle out in,<br />

you still have to go anyway; you don’t miss out. So if you have a really<br />

big plank you can go down the beach and get a few waves. If you only<br />

had a short board you would miss out.<br />

So you never got into the shortboard contest scene?<br />

I think when I can go in the Masters I might (laughs) ...only a few<br />

more years. I think I just never really had a desire when I was younger.<br />

Competing in longboarding now appeals because it lets you ride a range<br />

of different longboards - 10ft, 9ft, super thick, super thin. You don’t have<br />

to ride this exact board.<br />

There’s no ‘You have to ride three fins, 18 ½ wide by 6’1’. There’s no set<br />

exact rule for it. It is all about expressing your art when you are in the<br />

water. Whether or not the judges like it is a different story. Everyone<br />

judges differently in every contest. I consider myself more of a free surfer<br />

anyway. I only go in a few contests every now and again.<br />

Where else in the world would you like to surf?<br />

Anywhere I can get an awesome barrel, lefts or rights.<br />

Anything stop you from surfing?<br />

Serious injury. Nah, I’d probably go anyway.<br />


So how many boards do you have in your quiver?<br />

The ones I ride regularly, I have got four or five. Then I have a heap of<br />

retros I look at more than actually surf. They’re on the to-do list to fix.<br />

So 10 or 12 or more?<br />

Maybe more.<br />

Photo: Jesse Carroll<br />

Are you married?<br />

I have a wife, Kelly, and two boys, Tyler and Jesse.<br />

I can understand now why you are not admitting to how many<br />

boards you have!<br />

There are a few hidden in the roof. A few at Dad’s house. A few upstairs<br />

at work. That’s why it is good working here. You can just test out<br />

anything. Just the other day in the arvo I wanted to go straight out back<br />

at Tugun so I grabbed a board out of the demo room and headed out.<br />

What’s your favourite board?<br />

It is hard to say. My favourite old board is definitely my MR Twin Fin.<br />

It is a bigger one so it is easy to paddle and floats well. My favourite<br />

board I enjoy riding for the waves we have been getting at the moment<br />

is my Diverse 10ft Noserider.<br />

The one featured in our board guide?<br />

No, I am not allowed to ride that one yet. Dave said it is for when<br />

Photo: Simsurf Photography<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />


Just a real<br />

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Surfboards,<br />

movies, art and<br />

memorabilia at<br />

the top of the<br />

hill in Yamba.<br />

his leg gets better (Dave badly broke his ankle in a surfing accident<br />

overseas recently).<br />

We have talked about the surfboard quiver, how about the guitar/<br />

music quiver?<br />

I have got two Maton acoustics I regularly play with. One’s really old<br />

and beaten up and that’s my favourite because the more beaten up and<br />

uglier it looks, it just seems to sound better. It’s like a good wine; it just<br />

gets better with age.<br />

The kids have scratched it and tried to jump on it. When my puppy was<br />

little it put scratches all over it.<br />

They are the two Maton acoustics I regularly take on the road with us. I<br />

also have a Fender Stratocaster that snapped that I am getting fixed.<br />

Snapped?<br />

I just stored it away for about two months and I opened it up and it<br />

was just broken. I think it was temperature - hot/cold, hot/cold and too<br />

much tension in it and it just broke. I didn’t wrap it into anyone’s drum<br />

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Your kids are Jesse (two), and Tyler (five). Are they into surfing yet?<br />

Basically, from day one, I have had them in the water. Before they could<br />

even stand I had them on the front of my longboard. We’ve been going<br />

out from Rainbow through to Snapper on the small days. As soon as<br />

they could stand up I would go out and surf tandem with them.<br />

I will get up first, still holding on to them, pick them up in front of me,<br />

and they will go just ‘Daddy, daddy, don’t let go of me. Don’t let go’.<br />

When it is nice and clean through there it is absolutely perfect. When<br />

you have got your kid on the front of your board you get, like, kid<br />

sympathy. You get more waves. People are like ‘Oh let him go, he has<br />

got a kid’. You just come cruising through.<br />

In a surfing sense, what does the world need more or less of?<br />

People just need to chill out in the water. You are out there to relax and<br />

unwind. It’s not all about getting the most waves. Greed is sometimes<br />

the cause of problems.<br />

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“..It’s good if you ride all different equipment<br />

because you never miss out on a surf.”<br />

Photo: Dan Howard, Ocean Art Photography<br />

And localism?<br />

I understand it, particularly if people are greedy, trying to take every wave as<br />

I said, or in the wrong spot for their ability. That said the ocean is not anyone’s<br />

to own.<br />

On your website, there is a sign stating ‘Surf is free’.<br />

Yeah, I just saw it at a surf trade show in Japan and thought it was pretty<br />

cool. Dave was heading over there and he asked us whether we wanted to<br />

come. I was just like, ‘Cool’. I was there to just be a representative of Diverse<br />

Surf with Dave.<br />

The time over there was great. I got a lot of chances to write songs. We would<br />

be on the road here and there for several hours, I would be crushed up in the<br />

back of the van with wet wetsuits but it gave me a chance to write. That’s when<br />

I get a chance to write some songs – road trips.<br />


Your scariest moment in the surf?<br />

We were surfing a place called Half Moon Bay in Tasmania and I was there with<br />

a younger mate. We had trekked across all these farm pastures out to the surf.<br />

We were only surfing a shory in crystal clear waters but then there was some<br />

bait fish and a few small sharks, reefies or something. So I told my mate and<br />

decided to head in. He was like, ‘You and your sharks’ and just then these huge<br />

tuna started jumping towards us and I saw this massive black shadow. It was<br />

definitely a white pointer. My mate reckoned the dorsal fin was a couple of feet.<br />

Any others?<br />

Surfing when I was about 15. Me and my mate headed out in this huge swell.<br />

We decided to jump off the groyne at DBar and paddle out. We were out a fair<br />

way. I was furthest out but this massive wall of white water just pummeled me<br />

and had me a couple of metres from the rocks at Froggies (the rocks going<br />

around from Snapper to DBar – there is no beach and you are basically in real<br />

trouble if you wash up in big swell). There were incoming white water walls<br />

and I was paddling for my life. One I will remember.<br />


How did you get involved with the surfing movie Home?<br />

I met Joseph (Ryan), the guy who put together the film, because he was<br />

recommended to build my website. He was building websites for a job but<br />

now he is actually filming for a living. He came around and built my first<br />

website and then we just became good mates. We started surfing and the<br />

next minute Joseph bought himself a camera and he just used me as a bit of a<br />

guinea pig trying out different effects and things.<br />

After that we did a few surf trips together and he brought out his first movie<br />

and he goes, ‘Ah, I need some music’ and I said ‘Well you can use whatever<br />

you want. Whatever songs I have got’. The first movie was called Moving On.<br />

We got an idea for the title track and we sat down together and just penned<br />

it out.<br />

A couple of years later he had an idea for another movie (Home) – an east<br />

coast trip surf from Noosa to Cronulla, just catching up with Australia’s best<br />

surfers. We hooked up with the best longboarders in each area. So again I<br />

recorded a few songs for the film such as the title track, Home, and a few of<br />

those songs made their way on to my latest album.<br />


Your favourite east coast surf break?<br />

Definitely Snapper. It is the best right-hand point break.<br />

Check out Isaac Paddon and the Tides’ most recent<br />

album, “Where we once stood” and for more info on<br />

Isaac and his music, visit www.isaacpaddon.com.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



Minke whales:<br />

Majestic, not meat.<br />

28 september 2<strong>01</strong>0


Whales have long captured our fancy and imagination with their sinewy<br />

grace, their explorations deep into pockets of the ocean we can scarcely<br />

imagine, their familial bonds and their friendly and inquisitive natures. But<br />

as much as we appreciate their strength and beauty from the safety of the<br />

shore or a ship, we can’t ignore the fact they are at the centre of a fierce<br />

battle for their very survival. And Australia is on the frontline of the fight.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



July 19, 2<strong>01</strong>0, 236 pilot whales<br />

slaughtered in the town of Klaksvik<br />

in the Danish Faroe Islands<br />

Photo: Peter Hammarstedt / Sea Shepherd<br />

30 september 2<strong>01</strong>0

I have spent a lot of time with whales and dolphins.<br />

I’ve been so close to the splash from their breach<br />

that I was drenched from head to toe. I have had<br />

the mist from their exhalation drift across me like a<br />

fine rain. Or more accurately, a fine, atomised mist.<br />

In the Caribbean I was in the water with a singing<br />

male humpback. It was a powerful moment; I could<br />

feel the sound vibrating in my chest and ears like<br />

the largest bass woofer ever made.<br />

In Africa I was batted aside like a fly by the flukes<br />

of a large female swimming underneath me.<br />

I have seen a mother lifting her calf to the surface<br />

for its first breath, with the afterbirth staining the<br />

water around them both and I have seen male<br />

humpbacks fighting over the mating rights to a<br />

female, terrifying in its power and ferocity.<br />

Within all of the countless breaches, tail slaps and<br />

fin slaps I have seen playful behaviour, moments of<br />

sweet tenderness, terrifying power and silent speed.<br />

These creatures are awesome. It’s an obvious word<br />

to reach for but, truthfully, it’s the only one I can<br />

use, with an emphasis on the awe.<br />

My experience has largely been with humpback<br />

whales, but I have also been up close and personal<br />

with Brydes (pronounce broodus) whales, southern<br />

right whales, and have been fortunate enough to<br />

catch glimpses of minke and fin whales.<br />

Even more than these experiences with whales,<br />

I have spent a tremendous amount of time<br />

swimming with dolphins. I have seen them off<br />

the Wild Coast of South Africa in super pods<br />

numbering in the thousands, their wake changing<br />

the surface of the sea in kilometer wide patches. I<br />

have played with them in deep water on scuba and<br />

on backline while they put me to shame with their<br />

wavecraft.<br />

These experiences have shaped my life and created<br />

a passion for cetaceans that will never fade.<br />

Many of you reading these words will genuinely<br />

be able to identify with the emotions sparked by<br />

encounters with these magnificent denizens of the<br />

deep. It is an almost universal sense of respect and<br />

admiration. How could it be otherwise?<br />

And yet it is.<br />

There are many societies that do not feel a great<br />

love for whales and dolphins. Seen rather as<br />

product or as objects of sport, whales and their kin<br />

don’t get kind consideration all around the globe.<br />

For many years I thought the fight for the<br />

protection of whales and dolphins had been won,<br />

that the days of killing these creatures was long<br />

gone. I was under the false impression that we<br />

had entered a time of peace and enlightenment<br />

where these beautiful animals were protected<br />

and appreciated for the natural wonder they<br />

create. After all, what is the International Whaling<br />

Commission for?<br />

Sadly, I was mistaken.<br />

As it turns out, there is a full-scale war being<br />

fought in international waters, and the people on<br />

the frontline come from every corner of the globe<br />

to fight the fight. This war has been raging for<br />

decades and every year it becomes more intense.<br />

Each side has a great passion for their cause, and<br />

each side believes with great faith they are right<br />

and their struggle is righteous.<br />

The world today will either be stepping forward into an<br />

era where conservation and the environment really matter,<br />

or it will be stepping back into the Dark Ages, where the<br />

people of the world think that slaughter of whales using<br />

grenades, electric lances and shooting them with rifles is<br />

something that we should accept.<br />

Ian Campbell, former Australian Environment Minister<br />

This battle is not only being fought on the high<br />

seas, it is also being fought in International courts<br />

and boardrooms by lawyers and lobbyists.<br />

And the fight gets a little more desperate and<br />

dangerous every year with the Sea Shepherd<br />

Conservation Society at the forefront of the<br />

conflict. Founder of the organisation, Captain<br />

Paul Watson, has even taken a shot to the chest<br />

for the cause. The fact he was prepared with a<br />

bulletproof vest is indicative of the seriousness of<br />

the matter, yet saving around 500 whales a year as<br />

Jeff Hanse, Australian Director estimates, makes it<br />

worth the risk.<br />

“Last Antarctic summer the Japanese whaling<br />

fleet set sail for Australian waters in the Southern<br />

Ocean Whale Sanctuary with a mission to kill 1035<br />

whales.<br />

“Sea Shepherd was up against spy flights being<br />

launched out of Australia, military vessels,<br />

devices and personnel and we even had our one<br />

of our ships deliberately rammed and sunk by the<br />

Japanese.”<br />

Jeff Hansen, Australian Director of Sea Shepherd on...<br />


‘Each year this depends, but there are normally 3<br />

harpoon or kill ships, 2 spotter vessels, 1 refuelling or<br />

supply vessel, one factory/processing vessel and one<br />

of two vessels with military or Japanese coast guard<br />

on board to give us a hard time, or tail us and report<br />

our position to the rest of the fleet.’<br />


‘Never and we aim to keep it that way. The film footage<br />

of the ramming of the Ady Gil shows the Japanese<br />

whaler purposefully aiming for a collision. It’s a miracle<br />

no-one was killed.‘<br />


‘Australia is leading the charge in the voice for the<br />

whales. We are the only country having the guts to<br />

finally stand up to the whalers and take them to the<br />

international court. Australia is a classic example of<br />

what can be possible for the whales, as just over 30<br />

years ago the last whale was killed in Albany, WA. Yet<br />

now Australians are a passionate whale-loving nation<br />

with a 360-million dollar whale watching industry.<br />

This is what the IWC should be about, protecting and<br />

observing whales through a sustainable global whale<br />

watching industy and trying to further understand<br />

their complex communication and social interactions.<br />

If Japan should stop whaling tomorrow, Australians<br />

should never forget where we came from and should<br />

acknowledge Japan’s positive step forward.’<br />

Photos: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society<br />

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“The whole operation cost us in excess of 6 million<br />

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lives of 528 whales, our biggest impact on the whale<br />

quota to date.”<br />

One major point of contention for anti-whaling<br />

activists is the brutal method of hunting these<br />

creatures. They detail the use of explosive harpoons<br />

and 50-calibre machine guns, of creatures being<br />

electrified, lassoed and drowned, and bled to death.<br />

Images of these hunts are heart-wrenching and visual<br />

evidence is often restricted for the gore content it<br />

holds. The cruelty in the killing is one of the reasons<br />

protestors are so passionate about their cause, and<br />

their passion is intense.<br />

In the remote coastal village of Taiji in Wakayama<br />

Japan, the locals capture and kill dolphins. This<br />

activity was documented in award-winning<br />

documentary The Cove. Its graphic imagery is<br />

exceptionally disturbing. The film claims 23,000<br />

dolphins are killed in Japanese waters each year<br />

through netting and harpooning, while the Japanese<br />

government claims the figure is closer to 18,000.<br />

The dolphins are killed for food, and the meat is<br />

sold to schools across Japan for use in their school<br />

cafeterias. Creatures caught alive are transported to<br />

aquariums across the world and sold into captivity<br />

- something to remember the next time you see a<br />

dolphin performing tricks in an aquarium.<br />

The filmmakers have recently been struggling to<br />

show the film to the Japanese public. Their struggle<br />

has been long and dramatic and filled with violent<br />

protest, but they have succeeded. For the first time<br />

ever, the Japanese people are being educated on<br />

the actions their fishermen are taking. Many have<br />

reacted with shock and horror, condemning the killing<br />

and placing pressure on the government to put a stop<br />

to the slaughter, which fortunately seems to be a<br />

growing trend.<br />

In the Faroe Islands in the Norwegian Sea the locals<br />

of Faroe Islands indulge in another kind of bloody<br />

event. In an annual event known as grindadráp, the<br />

Faroese islanders come together to heard entire pods<br />

of pilot whales into shallow water, forcing them to<br />

beach themselves, where they are killed for their<br />

meat. These images are disturbing in the extreme<br />

with the sea literally running red with blood. Faroese<br />

children are taught this as a rite of passage and<br />

something to take pride in.<br />

The leaders of the whaling industry - Japan, Norway,<br />

and Iceland - continue unchecked, but not unopposed.<br />

Of the several organisations that carry on the fight,<br />

not only is Sea Shepherd in the mix but David<br />

Rastovich, one of the world’s best surfers, is very<br />

active in the cause within the organisation Surfers<br />

for Cetaceans. He has paddled out into the cove in<br />

Taiji in a peaceful protest, along with actress Hayden<br />

Panettiere. He has followed the humpback migration<br />

south by sailing a single seat sea-kayak from Byron<br />

Bay to Bondi beach on an epic 36-day, 700 kilometre<br />

journey, accompanied by fellow pro-surfer Chris Del<br />

Moro and whaling activist and Surfers for Cetaceans’<br />

Howie Cooke. The epic trip was made in order to<br />

bring attention to the whaling movement and use that<br />

focus to persuade former Australian prime minister<br />

Kevin Rudd and environment minister Peter Garrett<br />

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Left: Dolphin slaugher in Taiji, Japan. Above left: Pilot whales slaughtered in the<br />

Faroe Islands. Right: Sea Shepherd supporter Dave Rastovich, co-founder of Surfers<br />

for Cetaceans, leads a group of surfers and activists in a prayer circle in memory of the<br />

dolphins slaughtered in Taiji in October ‘07. Photos: Sea Shepherd<br />

We owe it to our children to be better<br />

stewards of the environment.<br />

The alternative? A world without whales.<br />

It’s too terrible to imagine.<br />

Pierce Brosnan, actor<br />

to stand by their election promise to take Japan to the International Court for<br />

their part in the slaughter.<br />

Recently, in a ground-breaking case, the Australian government has fulfilled<br />

its promise and taken Japan to the International Tribunal for the Law of the<br />

Sea (ITLOS) to account for its actions. Anti-whaling factions everywhere<br />

applauded the action and Australia’s commitment to the preservation<br />

of cetacean species. This has been a unique and decisive move placing<br />

Australia in the frontline.<br />

Other leaders in the fight include Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin<br />

Conservation Society. But these well-meaning organisations face a very well<br />

funded and determined foe. The Japanese government has been accused<br />

of inviting third world countries to the annual IWC meetings and then<br />

offering large bribes by investing in their economies to secure their vote for<br />

commercial whaling. When faced with such a highly funded economic giant<br />

of a competitor, the anti-whaling protestors need a champion like Australia<br />

to take up the cause and bring its formidable resources to bear.<br />

So the next time you’re out there on a surfboard and a pod of dolphins<br />

swims past, or a whale breaches out on the horizon, take some time to<br />

be thankful that we live in a place where these creatures are protected,<br />

appreciated and loved, because there aren’t too many places in the world<br />

like Australia.<br />

If you would like to contribute to the cause, these organisations could<br />

always use donations and volunteers. For details on how to help get online:<br />

Surfers for Cetaceans - www.s4cglobal.org<br />

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society - www.wdcs.org.au<br />

Greenpeace - www.greenpeace.org<br />

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - www.seashepherd.org<br />

Brett Bam owns and skippers Liquid Getaway whale watching cruises.<br />

Visit www.liquidgetaway.com.au<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



Charging<br />

the islands<br />

Sandy Ryan has many faces and all of them seem to be smiling. Phillip<br />

Island’s likeable local lad charges crazy waves at Shipsterns, surfs insanely<br />

inhospitable breaks in his hometown, stars in surf vids - even as an actor in<br />

Kookman - and holds not one, but three consecutive Victorian longboard titles.<br />

You would be smiling too.<br />

“Without<br />

pushing yourself<br />

you won’t be able to<br />

get the best rush<br />

Sandy Ryan<br />

“<br />

You’re noted as a fearless big wave<br />

charger. Is there anything that scares you?<br />

I don’t think I warrant that title at all, and in<br />

terms of being scared, I certainly feel that way<br />

in a lot of situations when surfing heavy waves.<br />

But that only adds to the experience. When I<br />

feel scared it makes it harder to commit, but<br />

the other side of the coin is that the reward of<br />

the commitment is so much more satisfying.<br />

...like the feeling of overcoming or conquering a<br />

challenge.<br />

What’s the biggest wave you’ve surfed?<br />

The biggest waves I have surfed were in<br />

Tassie. I went down there with my mate, Simon<br />

McShane, and we weren’t expecting too much,<br />

but stumbled down the bush track to witness not<br />

only the biggest, but most mutated waves I have<br />

ever seen. The local lads were amazing to watch<br />

and had it so dialed! On the island we really lack<br />

any proper big wave spots, so that’s why I look to<br />

other places to get that chance.<br />

Seal Rocks... a white pointer hangout with<br />

a nasty way in and a nasty way out... Firstly<br />

do you agree that you’re a lunatic, and<br />

secondly have you ever had a nudge or a<br />

nibble (from a shark, that is)?<br />

Other than reef sharks, I have never seen them.<br />

When I surf, I am way too interested and excited<br />

about catching waves to worry about that. If I<br />

was in some of the places I have surfed on a flat<br />

day then I would be intimidated for sure.<br />

You obviously enjoy pushing the<br />

boundaries. What’s getting you excited<br />

about surfing at the moment?<br />

I am very fortunate to be able to surf with a lot<br />

of really good guys at home and abroad and I<br />

think that is a fantastic way to push your surfing.<br />

The best waves are the ones you think you won’t<br />

make, so without pushing yourself you won’t<br />

be able to get the best rush and will end up<br />

improving at a slower rate. I also think if you only<br />

surf the same board, same break and same size<br />

waves for a long period of time then your surfing<br />

may tend to feel a bit stale.<br />

Paddle or tow?<br />

I just love the excitement of paddling. It is such a<br />

challenge, but to get a good one is a sick feeling.<br />

I have towed as well and there are definitly a lot<br />

of times waves have no entry point and towing<br />

is the only option. But if I have the choice, I will<br />

always paddle and I think in the future a lot more<br />

guys will leave their skis at home.<br />

You and your dad (Matt Ryan of Island<br />

Surfboards) are obviously pretty close.<br />

What’s the best thing he ever taught you?<br />

We are really close and we both enjoy surfing<br />

together and have been doing that since I was<br />

quite young. He has taught me many things<br />

over the years but teaching me to surf would<br />

definitely be the best by far. It’s such a great gift<br />

to be able to pass on, and now it’s part of my job<br />

to teach people to surf, which is awesome.<br />

Photos: Jules Elliott<br />

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Wayne Ryan<br />

surfing the Maldives<br />

in the early days<br />

THE LIFE<br />

OF RYAN<br />

We chat to<br />

Wayne Ryan of<br />

Line Up Surf in Dee Why<br />

about his dedication to<br />

faith and to surfing.<br />

For many of us the chance to surf represents an<br />

opportunity to relax and unwind. But to others,<br />

it serves a greater spiritual purpose.<br />

Wayne Ryan, one of the founding members of the Australian chapter of<br />

Christian Surfers International, has just as much fun in the water as the rest<br />

of us. But introducing others less fortunate to the joy of surfing seems to<br />

magnify his stoke.<br />

Wayne has always possessed an unwavering belief in God. From humble<br />

beginnings in the outskirts of metropolitan Sydney, his grandmother instilled<br />

in him a strong sense of faith.<br />

Wayne’s work with Christian Surfers has helped many troubled souls find<br />

new meaning and purpose in their life through the joys of surfing. As he<br />

believes, “God is not the fun police. God is simply there to help us find<br />

a means to enlighten our lives, to provide personal growth and belief in<br />

ourselves. Being more secure in yourself can be very liberating.”<br />




Wayne has personally witnessed kids on the streets, lying drunk in the<br />

gutter, turn their lives around to become successful in their careers and at<br />

home thanks to a new-found faith in God introduced through the Christian<br />

Surfers fellowship.<br />

“After all, I am living proof of the power of faith. I have always punched<br />

well above my weight and yet fortunately, here we are, 20 years later – a<br />

successful surf shop, one of Sydney’s most notable surf schools and a<br />

growing surf travel business with camps around the world. Even as contest<br />

director for the first Jesus Pro Am, I prayed for swell and the surf lifted from<br />

2-3ft in the morning to heaving 6ft-plus barrels by the afternoon. I have been<br />

very fortunate in my life and I know the reason why.”<br />

For more on Christian Surfers log on to www.christiansurfers.org.au or<br />

contact Wayne at his Dee Why store on (02) 9971 8624.<br />

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Dee Why point<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />


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“Before you ask me the question, yes<br />

this is a real job and yes I feel like we<br />

work pretty damn hard at it. I know<br />

what you will be thinking, ‘How can you<br />

take people surfing all day in more than<br />

likely perfect waves and then sit down<br />

and have a few beers with them and<br />

honestly try to call that work?’<br />

“Yeah I know how it looks. I will admit,<br />

I do have a great job and it is probably<br />

one of the best jobs in the world. My<br />

crew and I get to do something we love<br />

every day - simply surfing with your<br />

mates.”<br />

After surfing together and living in<br />

the close confines of a boat with a<br />

tour group for a week or more, Louis<br />

considers his guests to be new-found<br />

friends, however, he admits it’s<br />

not all “cakes and pies. it’s a hefty<br />

responsibility taking 10 people on a<br />

charter, some on their once-in-a-lifetime<br />

trip while other are on their their annual<br />

pilgrimage from work and wives. We<br />

even run all girl tours and expectations<br />

are always the same: perfect waves<br />

with no one out.<br />

“We get to meet some amazing people<br />

along the way, from all walks of life,<br />

and all types of professions. We get to<br />

share some amazing experiences with<br />

our guests, whether it’s laughing harder<br />

than you think is humanly possible or<br />

putting them into position to make the<br />

best barrel of their lives. It’s a buzz to be<br />

in charge of a boat and surfers’ dreams<br />

- finding their idea of perfect waves and<br />

the best day of their life.<br />

“That’s a pretty big call but it’s every<br />

surfer’s dream to have that moment<br />

in an empty line-up, in a tropical<br />

destination, set looming, swinging,<br />

paddling, pulling-in, silence and bang!<br />

All of a sudden, all at once, your heart<br />

beats again, you breathe and hear<br />

sounds once more until you fall back<br />

into the water drowning in your own<br />

smile. That’s what we try to find for<br />

people, that moment.. Perfection.”<br />

Liquid Destination operate the Nautilus<br />

One in the Maldives - in particular the<br />

remote outer atolls where the waves<br />

are less crowded.<br />

“First and foremost we are here to surf<br />

and we are here to surf the best waves.<br />

We go wherever we need to be to get<br />

the best waves in the Maldives. We go<br />

there first.”<br />

Each surf trip is planned around the<br />

guests’ ability level and the emphasis<br />

they place on surfing uncrowded breaks.<br />

LIVING<br />


“Each trip has something new and each<br />

day brings a new experience on the<br />

boat. We have people who have cabin<br />

fever, cut themselves, are hung-over,<br />

get barrelled, get worked, break boards<br />

and this is all before breakfast. Some<br />

days last forever, other times you would<br />

swear you missed a couple of days. It<br />

all blurs into one on the boat. And that<br />

I suppose is the beauty of it - to get<br />

people lost in time and have no idea<br />

what time of day it is, or even what day<br />

of the week it is.<br />

No matter what, Louis and the crew<br />

want their guests to charge when the<br />

waves are on. “When the waves are<br />

pumping, we want our guests out there,<br />

as it might be gone tomorrow or not as<br />

good. We have a pretty strong belief<br />

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maybe sneak into a couple. Guests<br />

