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ROAD<br />

DOGGIN’<br />




ON TOUR ...P22<br />


TO THE ISLANDS ...P54<br />




ISSUE #6 JUL/AUG <strong>2011</strong>

AUSTRALIAN DESIGN - * Lithium Battery Pack Optional<br />



QLD Stockists<br />

Epiicentre - Springwood 1300 344 575<br />

Beach Beat - Alexandra Heads 07 5443 2777<br />

Beach Beat - Caloundra 07 5491 4711<br />

Beach Beat - Dicky Beach 07 5491 8215<br />

Coolum Surf - Coolum 07 5351 1742<br />

Concept Hobbies - Oxenford 07 5609 7000<br />

Fusion Skate - Mooloolaba 1300 55 69 79<br />

Darkside Skateboards - Miami 07 5570 1526<br />

Goodtime Surf - Woolloongabba 07 3391 8588<br />

Hurley Burleigh - Southport 07 5531 0013<br />

Jetski Warehouse - Labrador 07 5529 2125<br />

Kirra Surf - Coolangatta 07 5536 3922<br />

KTM Action Motorcycles - Nerang 07 5596 6622<br />

KTM - Brisbane 07 3386 0977<br />

Local Knowledge - Noosa 07 5474 1222<br />

Local Knowledge - Nobby Beach 07 5526 6377<br />

Primitive Surf - Nundah 07 3266 1001<br />

Roar Industries - Currumbin 07 5525 7003<br />

Roar Watermans – Labrador 07 5527 1912<br />

Sunshine Coast Kite Surfing 07 5479 2131<br />

Surf Connect - Brisbane Nth 07 3137 0500<br />

NSW Stockists<br />

Aloha Manly - Style Manly 02 9977 3777<br />

Adrenalin Sk8 – Sydney 0419 692 688<br />

Bay Action - Byron Bay 02 6685 7819<br />

Coopers Surf - Coffs Harbour 02 6652 1782<br />

Coopers Surf - Jetty 02 6652 8146<br />

Coopers Surf - Park Beach 02 6652 5466<br />

Coopers Surf - Town 02 6652 6369<br />

Coopers Surf - Toormina 02 6658 8988<br />

Coopers Surf - Woolgoolga 02 6654 0033<br />

Core Surf Store - Nowra 02 4421 4108<br />

Dripping Wet - Manly 02 9907 2911<br />

D.S.C. Surfboards - Narooma 0424 867 962<br />

Kirra Surf - Coolangatta 07 5536 3922<br />

Line Up Surf - Dee Why 02 9971 8624<br />

Maddog – Byron Bay 02 6685 6466<br />

Natural Necessity – Gerringong 02 4234 1636<br />

OceanFire - Belmont 02 4945 8055<br />

Saltwater Wine - Port Macquarie 02 6584 1600<br />

Sanbah Surf Shop – The Junction 02 4962 2420<br />

Skater HQ - Moore Park 02 9976 3780<br />

Skipp Surfboards - Wollongong 02 4229 1202<br />

Slimes Boardstore – Erina 02 4365 5511<br />

S.E. Mountain Biking Co. - Thredbo 02 6457 6282<br />

Surfection - Manly 02 9977 6955<br />

Surfection - Mosman 02 9969 1011<br />

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Wind Surf “N” Snow – Sydney 02 9971 0999<br />

Zink Surf – Kiama 02 4233 1189<br />

SA Stockists<br />

Fly boardriding – Seaford 08 8386 0100<br />

On Board - Glenelg 08 8294 3866<br />

On Board - Port Noarlunga 08 8382 6729<br />

Xtreme Kites & Paddle- Port Lincoln 0402 842 944<br />

VIC Stockist<br />

Extreme Skateboards - Sunbury 0419 354 330<br />

Mordy Surf - Mordialloc 03 9580 1716<br />

Zak Surfboards - Thornbury 03 9416 7384<br />

WA Stockist<br />

AvantiPlus Busselton Cycles 08 9752 2550<br />

Cowie Surf - Cowaramup 08 9755 9669<br />

Momentum Skate Shop<br />

Claremont 08 9384 2427<br />

ACT Stockist<br />

Trilogy - Tuggeranong Hyperdome 02 6293 9636<br />

Shifty’s - Canberra 02 6262 9162<br />

NZ Stockist<br />

Amazon Surf Skate :<br />

Albany Mall, Auckland 09 414 4249<br />

Parnell, Auckland 09 358 5574<br />

Backdoor Surf Snow Earth :<br />

Mt Maunganui 09 575 7831<br />

Hamilton 07 839 0368<br />

Takapuna 09 489 9755<br />

Ballistics - Takapuna, Auckland 09 489 4074<br />

150<br />

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TOUR<br />

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Friday, June 10 Friday, <strong>July</strong> 29<br />

Perisher, NSW<br />

Adelaide, SA<br />



Saturday, June 11 Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 30<br />

Perisher, NSW<br />

Moama, NSW<br />


Thursday, <strong>July</strong> 28<br />

Mildura, Vic<br />


Wed, August 03<br />

Torquay, Vic<br />


Thursday, August 04<br />

Frankston, Vic<br />


Friday, August 05<br />

Melbourne, Vic<br />


Saturday, August <strong>06</strong><br />

Hastings, Vic<br />


Monday, August 08<br />

Mount Hotham, Vic<br />


Wed, August 10<br />

Perisher, NSW<br />

ANU BAR<br />

Thursday, August 11<br />

Canberra, ACT<br />



Friday, August 12<br />

Sydney, NSW<br />

WAVES<br />

Saturday, August 13<br />

Wollongong, NSW<br />


Sunday, August 14<br />

Newcastle, NSW<br />


Wed, August 17<br />

Toukley, NSW<br />



Thursday, August 18<br />

South West Rocks, NSW<br />


Friday, August 19<br />

Coffs Harbour, NSW<br />


Saturday, August 20<br />

Yamba, NSW<br />


CENTRE<br />

Sunday, August 21<br />

Coolum, Qld<br />


Thursday, August 25<br />

Byron Bay, NSW<br />


Friday, August 26<br />

Coolangatta, Qld<br />

THE HIFI<br />

Saturday, August 27<br />

Brisbane, Qld<br />


Sunday, August 28<br />

Gympie, Qld<br />



Thursday, Sept 01<br />

Mackay, Qld<br />


Friday, Sept 02<br />

Cairns, Qld<br />

UNI CLUB<br />

Saturday, Sept 03<br />

Townsville, Qld<br />



Saturday, Sept 10<br />

Pokolbin, NSW<br />

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& THINGS<br />






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

coast through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and<br />

South Australia. For a full list of distributors, visit the directory<br />

in the back of the mag or just get to your local surf shop and<br />

talk to some real people, in the flesh. If you see a local store<br />

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8 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


Enjoyment, relaxation, exercise, mateship,<br />

escapism… These are all reasons why<br />

we surf. Our motivations are all different.<br />

We all want to keep enjoying these good<br />

times and so it’s important not to forget<br />

those who provide us with the craft and<br />

the gear to realise our own sacred sense<br />

of fulfillment.<br />

Perhaps it’s the guy around the corner who<br />

shaped your first board when you were<br />

seven years old. Maybe it’s the local surf<br />

shop you walked into as a child and smelt<br />

resin for the first time, or that sweet smell<br />

of coconut scented surf wax.<br />

If we want them to remain there, we need<br />

to consider what steps we’re taking to<br />

ensure they survive. Sure, everyone is tight<br />

on money at present but even the smallest<br />

gesture of goodwill and support can make<br />

the biggest difference to a small business.<br />

To us the surfing community means<br />

everything and despite being newcomers<br />

to it all, we’re as passionate about the<br />

survival of our homegrown surfing industry<br />

as a 40-year veteran of the game. Not for<br />

one second of any day would we trade what<br />

we do now for our old, soulless corporate<br />

jobs. Because now we get to deal with real<br />

people. Good people. Down-to-earth people.<br />

Shapers, surf shop owners, manufacturers<br />

and you guys and girls – all surfers.<br />

Wherever you can, support the people who<br />

have enabled us to share good times with<br />

family and friends out in the water.<br />


We take a look at those great surf<br />

businesses supporting other surf<br />

businesses - people like Zak Koniaris, who<br />

has established somewhat of a collective<br />

of Victoria’s best shapers.<br />

Also featured are a seemingly countless<br />

number of shapers proudly displaying their<br />

latest designs and the craftsmanship that<br />

comes with a lifetime dedicated to shaping<br />

surfboards.<br />

We chat with Ash Grunwald and find out<br />

how surfing has inspired his lifestyle and<br />

many of his songs.<br />

We venture to the Solomon Islands, a<br />

magical surf spot which is enough to<br />

inspire any surfer to get off the beaten<br />

track and discover something new.<br />

And finally, on the note of surfing, the<br />

spirit of adventure and getting off the<br />

beaten track, we travel down to Victoria’s<br />

Shipwreck Coast. Guarded in secrecy and<br />

staunchly protected by local surfers, we<br />

respectfully talk about what makes this<br />

wild rugged coastline so special.<br />

Dave & Mark<br />

The colder months in Burleigh Heads Photo: Michael Dawes flickr.com/photos/tk_five_0/<br />

july/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



BOOKS, WORK &<br />


At only 19 years old, Currumbin’s Jess Roberts has<br />

enjoyed a fair few surfing achievements in the<br />

longboarding world including wins in local, state<br />

and national competitions. But while she’s excelling<br />

in surfing and racking up sponsors like Diverse Surf,<br />

Kulu Bikinis, Willi Footwear and Ask Huey sunscreen<br />

and sunglasses, she tells us her main focus is her Vet<br />

Science uni degree. Good work.<br />

STUDY<br />

“My most important goal in my life<br />

right now is to finish my degree at<br />

uni. I believe getting my education<br />

first is imperative. However, I<br />

also believe that maintaining my<br />

surfing and the people close to me<br />

is important, so I generally like to<br />

combine everything!”<br />

Jess is as passionate about her<br />

education as she is about her<br />

surfing.<br />

“Kids reading this, stay in school.<br />

You can surf at any point in your<br />

life, join the WQS, compete against<br />

Kelly and Mick, but what happens<br />

if you tear all the ligaments in your<br />

knee and can’t surf anymore? You<br />

have nothing to fall back on. You<br />

never know what will happen - you<br />

could become world champ, but if<br />

you’re 30 and can’t surf, didn’t finish<br />

school, do a trade or go to uni, then<br />

there aren’t many options. That’s<br />

what I’ve learnt from people in those<br />

shoes - they told me exactly that.<br />

“I am currently in my second year<br />

and love it! People consider Vet<br />

Science harder than Medicine,<br />

because we have to learn each<br />

different type of animal, learn each<br />

field of medicine - we have to be a<br />

surgeon, dentist, ophthalmologist etc. -<br />

and I think the biggest thing is that the<br />

patient can’t tell us what’s wrong. Its<br />

hard work and a lot of contact hours,<br />

but it’s interesting and fun. My parents<br />

are very supportive of me going to uni<br />

and help me out a lot. When I finish<br />

my degree I would love to go on to do<br />

my PhD in marine animals.”<br />

SHARKS<br />

Where does a young Vet student<br />

interested in marine animals<br />

stand on the issue of the men in<br />

grey suits?<br />

“I’m still a bit uncertain about<br />

these creatures. For starters, I have<br />

a heart attack if I see one when<br />

surfing, there is no mistaking that!<br />

I do understand that they are a<br />

predator, and it’s a tragedy for all<br />

the people that have lost their lives<br />

to sharks. I don’t think that sharks<br />

should be hunted though. I don’t<br />

think they purposely come and go<br />

‘Oh there’s Tommy, the human over<br />

there, lets go eat him.’ But, I do<br />

think measures need to be taken<br />

to keep sharks out of areas where<br />

people swim and surf.”<br />


It all started for Jess at the age<br />

of 8, with her mum refusing to<br />

let me be one of the girls sunbaking<br />

on the beach watching<br />

the boys have all the fun in the<br />

surf. She started Jess on surfing<br />

lessons and got her hooked.<br />

“The memory I still look back on and<br />

laugh about is when I started surfing<br />

and got one of my friends from<br />

school to join me. She believed that<br />

getting barrelled was when white<br />

wash went over your feet when you<br />

were standing on the board. No joke,<br />

she came in after our second lesson<br />

saying ‘OMG! I got barrelled like five<br />

times today!’ I still laugh about that<br />

to this day.<br />

Jess is doing well as a<br />

longboarder these days, and<br />

surprisingly the love of bigger<br />

boards started quite early on.<br />

“I did start out as a shortboarder<br />

when I was a grom, but when I was<br />

about 12 and down at Byron with<br />

my cuzzie bros (read kiwis). It was<br />

small and fat, and the short board<br />

just wouldn’t go, so I jumped onto<br />

an 8’6 mini mal and had the time<br />

of my life! My parents then had a<br />

chat to Wayne Deane and he made<br />

a great custom board to suit my<br />

physique, meaning I could carry it<br />

under my arm.<br />

“I’m currently riding a high<br />

performance Diverse board, and<br />

occasionally jump onto my pig/log<br />

and have a go on my boyfriend’s SUP.<br />

“I don’t generally ride shortboards<br />

now, just because of the whole<br />

mentality about them. You can just<br />

chill out on a longboard and look<br />

stylish or do the high performance<br />

thing, where with shortboards, if<br />

you’re not hacking the lip or busting<br />

airs, then you’re classified a kook.”<br />

Far from a kook, in her first year<br />

with the Burleigh Longboard<br />

Club, Jess made the President’s<br />

Cup final in the Open Men’s<br />

division - the first girl in<br />

Burleigh club history to make<br />

the final.<br />

“I was stoked about that, but I think<br />

I was more excited about beating<br />

all the boys.” (laughs)<br />


“Locally would definitely have to<br />

be Currumbin Alley when the banks<br />

are good, and Snapper when the<br />

10 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Photos by ‘Mummy Roberts’<br />

crowd isn’t agro. I like these spots<br />

mainly due to my mates surfing<br />

there too, so I have a good time<br />

as well as a good surf. The only<br />

places internationally I’ve been to<br />

are Bali, NZ and PNG. My favourite<br />

spot would easily be Medawii, a<br />

mellow left-hander point break<br />

about 3 hours from Kuta, Bali. I am<br />

however set to go to the Maldives<br />

in <strong>July</strong> so I think my favourite<br />

international spot may change!”<br />

If you’re in Currumbin and you<br />

spot Jess cruising along on her<br />

Diverse board, make sure to<br />

say g’day!<br />

For more action shots, check<br />

out the team section on<br />

www.diversesurf.com.au<br />






Sage advice - Jess Roberts<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


12 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


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it was about time we published a reader’s<br />

comment from our message bank.<br />

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me. I just picked up your mag and wanted<br />

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I couldn’t believe it was for free. It is just<br />

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To be honest Steve, it is calls like yours<br />

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MUCH ADO<br />


I have a friend who works at the local desal plant. He<br />

wasn’t allowed to talk to me about the desal plant itself,<br />

but I asked him few questions about the enviromental<br />

impact of the plant.<br />

He explained a few things they have put in place to prevent<br />

wildlife being harmed, so I tend to think this is a big cry<br />

about nothing. The shark nets off New South Wales kill more<br />

wildlife than ten desal plants and coming from a country that<br />

has real problems and real drought, I think Aussies take for<br />

granted how lucky they are.<br />

The only negative I could see is that it’s cost a lot of money<br />

that probably could have been spent on hospitals and<br />

schools, but as far as the environment goes, these hippies<br />

need to stop smoking ciggies, driving cars or even surfing<br />

as they all impact on the planet.<br />

In 20 years time when there is no water and we have the<br />

luxury of flicking a switch and making water, everyone will<br />

be stoked with the plant.<br />

Anyway that’s my two cents, mate. Great mag and keep<br />

‘em coming.<br />

Charl, Phillip Island<br />



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Wait for the movie...<br />


TO GET FIT!<br />

It’s winter. Yes, it’s cold. But don’t let a little bit of chill stop you surfing! If you do forego<br />

the occasional paddle for a coffee or dodge a rather average day for a hot pie, don’t<br />

forget that summer is only a few months away and you’ll regret being a slacker when<br />

you’re missing waves. So now is the perfect time to get some extra training in and get<br />

fit, or even fitter.<br />

Total Surfing Fitness is a very specific exercise program aimed at getting surfers<br />

catching more waves in five steps, by: increasing your paddle fitness; improving your<br />

core stability, strength and power; increasing your upper body endurance, improving<br />

your mobility and flexibility; and finally, improving your balance and lower body strength.<br />

You can grab a free training session online, so check it out at<br />

www.totalsurfingfitness.com<br />


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for other essentials, like an extra surfboard.<br />

For products, prices and more information, see<br />

www.yambanurseryhire.com or call 02 6646 3548.<br />

14 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

STICK IT<br />

Photo: Wipeout Scuzz, Supplied<br />




Fancy surfing over deadly sharp ‘n shallow coral reefs in the remotest Mentawais? If you do, in all seriousness, it’s just common sense to have some<br />

insurance cover. Problem is, some insurers won’t touch surfers with a 10ft SUP paddle. Fortunately one will, and this has literally saved surfers’ lives<br />

thanks to airlifts from G-Land. You’re even covered riding a motorbike in Indo and for extra peace of mind, surfboards are covered for damage or theft<br />

in transit. Planning a big one locally? They’ll even cover you for surf trips in OZ. Get immediate cover 24 hours a day at www.indosurf.com.au<br />

CRAZY<br />

LIKE A CAT<br />

We’ve had so many comments<br />

on Glenn ‘Cat’ Collins’ crazy-ass<br />

designs. Talking to industry insiders<br />

though, this guy is far from a fruit<br />

loop. This is what Craig Baird,<br />

curator of Torquay Surf World and<br />

someone who’s seen more boards<br />

than most of us had to say:<br />

“He could pretty much shape<br />

anything and ride it. He’s creative,<br />

free thinking and not restrained by<br />

design norms.<br />

“A lot of people may feel threatened<br />

by those who don’t conform but<br />

it’s people like Glen whose ideas<br />

filter down through the process into<br />

mainstream design.<br />

“Even if it is not adopted broadly, it<br />

gets people thinking about different<br />

avenues and possibilities.”<br />


A few editions back we made mention of<br />

the not-for-profit publication, Kurungabaa.<br />

With the latest edition recently arriving<br />

in the mail, we realised it just had to get<br />

another mention.<br />

Celebrating it’s fourth year in print, the<br />

‘journal of literature, history and ideas<br />

from the sea’ has undergone a major<br />

overhaul, with a full design revamp, a<br />

new format and new paper stock. All in<br />

all, the updated package truly reflects the<br />

quality of the thoughts and work inside.<br />

Mostly black and white text, but with<br />

bursts of colour here and there, you can<br />

expect near 90 back-to-back pages of<br />

engaging and varied reading.<br />

Strictly an anti-business, the Kurungabaa<br />

collective really don’t want your money,<br />

but your support to keep this unique forum<br />

for art and free thinking would help.<br />

For only a few measly dollars, grab<br />

yourself a copy at kurungabaa.net and<br />

enjoy a very different surfing read.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



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“18 months ago Dan Bounty was a normal, happy<br />

little eight-year-old dude, just starting to get the<br />

hang of surfing. This all changed thanks to one<br />

Saturday afternoon in November 2009, body<br />

surfing with his Mum and sister, Chloe.<br />

“Dan caught a wave in the crowded, flagged<br />

section at Kings Beach, Caloundra and crashed<br />

head first into a large mans hip, hurting his neck.<br />

As a physiotherapist, I assessed him and felt<br />

he had just a minor neck strain. He seemed fine<br />

and ten minutes later he was racing around like<br />

nothing had happened. We didn’t think much of it.<br />

“The next morning, at about 7am, just as we were<br />

about to leave for nippers, Dan collapsed. The right<br />

side of his body was paralysed. We raced him to<br />

Caloundra Hospital who urgently transferred him<br />

to Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane where he<br />

had an MRI, revealing that he had in fact damaged<br />

an artery in his neck. This had formed a blood<br />

clot that had dislodged and travelled to his brain,<br />

causing him to have a stroke.<br />

“Due to my line of work, I’m familiar with<br />

this condition, but usually in elderly folk. I’m<br />

unfortunately also acutely aware of the possible<br />

consequences and outcomes. So we all, very<br />

nervously, spent the next six weeks slowly<br />

watching Dan recover. He went from wheelchairbound,<br />

to learning to walk again to slowly<br />

regaining some of his sensation and function in<br />

his right arm.<br />

“Since the stroke, Dan’s been working hard on<br />

his rehab and although he still has a way to go, is<br />

doing well. He’s back to nippers and surfing and<br />

skateboarding.<br />

“With any brain injury you just don’t know how<br />

much recovery to expect, but fortunately for Dan<br />

there has been no cognitive loss and he’s still the<br />

same cheeky little bugger he always was. After the<br />

long road to recovery, it’s truly a reward to see Dan<br />

on his surfboard, back in the water with Chloe.”<br />

It’s always good to have stories with happy<br />

endings like this in the mag. We wish you a full<br />

recovery and many happy years of surfing with<br />

the family to come, Dan!<br />


scott@greenlinepaddlesurf.com<br />

0412 398 585<br />


Top: Dan’s back on the boards - if not in the water, at the local skatepark. Above left: Supportive sister,<br />

Chloe regularly shares surfing time with Dan. Right: Happy and healthy - the way all kids should be.<br />