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having not tried. I know that I stopped<br />

watching and wondering years ago.<br />

You have to be out there to at least give<br />

yourself a chance to get one.” As the<br />

surf guide, Louis always tries to take the<br />

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lead and get out there no matter what<br />

the conditions. “You want to get people<br />

excited, get them pumped.”<br />

Louis’ job is not without its challenges<br />

though. He strongly believes his role<br />

is more than just that of surf guide. It<br />

is important to have an understanding<br />

of people in general, whether they are<br />

guests, the crew or local Maldivians.<br />

“You have to be the type of person<br />

who is genuinely interested in all<br />

conversations. You have to deal with all<br />

soccer or the Nautilus One Challenge...<br />

“It must be said - we are lucky that<br />

the Maldives has such consistent surf.<br />

You can surf all day, and it’s pretty<br />

much offshore all year round. These<br />

world class waves have something for<br />

everyone.<br />

“We run trips for longboarders,<br />

shortboarders, girls’ trips, you name it.<br />

I’ve even got something coming for the<br />

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were stressing about fixing a broken<br />

air-conditioning unit.<br />

“We are constantly making decisions on<br />

where to go, what waves to surf, where<br />

would be good right now, where will be<br />

good in an hour and where will we stay<br />

the night.”<br />

Louis confesses although to have had<br />

some shockers in terms of surf trips.<br />

“The awesome ones by far out way the<br />

couple of bad ones,with shitty weather<br />

and waves. There isn’t much we can do<br />

when it’s driving rain and 40-knot winds.<br />

When the weather is poor, I feel for the<br />

guests. It takes a lot to get a leave pass<br />

from the missus or time off work, not<br />

to mention the cost and the sacrifices<br />

made to pay for the trip.<br />

“It’s hard to keep people happy when it’s<br />

like that but we have a few tricks up our<br />

sleeves and provide some pretty good<br />

entertainment. Keeping the mood up is<br />

our specialty, whether it be poker, table<br />

for the peak of the swell. It’s only for the<br />

people who want the big, heavy stuff”<br />

In addition to his role of surf guide,<br />

Louis and his team at Liquid Destination<br />

put together a personalised surf<br />

photography and video package for<br />

each one of their guests.<br />

“A big part of what we do is to take<br />

surf shots of our guests and make a<br />

full movie of the surf trip. It’s probably<br />

the hardest part of the job. We film and<br />

shoot photos from land and water. Each<br />

trip we have thousands of photos to go<br />

through and hours of footage to edit. I<br />

think it’s worth it though. It’s such a cool<br />

thing for our guests to look back on and<br />

maybe show their kids in ten or twenty<br />

years time - them surfing the Maldives<br />

all those years ago.”<br />

Louis is the owner/operator of Liquid<br />

Destination. His experience is second to none<br />

in surfing the Maldives.<br />

www.liquiddestination.com<br />

www.raywhitelifestyle.com<br />

Ground Floor, 9 Nicklin Way, Minyama QLD 4575<br />

Email info@raywhitelifestyle.com | Phone 07 5458 5777<br />

Fax 07 5458 5788 | Property Management 0447 447 445<br />

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“I’m an early morning person.”<br />

Every day - rain or shine - Manly<br />

photographer Joel Coleman delivers<br />

a series of stunning scenes, fresh<br />

from the morning along the beautiful<br />

Northern Beaches of Sydney, to<br />

thousands of subscribers to the<br />

saltmotion daily email list.<br />

We stopped by the saltmotion gallery<br />

for a cup of coffee and a chance to<br />

talk to Joel about his work.<br />


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Those of you who already subscribe to<br />

the saltmotion daily email will be familiar<br />

with Joel’s rich water landscapes, surfing<br />

images and often random photos of<br />

interesting scenes and people performing<br />

their various morning rituals on the beach.<br />

What is now a huge mailing list of fans<br />

from near and far started in 2007 as<br />

a weekly mailout of some interesting<br />

photographs to a small group of friends.<br />

“That mailing list might have been 15<br />

people, max.” says Joel. “And it was all of<br />

those 15 people, because those were my<br />

friends and it was just something to do.”<br />

While Joel had taken note that other<br />

photographers were sending their pics for<br />

exposure to websites such as Swellnet<br />

and Coastalwatch, he didn’t think of<br />

himself as a professional at the time and<br />

just continued on his own path. However,<br />

only a year later, he decided to push his<br />

photography to the next level. Jumping in<br />

full-time, he set up a small website and got<br />

more disciplined about his work sending<br />

out an update every Monday, which<br />

ultimately set the wheels in (salt)motion.<br />

Joel started surfing in his teenage years<br />

around Bondi and Tamarama, where he<br />

went to school. At the same time, he took<br />

up photography as an art subject in school<br />

and loved it straight away.<br />

“Almost instantly my mates were like -<br />

Let’s get photos of us surfing!”<br />

With surfing as his first subject matter,<br />

he was very fortunate to end up landing a<br />

job in the dive industry where he learned<br />

about water housings and how to work<br />

with cameras in the wet. Weekends<br />

spent in the dive shop gave him access to<br />

equipment such as underwater housings<br />

not many teens would be able to afford.<br />

“This put me where he is today,” he says. By<br />

age 15 I was photographing in the water.<br />

But it’s a big step going from snapping<br />

some photos in the water to running a<br />

gallery in Manly, which is exactly what<br />

Joel and his partner Sherie decided to do.<br />

“If you want to make a living as a<br />

photographer, there are a lot of avenues<br />

to go down. Whichever you choose,<br />

you have to commit 100%, or you’ll<br />

find yourself in a day-job that you hate,<br />

wanting to take photos on weekends, and<br />

wanting to surf as well. Then you don’t<br />

take photos and just get frustrated. So, I<br />

had the plan to go down the gallery route.<br />

“I did an exhibition, which was successful<br />

and gave me a confidence boost to know<br />

that if I hang my stuff on the walls, people<br />

will actually buy it. And that’s a big thing,<br />

because until you do it, you don’t know.”<br />

The chosen premises at Market Place<br />

Manly, just off the Corso and a few steps<br />

to the beach, couldn’t be a more perfect<br />

venue to display the images of the ocean.<br />

“We are a gallery - which does showcase<br />

my work - but we’re more than that. We<br />

encourage a lot of interaction between<br />

our subscribers. The local people on the<br />

list can come down to the cafe, chew the<br />

fat, have a coffee… Saturday mornings<br />

here are great. People go for a surf,<br />

then stop by and just hang out with us.<br />

And that’s kinda really what we want to<br />

encourage, and we love it.”<br />

A trip to the saltmotion gallery is<br />

worthwhile. Seeing the surf images and<br />

ocean art landscapes from the daily email<br />

on high-quality metallic and acrylic prints<br />

is nothing short of amazing. If people are<br />

drawn in from the website, Joel wants<br />

them to bowled over by the photo in the<br />

flesh - and most would be.<br />

If this small sample of Joel’s gets you<br />

excited, make a definite point of visiting<br />

saltmotion next time you’re in Manly, and<br />

for a daily dose of images, subscribe to<br />

the email list at www.saltmotion.com<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

OF THE<br />

LENS<br />

Jordie Brown, effortless, August 2<strong>01</strong>0. Photo: Scotty Wintle<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

OF THE<br />

LENS<br />

Luke Berry Photo: Crumpet Productions<br />



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It’s hardly an unknown surf destination,<br />

but Phillip Island’s reputation as a swell<br />

magnet is understated, particularly<br />

when compared to the much-publicised<br />

Victorian Surf Coast. WORDS DAVE SWAN<br />

Photo: Jules Elliott<br />

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Photo: Ian Pacey<br />



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Photo: Jules Elliott<br />

The island’s beaches, reefs and points<br />

face in several directions. No matter<br />

what the wind is doing, there will<br />

be action somewhere. If the winds<br />

are onshore at one spot, they will<br />

be offshore at another. Waves range<br />

from nice little ones for beginners to<br />

absolute monsters that would freak<br />

out the most hardened surfer.<br />

No matter where you go, there will<br />

be surf somewhere. In fact, Phillip<br />

Island could arguably lay claim to the<br />

most consistent surf, all year round, of<br />

almost any east coast surf destination.<br />

Think that’s a pretty big statement?<br />

Well its fai to say my time on the<br />

island changed my perspective forever.<br />

Back in 1999, I had lived in the<br />

Victorian capital for about three years.<br />

With a wife from Melbourne and the<br />

good fortune of a family beach shack<br />

in Lorne, I never saw the need to<br />

venture south-east when looking for<br />

a surf. After all, didn’t the Surf Coast<br />

have the best waves in the state?<br />

Truth be told, I only ventured over to<br />

Phillip Island once during my time<br />

in Melbourne - on a late winter<br />

afternoon when it was overcast.<br />

Hardly a fair appraisal of what the<br />

place had to offer.<br />

It wasn’t until February this year that I<br />

finally made my way back, helping to<br />

promote the Noosa Festival of Surfing.<br />

And it was there and then I was blown<br />

away by the island’s waves, its natural<br />

beauty, the cool little towns such as<br />

San Remo and Cowes, the size of the<br />

surf community and the shapers who<br />

call the island home.<br />

Let me say again, Phillip Island is<br />

not some little surfing backwater. It<br />

deserves its place as one of the most<br />

prominent surf destinations on the<br />

east coast. And it is for this reason<br />

we have chosen to feature it as the<br />

Road Trip in the launch edition of<br />

<strong>smorgasboarder</strong> – your new free east<br />

coast surf magazine.<br />

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The island is about 140km south-east of<br />

Melbourne. Its northern coastline is in<br />

the calm of Westernport Bay. Its western<br />

shoreline faces the Mornington Peninsula<br />

and the south coast faces the open ocean<br />

of Bass Strait. It is the south and southwest<br />

coast that deliver some of Australia’s<br />

best surf and scenic coastline.<br />


If you have ever doubted Phillip Island’s<br />

surf credentials, you might consider the<br />

following: For the past three years the<br />

team from local business Island Surfboards<br />

has won the Toll/Ipec Industry Challenge<br />

The big bridge between San Remo, on the<br />

mainland, and Newhaven, on Phillip Island,<br />

is your gateway. The island itself is about<br />

10,000 hectares, 26 kilometres long and<br />

9km wide. The coastline stretches 1<strong>01</strong>km,<br />

with more than half of it delivering a<br />

steady stream of waves.<br />

Before heading over to the island, pop in at<br />

the Westernport for a beer. It’s a cracking<br />

pub with a boat-shaped bar.<br />

in which four of Victoria’s biggest surf<br />

industry companies battle it out in a tagteam<br />

event. Island won out over the major<br />

surf companies from the more recognised<br />

Surf Coast.<br />

Photo: Jason Stevens Photography<br />

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Graeme & Brenda Howard<br />

A surf shop with personality.<br />

Memorabilia, clothing, accessories and surfboards<br />


148 Thompson Ave/PO Box 554, Cowes Phillip Island 3922<br />

Ph/Fax (03) 5995 1659 Mob 0411 7<strong>01</strong> 428<br />

Email pip@waterfront.net.au<br />

Quality accommodation<br />

QUEST Phillip Island<br />

QUEST Oceanic<br />

Phone: 03 5952 2644<br />

questphillipisland@bigpond.com.au<br />

www.questphillipisland.com.au<br />

www.questoceanic.com.au<br />

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Located in the vibrant, holiday<br />

township of Cowes, Quest Phillip<br />

Island is a short stroll to local<br />

shops, restaurants and beaches<br />

and within a short travelling<br />

distance to Phillip Island’s many<br />

attractions including the Penguin<br />

Parade, surf beaches and Grand<br />

Prix Circuit.<br />

Quest Oceanic features one, two<br />

and three bedroom, fully self<br />

contained apartments.<br />

The apartments feature quality<br />

furnishings and fittings, dvd<br />

players, stereos, full kitchen,<br />

laundry facilities with large<br />

balconies and onsite undercover<br />

secure parking for one car.<br />

The Indigenous Bunurong People were<br />

the first to use the resources of Phillip<br />

Island and the surrounding region. In<br />

1798 George Bass was the first white<br />

man to discover the island while travelling<br />

south from Sydney in a whale boat<br />

on his way to locate a passage from the<br />

mainland to Tasmania (Bass Strait).<br />

Initially known as Snapper Island it<br />

was later renamed Phillip Island in<br />

honour of Sir Arthur Phillip, a First<br />

Fleet captain and the first governor of<br />

New South Wales.<br />

In 1826 white man first formally occupied<br />

the island, which had been used<br />

informally by sealers for some decades<br />

previously.<br />

In 1842 the McHaffie brothers<br />

purchased a pastoral lease over the<br />

island for 10 pounds. They burnt scrub<br />

and cleared pastures for cattle and<br />

introduced species such as deer,<br />

rabbit and kangaroo.<br />


Climate: Temperatures range from<br />

17C to 35C depending on the season.<br />

Population: There are about 7000<br />

permanent residents with the<br />

population expanding to more than<br />

50,000 in summer.<br />

Tourism: Phillip Island hosts more<br />

than 3.5 million visitors every year.<br />

Property: The median house price at<br />

Cowes is $317,500. The median unit<br />

price is $234,000. At the other end of<br />

the island, across the bridge at San<br />

Remo on the mainland, the median<br />

house price is $396,000 and the<br />

median unit price is $315,000.<br />

Main crust: Phillip Island Nature<br />

Parks is the largest employer.<br />

Nearest City: Melbourne<br />

Koalas were introduced to the island<br />

in 1880.<br />

Hardships in the late 1800s forced<br />

many small farmers from the land,<br />

selling to wealthier farmers. By 1882<br />

William Harbison and John Cleeland<br />

owned the majority of rural land, using<br />

it for cattle and sheep grazing.<br />

In 1926 Phillip Island hosted the first<br />

Australian Grand Prix and today it<br />

remains famous for its motoring connections.<br />

In 1940 the first bridge was built to<br />

connect the island to the mainland.<br />

Did you know?<br />

The island is known as one of the<br />

international motorbike circuit’s<br />

most breathtaking destinations,<br />

with panoramic ocean views and<br />

spectacular vantage points around<br />

the track. The 2<strong>01</strong>0 Australian<br />

Motorcycle Grand Prix is October<br />

15-17, when bikes will hit speeds<br />

upwards of 320km/h.<br />

Visit www.gpticketshop.com<br />

Churchill Island is a 57-hectare<br />

historic working farm with daily<br />

demonstrations such as sheep<br />

shearing, cow milking, blacksmithing<br />

and working dogs. Drawcards include<br />

animals such as sheep, ducks,<br />

chickens and peacocks, heritage<br />

buildings, gardens, an animal nursery<br />

and licensed café.<br />

Visit www.penguins.org.au


“Obviously, one of the major advantages of<br />

living down here is that any day of the week,<br />

you can pretty much get a wave.<br />

We don’t have a major influx of people. You<br />

can just surf mid-week and have perfect empty<br />

waves to yourself. But when you’re surfing with<br />

other, everyone has a smile, and you have a<br />

cold beer afterward in the car park.”<br />

Dan Rutherford – Full Circle Surf<br />

“The beauty of the place is the sea breeze,<br />

most wind directions you can get some part<br />

of the Island where there are good conditions,<br />

depending on the size of the swell.<br />

“Most waves around the island can be<br />

surfed on either a short or longboard with the<br />

exception of a couple of extreme surf spots<br />

which are only for the most experienced and<br />

capable shortboard riders.”<br />

Matt Ryan – Island Surfboards<br />

“There are so many different options to choose<br />

from. You can get waves every day of the year<br />

and it is far more consistent than the west<br />

coast.”<br />

Scott Peberdy – Outereef<br />

“Phillip Island’s entire coast is a surfers’<br />

playground with a break for almost all<br />

conditions and all skill levels.<br />

“I find Phillip Island surfers to be super<br />

friendly out on the water. When there is a<br />

quiet patch there is always an opportunity<br />

for conversation and when the waves come,<br />

there’s seldom any kerfuffle about accidentally<br />

dropping in and so forth.<br />

“Woolis and Smiths are certainly not the<br />

only beaches on the island though. On a bigger,<br />

more swelly day the other side of the island is<br />

the place to be. Both Flynn’s and Cat Bay offer a<br />

super clean wave when there is some swell.”<br />

Jason Stevens - Photographer<br />

Tom Carroll and Scott Jackson<br />

“The unique ruggedness of the coastline and<br />

consistency of the swell has to be see to be<br />

believed. The beauty of the place in terms<br />

of the lack of development on the actual<br />

coastline itself further adds to the appeal.<br />

There are a variety of places to surf with next<br />

to no distance to travel and easy access. You<br />

can get from one side of the island to the<br />

other in ten to fifteen minutes. You can’t get<br />

that many, varied surf breaks in such a short<br />

distance anywhere else on the east coast.”<br />

Scott Jackson – Islantis Surfboards<br />

“The island is a place where you can find<br />

a quiet wave away from the maddening<br />

crowd. There is always somewhere to<br />

escape the winds and just enjoy the water.<br />

“We have the best of both worlds, quiet<br />

country lifestyle in winter and in summer<br />

it comes alive with the colours and heat<br />

of summer. When the ocean beaches are<br />

busy there is always the bay to get your<br />

saltwater fix.<br />

Good cafes, good food and cold beer<br />

is available all year round. As the Island<br />

is only an hour from Melbourne, we boast<br />

a feeling of a laidback lifestyle known as<br />

‘Island Time’.<br />

Graeme Howard – Island Surf Shack<br />

Graeme & Brenda, owners of<br />

Island Surf Shack, always up for a laugh



Cape Woolamai - Photo: George Apostolidis/Tourism Victoria<br />



A number of breaks. A good summertime<br />

location, unique because it can be surfed<br />

on a sea breeze. Requires moderate to<br />

heavy swell, breaking over flat rock.<br />

<strong>01</strong>. Shelly Beach – safe for beginners<br />

and seldom over a metre in size. Half to<br />

full tide is best. SW to SE. Left point and<br />

centre hump on low tides.<br />

02. Right Point – left hand reef break.<br />

Requires more experience. Holds waves<br />

2.5 metres. Best on an incoming tide. S<br />

to E winds.<br />

03. Inside Right Point – high tide on<br />

smaller swells. Best at one metre. Watch<br />

the end suck rock. SW to SE.<br />

04. Flynn’s Reef – right hand reef. For<br />

the experienced surfer. One of the best<br />

and most used sites on Phillip Island.<br />

Consistent because of regular sand bank<br />

formations over rock. Generally the most<br />

surfed beach on Phillip Island. At its best<br />

on a low to moderate swell.<br />

Clubhouse stretch of beach is patrolled<br />

at weekends and school holidays. Left<br />

and right sand banks.<br />

05. Magiclands – all tides. E to SE<br />

winds, protected from stronger winds by<br />

Cape Woolamai. Best at 1 to 1.5 metres.<br />

06. Woolamai – NE to N wind is best,<br />

but holds N to NW at the Ocean Reach<br />

western end of the beach. Consistently<br />

good with many State and national titles<br />

held here. Can be rippy and dangerous<br />

at times.<br />

07. Forrest Caves – N to NW.<br />

Occasional good waves but not as<br />

consistent as Woolamai. Lefts or rights.<br />

Small to moderate swells.<br />

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Flat sand beach breaks. Mostly lefts. N<br />

to NW occasionally. Generally the best<br />

on low tide. Also heavy reefs producing<br />

the largest surfable waves on the island.<br />

Experience a must.<br />

08. Surfies Point – right hand reef<br />

break, low to high tide. Moderate to<br />

heavy swell. NW wind and best in<br />

winter. Holds 3m plus.<br />

09. Express Point – right hand shallow<br />

reef break on moderate to heavy swell. Very<br />

hollow, very dangerous. N to NW wind.<br />

Safe family beach with left and right<br />

beach breaks. Moderate swells.<br />

10. Smith’s Beach – Sand banks.<br />

Peaks N to NW winds summer and<br />

winter. Patrolled in summer. Best at<br />

1-1.5m. Popular summer beach. Summer<br />

crowds.<br />

11. YCW Beach – NW to N wind. Good<br />

for bodyboarding with high tide shore<br />

breaks at western end and low tide<br />

rights at eastern end.<br />

Produces good waves in winter<br />

conditions for both novice and<br />

experienced riders. Often good in stormy<br />

periods or when the rest of the island is<br />

blown out.<br />

12. Kitty Miller Bay – right hand reef<br />

break on moderate to heavy swell. Half<br />

to high tide.<br />

13. Summerland Shore Break – high<br />

tide lefts and rights. NW to SW wind.<br />

Metre waves are best.<br />

14. Centre Crack – Half to low tide and<br />

NW to SW wind. Moderate to heavy<br />

swell. Winter surf mostly. Best at 1.5-<br />

2m.<br />

15. Summerland Point – right hand<br />

rocky point at high tide. Protected under<br />

Phelan’s Bluff. W to SW winds, 1-1.5m<br />

ride.<br />

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Bookings Call 1300 763 739<br />

Phillip Island & Bass Coast<br />

Visitor Information Centres<br />

Visit our friendly staff and volunteers for<br />

information on:<br />

• Accommodation bookings<br />

• Tickets for attractions<br />

• Free maps & brochures<br />

• Local events and activities<br />

Look, book and pay online at:<br />

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Phillip Island Visitor<br />

Information Centre<br />

895 Phillip Island Tourist Road<br />

Newhaven 3925<br />

Ph: 1300 366 422<br />

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Information Centre<br />

73 Watt Street<br />

Wonthaggi 3995<br />

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Information Centre<br />

91-97 Thompson Avenue<br />

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16 A’Beckett street<br />

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In the unlikely event the surf is not working<br />

somewhere on the island, or more likely, you are<br />

totally exhausted from the waves and want some<br />

quality time with your family or friends, there is an<br />

endless number of activites to enjoy on the island.<br />

The island has a range of beach and bush tracks/<br />

boardwalks. They include Conservation Hill and<br />

Rhyll Mangrove Boardwalk, which overlook the<br />

Rhyll Wetlands, and Rhyll Inlet, which offers<br />

excellent bird watching opportunities.<br />

There are animal attractions galore on the island.<br />

Maru Koala and Animal Park has everything from<br />

Tasmanian devils, crocodiles and dingoes to an<br />

18-hole pirate-themed mini golf course.<br />

If you are truly interested in sea life one of the<br />

best way to see our ocean’s creatures is up close<br />

and personal. See the southern hemisphere’s<br />

largest fur seal colony aboard Wildlife Coast<br />

Cruises luxurious 19m catamaran The Kasey Lee.<br />

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum has<br />

recently opened its new premises next to the<br />

Phillip Island Airport. It holds thousands of military<br />

artefacts and displays.<br />

Those with a sweet tooth can<br />

treat themselves at Pannys Phillip<br />

Island Chocolate Factory, which<br />

boasts a chocolate café and interactive<br />

Amazing World of Chocolate.<br />

It is certainly appears to be<br />

one of the island’s most visited<br />

attractions.<br />

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Victorias natural<br />

surfing destination...<br />

• Spacious 1, 2, & 3 bedroom apartments<br />

from $175 per night<br />

• Just 5 minutes from some of the region’s<br />

best surfing locations<br />

• Stunning bay views and excellent<br />

resort facilities<br />

The penguin parade is possibly what the island<br />

is most famous for. The little fellas waddle up<br />

the beach to the safety of their homes in the<br />

sand dunes each night and it is a sight to behold,<br />

particularly if you have young children. Buy your<br />

ticket as part of a three-park pass, which also<br />

includes Churchill Island Heritage Farm, the koala<br />

conservation centre and nobbies centre Australia’s<br />

newest marine attraction.<br />

Mention<br />

this ad and<br />

receive a<br />

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Photo: Phillip Island Nature Parks<br />

17 Potters Hill Road, San Remo VIC 3925<br />

info@silverwaterresort.com.au | 1800 033 403<br />

www.silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

25 years later...<br />

still flying high<br />

Cooper Griffin<br />

Indulge the need<br />

for speed at the<br />

grand prix circuit,<br />

which has go karts, hot laps,<br />

guided circuit tours, a selfdrive<br />

experience and a history of<br />

motorsport display.<br />

At A Maze ‘N Things the whole family can enjoy optical illusions, mazes,<br />

puzzles mind games and Puzzle Island while the Bunurong coastal drive<br />

offers endless natural beauty, from the windswept dunes of Kilcunda to<br />

Anderson Inlet at Inverloch.<br />

For more information make your way to The Phillip Island Visitor Information<br />