16 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



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Paul Hickman of Retro Wombat in Thirroul<br />

knows the Three Rs intimately - Reducing,<br />

Re-using and Recycling is just how he rolls.<br />

Happy to spread the love of pre-loved, he<br />

recently got involved with a push to get some<br />

used surfboards over to the local kids in PNG.<br />

“I managed to get together ten small<br />

thrusters, a couple of leg ropes and some<br />

travel bags,” Paul tells us. Added to this, he<br />

found a few pairs of top-notch boardies while<br />

out at garage sales, to add to the package.<br />

“My part in this is only a small one, as there<br />

are many people involved in the process of<br />

making it happen. I just couldn’t say no to<br />

helping out with suitable boards for such a<br />

good cause.”<br />

“Sometimes, giving somebody something<br />

they can use is much better than money<br />

which just gets swallowed up by the<br />

capitalist world we live in.”<br />

Top: Paul of Retro Wombat<br />

Above: PNG kids get a surf lesson<br />

from some travelling Aussies<br />


It is good to know in these tough times there are still some good guys and<br />

girls out there and you couldn’t meet anyone nicer than shaper Chris Garret.<br />

Upon hearing our plans to raise money to help those affected by the spate of<br />

natural disasters earlier this year, he was the first person on board.<br />

Not only did he custom make the board for the lucky bidder, he personally<br />

delivered it and shared the love. Keen on a Chris Garrett or Phantom board?<br />

Go to www.chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

Chris Garrett (left) with happy owner of a new board, Wilba.<br />

18 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>



The SurfArt Expo held in Alexandra Headland has been hailed a huge<br />

success, with over 200 people turning up for the opening charity night where<br />

over $1000 was raised for Wishlist and Sunshine Coast Surfrider Foundation.<br />

Artist Owen Cavanagh put together a collection of his own work and that<br />

of diverse, yet like-minded artists including Parrish Watts of Vintage Pacific<br />

Surfcraft, master shapers Richard Harvey and Tom Wegener - who opened<br />

the expo at the Friday night charity event - Phil and Jackie Jarratt, miniature<br />

surfboard artist Nathan Barker and more.<br />

For any further info, contact Owen on 0459 477 728 or email solearte@libero.it<br />

IT’S ONLY<br />



Mark Riley of Riley Balsa has lent his support to the Australia Wide Wood<br />

Naturally Better Program - a program designed to promote and educate people<br />

on the benefits, qualities and uses of wood.<br />

More than just a great material for building surfboards, wood is a natural,<br />

renewable resource that provides wide-ranging benefits, including absorbing<br />

carbon dioxide from the atmosphere combatting the effects of climate change;<br />

uses less energy compared with some other building materials; and as a fuel,<br />

sustainably grown and harvested wood provides a renewable alternative to<br />

fossil fuels. All said and done, wood is pretty good.<br />

For more on the program, visit www.naturallybetter.com.au.<br />

Further reinforcing the commitment<br />

to the environment, Riley Classic<br />

Balsawood Surfboards have sponsored<br />

environmentalist Parrys Raines of<br />

www.climategirl.com.au.<br />

“This should be a great partnership<br />

between Parrys and Riley,” says Mark.<br />

“We have very similar views on the<br />

way life should be and how the future<br />

needs to be cared for by all of us”.<br />

To read more about Riley and check out<br />

Mark’s balsa boards, see the website:<br />

www.balsasurfboardsriley.com.au<br />

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

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

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />




Riley Balsawood Surfboards is after the part-time services of<br />

experienced glassers, sanders and polishers around the Cronulla<br />

area. Intererested? Please contact Mark on mark@riley.com.au<br />

And if you’re an experienced surfboard spray artist, Gangsta Surf<br />

on the Gold Coast wants to hear from you. Get in touch with<br />

Monique if you reckon you have the skills and the style to suit.<br />

gangstasurf@live.com<br />


Right: The site in June and<br />

below: happier times<br />

One of our all-time favourite<br />

pitstops on our travels has been<br />

the Aireys Inlet Pub. After<br />

visiting surf stores all day, or after<br />

a sneaky surf, it was always the<br />

perfect place to finish the day,<br />

comfortable and warm, with a beer<br />

in front of the roaring fireplace.<br />

On our last trip however, we arrived to find the old place boarded up<br />

and covered in grafitti. What an absolute disappointment.<br />

As we then discovered, the pub - originally built in 1890 and rebuilt<br />

after the Ash Wednesday fires - called last drinks on March 20 after<br />

the landlords decided to not renew the publican’s licence.<br />

The site had been put up for tender, which closed in May, but<br />

according to Frank Nagle of Biggin Scott Commercial, it was ‘too early<br />

to say’ if the site would indeed be a new residential development.<br />

Sadly, as another icon of our coastline falls victim to the ongoing<br />

race to become the richest when you die, it’s a bleak reminder that<br />

we need to appreciate - and actively support - what we have, while<br />

we have it, be it friends, family, local businesses or invaluable pieces<br />

of our culture and history. Cheers Airey’s. It was good knowing you.<br />

20 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


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Well, at least in the shaping bay...<br />

Pieter ‘Pie Eater’ Stockert has set up<br />

a live web stream from his shaping<br />

bay. Piet’s been shaping boards for<br />

Bennetts for over 8 years. To see what<br />

goes into shaping a board, check it out<br />

on: www.pieter.com.au<br />

Alternative Surf in Alexandra Headland<br />

has had a facelift in more ways that<br />

one. With a new owner, new manager,<br />

new signage, new stock and exciting<br />

new lines its all, well... new! Owner<br />

Phil Giles is filling the store with unique<br />

brands, such as Seventhwave Wetsuits<br />

from NZ, Diamond Empire clothing and<br />

much more. Check it out.

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On my most recent roadtrip I had a number of people come up and ask about<br />

the latest skateboard from SmoothStar. Yes, I gave it a rave review in our<br />

last edition and yes it IS actually that good. When you have a ute chock-ablock<br />

with magazines to distribute down the entire coast, there’s little room<br />

for much else. BUT I made sure to squeeze in my SmoothStar and gave a<br />

few people a test run as I passed through their way.<br />

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& skateboards, Antique,<br />

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Push bikes, junk and<br />

anything old pre-1980’s<br />

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before hitting the ramps and streets of Newcastle<br />

But just when I thought I couldn’t love SmoothStar anymore, the new promo<br />

video hit the internet... And it is a cracker! Not only does it feature team rider<br />

Dom McGeachie making magic on his 32” Flying Fish, it also features a little<br />

cameo appearance by none other than your favourite free surf magazine!<br />

Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsH2TNp_wY and<br />

for a walkthrough for one of the tricks on the video, see page 83.<br />


Victoria’s picturesque Great Ocean Road has been placed on the national<br />

heritage list with the announcement being made recently by Federal<br />

Environment Minister, Tony Burke. Thank goodness we have recognised,<br />

and will now preserve, one of the most magnificent coastal stretches in the<br />

country and indeed the world. Any future development in the region will have<br />

to be approved by the Federal Government. The region includes famous breaks<br />

such as Bell’s Beach, Winki and Cathedral.<br />

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honour awarded to none other than<br />

the fearless big wave charger Sandy<br />

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does for fun is just suicidal for mere<br />

mortals. In case you missed it, check<br />

out Sandy surfing Shipstern’s Bluff in<br />

Tasmania this May. www.youtube.<br />

com/watch?v=UH43LO5MCl0<br />


If you’re on the Sunshine Coast and<br />

have surfboards to sell, swap or show<br />

off, get along to the <strong>July</strong> 3 Swap<br />

Meet at the Da Bomb Surf Centre in<br />

Maroochydore from 11am - 2pm.<br />

Entry is free. There will be all types<br />

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22 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

CLEAR<br />

BLUE<br />

DAYS,<br />

DEEP<br />

BLUES<br />

NIGHTS<br />

Thank goodness ASH GRUNWALD is a patient guy.<br />

It’s Wednesday. I have my interview time set.<br />

As a long-time fan I’m ready, prepared and just so<br />

excited to get the chat on the go, but my phone has<br />

other plans for our morning. Four phonecalls later,<br />

terrible reception and one crackling, dodgy phone line<br />

after another - not to mention an hour late - I finally<br />

get to talk to the easy-going bluesman about surfing,<br />

music and the new ROAD DOG DIARIES tour. And<br />

as it turns out, there’s a whole lot to talk about.<br />


Photo: Emmanuel Narokobi Masalai Communications<br />

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to document - just<br />

life on the road and the fun we get up to. We’re going<br />

to go out and do exactly that, just amplify it a little...”<br />

Road Dog Diaries is an exciting new travelling music<br />

roadshow, kicking off in Mildura, Victoria this <strong>July</strong><br />

and working all the way up to North Queensland in<br />

early September. Far from just another band-on-theroad<br />

affair, this particular tour is any surf fan’s dream<br />

come true. By day, the crew will be searching out<br />

waves, snowboarding or skating and then hitting the<br />

planks at night for a musical fest, punctuated with<br />

exhibitions of surf photography and surf films between<br />

sets. And all of this, captured on film for an upcoming<br />

documentary.<br />

“Hopefully we get a fair bit of footage by the time<br />

we’re finished… of really good surfing and good<br />

locations from Torquay to Noosa,” Ash says of the<br />

very ambitious and incredibly cool project. “Also a lot<br />

of snowboarding and skating - we always get into a<br />

bit of downhill - and try and document the sort of stuff<br />

that happens.”<br />

Personally, having the distorted slide guitar wail<br />

over the beat of a stomping foot or some infectiously<br />

dancey hip-hop loops, finished off perfectly with<br />

blues-tinged, soulful storytelling is plenty reason to<br />

get me to an Ash Grunwald gig. But the concept of the<br />

complete package that the music is delivered with on<br />

this particular tour is sheer genius.<br />

In a very interesting twist, well-known surfers such as<br />

Beau and Nat Young, Neal Purchase Jr, Steph Gilmore<br />

and Matt Hoy will be making guest appearances on<br />

the tour.<br />

“We’ve got Beau Young for a lot of it, if not most of<br />

it. The really good thing is that he’s going to come<br />

down south with us as well. That’s always a hard sell,<br />

because it’s cold. (laughs) So we appreciate that.”<br />

Dave Rastovich will also be joining in for time in the<br />

water and on stage.<br />

“That’s going to be really fun, because those two are<br />

good buddies. I go back a long way with Rasta and I<br />

surf with Beau a lot here in New Brighton. “<br />

And of course it’s not just a surf fest – There are<br />

big-name musos on the bill as well, such as Kram of<br />

Spiderbait fame and – fingers crossed - roots master<br />

Xavier Rudd, who Ash used to play supports for in the<br />

early days of their careers.<br />

“I’m hoping to get Xavier when we’re down in<br />

Torquay,” Ash says. “He’s a good buddy and I’ve<br />

known him for over a decade now. That’ll be really<br />

good for the doco. It will document a part of me, and I<br />

can talk about the beginnings of it all.”<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


Another major point of difference with the Road<br />

Dog Diaries tour is the standing invitation for<br />

local talent to get involved. The tour gives local<br />

surf photographers a chance to exhibit and sell<br />

their work and local filmmakers a chance to have<br />

their creations shown on screen during the show.<br />

In turn, it gives the audience an opportunity to<br />

discover some of their own homegrown talent…<br />

Possibly even catch a glimpse of themselves<br />

featured in a photo or local surf film.<br />

“I lived five years in Torquay,” Ash explains.<br />

“There was one guy who used to shoot film when<br />

Winki was cranking and then, lo and behold, a<br />

year later someone would say ‘Hey! You’re on this<br />

video!’ You’ve got some good footage of you on a<br />

good day surfing your favourite local break!<br />

“The same with the photographer down there -<br />

she’d have a few snaps of you, or line-ups of your<br />

local when it’s cranking at it’s best.<br />

“I loved that when I was down there and thought<br />

that’s exactly what I want to have at these gigs.<br />

“So, in theory, someone can turn up and see<br />

themselves, or their local on its day of days… and<br />

just get really excited.” (laughs)<br />

“It’s more about the local, underground guys just<br />

going for a wave. High-performance surfers, we<br />

all get excited about, but this... I’m thinking about<br />

the guy like me in the crowd.”<br />

Normal, everyday surfers he means, not touring<br />

bluesmen... Yes, he’s a multi-award-winning<br />

musician with a stellar history of releases and<br />

collaborations, but as a late starter in the water,<br />

Ash is really humble when it comes to his surfing.<br />

“I’m by no means a ripper which is probably why<br />

I’ve still got my froth so in gear. I grew up in<br />

Melbourne, so access to waves was only ever an<br />

occasional thing when I was a kid. As an adult -<br />

and really once I started gigging - I could arrange<br />

things so that I could surf more.”<br />

“I always loved it. To go to the beach was to go<br />

surfing. But being inland, I just didn’t have the<br />

opportunities to get into it as a kid. When you’re<br />

from Melbourne it’s when you get your license<br />

that you really start.”<br />

However with a promising musical career in the<br />

making, surfing wasn’t always easy in the early<br />

days. Ash initially followed advice to tour inland,<br />

playing more obscure venues, off the beaten<br />

track, to spread his name outside of the fierce<br />

competition of the mainstream. But it wasn’t long<br />

before the ocean dragged him back.<br />

“I’d go to one-horse towns playing to one<br />

toothless drunk. It was quite soul destroying, but<br />

I thought ‘Hey, I’m making a living from it - who<br />

cares?’<br />

“I just decided after a while, ‘Nah, you know<br />

what, I’m just going to head for the coast. And<br />

it’s funny, it worked better for me anyway, even<br />

career-wise. But it was primarily just something I<br />

wanted to do with my life. So, surfing’s been this<br />

crazy adventure… “<br />

And it’s not just surfing. A true smorgasboarder in<br />

his own right, Ash hits a skateboard or snowboard<br />

with just as much enthusiasm as his stomp box at<br />

a live show. Touring has seen him clock up eight<br />

snow seasons, always overlapping shows with<br />

the opportunity to do some snowboarding.<br />

“I’m so lucky. Everything in my life has been<br />

facilitated by music.”<br />

It’s not a one-sided arrangement. It seems that<br />

while music has a huge influence on his lifestyle,<br />

life also comes back around to influence the<br />

music. One song in particular, from the 2009 Fish<br />

Out Of Water album has stuck with me since the<br />

first listen. It’s the incredibly well-told tale of<br />

near-death in huge surf at Port Campbell. With a<br />

mental picture so well painted, surely that has to<br />

be a first-hand experience?<br />

“No that’s not autobiographical,” Ash laughs.<br />

“I’ve copped a lot of hold-downs and I have a<br />

lot of respect - and fear - for the South Coast of<br />

Victoria, but I’ve never paddled out at Two-Mile<br />

or any of these crazy hell-man places. I’ve surfed<br />

solid Bells, and I’ve surfed some solid waves<br />

down south, but none of the actual ‘big waves.’<br />

So, just how did the Port Campbell story and song<br />

come about then?<br />

“Well, this is what happens to me with story<br />

songs,” Ash explains. “I get a moment that really<br />

moves me. Then I think about that moment and<br />

work backwards from there and I think, ‘What is<br />

that story?’ And then I tell that story.<br />

“I was actually at Red Bluff in WA. A mate of<br />

mine who’s a really good storyteller had this<br />

great tale of where he paddled for one, missed it<br />

and then turned around to see the whole horizon<br />

lifting towards the heavens, about to land right<br />

fair-square on his head. And just that terror...<br />

“We were just around the campfire, but I was<br />

with him and felt what he must have felt. I was<br />

very moved by that story. I know the terror of<br />

when you’re in really solid waves and there’s<br />

a consequence to being caught in the wrong<br />

position. That’s what it was all about.<br />

“Once I got into that moment of terror, I thought<br />

the dude needs a back-story, you know? I sort<br />

of live it when I tell it, so I really think about it.<br />

I laugh sometimes though when he pops up and<br />

cops another six on the head – I always find that<br />

funny for some sick reason. (laughs)”<br />

Victorian surf destinations have certainly made<br />

their mark on Ash’s lyrics. Cat Bay on Phillip<br />

Island set the stage for the event that inspired<br />

the very entertaining Dolphin Song, from the 2002<br />

Introducing Ash Grunwald album. It tells the tale<br />

of him being rescued from a shark by a pod of<br />

helpful dolphins. And Ash reckons it happened<br />

exactly as the song says…<br />

“In the middle of the bay, on low tide with the<br />

right amount of swell, there’s a little bommie you<br />

can paddle out to. The guy I was with swore he<br />

saw a shark under me. In the post mortem I was<br />

saying ‘Well, all you did was mistake a dolphin for<br />

a shark and we didn’t actually get rescued,’ but he<br />

said ‘No way, no way... It was definitely a shark<br />

and we definitely got rescued...”<br />

Not many of us get the opportunity to throw<br />

everything we love most in life into one big event<br />

and then watch it come to life. For Ash, this<br />

artistic collaboration that is Road Dog Diaries is<br />

exactly that.<br />

Photo: Swilly Swilly.com.au<br />

With huge thanks to Jenny Williams!<br />

24 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


“IT’S A GOOD<br />


SURFING... IT’S<br />


CURE-ALL<br />





HAPPY... AND<br />


GET GOOD AT.”<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


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“WE REALLY<br />


EACH GIG<br />






WORK.”<br />

“It’s an intersection. It’s about a<br />

particular culture. I’ve got friends all<br />

around Australia that I love to surf with.<br />

Some are pro surfers and some are just<br />

Old Mate, who likes to go for a wave.<br />

They’re from all different professions<br />

and situations, from hardcore builders<br />

eating their pie and sauce, to full-on,<br />

tripped-out hippy dudes, or whatever...<br />

You have so much in common when you<br />

surf and there are just happy-go-lucky<br />

people who just want to get some<br />

waves and have some fun, then go<br />

to the gig, have a few beers and just<br />

hoot… Just positive people. That’s<br />

what I just love to be involved in.”<br />

Getting involved yourself is easy. Just<br />

get to one of the shows, be positive<br />

and have a whole lot of fun.<br />

Photo: Emmanuel<br />

Narokobi Masalai<br />

Communications<br />

There is only one original ...<br />

Surf Travel Company<br />

If you’re a budding surf photographer<br />

or surf filmmaker and reckon your work<br />

belongs on the bill, drop the organisers<br />

a line at info@ashgrunwald.com.<br />

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at www.ashgrunwald.com, on<br />

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AshGrunwald or you can also follow<br />

the happenings on twitter at<br />

twitter.com/#!/ashgrunwald to stay<br />

in the loop with all of the up to date<br />

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“The only multi-finned<br />

board in the line-up!”<br />

Helmet and friends. Photo: Mark Chapman<br />


QUIRKS<br />




AKA “The Helmet”, Pat Quirk was born and<br />

raised in Manly on the Northern Beaches of<br />

Sydney, NSW.<br />

Now settled with his lovely family on the<br />

northern side of the Sunshine Coast, he spends<br />

many a day sharing waves at his favourite<br />

breaks around Noosa or Alexandra Headland, as<br />

well as tracking down pieces of surfing history to<br />

add to the growing collection.<br />

From left to right, we’ll let Pat introduce the<br />

ladies, most of which he uses regularly.<br />

1 - OCEANIC 9’2” A very narrow, but thick<br />

longboard from 1963. No wall-hanger, this is my<br />

board of choice to ride. It goes amazingly in long<br />

walled point breaks like Noosa.<br />

2 - DON BURFORD 7”4” TRACKER with a<br />

rolled bottom, made around 1968 when Don was<br />

still in South Australia. A challenging board to<br />

ride, but it’s amazing when you get it just right in<br />

the pocket of a nice wave.<br />

3 - BARRY BENNETT 8’ MINI GUN with<br />

a dense foam stringer. Difficult to turn but<br />

definitely the fastest board I have ever ridden.<br />

28 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

4 - BARRY TAYLOR CUSTOM 7’8” from<br />

Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. A project<br />

board, crying out for restoration as the whole<br />

board needs to be reglassed... One day.<br />

5 - TUBECRUISER around 6’8” by Paul Shanks,<br />

a kiwi shaper. Only surfed it a few times and I<br />

still need to get it out on a clean day.<br />

6 - McTAVISH BLUE BIRD 7’ signed by Bob<br />

after being saved from landfill. An awesome find<br />

and my absolute fave board in the collection.<br />


the Gold Coast, around 6’2”. This is the board<br />

that started the collecting bug after my wife<br />

suggested a vintage, red board would look great<br />

hanging on the wall. (What a nice lady - ED)<br />


Don Allcroft, a Victorian shaper who also shaped<br />

for Rip Curl. It looks to be around late 70’s.<br />

9 - McCOY 6’8” This has had a full restoration,<br />

so it’s a little heavy but great to ride as it’s really<br />

thick so catches waves very easily.<br />

10 - SHANE STANDARD 6” Around mid-70’s<br />

by the looks of the shape. Amazing shapers like<br />

Simon Anderson cut their teeth making these<br />

boards under the eye of Shane Stedman.<br />

11 - KENN CUSTOM BOARD 6’ Late 70’s<br />

single with a classic spray on the deck.<br />

12 - McTAVISH 9’1” The only multi-finned<br />

board here, shaped by Bob himself. This is an<br />

amazing board to ride - only 2” 5 / 8 thick and lots<br />

of kick in the tail which helps with late take offs<br />

(sometimes).<br />

Got some cool boards to show us? We’d love to<br />

see them and show them off for you! Drop us a<br />

line on editorial@smorgasboarder.com.au<br />

Pat cruising at Noosa. Photo: Popeye

THE ONE<br />



It’s the board I’ve wanted for the last<br />

ten years and now we’ve finally found<br />

each other! It was an instant connection<br />

straight after that first ride the 6’2 Spunk<br />

Bubble shaped by Greg Brown had found<br />

its new home, my shed.<br />

Now to the really important stuff about<br />

the board.<br />

It’s not white it’s an actual colour -<br />

nothing like adding a bit of colour to the<br />

line up! There’s enough black and white<br />

out there already and even if I’m black<br />

and white too, it’s not going to make me<br />

rip any more like Kelly or Fanning... Just a<br />

little bit of self-expression.<br />

Another amazing thing is it floats me<br />

easily. I’m not flapping around like a fish<br />

out of water struggling to move forward,<br />

let alone ride a wave.<br />

It catches waves like I’m riding a Mini-mal<br />

- bonus for me out there! So that’s three<br />

big ticks for my new favourite board.<br />

Oh, and some might find these next facts<br />

more important but it all depends on<br />

the angle your coming from: it turns on<br />

a wing nut and gets heaps of speed... I<br />

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jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



Retro Wombat’s Paul Hickman is a born and bred<br />

Wollongong boy who grew up surfing Oilies down<br />

near the coal loader and South Beach.<br />

30 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

A BREAK<br />

FROM THE<br />


On a recent trip to The Gong I called into two stores in Thirroul<br />

- one I knew and the other I had heard a lot about. Basically,<br />

these stores are absolute Aladdin’s caves for the collector or soul<br />

surfer after something outside the mainstream. Both are well<br />

worth a visit - and an introduction - so we had a chat to the men<br />

behind the counter. WORDS & PHOTOS: DAVE SWAN<br />



Trying to find a wave where there is only two or three in the water. I can’t deal<br />

with crowds or all that agro and stuff.<br />


My favourite single fin is a 6’1” Col Smith channel bottom. It suits my body type<br />

perfectly. That and a modern day Skipp thruster for when the swell is on.<br />


I guess the store is called Retro Wombat, Retro as in ‘backward’ and ‘wombat’<br />

as in the ‘hard to find Australian.’ We’re more like the Hairy Nosed Wombat,<br />

the rare and endangered one, not the common wombat.<br />

Our motto, so to speak, is recycling suburban Australia. We’re about stopping<br />

stuff from going to the tip - the whole gamut of recycling from picking out the<br />

good things we can resell down to recycling nuts, bolts, copper, brass and steel.<br />

We offer people a complete recycling service and a large percentage of the<br />

stuff goes to local op shops and charity stores and some we sell in store. We<br />

have really tried to develop a charitable side to the business.<br />


I used to be more into the antique side of things but we’ve slowly moved more<br />

and more into the junk side of things. The junk is the fun stuff. It’s what people<br />

want and it is affordable.<br />


Six years. When we set up here there was no roof on the building and no floor.<br />

All in all though, I have been doing this sort of thing for twenty years. I have had<br />

four stores through that time.<br />


Probably the 10 ft pintail mal. It is a big heavy brute of a board.<br />




Chips. The reef break off the point at Geroa. I grew up surfing it.<br />


The one I am riding most at the moment is a 5’8” shortboard called ‘The<br />

Guild’ by shaper Lee Stacey.<br />


I suppose the whole concept for the store was to bring that uniqueness<br />

back to surfing and make it a little bit more interesting. I wanted to<br />

create a store that felt like the ones I walked into as a kid in the 80s.<br />

Those stores were about surfing, surfboards and cool stuff. Nowadays<br />

mainstream surf stores have lost that soul.<br />


I think it comes from just selecting a good range of products that reflect<br />

a different side of surfing culture. Being a surfer myself, I ride all types<br />

of boards, so I wanted a surf shop that had enough hardware with a<br />

range of surfboards that reflected surfer’s different styles and interests. I<br />

wanted to create a real surf shop.<br />

On the clothing side, we’re a little bit more of a boutique as we hunt<br />

down those brands that have a clear point of difference.<br />

With regards to the store itself, we wanted to create an inviting space<br />

where people can walk in and feel comfortable. With a good atmosphere,<br />

people want to hang here and have a chat and not just duck in and out.<br />


That’s a tricky one. We got the new Vouch boards in and I would have to<br />

say the 8’7” rolled vee bottom is amazing. I don’t know how long it will<br />

stay on the racks before I wax that thing up myself.<br />


jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



GODLEY<br />

VIEWS<br />



32 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Q&A<br />

What came first: surfing<br />

or photography?<br />

Definitely surfing, I think it has only<br />

been the past six months or so that I<br />

shot more than I surfed.<br />

You’re studying<br />

Accounting – an<br />

unusual career to<br />

align with surf<br />

photography… How do<br />

you juggle the two?<br />

(Laughs) Yeah I get that a lot. I’ve<br />

actually just finished all my accounting<br />

studies, around 9 years all up. It’s been<br />

pretty tough in the past, working long<br />

hours, studying for my CPA and chasing<br />

swells. I guess long days, a flexible<br />

boss and a tonne of coffee makes all<br />

the difference.<br />

I pretty much froth 24/7 on surfing,<br />

so getting up at 4am to go surfing or<br />

working back late to make up for a<br />

few hours off work here and there has<br />

never been an issue for me.<br />

Does where you live<br />

lend itself to a lot of<br />

good photographic<br />

opportunities?<br />

Yeah, it sure does, especially surf-wise.<br />

There are so many different locations to<br />

choose from down here - from perfect<br />

beaches to slabbing reefs, all within an<br />

hour’s drive of each other.<br />

When not snapping,<br />

what are you riding?<br />

Lately whenever there has been waves<br />

I’ve been shooting, so I’ve only been<br />

surfing in the small stuff... So my<br />

weapon of choice would have to be<br />

the ezi-rider long board - so much fun.<br />

Other than that, my roommate and I<br />

have a nice collection of old boards<br />

we take out from time to time. I pretty<br />

much ride anything, depending on the<br />

conditions.<br />

The perfect surf photo...<br />

I think the perfect surf shot is different<br />

for everyone. For me, it’s one that has<br />

a story or journey behind it and takes<br />

me back to epic times. Also, it needs to<br />

have amazing light and composition.<br />

With a good camera being so cheap<br />

these days, there are so many of the<br />

same style of shots floating around,<br />

so I guess a shot that is unique really<br />

stands out for me.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


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Bingin, Impossibles, Dreamland<br />

and Balangan. (Surf guide available)<br />

How can people get hold of<br />

your work?<br />

www.jordangodleyphotography.com has just been<br />

set up, and I run a blog, jordangodleyphotography.<br />

tumblr.com, which I update every few days.<br />

If anyone’s keen to have me shoot them surfing,<br />

they can always give me a buzz on 0422 529 801 or<br />

shoot me an email on jordangodley@hotmail.com<br />

“empties... i’m kinda<br />

digging those shots at<br />

the moment...love blowing<br />

them up on canvas and<br />

staring at them... ”<br />

What does the future hold?<br />

Hopefully pursue photography a little more. I’ve<br />

just finished all my studies in accounting and I<br />

now have something to fall back on, so I can focus<br />

on photography and enjoy it rather than chase it to<br />

make some coin.<br />

I’m in the process of putting together a coffee<br />

table book which I hope to finish by the end of<br />

the year. Next year, hopefully I will do a bit of<br />

travelling, chasing swells at a drop of a hat and<br />

shooting a few weddings here and there.<br />

I would love to eventually move to Indonesia,<br />

or spend six months of the year there shooting<br />

and travelling. That would be the ultimate dream<br />

scenario.<br />

Book now!<br />

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34 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Name: Jordan Godley<br />

Age: 28<br />

Born: Penrith<br />

(Yes I’m a Westie haha)<br />

Live:<br />

Love:<br />

Berrara, NSW<br />

Being in<br />

the ocean,<br />

Photography,<br />

Surfing and<br />

Soccer.<br />

What’s your<br />

camera setup?<br />

Canon 50d, AquaTech water<br />

housing and a few lenses.<br />

Take some time to view more of<br />

Jordan’s work online. And if you<br />

find an image you love, make sure<br />

to part with a few dollars for print.<br />

jordangodleyphotography.com<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


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There is only one original ...<br />

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This edition, we were absolutely flooded with fantastic photos, all taken by<br />

none other than you! This giant, meaty chunk of saltwater at Cape Solander,<br />

AKA - ‘Ours’ was sent in by Doug Ford and is most definitely our pick of the<br />

bunch. Absolute cracking shot, Doug. Free stuff on the way to you! Send in your<br />

snaps of glory, comedy or consequence to letters@smorgasboarder.com.au<br />

36 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

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38 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


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jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


In terms of an Australian surfing destination, it’s possibly a mountaineer’s Everest.<br />

One break - which will remain nameless - is the equivalent of better-known Australian big wave<br />

magnets such as Shipsterns in Tasmania or the Cow Bombie in Western Australia, definitely rating<br />

in the five biggest and heaviest waves in the entire country.<br />

Extending some 150km from Cape Otway to Port Fairy – basically the southern tip of mainland<br />

Australia to just short of the South Australian border - this stretch of coast is not for the faint-hearted<br />

or the ignorant. Mother Nature, and quite possibly the locals, will deliver it to you in spades if you<br />

forget to show the place due respect.<br />

While the Southern Ocean always packs a punch no matter what the wave size and the water<br />

temperature alone is enough to take your breath away, from a pure tourist perspective, this is possibly<br />

one of the most spectacular, picturesque, idyllic and stunningly beautiful destinations on Earth.<br />

The<br />

Shipwreck<br />

Coast<br />



40 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


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CAPE OTWAY is the second southernmost tip of mainland<br />

Australia (Aptly-named South Point on Wilsons Promontory in<br />

Victoria is incidentally our southernmost.)<br />

PORT FAIRY is just under 3 hours drive from the South<br />

Australian border.<br />

Water temp in the region in winter can get down to 12<br />

degrees. In summer it gets up to 17 degrees.<br />

Offshore winds push colder deep water nearer to the coast<br />

and replace surface water warmed by the sun. This coupled<br />

with air temperature and wind-chill need to be factored in<br />

when determining by how much you will freeze your bits off.<br />

There is only one original ...<br />

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42 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

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The<br />

Shipwreck<br />

Coast<br />


On penning this story I had<br />

originally envisaged calling<br />

it The Iceman Cometh: The<br />

<strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> crew tackle<br />

the arctic conditions and<br />

wild mountainous surf of the<br />

Shipwreck Coast.<br />

As it turned out, the crew,<br />

of which there are two, was<br />

reduced to one after Mark<br />

shafted me the day the trip<br />

started, so an expedition of<br />

Dave headed down south.<br />

My first day on the Shipwreck<br />

Coast was magnificent. The sun<br />

was out, there wasn’t a cloud<br />

in the sky and the first signs of<br />

surf revealed gentle, peeling,<br />

A-frame beachies more suited<br />

to a cruisy mal. It was hardly<br />

hellman territory.<br />

But, it wasn’t my first trip to<br />

these parts and as they often<br />

say, “if you don’t like the<br />

weather, hang around a while.”<br />

It’s possible to get all four<br />

seasons in one day. It can be<br />

sunny one minute, blowing a<br />

gale the next.<br />

The week before, I had received<br />

a text from a local surfer with<br />

words to the effect of, “25ft<br />

ground swells with a 12 second<br />

fetch. Should be 12ft plus.” Thank<br />

goodness I was running late.<br />

And the predictions proved<br />

correct. Mammoth swell<br />

pounded the coast on that<br />

week, sweeping one of his<br />

surfing mates into a cave and<br />

treating him to a nasty, neardeath<br />

experience. Just think,<br />

that could have been me...<br />

The day I arrived however,<br />

only rolling waves slid past<br />

the Twelve Apostles and were<br />

something to behold. There<br />

possibly can’t be a more mindblowing<br />

experience then surfing<br />

amongst these natural pillars<br />

of wonder.<br />

The next day, and thereafter,<br />

was more of what I expected<br />

at this time of year: Bleak and<br />

cold, which is exactly what<br />

I was after. The surf wasn’t<br />

huge but had some grunt and<br />

that Southern Ocean still took<br />

my breath away in more ways<br />

than one.<br />

In my opinion, this is the perfect<br />

time to visit the Shipwreck<br />

Coast. If you’re after balmy<br />

conditions, head to Fiji. Down<br />

here’s supposed to be wild,<br />

woolly and cold. That’s part of<br />

its appeal. To witness the sea<br />

battering the rugged limestone<br />

coastline is not only amazing,<br />

but one of the sights that make<br />

the region so unique.<br />

It’s at its most dramatic and<br />

awe-inspiring best when<br />

Mother Nature struts her stuff.<br />

At the end of each day, having<br />

taken in the sights, watched<br />

some phenomenal surfing or<br />

made your own little bit of<br />

surfing folklore (in your own<br />

mind at least) you can retire to a<br />

cosy B&B cottage, comfy retreat<br />

or country pub. I don’t know<br />

why but there is something so<br />

appealing about freezing your<br />

knackers off, tackling waves<br />

with such raw power and then<br />

unwinding afterwards with a<br />

bit of amber nectar next to a<br />

roaring fire.<br />

The local food and produce is<br />

also superb and the perfect<br />

way to refuel your numb, aching<br />

body. Indeed, the area also<br />

boasts a number of superb<br />

restaurants and eateries.<br />

Ahh... the delights of a<br />

surfing roadtrip in a wintery<br />

wonderland. The colder, the<br />

better I say. I absolutely love<br />

this part of the world.<br />

But enough from me, we<br />

talk with local big-wave<br />

legend Russell ‘The Hellman’<br />

McConachy, about his love for<br />

surfing these parts.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


Russell<br />

McConachy<br />

Born in Chelsea, in what was then a rough bayside suburb of<br />

Melbourne, Russell McConachy grew up surfing the Victorian east<br />

coast and places like Phillip Island. As he explains it, he didn’t<br />

surf anywhere in particular, he simply went to where the waves<br />

were… chasing quality and size.<br />

“I always studied the weather maps and got to know the systems,<br />

tides and winds for each break and headed to where I thought it<br />

would be best. I discovered a few spots down on the Shipwreck<br />

Coast in 1973 and thought it was awesome. It pretty much became<br />

my Hawaii.<br />

“I would drive down there every weekend from Frankston and stay<br />

for two or three days or a week depending on how good it was. I<br />

would drop everything, head down and sleep in my car.<br />

“There were only ever a few guys like Dave Smurthwaite, Rock<br />

Stone and PK surfing big waves down that way. My favourite spots<br />

were relatively empty. I would regularly surf alone. Still do, but<br />

only occasionally.”<br />

With that said, Russell has been able to share his love for big<br />

waves with a select few.<br />

“I have been fortunate that I have always had a good hardcore<br />

crew around me that want to surf big waves from when I was<br />

twenty until now. But if you don’t want to surf big waves, well<br />

then, you are not going to fit in on a surf trip. It’s just a wonderful<br />

and exciting thing to share. The anticipation of the night before...<br />

When you can hear the waves breaking outside, it’s just something<br />

else.<br />

“All my mates who surf these spots nowadays are generally ten,<br />

twenty, thirty years younger than me. I have also shared some<br />

waves down here through the years with some great surfers, the<br />

likes of Jeff Sweeney, Greg Brown, Glen Casey, Tony Ray and the<br />

Rowley brothers.<br />

“Gerard Healy (ex-Melbourne Demons and Sydney Swans AFL<br />

footballing great) is also one of my great mates and a surf addict<br />

like myself. We team up most weeks. Over the past decade he has<br />

been coming down the coast and tackling what we like to chase.<br />

Big waves just become a focus of your life.”<br />

“I have been surfing my chosen break for some thirty-three<br />

years now. It is an intense experience. It is perhaps like surfing<br />

Waimea.”<br />

“At 61, I know my days are numbered with regards to surfing the<br />

bigger days. I don’t have any desire to live up to any image and I<br />

pick my waves more carefully now.<br />

“There is a great new crew emerging, led by guys like Brendan<br />

Ryan, Pat O’Shea and Mick Deppeler. I get as much joy watching<br />

my mates catch great waves as I do catching my own.”<br />

I asked Russell whether he had ever tackled any other of the big<br />

name surf spots around the globe.<br />

“I started building my house down here in 1987, a rustic bluestone<br />

house with recycled timbers throughout and this, along with my<br />

chosen break, became my focus. I wasn’t interested in too much<br />

else. The lure of other surf breaks didn’t really appeal when I<br />

had great waves in my own backyard. Between time, money and<br />

running my business, I didn’t really pursue any others. However,<br />

I did go to Hawaii in 1978, as I wanted to experience and gain<br />

an understanding of what big surf was like. This would set my<br />

attitude towards big surf for the rest of my surfing life. I believe it’s<br />

important to have a true perspective of the waves you surf.”<br />

As for the biggest wave Russell has tackledat home?<br />

“The biggest I have paddled into is around 15 to 20 ft. I have a<br />

Shipwreck<br />

The<br />

Coast<br />

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“It has always been my philosophy when you are in the ocean as in life,<br />

you have to ‘‘accept what you can’t change and change what you can...’<br />

when you surf you have to accept that is part of the deal.”’<br />

Russell McConachy<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


photo of me paddling over a 25ft wave.<br />

It was a 15 to 18ft day and we literally<br />

saw a line on the horizon. It blacked<br />

it out. It was the biggest wave I have<br />

dealt with in the water. I screamed<br />

at the guys, ‘Paddle like...’ I do some<br />

towing occasionally, but not here.”<br />


When it comes to localism, which is<br />

widely reputed in these parts, Russell<br />

is quite philosophical in his approach.<br />

“There’s a right way and a wrong way<br />

to go about it. You have to appreciate<br />

that spots will become known at some<br />

stage and inevitably, you have to be<br />

prepared to share.<br />

“I will happily share waves with people<br />

from outside the area just as I would<br />

with my friends. If you’ve been waiting,<br />

it’s your turn. I don’t think because it is<br />

my break you have to wait forever and<br />

that sort of stuff. Some people have<br />

that attitude or just want to take every<br />

wave, but that can happen anywhere.<br />

I am a little more easy-going. ‘Live and<br />

let live’, I say. Perhaps that’s part of<br />

getting older and having a bit more of<br />

a sharing attitude. I was probably a bit<br />

greedy when I was younger without<br />

even realising it.”<br />

As for the fanatics that staunchly guard<br />

these parts, Russell has this to say.<br />

“People really believe what they are<br />

saying. They genuinely believe in their<br />

cause, just as I believe in what they<br />

are doing can be unfair in some ways.<br />

There is talk of a ‘surf sanctuary’ and<br />

yes, it is a very delicate environment<br />

around here in terms of the landscape<br />

and seascape. You wouldn’t want a<br />

contest here. The area just couldn’t<br />

cope. But as for the ‘no exposure’<br />

mentality to try and keep the crowds<br />

down... the Great Ocean Road is on<br />

the map, our tourist board is promoting<br />

it, everyone knows it’s there and any<br />

surfer worth his salt tends to travel<br />

beyond his home breaks anyway.<br />

“Sure we don’t want a horde of<br />

surfers and jetskis turning up, making<br />

the place like another Mavericks or<br />

Jaws. It’s so hard to predict that it’s<br />

a tough call to travel here, especially<br />

if you have to travel from afar. There’s<br />

usually a very small window for it all<br />

to come together, so it is easy to be<br />

disappointed!<br />

“Localism, in my opinion, can be quite<br />

selective. Some photographers and<br />

surfers from outside the area have had<br />

a hard time, but local photographers<br />

seem to have less drama.<br />

“People know my opinion and hopefully<br />

they can respect my philosophy as I do<br />

theirs. We will agree to disagree.”<br />


“I don’t think it is a huge issue with all<br />

that is going on in the ocean. However<br />

it would be naive to suggest they<br />

are not nearby when you are surfing.<br />

It’s more a matter of so far so good!<br />

Further south, around Port Fairy and<br />

Portland, there is reason for more<br />

concern, but you just have to forget<br />

about it and keep surfing, ideally!”<br />

But I pester Russell for a more direct<br />

answer. Surely there must have been<br />

some bumps or close calls through the<br />

years surfing these parts all alone?<br />

“Oh yeah, I have had a fair few. It<br />

does stay with you for a few months<br />

afterwards. I have mates with great<br />

shark stories.<br />

“Paddling across deep-water channels<br />

in some parts, it does cross your mind,<br />

but you just have to deal with it. It’s<br />

out of your control. It’s always been my<br />

philosophy when you are in the ocean<br />

you have to ‘accept what you can’t<br />

change and change what you can.’ I<br />

have that quote on my desk and in my<br />

diary. I think it is so true of life. I think<br />

when you surf you have to accept that<br />

is part of the deal.<br />

“I would be shattered if something<br />

happened though, after all this time. To<br />

think I have gone this far.”<br />



“I think a surfer has to have the right<br />

equipment and the right headspace to<br />

deal with whatever they confront. You<br />

can pull up at some breaks, think it’s 6ft<br />

and paddle out to realise it’s 12ft. I’ve<br />

rescued quite a few guys over the years.<br />

“For example, you can’t just use a<br />

standard leg rope. I use a 15ft tied leg<br />

rope, two plugs, extra Velcro - a lot<br />

of things that eliminate any chance<br />

of having to swim. That’s where the<br />

problems start. When it’s big, many of<br />

the bays turn into massive rips going<br />

out to sea. It is serious. You can’t<br />

paddle against it.<br />

“I think in any break, you respect the<br />

place and the people in the water,<br />

which I think goes without saying,<br />

whether you are a local or not. Don’t try<br />

to be ‘the man’ out there. Attitude is<br />

the key. It’s pretty basic.<br />

“Other than that, you need a 4/3<br />

wetsuit from now on, until November.<br />


“I have several 9-10ft guns. I have a<br />

new 9’9” that I am riding now. Custom<br />

made of course - 3 ¼“ x 19 ¾ “ x 9’9”.<br />

“I’ve had boards from Maurice Cole and<br />

Murray Bourton. Mike Anthony made<br />

my last one. It’s good to have someone<br />

in town to have that old-fashioned<br />

relationship with your shaper.”<br />


So what of holding your breath and the<br />

training to tackle monstrous waves?<br />

Russell shed some light on his approach.<br />

“I don’t carry rocks along the ocean<br />

shore (he laughs). I think if you are<br />

physically fit and mentally strong, you<br />

When you look at a weather map<br />

and you see the massive systems<br />

hitting our coast non-stop, compared<br />

to what you get on the east<br />

coast, it is just staggering.”<br />

Russell McConachy<br />

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Coast<br />

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deal with it. Mucking around<br />