Centre at 895 Phillip Island Tourist Road, Newhaven.The centre is open every<br />

day of the year from 9.00am to 5.00pm and until 6.00pm during the summer<br />

school holidays. (1.00pm to 5.00pm Christmas)<br />

The centre is on the left hand side of the road, 1km over the bridge onto<br />

Phillip Island. Follow the i signs. There is a large parking area for cars,<br />

caravans, motor homes. There is also an after hours information shelter with<br />

information about accommodation, attractions, events and free maps.<br />

We’ve been around long enough to know that the<br />

best boards mean the best performance, from beginner to advanced,<br />

from softboards to SUPs. That’s why we only stock the best.<br />


Fullcircle, JS, Firewire, Chilli, Rusty, Hayden, Emery, DHD, Santa Cruz,<br />

Webber, Simon Anderson, McTavish, Superbrand, Stacey, Tokoro,<br />

Hot Buttered, GSI, Fibreflex & much more<br />

www.fullcirclesurf.com.au<br />

4-5 Vista Place<br />

Cape Woolamai VIC 3925<br />

03 5956 7453<br />

115 Marine Parade<br />

San Remo VIC 3925<br />

03 5678 5873<br />

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In winter you have a cosy<br />

fireplace and in summer, a<br />

massive rooftop sundeck.<br />



The first thing that strikes you as you<br />

walk into The Island Accommodation<br />

is how ultra-modern, clean and<br />

contemporary the whole complex is.<br />

The guys have really revolutionised<br />

budget accommodation. It comes as<br />

no surprise the complex took out the<br />

recent Building Designers Association<br />

of Victoria’s 1st prize for the Most<br />

Environmentally Sustainable Design at<br />

the 2<strong>01</strong>0 awards.<br />

State-of-the-art facilities feature<br />

throughout and the complex is<br />

sumptuously furnished. Words cannot<br />

describe how plush it is for budget<br />

style accommodation. Consider these<br />

appointments:<br />

• Massive roof-top sun deck with<br />

360-degree ocean views and<br />

numerous balconies and decks<br />

including sun lounges and cafe style<br />

seating<br />

• Feel at home in the two fully<br />

appointed gourmet self-catering<br />

kitchens.<br />

• Open-plan dining areas with large<br />

and spacious chill out lounges<br />

boasting roaring fireplaces and airconditioning<br />

for summer.<br />

• TV lounges with 50” plasmas, highspeed<br />

internet café and wi-fi<br />

• Secure under-bed locker storage in<br />

multi-share rooms<br />

• Guest laundry, BBQ facilities, lift,<br />

disabled toilets and showers, onsite<br />

parking, swipe card security, linen,<br />

free onsite bikes for hire and parking<br />

• Laid back and friendly.<br />

The Island Accommodation has plenty<br />

of open living spaces providing ample<br />

space for relaxation, fun, dining and<br />

good times. Surfers of any age, whether<br />

they’re in groups, are travelling as<br />

a couple or family, are sure to be<br />

absolutely stoked with the convenience,<br />

affordability and comfort.<br />

Better still, it forms part of a larger<br />

complex known as the Big Wave<br />

Complex. It includes Islantis Surfboards,<br />

The Big Wave Café, Phillip Island<br />

Paddle and Surf School and Internet<br />

Café.<br />


10-12 Phillip Island Tourist Rd, NEWHAVEN<br />

Proximity: Close to public transport and San<br />

Remo’s pubs and takeaways<br />

Phone: 03 5956 6123<br />

Email: info@theislandaccommodation.com.au<br />

From $30 per person, per night<br />

Top to bottom: Fully equipped lounge; shared gourmet kitchen<br />

facilities; shared bathrooms; private studio suites perfect for those<br />

who need some privacy.<br />

Main picture: Massive views from the rooftop sundeck<br />

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146 Thompson Ave, COWES<br />


161 Marine Pde, SAN REMO<br />


31 Forest Ave, NEWHAVEN<br />

For surfers, their families and friends,<br />

Bridge Motel provides clean, airconditioned<br />

and comfortable rooms<br />

without the expense. Located in a quiet<br />

scenic location, the motel offers single,<br />

double plus both family and group<br />

accommodation.<br />

Proximity: On the waterfront and close<br />

to Cape Woolamai.<br />

Phone: 03 5956 7218<br />

Email: info@bridgemotel.com.au<br />

www.bridgemotel.com.au<br />

Rates starting from $76 per night<br />

per room<br />

Opened in November 2005, Quest<br />

Oceanic features one, two and<br />

three-bedroom, fully self-contained<br />

apartments. The apartments feature<br />

full kitchen, laundry facilities with large<br />

balconies and onsite, under-cover,<br />

secure parking.<br />

Proximity: In the heart of Cowes.<br />

Phone: 03 5952 2644<br />

Email:questphillipisland@<br />

bigpond.com.au<br />

www.questoceanic.com.au<br />


17 Potters Hill Rd, SAN REMO<br />

Silverwater Resort offers spacious one,<br />

two and three-bedroom self-contained<br />

apartments all with spectacular bay<br />

views and modern conveniences.<br />

Complementing the 4.5 star<br />

accommodation is an excellent range<br />

of resort facilities including indoor and<br />

outdoor pool, billiards and games room,<br />

tennis and basketball courts, restaurant<br />

and bar.<br />

Proximity: Five minutes to surf beach,<br />

two minutes to town<br />

Phone: 1800 033 403<br />

Email: res@silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

www.silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

The Westernport Hotel offers<br />

accommodation, featuring five country<br />

hotel-style rooms. Rooms on offer<br />

include ensuite rooms to dormstyle<br />

accommodation – perfect for<br />

that unplanned stopover, or for the<br />

convenience of staying close to all that<br />

San Remo and Phillip Island have to offer.<br />

Rooms include fresh linen, towels and<br />

basic tea and coffee making facilities,<br />

and offer shared toilet and showering<br />

facilities.<br />

Proximity: Across the road from the<br />

San Remo jetty and foreshore<br />

Phone: 03 5678 5205<br />

Email: info@thewesternport.com.au<br />

www.thewesternport.com.au<br />

Bookings are essential<br />


Cnr Bass Ave and Chapel St, COWES<br />

From $175 per night<br />



Your boutique holiday rental specialists<br />

on Phillip Island. Offers the surfing<br />

enthusiasts affordable accommodation<br />

at Cape Woolamai, Surf Beach and<br />

Smith’s Beach.<br />

· Waterfront properties<br />

· Walking distance to surf beaches<br />

· Fully self-contained with BBQ<br />

facilities.<br />

· Properties to suit families, couples<br />

and groups.<br />

Phone: 0407 8<strong>01</strong> 878 (Melissa)<br />

Email: holidayrentalsphillipisland@<br />

bigpond.com<br />

www.holidayrentalsphillipisland.com.au<br />

The apartments feature fully equipped<br />

kitchens with full-size oven, dishwasher<br />

and microwave, separate living/dining<br />

area, LCD flat-screen TV, Austar, DVD<br />

player and reverse cycle air-conditioning/<br />

heating in the lounge area.<br />

Quest Phillip Island features one, two<br />

and three-bedroom, luxury, self-contained<br />

apartments - the latest in contemporary<br />

architecture and design.<br />

The property is in the heart of Cowes,<br />

Phillip Island’s major seaside township,<br />

close to restaurants and recreational<br />

beaches.<br />

Proximity: In the heart of Cowes.<br />

Telephone: 03 5952 2644<br />

Email: questreception@<br />

waterfront.net.au<br />

www.questphillipisland.com.au<br />


113-119 Justice Rd, COWES<br />

Modern resort unlike any other. Eight<br />

fully-serviced, contained units situated<br />

on 2.5 acres. Adults and toddlers pool,<br />

tennis court, playground, outdoor/<br />

undercover B.B.Q. areas<br />

No campsites, no caravans, no crowds,<br />

just relax!!!<br />

Proximity: 3km from town and five<br />

minute walk to beach<br />

Phone: 03 5952 1300<br />

Email: helen@surfandcircuit.com<br />

www.surfandcircuit.com<br />


No. 1 The Esplanade, COWES<br />

Waves Apartments opened in January<br />

2<strong>01</strong>0 offering luxury accommodation<br />

at affordable prices. Located along the<br />

beachfront of Cowes, only a stroll to<br />

all restaurants, retail area and cafes.<br />

Apartments are self-contained with a<br />

separate sleeping area for children, two<br />

person spa and separate shower.<br />

Proximity: Across the road to the beach.<br />

Phone: 03 5952 1351<br />

Email: info@thewaves.com.au<br />

Fax: 03 59523144<br />

www.thewaves.com.au<br />

Rates starting from $135<br />

Rates starting from $200 per night<br />

Please contact for a quote<br />

TV<br />

gym<br />

laundry<br />

kitchen<br />

parking wi-fi pool refrigerator family-friendly pet-friendly spa<br />

bbq<br />

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Come overseas<br />

from $30/night*<br />

Brand new Eco-friendly accommodation is specially<br />

designed for you with state of the art facilities, comfortable<br />

and friendly services. At The Island we know the importance<br />

of meeting people. The complex has been designed with this<br />

in mind. Open spaces provide ample space for relaxation, fun,<br />

dining and good times. Our vibe is friendly and relaxed.<br />

P: 03 5956 6123<br />

E: info@theislandaccommodation.com.au<br />


www.theislandaccommodation.com.au<br />

Visit the new Big Wave Complex...

All your surf gear<br />

under one roof<br />

Islantis Surfboards opened in Newhaven, on Phillip Island,<br />

in the late 1970s, to provide surfers with boards and other<br />

hardware. In thirty years Phillip Island has changed but<br />

Islantis is still here.<br />

P: 03 5956 7553<br />

E: info@islantis.com.au<br />

The Big Wave Complex<br />

10 - 12 Phillip Island Tourist Road,<br />

Phillip Island, 3925, Victoria, Australia<br />


www.islantis.com.au<br />

surf shop • surf school • accommodation • cafe

Visiting Phillip Island?<br />

One place has you covered...<br />

bar bistro accommodation live music<br />

AHHA (Vic) Finalist 2008, 2009 - Best Entertainment Venue<br />

161 Marine Parade, San Remo VIC 3925<br />

info@thewesternport.com.au<br />

Ph: 03 5678 5205 • www.thewesternport.com.au<br />

MEET ME<br />

@ THE HOTEL<br />

The white pub<br />

by the pier<br />


GETTING FED...<br />


For such a relatively small area Phillip Island is amazingly well<br />

serviced in relation to grabbing a bite and finding somewhere to<br />

enjoy a drink.<br />

There are four local wineries, two of which are on the island.<br />

We, however, found our way to a superb local microbrewery<br />

called Rusty Water. It is a great little setup with bar and adjoining<br />

restaurant boasting a range of handcrafted ales. The food is<br />

reportedly superb - we could certainly testify to the quality of the<br />

beer. Try a sample paddle which includes four different types of<br />

amber nectar. Be prepared to fall in love with their caramelized<br />

banana wheat beer, dark malt toffee ale, Koala pale ale and the<br />

Mako .. ahhhh. And if you are keen for a bit of a night out, head<br />

to The Hotel - great food, friendly staff, live music and you can<br />

even have a boogie.<br />

As far as restaurants and cafes go, there are about 31<br />

establishments to choose from. We found the Panhandle Tex<br />

Mex Family Cantina and Bar great value - a perfect venue for an<br />

informal family and friends meal. For something a touch classier<br />

there’s several restaurants in the main street of Cowes including<br />

Sherwoods and Infused. For seafood you can’t go much better<br />

than Taylors, situated on the cliff tops of Bass Strait, set amongst<br />

a famous mutton bird rookery with some of the most outstanding<br />

views Phillip Island has to offer.<br />

The same applies to The Foreshore Bar and Restaurant at Rhyll<br />

- unforgettable views and exquisite food. The great views and<br />

great food continue at San Remo at the Watermark Restaurant,<br />

where you can savour the region’s best produce. Or you can<br />

follow the locals to the Westernport Hotel for a great meal and a<br />

few drinks in relaxed surrounds.<br />

Basically, you could wine and dine for weeks on end before you<br />

got tired of the variety of options available. There is certainly<br />

something for everyone, from couples to groups and families.<br />

...for dinner...<br />

...cocktails and drinks...<br />

...great coffee...<br />

...dancing and much more!<br />

Cnr Thompson Avenue and the Esplanenade, Cowes 3922<br />

Enquiries: 5952 2060 Pizza: 5952 2100<br />

www.hotelphillipisland.com<br />

Hit the Westenport<br />

for a cold beer, or<br />

if you fancy the<br />

South American<br />

kind, the Panhandle<br />

has Mexican!<br />

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11 Beach Road, RHYLL, PHILLIP ISLAND<br />

The foreshore bar and restaurant is in the quiet little village of Rhyll. This<br />

unique and stylish restaurant has amazing water views for you to enjoy<br />

over a glass of local wine, whilst indulging yourself in our delicious menu<br />

comprising local produce and fresh seafood dishes<br />

• Great creative food, great service<br />

• 180-degree waterfront views<br />

• Warm and relaxing environment<br />

• Covered alfresco dining<br />

• Bar and lounge area<br />

Phone: 03 5956 9520<br />

Email: enquiry@theforeshore.com.au<br />

www.theforeshore.com.au<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />


11-13 The Esplanade, COWES<br />

Hotel at Phillip Island is the place where you can relax and enjoy a beer<br />

and pizza, have a great meal or try one of the amazing cocktails at the only<br />

real cocktail bar on Phillip Island. With the aim to create the ultimate in<br />

contemporary hotel dining, café culture and entertainment, Hotel is a must<br />

on any visit to Phillip Island.<br />

The hotel bistro is open for lunch and dinner and is the ideal place to get<br />

together with family and friends. The Hotel is also renowned for its pizza and<br />

pasta and offers the option to take away.<br />

Phone: 03 5952 2100<br />

www.hotelphillipisland.com<br />

Open from noon to late.<br />


161 Marine Pde, SAN REMO<br />

The Westernport Hotel is Southern Victoria’s premier entertainment venue with<br />

live entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Within the hotel is also<br />

a family-friendly, 180 seat bistro style eatery. With its stunning outlook onto the<br />

San Remo foreshore and jetty, it is as popular with locals as it is with tourists.<br />

Menu offerings include a selection of fresh seafood and fresh local produce,<br />

including such signature items as a Westernport seafood platter and the<br />

renowned ‘surf ‘n’ turf.’<br />

There is also a kids room to keep the kids entertained while you relax and enjoy.<br />

Phone: 03 5678 5205<br />

Email: info@thewesternport.com.au<br />

www.thewesternport.com.au<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />


17 Potters Hill Rd, SAN REMO<br />

Dine indoors or outdoors, from a casual breakfast overlooking the bay<br />

through to tapas in the bar or dinner on the terrace. Find time to savour our<br />

executive chef’s exciting menu which makes the most of the region’s fresh<br />

produce. Watermark Restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and<br />

dinner.<br />

With a region known for seafood, beef, dairy products and vegetables our<br />

inspired restaurant menus incorporate these fresh, local ingredients and<br />

flavours.<br />

Phone: 03 5671 9300<br />

www.silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner<br />

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Photo: Simon Arnot<br />

HOME TO...<br />

Phillip Island has a number of class<br />

operations and some of the country’s<br />

most experienced shapers. Best of<br />

all, walk into any surf shop and you<br />

can have a one-on-one conversation<br />

with any of these shapers – they<br />

are approachable, personable and<br />

accessible.<br />


Russell Francis of Full Circle Surf<br />

started out with Ripcurl glassing<br />

and shaping in its infancy in the late<br />

‘60s when Torquay was spawning<br />

the first of its global surf companies.<br />

Since then he has worked in Australia<br />

and overseas with different surf<br />

companies gaining experience in<br />

all facets of the surfboard shaping<br />

industry.<br />


Island Surfboards was founded in<br />

1969 and has become renowned for<br />

its quality handmade boards. With<br />

stores in Cowes and Smith’s Beach,<br />

Island Surfboards has become one<br />

of the most recognised names in<br />

the core Australian surfing industry.<br />

More than 500 surfboards a year<br />

are handmade from start to finish<br />

by experienced craftsmen, using the<br />

highest quality materials.<br />


If you are after something a little<br />

different, stick your head in and say<br />

g’day to Graham and Brenda. You<br />

won’t find more personable, salt-ofthe-earth<br />

people. Island Surf Shack has<br />

a great range of surfing memorabilia,<br />

gifts and clothes and has a select<br />

range of boards. The place has a real<br />

personality to it and there are fantastic<br />

gifts for kids to grown-ups.<br />


Islantis has been around since the<br />

late ‘70s. Over the years it has slowly<br />

built up an amazing collection of<br />

surfing memorabilia. From old balsa<br />

mals to world championship winning<br />

twin-fins. There is a great showcase<br />

of surfing history on display at the<br />

store, as well as a very large range of<br />

the latest surfboards from Islantis and<br />

other well-known shapers. The store<br />

also has an extensive range of surf<br />

accessories and clothing.<br />


Outereef specialises in producing<br />

high-quality performance surfboards<br />

shaped exactly to the dimensions<br />

you require. They put as much effort<br />

as possible into their boards, fully<br />

appreciating it is surfboard shaping<br />

that is the backbone of the business.<br />

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Photo: Jeff Tull<br />



The trip from Melbourne will take<br />

about 1.5hrs and is an easy drive with<br />

the South Gippsland Freeway and then<br />

Highway getting you most of the way<br />

there.<br />


The quickest route entails heading<br />

inland, jumping on the Hume Highway<br />

and going via Melbourne out to Phillip<br />

Island. The trip is around 9.5 hrs and just<br />

under 1,000km. Not a huge ask for those<br />

keen to savour the delights of the island.<br />

The alternative is the more scenic<br />

coastal route with possible stops along<br />

the way at places such as Merimbula<br />

and Lakes Entrance. The trip will take<br />

just under 13 hours’ driving time and<br />

cover about 1<strong>01</strong>3km.<br />

Be careful though, while beautiful, the<br />

trip from Merimbula to Lakes Entrance<br />

is a tough one and shouldn’t be tackled<br />

before or after dark. The stretch of road<br />

is notorious for trucks and wombats.<br />

If you have the misfortune of hitting a<br />

wombat (same goes for the wombat),<br />

its apparently like hitting a log and they<br />

have the potential to roll your car.<br />


You have a number of choices. The<br />

quickest and most boring is straight<br />

down the guts on the Newell Hwy.<br />

During the day the drive is monotonous.<br />

During the night it’s downright<br />

dangerous with the amount of wildlife,<br />

such as kangaroos. It will take you<br />

about 21 hours to travel the 1795km. (In<br />

fairness the are some nice little towns<br />

along the way and attractions such as<br />

the Dubbo Zoo. But these are possibly a<br />

little too far away from the ocean.<br />

Alternatively you can travel down the<br />

New England Highway, which is more<br />

fertile and more picturesque than the<br />

Newell Hwy, going via the outskirts of<br />

Sydney and down the Hume Highway.<br />

However, if you love the ocean you<br />

might as well make it a momentous surf<br />

road trip and stop at all manner of hot<br />

surf spots right down the east coast,<br />

travelling along the rapidly improving<br />

Pacific Highway. All up the trip will<br />

probably take you at least 24 hours and<br />

cover some 2000km but you will have<br />

some cracking tales to tell.<br />

If you really want to get out and explore<br />

add about half an hour to your trip<br />

and head further south-west of Lakes<br />

Entrance and take the drive via Foster<br />

through to Wonthaggi and then on to<br />

Phillip Island. It is stunning countryside.<br />

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“Ditch the floaties. Stop swimming in<br />

the kiddie’s pool and embark on the<br />

international surf trip of a lifetime.”<br />

Going on an overseas surf trip for the<br />

first time is a lot like learning to swim.<br />

You have to take the plunge. You have<br />

to leave the safe confines of what you<br />

know, like your local ‘kiddie’s pool’,<br />

and swim where the big kids play.<br />

Sure it may seem daunting at first,<br />

and even a little intimidating, but<br />

an international surf trip is a calling<br />

that any self-respecting surfer has<br />

considered, if not already done. But<br />

before you go, you need to know the<br />

answers to what, when, who, where<br />

and how.<br />

So ‘what’?<br />

Huge barrels, slow walls, sharp pits<br />

or mellow sliders? All destinations<br />

offer a variety of waves but many<br />

international reputations are<br />

deserved. Plan your trip around your<br />

ability but don’t be afraid to push<br />

yourself. Research the destination<br />

you’re considering. The internet<br />

is a great resource and sites such<br />

as worldsurfaris.com offer a good<br />

insight into Indian Ocean and South<br />

Pacific waves. wannasurf.com and<br />

magicseaweed.com are also good<br />

sites for referencing individual waves<br />

and how they behave.<br />

When?<br />

Because of the earth’s axial tilt we<br />

get seasons. Surf is caused by huge<br />

oceanic storms with the best storms<br />

occurring in winter. Bearing this in<br />

mind, when to travel is entirely up to<br />

you, but the swell magnets turn on at<br />

different times of year depending on<br />

which hemisphere is going through<br />

winter. Transitional seasons see<br />

the best of both worlds but usually<br />

produce mellower swells with the<br />

bigger earth-shattering swells less<br />

likely.<br />

The northern hemisphere winter<br />

storms turn on Hawaii, Caroline<br />

Islands, Papua New Guinea<br />

and Tonga producing consistent<br />

waves. Australia’s winter sees the<br />

south-facing swell magnets like<br />

the Maldives, Indonesia, Fiji, New<br />

Caledonia, Samoa & Tahiti turn it on.<br />

Most of these places have swell all<br />

year round. It’s what happens when<br />

you’re exposed to large amounts of<br />

uninterrupted ocean. But, if you’re<br />

after consistency, bare ‘when’ in mind<br />

when planning your trip.<br />

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Take up the challenge of an<br />

international surf adventure<br />

Photo: World Surfaris<br />

Who?<br />

Boys’ trip, romantic getaway or family<br />

trip? Plan around the people you’re<br />

going with and keep them in mind.<br />

Boys’ trip: What level of surfing is the<br />

group at? Land based or surf charter?<br />

If planning the annual boys or girls<br />

trip, then have a group BBQ and get a<br />

unanimous decision on what everyone<br />

wants and possibly elect a leader to<br />

deal with the travel consultant directly<br />

(he/ she gets the best cabin).<br />

Remember to ask how many spaces need<br />

to be paid for if you want sole use of the<br />

boat or surf camp. Boat charters offer<br />

substantial discounts on sole use trips,<br />

which could save the group hundreds.<br />

Romantic trip: Let it be just that. A<br />

couple of surfs daily without buggering<br />

off all day (unless you both surf) will<br />

keep you in good with your partner, and<br />

keep you stoked. Plan to head to a place<br />

that offers a wide variety of activities<br />

such as a resort or a luxury surf charter<br />

with your own cabin to keep it romantic.<br />

Unless your partner is hard-core, they<br />

won’t appreciate being on a budget boat<br />

with a bunch of crusty blokes.<br />

Photo: World Surfaris<br />

There are hidden treasures on offer<br />

that are sure to keep even the most<br />

high-maintenance partners happy in<br />

places such as The Maldives, Bali, Fiji<br />

and Vanuatu.<br />

Comfort, a range of non-surf activities<br />

and good food and wine should be<br />

the key deciding factors, coupled with<br />

the fact that you have a cranking reef<br />

pass within paddling distance of your<br />

accommodation. Combine the two great<br />

loves of your life! …… or something<br />

like that!<br />

Family Trip: Plan around the family.<br />

Lots of activities aside from surfing,<br />

facilities for younger children and<br />

consider the length of flights. It’s a<br />

holiday, so make it as stress free as<br />

you can. Bali, Samoa, Maldives and<br />

Fiji all offer resorts with care facilities<br />

to let you unwind and really embrace<br />

the family surf trip, ensuring you get a<br />

much-needed rest without the guilt.<br />

Where?<br />

The ultimate question and directly<br />

related to what, when and who,<br />

requires you to get stuck into some<br />

research. A very nifty widget called<br />

the Surfari suggester can be found on<br />

the worldsurfaris.com homepage. It<br />

narrows down a multitude of options to<br />

just a few according to your date range,<br />

surf ability and budget along with your<br />

desired form of accommodation.<br />

It is important to bear in mind, however,<br />

most destinations are reef breaks. But<br />

there is no need to feel intimidated.<br />

The reef causes waves to break<br />

mechanically. You can suss out the<br />

wave and get into its rhythm due to the<br />

predictable behaviour of reef-breaks.<br />

And it is surfing reef-breaks that will<br />

ultimately improve your surfing.<br />

How?<br />

Whether you’re a seasoned guru that<br />

pioneered Indo in front of awe-shocked<br />

locals, an adventurous grom, or just feel<br />

like ‘breaking out of the box’ to escape<br />

local surf frustration, you will probably<br />

need an expert travel consultant to<br />

arrange your package along with flights.<br />

World Surfaris employ a team of travel<br />

gurus to handle your travel arrangements<br />

with care and take out the guess the work,<br />

giving you the piece of mind to travel to<br />

strange new lands with confidence.<br />

Remember our top tips:<br />

1. Don’t travel without insurance!<br />

Remember Murphy’s Law, if it can<br />

happen, it will happen. Overseas<br />

care gets expensive. Insurance is a<br />

worthy investment.<br />

2. Pack light! Chances are you’re<br />

travelling to a tropical destination<br />

and you’ll end up living in board<br />

shorts, a t-shirt and thongs. Sun<br />

care is a must. Zinc, sunscreen and<br />

sun/rash vest are essential.<br />

3. Choose a good quiver! Most airlines<br />

will accept 2-3 boards as sporting<br />

goods but every airline is different.<br />

Make sure you check before your<br />

trip. Our recommended 2 board<br />

quiver is your standard all rounder<br />

& something with a bit more length<br />

for the bigger days. Remember a lot<br />

of domestic airlines have their own<br />

rules about baggage so internal<br />

flights can be a nightmare. Booking<br />

with an expert will probably save<br />

you $$$ in the long run.<br />

4. Pack your boards with love!<br />

Airports are busy places and ground<br />

crew can be pretty rough. Take your<br />

fins off if you can. Use a towel and<br />

some padding to hold them in place<br />

if you can’t. Bubble wrap is a must!<br />

Keep it light and try to minimise<br />

movement. Remember - ‘if it’s not<br />

tight and light, it’s not right’.<br />

The final question<br />

...Why?<br />

We say why not. Seriously? Just picture<br />

yourself there. The ‘big pool’ is calling you!<br />

Travel tips were provided by Grant<br />

Shankster of World Surfaris<br />

1800 611 163<br />

www.worldsurfaris.com<br />

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Photo: Daniel Sinton<br />

Photo: Chris Holland<br />

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WELCOME TO...<br />



You come for the waves and the<br />

water and won’t be disappointed<br />

by either. But when you’re ready<br />

to take a break from the beach,<br />

there’s more to this little slice of<br />

paradise than just surfing<br />

Photo: Dan Sinton<br />

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Photo: Steve Owen Photo: hermosawave.net Photo: Stacy Cochrell<br />

THIS IS<br />


The thought of a family holiday in<br />

California didn’t initially appeal. It<br />

might be a sign of my advancing<br />

years, but the word California<br />

conjured up images of TV show<br />

CHiPS, officers Frank Poncherello and<br />

Jon Baker and tight beige jodhpurs.<br />

I knew it had been more than 20<br />

years since I had visited the Golden<br />

State, but what seemed so cool as<br />

a teenager now seemed so, well,<br />

American. Not that I have anything<br />

against the Yanks; it’s just that in<br />

many ways Australia is like a 53rd<br />

state. And I wanted to go somewhere<br />

different.<br />

Boy am I glad I was overruled though.<br />

I had forgotten how great California<br />

really is.<br />

Santa Barbara through to San<br />

Francisco and further north is another<br />

world altogether. The countryside<br />

and surfing are so good it is best<br />

left to explore in a future edition of<br />

surfboarder.<br />

From Los Angeles south to San Diego,<br />

‘So Cal’ is a surfing mecca with an<br />

endless array of cool towns and some<br />

of California’s most revered shapers.<br />

LA is a big city … a bloody big<br />

city full of contrasts; the hills of<br />

Hollywood, the mix of characters who<br />

Photo: Steve Owen<br />

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walk the boulevard, the mansions of<br />