in the pool the other day, my<br />

partner’s daughter held her breath<br />

underwater longer than me. I<br />

don’t have any interest in doing<br />

that. I think you just do what<br />

you have to. I am a very strong<br />

swimmer and am fit so I know<br />

what I can handle.”<br />

Russell did Taekwondo for twenty<br />

years and fought full-contact<br />

tournaments for eight years.<br />

“I wasn’t the best martial artist,<br />

but I trained my arse off and<br />

was as fit as you could be. I did<br />

ok because I was very fit. You<br />

get the best out of your body.<br />

Likewise with surfing, being fit<br />

will put you in a good position to<br />

catch a few good waves.”<br />


North-east depending on the<br />

break. A south-west swell is<br />

normal.<br />

On surfing iconic landmarks such<br />

as the Twelve Apostles:<br />

“I have surfed there up to 10ft,<br />

but waves there can often be<br />

closeouts. The region just gets<br />

so much swell and consequently,<br />

the sand banks are constantly<br />

changing. You can have months<br />

where it’s so big and disorganised<br />

that it is unrideable. “<br />


“There are some good spots<br />

in the region. In Port Fairy,<br />

Rebecca’s is really good. Time<br />

and Tide is also a very nice<br />

restaurant. The Merrijig Inn<br />

is great.<br />

“In Port Campbell, Room six is<br />

great for breaky, lunch or dinner.<br />

The pub is good for dinner and<br />

to socialise. 12 Rocks is ok as<br />

well.”<br />

And as for a good spot to grab<br />

a beer, Russell’s reply was the<br />

same as Mark Richards in our last<br />

edition.<br />

“I don’t drink beer. I have never<br />

been a beer drinker. I will have a<br />

stubbie in summer if it’s warm but<br />

more often than not I will drink a<br />

lemon squash.<br />

I guess that’s why Russell rides<br />

18ft waves and I don’t. At least<br />

I now know what’s been holding<br />

me back.<br />

Incidentally, from my personal<br />

research, the Caledonian Inn<br />

in Port Fairy is also a cracker.<br />

Roaring fire, good beer and one<br />

of the best steaks I have had.<br />

Spoons Café also makes great<br />

coffee and muffins.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


A surfing destination like<br />

no other... Visit Port Fairy<br />

Surf Spots<br />






Railway Place, Bank Street, Port Fairy<br />

03 5568 2682<br />

vic@moyne.vic.gov.au<br />


Shipwreck<br />

The<br />

Coast<br />

48 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


spots on the Shipwreck Coast<br />

are further out then they initially<br />

seem, hence the waves are<br />

bigger than they appear and the<br />

paddle out draining. Then there<br />

are the rips, the sea floor, the<br />

rocky cliff faces... you get the<br />

drift. Know what you are getting<br />

yourself into first.<br />

SURF WITH A MATE. This<br />

wasn’t possible as Mark shafted<br />

me, but in most cases it’s great<br />

to surf unfamiliar waters with a<br />

friend, in the event you get into<br />

any trouble.<br />

SHARKS. It’s all in the mind,<br />

they say.<br />


They’re particularly sensitive to<br />

outsiders taking over their breaks.<br />

If you’re low-key and go about it<br />

the right way, you shouldn’t have<br />

any hassles. If you’re a knob,<br />

expect some problems as these<br />

guys will defend their patch.<br />

As part of our respect for the<br />

local surfing community, we have<br />

not named specific surf spots<br />

on the Shipwreck Coast. After<br />

all, the spirit of adventure on a<br />

surfing road trip is to discover.<br />

All up, when surfing these parts<br />

make sure you are up to it. If you<br />

are, remember, no guts, no glory.<br />

Go hard or go home.<br />

So what did I do exactly? I surfed<br />

alone. Again, Mark you bastard.<br />

Jokes aside, I was mindful of<br />

showing due respect to the local<br />

crew and sat a little way away<br />

from the lineup, still getting my<br />

fair share of waves.<br />

Of course I didn’t want to sit too<br />

far away, just dangling my legs<br />

like chicken wings in the dark<br />

abyss below. I made sure I kept<br />

within reasonable distance of<br />

the pack so as not to get a close<br />

and personal experience with the<br />

fauna that frequent these parts.<br />

As they say, it doesn’t matter if<br />

you can’t outswim the shark as<br />

long as you can outswim the guy<br />

beside you.<br />

As for donning some serious<br />

rubber, surfing down these parts<br />

just heightens my respect for<br />

cold-water surfers the world<br />

over. Stick a 4ml piece of rubber,<br />

booties and hood on me and I feel<br />

as coordinated as a performing<br />

walrus at the Zoo, and believe<br />

me, I am just as entertaining.<br />

The gear required, which is just<br />

a necessity in these parts, adds<br />

another dimension to surfing. To<br />

see what some guys do with all<br />

that neoprene on is incredible.<br />

It feels like surfing in slow motion<br />

and the hood has the effect of<br />

someone turning the sound down.<br />

Everything is silent. You see the<br />

size of the waves, paddle through<br />

the kelp and think about what lurks<br />

in the depths below and it is like<br />

watching a horror movie with the<br />

sound switched off. In a way, it’s<br />

frightening whilst being somewhat<br />

serene at the same time.<br />

There is only one original ...<br />

Surf Travel Company<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



What to<br />

See and Do<br />

The Twelve Apostles.<br />

A true natural wonder of the world.<br />

I have heard the Great Ocean Road<br />

likened to Route 66 in the United<br />

States. Just like the great road, it<br />

cannot be rushed. You could drive<br />

the Shipwreck Coast in around 2.5<br />

hours but you would be crazy if you<br />

did. There are so many majestic<br />

viewpoints along the way and so many<br />

great surf spots, it is better to explore<br />

the region over the course of four days<br />

or more, particularly if the swell is on.<br />


If venturing from the north, the<br />

start of your journey is Cape Otway<br />

where the Southern Ocean meets<br />

Bass Strait. It forms part of the Great<br />

Otway National Park and is lush and<br />

mountainous - tall wet forests, ancient<br />

rainforests, diverse heathlands and<br />

woodlands all fringed by a rugged<br />

coastline with pockets of sandy<br />

beaches and striking waterfalls.<br />


The Cape Otway Lightstation is<br />

the oldest lightstation on mainland<br />

Australia. It began operating in<br />

1848. You can climb to the top of the<br />

lighthouse and take in the spectacular<br />

views, you may even spot some seals<br />

and penguins and whilst there you<br />

can tour the surrounding historical<br />

buildings that include lightkeepers’<br />

residences, a telegraph station and a<br />

radar room.<br />


600m long and 25m high, this is a<br />

treetop walk that will not be forgotten.<br />

A 47m high lookout will add to your<br />

exasperation. The walk takes you<br />

through a magnificent stand of cool<br />

temperate rainforest. You can even<br />

zipline or abseil from the Fly for an<br />

adrenalin rush.<br />

After Cape Otway the scenery<br />

becomes even more spectacular<br />

- 200ft sea cliffs, wave-sculpted<br />

islands, blowholes, cathedral-like<br />

arches and heaving ocean swells.<br />


Next stop is the huge offshore<br />

limestone pillars called The Twelve<br />

Apostles, well there are actually only<br />

seven now but they are stunning<br />

nonetheless. At sunrise or sunset they<br />

are particularly breathtaking but are<br />

magical at any time of the day. They<br />

are as famous a landmark in Australia<br />

as Ayres Rock, the Great Barrier Reef<br />

or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They<br />

must be seen.<br />


A nice little fishing village nestled<br />

amongst Norfolk pines set on a natural<br />

gorge around Port Campbell Bay at the<br />

mouth of Campbells Creek.<br />

The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto,<br />

Bay of Martyrs and the Bay of Islands...<br />

The amazing coastline continues and<br />

there are numerous walking trails and<br />

lookouts to appreciate the beauty of<br />

this rugged coastal stretch. Go on to<br />

the Victorian tourism website for all<br />

details www.visitvictoria.com<br />


10 minutes east of Warrnambool is<br />

the Allansford Cheese World, home<br />

to the award winning Warrnambool<br />

Cheddar Cheese. Free cheese tastings<br />

are conducted hourly on the half hour<br />

between 9.30am and 4.30pm. A large<br />

selection of local products including<br />

wine, jam, honey, chocolates and<br />

sauces can also be purchased.<br />


Be sure to stop in for a drop. I must<br />

confess I could not resist. I had a<br />

couple on tap and had to grab a mixed<br />

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Caledonian Inn, Port Fairy<br />

Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool<br />

Cape Otway<br />

Lightstation<br />

Local breweries are king<br />

six-pack to sample later. Superb<br />

beer from their Dirty Angel dark ale<br />

through to their thirst-quenching<br />

Whale Ale and Whoolaston Wheaty, a<br />

traditional Bavarian style hefeweizen.<br />

Wooohooo, my mouth waters.<br />

Surf and SUP lessons are available<br />

through Go Surf in Port Fairy<br />


The coastline levels off at the<br />

windswept port of Warrnambool. The<br />

first thing that hit me about this town<br />

is its amazing Foreshore Promenade.<br />

It stretches from the Breakwall along<br />

to the Southern Right Whale Nursery<br />

at Logan’s Beach - that’s right, whales<br />

swim within a couple of hundred<br />

meters of the beach with their calves<br />

and can be viewed from a speciallyconstructed<br />

viewing platform in the<br />

dunes. You can walk, skate or bike ride<br />

the 5.7km path along the promenade.<br />

Along the stretch there is Lady Bay,<br />

great for a playful wave with the<br />

kids. You can explore the rockpools<br />

at nearby Stingray Bay. And then,<br />

there is Lake Pertobe Adventure<br />

Playground. This ‘parkland’ is massive,<br />

20 hectares in fact, and is a haven for<br />

young families. I have possibly never<br />

seen so many kids’ playgrounds in one<br />

spot. The kids could literally spend<br />

hours going from one playground to<br />

the other and there’s also giant slides,<br />

flying foxes, a maze, paddleboats and<br />

plenty of sheltered BBQ facilities.<br />

Nearby there is a skateboard park,<br />

lawn tennis courts, mini golf and an<br />

athletics track. You can even hire<br />

bikes at the Warrnambool Foreshore<br />

Pavilion.<br />

Flagstaff Hill is another attraction<br />

in the city of Warrnambool itself. It<br />

is a maritime village that is set on<br />

10 acres and reflects the pioneering<br />

atmosphere of an 1870’s coastal port.<br />

You can even relive the survival tale<br />

of two passengers aboard the ship<br />

Loch Ard, which sank off the coast,<br />

in a dramatic sound and laser show.<br />

Screenings nightly from dusk.<br />


14km west of Warrnambool is the<br />

Tower Hill Nature Reserve. An<br />

Aboriginal-run nature preserve inside<br />

an extinct volcano, it’s packed with<br />

koalas, echidnas, and emus.<br />


I can’t begin to describe how pretty<br />

this quaint seaside fishing village set<br />

on the historic Moyne River is other<br />

than to stay it is possibly the most<br />

magical town I have seen on the<br />

entire coast from Noosa to the South<br />

Australian border. In some parts its<br />

like a tiny town in Canada or Maine<br />

in the US. Around the golf links and<br />

its southern shoreline - aptly named<br />

The<br />

Shipwreck<br />

Coast<br />

Pea Soup - it reminds me of Scotland.<br />

It’s so very different to the rest of<br />

Australia in terms of its look and feel.<br />

A walk around the tree-lined streets<br />

will reveal a wealth of beautiful<br />

bluestone cottages, historic buildings,<br />

stunning beachside and waterfront<br />

houses, churches, restaurants, cafes<br />

and classic pubs that still offer true<br />

country hospitality. Much of Port<br />

Fairy’s history has been preserved<br />

from when it was once Australia’s<br />

second largest port in the 1840s.<br />

(The region was frequented by Bass<br />

Strait sealers on seasonal hunting<br />

expeditions from Tasmania and<br />

derived its name after a cutter sailing<br />

vessel ‘Fairy’ took shelter in the River<br />

Moyne from a dreadful storm in the<br />

early 1800s. The bay was named ‘Port<br />

Fairy’ by the boat’s captain, in honour<br />

of this tiny ship.)<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



Port Fairy stages a number events throughout the<br />

year such as their famous folk festival in March<br />

providing even more reasons to visit. For details<br />

go to www.visitportfairy-moyneshire.com.au<br />


Love Port Fairy. A time for indulgence and<br />

romance. 2-3 <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Taste the Flavours of Port Fairy. 6-7 August.<br />

A celebration of local food and wine along with<br />

cooking demonstrations.<br />

Ex Libris Book Fair runs from 9-11 Sept. Meet<br />

top authors, illustrators and booksellers.<br />

And as with the entire Shipwreck Coast, Southern<br />

Right Whales play off these shores from June<br />

through to October<br />

Port Fairy is<br />

arguably the<br />

most picturesque<br />

coastal town in<br />

Australia”<br />

Getting<br />

there<br />

To make the journey along<br />

the Shipwreck Coast you<br />

need a car. I wouldn’t fancy<br />

undertaking a hike with a<br />

surfboard under your arm,<br />

despite how scenic it is.<br />

How you get there, is up<br />

to you. You could fly into<br />

Melbourne’s Tullamarine<br />

airport or Avalon airport<br />

which is even closer to<br />

where you need to go.<br />

From Tullamarine it is a<br />

little over an hours drive<br />

to Geelong depending on<br />

traffic (Flying into Avalon<br />

will cut your journey down<br />

to Geelong by ¾).<br />

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“Film set or surf trip? Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference<br />

when travelling through the Solomon Islands. This paradise location<br />

seems too perfect to possibly belong to the same world we flew out<br />

of - a world of packed line-ups and parking officers at the beach.<br />

“There’s a statistic I heard that goes something like this: people<br />

that live a subsistence lifestyle work fewer hours a week than those<br />

who work a nine-to-five job in a major city. Welcome to the Solomon<br />

Islands - a place where subsistence is the way of life, shells still form<br />

part of the currency, and waves - good waves - are going unridden as<br />


It takes us two days of travel to get here. Two flights, a truck, a ferry, a 4x4 vehicle and<br />

a small boat. Led to believe we would be staying in a village with the local population,<br />

we’re expecting nothing more than a palm thatched hut with a mat to sleep on and a<br />

mosquito net to ward off the malaria-carrying mozzies. When we arrive on dark at the<br />

village, we’re gobsmacked. An entire island, roughly 150 square meters, has been built<br />

by hand, inside a lagoon, from coral rubble collected from the nearby reefs. Traditional<br />

houses with simple floors allow you to see through to the water lapping beneath.<br />

Our first meal is a feast of crayfish and local vegetables. Solar cell powered electric lights<br />

and there were beds comfortable enough to ease any aching surfer’s shoulders.<br />

This is by no means a tourist setup though. The island is a living, working village. The<br />

house where visiting surfers stay has been built in partnership, by Australian ex-pat and<br />

Surf Solomons man in charge, Tony Jansen and the traditional land owners of the village.<br />

It caters for those after a chance to surf perfect tropical waves with not another surfer in<br />

sight except the friends you came with. On our first evening someone asks what time we<br />

should head out in the morning. The response will stay with me for a very long time...<br />

“It’s up to you, the tide is right all morning and you don’t need to worry about beating the<br />

crowds... There are no other surfers here.”<br />

54 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

A man made<br />

island paradise<br />


jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />






56 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

The Solomon Islands culture looks down on swearing - a problem for your average<br />

Australian on a surf trip. It‘s decided on our first night to do our best to respect our<br />

hosts by not swearing. The penalty? Ten push-ups, to be paid instantly.<br />

One of our crew lasts about five seconds on hearing the rule. “Shit! I’m a tradie, it’s<br />

impossible not to swear!” Down he goes for the first ten of the trip. After the first<br />

day we’ve all put in a load of push-ups and decided that there’s an amnesty when<br />

out surfing (no locals out there to hear how rough we were). After a few more days<br />

the tone of our conversations has amazingly mellowed a little and other long-lost<br />

adjectives have found their way into our ramblings.<br />

I have had the opportunity to visit some pretty amazing surfing destinations over<br />

the years, met some fantastic people and stayed with those who call themselves<br />

locals. However, there is something different about this trip. The tribal system of<br />

land ownership in the Solomon Islands means you can’t just motor your charter<br />

boat up to these reefs, throw anchor and surf. You need permission from the local<br />

village, meaning it is unlikely the big operators are going to make tracks into this<br />

part of the world in a hurry. The local culture doesn’t really value money the way<br />

we do and their “one talk” system, of distributing wealth earned among the whole<br />

family, discourages capitalist thinking.<br />

At the same time this place is hard to get to by land. Accommodation doesn’t exist<br />

for tourists and it would be hard to get a local fisherman to drive you out to the reef<br />

and wait while you surfed for a few hours. So, if you want to come surf here you<br />

either need to be an intrepid traveller with plenty of time, patience and good luck<br />

or you need a local guide. In this part of the Solomon Islands there is only one local<br />

guide. I would love to think it will stay that way and crowds will never become a<br />

problem here, but given the magic of this place, that’s unlikely.<br />


James Hozack stalling<br />

for a glassy cover-up<br />


Picture a setup with hundreds of potential breaks, and no one surfing. As<br />

we load boards into the boat each morning to head out to the reefs we<br />

keep an eye on each spot we pass by and regularly ask our guide what<br />

that break is like. Often the response is that he has seen waves there, but<br />

not surfed it yet. The possibilities are almost endless.<br />

One day the wind comes up. We take a hike up into the hills of the main island to<br />

get a good vantage point to see the reefs and the outer edge of the lagoon snaking,<br />

twisting and turning in so many directions, showing so many possibilities to pick up<br />

swell from different directions.<br />

The waves themselves are all reef breaks where booties are essential and a bad<br />

wipe-out could see you lose a little skin to the coral. Having said that, there is no one<br />

else to compete with for waves! If you are not a hero barrel-hunter and you prefer to<br />

sit a little wide on the shoulder then go for it, you will get your fill of waves.<br />

Most of the spots we surf offer short, punchy rides. (We didn’t see any major<br />

swells during our visit but the vision of what these reefs can offer has me very<br />

tempted to return again as soon as I can squeeze it in.)<br />

Surfing in water that is around 30 degrees Celsius and air temps that go from<br />

hot, to hot and wet, can make you pretty thirsty. Water flows in abundance from<br />

freshwater springs throughout the islands, but far better is the post-surf coconut<br />

that the boat driver cracks open for each us on our return to the boat. The sweet<br />

water from inside is something to look forward to, and munching on the flesh of the<br />

young coconuts during the boat ride back to the surf camp is a great way to keep<br />

growling stomachs at bay until the next meal arrives... I have never had anything as<br />

good as a fresh coconut followed by a meal of fish that was caught while we were<br />

surfing. I’m not kidding either! While we surf, local villagers in dug-out canoes<br />

paddle over to the boat and trade fish they have just caught, which becomes our<br />

lunch only hours later.<br />

Fresh vegetables and greens are collected from the gardens on the main island<br />

- gardens that looked like jungle, but are actually very cleverly cultivated food<br />

producing machines. Basically, everything we eat on the trip was either breathing,<br />

or in the ground growing, only hours before it hits our plates.<br />

We have a break from surfing one afternoon and our guide Tony asks if we would<br />

like to visit a village located a short boat ride up the river. Motoring up the river can<br />

only be described by visualising a happy version of the scene from “Apocalypse<br />

Now” when they reach Kurt’s camp. Dug-out canoes being paddled up the river by<br />

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smiling people and an army of laughing children<br />

waiting for us on the shore. Walking through<br />

the village is like walking back in time - a time<br />

forgotten, embraced by the jungle and centred<br />

around a natural spring where fresh water<br />

gushes constantly from the earth and breathes<br />

life into the culture.<br />

We hit a flat spell around day three, or was it day<br />

four, of our trip? Even after such a short stay on<br />

this tiny island it appears that time had started<br />

to become insignificant. On a surf trip, a flat spell<br />

can normally spell disaster, with a bunch of high<br />

energy man-grommets doing their best to get on<br />

each others’ nerves until the swell returns.<br />

In the Solomon Islands it is exactly the opposite.<br />

Tony calls us together and asks if we would<br />

rather skip on the small waves in favour of hiking<br />

up into the bush on the main island. The promise<br />

of waterfalls, majestic views of paradise and<br />

some good exercise is enough to convince us.<br />

“Oh yeah, it might be a bit muddy. Probably best<br />

to wear your reef booties.”<br />

This turned out to be the understatement of<br />

the year. The tracks up the mountain are mostly<br />

ankle deep in warm mud, steep and pretty<br />

difficult. The locals charge up with little thought<br />

to us with our delicate feet and lack of skill on<br />

these tracks. But the slipping and sliding around<br />

only makes the adventure come to life and we’re<br />

treated to some amazing views.<br />

We stop at a handful of waterfalls to cool off<br />

and rinse away the mud throughout the day.<br />

About two thirds of the way through the trek we<br />

come across a small bush village where a young<br />

guy climbs a palm tree and cuts a coconut for<br />

each of us to drink from. Refreshed, we begin<br />

the walk back down to the coast. The variety<br />

of terrain we pass through in a half day trek<br />

is amazing. From coastal mangrove to tropical<br />

rainforest, to cultivated subsistence gardens and<br />

areas designated by the village for logging to<br />

build their communal buildings.<br />

I can honestly say that the entire group is<br />

amazed at how great a day we have had. The<br />

fact that there were no waves was almost a<br />

blessing. Had there been surf, we probably<br />

would not have taken the time to open our eyes<br />

to the offerings of the island of Malaita.<br />

The surf industry in the Solomon Islands is still<br />

very new. The reason for the slow development<br />

is that Tony is aiming to ensure that the local<br />

population benefit from the development of the<br />

industry and are not left behind by the menace<br />

that can be the surf tourism machine. That said,<br />

the service they offer is amazing. His knowledge<br />

of the villages, the reefs and the people can only<br />

come from someone who has lived and breathed<br />

the Solomon Islands like he has. Being married to a<br />

local girl, he has been completely accepted into the<br />

culture and is able to share that with his guests.<br />

The system of land and reef ownership through<br />

the tribal system should ensure that big business<br />

is kept away from this remarkable place, I<br />

say, for the better. As the younger people in<br />

the villages take to surfing through boards<br />

left by guests, they will begin to understand<br />

the resource they are sitting on - one that is<br />

positive, promotes an active and healthy lifestyle<br />

and can provide a good income for their village in<br />

a country, where making a living can be difficult.<br />

I think it is only a matter of time before we see<br />

several small surf camps along the lagoons.<br />

Based on Tony’s model of partnering with a<br />

village and employing the locals, it will give<br />

more surfers the chance to surf the waves<br />

of the area. Crowds will never become a<br />




Garry Thomson,<br />

loving life on the first<br />

day in the Solomons.<br />

58 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Curious locals in the line-up.<br />

Empty peaks like you don’t get at home<br />

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Joseph, one of the few local surfers, showing his style<br />

60 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

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Solomon’s fisherman.They’ve<br />

been into SUP for centuries already.<br />

Jungle boy, for real<br />

problem as each island village can only sustain so many people.<br />

The accommodation will never be five star, if you want that go<br />

somewhere else. But the waves, the culture and the experience<br />

are beyond five star.<br />

Mark Studdert dropping into an inside bowl.<br />

62 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

In a world where so many people are in it for themselves it’s<br />

refreshing to meet someone who has a genuine interest in<br />

making a difference for other people. Tony Jansen has created<br />

the first surf camp in the area and had done it all by integrating<br />

a successful business model into a local subsistence culture.<br />

Essentially villages are allowed to create their own camps and, as<br />

such, a source of income which would otherwise not be there.<br />

The model also protects against those who wish to come in for<br />

no other reason than for profit. You can’t buy land here to build a<br />

resort so this should to keep the crowds away. Secondly, charter<br />

boats would need to secure access to the breaks through the<br />

local chiefs - another reason that crowd numbers in this area will<br />

probably remain low.<br />

After surfing most of the week based at the camp, Tony begins to<br />

murmur about a right hand reef that starts to barrel from two foot.<br />

The boys get excited and we decide to head to another island for<br />

our last few nights of the trip. We again arrive to paradise and are<br />

greeted by the entire village community.<br />

And the wave... It’s true! From two foot it started to throw a lip,<br />

a three foot set is a pretty good barrel and, bigger - you want to<br />

know what you are doing as the reef is shin deep in places and<br />

pretty unforgiving.



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The island itself has no electricity or running water, which<br />

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As only the second group of surfers to stay there, it’s a pretty<br />

big deal to all the locals and - as one of our group described -<br />

it’s like being ‘Peter Pan’ in Neverland. Everywhere you walked<br />

local children are there to guide you around, swim, laugh and<br />

echo your every word. The beaches are white sand and the<br />

water the deepest shade of blue. Life in the village is simple.<br />

There are children everywhere and happiness and laughter<br />

seem to follow you wherever you go. Tony describes the<br />

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you instantly have an entourage hanging around, lapping up the<br />

novelty of their visitors.<br />

As a photographer, the Solomon Islands offered me an<br />

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64 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


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FLEX<br />

No, not gym-junkies who stare for<br />

hours in the mirror instead of riding<br />

waves... rather, a very important<br />

aspect of surfboard design.<br />

‘Flex’ is the ability of your board to<br />

store energy and release it later. It<br />

basically works like this<br />

A Skerry blossom<br />




On leaving Mark Rabbidge’s shaping bay on the NSW<br />

south coast I found myself playing air guitar in the car<br />

and singing the Boston tune from the 70s ‘More than a<br />

feeling’. Ok, maybe I had been on the road a little too long<br />

but here’s why.<br />

“Let’s not kid ourselves, “ Mark says. “If the surfboard<br />

alone was the key, all you would need is Kelly Slater’s<br />

board and you would be world champ. Sure, you have to<br />

have the right fundamentals in the surfboard underneath<br />

you but it is so much more than that. You are really riding<br />

the waves, not the board.<br />

“My family and I are all water people. We ride long, short<br />

and everything in between. I look at the conditions and say<br />

to myself, ‘Now what board am I going to have the most fun<br />

on out there today?’ and that’s what I pull out of the quiver.<br />

“I have been riding waves for some fifty-two odd years. I<br />

have spent about two years riding surfboards and the rest<br />

of the time riding waves.<br />

“People get sick of riding boards that are 6ft x 18 ½” x 2<br />

¼” with 3 fins in it. Surfing is about feelings. It’s about<br />

the first wave you rode when you went, ‘F*#@ that felt<br />

unreal.’ That real rush. That is what surfing is all about.<br />

“In terms of surfboard design today, people are already<br />

experimenting with mini-simmons and finless boards.<br />

Some of the things I make are really weird things, but<br />

INSIDE...<br />


they are not weird to me. I just want to see what they<br />

will do. And little aspects of those designs will make<br />

their way back into the more mainstream stuff. It is about<br />

experimentation and pushing the boundaries to evolve<br />

surfboard design.<br />

“Now surfers are mainly riding these different boards<br />

because of the feel. They want to feel something different.<br />

That feeling of something new and the challenge and<br />

excitement it brings.<br />

“I shape for surfers, real surfers. And surfers don’t buy<br />

stickers. They buy the ‘feel’. They buy that ‘flow through<br />

the water’.<br />

Many surfers who come into me say, ‘I want to feel a<br />

certain glide or I want to feel a rush.’ They want to feel<br />

something. And it doesn’t matter who they are and what<br />

they want to ride, when the lip is coming at them, they<br />

automatically turn into Kelly Slater. I know I do. It doesn’t<br />

matter what I am on, whether it is a finless creation or a<br />

9’8”. It is that feeling I get that is so exhilarating. And that<br />

feeling is what we crave and what we desire.”<br />

Mark Rabbidge has been a leader in surf craft design since<br />

the 1970s; he shaped his first board in 1966 when his own<br />

shaper questioned the rails he wanted on his new board. “He<br />

wouldn’t do it so I did. The thing is, it worked and ideas about<br />

surfboard design grew from then on.”<br />



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• As you carve a big bottom turn,<br />

the board will bend ie ‘flex’<br />

• As the board flexes, the rocker<br />

increases and stores more<br />

energy (‘Rocker’ is the bend<br />

in the board from nose to tail.<br />

The straighter the rocker, the<br />

faster the board goes. The<br />

more rocker in the board, the<br />

more responsive it is turning.)<br />

• As you exit the turn, the<br />

board returns to its original<br />

shape, releasing that energy,<br />

propelling you out of the turn<br />

• This can deliver a great deal of<br />

acceleration if flex is correctly<br />

harnessed within the design of<br />

your surfboard<br />

But more flex is not necessarily<br />

better. If your board flexes too much<br />

it can bog down, making the board<br />

feel spongy and slow.<br />

Introducing flex into surfboard design<br />

also walks a fine line between<br />

strength and the boards liveliness and<br />

its ability to retain flex (In time, boards<br />

are said to lose their flex, making<br />

them feel ‘dead’ in the water.)<br />

Through the years shapers have<br />

tackled flex in different ways.<br />

CENTRE STRINGERS will generally<br />

be stronger and less flexible. Such<br />

boards limit flex in terms of rocker<br />

but can suffer from torsion flex,<br />

where the board twists from rail to<br />

rail, slowing it down.<br />

PARABOLIC STRINGERS limit torsion<br />

flex but enhance flex in the centre of<br />

the board, where you want it.<br />

FLEXTAILS are believed to propel the<br />

surfer with ease, as the tail acts like<br />

a spring, loading up in a turn and<br />

releasing as you come out.<br />

In many ways the theory of a flex<br />

tail is akin to a dolphins flukes.<br />

Dolphins transform the profile of<br />

their tail to drive them forward<br />

and those guys appear to be pretty<br />

awesome surfers compared to us<br />

mere mortals.<br />

The quest for springier surfboards,<br />

accelerating better out of turns<br />

is certainly a worthy endevour in<br />

surfboard design.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



66 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Zak Koniaris and friends<br />

Before advertising was king and everything was overproduced for the<br />

mass market, things happened reasonably slowly. In the context of history,<br />

surfing and surfboards are a fairly recent development. Blokes who are<br />

still breathing today were there at the very beginning - when the modern<br />

surfboard was hatched from a concoction of petrochemicals and love by a<br />

backyarder, somewhere, a little while ago... We take a look at an initiative<br />

to promote Victorian shapers and find out more about them on the way.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />





Zak Koniaris - owner of<br />

Zak Surfboards in Thornbury<br />

“Local product<br />

suits local<br />

waves. That<br />

has been our<br />

experience.”<br />

“Business, by nature, is hardly a level playing field,<br />

and the surf industry exemplifies that more than<br />

just about any other. From the most local cottage<br />

crew sculpting specialised craft in their backyard,<br />

to multinational corporations manufacturing and<br />

sourcing materials overseas, surf production is as<br />

diverse as the boards that are shaped. Supply and<br />

pricing arrangements have seen big company profits<br />

soar, yet the average punter is still paying roughly<br />

the same for a locally produced product as he is for<br />

a product produced for much less offshore.<br />

“Whether this has occurred by accident or careful<br />

planning, there is no disputing the explosion in<br />

the popularity of surfing and its general consumer<br />

appeal. Proximity to the ocean for a very large<br />

proportion of the population and higher disposable<br />

income have enabled some once-small companies<br />

to become huge business concerns. But have<br />

these giants, in all their expansionist ideals, lost<br />

touch with the grassroots locals and just become<br />

prescribers of fashion?<br />

“In the broader context, is ‘brand loyalty’ simply<br />

a corporate advertising construct? Is there some<br />

greater sense of where a product comes from, and<br />

who made it?<br />

“It’s difficult to draw any real sense of localism<br />

from advertorials full of careful brand placement<br />

and ‘exciting linked lifestyle choices.’ Yeah, they<br />

have slick magazine ads, featuring the best surfers<br />

in the world, but at the end of the day, just how<br />

much does big business have to offer? Prescribing<br />

that this year’s model of surfboard will suit Joe<br />

Public wherever he chooses to surf? How real is<br />

that idea?<br />

“As to surf product, the new school of thinking<br />

is one that has seen the rise of the little guy<br />

in a collective way. Where the past was about<br />

just having a shop at the front of the factory and<br />

selling your own boards, now there are more<br />

marketing opportunities available to smaller<br />

manufacturers, with independent shops stocking a<br />

diverse range of local surfboards and clothing. This<br />

has been an oddly organic process. And if there<br />

was a battle raging between big and small, the<br />

small are winning. Not because of intellectual or<br />

moral superiority, but because they provide a more<br />

individual and locally relevant product.<br />

They are stoic, resilient individuals who are<br />

exacting - to the point of being obsessive- about<br />

their craft and less so about the market and their<br />

place in it.<br />

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a manufacturing<br />

business in Australia today that is as labourintensive<br />

as making a surfboard, as capitalintensive,<br />

with as tight a margin, that is still able<br />

to compete with mass, foreign-produced product.<br />

Small manufacturers who source local materials<br />

(as much as possible), employ local staff and sell<br />

within a reasonably small locality. They are defined<br />

as much by who they are as what they produce.<br />

They are integrally involved in every aspect of the<br />

business. And the good thing is that these local<br />

guys who have been making surfboards, evolving<br />

and enhancing their craft for years, are still doing<br />

exactly that, without the bright lights, the bikini clad<br />

babes and the accountants.<br />

“Zak Surfboards made a decision to back local<br />

manufacturers – initially to produce Zak branded<br />

product. Eventually as the business grew there<br />

was sufficient demand to diversify the range, and<br />

the result is a program that primarily attempts to<br />

push local product with a periphery of imports. So<br />

far, the local product has been far out-selling the<br />

imports. We’re not trying to be a surf boutique. At<br />

the end of the day we sell what we think will sell.<br />

Local product suits local waves. That has been our<br />

experience.<br />

“And the shapers? It’s only by knowing your local<br />

shaper can you begin to support him. Who and<br />

where he is and what he does. Patronage is much<br />

more than handing over the cash. Visiting the<br />

place where the board is made and talking to the<br />

man who makes it will give a valuable insight into<br />

the process and the true value of their craft.<br />

“But as that’s not always possible, we decided to<br />

profile some of our shapers - because they’re local<br />

and because we value what they do.<br />

“They’re all unique determined characters who<br />

may not get shitloads of press - or even want it -<br />

so we asked them a few questions so you could<br />

better know and support your local shaper.“<br />

68 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


“39 Years of not havin’ a real job!”<br />

“If I’m shaping a new board for myself my train of<br />

thought is to experiment, to test my theories and<br />

hunt for new feelings that create a special board.”<br />

At age 13 Ken Reimers shaped and glassed his first<br />

board. At 18, he turned his hobby to professional<br />

shaping which would be his career for the next 30<br />

years. In this time he has made over 15,000 boards. His<br />

career has included ghost shaping for others like Rod<br />

Dahlberg and Nev Hyman, signing his name to other<br />

labels like Trigger Bros, Pipedream and Kirra Surf, and<br />

making his own brand of KR Surfboards.<br />

Local break Not being a believer in localism, I<br />

surf anywhere I can catch a wave while trying<br />

not to upset the locals.<br />

Golden rule Accuracy. Strive for good<br />

workmanship because this will give you<br />

longevity.<br />

Last holiday Maldives, 10 years ago. Love it.<br />

Need to get back.<br />

Favourite food? My wife’s cooking. Seriously,<br />

she’s a freak in the kitchen.<br />

Favourite movie Bones Brigade “Search for<br />

Animal Chin” (Classic 1987 skateboarding film,<br />

starring Tony Hawk and th Bones Brigade)<br />

Favourite colour The ocean.<br />

Favourite brew OP Rum, “the spirit of the sea.”<br />

Your best board A 5’10” chisel-tail 5-finner<br />

which I made in 1982 at Trigger Bros. It had<br />

a clear deck and a blue pigment bottom with<br />

“Statesman Team” written in white. It was<br />

just one of those boards that went where you<br />

wanted to go. I would love to get it back, if<br />

anyone knows of it, please contact me.<br />

Offshore production Of course I hate it.<br />

What small manufacturer wouldn’t? They<br />

managed to flood the market so quick that a lot<br />

of long term small business board builders got<br />

squeezed out. I’ve seen some of Australia’s best<br />

board makers leave the industry and that’s a<br />

bitch. Support Australian made!<br />

Pro tour? Good on ’em if that’s what they’re<br />

into. Not my idea of fun. Too much stress, I<br />

reckon. Each to their own.<br />

Bedtime When my eyes start giving me grief<br />

from surfing the net.<br />

Maurice Cole. Photo: Supplied<br />

Ken Reimers.<br />

Photo: Supplied<br />

The word ‘pioneer’ is loosely bandied about in many spheres,<br />

particularly in the surfing arena, but not all live up to their<br />

reputations. There’s bloody good reason why this guy has<br />

shaped for some of the best in the business though. Maurice<br />

Cole is an innovator. It’s why he is so revered and respected by<br />

his peers and surfing’s elite – he’s shaped for none other than<br />

Tom Curren, 3-time world champ, and at present is pushing<br />

the boundaries in tow-in surfing, charging and crafting speed<br />

machines with Ross Clark-Jones. 40-odd years of surfing,<br />

shaping, testing and exploring new materials and technologies<br />

has put Maurice at the pinnacle of surfboard design.<br />

Local break: Bells/Winki<br />

Boards made: Between 27 and 15,127... Memory used to<br />

be better...<br />

Golden rule Shape it, surf it and better it.<br />

Describe your signature model at the moment<br />

Metro, deep concave, fastest board on the planet. Easy<br />

paddling, high speed turns that make ya tremble!<br />

Inspirations Tow surfing, testing designs and materials at<br />

twice the speed... My Formula 1...<br />

Considered other careers? Yes and I realise there’s not much<br />

else I can do but surf and design.<br />

Last holiday ...Don’t have ‘em.<br />

Offshore production Inevitable, and has shaken up our industry,<br />

but killed off the next generation of surfboard workers.<br />

In 10 years time Surfing, designing, shaping... With the odd<br />

visit to the surgeon to keep the bodily parts functioning.<br />

Pro tour? Its all a bit retro and boring. No new surfboard<br />

designs in 10 years, no time to test.. But some great surfing still<br />

going on.<br />

Bedtime Midnight.<br />

Wake-up 6.00am.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />




Jordan Noble. Photo:<br />

www.notesurfboards.com<br />

Honing his craft under legendary Mornington Peninsula<br />

shaper Paul Trigger and underground ghost-shaper Kenny<br />

Reimers, ‘Fordy’ - as he is known - moved to the other side<br />

of the bay, to Ocean Grove where he has been shaping<br />

4D Surfboards for the past decade. A staunch advocate of<br />

high-tech computer-controlled shaping machines, he’s also<br />

known to produce some super-light epoxy shooters that fly.<br />

“14 years shaping!”<br />

“Never had a job!”<br />

NOTE<br />


As Jordan describes it: he’s used to the cold, grew up in Nelson,<br />

New Zealand, now lives in Jan Juc, his mother was a hippy and<br />

his father was a pirate. He has spent his whole life staring at the<br />

ocean and studying boats, boat hulls and old surfboards. Yep,<br />

he’s different and doesn’t much care for what people think. He’s<br />

on his own wave. He shapes, glasses, sands, makes his own fins<br />

and creates amazing boards - or updated old boards that really<br />

work, as he describes them, many with the most startling resin<br />

tints. In the process, he has made a real name for himself and<br />

has developed what could be regarded as a strong cult following.<br />

Simon Forward Photo: Supplied<br />

Local break: McClouds Watering Hole.<br />

Boards made In what time?<br />

Golden rule I don’t have rules.<br />

Considered doing other things? Yeah, actually the other day<br />

when I was shaping I thought “I woundn’t mind a cup of tea now”<br />

so I went and boiled myself a pot of tea. I think it’s important to<br />

do something else, at times.<br />

Favourite colour I don’t discriminate, mongrels are good.<br />

Favourite brew I can never recall which one it was.<br />

Best board I still have the best board I ever made, it got chopped<br />

in half with an axe though.<br />

Offshore production Pff! Completely irrelevant. I like Asians.<br />

In 10 years time I’m saving for a set of walkie talkies. So,<br />

hopefully in ten years...<br />

Local break 13th beach.<br />

Boards made About 6,000.<br />

Golden rule Keep it pretty simple. There’s no need to overcomplicate<br />

a surfboard.<br />

Inspirations To be able to ride them myself and hopefully for<br />

them to perform the way I designed them to go. To shape boards<br />

for customers and friends that help them enjoy their surfing more.<br />

Considered doing other things? Plenty of times, however<br />

then I wouldn’t be doing this which I enjoy.<br />

Favourite TV show Anything to do with football.<br />

Favourite brew Coffee in the morning.<br />

Offshore production I don’t worry about it too much. Surfers are<br />

always going to want reliable local service and to be able to talk<br />

directly to their local shaper about their board.<br />

In 10 years time Hopefully still working and surfing around<br />

here in Ocean Grove with my family, if I can get my two<br />

daughters surfing by then.<br />

Pro tour? Its great to watch as they surf so good nowdays. I<br />

especially like watching surfing live on FUEL in the comfort of<br />

my loungeroom.<br />

Bedtime I have young kids.<br />

Wake-up I have young kids.<br />

70 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

“Shaped first board 44 years<br />

ago, shaped full time for 25<br />

years, now part time.!”<br />

Doug is part of small group of elite<br />

shapers who has crafted boards<br />

for Rip Curl. His innovative designs<br />

in the ‘80s were what every hot<br />

young surfer was after. Today he is<br />

handshaping a select range of single<br />

fins, fish and big guy performance<br />

hybrids for Zak Surfboards.<br />

“I’m enjoying<br />

the<br />

downsizing<br />

theory”<br />

Andrew Stump Photo: Supplied<br />

Local break The reefs at Bells and Winkipop.<br />

Shaping & designing - the main idea Water flowing along the<br />

bottom, around the rails, gripping when it should, releasing at the<br />

right time and making sure they all connect without losing speed.<br />

Golden rule Balanced outline with profile. Nothing extreme.<br />

Allowing all elements of the design to blend together and achieve<br />

the design’s outcome... speed and manoeuvrability.<br />

Last holiday Every day I go surfing.<br />

Favourite colour Perfect offshore surf blue, rainbows and<br />

twilight sky colours. Polished red surfboards.<br />

Favourite brew Pot of freshly brewed tea, thanks.<br />

Offshore production Which part of the industry? The surf industry<br />

has to be as fluid as the ocean we play in. Major players support so<br />

much more than the people who directly work for them, the owners<br />

and shareholders. They advertise in magazines, pay for surf videos,<br />

sponsor grommets, pay for the whole pro circuit. That takes money to<br />

run. That means they must be profitable as well. That also means that<br />

there is little gaps created that can be filled by smaller operators.<br />

There will always be involved surfers who want to order a custom<br />

handshaped surfboard, just as there will be others who want to buy on<br />

price, or buy a particular designer’s boards, no matter where it is made.<br />

Apparel and wetsuits have been sourced offshore for decades.<br />

Chemicals for surfboards are imported. Don’t worry about that. Forget<br />

it and go to the beach. The waves really don’t care were the equipment<br />

comes from... Have fun.<br />

Pro tour? When the waves are great, the spectacle of pro surfers<br />

ripping is a phenomenon. They are such great athletes, both men<br />

and women. The guys on tour now are great watermen. They will all<br />

take on Bells , J-Bay, Pipeline, Wiamea and rip. When the waves<br />

are junk it is questionable whether it is even worth looking at. Yawn.<br />

He left home at 16 in pursuit of the surfer’s lifestyle and started<br />

working in the industry in 1978 with Ocean Foil. Consumed with<br />

passion for all things surf related, Stumpy is obsessed with<br />

quality craftsmanship. With more than 30 years experience<br />

under his belt, he is an artisan who tailors boards for the<br />

beginner through to the high performance competitive surfer.<br />

His goal, as always, has been to extract maximum board<br />

performance for greater pleasure, fun, and enjoyment.<br />

Local break: Secret spot on the Mornington Peninsula<br />

Golden rule Accuracy. You’re only as good as your<br />

last board<br />

Describe your signature model at the moment<br />

I’m enjoying the downsizing theory. A 5’5”- 6’0” that<br />

outperforms the standard 5’10” - 6’0”<br />

Inspirations Well, its not money...<br />

Last holiday Don’t have them. I live in a tourist destination.<br />

Favourite brew Not into it.<br />

Most memorable manoeuvre Cutting out of a backhand<br />

wave and sticking it to carve back into it - a great feeling.<br />

In 10 years time Alive and surfing of course.<br />

Pro tour? Not much into it, but I take my hat off to that<br />

Slater bloke. Wish he was giving me feedback on my boards.<br />

Wake-up You mean out of bed? Before the birds - 5.00am.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