Beverley Hills, the body builders and<br />

beach babes of Venice Beach, the<br />

magic that is Disneyland, the tough<br />

streets of South-Central, and the<br />

coastline from Santa Monica down to<br />

South Bay.<br />

Sure it can be dangerous at times,<br />

and there are things you should<br />

avoid, like my wrong turn that lead<br />

us into gangbanger heartland, smack<br />

bang in the middle of south-central<br />

Los Angeles. But overall it is an<br />

amazing city to visit, particularly if<br />

you get a chance to make your way to<br />

Hermosa Beach.<br />




SUBURB, 20<br />




While it is often labelled a ‘beach<br />

city’, Hermosa is actually a small,<br />

beautiful suburb 20 minutes south<br />

of LAX and directly on the ocean.<br />

The beach is expansive, from street<br />

to water, and the famous California<br />

sidewalk known as The Strand<br />

stretches for almost 42km.<br />

As soon as you see The Strand the<br />

urge strikes to grab a skateboard or<br />

bike and scoot off. So that’s exactly<br />

what we did. My eldest daughter<br />

took off on the bicycle equivalent of<br />

a chopper, my wife and son shared<br />

a two-seater pushie, and my other<br />

daughter and I did the same.<br />

The Strand is honestly the best<br />

way to explore your surrounds,<br />

marvel at the beachfront mansions,<br />

occasionally (occasionally) ogle the<br />

beach-volleyball players (without<br />

crashing) and, of course, check out<br />

the surf.<br />

With young kids, you always keep an<br />

ever-watchful eye on the surrounds<br />

but at Hermosa I could relax. It had<br />

an incredibly laidback vibe. Pardon<br />

the cliche but the feeling was one of<br />

‘cool man’.<br />

After our bike ride we checked out<br />

a few surf shops in Pier Ave and<br />

stopped by Waterman’s Safe House<br />

for Surfers, which is proof that when<br />

Americans do something well, they<br />

do it incredibly well. The décor<br />

includes a bench seat out the front<br />

made of Sector Nine skateboards,<br />

Volcom-themed tables inside,<br />

bamboo chairs branded with the<br />

Waterman insignia, surf memorabilia<br />

and photos, and even thatched<br />

bamboo menus. Waterman’s is quite<br />

possibly the best surf-themed bar and<br />

restaurant I have come across. It was<br />

all class and the food was equally as<br />

impressive, just like the beer.<br />

With the family fed and the kids tired<br />

after their bike ride and day in the<br />

great outdoors, it was back to our<br />

luxurious Beach House Hotel corner<br />

suite for some quiet time - and a<br />

chance for me to sneak off for a wave<br />

out front.<br />

Photo: Dan Sinton<br />

Long-time local Bing Copeland played a<br />

key role in the evolution of the surfing<br />

industry, from starting work with the<br />

legendary Dale Velzy at 13 through to the<br />

1960s, when he first began shaping his own<br />

boards commercially. Since those days Bing<br />

Surfboards has become one of the longestrunning<br />

and most progressive names in the<br />

business. Now based in Gardenia, just 12km<br />

from Hermosa Beach, Bing’s work is carried<br />

on by the extremely talented Matt Calvani,<br />

who has worked for some of California’s<br />

best shapers, including Hap Jacobs, Dennis<br />

Jarvis of Spyder Surfboards, Phil Becker<br />

of Becker Surfboards and, of course, Bing<br />

Copeland and Mike Eaton.<br />

The brand is available in Australia through<br />

California Surf Imports,<br />

www.californiasurfimports.com.<br />

East coast stockists include Six Ounce Board<br />

Store, Bondi; Heritage Surf, Manly; Deus Ex<br />

Machina, Camperdown; Sandy Feet, Port<br />

Macquarie; The Log Shack, Coffs Harbour<br />


Since his appearance in the 2007 surfing<br />

documentary One California Day, Tyler<br />

Hatzikian has been the California shaper on<br />

everyone’s lips. A resident of El Segundo,<br />

just 6.5km north of Hermosa, his boards<br />

are exquisite, whether you are after a<br />

noserider, a performance longboard, or<br />

retro or modern shortboard. The range is<br />

unbelievable, as is his glassing jobs; check<br />

out The Ridler and start salivating. Even<br />

better, the boards are now available in<br />

Australia through Southcoast Longboards,<br />

www.southcoastlongboards.com.au<br />



Photo: Daniel Sinton<br />

Photo: Robert Masys<br />











Whilst not the hottest of So-Cal’s (Southern California)<br />

surf spots it has a variety of good waves for the advanced<br />

through to the beginner.<br />

Hermosa Beach itself generates your typical beach break<br />

set-up with peaks left and right. 16th Street has wellshaped<br />

waves over sandbars offshore of the storm drain.<br />

Hermosa Pier has descent peaks peeling off both sides<br />

of the pier.<br />

Waves can be hollow and fast when smaller summer<br />

south-west swells combine with easterlies in the<br />

morning. The area holds swells up to about 6ft. Winter<br />

swells work as well but can tend to be too juicy for the<br />

banks to handle with sets closing out quickly.<br />

Further north up the road, Manhattan Beach generally<br />

has superior breaks to Hermosa and is the first spot in the<br />

South bay to see south swells. The area can hold swells<br />

up to 10 ft. The Rendondo Breakwater just south of<br />

Hermosa Pier is the pick of the spots and the premier LA<br />

big wave destination handling swells 20ft+.<br />


Bottom: sand<br />

Break: left and right, best in peaky swell<br />

Level: generally beginner to intermediate<br />

Best conditions: low to medium tide, E/SE winds<br />

Best when: September through November<br />

Board: short or long, more often long<br />

Water temps: 15 in summer,10 in winter.<br />

Crowd factor: spread out, low key vibe, but is a city<br />

break and can get crowded<br />

Hazards: Negotiating close-outs, water pollution<br />

following heavy rains<br />

Photo: Steve Owen<br />

Photo: Daniel Sinton<br />

Photo: Robert Masys<br />

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Photo: Robert Masys<br />


Hermosa Beach is in the South Bay region<br />

of greater Los Angeles and is bordered<br />

by the other Beach Cities - Manhattan<br />

Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to<br />

the south.<br />

The city itself extends only 15 blocks from<br />

east to west and 40 blocks from north to<br />

south. The Pacific Coast Highway runs<br />

down the middle.<br />

Average temperatures are 24 degrees<br />

in the summer through to 13 degrees in<br />

the winter. Gentle westerly sea breezes<br />

take the edge off what can be high<br />

summertime temperatures in Los Angeles<br />

and elsewhere in the county.<br />

These same breezes help keep the famous<br />

LA smog away 360 days of the year.<br />

Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier<br />

Avenue, the community’s main shopping,<br />

eating and partying areas.<br />

The area is home to sun worshippers<br />

and beach-loving athletes alike, from<br />

surfers through to beach volleyballers.<br />

Check out beautiful people exercising<br />

throughout the day.<br />

Properties within a short walk of the<br />

ocean routinely sell for well over $AU1.7<br />

million. Those with direct, unhindered<br />

views routinely ask in excess of $2.3mi.<br />

Homes on The Strand frequently sell for<br />

$3.5–11.5m.<br />

TOWN<br />

MUST DO<br />

Surf. The obvious<br />

Cruise The Strand. Hermosa Cyclery, next to the Beach House<br />

Hotel, opens seven days a week; from 9am-6pm in summer and 9am-<br />

5pm in winter. Rent a cruiser from $8 and a tandem from $15 p/h.<br />

A FIIK skateboard would go nuts here. Check out page 93.<br />

Waterman’s Safe House for Surfers. 22 Pier Ave. Surf-themed<br />

restaurant/bar with surf memorabilia and fantastic food.<br />

Spyder Surf. Part of the scene since 1983. For several years now,<br />

a Spyder Surf Fest has been held in April to celebrate surf culture<br />

Californian style. For your chance to attend the festival, see the inside<br />

back page of this edition.<br />

Disneyland. 1313 S. Disneyland Dve, Anaheim. The world’s best<br />

theme park is only a 30-45 minute drive. But truth be told, there’s<br />

nothing else remotely like it in the world. Just as much fun for<br />

parents as for the kids.<br />


Flights<br />

Qantas flies direct from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne into<br />

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Sydney to LA takes about<br />

thirteen-and-a-half hours. Check out other airlines for their routes.<br />

Documents<br />

As with all overseas trips, you need a passport. But Australian<br />

nationals can now travel without a visa through the United States<br />

Visa Waiver program, under which you must apply in advance for an<br />

electronic authorisation known as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel<br />

Authorisation). For details talk to your travel agent or visit www.<br />

qantas.com.au or www.esta.us/<br />

Baggage limits<br />

Each Qantas passenger is allowed two pieces of baggage, provided<br />

they do not exceed 23kg each. No single piece can exceed 32kg per<br />

passenger. Providing your surfboard does not exceed 9ft or 32kg they<br />

can be included in your free baggage allowance. Additional baggage<br />

is charged.<br />

The most amazing<br />

range of Longboards,<br />

Retro and<br />

Shortboard brands on<br />

the East Coast<br />

including<br />

Mandala, Mackie, Van Straalen, Takayama, Neal<br />

Purchase jnr, Bing, Zed, Formular Energy, Gato<br />

Heroi, Mctavish, Firewire, Chilli, JS, Al Merrick, Lost,<br />

Dahlberg, Stacey, Insight, Fibre Flex, Webber, 7S,<br />

Clear, Xanadu, Aloha...<br />

40 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction<br />

Phone: 02 9389 5477<br />

www.surfculture.com.au<br />

www.sixounceboardstore.com.au<br />

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The Beach House Hotel is the only place<br />

to stay in Hermosa. Right on The Strand<br />

and right on the beach, it’s also right in<br />

the heart of the action.<br />

LA Magazine calls the luxury hotel<br />

one of the 100 sexiest people, places<br />

or things to do in the area. And its<br />

location couldn’t be more perfect – just<br />

20 minutes from LAX airport, nestled<br />

in Hermosa’s sunny heart. Smack bang<br />

between Manhattan and Redondo<br />

beaches it’s just a 30-45 minute<br />

drive from major drawcards such as<br />

Disneyland, Universal Studios, Beverly<br />

Hills and Rodeo Drive.<br />

The hotel boasts 96 lofts and suites,<br />

which evoke the feel of staying in a<br />

private beach house with separate<br />

bedroom and living spaces, fireplaces,<br />

wet bars and full sink, microwaves,<br />

refrigerators, goosedown comforters,<br />

Frette linens and robes, high-definition<br />

flatscreen TVs, a five-disc CD player and<br />

iPod docking station. To sneak in a little<br />

business with pleasure, each room has<br />

two-line phones with voicemail that are<br />

fax and modem ready, as well as free<br />

wireless internet access.<br />

After a day on the waves, settle on the<br />

balcony to relax with a drink as the sun<br />

sets over the Pacific. Watch local surfers<br />

– and the occasional volleyballer – do<br />

their thing.<br />

The urban oasis also offers an extensive<br />

array of decadent spa therapies while<br />

inroom massages are just the trick to<br />

ease aching muscles.<br />

Take it from us, if you are going to spend<br />

the money to get to Hermosa Beach, you<br />

might as well stay at the best.<br />


1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach<br />

Proximity: On the beach, in town<br />

Phone: (310) 374-30<strong>01</strong><br />

Email: info@beach-house.com<br />

www.beach-house.com<br />

(USD) $209 - $489 per room, per night<br />

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Words cant describe what it’s like to take the drop on a heavy board, drive through a bottom turn and slingshot yourself<br />

down the line on a nice, clean 4ft peeler. Only a surfer knows what it like experiencing that intense feeling of momentum<br />

and glide when your flying across an open face, locked in a high speed trim with the lip feathering just in front of you.<br />

Through the 80’s and 90’s, the art of making and riding heavier boards took a back seat to lighter, finer and more<br />

progressive shapes in the name of performance, but I’ve always had of a love affair with riding original, old boards and it<br />

has definitely had a huge influence on my own shaping.<br />

Over the last couple of years I’ve been revisiting a lot of the old-fashioned methods of surfboard construction, using<br />

solid timber stringers combined with weightier trimmed lap glass-jobs and through this I’ve found a whole new world of<br />

possibilities on the face of a wave.<br />

I think the whole ‘lighter is better’ thing its one of the most common misconceptions in the surfboard design today!<br />

Whether it be long or short, a bit of extra resin, glass and volume in your next board wont hurt.<br />

The most exiting movement in surfing over the last 10 years has been the revival of wider, thicker and heavier retro-based<br />

surfcraft. We’re extremely lucky here in Australia to have a real depth of talented local craftsman putting their own unique<br />

spin on some old concepts. So go check out what your local shaper has to offer. Theres no one better to get you on the<br />

right stick for where you surf.<br />

Try some heavier boards out in the water and see how they work for your style of surfing, and don’t be afraid to give some<br />

older boards a go too. Who knows, your new favorite board could even be laying underneath the house, covered inch-deep<br />

in dust just crying out for a some love.<br />

Jordie Brown is the man behind High Tide Surfboards in Skenes Creek, Victoria. See more at www.hightidesurfboards.com<br />

INSIDE...<br />




All the latest designs in shortboards, longboards and more<br />

from shapers along the East Coast<br />


POINTED NOSE: Used for performance<br />

boards, allows for curvier rails, assists<br />

with big drops and steep waves. Also<br />

good for duck-diving.<br />

ROUNDED POINT NOSE: Less responsive but<br />

allows for extra volume in the nose for<br />

more floatation.<br />

ROUND NOSE: Used on Mals, assists stability<br />

and glide across the water surface.<br />

FOIL: This represents the distribution of<br />

foam or thickness across the board from<br />

the nose to the tail. Impacts floatation,<br />

the ease of paddling, and overall board<br />

performance.<br />


CURVED RAILS: Boards with curved rails<br />

allow for responsive direction change and<br />

acceleration from turns (eg shortboards,<br />

fish and eggs).<br />

STRAIGHT RAILS: Provide speed and direction<br />

and sacrifice responsively. Mals and guns<br />

utilise straighter rails.<br />


DOWN RAILS: The edge of the board is on<br />

the underneath. The rest of the board<br />

eases over to the deck.<br />

ROLLED RAILS: Down rails, which are slightly<br />

rolled under.<br />

SOFT RAILS: Have a round radius of at least 2cm<br />

HARD RAILS: Have a smaller, sharp edge.<br />


PIN TAIL: Suited for traction, control and<br />

speed. Used for big surf Guns.<br />

ROUND TAIL: All-rounder, control, speed, and<br />

manoeuvrability.<br />

SQUASH TAIL: Common on short-boards,<br />

more responsiveness than the round tail.<br />

SWALLOW TAIL: Wider tail providing speed<br />

in slow section, good for small waves,<br />

Used for Fish.<br />

SQUARE TAIL: Adds stability and allows<br />

for pivotal turns. Commonly used with<br />

longboards.<br />

ROCKER: The bend from tail to nose.<br />

Less rocker provide more surface tension<br />

and allows for speed ease in getting on<br />

waves. Large rocker loosens up the board<br />

and allows for responsive turning and<br />

surviving nasty drops.<br />

THE DECK<br />

DOME DECK: Allows for volume in middle<br />

while maintaining thinner rail profiles for<br />

turns and manoeuvrability.<br />

FLAT DECK: Provides for thicker rails and<br />

increased flotation.<br />

STEP DECK: Allows for move volume and<br />

strength and paddle power.<br />


FLAT: A flat underside assists with planing<br />

on the water surface.<br />

CONCAVE: The broad scoop through the<br />

middle of the underside channels water<br />

to the fins for speed.<br />

DOUBLE CONCAVE: Commonly used is single<br />

concave at front and double towards the<br />

back allows for looseness.<br />

CHANNELS: Grooves used to channel water<br />

across the underside of the board for speed<br />

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RILEY<br />


Mark Riley is a pretty matter of fact character that doesn’t<br />

suffer fools. His personality is reflected in his craftsmanship<br />

of quality balsa surfboards – a no nonsense approach to<br />

producing strong, durable, quality surfboards that work,<br />

plain and simple.<br />

Riley’s boards are stunning on the outside, but we asked<br />

Mark about the inside - the basic elements of his surfboard<br />

design and construction that set them apart from the rest.<br />


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Setting the tone for Mark Riley’s entire operation and a direct<br />

reflection on his absolute attention to every detail, all Riley surfboards<br />

are 100% hand-shaped and glassed in Australia – no exceptions.<br />

Mark’s boards are made from the finest balsa available. Boards can be<br />

constructed of solid balsa, like the replica boards of the 50’s and 60’s,<br />

or with a foam core. These boards are still incredibly strong but are a<br />

lot lighter, delivering more of a high performance surfboard.<br />

The balsa is sourced from sustainable, eco-friendly farms in Ecuador.<br />

With deforestation of pristine forests proving to be one of the world’s<br />

biggest problems for our eco system, Mark was keen to ensure he is<br />

using a renewable resource that would not have a negative impact on<br />

the environment. Further to this commitment, Mark now grows balsa<br />

trees near Cooktown in northern Queensland. Better still, because<br />

the balsa substrate is stronger than a regular polyurethane blank, his<br />

boards require less resin, further enhancing their green credentials.<br />

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Mark’s performance boards are made with a foam core.<br />

The type of foam used is a recycled EPS foam which<br />

makes a great surfboard and is more environmentally<br />

friendly than a standard PU surfboard. EPS foam does<br />

not share the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) or<br />

dangerous isocyanates found in polyurethane.<br />

However, because the foam is recycled it is not bonded<br />

as well as virgin EPS, so it requires a veneer over it<br />

as the lamination is what delivers the strength. This<br />

method makes the perfect inner core for a surfboard. A<br />

balsa skin is then effectively glued to the EPS foam core.<br />

Balsa is the preferred material because it is the lightest<br />

and easiest to work with and sand compared to other<br />

woods and resin sticks to it better than other woods.<br />

Blanks are then made in a process called regranulation.<br />

Clean scrap pieces of EPS like used packing foam from<br />

new TVs and fridges are put through regranulators and<br />

pumped into the shape mould and heated. Once the<br />

blanks are ejected from the mould they are shuttled<br />

into large gas oven drying rooms. They are stored in the<br />

ovens for a set period of time at a set temperature until<br />

removed and stored until required.<br />

The unique combination of balsa and EPS foam delivers<br />

great flex and flotation characteristics, making Riley<br />

boards responsive as well as durable.<br />


Mark’s solid balsa boards are constructed of either first<br />

or second grade balsa. The grade of balsa used depends<br />

on the rider, what they are after and how much they<br />

want to spend. Second grade balsa is a bit heavier,<br />

darker and has more knots featured in the wood. Some<br />

people prefer this more rustic look while others prefer a<br />

lighter cleaner appearance.<br />

Other woods are incorporated into the construction<br />

such as South American Red Cedar which is used in all<br />

stringers because the polyester resin used sticks better<br />

to it than Western Red Cedar.<br />

When asked about using alternative woods, such as<br />

Paulownia, Mark explains his preference is to work<br />

with balsa. “Paulownia is more expensive and heavier<br />

than balsa. That said, Paulownia is harder than balsa.<br />

You can even use both types of wood in the one board<br />

if you desire but you have to consider the weight of the<br />

finished board. I personally recommend using balsa.<br />

It’s lighter, softer, easier to work with, cheaper, better<br />

looking, has better adhesive properties to fiberglass,<br />

is faster growing, has more history and greater market<br />

acceptance as a classic material for building wooden<br />

surfboards.<br />

Mark is also direct in his assessment of hollowing balsa<br />

boards to lighten them. “There are a lot of risks for not<br />

a big advantage of hollowing out a board. The air inside<br />

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– NO<br />


the chamber can heat up if you leave the board on the<br />

beach or in the car and eventually it will expand and<br />

pull the board apart. I would definitely not recommend<br />

hollowing a board out.“<br />



Riley’s foam core boards are lighter and more suitable<br />

for today’s performance surfing. However, if you are<br />

into the retro, cruisy feel, you should consider a solid<br />

board. The price is essentially the same. Each method<br />

of construction takes around 30 hours to make a board<br />

from scratch.<br />

It’s interesting to note, all Riley boards come with a<br />

12-month guarantee. Basically, if you snap it, Mark<br />

will replace it. With that said, no Riley surfboard<br />

has apparently been snapped in the last 10 years. It<br />

sounds like a challenge for a few of our surfing mates<br />

who seem to have a fascination with trips to the ding<br />

repair shop.<br />

The reason for the guarantee? Mark is confident<br />

his boards are without doubt the highest quality<br />

available. He goes on to explain why his boards are so<br />

affordable compared to other balsa boards that cost<br />

sometimes in excess of $4000 USD. “The reason my<br />

boards are so attractively priced is four-fold. We grow<br />

and import our own balsa wood from Ecuador.<br />

“The trees are fast growing and we only harvest the<br />

largest trees. Plus, the balsa is imported by ship, not<br />

air and we have continually refined and improved<br />

the operation since its inception in 1996.”<br />

If you are considering a Riley surfboard, Mark<br />

has a range of demo boards that can be shipped<br />

anywhere in Australia for a small charge and a<br />

nominal rental fee of $50 per week, deducted from<br />

the price on purchase.<br />


For people who want to gain the experience of building<br />

a balsa board themselves, Mark has developed a range<br />

of DIY kits for people of varying levels of experience.<br />

There are complete balsa surfboard shaping sets for<br />

solid or foam core surfboards and for those daunted by<br />

the task of complete assembly, the balsa blanks allow<br />

one to just sand down a finished shape, do the glassing<br />

and claim the glory.<br />

To make sure you don’t lose your way through the<br />

board-building process, the solid kits come with a<br />

instructional DVD and there is an e-book that you can<br />

download from the web site, or for the tecnhophobes,<br />

Mark even has printed copies to mail out.<br />

The foam core kit however is strictly for those in the<br />

know and as such, doesn’t come with instructions.<br />

If you don’t already have experience with glue-up<br />

techniques, vacuum bagging and the required tools, no<br />

DVD or e-book is going to help you. And balsa makes<br />

for expensive firewood.<br />

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Being a father himself, Mark is passionate<br />

about passing on his love of surfing and<br />

surfboards to the next generation.<br />

We were fortunate enough to go along<br />

with Mark when he visited the Year 2 class<br />

of Yowie Bay Public School to present a<br />

surfboard-making demonstration for the<br />

8-year olds. Wide-eyed and attentive, the<br />

kids got to see and feel a finished surfboard,<br />

feel the weight of a piece of balsa wood and<br />

hear all about what goes into the making of a<br />

surfboard – from the raw wood right through<br />

to glassing. Best of all, the day ended with<br />

the kids being able to make their very own<br />

mini balsa wood Malibu to take home.<br />

With their surfboards all sanded and<br />

stamped, it was plain to see that surfing had<br />

them excited, and how much they had all<br />

enjoyed the experience. In years to come, I’m<br />

sure that there will be more than one of them<br />

that will be able to look back and remember<br />

this as the day their love for surfing first<br />

began. And who knows… there may even be<br />

a budding shaper among them.<br />

And with the success of the event evident,<br />

Mark says that he hopes to be able to present<br />

more of these workshops in the future, which<br />

is only good news for the kids out there.<br />


For those of us keen to know what the<br />

tide is doing when planning our next<br />

surf, Mark makes individually handcrafted<br />

time and tide clocks which are<br />

miniature replicas of his surfboards<br />

and board racks are hand-crafted to fit<br />

any shape board from short to long.<br />



Every piece is different.<br />

WOOD” Every piece unique.<br />

FINS<br />

Mark makes a full range of fins to meet<br />

each individual surfer’s requirements -<br />

raked longboard and stabiliser fin sets,<br />

twin fin keel sets, thrusters, quads,<br />

D Fins and single-fin traditional retro<br />

styles. Surfers can choose between<br />

glassed-in fins or fin-boxes.<br />

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All boards are...<br />

• 12 month warranty - you snap it - we replace it<br />

• Micro-tagged to prevent theft<br />



The Performer combines the best of both worlds - a recycled<br />

EPS foam core and 2-3mm balsawood skin. With a weight<br />

of only 7-8 kg and an emphasis on manoeuvrability and<br />

maximum speed, the Performer is designed and shaped<br />

for today's high performance longboarding. The Performer<br />

comes with a single box fin and two smaller stabiliser fins.<br />

Custom orders are welcome<br />

Specifications<br />

Length:9'0'' - 9'4''<br />

Width: 22 1/4'' - 23'<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2'' - 3'''<br />

Type of surfer suited for: intermediate<br />

Type of waves suited for: 1' to 8'<br />

Approx. weight of board: 7-8kg<br />

Type of construction: foam core modern longboard<br />

Type of stringer: triple - 30mm apart<br />

Bottom: Vee<br />

Tail shape: rounded square<br />

Rails: nose: 70/30 centre: 80/20 tail 90/10<br />

The Allrounder is an EPS foam-core<br />

performance MiniMal. It is the<br />

only board that features our newly<br />

designed 1/8’’ cedar rail stringers<br />

for added stiffness on smaller<br />

waves. This type of board is suited<br />

to most riders – perfect for small to<br />

medium sized conditions and great<br />

for all ages.<br />

Specifications<br />

Length: 7’0’’ - 8’6’’<br />

Width: 20 1/2’’ - 23’’<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2’’ -3’’<br />