Greg Brown Photo: Supplied<br />

GASH<br />


“Up at sparrow’s fart!”<br />

Pioneer big wave rider, Quiksilver shaper, founder of<br />

Roar and Gash Surfboards and current Men’s Over-<br />

45 Australian longboard champion, Greg Brown is<br />

already somewhat of a living legend. He first learnt<br />

to shape under Kym Thompson and Maurice Cole at<br />

Watercooled. Today, he is widely respected as a man<br />

who has mastered both the art of surfing and shaping.<br />

Local break Brewer Shirks<br />

(Not too sizey)<br />

Shaping & designing - the<br />

main idea Tweak it here, rub it<br />

there and it’ll be a beauty.<br />

Golden rule Measure once,<br />

cut twice.<br />

Last holiday I had a 20 minute<br />

holiday yesterday afternoon.<br />

Favourite food Peanut butter<br />

and honey sandwich.<br />

Favourite TV show ABC Weather<br />

at 7.24pm with Paul Higgins.<br />

Favourite brew Blend 43 -<br />

instant actually.<br />

Best board I’d surfed an 8’8”<br />

red gun for years in Vicco and<br />

Hawaii, but unfortunately I<br />

creased it in some big beachies.<br />

Troy Brooks liked the look of it and<br />

promptly ran off with it, mumbling<br />

something about taking some<br />

huge drops on it. I saw Troy with<br />

Big Red, cross the Great Ocean<br />

Road and run up to the top of a<br />

steep hill on a sheep farm. Being<br />

a maniac and mischief-maker<br />

he took the drop on the old girl,<br />

probably 150m down the worn<br />

and rutted paddock. The gun<br />

flexed and flapped and flopped<br />

and cracked, finally bucking Troy<br />

off into a barbed wire farm fence<br />

at the bottom of the hill. He was<br />

grazed and bruised but big red<br />

was $%&-ed.<br />

Offshore production Some of<br />

the largest surfboard labels are<br />

like most huge companies. They’re<br />

primarily profit-driven. Number<br />

and volume equals turnover equals<br />

dollars and cents in the ledger at<br />

the end of each financial quarter,<br />

which keeps a wry smile on an<br />

accountant’s dial. I know the Asian<br />

manufacturing system works well<br />

for ping pong ball brands, just<br />

the same as surfboard brands,<br />

so it seems everyone’s happy. If<br />

the button gets pushed and the<br />

machine is fed, stuff gets pushed<br />

out of an office and we can rest<br />

easy and satisfied with that simple<br />

aura of wellbeing.<br />

In 10 years time Nowhere<br />

special. I quite like where I am.<br />

Pro tour? I’m not on the tour.<br />

“Above all else - flow”<br />



A shaper spoken of highly in many surfing circles<br />

is Dave Boyd. Imperial Surfboards are designed<br />

to reflect our soulful past - simpler times before<br />

our surf industry was governed by the commercial<br />

madness of today. His relentless exploration of<br />

innovative design in the pursuit of performance<br />

has earned him many accolades.<br />

Local break 13th Beach<br />

Shaping & designing - the main<br />

idea For me, above all else - flow.<br />

Considered doing other things? No<br />

Last holiday March, on the east coast<br />

of Malaysia<br />

Favourite food Food<br />

Favourite TV show Deadwood<br />

Favourite colour Purple or lime green<br />

Favourite brew Carlton Draught<br />

Offshore production Different strokes<br />

for different folks<br />

In 10 years time Anywhere but a coffin<br />

Pro tour? Take it or leave it<br />

David Boyd Photo: Supplied<br />

72 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

“Shape what you want to surf”<br />

If you’re after that timeless feeling of<br />

riding a wood creation on your wave of<br />

choice, then Dave Dewitt is your man.<br />

His range of hollow wooden surfboards<br />

complete with internal wood frame<br />

construction look sweet and ride<br />

unreal. Everyone needs at least two<br />

wooden surfboards in their quiver, one<br />

as a wall-hanger and the other to feel<br />

the ride because wood is so good.<br />

Local break: Bells Beach<br />

Years on the job: I’ve been making wooden surfboards<br />

for a year or so, mostly for fun, as a job I’ve been a car<br />

designer for over 15 years.<br />

Golden rule Shape what you want to surf. It’s a<br />

personal thing and there are really no rules. The only<br />

limitations are the ones you place upon yourself.<br />

Considered something else? I think about how I can live<br />

my life in a way that will allow me to surf a lot.<br />

Last holiday I went to Crescent Head, camping with<br />

my son, Samuel. We surfed every day and toasted<br />

marshmallows at night, I think it was one of the best<br />

holidays I’ve ever had.<br />

Favourite brew A good chai.<br />

Offshore production In some ways it’s sad, but I<br />

understand the reasons. I think that in lots of ways mass<br />

production has opened up a space for more people to<br />

try surfing. I still believe that the true seeker will find a<br />

shaper that resonates with the way they surf and get<br />

a custom board regardless and those who want their<br />

own space will create that too. So I don’t think mass<br />

production will ever kill off the small guy, maybe it’s an<br />

opportunity for shapers to experiment more with design.<br />

Pro tour? I think its awesome to see the pros surf.<br />

Rousa epitomises everything we love about the surf<br />

industry. He lives and breathes surfboards. He’s the<br />

personification of old-school surf craftsmanship who does<br />

what he does - not because he has to - but because ‘it<br />

is the only way.’ He shapes boards because they are his<br />

passion. His boards are works of art and ride just as well.<br />

“Shaping for 41 years”<br />

ROUSA<br />


Local break: 13th beach<br />

Golden rule Make it sexy<br />

Describe your signature model at the moment<br />

Chine rails, single to double concave to vee.<br />

Inspirations Making grumpy guys a little happier<br />

Last holiday Three years ago, Tassie in the winter<br />

Favourite food Hot pie at the footy<br />

Favourite brew Carlton Draught<br />

Best board The Freak - 4’9” concave deck, concave<br />

bottom double ender, swallow tail, swallow nose. I<br />

still take it out occasionally.<br />

Offshore production Saw it coming for decades. 100%<br />

true custom boards will survive<br />

In 10 years time Sitting on the verandah, playing guitar<br />

Pro tour? The level of skill by the latest young crop of<br />

surfers is mindblowingly inspiring.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



Glassers, sanders, polishers, spray artists, shaping bay sweepers and more... There<br />

are so many other important people behind the scenes that are an integral part of the<br />

board-making process. Here are just two of the unsung heroes...<br />

Glasser at NOTE<br />

Local break: Torquay point (closest to home)<br />

Golden rule: Neat trim jobs and evenness.<br />

Signature glass job: Probably the jelly bean tail dip<br />

and wet rub/polish combinations.<br />

Favourite brew VB from the Leopold Sportsmans<br />

Club - smooth and creamy, straight from the tap.<br />

Offshore production It doesn’t worry me, because it<br />

gets people into surfing for they’re a cheaper option...<br />

But the thing that I HATE is when people get boards<br />

made overseas and tell people that they’re locally<br />

made in Torquay.<br />

Sander - 32 years<br />

Local break Bird Rock or Sparrows<br />

Sanding - the main idea Fixing all<br />

the f*ckups from the shaper to make<br />

them look good.<br />

Inspirations I enjoy making boards for<br />

young kids. They’re not full of shit like<br />

you older guys.<br />

Best board Shaped by Greg Brown,<br />

glassed by me. It’s in my shed and still<br />

gets surfed about 10 times a year.<br />

Pro tour? It’s good to watch at Easter<br />

time to see some real surfing.<br />

74 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Dispense with any preconceived ideas about Zak<br />

Surfboards. If you doubted whether a surfboard shop<br />

in the outer suburbs of Melbourne would have much to<br />

offer, doubt no more...<br />

Zak’s is an absolute cracker. In fact, it’s possibly one<br />

of the best surf shops in the country, and one of<br />

our favourite stops on the road. They have heaps of<br />

boards (they sell close to 1000 boards a year) a large<br />

skate section, plenty of hardware, a select line of surf<br />

clothing - not the usual stuff - and then there’s a range<br />

of fins and the latest surf DVDs and books.<br />

Best of all, the entire crew - Zak, Tim, Scott and Steve are<br />

down-to-earth blokes, super-helpful and know their stuff.<br />

With so much Victorian board-building talent behind<br />

these doors, there’s now even more reason to pop in<br />

for a visit. Make sure you do.<br />

The man himself... Zak Koniaris<br />

Tim up to no good outside<br />

307 Victoria Rd<br />

Thornbury Victoria 3071<br />

Phone: 03 9416 7384<br />

zak@zaksurfboards.com<br />

www.zaksurfboards.com<br />

Board guru Steve<br />

Repair guy Scott<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


Forken model<br />

by Bushrat<br />

Shaper: Jed Done<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’2” x 22 ½” x 3”<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Knee high to just over headhigh,<br />

easy peelers<br />

Suits: Any surfer who<br />

wishes to walk the board<br />

and hang out on the nose .<br />

Description: A classic<br />

edge mal. Concave nose to<br />

stand on, double concave<br />

flat in the mid entry area<br />

for neutral control in trim,<br />

double concave v under<br />

feet which lines up with<br />

outline hip to turn off, and<br />

a slight concave behind<br />

the back fin to stop the tail<br />

bogging in turns.<br />

Construction: Dion PU<br />

foam, single red cedar<br />

stringer, polyester resin.<br />

Fins: Fin box and 4WFS<br />

side boxes for flexibility<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Built as a nose rider, all<br />

rounder mal for all levels<br />

of surfing ability.<br />

Plankton Noserider<br />

by Wegener<br />

Shaper: Tom Wegener<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’4” x 23” x 2 ¾” - 10 kilos.<br />

Ideal: Small, clean waves<br />

Suits: Anyone who wants<br />

traditional longboard style.<br />

Construction: Hollow<br />

construction paulownia<br />

sealed with linseed oil,<br />

gum turpentine, and<br />

vinegar.My kids named<br />

the boards after the<br />

character Plankton on<br />

SpongeBob Squarepants<br />

because in 2003 I thought<br />

these boards were going<br />

to take over the world.<br />

Fins: Box single fin.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

After 6 years of making<br />

alaias and planktons, I<br />

know that the oiled wood<br />

surface is substantially<br />

faster through the water<br />

than boards finished in<br />

fibreglass. I recently had a<br />

lightbulb moment, finding<br />

a way to make better glue<br />

joins on the rails. There<br />

are over 46m of watertight<br />

glue joins so this was an<br />

important innovation!<br />

Wood rides better than<br />

foam and now noseriders<br />

are faster. Available for<br />

$1,990 + GST and freight.<br />

Stepdeck<br />

by Thomas The Hillbilly<br />

Shaper: Thomas Bexon<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’6” x 23” x 3”<br />

Ability: For beginner to<br />

advanced interested in<br />

long extended noserides<br />

Suits: From 75kg to 95kg<br />

Description: The step<br />

reduces volume and<br />

increases flex through<br />

nose to help stay in trim<br />

while perched. Big fin<br />

provides locked-in hold<br />

and stability required to<br />

make noseriding an easy<br />

enjoyment.<br />

Construction: ½ inch<br />

cedar stringer, 8oz Volan<br />

bottom and tail patch,<br />

double 8oz Volan deck<br />

with resin foam stain<br />

details, top and bottom,<br />

under a blue tint - all<br />

executed with the utmost<br />

attention to detail. This<br />

really is a quality product.<br />

Fins: Big glassed-on,<br />

smooth pivot fin.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Designed to make getting<br />

on the nose - and staying<br />

there - as easy as possible.<br />

by Black Apache Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Jesse Watson<br />

Dimensions:<br />

10” x 23 1 /8” x 3 1 /8”<br />

Ideal conditions: Up to<br />

head high sliders<br />

Suits: Hepcats to kooks,<br />

kicks, flicks and hanging heels.<br />

Description: Traditional<br />

noserider-inspired modern<br />

sled, but with modernised<br />

rockers and foils for the<br />

logger who wants to<br />

noseglide and whipturn<br />

like it aint no thang.<br />

Construction: Triple<br />

stringers, 6/4oz deck<br />

+ 6/4oz bottom, gloss<br />

and polish, vintage<br />

fabric inlay with gold<br />

resin pinlines. Glass-on<br />

matched fabric leash loop<br />

- proper old skool<br />

Fins: Matching<br />

fabric Stage IV hook fin<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

A modern sled for the<br />

discerning kook. Traditional<br />

in looks - but a real hotrod<br />

under your feet. You’ll never<br />

spend more time on the<br />

nose than on this board. Its<br />

a ‘55 chevy with race car<br />

steering. Hang tens are the<br />

norm here.<br />

Old Skool<br />

by Classic Malibu<br />

Shaper: Peter White<br />

Typical dimensions:<br />

9’4” x 22 ¾” x 3”<br />

Conditions: Head high or<br />

below. Ideally point breaks<br />

but surprisingly versatile on<br />

a more mellow beachies.<br />

Suits: The soul-kats<br />

among you - those wishing<br />

to emulate Russell Hughes,<br />

Bobby Brown, Midget and<br />

Kev-The-Head.<br />

Description: Harks back<br />

to the days of pre-legrope<br />

and fixed fins. Hips in the<br />

rear third, it tapers into<br />

the nose, giving superb<br />

manoeuvrability for such<br />

a traditional, flat-rockered<br />

board. Rolled bottom<br />

and refined rails gives<br />

exceptional trim-speed.<br />

Construction: PU Foam,<br />

9mm stringer. Glassing:<br />

6oz and 7.5oz on deck,<br />

7.5oz bottom<br />

Fins: Fixed or fin-box, a<br />

more upright, hatchet or<br />

pivot fin at 9-10”<br />

Shaper comment: A<br />

beautiful board to ride with<br />

grace and style, rolling turns<br />

and pure, Old Skool flair.<br />


Merimbula NSW<br />

Ph: 0409 813 431<br />

E: jed@bushrat.com<br />

www.bushrat.com<br />



108 Cooroy, QLD 4563<br />

Ph: 0401 257 479<br />

info@tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />

tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />


PO Box 234<br />

Maroochydore Qld 4558<br />

Ph: 0412 131 491<br />

thomas_bexon@hotmail.com<br />

thomassurfboards.com<br />

black apache surfboards<br />



Ph: 0410 419 791<br />

blackapachesurfboards@live.com.au<br />

blackapachesurfboards.com.au<br />


Cnr Gibson & Eumundi Rd<br />

Noosaville, QLD 4566<br />

Ph: 07 5474 3122<br />

info@classicmalibu.com<br />

www.classicmalibu.com<br />

76 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Rod Menzies riding<br />

the Jackson ZX2<br />

Photo: Ian McDonald<br />


Skeg Sled<br />

by SLS Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Scott Newman<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’6’’x 23 ¼’’x 2 7 /8’’<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Anything worth logging,<br />

up to shoulder height<br />

Suits: Loggers and anyone<br />

that wants a new board<br />

with that old school feel.<br />

Description:<br />

Traditional style log. Flat<br />

deck, flat nose rocker,<br />

rolled bottom to a rolled<br />

V through the tail. With<br />

all that tail rocker and<br />

pinched 50/50 rails.<br />

Construction: Single<br />

9-ply stringer with double<br />

6oz deck, plus deck patch<br />

and double 6oz bottom,<br />

plus fin patch. Full custom<br />

resin pigment and tint<br />

with a full gloss polish.<br />

Fins: Hand-foiled box<br />

or stick on 10” hatchet<br />

single fin.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Get stoked on the old<br />

school feel and then drink<br />

some beers<br />

The ZX2<br />

by Jackson Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Jim Parkinson<br />

(Shaping at Jackson’s<br />

since 1974)<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’ x 22 5 /8” x 3”<br />

Conditions: Small to<br />

medium sized waves<br />

Suits: Intermediate to<br />

Advanced<br />

Description: Our most<br />

popular all-rounder mal<br />

shape, featuring nose<br />

rail concaves through to<br />

double concave vee in<br />

the tail. Foiled thickness<br />

through nose and tail.<br />

Construction: PU foam<br />

with polyester resin, in any<br />

glass configuration.<br />

Fins: 2 plus 1, or quad<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

This is a very forgiving<br />

mal to ride. The nose rail<br />

concave generates a lot<br />

of lift up front, while the<br />

double concave in the tail<br />

delivers heaps of drive<br />

through turns.<br />

Scott Newman<br />

of SLS Surfboards<br />

in Caloundra<br />

Longboard styles,<br />

from the pioneers to<br />

the new school...<br />

Boards by Jackson (above) and SLS (below)<br />


Caloundra QLD<br />

Ph: Scott 0424 314 183<br />

Luke 0401 350 992<br />

slssurfboards.com.au<br />


57 Captain Cook Drive,<br />

Caringbah, NSW<br />

Open 7 days<br />

Ph: 02 9524 2700<br />

Mobile: 0407 909 137<br />

www.jacksonsurfboards.com.au<br />

Check us out on facebook<br />

Miles Livingstone cruising on an SLS creation.<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


SF2<br />

by Lowen88<br />

Shaper: Wayne Lowen<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’10” x 19 ½ x 2 ¼”<br />

Ideal: All conditions,<br />

beach/point breaks, 2-5ft<br />

Suits: Intermediate to pro<br />

Description: All round<br />

semi-fish. Fast, with good<br />

drive and release.<br />

This one is a swallow tail<br />

but also comes in rounded<br />

square or round tail.<br />

Construction: Comes<br />

in standard PU/polyester<br />

or Eps/epoxy. This one is<br />

PU/polyester resin with<br />

double rail stringers.<br />

Fins: Futures - thruster<br />

or quad<br />

Shaper comment: Feel<br />

free to contact me for<br />

anymore info about this<br />

design and construction.<br />

The Flyer<br />

by Full Force<br />

Shaper: Steve Barber<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’4” x 19 ¾” x 2 3 /8“<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Excellent everyday board<br />

Suits: Anyone<br />

Description: Flattish entry<br />

for easy paddling, single<br />

into double concave with<br />

tail vee on larger versions.<br />

Double flyers in planshape<br />

give greater tail width<br />

for drive thru turns in any<br />

conditions with better hold<br />

in larger waves as a bonus.<br />

Construction: Polyurethane<br />

Fins: Thruster or Quad.<br />

(Quad is best as 4 channel)<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

This is a rare all round<br />

board design. Great in<br />

ordinary surf through<br />

to pumping South<br />

Straddie or Snapper.<br />

Fast, manoeuverable,<br />

easy to surf, yet highperformance<br />

as well and<br />

forgiving when you’re<br />

having a bad day!<br />

The Bullet<br />

by Chris Garrett<br />

Shaper: Chris Garrett<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’7 “x 19” x 2 5 /16“<br />

Ideal conditions: Anything<br />

up to the 6ft mark<br />

Ability level: Anyone...<br />

customised to suit<br />

Description: Shorter ,<br />

wider, thicker and with<br />

a whopping concave<br />

between the fins. Down<br />

rails and a flat deck. Kinda<br />

normal, but not..<br />

Construction: PU,<br />

polyester resin and<br />

fibreglass.<br />

Fins: Chris Garret A’s...<br />

set... and forget.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

The new favourite. Just<br />

returned from indo and<br />

this handled anything<br />

that I wanted to surf it<br />

in. Super-fast out of the<br />

bottom turn with the<br />

concave working like<br />

channels, but with the<br />

freedom of a flat bottom.<br />

I like it!<br />

Chris Garrett...<br />

getting barrelled<br />

on the Bullet<br />

Photos: Kaylan Dahl<br />

LOWEN88<br />

Ph: 07 5526 5161<br />

Mobile: 0433 141 177<br />

Factory Showroom:<br />

2A/2172 Gold Coast Hwy,<br />

Miami, Gold Coast 4220<br />

E: lowen88@hotmail.com<br />

www.lowen88.com<br />


18/48 Machinery Drive<br />

Tweed Heads South<br />

Ph: 07 5524 2933<br />

fullforcesurf@hotmail.com<br />

Join us on Facebook<br />



Ph: 0424 450 690<br />

info@chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

78 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


Keel fin<br />

by Skerry Surf<br />

Shaper: Simon Skerry<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6” x 19 ¾” x 2 3 /8”<br />

(or shaped to order)<br />

Ideal: 1-10ft... Loves it all.<br />

Ability level: Beginner<br />

to well-experienced<br />

Description:<br />

Classic twin fin feel,<br />

smooth continual speed<br />

and paddle power.<br />

Features Cherry Blossom<br />

resin artwork.<br />

Construction: Full 6oz<br />

lamination with ¾ deck<br />

and fin patches.<br />

Fins: Glassed on, double<br />

foiled 8” keel fins<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

A classic board that<br />

won’t let you down with<br />

non-traditional resin<br />

artwork.<br />

Original Peanut<br />

by Wegener The Grinder<br />

Shaper: Tom Wegener<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’7” x 16 ½” x ¾”<br />

Ideal conditions: Medium<br />

sized clean waves<br />

Ability: Groms to advanced<br />

Suits: Advanced Alaia surf<br />

Description: Tom<br />

Wegener designed<br />

paulownia Alaia blank<br />

sealed with linseed<br />

oil, vinegar & gum<br />

turpentine.<br />

Fins: Two fins on each side<br />

stretching from nose to<br />

tail... the rails are the fins ;)<br />

Shaper comment: The<br />

original Peanut is the nose<br />

of the 12 footer that was<br />

in the movies “Musica<br />

Surfica” and “Seaworthy.”<br />

In 2008, I cut the 12-footer<br />

down because it didn’t<br />

work well and I needed to<br />

try more shapes. Master<br />

Jacob Stuth rode this board<br />

for Jack McCoy in his new<br />

movie “A Deeper Shade of<br />

Blue” and then the board<br />

went to Rob Machado who<br />

surfed it in “The Present”. I<br />

have reserved this template<br />

for super-advanced alaia<br />

riders because you have to<br />

bottom turn totally off the<br />

front rail to get it to hold in.<br />

by Ed Sinnott/ESP<br />

Shaper: Ed Sinnott<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’9 x 19 ¼ x 2 3 /8”<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Anything up to 6’<br />

Suits: Anybody<br />

Description: This is a<br />

combination of all my<br />

old single fin and twinfin<br />

templates combined with<br />

new school bottom curves<br />

and rails. The result is a<br />

sensational hybrid that<br />

flys. Flat entry, deep vortex<br />

concave, razor edges and<br />

wet and dry finish.<br />

Construction: Burford/<br />

South Coast PU blanks,<br />

Silmar polyester resin,<br />

Colan and Surf Nine glass.<br />

This combination has<br />

stood the test of time.<br />

I love the flex.<br />

Fins: Thruster<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Surfboard design has<br />

gone the full circle now.<br />

We’ve got boards that<br />

make so-called normal<br />

6’1’’ boards look like guns.<br />

Go smaller, thicker and<br />

wider. Yew!<br />

Slippery Gypsy<br />

by Underground<br />

Shaper: Peko<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’8” x 2 ½” x 22”<br />

Ideal: Up to 3ft points<br />

and small beachies<br />

Suits: Everyone<br />

Description: Fast, fun<br />

twin keel or quad. Single<br />

concave running from<br />

midway through tail.<br />

glassed-in, handmade<br />

fins or FCS quads. These<br />

little things fly and are<br />

available in sizes 4’10”<br />

upwards.<br />

Construction: PU foam<br />

and polyester resin with<br />

tints, pigments, sprays<br />

and handmade keels.<br />

Fins: FCS fibreglass keels<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Handmade to your<br />

requirements using the<br />

best materials, as are<br />

all Underground boards.<br />

These little things are so<br />

much fun.<br />

JGUN<br />

by Jye Byrnes<br />

Shaper: Jye Byrnes<br />

Dimensions:<br />

Custom shaped, 6’6-10’<br />

Ideal: 6ft and above<br />

Ability level: Int to adv,<br />

travelling to the islands or<br />

wanting to charge.<br />

Description: What you<br />

need when the waves<br />

start to get serious and<br />

your step up shortboard<br />

won’t quite cut it. A little<br />

different to some other<br />

guns on the market -<br />

maintains the gun outline<br />

with a little more width in<br />

the nose and tail. Thicker<br />

volume in the center<br />

for versatility in various<br />

conditions. Great traveller,<br />

or just to chase rhinos at<br />

your local.<br />

Construction: PU foam<br />

with heavier glass job<br />

recommended. Option of<br />

hybrid carbon strips on<br />

deck/bottom as shown.<br />

Fins: Thruster FCS or<br />

Futures. Optional 2+1 fin<br />

box or bonza fin set up<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Tried and tested at my<br />

local and the islands.<br />

A great traveller.<br />


PO Box 354<br />

Lennox Head NSW 2478<br />

Ph: 0403 240 452<br />

theskerrysimon@hotmail.com<br />

skerrysurfboards.com<br />



108 Cooroy, QLD 4563<br />

Ph: 0401 257 479<br />

info@tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />

tomwegenersurfboards.com<br />


2/81 Centennial Circuit<br />

Byron Bay, NSW<br />

Ph: 0404 059 321<br />

espsurfboards.com<br />

www.edsinnott.com.au<br />


3/31 McLean St,<br />

Coolangatta, QLD 4225<br />

Ph: 07 5599 1040<br />

kirra@undergroundsurf.com.au<br />

undergroundsurf.com.au<br />


16 Maitland Rd Islington<br />

Newcastle N.S.W 2296<br />

Ph: 02 4969 5889<br />

Mob: 0409 227 407<br />

info@thesurffactory.com.au<br />

thesurffactory.com.au<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


The Machine<br />

by Diverse<br />

Shaper: Dave Verrall<br />

Ideal conditions: Trusty<br />

thruster for all conditions<br />

Suits: Performance surfer<br />

after a user-friendly board.<br />

Description: All the<br />

volume of your daily<br />

driver, it’s 2” shorter than<br />

your traditional shortboard<br />

and 1/4” - 3/8” wider.<br />

Extra thickness in centre<br />

with a rolled deck and<br />

medium low rails. Light<br />

width increase in the nose<br />

and tail keep it speedy<br />

and reliable with light<br />

single to double concaves<br />

for control at speed.<br />

Construction: Dynocore<br />

technology - a high tech<br />

fusion of fibres and foam.<br />

Dynocore gives you the<br />

confidence to pull in to<br />

anything big and barrelling<br />

yet carry with one arm over<br />

long walks to secret points.<br />

Fins: Thruster<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Developed by Dave<br />

Verrall and Dale Richards.<br />

Inspired by Dale “The<br />

Machine”, shaped and<br />

designed on a “machine”<br />

and a shape feature<br />

that’s specifically cut on<br />

my aps3000 machine...<br />

Footwells on the deck.<br />

Frazfish<br />

by Oke Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Rory Oke<br />

Dimensions:<br />

5’8” x 20” x 2 3 /8”<br />

Ideal conditions: 1-4ft<br />

Suits: Everyone<br />

Description: Wide<br />

outline, flat rocker with a<br />

tiny nose kick and a single<br />

concave to deep double<br />

scoop in the tail.<br />

Construction: Ocean<br />

Foam blank, 4oz glass<br />

with sanded finish.<br />

Fins: Speeedfins<br />

Fibreglass s143 sides<br />

with an optional small<br />

trailer fin<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

With the imput of team<br />

rider Fraser Ross, this<br />

is the fastest, best<br />

performing fish we have<br />

ever created.<br />

L7 Curve Step Up<br />

by Express Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Paul Armstrong<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’5” x 18 5 /8” x 2 3 /8”<br />

Ideal: Anywhere juicy!<br />

Ability: Intermediate to<br />

advanced surfers<br />

Description: Single<br />

concave into double V<br />

bottom. Concaves are<br />

kept subtle to allow<br />

quick decisive trim on the<br />

face to set up tube time.<br />

Central apex rocker for<br />

larger wave face and a<br />

smooth even, outline for<br />

hard drives off the bottom<br />

to gain maximum speed.<br />

Construction:<br />

From the best materials<br />

known to mankind! No<br />

compromises, NEVER.<br />

Fins: Powerbase - more<br />

speed, drive and love.<br />

Shaper comment: For<br />

serious surfers after<br />

maximum performance in<br />

larger waves. Surfs like a<br />

high performance shorty<br />

in bigger waves. Designed<br />

with the help of intrepid<br />

surf traveller and team<br />

rider Dan Hayler, a great<br />

board for that next Indo<br />

trip or bigger point/reef<br />

break day.<br />

The dim-SIM<br />

by More Surfboards<br />

Shaper: Mark Pridmore<br />

Dimensions:<br />

Short x Wide x Thick<br />

(Above: 5’2” x 21” x 2 11 /16’’)<br />

Ideal: All rounder for small<br />

running points to head-high<br />

barrelling beachies and<br />

everything inbetween<br />

Suits:Suitable for surfers<br />

who really wanna be stoked<br />

on a sweet and easy ride<br />

Description: My version<br />

of Bob Simmons’ 50s<br />

design. Full credit and<br />

respect to him, hence<br />

the “SIM” in dim-SIM.<br />

Designed for performance,<br />

these are fast, great<br />

paddlers and just easy<br />

and fun to ride, I ride mine<br />

90% of the time.<br />

Construction: Made in<br />

Australia with good old<br />

PU foam and PE resin,<br />

feels good, goes great and<br />

is affordable.<br />

Fins: Twin keels or Quads<br />

Shapers Comment:<br />

These super fun slabs of<br />

foam are too good not to<br />

try. Custom orders available<br />

thru Da Bomb Surf<br />

Centres or direct at<br />

www.moresurfboards.com<br />

.<br />

Performance Mini Mal<br />

by The Factory<br />

Shaper: Paul Carson<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’8” x 21 ¾” x 3”<br />

Ideal conditions: 2 - 6ft<br />

Suits: Anyone<br />

Description: Roundtail,<br />

four tail channels, Single<br />

to double concave.<br />

Construction: Burford<br />

blank<br />

Fins: Shapers SMF-L<br />

fins, great as a thruster<br />

or quad.<br />

Shaper comment:<br />

Performance mini mal<br />

great for beachies<br />



476 Gold Coast Hwy,<br />

Tugun, QLD 4224<br />

Ph: 07 5598 4848<br />

dave@diversesurf.com.au<br />

diversesurf.com.au<br />


1/1-7 Canterbury Rd,<br />

Braeside, VIC, 3195<br />

Ph: 03 9587 3553<br />

okesurfboards.com<br />


5/136 Taren Point Rd<br />

Taren Point NSW<br />

Mob: 0403 827 478<br />

expresssurfboards@gmail.com<br />

expresssurfboards.com.au<br />

Available from Da Bomb<br />

3/25 Plaza pde, Maroochydore<br />

07 5451 <strong>06</strong>20 and<br />

7/12 Thunderbird dr. Bokarina<br />

07 5437 9201<br />


Ph: 0405 475 026<br />

www.moresurfboards.com<br />




17 Allen Street<br />

Caloundra QLD 4551<br />

Ph: 07 5492 5838<br />

paul@thefactorysurfboards.com.au<br />

thefactorysurfboards.com.au<br />

80 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>


SUP 10<br />

Paddleboard or kayak<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’6” x 29” x 5”<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Flatwater SUP<br />

Suits: For those new to<br />

the SUP world.<br />

Description: Designed<br />

to be very stable and very<br />

easy to paddle, the board<br />

is outfitted much like a<br />

recreational kayak, with<br />

end grab handles so it can<br />

be carried by two people<br />

from the ends, a center<br />

handle to carry it. Storage<br />

area for your gear. Use it<br />

as a Sup or kayak!<br />

Construction: 100% rotamolded<br />

plastic, offering<br />

great strength and<br />

relatively low weight for<br />

transportation.Uniquely<br />

designed to be very<br />

durable and robust.<br />

Comment: Very stable<br />

and easy for paddlers.<br />

Best for beginners and<br />

family. Package deals<br />

include paddle and extra<br />

blade for kayaking.<br />


2/2 Venture Dve,<br />

Noosaville, QLD<br />

3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd,<br />

Noosa Junction, QLD<br />

Phone: 0488 686 2<strong>06</strong><br />

fax: 07 3319 7269<br />

illusionsnoosa.com.au<br />

Torpedo<br />

SUP IN12.6<br />

SUP<br />

paddles<br />

too!<br />

Dimensions:<br />

12’6” x 29” x 6”<br />

Ideal: Long distance<br />

paddling either in the<br />

river or in the ocean<br />

Ability level: For both<br />

the competitor and for<br />

the recreational paddler<br />

Description: Streamlined<br />

shape parts the water<br />

with ease. Round nose<br />

on top, deep vee under<br />

nose and double concave<br />

on the bottom under<br />

your feet for straight<br />

line paddling. Recessed<br />

standing area for stability<br />

and just enough tail lift to<br />

catch swells.<br />

Construction: Hand<br />

shaped and glassed in<br />

epoxy resin for extra<br />

strength and durability.<br />

Two leash plugs and one<br />

vent at tail, plastic grip box<br />

and deck grip Eva pads.<br />

Fins: Deep keel-like fin<br />

for direction.<br />

Shaper comment: These<br />

boards are streamlined,<br />

very fast and a lot of fun.<br />


2/2 Venture Dve,<br />

Noosaville, QLD<br />

3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd,<br />

Noosa Junction, QLD<br />

Phone: 0488 686 2<strong>06</strong><br />

fax: 07 3319 7269<br />

illusionsnoosa.com.au<br />

Cutlass<br />

Pro Surf SUP<br />

Dimensions:<br />

9’6” x 29” x 5”<br />

Ideal conditions:<br />

Can handle any size swell<br />

Suits: Competent to pro.<br />

For shortboarders who<br />

want to take the next step.<br />

Description: Designed<br />

for fast, responsive, ‘cut &<br />

slash’ manoeuvres. Bulk in<br />

the main deck area assists<br />

with paddling speed and<br />

gilde. Hard, tight, rail allows<br />

the rider to execute snappy<br />

manoeuvres with speed<br />

and accuracy.<br />

Construction: Vacuum<br />

bagged with a D-XP3 core,<br />

which is a 100% recycled<br />

bamboo fibre blank with<br />

bamboo veneer and 4oz<br />

fibreglass top and bottom.<br />

Two leash plugs and one<br />

vent at tail, plastic grip box<br />

and 1/3 deck grip Eva pads<br />

Fins: 2 x FCS side fins and<br />

a fiberglass 10” center fin<br />

Shaper comment: Ideal<br />

board for those looking for<br />

a fast, performance SUP<br />

that is highly responsive.<br />


2/2 Venture Dve,<br />

Noosaville, QLD<br />

3A/11 Sunshine Beach Rd,<br />

Noosa Junction, QLD<br />

Phone: 0488 686 2<strong>06</strong><br />

fax: 07 3319 7269<br />

illusionsnoosa.com.au<br />

Goberlygook<br />

by Glenn Cat<br />

Shaper: Gcat & the<br />

Erle of Pedersen<br />

Dimensions:<br />

6’14”x 17” 3/20th x 85 +<br />

39 - 75.8 = sq2 + 4/4th &<br />

10/16ths = FA<br />

Description: Double flyer,<br />

Erle’s flame jet, single side<br />

concave, cross channel,<br />

t’spoon, double swallow,<br />

try fin...<br />

Surfboards and surfing<br />

props for movies and ads<br />


surf1770@bigpond.com<br />

surf1770noosa.com<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



WHAT<br />

LIES<br />





“Active foils<br />

allow the<br />

back of the<br />

fin to move”<br />

There’s a variety of options fo removable fin<br />

systems on your surfboard. From the standard to<br />

the weird and wacky, each system has its own<br />

concept and benefits, and for the most part - all<br />

have their merits.<br />

One particularly robust option is the Speeedfins<br />

system, and the science behind it is fascinating.<br />

Speeedfins are described as an ‘active’ fin. That<br />

is, the back half of a Speedfins fin is free from<br />

the board and moves in response to the water<br />

pressure. The trailing edge of the fin moves as<br />

you turn reportedly resulting in more speed,<br />

more drive and acceleration off your turns. The<br />

principle behind it is to keep as much smooth<br />

water in contact with both sides of each foil. A<br />

process called ‘Attached Laminar Flow’. By keeping<br />

the water attached it reduces cavitation (water<br />

turbulence) trailing off the fin, reducing drag.<br />

Once you have the boxes installed in your board,<br />

you have a wide variety of choice as far as the<br />

actual fins go - from reinforced nylon, ceramic or<br />

fibreglass to carbon, depending on your needs,<br />

ability and budget.<br />

For more info, see www.speedfins.com.au or<br />

call (03) 9587 3747.<br />

History...<br />

A little bit of<br />



Brought to you by<br />

Underground Surf<br />

With a wide area, thick tail and pointed low-resistance nose area, in<br />

1978 the Lazor Zap concept revolutionised surfboard design.<br />

The design was so unusual to what people were familiar with that it<br />

challenged the ideas and beliefs of the industry. In turn, the industry<br />

seemed to react with fear and rejected the design. Might the powers<br />

that be lose the growing control over the direction in which surfing<br />

was heading?<br />

Cheyne Horan rode the Lazor Zap to four second places in the World<br />

Surfing Titles, proving the design concept was exceptional.(Those<br />

second places are controversial still today.) Then, and now, some<br />

believe that it was the establishment’s way of discrediting Geoff<br />

Mccoy and his design, to retain control of surfing and sales.<br />

The concept of the Lazor Zap is based on Geoff’s energy theory -<br />

how that energy turns into wave formation and how objects react<br />

with those formations.<br />

The original Lazor Zap was designed with short arc, with reactive,<br />

high-powered surfing in mind. The surfer was able to stand in one<br />

position, not having to move their feet to perform manouvers. The<br />

pulled nose allowed the board to elevate very quickly as it reduced<br />

the length of rail being used when the board is turning. In turn, this<br />

allowed for more manouveres to be performed while the surfer<br />

was standing in a fixed position on the wide supportive tail, which<br />

generates greater pressure and easier reaction.<br />

The advantages were many - easier to paddle, standing in one<br />

position to ride the wave, quicker reaction due to the extra volume,<br />

easier turning from less resistance; and the ability to surf at a faster<br />

speed. In effect, the Lazor Zap’s design delivered at all levels of<br />

performance.<br />

Unfortunately these futuristic boards were discredited, not embraced,<br />

but what was evident from his team of high standard surfers was that<br />

they truly did work... and well.<br />

The Lazor Zap design is now over 30 years old and is still made<br />

today with some tweaks for better performance, making it more user<br />

friendly in waves up to six feet. The original 80’s Lazor Zaps are<br />

highly sort after by collectors and are extremely rare, but you can<br />

order a custom, handmade by the man himself, Geoff McCoy.<br />

Thanks to Geoff McCoy for details.<br />

New surf shop, old-school feel<br />




82 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

3/31 McLean St, Coolangatta, QLD Ph: 07 5599 1040<br />


Photos: Charlie Hardy Photography, supplied<br />


Yes, we’ve loved SmoothStar boards ever since our first<br />

test run in our very first edition. The latest model - which<br />

we test drove in last edition - totally reinforced exactly how<br />

much fun these boards are. But just when we were feeling<br />

cocky and comfy, carving it up on the pathways around the<br />

Sunny Coast, we saw the brand spanking new Smoothstar<br />

promo video featuring team rider Dom McGeachie... Sadly,<br />

we realised that we have a long way to go - and a whole lot<br />

more to learn about getting the most out of these boards.<br />

To see how good this looks in action, check out the new<br />

promo video online - it’ll make you want one too:<br />

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsH2TNp_wY<br />

So, here’s a little lesson on doing a cool reverse slide. Dom<br />

talks us through the move, step by step. Over to you...<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4<br />

5.<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />

1. Bend knees when approaching the wall just like doing a bottom turn, with a bit more emphasis<br />

on the back leg to keep balance. 2. Start turning up the wall but begin to turn your shoulders the<br />

opposite way to which you are going to reverse slide. This well help with bringing your back foot<br />

around. 3. Really start to turn sharply up the face. 4. Bring your back foot around whilst turning<br />

your body to face back down the ramp, which will drag you up the face whilst sliding across at the<br />

same time. 5. Begin to slide your front foot around whilst holding your back foot where it is so as<br />

to complete the 270° motion. To add a little bit extra to the matter you can hold yourself in this<br />

position, so as to slide almost sideways down the ramp. 6. Instead of sliding down sideways, just<br />

bring the front foot all the way around to roll out of the slide cleanly. 7. Roll out like a boss. Ahah.<br />

Thanks Dom. And there you have it. Now go and practice.<br />

For more: www.smoothstar.com.au<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