Type of surfer suited for: beginner<br />

to experienced<br />

Type of waves suited for: 1 ft<br />

to 6 ft<br />

Approx. weight of board: 3.5 kg<br />

Type of construction: EPS foam<br />

core<br />

Type of Stringer: Riley cedar rail<br />

stringers & centre stringer<br />

Bottom: Vee<br />

Tail shape: square<br />

Rails: hard 80/20<br />



My expectation is that a wooden board would be incredibly heavy, but<br />

due to its foam and balsa construction - even at at 9’3 - the Performer<br />

is actually very light, yet it’s also rock-solid, with a great finish. The<br />

materials also appear to give it that bit of extra flotation, which makes<br />

paddling easy.<br />

Test conditions were small but the board responded well, easily catching<br />

the weak swell on offer. The Performer also responded well to turns. Even<br />

though we were only gliding along ripples, the board was stable enough<br />

to provide plenty of opportunity for riding up near the nose.<br />

This is definitely a wooden board not just designed for the wall, but a<br />

good all-round ‘performer’ that is definitely easy to surf. I’m sure it would<br />

handle some quality surf and cope well with a much faster wave.<br />

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The Riley Classic is a solid Malibu inspired by these<br />

boards of the 50’s and 60’s which the Australians,<br />

Americans and Hawaiians rode at the small point<br />

breaks of Noosa, Malibu and Waikiki. This is a great<br />

board for hot-dogging and reminiscing about those good<br />

ol’ days. The Classic should definitely be ridden but<br />

nonetheless it looks great on office walls, restaurants,<br />

homes and shops, creating a heritage look.<br />

Specifications<br />

Length: 9’0’’ - 12’<br />

Width: 22 1/2’’ - 23’’<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2’’ - 3’<br />

Type of surfer suited for: mature<br />

Type of waves suited for: 1-4 ft<br />

Approx. weight of board: 12-15kg<br />

Type of construction: solid balsawood<br />

Type of stringer: triple cedar stringer<br />

Bottom shape: flat<br />

Tail shape: square<br />

Rails: 50-50<br />

THE LIMB<br />

The Limb is a balsa skinned EPS foam core<br />

shortboard. The recycled EPS foam and the absence<br />

of a stringer create a significant reduction in weight<br />

bringing the Stick to around 3kg with great memory<br />

and flex. This is a great board for beach breaks<br />

from 2 to 8 foot waves, the Riley Limb has a set<br />

thrusters fins – but boxes are optional at no extra<br />

cost. The Riley balsa coloured fin system allows for<br />

changing fin setups and lets you choose between fin<br />

size, rake, angles, material, and more.<br />

Specifications<br />

Length: 5’10’’ - 6’8’’<br />

Width: 18 1/2’’-20’’<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2’’ -3’’<br />

Type of surfer suited for: advanced to experienced<br />

Type of waves suited for: 2 ft to 8 ft<br />

Approx. weight of board: 3 kg<br />

Type of construction: Recycled EPS foam core<br />

Type of stringer: none<br />

Bottom shape: Vee scoop in the tail to concave<br />

centre and concave nose<br />

Tail shape: rounded square<br />

Rails: 80/20<br />

Logo: Computer cut cedar balsa giving it the natural<br />

look and feel.<br />

Tail Blocks: Thinner tail block<br />

Volume: Slightly more thickness and volume than<br />

the stick<br />

Fins: Stick on 4 ½” wood combo thruster<br />


The Stick is a balsa skinned EPS foam core shortboard.<br />

The recycled EPS foam and the absence of a<br />

stringer create a significant reduction in weight bringing<br />

the Stick to around 3kg. For summer and its small<br />

waves, the Riley Stick is also available as a quad.<br />

This quad is way faster than your standard thruster or<br />

even twin fin and much more responsive.<br />

Specifications<br />

Length: 5’2’’ - 6’8’’<br />

Width: 18 1/2’’-20’’<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2’’ -3’’<br />

Type of surfer suited for: advanced to experienced<br />

Type of waves suited for: 1/2 ft to 9 ft<br />

Approx. weight of board: 3 kg<br />

Type of construction: EPS foam core<br />

Type of stringer: none<br />

Bottom shape: Vee scoop in the tail to concave<br />

centre and concave nose<br />

Tail shape: swallow<br />

Rails: 80/20<br />


This is the modern version of the retro fish. It has a<br />

little less volume with a rolled deck giving it better<br />

and tighter turns. This has a quad fin box set up<br />

that can be used as a twin also. The cedar stringers<br />

separate the stained balsa strips to represents the<br />

Striped Mackerel<br />

Specifications<br />

Length: 5’10’’ - 6’4’’<br />

Width: 20’’ - 22’’<br />

Thickness: 2 1/2 - 3’’<br />

Type of surfer suited for: advanced to experienced<br />

Type of waves suited for: 1/2 ft to 5 ft<br />

Approx. weight of board: 4.6 kg<br />

Type of construction: EPS foam core<br />

Type of stringer: Cedar parallel stringers<br />

Bottom shape: Vee from nose to centre and flat<br />

at the tail<br />

Tail shape: swallow<br />

Rails: Vee at front & centre and flat at tail<br />

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Did you know?<br />

*A former WCT<br />

competitor,<br />

Glyndon Ringrose<br />

of Island<br />

Surfboards, was<br />

one of the only<br />

surfers on the<br />

tour who was<br />

riding boards he<br />

shaped himself.<br />

Turbo Fish<br />

by Island EVO<br />

by Island<br />

Shaper: Glyndyn Ringrose<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’7”x21 ¼”x2 5/8”<br />

(Also from 5’6” to 7’6”)<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

1-5ft everyday average<br />

conditions<br />

Ability level: Fun for all<br />

Suits: Shaped to suit<br />

customer, any size.<br />

Description:<br />

Fuller nose, swallow tail,<br />

double concave and flatter<br />

rocker<br />

Construction: PU,<br />

glassed in a combination<br />

of 6oz and 4oz to customer<br />

requirement.<br />

Fins: Thruster or Quad,<br />

FCS or Futures<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Fun board for your<br />

average conditions that<br />

anyone can ride and have<br />

fun. Ordered by everyone<br />

from our team riders, to<br />

dads wanting to surf with<br />

the kids.<br />


147 Thompson Ave,<br />

Cowes, Phillip Island VIC<br />

Ph: 03 5952 2578<br />

E: cowes@<br />

islandsurfboards.com.au<br />

islandsurfboards.com.au<br />

Shaper: Greg Hogan<br />

Dimensions:<br />

7’0”x 20 ½”x 2 ¾”<br />

(Also 6’6” to 7’11”)<br />

Ideal conditions: All<br />

round<br />

Ability level:<br />

Beginner to advanced.<br />

Suits: Surfers of all levels<br />

who want comfort and ease<br />

Description: Rounded<br />

pintail, full concave into<br />

slight double, slight V<br />

through nose to feed<br />

Construction: PU,<br />

glassed in a combination<br />

of 6oz and 4oz to customer<br />

requirement<br />

Fins: Thruster, FCS or<br />

Futures<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Shaped for comfort and<br />

ease of surfing, paddle<br />

power maximised<br />

without compromising<br />

manoeuvrability. Shaped for<br />

surfers going up or down<br />

in board size and also guys<br />

travelling overseas. A board<br />

for all conditions, possibly<br />

the most universal shape<br />

on offer.<br />


147 Thompson Ave,<br />

Cowes, Phillip Island VIC<br />

Ph: 03 5952 2578<br />

E: cowes@<br />

islandsurfboards.com.au<br />

islandsurfboards.com.au<br />

Scimitar<br />

by Primitive Surf<br />

Shaper: Craig Rees<br />

Dimensions: 5’7’’ - 6’8’’<br />

Above 6’1’’ x 19 ¼’’ x 2 ¼’’<br />

Ability level:<br />

Intermediate and up<br />

Suits: Different sizes<br />

Description: The latest<br />

addition to the Primitive<br />

range. A blend of two old<br />

favourites, the Punt and<br />

Performance Shortboard,<br />

the Scimitar has a wider<br />

planshape married with a<br />

performance rocker giving<br />

you the ease of riding<br />

a wider board that you<br />

can still trust when its<br />

over 4ft.<br />

Construction: PU foam<br />

with polyester resin,<br />

Vacuum bagged with<br />

Carbon/Kevlar.<br />

Fins: Thruster or quad<br />

Shaper comment: Most<br />

guys are riding this model<br />

2-3 inches shorter than<br />

their normal shortboard.<br />

With the aim of making a<br />

more durable product we<br />

have also been vacuum<br />

bagging the glass on with<br />

Carbon Kevlar around the<br />

rails. The result is a super<br />

strong, lightweight board<br />

that is much less likely to<br />

end up in two pieces.<br />


6<strong>01</strong> Nudgee Rd,<br />

Nundah, Qld 4<strong>01</strong>2<br />

Ph: 07 3266 10<strong>01</strong><br />

E: info@primitivesurf.com<br />

www.primitivesurf.com<br />

Freak<br />

by Zak Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Ken Reimers<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’4 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/4<br />

Ideal conditions: 2ft-5ft<br />

Ability level:<br />

Novice to Intermediate<br />

Description: Designed<br />

as a surfboard that surfs<br />

like a shortboard but<br />

offers heaps of bouyancy.<br />

It has a shortboard rocker,<br />

single into concave with<br />

a chine rail to give plenty<br />

of release from rail to rail<br />

and makes it handle sucky<br />

beachies, not like a fish.<br />

Concave deck for a stable<br />

paddle platform which<br />

gives the surfer a board<br />

with wave count in mind.<br />

Construction: Polyester<br />

resin 6 oz bottom, 10oz<br />

deck<br />

Fins: 5 FCS plugs - ride it<br />

as a quad or a thruster<br />

Shaper comment: Super<br />

fun and easy to ride. Has<br />

plenty of release and<br />

loves big arc turns. A<br />

must for the surfer who<br />

wants everthing in just<br />

one board.<br />


307 Victoria Road<br />

Thornbury VIC 3071<br />

Ph: 03 9416 7384<br />

Mobile: 0438 416 738<br />

zak@zaksurfboards.com<br />

zaksurfboards.com<br />

Flextail<br />

by Bushrat<br />

Shaper: Jed Done<br />

Ideal conditions: An allrounder<br />

to work from 1’ to 6’.<br />

Ability: Int to advanced<br />

Suits: This custom<br />

was built for a young,<br />

experienced 80kg surfer.<br />

It can be made to suit any<br />

age, weight and style.<br />

Description: Performance<br />

flextail with a slight hip<br />

to promote top to bottom<br />

surfing. A very fast and<br />

carvy surfboard. Has a<br />

slightly rounded nose (on<br />

trial) to prevent carnage.<br />

Construction: Vinyl-ester<br />

S-glass bottom; polyester<br />

deck; stringerless PU blank;<br />

western red cedar rods<br />

in the rails on deck; thin<br />

carbon fibre/cedar strips on<br />

bottom; carbon fibre flextail.<br />

Fins: 4-Way Fin System Z fins<br />

Shaper comment: These<br />

flextails have a negative<br />

tail rocker, which increases<br />

down-the-line speed and<br />

drive. Once tail is loaded in a<br />

turn it flexes to suit the arc in<br />

which you’re travelling, then<br />

springs back to negative<br />

position at the apex of<br />

the turn giving the board<br />

continuous stored energy,<br />

which equals top end speed.<br />


Merimbula NSW<br />

Ph: 0409 813 431<br />

E: jed@bushrat.com<br />

www.bushrat.com<br />

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Delta<br />

by Fullcircle<br />

Shaper: Russell Francis<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’ x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16”<br />

Ideal conditions: 1ft-5ft<br />

Ability level:<br />

Intermediate to advanced<br />

Suits: 70-75kg<br />

Description: A smaller<br />

wave board for all round<br />

conditions. Flipped nose<br />

with a moderate rocker<br />

line and a medium single<br />

concave with smaller<br />

boxy rails and a widish<br />

thinned tail.<br />

Construction: Burford<br />

foam 4 x 6 x 4 glassing<br />

with carbon heel and toe<br />

patches.<br />

Fins: Thruster<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Smooth small wave board<br />

running a single concave<br />

with easy rails on entry<br />

and boxed square rails<br />

starting in front of the fins<br />

through to the tail, giving<br />

this board lots of spark.<br />


4-5 Vista Place<br />

Cape Woolamai VIC 3925<br />

Ph: 03 5956 7453<br />

115 Marine Parade<br />

San Remo VIC 3925<br />

Ph: 03 5678 5873<br />

fullcirclesurf.com.au<br />

Combo<br />

by Fullcircle<br />

Shaper: Russell Francis<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’2” x 20 1/2” x 2 5/8”<br />

Ideal conditions: 2ft-6ft<br />

Ability level:<br />

Novice to advanced<br />

Suits: 80-90kg<br />

Description: Great<br />

all-rounder for a variety<br />

of surfers. Single to<br />

double concave running<br />

through the swallow tail.<br />

Low rocker making for an<br />

easy paddler with a curvy<br />

planshape.The perfect<br />

Combo.<br />

Construction: Burford<br />

foam 4 x 6 x 4 glassing<br />

with carbon heel and toe<br />

patches.<br />

Fins: Thruster<br />

Shaper comment: A<br />

super fast and easy to<br />

ride board with plenty<br />

of paddle power with<br />

thinned nose and tail<br />

for sensitivity. Double<br />

concave through the tail<br />

giving extra drive and<br />

confidence.<br />


4-5 Vista Place<br />

Cape Woolamai VIC 3925<br />

Ph: 03 5956 7453<br />

115 Marine Parade<br />

San Remo VIC 3925<br />

Ph: 03 5678 5873<br />

fullcirclesurf.com.au<br />

Gunshot Dancer<br />

by Gangsta<br />

Shaper: Christian Chapman<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’1 x 18 ½ x 2 ¼<br />

Ideal conditions: Fast,<br />

hollow waves.<br />

Suits: 80kg surfer with<br />

back foot power<br />

Description: Fast board<br />

for Gold Coast points,<br />

with single twin through<br />

to front foot.<br />

Construction: All<br />

gangsta boards are<br />

100% hand shaped. 3ply<br />

stringers for strength<br />

Fins: FCS, but shaper<br />

does avise on set fins for<br />

performance and drive<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Special Gangsta<br />

fin placement for<br />

performance and drive to<br />

improve any surfer.<br />


Glen ‘Pugs’ Johnson<br />

Ph: 0438 158 993 or<br />

+62 81 805 534 069 (Bali)<br />

Mermaid Beach Store<br />

Shop 1/2558 Gold Coast<br />

Coast Hwy, Mermaid<br />

Beach, QLD 4218<br />

Ph: 07 5526 6969<br />

Gangsta Surf - Bali<br />

Poppies Lane 1 Kuta<br />

Bali-Indonesia<br />

Ph: +62 361 767 174<br />

The Slapper<br />

by Islantis<br />

Shaper: Grem<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’1’’ x 20 1/8’’ x 2 5/8’’.<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-5ft<br />

beaches/reefs/pointbreaks.<br />

Ability: Novice to pro.<br />

Suits: All - available in<br />

custom.<br />

Description: A blend of<br />

what works in a shortboard<br />

and in a fish. Designed and<br />

created by Grem and the<br />

Islantis team to cater for<br />

the world class beach and<br />

reef break setups on Phillip<br />

Island. A performance fish<br />

style board with volume.<br />

Construction: Ocean<br />

Foam hardcore blanks, FGI<br />

resins and Airilite cloth<br />

Fins: 3 or 5 fin, with 5 fin<br />

FCS/Futures most popular.<br />

Change your fin setup to<br />

suit the conditions. Surf as<br />

a Twinny/Thruster or Quad.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Currently our most<br />

popular model. Ease of<br />

paddling, accelleration and<br />

destroying a lip are second<br />

to none. Custom orders<br />

about 2-weeks. Demos<br />

available from shop.<br />


10-12 Phillip Island Tourist<br />

Rd, Phillip Island, Vic 3925<br />

Ph: 03 5956 7553<br />

info@islantis.com.au<br />

www.islantis.com.au<br />

DS 10<br />

by Diverse<br />

Shaper: Dave Verrall<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’3 x 19 x 2 3/8” = 28.4L<br />

Ideal conditions: Good<br />

surf.. 2-6 foot hollow<br />

beach breaks & cracking<br />

points.<br />

Suits: You.. if you want<br />

to rip tear & shred every<br />

wave that comes your<br />

way. Traditional high<br />

performance thruster.<br />

Description: You need<br />

a good shortboard in<br />

your quiver that just goes<br />

insane when the surf is<br />

great. Fast, loose, drive<br />

and control - the Sprint has<br />

it all. Ten second tubes,<br />

huge hacks, tail slides or<br />

kerrupt flips. You can do it,<br />

well, so can the Sprint.<br />

Construction:<br />

Polyurethane foam, wood<br />

stringer & polyester<br />

resin.. traditional proven<br />

materials!<br />

Fins: Fin Solutions thruster<br />

setup. Stronger than the<br />

average 2 plug system,<br />

take FCS replacements.<br />

Shaper comment: If you<br />

want to win contests, come<br />

and see me!<br />


476 Gold Coast Hwy,<br />

Tugun, QLD 4224<br />

Ph: 07 5598 4848<br />

dave@diversesurf.com.au<br />

diversesurf.com.au<br />

Diverse is serious<br />

about customdressing<br />

their<br />

surfboards. See<br />

diversesurf.com.au/art/<br />

for more<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



Tip: If you buy a<br />

Garrett, make sure the<br />

Phantom slips you a copy<br />

of Phanzine...<br />

Wonglepong<br />

by Chris Garrett<br />

Shaper: Chris Garrett<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’8’’ x 19 1/4”x 2 3/8”<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-5ft<br />

beachies and points<br />

Suits: Beginner to pro,<br />

depending on the size of<br />

the board<br />

Description: Flat entry<br />

with a generous tail lift,<br />

single concave feeding into<br />

two deepish concaves and<br />

a vee releasing out through<br />

the tail. Rolled deck with<br />

medium rails that spiral<br />

and foil out through the<br />

tail to give great sensitivity<br />

and hold in the turns. Fast<br />

takeoff and tons of fun in<br />

average to good surf.<br />

Construction: This one is<br />

PU and polyester resin but<br />

I have done plenty in EPS<br />

with Kevlar rails and epoxy.<br />

Fins: Thruster or quad<br />

Shaper comment: Most<br />

people tend to be scared<br />

to go smaller… Don’t be<br />

too shy …This one has<br />

a ton of float and will<br />

paddle and surf better<br />

than your normal board.<br />



Ph: 0424 450 690<br />

E: blabla@<br />

chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

Mini Simmons<br />

by Black Apache Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Jesse Watson<br />

Dimensions: 5’0 - 6’0.<br />

Above: 5’6” x 21” x 2 5/8”<br />

Ideal conditions: 2ft<br />

mushburgers to 5ft points<br />

Ability level:<br />

Novice to advanced<br />

Suits: 65-105kg<br />

Description: Becoming<br />

a very popular board<br />

with those in the know,<br />

including Dane Reynolds,<br />

Dan Malloy, Andrew<br />

Kidman, Chris Del Moro.<br />

A great fish alternative.<br />

Combines high lines off the<br />

top, big arcs and amazing<br />

speed capabilities.<br />

Construction: 4+4oz deck,<br />

4oz bottom, double blue<br />

pigment with banded nose<br />

in full gloss and polish.<br />

Fins: Custom, hand made<br />

glass-ons.<br />

Shaper comment: If I<br />

could only have one board<br />

in my quiver it would be<br />

the simmons. Making and<br />

promoting them as long as<br />

anyone in Australia, its the<br />

fastest, most fun board, in<br />

everything from 2ft mush<br />

to 5ft point breaks. Try one<br />

you wont be disappointed.<br />

black apache surfboards<br />



Ph: 0410 419 791<br />

E: blackapachesurfboards@<br />

live.com.au<br />

blackapachesurfboards.<br />

blogspot.com<br />

TW 10<br />

by Diverse<br />

Shaper: Dave Verrall<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’6 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2 = 30.6 L<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-5ft<br />

Suits: Fun rides &<br />

everyday surfing<br />

Description: Amazing<br />

speed combined with<br />

incredible maneuverbility.<br />

Double vee and a nice<br />

concave jets you under<br />

the lip and through all the<br />

sections. We like to use<br />

handmade wooden keel<br />

fins for extra drive and<br />

strength, however this<br />

one has removable glass<br />

fins. Available in tints,<br />

pigments, polished and<br />

polyester! Cool cats who<br />

have purchased one often<br />

have a SG single fin in the<br />

lounge and a DS Sprint for<br />

a little change.<br />

Construction:<br />

Polyurethane foam, wood<br />

stringer & polyester<br />

resin.. traditional proven<br />

materials!<br />

Fins: Twin Keels<br />

Shaper comment: Life<br />

is too short to grovel on a<br />

shortboard.. Get a fish and<br />

live to surf everyday.<br />


476 Gold Coast Hwy,<br />

Tugun, QLD 4224<br />

Ph: 07 5598 4848<br />

dave@diversesurf.com.au<br />

diversesurf.com.au<br />

Double Ender<br />

by Underground<br />

Shaper: Tony Dempsey<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’10 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2<br />

Ideal conditions: 2ft<br />

beachies to 5ft points<br />

Ability level:<br />

Novice to semi-pro<br />

Suits: 30-80kg<br />

Description: A modern<br />

replica of the single fin<br />

Dempsey first shaped in<br />

1967. Handcrafted turbo<br />

concave (soft concave<br />

going into a V in the<br />

tail) with a very low rocker<br />

principle. Mid rails, single<br />

fin with two forward<br />

mounts so you can ride<br />

as a single or tri-fin...<br />

Two surfboards in one!<br />

Available in 5”6 to 6”10.<br />

Construction: EPS foam.<br />

Fins: FCS & fin box<br />

Shaper comment: This<br />

surfboard is designed so<br />

that anyone can have fun<br />

on it. The width of the<br />

tail is designed to create<br />

a phenomenal amount<br />

of area to assist with<br />

cutbacks and creates<br />

sensational planing area<br />

and speed.<br />


3/31 McLean St,<br />

Coolangatta QLD 4225<br />

Ph: 07 5599 1040<br />

kirra@undergroundsurf.com.au<br />

undergroundsurf.com.au<br />

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Central Coast carve<br />


Critical Slide Society rider Kerry<br />

Down lives “for the sweet smell<br />

of salty swells that roll into the<br />

many various reefs and beaches<br />

that are scattered along the<br />

Central Coast.”<br />

He recently acquired this<br />

handcrafted fish by Jesse<br />

Watson of Black Apache<br />

Surfboards and this is what he<br />

had to say...<br />

Apache Twin<br />

by Black Apache Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Jesse Watson<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’6” x 19 ¾” x 2 ½”<br />

Ideal conditions: 2ft<br />

beachies to 5ft point<br />

madness<br />

Ability level: Anyone can<br />

ride a fish but to do it well<br />

takes skill and style<br />

Suits: Anyone looking to put<br />

a bit of flow into their surfing<br />

Description: If you<br />

missed out on the fish<br />

revolution then you must<br />

have had your head in the<br />

sand. Nowadays everyone<br />

has a fish in their quiver.<br />

It’s the board you can ride<br />

300 days of the year<br />

Construction: This one is<br />

a 4 + 4oz deck with a 4oz<br />

bottom tint and pigment<br />

combo and a protec finish<br />

to keep the weight down.<br />

Fins: Handmade glass on<br />

keels, single foiled for bite.<br />

Shaper comment: More<br />

for performance than a<br />

retro fish. Lightweight<br />

glass and modern rocker/<br />

foil/rails mean you can go<br />

straight from shortboard to<br />

fish without missing a beat<br />

and carve it up.<br />

“Boy do they go good... from<br />

hollow little tubes to fast down<br />

the line walls, this board takes<br />

off like a bullet and lets you<br />

throw it around like it’s one of<br />

your thrusters... It’s going to be<br />

very hard to get off this board!”<br />

black apache surfboards<br />



Ph: 0410 419 791<br />

E: blackapachesurfboards@<br />

live.com.au<br />

blackapachesurfboards.<br />

blogspot.com<br />

Surf shots by surfer/<br />

photographer Jughead<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



*To see how<br />

Andrew<br />

from Grown<br />

constructs<br />

his boards,<br />

check out<br />

this edition ’ s<br />

project<br />

Flow Fish<br />

by Grown<br />

Shaper: Andrew Wells<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’4 x 21 ½ x 2 ½<br />

Ideal conditions: This<br />

board is great for small<br />

conditions and even better<br />

in clean head high waves.<br />

Ability level: All<br />

Suits: Bigger guys or<br />

those wanting something<br />

with a bit more float.<br />

Description: A more<br />

hybrid shaped fish, with<br />

wide point back toward<br />

the middle, however still<br />

wide enough in the nose<br />

to give plenty of paddle<br />

power. Single to double<br />

concave in the base that<br />

gives plenty of speed.<br />

Construction: Hollow<br />

Timber<br />

Fins: Twin Fin or keels<br />

Shaper comment: A<br />

great all-rounder, plenty<br />

of float and very fast. It<br />

is ideal for bigger guys<br />

wanting to ride a shorter<br />

board, because its a<br />

hollow timber board it<br />

has a lot more float than a<br />

similar sized foam board.<br />


Lennox Head<br />

PO Box 8<strong>01</strong>, Ballina NSW 2478<br />

Ph: 0407889049<br />

sales@grownsurfboards.com.au<br />

grownsurfboards.com.au<br />

Fish<br />

by Zak Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Ken Reimers<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’ x 21 x 2 3/4<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-3ft<br />

summer slop<br />

Ability level:<br />

Novice to Intermediate<br />

Description: The Zak<br />

Fish is a small wave gem<br />

and the volume over the<br />

chest makes it a dream to<br />

paddle. The board loves<br />

a big wide face and is<br />

loose and responsive off<br />

the tail, while the flat<br />

into V bottom with its MR<br />

twinfin setup into small<br />

trailer makes it super fun<br />

to ride.<br />

Construction: Polyester<br />

resin 6 oz bottom, 10oz<br />

deck<br />

Fins: MR twinfin setup<br />

with small trailer<br />

Shaper comment: The<br />

fish has made a massive<br />

comeback over the last<br />

few years and most likely<br />

because they are just<br />

super fun boards to ride in<br />

the summer.<br />


307 Victoria Road<br />

Thornbury VIC 3071<br />

Ph: 03 9416 7384<br />

Mobile: 0438 416 738<br />

zak@zaksurfboards.com<br />

zaksurfboards.com<br />

Super Tuna<br />

by Wegener The Marlin<br />

Shaper: Tom Wegener<br />

Dimensions:<br />

8’ x 20” x 2.5”<br />

Ideal conditions: Small to<br />

medium waves<br />

Ability level:<br />

Intermediate to advanced<br />

Suits: Adventurous spirits<br />

after a different glide<br />

Description: The<br />

Super Tuna is a limited<br />

edition board of 10 only,<br />

beautifully handcrafted by<br />

Tom Wegener. The boards<br />

are $2000, and there are<br />

8 left.<br />

Construction: Hollow,<br />

Paulownia wood with<br />

red cedar rails and 2mm<br />

plywood overlay on deck.<br />

Shaper comment: The<br />

ultimate introduction to<br />

finless surfing for the<br />

mature surfer. Fun and<br />

easy to ride in small to<br />

medium surf.<br />



108 Cooroy, QLD 4563<br />

Ph: 04<strong>01</strong> 257 479<br />

info@tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />

tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />

by Riley<br />

Shaper: Mark Riley<br />

Dimensions: 5’0’’- 6’8’’ x<br />

19 ½’’- 21 ½’’ x 2 ½ - 3’’<br />

Ideal conditions: ½ - 5 ft<br />

Ability level: Advanced<br />

to experienced<br />

Description: The Marlin<br />

is a EPS foam core<br />

performance fish which<br />

features our unparallel<br />

stringers. During turns,<br />

these drive the energy<br />

to the tail of the board<br />

for clean, crisp, powerful<br />

carves. The 2 ½’’<br />

thickness of the board<br />

under the chest area<br />

makes this board a great<br />

wave catcher.<br />

Construction: Balsa with<br />

EPS foam core<br />

Fins: Your choice of twin,<br />

keels or quad<br />

Shaper comment: The<br />

Marlin is as light as a<br />

regular polyurethane fish.<br />

It’s easy to paddle making<br />

it easy to catch waves,<br />

and the swallow tail really<br />

helps you in sharp turns.<br />


Ph: 0412 376 464<br />

E: mark@riley.com.au<br />

balsasurfboardsriley.<br />

com.au<br />

Fat Bastard<br />

by DSC<br />

Shaper: Ackers<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6.4 x 21 x 2.7/8 and<br />

6.7 x 22 x 3<br />

Ideal conditions: 1ft to 6ft<br />

Ability: Beg to adv<br />

Suits: Lightweights-heavies<br />

Description: DSC’s<br />

version of a mal/mini<br />

mal, originally marked as<br />

the “mid-life crisis”. Two<br />

sizes/widths. Paddles<br />

easily, built for guys/girls<br />

who want a longboard<br />

alternative.<br />

Construction: PU foam<br />

6oz bottom, 2x6 deck, full<br />

finish coat polish. This<br />

means resin not 2pack or<br />

wipe on<br />

Fins: Front fins plugged, rear<br />

fin boxed with FCS adapter<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Comes rolled in the nose<br />

to a shallow concave to v<br />

in the tail, allowing easier<br />

rail to rail. More refined<br />

than the name suggest<br />

- definitely for the more<br />

discerning surfer who<br />

appreciates quality. Not a<br />

fish, a bag full of fun.<br />


Midtown Arcade, Noorooma<br />

Cr, Narooma, NSW, 2546<br />

Ph: 0424 867 962<br />

E: dscsufboards<br />

@optusnet.com.au<br />

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This is what<br />

James Watson<br />

and Woogie<br />

Marsh are<br />

both riding at<br />

the moment.<br />

Cheap Date<br />

by Gato Heroi<br />

Shaper: Robin Kegel<br />

(California)<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’6 x 22 ½ x 2 ¾<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

3-4 foot<br />

Ability level:<br />

Intermediate to advanced<br />

logger<br />

Suits: all sizes<br />

Description: Heavy<br />

weight single-fin<br />

noseriding log.<br />

Construction: Foam and<br />

glass. Awesome resin tint.<br />

Fins: One big one<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

All around outline, our<br />

most full template,<br />

complimenting a bladey<br />

foil and consistent rocker.<br />

good for most longboard<br />

conditions and lighter<br />

footed surfing.<br />

GATO HEROI is at<br />


5/21 Clarence Street,<br />

Port Macquarie, NSW 2444<br />

Ph: 02 6584 1995<br />

Mob: 0416 226 774<br />

mike@sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />

www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />

The Big Kong<br />

by Watego , s DP 10 Pig<br />

9’4<br />

by Diverse Noserider<br />

by High Tide Step Rail /Step Deck SUP<br />

Shaper: Phil Myers<br />

Dimensions:<br />

10’ 23” x 3 1/2<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-5ft<br />

point breaks.<br />

Suits: This is our “big<br />

boys board” and is truly<br />

the all round board for the<br />

larger lad.<br />

Description: Turns,<br />

trims, and noserides<br />

unbelievably well even<br />

in small waves. Double<br />

concave under the fins.<br />

Round tail 19 nose 14<br />

1/2 tail.<br />

Construction: Aussie<br />

made fibreglass with a 6oz<br />

bottom and 6 x 6oz deck<br />

Fins: 2 + 1 setup - Fin box<br />

and 2 side fins<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Anyone who has<br />

seen legendary “big<br />

boy champion” John<br />

Keevers surf this board<br />

are gobsmacked by<br />

his surfing - and he’s<br />

“slightly” over 100kg<br />

and in the over 60 age<br />

division.<br />



89 Jonson Street,<br />

Byron Bay NSW 2481<br />

Ph: 02 6685 5244<br />

byronbaylongboards.com.au<br />

Shaper: Dave Verrall<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’4”X 23” X 3 1/8”= 74L<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Awesome to ride in 1-4 ft,<br />

great any day.<br />

Suits: Anyone who<br />

wants, has or believes<br />

in style.<br />

Description: Features a<br />

beautiful blend of resin<br />

colours that add to its<br />

classic appearance and<br />

shape. A single fin 10” box.<br />

A magic carpet ride... ‘The<br />

pig’ model at Diverse will<br />

allow you to nose ride like<br />

you’ve never nose ridden<br />

before! It’s what it’s all<br />

about. Allow your classic<br />

style to unfold riding the<br />

magic of ‘the pig’.<br />

Construction:<br />

Polyurethane foam, wood<br />

stringer & polyester<br />

resin.. traditional proven<br />

materials!<br />

Fins: Choice of wooden<br />

D-fin or glass box fin.<br />

Shaper comment: Every<br />

one of these I shape I just<br />

want to keep and ride!<br />


476 Gold Coast Hwy,<br />

Tugun, QLD 4224<br />

Ph: 07 5598 4848<br />

dave@diversesurf.com.au<br />

diversesurf.com.au<br />

Shaper: Jordie Brown<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’4 x 23 ¼’’ x 19’’ x 16’’ x 3’’<br />

Ideal conditions: Waist to<br />

shoulder high peelers<br />

Ability level:<br />

Intermediate to advanced<br />

Suits: Any surfer not<br />

scared of weight and<br />

volume.<br />

Description: The<br />

combination of subtle<br />

tail lift, wide Californian<br />

square tail, rolled vee<br />

bottom and full 50/50<br />

rails makes this noserider<br />

design surprisingly<br />

maneuverable without<br />

losing any stability<br />

trimming and on the nose.<br />

Construction: Heavy<br />

tinted glass job with 2’’<br />

solid Paulownia stringer.<br />

Fins: Handmade glass on<br />

10’’ pivot fin.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Based on the heavier oldschool,<br />

mid-sixties style of<br />

construction, this noserider<br />

is the perfect board for<br />

the surfer wanting to<br />

experience all the glide and<br />

moment of a past era.<br />



Skenes Creek, Vic 3233<br />

Ph: 04<strong>01</strong> 437 392<br />

hightidesurfboards@hotmail.com<br />

hightidesurfboards.com<br />

by Chris Garrett<br />

Shaper: Chris Garrett<br />

Dimensions:<br />

8’6’’ x 27” x 4 1/4”<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-5ft<br />

beachies and points<br />

Suits: Made to suit.This<br />

one is custom for James<br />

Watson. It’s pretty tuned.<br />

Description: Almost<br />

dead flat deck for superior<br />

paddling and stability, with<br />

step in rail to reduce rail<br />

volume for surfboard-like<br />

sensitivity. Bottom is vee<br />

into two concaves, easy<br />

paddling nose rocker and<br />

fair amount of tail lift for<br />

surfing more in the pocket.<br />

Construction: EPS foam<br />

and pigmented epoxy resin.<br />

Fins: Thruster<br />

Shaper comment: High<br />

performance board for<br />

an elite surfer. For us<br />

mere mortals, I’d add<br />

more width and length.<br />

I only make customs to<br />

suit your personal needs<br />

and preferences. Nothing<br />

is too hard or freaky…<br />

In fact, the weirder the<br />

better!<br />



Ph: 0424 450 690<br />

E: blabla@<br />

chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



“Manufacturing is a core<br />

part of the surf industry”<br />

Chris Garrett<br />


Lets face it. Nobody likes to part with<br />

their hard-earned cash. But most people<br />

understand that utilising the services<br />

of a tradesperson such as a plumber,<br />

electrician or builder comes at a price.<br />

Then why, when it comes to surfboard<br />

manufacturing, is it a different story?<br />

Maybe it’s because shapers are not<br />

formally recognised for their trade.<br />

Most of us know the role shapers play<br />

in the creation of a surfboard. But in a<br />

process than can take anywhere from<br />

six to ten hours just for a standard<br />

shortboard, there’s an enormous<br />

amount of skill that comes into play,<br />

from shaping to glassing. The problem<br />

is, there are no formal qualifications<br />

or training for shapers. And in an age<br />

where that piece of paper is the key to<br />

everything from pay to prestige, it’s a<br />

massive hindrance. Albeit one that could<br />

be about to change.<br />

Ask any surfboard manufacturer, such as<br />

Chris Garrett, and they will tell you the<br />

price of surfboards has only risen $60 to<br />

$80 in the last 15 years.<br />

It seems pretty scant when you consider<br />

how much the cost of other leisure and<br />

entertainment activities has gone up;<br />

items such as music, books and movies.<br />

“A lot of people don’t realise just what<br />

goes into a board,” Chris continues.<br />

“How many hands it goes through and<br />

how much skill there is involved. Again<br />

90 september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />

it comes back to the lack of formal<br />

respect. But the issue is at least on the<br />

agenda.<br />

One promise that came out of the<br />

recent federal election was a Coalition<br />

commitment to spend $500,000 on a<br />

Gold Coast pilot program on surfboard<br />

manufacturing.<br />

Bek Clarke, partner in Daniel Macdonald<br />

Shapes and the Curve surf shop,<br />

says a system of formal recognition<br />

for surfboard manufacturing would<br />

be welcomed, as would an official<br />

training program – such as a certificate<br />

cum apprenticeship over two to three<br />

years - to ensure industry skills are<br />

enhanced and passed down through the<br />

generations.<br />

“At the moment a lot of people who<br />

do get involved in the industry are<br />

pigeonholed to only really learn certain<br />

aspects,” she says. “So one person<br />

will only know how to do polishing,<br />

or sanding, or glassing. The actual<br />

craftsmen of the industry, who know<br />

how to do all the aspects of board<br />

building, they’re a dying breed. That’s<br />

a dying trade. So we want craftsmen<br />

who learn every aspect of the board<br />

building process which, as a surfboard<br />

manufacturer, you should be able to do.”<br />

Bek says a lot of people preferred to get<br />

involved in the marketing and business<br />

side of the trade. “Everyone wants to be<br />

involved with Billabong and Quiksilver.<br />

However, when it comes to the core of<br />

the industry, which is surfboards, kids<br />

just aren’t really interested,” she says.<br />

Then comes the side effect expense of<br />

such ad hoc, non-formal training.<br />

“The challenge at the moment is we<br />

have young guys learning the trade<br />

who have been at it now for a couple<br />

of years and are just starting to get<br />

on top of things, and yet we have<br />

been paying them around $1000 a<br />

week. Unfortunately along the way<br />

we’re paying for the mistakes they<br />

make, which in fairness is part of the<br />

learning process, but it just puts further<br />

pressures on a business that has next to<br />

no margins already. Once a mistake is<br />

made on a board, that’s it.<br />

“The other challenge we have is a lot<br />

of our workers at the moment are from<br />

overseas, so most of our workers we<br />

do train up to a certain point head back<br />

home with their skills and we’re left<br />

scraping for another worker to train up.<br />

The workers come from Japan, Brazil<br />

and South Africa. The only people who<br />

seem enticed to work in the industry<br />

are from overseas. It’s too hard to find<br />

Aussie workers.<br />

“There is no support to train these<br />

people. It would be a lot easier if you<br />

could get qualified workers. It is so hard<br />

to find workers who know what they<br />

are doing.”<br />

When quizzed about what guidelines<br />

are currently in place to determine<br />

a worker’s readiness to enter the<br />

board-building industry, Dan Macdonald<br />

says, “At this stage there are no formal<br />

set guidelines as to how many hours<br />

need to be completed to seek a certain<br />

qualification with regards to aspects of<br />

manufacturing. This needs to be worked<br />

out by people within the surfboard<br />

manufacturing industry.”<br />

Long-time shaper Chris Garrett finishes<br />

off our conversation by saying, “What<br />

we are ultimately striving to establish<br />

is a funding grant for training to further<br />

develop the surfboard manufacturing<br />

industry in Australia. We believe<br />

surfboard manufacturing is a core part<br />

of the surf industry and we should<br />

recognise the skills of our workers.”<br />

Our few months on the road promoting<br />

<strong>smorgasboarder</strong> magazine and<br />

discussing the various issues facing<br />

local shapers has strengthened our<br />

commitment to become a staunch<br />

advocate of the local surfboard<br />

manufacturing industry. We’re here to<br />

champion the cause of those keeping<br />

you in the water, and will in each issue<br />

keep our readers informed of industry<br />

developments.<br />

We welcome readers’ comments and<br />

ask all correspondence be forwarded to<br />


NEWS<br />



SUP surfers, for a while now, have<br />

been fighting for their rights and<br />

respect from fellow surfers of<br />

smaller boards. Now their landloving<br />

cousins have entered the fray<br />

in the world of skateboarding...<br />

Check out ‘skate paddling’ on<br />

youtube.com to see what we’re<br />

on about.<br />



If you’re a keen surfer and have<br />

built up a bit of a surfboard quiver<br />

at home, now is the time to start<br />

on your skateboard collection.<br />

After all, to be a true<br />

<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>, you have to have<br />

some boards with wheels too.<br />

To start off the skate section of our<br />

first edition with a bang, we were<br />

lucky enough to pick up test boards<br />

from SmoothStar and the Fiik<br />

boys. And thanks to Da Bomb Surf<br />

Shop, we managed to grab one of<br />

the new streetboardz to include in<br />

the review as well.<br />

When it came to the road tests,<br />

we had a ball. In fact, we struggled<br />

to get on with the rest of the<br />

magazine... But we did.<br />

See overleaf what we found out.<br />

TARP-ON-IN<br />

Flat as a tack... When there’s not<br />

a wave in sight, what can you do?<br />

Grab a tarp and surf it! Seems kind<br />

of weird to be in the ‘blue room’ but<br />

this is what days on end with no<br />

surf really does to some people.<br />

Check out the website for links to<br />

these great videos.<br />

www.tarpsurfing.com<br />

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SMOOTH<br />

STAR<br />

Get the hang of it and it’s smooth cruising<br />

fun for big kids and even little kids. WORDS MC<br />

“DAD! CAN WE SKATE?!”<br />

This has been the question levelled at me every day since I first<br />

got the SmoothStar 39” Cruiser Longboard demo board home.<br />

Once my test co-pilot, the fearless Easy-E, got a taste for<br />

cruising down the bitumen with Dad at the rudder, it was all go.<br />

When you’re used to a standard skateboard, the SmoothStar - which goes for around<br />

$299 - throws you a little when you first hop on board. With it’s swivelling front truck<br />

Thruster system (see to the right, below) it’s incredibly loose - and I mean loose. This<br />

thing turns on a 5c piece. However, if like me, you’re used to ‘90s-style, tightened-upto-the-point-of-popping<br />

the-rubbers-out trucks which keeps the board as stiff as um...<br />

a board... then this is pretty weird to start off with.<br />

That being said, this whole longboard/carving thing has really got me more and more<br />

interested over the past few months and I was super-keen to try the Smoothstar out.<br />

While the start was a bit wobbly, once you get used to the back-foot control, a whole<br />

new world opens up. The SmoothStar website says the Cruiser is their equivalent<br />

to a min mal, for those who like to cruise and practise nice wide carving turns. This is<br />

all true. Rolling down a hill, you get to do super-lazy wide turns and could just carve<br />

forever, or as long as the hill goes anyway. It picks up plenty of speed, but it’s not<br />

too scary, because you have a fair bit of control due to how tight you can turn it. But<br />

will it help your surfing as it claims? It definitely rides more like a surfboard than a<br />

skateboard, so I think it definitely would. And my surfing is so bad, everything helps.<br />

Love it. Great ride, great fun. E agrees.<br />

STREET<br />

BOARDZ<br />

It’s described as the ultimate cross-training tool for<br />

surfers and surprisingly the claim is spot-on. I use the<br />

word surprised because it took a while to get my ahead<br />

around the mechanics of the whole thing. This thing really<br />

was a surfboard with wheels. WORDS DS<br />

You lean into turns like a surfboard. It responds like a surfboard. You<br />

will even find yourself trailing a hand on the road like you would on a<br />

wave.<br />

I took some getting used to because the board didn’t really handle like<br />

a skateboard at all.<br />

One is always a bit tentative with something new, and while it’s one<br />

thing to fall off your surfboard trying a new move, it’s another altogether<br />

to come off a skateboard and faceplant on the bitumen. Once I<br />

did get a feel for the streetboard however, I had more confidence on it<br />

than a normal skateboard. To confess, my skateboarding is pretty average.<br />

Surfing comes more naturally to me even though both disciplines<br />

are somewhat similar.<br />

streetboardz claim that once you have ridden one of their boards, you<br />

will feel an immediate difference the next time you go surfing. They<br />

were right there too.<br />

We tested the board in the morning and had a surf later that day.<br />

Lo and behold, I definitely felt smoother through my turns.<br />

“But why is it so”, I hear you ask in a Monty Python<br />

voice. Well, it is because of the unique dual coil<br />

spring system in the trucks which allows the board<br />

to simulate the rail-to-rail experience of surfing.<br />

It’s a fair testament to the board’s ability to<br />

improve your surfing when the likes of Phil McNamara mara(MickFanning’s<br />

Coach), Barton Lynch (former world champion surfer as well as elite<br />

surf coach and Australian team coach) as well as<br />

Martin Dunn (one<br />

of the world’s most elite coaches and numerous times the Australian<br />

team coach) all rate it as the best thing since sliced bread.<br />

In their words, “The streetboardz etboardz are the best surf training<br />

devices<br />

available. They take the rider back to the fundamentals of surfing. They<br />

provide a unique ue opportunity for both the rider and coach to work and focus<br />

on technique, style and overall strength in a controlled and<br />

managed<br />

environment.” nment.” Barton Lynch/ Martin Dunn. So who are we to argue?<br />

SPECS<br />



• 39” x 8 ½”<br />

• Rides like a mini mal/longboard<br />

• Perfect for steep hills and carving side-to-side<br />

Other boards in the SmoothStar range include<br />

two different 36” Short Board Cruisers, the<br />

32” Flying Fish and the 30” Retro Rocket.<br />

For more info, see www.smoothstar.com<br />

SPECS<br />


• 4 models are available<br />

• Streetboard: the model we tested: perfect for carving big hills<br />

• Dragon: suited to the competitive surfer for cross training<br />

• Cruiser: larger board for longboard enthusiasts<br />

• Pool Bomb: best suited to the skate park<br />

streetboardz range from $295 for the Pool<br />

Bomb through to $550 for the<br />

Streetboard. For more information, see<br />




FiiK<br />

I think the boys at Fiik have a problem. You see anyone<br />

who has had a go on one of their boards can’t get off<br />

them. It’s probably why all the boards road tested by<br />

various mags have never been returned. WORDS DS<br />

Hell, I couldn’t get off them. I took my<br />

kids for a ride and I couldn’t get them<br />

off the boards. A few of my mates came<br />

around and then I couldn’t get them off<br />

the boards. We passed a few neighbours<br />

up the street returning from an afternoon<br />

surf, they wanted a go and then we<br />

couldn’t get them of the boards.<br />

It’s fair to say the Fiik board is<br />

addictive. Why drive down the road to<br />

check out the surf when you can Fiik<br />

it down? Even better if the return trip<br />

is uphill. Simply squeeze the trigger<br />

(ever so gently because these things<br />

go like the clappers – up to 35 kms per<br />

hour, reportedly) and away she goes.<br />

Hills certainly aren’t a problem as<br />

they have plenty of grunt. And if you<br />

have the Big Daddy model, going cross<br />

country won’t stop you either. They will<br />

traverse next to anything.<br />

They ride like a typical longboard<br />

skateboard but can do so much more.<br />

The boards are powered by a silent<br />

electronic system having evolved from<br />

their predecessors noisy two-stroke<br />

engines. To find out more about the<br />

Fiik and how it can be truly ridden<br />

by the experts, check out their clip<br />

featuring Owen and Tyler Wilson:<br />

http://youtu.be/Vsg6HcK_0FQ<br />

My favourite was the Street Surfer.<br />

Whilst the Shorty was a little more<br />

responsive and could turn on a dime, the<br />

Street Surfer could go next to anywhere<br />

– up gutters, over grass, you name it.<br />

I have got to buy one. I can just picture<br />

myself skating down to my favourite<br />

surf break to check things out with one<br />

of the kids on board. That’s what living<br />

at the beach is all about.<br />

SPECS<br />


• Minimum 2-3 hours battery life<br />

• Available with lithium or standard<br />

battery<br />

• Rechargeable memory free, deep<br />

cycle, high output battery packs<br />

• Speeds up to 35km/hr<br />

• Wireless hand-held remote control<br />

• 3 speed settings<br />

• ABS brakes<br />

• There are now 7 models on offer<br />

• Prices are incredible considering<br />

what they do and range from $650<br />

to $950 for the standard models.<br />

• Green credentials – its powered, but<br />

environmentally friendly. Considering<br />

the automotive alternative, it gets a<br />

big thumbs up.<br />

More: www.fiikskateboards.com.<br />

The Shorty<br />



All really fun rides in their own respect. Skating traditionalists will<br />

probably find themselves more at home on a SmoothStar, while surfing,<br />

non-skaters might find the streetboardz a more comfortable transition.<br />

As for the Fiik boards... if you have cash to spend, just go and get one.<br />

For fun, for thrills or even quick commuting, these are just awesome.<br />

The Fiik Street Surfer - what childhood dreams are made of<br />

Street Surfer lawn burnouts


from this<br />

Home Grown<br />

Andrew Wells makes wooden<br />

surfboards and he makes<br />

them very well. For the past<br />

few years, his business has<br />

quietly grown from a personal<br />

board-building project to an<br />

established following for his<br />

Lennox Head NSW based<br />

company, Grown Surfboards.<br />

to this<br />

1. 2.<br />

1 Milling the palings<br />

2 Timber milled ready to go<br />

You’ll find Andrew - a trained<br />

environmental engineer - actively<br />

involved at community events such<br />

as the Alley Fish Fry and the Wooden<br />

Board Day at Currumbin. In the spirit<br />

of information exchange and secretsharing,<br />

he was just as happy to share<br />

a bit about one of his recent projects<br />

- breathing some new life into a pile<br />

of old fence palings by creating this<br />

beautiful 6-foot singlefin.<br />

“The reason behind using the fence palings<br />

for this board was because I use recycled<br />

timber as much as possible. It gives boards<br />

more personality and character.<br />

“I was walking my dog past a guy<br />

replacing his fence which had blown<br />

over in a storm. I started thinking it<br />

would be cool to try and re-use the fence<br />

palings to do a rustic timber looking<br />

board, keeping all of the nail holes,<br />

and so on to really give the board some<br />

character.<br />

“So I grabbed a stack of the palings<br />

off the guy - who looked at me very<br />

strangely when I told him what I was<br />

going to use them for -and got to work.”<br />

Andrews says that because the palings<br />

were redgum it was going to add a fair<br />

bit of weight to the board, which is the<br />

reason he chose an old singlefin design.<br />

“It has a fair bit of thickness through<br />

the board which essentially gives it<br />

more float in the water to counteract<br />

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3. 4.<br />

5. Bottom deck on frame and<br />

centre stringer timber added<br />

3 Internal frame for the board<br />

4 Paulownia bottom deck being glued onto frame<br />

6. 7.<br />

9. 10.<br />

8.<br />

6 Deck boards being attached<br />

7 Deck on<br />

8 Top and bottom decks on, plan shape cut ready to<br />

add rails<br />

9 Rails on, ready for shaping<br />

10 Rails shaped and board sanded, ready for<br />

glassing<br />

the additional weight. I went with the<br />

narrow pintail as I wanted it to be a fun<br />

little point-riding board that would hold<br />

its line in the pocket nicely.”<br />

35 hours of work saw the board<br />

constructed and finished, ready for<br />

glassing. But it wasn’t easy going due<br />

to the fact that the redgum was so<br />

seasoned, making it hard as a rock.<br />

“While milling down the palings into<br />

boards for the deck, I managed to rip<br />

about four teeth off my table saw and<br />

proceeded to blunt every tool in my shed<br />

trying to shape it. It took about three<br />

hours to sand the deck, which coated<br />

everything in red dust, which in turn<br />

stained everything else.“<br />

But in the end Andrew reckons the<br />

finished board was well worth the effort.<br />

Although he hasn’t had this one in the<br />

water, he compared the ride to another<br />

board of the same style and size:<br />

“It needs a bit of push in the wave to<br />

get it going, but once you drop in, the<br />

extra weight in the board gives you a<br />

stack of speed and momentum out of<br />

your bottom turn.<br />

“And it really locks in nice and solid in<br />

the pocket. I have had some of the best<br />

barrels on that board.”<br />

For more on Andrew’s work, see<br />

www.grownsurfboards.com.au<br />

The finished surfboard - glassed,<br />

polished and ready for the waves<br />

6’ x 20’ x 2.5<br />

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Proud stockists of all<br />

leading surf brands and<br />

Vern Jackson Surfboards<br />




Dave Cram, 1993 (photo by Slim)<br />

Juanita & Kent Saunders, Southern Man Surf Shop<br />

Brett Burcher<br />

Ulladulla shaper<br />

Vern Jackson<br />

combines the<br />

best ideas from<br />

the past with<br />

the innovative<br />

and progressive<br />

thinking to create<br />

some of the finest<br />

boards in the<br />

water today.<br />

That’s why you’ll<br />

find his boards in<br />

Southern Man Surf.<br />

Nitro<br />

This is a highperformance<br />

fish blending ‘70s<br />

outline with 21st<br />

century design.<br />

$ 690<br />

Fatboy<br />

A scaled-up<br />

version of the<br />

Nitro for big<br />

guys.<br />

$ 780<br />

1985<br />

1991<br />

Perry Mason, 1993, with<br />

Martyn Saunders (now 25)<br />

For personal service and a great range of surfboards and accessories,<br />

skateboards, bodyboards, clothing and much more, visit Southern<br />

Man Surf in Ulladulla on your next surf trip to the South Coast of NSW.<br />

138 Princes Highway, Ulladulla, NSW 2539<br />

www.southernman.com.au<br />

Kent Saunders<br />

presents the 1984 Surf<br />

Off trophy to Glen Kelly<br />

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THE MAN<br />


The iconic Southern Man Surf shop in Ulladulla on the<br />

picturesque New South Wales South Coast has been a<br />

mainstay of the surf trade along the Princes Highway and<br />

still stands tall after almost four decades of business.<br />

36 years ago there were no thrusters. 36 years ago, there was no<br />

formally organised surfing competition, and you might easily have surfed<br />

a single fin next to a knee boarder. 36 years ago, most people reading this<br />

mag were probably at school, in nappies or not yet even a twinkle in their<br />

parents’ eyes.<br />

And 36 years ago surfers all along the east coast, freshly hyped up from<br />

Morning of the Earth, were travelling and discovering new breaks and<br />

new experiences, while a young surfer - Dave Mathews - went into a<br />

new venture - the original Southern Man.<br />

Nan and Joe Saunders bought the store in April 1979 and by November<br />

that year Kent, Juanita and 6-month-old son Ben had moved to the South<br />

Coast to involve themselves in the business, running Southern Man while<br />

Nan and Joe opened a menswear shop, which is still operating and still in<br />

the family, run by Kent’s brother, Craig.<br />

The iconic Ulladulla surf shop began as a ‘surf shop and jeanery’,<br />

stocking brands such as Golden Breed, Hang Ten, Cream, Pipeline<br />

Leggies, and the good old Levis and those ‘70s fledging brands Billabong,<br />

Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Kuta Line and Ocean and Earth.<br />

Southern Man moved to its present location in 1984 and, other than a<br />

lot of refurbishment, hasn’t changed a lot over the years. With a loyal<br />

following, the store has long been a stalwart of the surf industry in the<br />

area and a second home to South Coast surf heroes such as Glen Kelly<br />

and Mark Lenton, John Giles, Steven Dair, Nathan Marks, Mark Roughly<br />

Graeme and Brad Parsons, Slim and current up-and-comers Brett Burcher,<br />

Scott ‘Whippy’ Denis, Darcy Piper, Sean and Tess Mawson and some<br />

great bodyboarders such as Glen Thurston, Damien Martin, Liam Glass,<br />

Mat McArthur and Joe Silver.<br />

An institution in the local surf scene, the store continues to sponsor<br />

countless surfers and various sporting clubs, events and charities.<br />

Over the years, Southern Man has always remained true to its roots,<br />

supporting local shapers by stocking local boards, from Skipp Surfboards,<br />

USC, Swift Stix, Ocean Movement and BK Surfboards in the ‘70s, ‘80s,<br />

‘90s to Vern Jackson Surfboards since early 2000.<br />

In 1980 Kent and Juanita Saunders took over as owners of Southern<br />

Man and, with a strong sense of family in the business, today their sons<br />

Tim and Martyn - who practically grew up in the store - make up the team<br />

along with Perry, Sam, Dani and Tash. This crew know their game and<br />

Juanita is still on the floor selling and organizing seven days a week.<br />

Although the shop has been around for more than three decades, it’s<br />

anything but old and stale. A recent refurbishment has delivered a clean,<br />

uncluttered layout in the various departments in the store – surf, skate,<br />

bodyboards and mens, ladies and children fashion. But Southern Man is<br />

still very much a surf shop at heart, to which the surfboard shed out the<br />

back bears witness. With the best views on the South Coast the shed is<br />

filled with an endless number of new and secondhand boards. Make sure<br />

you check out the ‘treasure chest’ next time you stop by the store.<br />

Southern Man Surf shop at Ulladulla is open rain, hail or shine, seven<br />

days a week, week in, week out. In fact, the only day of the year it closes<br />

is Christmas Day.<br />

On your next trip to the South Coast, make sure you stop in and say<br />

hello at “the original and still the best” Southern Man Surf shop.<br />


138 Princes Highway<br />

Ulladulla NSW 2539<br />

Phone: (02) 4454 0343<br />

mail@southernman.com.au<br />

www.southernman.com.au<br />

Left: Scott ‘Whippy’ Denis<br />

(photo: Simon Punch)<br />

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Sunshine Coast swimwear label<br />

Hive have taken a long, hard look at<br />

what girls really need in the surf to<br />

create a range that is both beautiful<br />

and functional.<br />

Designer Kat Hogg says the<br />

inspiration for the latest beachwear<br />

collection comes from “the desire<br />

to create garments complementary<br />

to the swimwear range that suit our<br />

active beach lifestyle.”<br />

Ocean dwellers like the blue ring<br />

octopus, angel fish, sea anemone,<br />

nautilus shell and marine eel have<br />

all found their way into the new<br />

collection alongside mermaids,<br />

turtles and reef swirl.<br />

Hive swimsuits are fully adjustable,<br />

so you can be as comfortable in the<br />

water as you should be.<br />

For more information on the<br />

swimwear, see the Hive website.<br />

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Left: The Blue Ringed Octopus<br />

Right: Reefswirl in a duckdive<br />



Not only does he have tons<br />

of boards, he has tons of<br />

cool merchandise too, from<br />

t-shirt to hoodies, you can<br />

rep Zak all year ‘round.<br />

www.zaksurfboards.com<br />


All natural, just like the<br />

boards, Grown t-shirts are<br />

100% organic cotton. Be a<br />

responsible earth warrior<br />

and read more at<br />

grownsurfboards.com.au<br />


The iconic surf location and<br />

the shop to claim the name.<br />

Plenty of t-shirt designs<br />

for guys and girls. Get into<br />

either of their stores to<br />

check them out or see<br />

noosalongboards.com<br />


Riding an electric<br />

skateboard around<br />

naked, you’re likely to be<br />

arrested. So you may as<br />

well get a cool shirt to<br />

wear while cruising.<br />

fiikskateboards.com<br />




Get around Coffs looking<br />

like a local in cool, retrolook<br />

Log Shack gear. The<br />

perfect partner to that<br />

high-gloss longboard you<br />

just shelled out for.<br />

www.thelogshack.com.au<br />


Yes, they have surfboards...<br />

but also possibly the largest<br />

range of t-shirts for a surf<br />

shop in Australia. Pop in<br />

next time you’re visiting<br />

Phillip Island.<br />

www.outereef.com.au<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />


GEAR: ART<br />




Ian Chisholm is well known for the beauty, practicality and creativity of his custommade<br />

surfboards. Far from the world of mass production, he painstakingly shapes<br />

each one of them in his Southcoast Longboards factory, pouring in a healthy dose of<br />

heart, soul, creativity and passion.<br />

The end result is a work of art that would be equally at home in a gallery as any<br />

discerning board-collector’s quiver. So it’s no surprise to learn he also turns his artistry<br />

to a more traditional bent – colourful works on canvas.<br />

Ian, who has been custom making boards since the mid 1990s, indulges a sideline<br />

passion as an artist, working with leftover, non-biodegradable materials from his<br />

boards to create paintings that draw impressive comparisons with the likes of<br />

Jackson Pollock. Not only beautiful, they also help reduce his contribution to landfill.<br />

“Over the years I have come to enjoy expressing my love for colourful traditional<br />

finishes through glassing,” he explains. “Fascinated by the way the resin falls<br />

naturally from my boards to the glassing table, I played around with the idea to<br />

somehow capture the textured trails of colourful resin for others to enjoy. I came up<br />

with the idea to hang canvas on my glassing tables so it could catch it in its natural<br />

textured form. Then, I figured, why let the other materials from shaping go to waste?<br />

That’s when it started to come together.”<br />

Ian takes several weeks to complete each piece, using materials such as leftover<br />

resin, offcuts from the blank, shaping dust and stringer shavings and so each piece is<br />

wholly unique, underpinned by a creative process intimately tied to his boards.<br />

“...THERE ARE<br />




MY ART”<br />

“Because making surfboards is a very routine-orientated procedure and my art<br />

becomes sprung along with it, it all starts to feel very ritualistic,” Ian explains. “With<br />

my surfboards I put my hard work, blood and sweat into them while the art is a more<br />

relaxing, non-perfection procedure, so it all comes together and complements each<br />

other. While together it’s challenging mentally and physically, it also rewards and<br />

relaxes me. It’s a good balance.’”<br />

Drawing on a wide pool of inspiration, surfing culture is obviously a major influence.<br />

“I have always loved the beach culture of the 1950s and ‘60s, as well as the American<br />

hot rod scene of the same period,” he says. “I admire Tyler Hatzikian as a custom<br />

surfboard builder and the works of artists Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock, as well<br />

as artist/filmmaker Thomas Campbell.”<br />

Despite the strong praise his art generates, Ian has no firm plans yet to open up his<br />

work to a wider audience through an exhibition. “So far I haven’t found the urge to<br />

push on it. I find my art is well suited to my factory showroom; it has a gallery appeal.<br />

It also brings a whole story together with the boards instore, because guaranteed<br />

there are pieces of each of those boards in my art.<br />

“I’m not stressed if they’re not selling like my surfboards because they take so long<br />

to create. My future plans are to keep doing them for my enjoyment, along with the<br />

surfboards. So, like my surfboards, I just hope people will appreciate and enjoy them<br />

as much as I do.”<br />

To see and read more about Ian’s artwork, or for more information on<br />

Southcoast Longboards, visit his website: www.southcoastlongboards.com.au<br />

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History...<br />

A little bit of<br />



This is always a great place to see great vintage boards and even better when<br />

you can get to bid on them as well. Call Mick on 0403 974 967 for more info.<br />

Date: Saturday 25 September<br />

Venue: Harbord Diggers Club, Harbord, Sydney<br />




The surfing history highlight of the<br />

2<strong>01</strong>0 Yamba Festival of Comedy Music<br />

and Arts was the display and auction<br />

of possibly Australia’s first surfing<br />

photos taken at Main Beach Yamba<br />

between 1910-13. Surfing historian<br />

Geoff Cater of surfresearch.com<br />

notes that the surfer in the photo, Tommy<br />

Walker, purchased his board at Waikiki<br />

in 1909 for $2 and these images confirm<br />

written accounts of his surfing skills.<br />

Prints of the three photos were auctioned<br />

as part of fundraising for the 2<strong>01</strong>1<br />

festival, ‘Celebrating 100 years of<br />

Australian Surfing Photography’ which<br />

will include the addition of the Tommy<br />

Walker Longboard Classic.<br />

Just before going to print we came across this vintage Bear Board housed at a<br />

residence in Moffat Beach. Of course we qualify the word ‘vintage’ with the fact<br />

that obviously it could only be as old as ‘78 when the movie was made, but due<br />

to the big-screen significance, we figure it deserved some investigation.<br />

Yamba local, Raelene Clarke (above right), bought the archival quality<br />

framed prints at the Yamba Festival of Comedy Music and Arts at the Soul<br />

Surfing Exhibition. Part of the funds will also go to the Yamba Museum and<br />

the Australian Surf Museum at Manly.<br />

For more information on the plans for the 2<strong>01</strong>1 festival or the Tommy<br />

Walker photos, see weloveyamba.com, or contact festival co-ordinator<br />

Debrah Novak on 02 6646 1174.<br />

By all accounts it appears as though it may have been used in<br />

the movie Big Wednesday. The decal on the board clearly shows<br />

the name Mike Perry, who shaped the board used by Peter<br />

Townend in the scene where Jack Barlow goes for his last surf<br />

before he heads off to Vietnam.<br />

Jan-Michael Vincent’s board in the movie was not dissimilar in<br />

appearance. However, Vincent’s board was balsa - not fibreglass<br />

- and was sold at the recent Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surfboard Auction on the 18th of July. Made<br />

of solid balsa, with the iconic Bear logo on the nose, the board sold in Hawaii was not a prop board,<br />

but the actual one ridden and used for filming. The board was in mint condition with only a few minor<br />

pressure dents and a few shatters.<br />

So was this a prop board used in the movie and how much is it worth? Unfortuntely, at the time of going<br />

to press, Tony and Evan Squirrell of North Coast Surfboards - the manufacturers of Bear Surfboards in<br />

Australia - had not yet had the opportunity to see the board in person and were unable to comment.<br />

Can you shed some light on this<br />

interesting find? If you know further<br />

information regarding the boards<br />

used in big Wednesday email us at<br />

editorial@<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au<br />

LEFT: Gary Busey,<br />

Jan-Michael Vincent<br />

& William Katt from<br />

the 1978 surf classic<br />

Big Wednesday<br />




Hard to believe but the Thruster design will be thirty years<br />

old this coming October, The design used on millions of<br />

boards worldwide was made popular by Simon Anderson<br />

in late 1980 and early 1981. Whilst Simon was not the first<br />

person to make three-finned boards his refinement of the<br />

design and his success riding them brought them firmly into<br />

the mainstream surfing world.<br />

The Campbell Brothers in 1970 made the Bonzer design<br />

incorporating one main centre fin with two smaller keel like<br />

fins on either side of the centre fin and Bob McTavish was<br />

also said to have tried three fins out as early as 1971 with<br />

the centre fin being larger then the two side fins.<br />

Simon’s Thruster design had three equal size fins as we see<br />

on most short boards today. However Simon built his first<br />

Thruster with the centre fin slightly larger then the side fins,<br />

upon handing the board over to his sander he asked him to<br />

make the centre fin smaller as it was hanging out over the<br />

tail of the board and he didn’t want to cut his foot on this<br />

overhang. This made the fins to be roughly the same size.<br />

The inspiration for the design came from Simon’s frustration<br />

in riding twin fin boards as they did not suit his surfing style.<br />

Good thing for us surfers that he didn’t like twin fins.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



20<br />

It was 20<br />

years ago<br />

today…<br />

It is hard to believe that we have been in business 20 years this<br />

September. It was on a cold winters day in 1990 , I (Andrew McCredie)<br />

had just returned from backpacking in Europe and Warwick (Lee) asked<br />

me what I was going to do now. “ How about opening a shop selling<br />

secondhand windsurf gear?” Why not! I’ve got nothing else to do.<br />

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So we sat around his kitchen<br />

table for the next few months<br />

planning our grand opening.<br />

In September 1990 Repeat<br />

Performance Sailboards (RPS)<br />

opened in an old two storey<br />

shop front in Ormond Road,<br />

Elwood. We had very little<br />

money to spend on stock, only<br />

$1000 to buy the essential<br />

bits and pieces, so we put<br />

all our own gear and that<br />

of our friends in for sale on<br />

consignment. The plan was<br />

to use the commission made<br />

from selling the gear to buy<br />

more stock (not a great plan<br />

in hindsight).<br />

We couldn’t afford to pay<br />

ourselves so we both worked<br />

night jobs as well as being<br />

in the shop 9 to 5. I worked<br />

as a barman in a city night<br />

club and Warwick drove as<br />

a courier for the ambulance<br />

service. We would often meet<br />

back at the shop around<br />

3-4a.m. have a beer and<br />

crash in a make shift bedroom<br />

above the shop. It was a<br />

tough couple of years but not<br />

without some good times.<br />

On any windy day we would<br />

hang a sign in the window,<br />

shut the door and go do some<br />

“R&D” at the nearest beach.<br />

After a few years we started<br />

making a wage, and we<br />

were now branching out into<br />

different sports. Surfing was<br />

a natural progression and so<br />

was a relatively new sport -<br />

snowboarding. We both loved<br />

to snowboard, so what better<br />

way to get ourselves new toys<br />

to play with than to sell the<br />

stuff. We outgrew our original<br />

shop and name, so two years<br />

later “RPS The Board Store”<br />

moved to 87 Ormond Road.<br />

RPS has evolved as we<br />

have embraced other<br />

board sports we love to<br />

do. Surfing, skateboarding,<br />

snowboarding, kitesurfing and<br />

stand up paddling. We offer<br />

repairs, lessons, overseas<br />

snowboarding trips… we<br />

seem to do it all. But some<br />

things don’t change. We still<br />

shut the shop so we can all<br />

go snowboarding together.<br />

Whenever the swells up a<br />

couple of the guys will be<br />

running a little late for work,<br />

and when its windy, well its<br />

your turn today and mine<br />

tomorrow.<br />

After all these years we have<br />

seen many characters from<br />

all these sports come through<br />

the store and have had some<br />

damn good times with them<br />

all. We still regard ourselves<br />

as one of the last true surf<br />

hardware stores in Melbourne<br />

and pride ourselves on expert<br />

advice and great equipment<br />

to ensure our friends and<br />

customers stay as stoked as<br />

we do.<br />

...here’s to another 20 years!<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />






07 5474 4567<br />

1/11 Bartlett St<br />

Noosaville<br />

www.shotgunsurf.com<br />

www.lagunabaysurf.com<br />


07 5474 1<strong>01</strong>0<br />

2/15 Venture Dr<br />

Noosaville<br />

www.zeewetsuits.com<br />


07 5474 3122<br />

Cnr Gibson and Eumundi Rds.<br />

Noosaville<br />

www.classicmalibu.com<br />


07 5474 1222<br />

3 Gibson Rd<br />

Noosaville<br />


07 5447 4776<br />

Shop 2, 55 Hastings Street<br />

Noosa Heads<br />

www.noosalongboards.com<br />


07 5455 3722<br />

15 Noosa Drive<br />

Noosa Heads<br />

www.goldenbreed.com.au<br />


07 5474 9198<br />

75 Noosa Drive & 1-7 Sunshine<br />

Beach Rd<br />

Noosa Heads<br />


07 5473 5079<br />

Shop 3A 11 Sunshine Beach Rd<br />

Noosa Heads<br />

www.bluewaterplayers.com.au<br />


07 5473 5676<br />

Cnr Lanyana Way and Arcadia<br />

Walk<br />

Noosa Junction<br />

www.backbeach.net.au<br />


07 5448 0899<br />

3/28 Duke St<br />

Sunshine Beach<br />


07 5448 2328<br />

214 David Low Way<br />

Peregian Beach<br />

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07 5351 1742<br />

Shop 14, 8-26 Birtwill St<br />

Coolum Beach<br />

www.alexsurfshop.com.au<br />


07 5351 1986<br />

Shops 17 & 18 -<br />

1776 The Esplanade<br />

Coolum Beach<br />


07 5450 7272<br />

1/938 David Low Way<br />

Marcoola Beach<br />


07 5474 2162<br />

197 Gympie Terrace<br />

Noosaville<br />

www.onSurfari.com.au<br />


07 5448 7025<br />

Santorini’ Shop 6, 15 Mudjimba<br />

Esp. Mudjimba<br />

DA BOMB<br />

07 5451 0620<br />

3/25 Plaza Pde<br />

Maroochydore<br />

www.dabombsurf.com.au<br />


07 5443 2777<br />

164 Alexandra Pde<br />

Alexandra Headlands<br />

www.beachbeat.com.au<br />


07 5452 6276<br />

188 Alexandra Pde<br />

Alexandra Headlands<br />

www.alexsurf.com.au<br />


07 5493 7411<br />

224 Nicklin Way<br />

Warana<br />

www.suburbansurf.com.au<br />

DA BOMB<br />

(07) 5437 92<strong>01</strong><br />

7/12 Thunderbird Dr<br />

Bokarina<br />

www.dabombsurf.com.au<br />


07 5491 8215<br />

Shop 2&3 4-6 Beerburrum St<br />

Dicky Beach<br />

www.beachbeat.com.au<br />


07 5492 5838<br />

15 Allen St<br />

Caloundra QLD 4551<br />


07 5491 4711<br />

119 Bulcock Rd<br />

Caloundra<br />

www.beachbeat.com.au<br />


07 3266 10<strong>01</strong><br />

6<strong>01</strong> Nudgee Rd<br />

Nundah<br />

www.primitivesurf.com<br />


07 3391 8588<br />

29 Ipswich Rd<br />

Wooloongabba<br />

www.goodtime.com.au<br />


SURF FX<br />

07 5531 3199<br />

127 Ferry Road<br />

Southport<br />

www.surf-fx.com<br />

SURF FX<br />

07 5538 0008<br />

3191 Surfers Paradise Bvld<br />

Surfers Paradise<br />

www.surf-fx.com<br />


07 5592 3849<br />

3<strong>01</strong>2 Surfers Blvd<br />

Surfers Paradise<br />

www.sidewaysboardsports.<br />

com.au<br />


07 5572 0477<br />

2578 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.dukeslongboards.com<br />


07 5572 0477<br />

2578 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.baliretreats.com.au<br />


07 5572 0098<br />

2576 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.stuartsurf.com.au<br />


07 5526 6969<br />

Shop 1/ 2558 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.gangstasurf.com<br />


0412 398 585<br />

2544 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.greenlinepaddlesurf.com<br />


07 5572 9866<br />

2438 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Mermaid Beach<br />

www.boardculture.com.au<br />


07 5526 6377<br />

2251 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Nobby Beach<br />


07 5527 7877<br />

2084 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Miami<br />


07 5535 0288<br />

1730 Gold Coast Hwy<br />

Burleigh Heads<br />

www.mtwoodgee.com.au<br />


07 5535 2763<br />

3/71 Township Drive<br />

Burleigh Heads<br />

www.myphotoexpert.com.au<br />


07 5520 2774<br />

Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade,<br />

Shop 10, Goodwin Tce<br />

Burleigh Heads<br />

seanscottphotography.com.au<br />


07 5587 7700<br />

1/49 Currumbin Creek Rd<br />

Currumbin Waters<br />

www.firewiresurfboards.com<br />

DMS<br />

07 5559 5949<br />

3/56 Currumbin Creek Rd<br />

Currumbin Waters<br />

www.dmshapes.com<br />


07 5534 4228<br />

9/7 Traders Way<br />

Currumbin<br />

www.shapers.com.au<br />


07 5598 2188<br />

2 Stewart Rd<br />

Currumbin<br />

www.mtwoodgee.com.au<br />


07 5598 4848<br />

476 Gold Coast Highway<br />

Tugan<br />

www.diversesurf.com.au<br />



07 5599 4030<br />

16 Musgrave Street<br />

Kirra<br />

www.dorringtonsurfboards.com<br />


07 5536 3922<br />

Shop 6, 8 Creek St<br />

Bilinga<br />

www.kirrasurf.com.au<br />


07 5599 1040<br />

Shop 3/31 McLean St.<br />

Coolangatta<br />

www.undergroundsurf.com.au<br />


07 5536 5937<br />

122 Griffith St<br />

Coolangatta<br />

www.mtwoodgee.com.au<br />


07 5536 7850<br />

152 Griffith St, Coolangatta<br />



07 5599 1150<br />

Shop 3, 110 Marine Pde,<br />

Reflections Tower Two<br />

Coolangatta<br />

seanscottphotography.com.au<br />


07 5536 1470<br />

Cnr Dutton St & Marine Pde<br />

Coolangatta<br />

www.basesurfboards.com<br />


07 5524 6699<br />

2/13-21 Greenway Dr<br />

Tweed Heads<br />

sidewaysboardsports.com.au<br />


Cabarita Surf Shop<br />

02 6676 3151<br />

16 Coast Rd<br />

Cabarita Beach<br />


02 6680 4570<br />

Shop 2, Ocean Village<br />

Shopping Centre<br />

Ocean Shores<br />


02 6685 1283<br />

1/12 The Terrace<br />

Brunswick Heads<br />


Pick up the next edition of <strong>smorgasboarder</strong> at any<br />

of these fine businesses - out in November.<br />


02 6680 8807<br />

91 Centenial Circuit<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.mctavish.com.au<br />


02 6685 6395<br />

91 Jonson St<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.maddog.com.au<br />


02 6685 8778<br />

3 Banksia Drive<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.mcsurf.com.au<br />



02 6685 6896<br />

1/29 Acacia St<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.bearsurfboards.com.au<br />

MUNROE<br />

02 6685 6211<br />

29 Acacia St<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.munroesurfboards.com.au<br />


02 6685 5244<br />

Shop 1 - 89 Jonson St<br />

Byron Bay<br />

AFENDS<br />

02 6685 6322<br />

Shop 2 / 6 Lawson St<br />

Byron Bay<br />


02 6685 7441<br />

Shop 1/ 2 Lawson Street<br />

Byron Bay<br />

www.unpluggedbyronbay.com<br />


02 6685 6094<br />

45 River St<br />

Ballina<br />

www.maddog.com.au<br />


02 6645 8362<br />

Top of the Hill<br />

Yamba<br />


02 6646 3909<br />

16 Yamba St<br />

Yamba<br />


COAST<br />


02 6654 0033<br />

56D Beach St<br />

Woolgoolga<br />

www.cooperssurf.com.au<br />


02 6652 5466<br />

Shop 34, Park Beach Plaza<br />

Coffs Harbour<br />

www.cooperssurf.com.au<br />


02 6652 6369<br />

Shop 56, The Palm Centre<br />

Coffs Harbour<br />

www.cooperssurf.com.au<br />


02 66580223<br />

392 Harbour Drive,<br />

The Jetty Strip<br />

Coffs Harbour<br />

www.thelogshack.com.au<br />


Distinctively relaxed<br />

atmosphere, exceptional<br />

food, coffee and tea, great<br />

service, photographic<br />

art from Australia’s best<br />

photographers, exquisite<br />

gifts and select surfwear and<br />

boards.<br />

(02) 6651 4500<br />

370 Harbour Drive, Coffs<br />

Harbour Jetty<br />

www.watersurfartcafe.com<br />


02 6568 6902<br />

Ridge St<br />

Nambucca Heads<br />

www.coastalcurves.com<br />

VALLA<br />

02 6568 8909<br />

8 Monro St, Nambucca Heads<br />

www.vallasurfboards.com.au<br />


02 6569 8344<br />

Scotts Head NSW 2447<br />

www.scottsheadsurfschool.<br />

blogspot.com<br />


02 6566 5177<br />

1/15 Livingstone St<br />

South West Rocks<br />


SURF CO<br />

02 6566 0550<br />

1 Crescent Head Tavern<br />

Crescent Head<br />


02 6583 7790<br />

80 William St<br />

Port Macquarie<br />


02 6584 4877<br />

1/125 Gordon St<br />

Port Macquarie<br />

www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />


02 6584 1600<br />

Shop F5,<br />

Port Central Shpng Cntr<br />

Port Macquarie<br />

www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />


02 6583 6960<br />

Shop 43,<br />

Settlement City Shpng Cntr<br />

Port Macquarie<br />

www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />


02 6584 1995<br />

5/21 Clarence Street<br />

Port Macquarie<br />

www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />


02 6555 8556<br />

4/25 Manning Street<br />

Tuncurry<br />

www.junglesurf.com.au<br />


02 6554 7979<br />

5 Wharf St<br />

Forster<br />

www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />


02 6554 0351<br />

Shop 4, Boomerang Drive<br />

Pacific Palms<br />


Surf Factory<br />

16 Maitland Rd<br />

Islington<br />

www.thesurffactory.com.au<br />


02 4961 3088<br />

755 Hunter St<br />

Newcastle<br />

www.markrichardssurfboards.<br />

com<br />


61 Hunter Street<br />

Newcastle<br />

www.surfhousephotography.<br />

com<br />


02 4926 3355<br />

7 Darby St<br />

Newcastle<br />

www.pacificdreams.com.au<br />


02 4956 6979<br />

Stockland Glendale,<br />

387 Lake Rd<br />

Glendale<br />


02 4943 2699<br />

181 Pacific Hwy<br />

Charlestown<br />

EGANS<br />

02 4945 8055<br />

575 Pacific Hwy<br />

Belmont<br />


02 4945 8965<br />

703 Pacific Hwy<br />

Belmont South<br />


02 4971 4422<br />

164 Pacific Hwy<br />

Swansea<br />

www.swanseasurf.com.au<br />



02 43 96 5159<br />

262 Main Rd<br />

Toukley<br />

Web: www.surfinfo.com.au/<br />

nsw/beachinsurf<br />


WAKE<br />

02 4334 2234<br />

1/85 Toowoon Bay Rd<br />

Toowoon Bay Jetty<br />


02 4332 7175<br />

421 The Entrance Rd<br />

Long Jetty<br />

www.boarderlinesurfskate.com<br />


02 4334 6532<br />

473 The Entrance Rd<br />

Long Jetty<br />

www.surferschoice.com.au<br />


02 4332 1157<br />

1<strong>01</strong>a Bateau Bay Road<br />

Bateau Bay<br />

SLIMES<br />

02 4365 5511<br />

1/203 The Entrance Rd<br />

Erina<br />


251 The Entrance Rd<br />

Erina<br />

www.essboardstore.com.au<br />


02 4342 2555<br />

326 West St<br />

Umina<br />



02 9974 2861<br />

Shop 1/24 Ocean Rd<br />

Palm Beach<br />


02 9918 2763<br />

1a Nth Avalon Rd<br />

Avalon<br />


02 9918 8861<br />

U 2/40 Old Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Avalon<br />

www.raisedbywolves.com.au<br />


02 9997 8833<br />

365 Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Newport Beach<br />

www.glassavenue.com.au<br />


0403 974 967<br />

1 Bramley Lane<br />

Newport Beach<br />


02 9979 5334<br />

Cnr Bungan and Waratah Sts<br />

Mona Vale<br />

www.divisionsurf.com.au<br />


02 9997 4838<br />

9b Waratah St, Mona Vale<br />

www.raisedbywolves.com.au<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />





02 9913 3332<br />

2/1329 Pittwater Rd<br />

Narrabeen<br />

www.sugarmillsurf.com<br />


02 9913 2128<br />

16a Waterloo St<br />

Narrabeen<br />

www.powerlinez.com.au<br />


02 9971 0760<br />

1103 Pittwater Road<br />

Collaroy Beach<br />


02 9982 4829<br />

1<strong>01</strong>2 Pittwater Rd<br />

Collaroy<br />

www.longreefsurf.com.au<br />


02 9971 0999<br />

17 Anzac Ave<br />

Collaroy<br />

Windsurfnsnow.com.au<br />


02 9971 8624<br />

12b The Strand<br />

DeeWhy<br />

www.lineup.com.au<br />


02 9939 0890<br />

Suite 38, 42-46 Wattle Rd<br />

Brookvale<br />

www.theperfectwave.com.au<br />


02 9905 5157<br />

180 Harbord Rd<br />

Brookvale<br />


02 9977 4399<br />

89 Pittwater Rd<br />

Manly<br />

www.sunshinesurfing.com.au<br />


02 9977 3549<br />

93 North Steyne<br />

Manly<br />

www.drippingwetsurf.com<br />


02 9977 6955<br />

110 The Corso<br />

Manly<br />

www.surfectionmosman.com<br />


02 9977 7623<br />

24 Darley Rd, Manly<br />

www.heritagesurfaustralia.com<br />


02 9969 1<strong>01</strong>1<br />

522 Military Rd<br />

Mosman<br />

www.surfectionmosman.com<br />


02 9144 3229<br />

166 Mona Vale Rd<br />

St Ives<br />



02 9387 1413<br />

308 Oxford St<br />

Bondi Junction<br />


02 9130 81<strong>01</strong><br />

68 Campbell Pde<br />

Bondi Beach<br />



02 9365 0870<br />

2/72 Campbell Pde<br />

Bondi Beach<br />


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507 Esplanade<br />

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73 Phillip Island Rd<br />

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10-12 Phillip Island Rd<br />

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Surfing is now more popular than ever. Many of you will<br />

be taking to the waves for the first time. You’ve got your<br />

surfboard and you hit the waves. However, unless you<br />

have some basic surf safety knowledge, it’s easy to get in<br />

over your head.<br />

Nigel Potts, Director of Surfing at the Academy of Surfing<br />

Instructors (ASI) has given us ten tips to help you surf<br />

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As simple as it sounds, the ocean and<br />

waves can be unpredictable at the best<br />

of times. Knowing about the different<br />

types of waves and how waves break<br />

will help you determine what waves<br />

to catch and which ones to stay away<br />

from.<br />


Rips and currents are one of the major<br />

hazards for inexperienced surfers. They<br />

can carry you far out to sea or into large<br />

breaking waves. Make sure you can<br />

identify where rips and currents are<br />

and stay away from them. Patrolled<br />

beaches usually have signs on the beach<br />

identifying where the rips and currents<br />

are. Look out for them.<br />


Surfing has a language all of its own.<br />

Experienced surfers use not only surfing<br />

terms, but also shouts and signals when<br />

out in the water. If you are out paddling<br />

in the water and you here a shout or<br />

whistle, it is probably an experienced<br />

surfer surfing on a wave and heading<br />

towards you. It means “watch out, I’m<br />

coming through”.<br />


Don’t be a UFO – an “Unidentified<br />

Floating Object”. This is the term<br />

commonly used by experienced surfers<br />

for surfers who have little surfing<br />

awareness. When out in the water, be<br />

constantly aware of all that is happening<br />

around you to ensure you are not an<br />

obstacle to other surfers and swimmers.<br />


Just like any other sport, surfing has<br />

rules to ensure surfing is safe. The<br />

one major rule in surfing is the rule of<br />

“dropping in”. This is where you drop<br />

in on a wave another surfer has priority<br />

on. Make sure you understand who has<br />

priority on the wave so you do not take<br />

someone else’s wave.<br />

6. DON’T OVERDO IT<br />

Surfing requires a high level of physical<br />

fitness. You get a really good workout<br />

as you are constantly using your energy<br />

to paddle and catch waves. Experienced<br />

surfers are well-tuned fitness machines,<br />

having spent thousands of hours in the<br />

water. Make sure you do not overdo it.<br />

When you are tired, you may not be able<br />

to stay afloat if you lose your surfboard.<br />

When you start to get tired, go into<br />

shore, have a rest. Go back out when<br />

you are rested.<br />

7. STAY COOL<br />

If you find yourself in areas where<br />

experienced surfers are heading straight<br />

towards you, keep calm. Experienced<br />

surfers will have seen you and will<br />

adjust their line of surfing to go around<br />

you. Stay on your surfboard, do not<br />

panic or jump off your board. To do so<br />

can result in the experienced surfer not<br />

being able to adjust their line at the last<br />

minute not to mention being at risk from<br />

your loose surfboard.<br />


Surfing is a sport that is in harmony with<br />

nature. Surf rage generally occurs when<br />

inexperienced surfers break the surfing<br />

rules or panic and put other surfers at<br />

danger. So chill out, learn the rules and<br />

develop surf awareness and have fun.<br />


Experienced surfers have a respect and<br />

understanding of the ocean developed<br />

over many hours of surfing. The goal is<br />

to surf good waves, have fun and do it<br />

in a safe way. If a more experienced<br />

surfer than you offers you some advice,<br />

take heed. They could be offering you<br />

pearls of wisdom to help you perfect<br />

your surfing or be helping to ensure you<br />

surf safely and not put yourself and<br />

others at risk.<br />

10. BE SURF SAVVY<br />

Knowing more about the sport will<br />

ensure you surf safely. Check out your<br />

local surf shop/school and get as much<br />

information about surfing before you hit<br />

the water.<br />

Surfing is a great past-time that can<br />

be enjoyed by all. The more educated<br />

you are about the surfing, the more fun,<br />

easier to do, and safer it is.<br />

Photo: Ben Vos<br />

Academy of Surfing Instructors is (ASI) the world’s leading education and<br />

accreditation organisation in the surf industry, specialising in surfing, stand<br />

up paddle and bodyboarding. www.academyofsurfing.com<br />

ASI has just released<br />

its Learn to Surf<br />

Advanced Level manual<br />

as the follow-on from<br />

the beginners and<br />

intermediate manual.<br />

Topics covered include<br />

how to predict ideal surf conditions based on swell<br />

direction, tides and coast shape, tips on negotiating<br />

larger waves, step-by-step advanced level surfing<br />

manoeuvres such as fades, stalls, tail slides and much<br />

more to help you improve your surfing - even info on<br />

how to customise your board.<br />

The 100+ page paperback is jam-packed with fullcolour<br />

photos and easy-to follow instructions. Good<br />

learning material for those in need and great revision<br />

and reference for those who know.<br />

Learn to Surf Advanced Level is available for $27.95<br />

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BOARD<br />

OUR GOAL<br />

to have your core muscles operating<br />

correctly, and help you reach your physical<br />

goals, such as weight loss, rehabilitation<br />

from injury or general fitness.<br />

Proprioception exercises actually train<br />

the neuromuscular system. This type of<br />

exercise is often used in rehabilitation<br />

but can also be useful in preventing<br />

injury which is ideal for surfers for<br />

whom balance is important.<br />

Rather than take you on a journey of<br />

boring anatomy and physiology, let’s<br />

get right down to what it is and the<br />

exercises you can do.<br />

By using these techniques not only will<br />

you train the neuromuscular system you<br />

will improve your core stability.<br />

Kinesthetic awareness is the ability<br />

to have your brain understand where<br />

your body parts are in relation to<br />

an exercise, or if you like, make the<br />

adjustments required to learn balance.<br />

These proprioceptors are within<br />

muscles and they teach our bodies<br />

to have better balance and prevent<br />

injury. The brain learns how to respond<br />

when certain changes are taking place<br />

requiring balance and quick changes of<br />

positioning, such as in surfing.<br />


CAN YOU DO?<br />

Try the following exercises for the<br />

next 8-10 weeks, with a day rest in<br />

between. Rest between sets for one<br />

minute and 30 seconds between reps.<br />

Use a Bosu ball or a wobble board to<br />

do these on.<br />

Whilst flexibility, strength and endurance<br />

is great for surfing and should not be overlooked,<br />

possibly more important is balance or<br />

proprioception. This term refers to a sense of<br />

joint position.<br />


1.<br />

Two legged squats standing<br />

on wobble board or Bosu ball.<br />

No weight at first (after you<br />

accomplish these add some hand<br />

weights.....3 sets of 15 reps)<br />

2. Progress to one-legged squats.<br />

Change legs (3 sets of 15 reps)<br />

3. Just to add some interest.......<br />

close your eyes and complete the<br />

exercises.<br />

4. Still on the bosu or wobble board,<br />

stand on one leg and have the<br />

other leg stretched out behind you<br />

at 90 degrees to the floor. Squat<br />

holding this position /then change<br />

legs and repeat (3 sets of 15 reps)<br />

5. Slow squat down (using bosu ball,<br />

both feet on the ball) and push up<br />

very fast. Repeat (3 sets 15 reps)<br />

6. Last one! Phew..... Jump on bosu<br />

ball using one leg and hold for 20<br />

seconds. Jump off and back on<br />

again using the same leg. Repeat.<br />

Use alternate leg. (3 sets of 15<br />

reps).<br />

These exercises are designed for<br />

both core and the proprioceptors<br />

within muscles. Don’t forget to stretch<br />

hamstrings and quads after you have<br />

finished.<br />

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“Ouch! Troy writhes in pain<br />

and seeks comfort in a can<br />

of Panama Beer as Theodore,<br />

our guide, borrowed my<br />

glasses and started opening<br />

up the fifty three spine<br />

wounds with a needle. He<br />

also recommended having<br />

people urinate on his foot -<br />

that’s what the locals do.”<br />

‘Moik’ McCullough<br />


Above photos: Michael McCullough - flickr.com/photos/ex_magician/<br />


You know it’s a bad day when you step on a sea urchin. I’ve had two<br />

run-ins with these spiky fellas myself, so I reckon I’m more sympathetic to<br />

my urchin-victim patients than your average GP.<br />


Dr Pete<br />

My first encounter was on a blustery<br />

shore-break day after work. I thought I’d<br />

windsurf for the 2 hrs before dark to blast<br />

away the day’s stresses.<br />

I initially thought I’d scraped my heel on<br />

a lump of coral, which is what it felt like.<br />

And then the pain started. I hobbled out<br />

of the chop onto the beach to inspect<br />

the damage. Numerous grey-black spots<br />

covering my heel where the spines had<br />

entered and lodged. It felt like my heel<br />

was resting in a fire... So, if you have the<br />

misfortune to share the urchin experience,<br />

here’s a few tips and tricks to stop a bad<br />

day from becoming a shocker.<br />

Don’t panic. Despite the pain, you won’t<br />

die (I can attest to this). The venom comes<br />

from structures between the spines and<br />

is not dangerous. The pain can be eased<br />

by soaking the foot in warm water and<br />

taking some decent over-the-counter<br />

painkillers.<br />

The temptation is to try and remove all<br />

the spines with a pair of tweezers, as you<br />

would with a splinter. This is a frustrating<br />

exercise because the spines are extremely<br />

brittle and tend to break off at the skin<br />

surface when you grasp them. A much<br />

easier solution is to apply a ‘drawing<br />

ointment’ to the area. My favourite is<br />

magnesium sulphate paste, also known<br />

as Magnoplasm. Apply the paste about<br />

5mm thick and then apply a bandage. It’s<br />

a joy to see the ejected spines when you<br />

remove the bandage 24 hrs later.<br />

More deeply embedded spines may<br />

not come out for a long while, if at<br />

all. Thankfully they’re simply calcium<br />

carbonate and will eventually be gobbled<br />

by macrophages, which are your immune<br />

systems scavenger cells.<br />

Oh, and just when you thought you’d got<br />

away without getting a needle, Tetanus<br />

immunisation is recommended for all<br />

marine animal injuries. Sorry.<br />

Dr. Pete Kirkham is a general<br />

practitioner at Nambour Medical Centre.<br />

www.skinclear.com.au<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />




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The Old...<br />

Take a trip down<br />

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FILM<br />


Little House Productions/ Mick Waters<br />

<br />

One could say that packing a pregnant<br />

wife, a young child and a dog into a<br />

van to do a few months of roadtripping<br />

around Australia - from Byron Bay to<br />

Western Australia - might be a little<br />

foolhardy. Documenting the trip is brave.<br />

Doing a movie about it? Well, now that’s<br />

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Now to some LBW is not a new release.<br />

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of a slow burn, and we’re sure there are<br />

plenty people out there who have not<br />

yet been introduced to it, and we know<br />

that introduction is well worthwhile.<br />

Being a huge fan of filmmaker Mick<br />

Waters’ last movie, I was really amped<br />

to see what he had done. Believe, the<br />

previous film with it’s honest, heartfelt<br />

energy and raw purity, had set quite a<br />

standard and I had fingers crossed that<br />

LBW would live up to it. Full of real<br />

surfers, real surfing, beautiful boards and<br />

believable locations, it does exactly that.<br />

With a similar relaxed vibe to Believe, no<br />

real moviemaking budget and a whole<br />

lot of love for surfing, Mick put together<br />

a collection of clips from his travels. Not<br />

so much a story about the trip, but rather<br />

a diary of moments and meetings along<br />

the way. And the man truly has a knack of<br />

finding interesting characters to feature.<br />

The quirky Johnny Abegg rips it up on<br />

brightly coloured Sea Surfboards and<br />

talks about vegetables. The man’s man,<br />

Kristian Spencer, takes on insane waves<br />

in WA and shows off his freshly caught<br />

fish. Everyone’s favourite soul surfer Dave<br />

Rastovich makes sliding along on an alaia<br />

look as easy as riding a travelator at the<br />

airport. The multi-talented Beau Young<br />

rips it up in waves and gets down with<br />

the kids, fingerpicking and singing songs<br />

about barnyard animals. Yes, the mix of<br />

people is as colourful and varied as the<br />

surfing in the movie.<br />

Add to this a fantastically relaxed<br />

soundtrack of laid-back acoustic<br />

numbers and you have a great way to<br />

spend a lazy flat day on the couch.<br />

Don’t expect big budget barrels. Don’t<br />

expect super-polished editing. This is<br />

down-to-earth, simple and real. And it<br />

really makes you want to grab your board<br />

- preferably something retro-ish - and<br />

go for a wave. At it’s heart, Little Black<br />

Wheels is all about love - love for family,<br />

love for friends and love for surfing. And<br />

really, what more could you ask for?<br />

Thanks to Little House productions, we<br />

have three copies of LBW to give away.<br />

One great movie in environmentally<br />

friendly brown card packaging, with<br />

design by Neal Purchase Jr. See Page<br />

13 for how to get a copy.<br />

MUSIC<br />


Worldwize Part 1: North & South<br />


<br />

I did the right thing. I listened<br />

to this CD before reading the<br />

press release, or anything about<br />

the album. And that’s the way<br />

it should be. Music standing up<br />

for itself, without hype, reason<br />

or PR spin.<br />

That said, you should probably<br />

stop reading this, pick up a copy<br />

of Worldwize and experience it<br />

for yourself.<br />

Old fans of Blue King Brown<br />

could never be disappointed<br />

with this two-disc offering, and<br />

the BKB is sure to gather plenty<br />

of new fans too, as this album<br />

is sure to be an instant classic.<br />

This is true world music - you<br />

can hear influences from every<br />

corner of the globe, but you<br />

have no hope in hell of nailing<br />

down exactly where this album<br />

is born from, even if you tried…<br />

Who would think Melbourne?<br />

This is dub, reggae - with a hand<br />

from none other than reggae<br />

re-inventors Sly and Robbie -<br />

reggaeton and hip-hop with the<br />

sweet sounds of Natalie Pa’apa<br />

making this unmistakably Blue<br />

King Brown, and much much more<br />

than just background grooves.<br />

Disc one, Northside, brings the<br />

singalong tunes and disc two,<br />

Southside, breaks them down<br />

into laid-back dub versions.<br />

It’s like a full party in a pack:<br />

Northside for the dancefloor<br />

and Southside for the chillout<br />

afterwards. Boasting big name<br />

production and a host of different<br />

and interesting guest artists,<br />

Worldwize is an extremely<br />

polished and mature album well<br />

worth a listen. Seriously.<br />

With Northside on constant<br />

rotation in my car since day<br />

one, I can confidently say that<br />

Worldwize is a definite inclusion<br />

on the playlist for the next<br />

roadtrip, the perfect start for your<br />

morning drive to your local break<br />

and perfect background sounds<br />

for after-surf sundown beers.


Billinudgel-based surf-movie-maker, Mick Waters of Little House<br />

Productions - who brought us Little Black Wheels and Believe - has<br />

a chat to us about his top five surf movies ever...<br />

“These are in no particular order and I don’t propose to be an expert<br />

on surf movies. These are films that I have seen which resonate with<br />

me for whatever reason. There are many more films that I haven’t<br />

seen and are great, and I hope to see them all one day soon.”<br />


LITMUS<br />


SUMMER<br />



STORM<br />

RIDERS<br />

BIG<br />




I don’t know what it is?<br />

I have thought about<br />

this many times. Is it the<br />

moods, the people or<br />

the possibilities. I know<br />

‘Litmus’ made me feel<br />

that it was okay not to<br />

ride a thruster like every<br />

other person down the<br />

beach. Up early, out<br />

late, surfing the way<br />

you wanted without<br />

the approval of others.<br />

Surfing wasn’t what<br />

the magazines had you<br />

believing, it was anything<br />

you wanted it to be.<br />

Highlights include: Derek<br />

Hynd’s stylish delivery at<br />

Jeffreys. Some of the best<br />

surfing I have ever seen.<br />

Big Jed Fitzgerald showing<br />

how truly special his<br />

surfing talents are...<br />

World class. I think it may<br />

run in the genes? Mark<br />

Sutherland’s haunting<br />

‘Dream’ animation piece.<br />

Choose the right line.<br />

Andrew Kidman and<br />

Jon Frank definitely got<br />

this one right and have<br />

inspired a generation of<br />

surfers and film makers.<br />

Bruce Brown had the right<br />

idea: follow the summer<br />

around the globe. Surfers<br />

are still doing this over 40<br />

years later.<br />

The Endless Summer<br />

showed us all a<br />

life possible full of<br />

adventure, travel, corny<br />

dialogue but most<br />

importantly the waves.<br />

Highlights include finding<br />

and surfing the infamous<br />

Cape St. Francis and<br />

watching the natives’<br />

reaction to Mike Hynson<br />

and Robert August’s<br />

surfing in Ghana.<br />

This movie is a classic<br />

and there aren’t too<br />

many surfers and nonsurfers<br />

alike who haven’t<br />

seen it. Like Albe Falzon,<br />

Bruce Brown got it right<br />

and also most probably<br />

never had to work again?<br />

Simple Ben, simple<br />

message. A timeless<br />

portrayal of surfing<br />

when it was pure and<br />

beautiful. Surfers living<br />

free and taking different<br />

lines. Seems there was<br />

more individuality before<br />

it all got bought up and<br />

floated on the Stock<br />

Exchange?<br />

Highlights include<br />

Steve Cooney and Rusty<br />

Miller surfing Uluwatu<br />

for the first time and<br />

Nat Young’s roller<br />

coaster domination of a<br />

certain right hand point.<br />

Unbelievable!<br />

Albe Falzon achieved<br />

what many film makers -<br />

myself included - spend<br />

their whole lives trying to<br />

achieve: He made one of<br />

the best surf films ever,<br />

first attempt. So now he<br />

is still selling copies and<br />

gets to surf whenever his<br />

heart desires, a lot like<br />

the guys in the original<br />

film. Good on you, Albe.<br />

This is the first surf<br />

movie I ever saw on<br />

the big screen as a<br />

double-bill with Blazing<br />

Boards on School Night<br />

at The Sydney Opera<br />

House. Caught the train<br />

from Fairfield to Circular<br />

Quay and remained dropjawed<br />

until I went to<br />

bed later that night. Was<br />

it the movie or the fact<br />

I was out on a school<br />

night? Both, I suspect.<br />

Highlights included<br />

Thornton Fallander’s pure<br />

lines with minimum fuss<br />

at Nias, Wayne Lynch’s<br />

Desert dwelling - one of<br />

the most natural surfer’s<br />

of the last forty years<br />

letting it all hang out.<br />

David Lourie, Dick<br />

Hoole and Jack McCoy<br />

put this all together.<br />

The locations, great<br />

soundtrack and the<br />

images all made you<br />

want to travel and still<br />

does. Plus, any movie that<br />

starts with Riders on the<br />

Storm by The Doors and<br />

Tunnel Of Love by The<br />

Sunnyboys gets a nod.<br />

Hollywood’s only good<br />

attempt at a Surf movie.<br />

It highlights the lifestyle,<br />

personalities, surfing<br />

and challenges one<br />

goes through as you<br />

age and life gets more<br />

complicated. Some<br />

people maintain their<br />

love affair with the<br />

ocean, while others drift<br />

away.<br />

Highlights include the<br />

party fight scene, draft<br />

dodging antics and of<br />

course Big Wednesday.<br />

A great story with<br />

authentic characters that<br />

most surfers could relate<br />

to or know. Excellent<br />

and believable actors<br />

cast as surfers, and to<br />

top it off the camera<br />

work and surf scenes<br />

are first class due to<br />

the camera work of one<br />

George Greenough. I<br />

think I might rent this out<br />

on Saturday night?<br />





SPROUT<br />





PUMP<br />




PURE FUN<br />


For more about Mick, see<br />

littlehouseproductions.<br />

com.au<br />

Send us your comments<br />

and thoughts to letters@<br />

<strong>smorgasboarder</strong>.com.au.<br />

september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



WOOD<br />

IS GOOD<br />

The Wooden Surfboards<br />

exhibition was held over the<br />

weekend of the 7th and 8th of<br />

July. Organised by Grant Newby<br />

this ‘splinter group’ is a non<br />

commercial, non competitive<br />

event in much the same vein<br />

of the Currumbin Fish Fry. In<br />

essence it’s a meeting of minds;<br />

wooden board builders, surfers<br />

and admirers sharing with<br />

one another board building<br />

techniques, discussing what has<br />

worked and what hasn’t.<br />

The attendance to the shapers<br />

forum on Saturday night was<br />

by all accounts nothing short<br />

of amazing. Over 120 people<br />

turned up on the night to listen<br />

to the three guest speakers; Tom<br />

Wegener, Roger Hall (wooden<br />

board shaper from NZ) and<br />

Mike Connor (wooden boards &<br />

ukuleles).<br />

Discussion revolved around how<br />

Paulownia had fuelled the timber<br />

board revolution. The difficulties<br />

of working with ply and the<br />

scarcity of balsa have paved the<br />

way for Paulownia which is easy<br />

to work with, incredibly light,<br />

impervious to saltwater and is<br />

incredibly fast growing. And<br />

reportedly, Australia is supposed<br />

to be the largest producer of<br />

Paulownia wood in the world.<br />

Photos: Gus Brown, Dave Swan, Grant Newby<br />

Sunday’s exhibition in the<br />

park was just as enthralling.<br />

Much dribbling over wooden<br />

creations was had by all. Thanks<br />

to Grant and all the shapers<br />

involved for putting on such a<br />

remarkable exhibition. To read<br />

more about the event visit www.<br />

woodensurfboards.blogspot.com<br />

114 september 2<strong>01</strong>0<br />



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