TEST<br />





The new Big Stick blade gives<br />

more grip through strokes<br />

“... the latest thing I’ve<br />

become addicted to...<br />

KAHUNA CREATIONS Adjustable Big Stick<br />

I must admit, between the two of us at<br />

smorgasboarder, Mark has always been more<br />

of a skateboarder and I the surfer.<br />

With surfboards I have a hoarding and collecting<br />

problem - quite a few problems in fact. But I<br />

had never really owned a skateboard. Since<br />

we started smorgasboarder however, I have<br />

become hooked on the land-boards too and now<br />

have four... and the temptations keep coming.<br />

The latest thing I’ve become addicted to is the<br />

Big Stick for Street SUP - or in other words<br />

Stand Up Paddle on a skateboard. And I seem to<br />

have passed on my addiction to my kids.<br />

In all honesty though, it‘s such a good thing.<br />

Better they’re outside in the sun, getting some<br />

exercise and enjoying themselves than inside<br />

playing games on the laptop. Plus, it’s an easy<br />

activity we can share in and enjoy together -<br />

something really special for a parent in today’s<br />

ridiculously fast-paced world.<br />

The Big Stick is basically, well, a big stick. It’s<br />

very similar to a SUP paddle, but obviously<br />

without the actual blade. This latest version of<br />

the Big Stick features an adjustable shaft - the<br />

height can be tailored to suit my 6-year-old son<br />

or 8 and 10 year old daughters, and occasionally<br />

me, if they ever get off and give me a bloody<br />

chance to use it.<br />

The stick basically enables you to use your<br />

skateboard like a SUP and it’s good dry-land<br />

practice as a matter of fact. You can use it to<br />

really pull into your turns and get yourself up<br />

inclines or increase your downhill speed. For the<br />

kids, it also enables them to balance and build<br />

their self-confidence on the skateboard. In fact,<br />

after a couple of runs with the Big Stick, they<br />

have turned from tentative wimps into charging<br />

hell-hobbits.<br />

With a soft-grip ergonomic handle, the Big Stick<br />

is comfortable to hold while the new vulcanized<br />

rubber road grip gives you a choice of angles to<br />

dig at the road with. The idea behind the shape<br />

is that you get more contact with the surface,<br />

meaning a more forceful push, while the holes<br />

help cushion the impact of the strokes.<br />

That’s right, the ladies love it too. Above:<br />

Carina Slavic of Street SUP shows how it’s<br />

done, and Left: Phoebe Swan (8) rockets from<br />

‘no’ to pro in just a few goes.<br />

Below: Team rider Cory McBride sticking it to<br />

Melbourne during his trip across Australia.<br />

The Adjustable Big Stick by Kahuna<br />

Creations retails for $179.00 and you can<br />

choose from 2 designs - Moko & Pohaku. Ask<br />

about it at your local surf and skate store or log<br />

onto www.streetsup.com.au for stockists.<br />

84 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

Skateboards...<br />


...for<br />

surfers!<br />


The ultimate in self-propelling skateboards<br />

designed for surfers. For more info, call 0407 405 390 or visit<br />

www.smoothstar.com.au<br />

Check out video online!<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


ABOVE: Taking the FFF for a spin.<br />

RIGHT: The optional sidebiter<br />

PHOTOS: Lucas Muro<br />

What is a flextail?<br />

Imagine the flex<br />

employed in the shaft<br />

of a golf club...<br />

When a golfer draws<br />

the club back behind<br />

their head, the shaft<br />

flexes. When it is brought<br />

down towards the ball<br />

it whips back and<br />

wallops the ball.<br />

A flextail stores that<br />

initial energy in the<br />

bottom turn and then<br />

whips the tail, propelling<br />

the board forward at<br />

the rate of knots.<br />

Jed’s<br />

personal<br />

board - well<br />

loved for a<br />

reason<br />

Frankenstein Fish Finger<br />


5’9” finless freak (or two training wheel miniature side-biter fins)<br />

Features Kung-Fu Panda inspired artwork by Sirrah and Cain Pridmore<br />

I’ll once again admit I’m absolutely addicted to the finless thing. I can’t<br />

get enough of it. When you are an ordinary surfer and you can start<br />

pulling 360’s, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.<br />

I still get thrown more times than a rodeo clown, but it’s the challenge<br />

that feeds the addiction. You don’t want the bloody thing to beat you.<br />

When you whip it around and then go on riding the wave, it’s like<br />

riding your first ever wave all over again, every single time.<br />

Now enough about my ramblings on finless boards... The Frankenstein<br />

Fish Finger: she looks weird, but is super easy to paddle. Despite<br />

being quite narrow through the guts and the nose there is a fair bit<br />

of volume in the board with a big fat-arse tail. Overall this means the<br />

board is more performance orientated than earlier models and rides<br />

more like a shortboard but the wide tails give you some stability for<br />

nice arcing tail slides. The board’s volume enables you to ride the<br />

board in 1ft slop or bigger. Small surf days are no longer a bore.<br />

There is a really interesting bottom curve going on with quite a<br />

square rail that enables you to grip the wave face. The miniature fins<br />

themselves just give you that additional bit of hold when you are first<br />

learning on the board or if the conditions are super sucky. Trying to dig<br />

a rail without any fin on a steep wave face isn’t easy. No fins or small<br />

fins, it certainly is addictive. I can’t get off it.<br />

Bushrat Flextail<br />


6’4” x 18 ½ “ x 2 7 / 16“<br />

Features a 7 ½ “ long flextail and the 4-Way Fin System<br />

enabling you to adjust splay & toe<br />

I love trying different types of boards and was always really keen to try out a<br />

flextail. Thanks to Jed I finally got my chance and had a few test runs around<br />

Mallacoota and down the Shipwreck Coast. The board did feel a little different<br />

but being in unfamiliar swell - while fun - it didn’t provide me with a genuine<br />

opportunity to get a true feel for the board.<br />

Thankfully a decent swell arrived back home at Moffat Beach on June 3 and 4,<br />

giving me a chance to see what the Bushrat Flextail could really do.<br />

On my first wave, which pitched just overhead, I zipped down the face, turned,<br />

turned again and it just stalled. ‘Oh crap...’ As I started paddling back out I was<br />

thinking to myself, ‘What the hell am I going to say? Jed is such a nice guy but at<br />

the end of the day I have to honest with our readers...’<br />

My next wave... what the?! I was obviously standing in the wrong place initially,<br />

because what I experienced on my second wave I just had to experience again. I<br />

did a bottom turn and it felt like I was shot out of a cannon. Fair dinkum. It was like<br />

I had a rocket strapped to my feet. The speed was incredible. It was too much for<br />

me to handle at first, to be honest. By my third wave I started to understand why<br />

speed is so important to performance surfing. Not that I am kidding myself but I<br />

had never sprayed a rooster tail like that off the lip before.<br />

I did miss a bit of the volume under my chest though, which made paddling a little<br />

harder, but this is Jed’s personal board, not made for me. Mine would have a bit<br />

more foam to start off with. Could the narrow nose contribute too? It might a bit,<br />

but I guess that is all part of the design to achieve warp speed. Anyway, a little bit<br />

of pain for all that gain is worth it. And as Maverick once said to Goose, ‘I have the<br />

need, the need for speed.’<br />

ABOVE: Crazy through to the tail<br />

RIGHT: Tai Lung, waxed to go<br />

The whipping<br />

machine<br />

86 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

BELOW LEFT: The Triple X 4/3 and RIGHT, the Zee Wetsuits 3/2<br />

LEFT: Armed with the Flextail and<br />

shielded with warm wetties... Can’t<br />

hear a bloody thing, but can take<br />

on the Victorian cold.<br />

Triple X Wetsuits<br />

4/3 TX2 steamer<br />

The major selling point about this suit apart from the price is warmth. I have never worn this<br />

much rubber so I was somewhat excited to see how I would fair in the waters off Port Fairy and<br />

Warrnambool. I wore a hood, booties and just the wetsuit with no rashie. I was as warm as toast.<br />

As for water entry? no problems. The back zip suit was not only easy to get on, it lived up to its<br />

promise. There was no water entry whatsoever. Each time I stepped out of the suit following a surf,<br />

I was not only warm but dry.<br />

The tab at the base of the zip was also a blessing. When getting the suit on I didn’t have to<br />

undertake my usual ritual of jiggling and dancing to guide the zip up the back of my wetsuit whilst<br />

pinching the neoprene together. Why on earth someone has not introduced this to wetsuit design<br />

earlier is beyond me.<br />

But how about the fit? The wetsuit was posted down to me. I hadn’t tried this model on before, or<br />

any Triple X Wetsuit for that matter. All I had provided was my height and weight. There was not<br />

a drama. The fit was snug without being too firm thanks to the latest stretch neoprene. Despite<br />

all that rubber, I did not feel like the Michelin Man. The suit kept me warm but didn’t restrict my<br />

movement.<br />

The wetsuit was also super comfy to wear. The interior jersey lining was soft, warm and silky to<br />

pull on. The suit glided over your skin and didn’t stick to you like I often find with most wetsuits.<br />

Warm... The water hovered<br />

around a chilly 14 degrees.<br />

Zee Wetsuits<br />

3/2 GBS steamer<br />

The first thing you notice about this wetsuit<br />

is how comfortable it is. Comfort, comfort,<br />

comfort. Without doubt the fit and, in<br />

particular the stretch (now that I know what<br />

that means) is unlike anything I have ever<br />

worn before. It had me thinking what on earth<br />

my old wetsuits were made of. Bernie had<br />

mentioned the neoprene Zee source is second<br />

to none and he sure as hell wasn’t lying.<br />

Sure I know neoprene had advanced<br />

somewhat and become lighter and stretchier<br />

but this just didn’t feel like a wetsuit as<br />

I knew it. There was no restriction of my<br />

movement. Paddling was super easy, getting<br />

to your feet, turning… it was like a second<br />

skin. Plus the neoprene is super soft.<br />

One of my mates who lives in Sydney<br />

checked out the suit when I was on my road<br />

trip and wouldn’t believe me when I told him<br />

it was a 3/2. In his opinion it was a plain 2 ml<br />

because no 3/2 could be that light. It wasn’t<br />

until I showed him its tag, which I still had in<br />

my glovebox, that he believed me.<br />

In terms of warmth, being a 3/2, I must admit<br />

it was borderline in the waters off Port Fairy<br />

at the start of winter, because I’m soft. But<br />

with liquid seams, water entry wasn’t and<br />

issue. It was just a matter of the neoprene<br />

thickness in those extreme conditions.<br />

Indeed, the wetsuit I had in possession was<br />

perfect for Queensland and northern NSW<br />

winter sessions. You would struggle to find a<br />

better suit and the big brands certainly couldn’t<br />

match a suit of this quality for the price.<br />



• 4-way mega-stretch titanium neoprene<br />

• Titanium insulation shield to minimise windchill<br />

and increase thermal warmth<br />

• Smooth chest/back, limiting wind chill<br />

• Waterless S-lock back zip entry with zipper<br />

tab stabiliser<br />

• Glued & blind stitch sealed seams<br />

• 6-12 month replacement warranty + lifetime<br />

repair warranty<br />

• 100% Australian owned<br />

• Price $369<br />


• Advanced stretch and memory retention<br />

• Smooth chest/back, limiting wind chill<br />

• Back zip entry<br />

• Plush inner touch lining<br />

• Sealed liquid seams inside<br />

• Raw edge, super seal<br />

• 12-month material warranty<br />

• 100% Australian owned<br />

• Price $349 juniors/$399 adults<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



BABY STEPS...<br />


Below: Scott.<br />

Above: Scott’s little<br />

one choosing the first<br />

of many water toys.<br />

Just a bloody big surfboard with a paddle? Finding the right<br />

one sounds easy, but once you start looking around at the<br />

multitude of different sizes, shapes, constructions, and prices<br />

of these things, you start to realise it’s not as easy as you’d<br />

think to find a SUP that suits your needs.<br />

The process can be made a lot easier by<br />

asking yourself one important question...<br />


“There is definitely a reason that Stand<br />

Up Paddling is the fastest growing<br />

sport in the world. Along with the<br />

addictive fun factor, SUP has multiple<br />

uses from surfing, ocean paddling<br />

and cruising, downwinding, river and<br />

lake flat-water paddling, shooting the<br />

rapids down rivers and creeks, and for<br />

the competitive types - racing and surf<br />

comps. For all these multiple uses there<br />

are also multiple boards.<br />

“If you are after a SUP to surf, do you<br />

only want it for the “small days” where<br />

your usual board of choice doesn’t work<br />

so well? A lot of surfers are moving<br />

to SUP due to injuries. Neck and back<br />

issues can make it hard to paddle and<br />

pop up from prone position to standing<br />

on a normal surfboard, so using a SUP<br />

for all conditions makes sense.<br />

“SUPs have gotten smaller, and can<br />

be shorter and more maneuverable<br />

than some longboards. With boards<br />

now down around the 8’ mark, for<br />

experienced SUP surfers the only<br />

limitation to size of board is their ability<br />

to stand on it and be able to paddle onto<br />

waves. Be warned though, too small a<br />

board in choppy surf can take the fun<br />

factor right out of it real bloody quick.<br />

“For stability, board displacement<br />

(volume) is important, but the plan shape<br />

including width, thickness, rail design,<br />

and also how the volume is distributed,<br />

can make a board that looks good on<br />

paper a bobbing cork in the ocean!<br />

Boards for ocean paddling come in many<br />

different sizes and shapes too. Cruisers<br />

that are designed for getting out to<br />

bommies or just paddling up and down<br />

the coast grabbing the occasional wave,<br />

are different to full blown downwinders<br />

(some with rudder systems) that are<br />

used to surf the ocean’s runner waves<br />

with the wind and swell direction.<br />

“Whatever board you finally choose will<br />

also be controlled by your budget.<br />

“With the massive influx of cheap<br />

SUPs on eBay and other online sites,<br />

it would be easy to think that a good<br />

board doesn’t cost very much. Not that<br />

all lower priced boards are rubbish, but<br />

when you see a no-name (or “leading<br />

brand” that you have never heard of)<br />

board with a dodgy-looking shape,<br />

selling for less than a secondhand wellknown<br />

brand, you have to wonder at<br />

the process that went into shaping and<br />

manufacturing it. Imagine how it will<br />

perform, and how long it will last. With<br />

SUPs you really do get what you pay for.<br />

“The best thing is that all good SUP<br />

retailers will have an extensive fleet of<br />

demo boards available, that you can ‘try<br />

before you buy’ to get an idea of what<br />

feels right for you. If they’re worth their<br />

salt, they should be riding them all every<br />

day themselves anyway, and will be able<br />

to give you the correct information from<br />

an experienced perspective.”<br />



www.greenlinepaddlesurf.com<br />

“It’s all about catching waves and<br />

having fun, not about having the<br />

shortest board or being the most<br />

aggressive rider, so don’t be afraid<br />

to choose a board with enough size<br />

to enjoy the waves. You can always<br />

progress to a smaller board later.“<br />



www.oceanaddicts.com.au<br />

“Determine your needs, wants,<br />

weight and skill level and seek<br />

advice from a qualified SUP coach<br />

or your local SUP store. “<br />



www.cronullasup.com.au<br />

88 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

No big brands. No marketing hype.<br />

Just cool merchandise from the salt of the Australian surf community<br />

One website - heaps of<br />

shapers and surf shops shirts...<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


Nose & Paddle Guards,<br />

Rail Tape & Leash Plugs<br />




Pro Teck Fins<br />

Travel Safe Repair Kts<br />

Gone are the days of doing long, steady state<br />

aerobic workouts to build your cardiovascular<br />

fitness for surfing. I mean who wants to spend<br />

hours every week jogging on a treadmill or<br />

sitting on an exercise bike when you can get<br />

twice the results in half the time using the<br />

new science of cardio training.<br />

What is the new science you ask? The latest<br />

exercise science proves that interval training<br />

is the fastest way to build your endurance.<br />

When you surf, you are using 2 main energy<br />

systems, your aerobic energy system and your<br />

anaerobic energy system.<br />

You aerobic energy system uses oxygen as<br />

its main fuel and is the dominating energy<br />

system for bouts of exercise lasting several<br />

minutes or more, for example when you are<br />

paddling out to the break. Your anaerobic<br />

energy system on the other hand is used for<br />

shorter bouts of more intense exercise such as<br />

paddling for a wave.<br />

If you want to have lots of energy so you can<br />

surf longer without getting fatigued, then you<br />

need to train both of these energy systems.<br />

That is where interval training comes into<br />

play. Interval training is where you do shorter<br />

bouts of higher intensity activity dispersed<br />

with periods of lower intensity activity or rest.<br />

Following are several different interval<br />

training workouts you can use to build your<br />

cardiovascular surfing fitness. Include 2-3<br />

cardio workouts into your weekly training<br />

schedule and get ready to feel your energy<br />

levels skyrocket when you are out in the surf.<br />


A workout you can do on the beach or at a local park.<br />

• Warmup – 5 min low/moderate intensity<br />

• Intervals – 20 sec high intensity: 40 sec low<br />

• Repeat intervals for 10-15 min<br />

• Cooldown – 5 min low intensity (then stretch<br />

major muscle groups)<br />


The idea for this workout came from the High<br />

Performance Fitness coaching at Surfing Australia.<br />

They have similar swimming workouts for their surfers.<br />

You can do this workout at a local swimming pool.<br />

In addition to boosting your fitness, it will also help<br />

improve your ability to hold your breath. It simulates<br />

paddling out to the lineup while having to duckdive<br />

the incoming waves.<br />

Swim 100m freestyle and whilst duckdiving, touch<br />

the bottom with your hands every 10m. Rest for 30<br />

sec after 100m. Repeat until you have done 1000m.<br />

Once you’ve mastered this, you can increase the<br />

intensity by not taking in a full breath before you<br />

duckdive to the bottom.<br />


This will give you the benefits of both of the<br />

previous workouts in one. Do this at the beach.<br />

• Warmup – 5 min low/moderate intensity run<br />

• Swim 50-100m straight out into the ocean<br />

duckdiving under the waves, then turn around<br />

and swim back in.<br />

• As soon as you get back to shore, run down<br />

the beach for 60 sec as hard as you can.<br />

• Rest for 60 sec, then repeat the swim/run<br />

intervals for up to 5 rounds.<br />

• Cooldown – 5 min low intensity jog (then<br />

stretch major muscle groups)<br />

Clayton Beatty is a qualified Exercise Scientist with a BSc Human Movement Degree from the<br />

University of WA and is a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). He runs Total<br />

Surfing Fitness, created to help surfers improve their skills and reduce the risk of injury.<br />


www.surftechaustralia.com.au<br />

90 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

02 4226 1322<br />

We’re all keen to improve our surfing, so check out his site for surf-specific<br />

functional training exercises. Go to TotalSurfingFitness.com, and there’s<br />

even a free sample workout to get you started.


A hold down can be frightening. When seconds feel like hours,<br />

it’s only too easy to think the worst and work yourself up into a<br />

panic. Most, if not all of us, would feel a lot more comfortable<br />

being armed with extra knowledge and skills to cope better<br />

under water. And knowing you could hold you breath a bit<br />

longer would be helpful too. WORDS: MARK CHAPMAN<br />

David Mesnard is a the tall and bronzed french-born freediver and owner<br />

of luxury Maldivian charter boat, the Ocean Dancer. He recently spent<br />

a short time In Australia to conduct some freediving training clinics with<br />

professional surfers. As gracious a host on Australian soil as ex-guests<br />

say he is on the boat, David took some time out of his busy schedule to<br />

chat to us about the training program for his guests on board.<br />

“I teach them how to freedive - basically, how to hold their breath under<br />

water,” David explains. “We train them for when they get trapped under<br />

the waves. We have a special therapy for that.”<br />

Since 20<strong>06</strong> the Ocean Dancer has been providing an upmarket<br />

alternative for a surf trip to the Maldives. The guests live in board<br />

in luxury for seven nights, spoiled by - amongst others - the onboard<br />

chef and massage therapist. Between surfs, David conducts a<br />

freediving course.<br />

“It’s all about relaxation. Everything is mental. Everything you achieve<br />

in life is all about control and how you can mentally take control of your<br />

body,” he tells us.<br />

“When people are surfing and they get trapped under big waves, they<br />

freak out because they get held down too long, so we try to explain to<br />

them the process of relaxation - what to think about and how to plan<br />

their timing.<br />

“To pick up a big wave is easy but to survive a big wave is another story.”<br />

Everyone who participates in the course experiences an improvement in<br />

their ability to hold their breath but it’s more to it than that, David says.<br />

“The goal is not so much about how long you will hold your breath<br />

- that will come automatically. The goal is to be able to think about<br />

something that is enjoyable, not something unpleasant. By the time<br />

you think about that, your body reacts and your mind takes control. So<br />

instead of thinking negatively and freaking out, you can cope with the<br />

situation and be in control.”<br />

A healthy dose of self discovery comes as an added bonus for most.<br />

“People can tell you whatever they want, how great they are and how<br />

well they do things, but underwater there’s no bullshit,” David smiles.<br />

“They can’t cheat you under water. Once you put someone’s head under<br />

water… once he needs to breathe, he needs to breathe.”<br />

“Doing this freediving clinic is a real therapy for everyday life. We teach<br />

people how to be in control in everyday situations. We train people not<br />

to be victim to their emotion.”<br />

For more information on the Ocean Dancer, see the website<br />

www.oceandancer-maldives.com and for bookings, get in touch with the<br />

folks at World Surfaris: www.worldsurfaris.com or call 1800 611 163<br />




jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />




92 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

SURF!<br />





<br />

French journo Guillaume Dufau<br />

brings together extreme sport<br />

photography from across<br />

the globe in this 200+ page<br />

hardcover book.<br />

In true smorgasboarding<br />

style, this book covers all<br />

aspects and disciplines of<br />

waveriding from surfing<br />

to windsurfing and kite,<br />

bodysurfing and bodyboarding<br />

to SUP and plenty more - even<br />

skimboarding.<br />

Recording ‘the astonishing<br />

feats of the world’s master<br />

surfers’ it’s all about the power<br />

and beauty of the ocean as<br />

seen through a collection of<br />

stunning images from locations<br />

all around the world.<br />

Tow In is definitely the<br />

standout section is the book.<br />

The amazing big wave shots<br />

from Jaws and Dungeons are<br />

enough to inject a healthy<br />

dose of fear into the most sane<br />

surfers out there.<br />

Surf! In the water with wave<br />

hunters is a great addition<br />

to the coffee table collection<br />

of any avid water fan, and<br />

retailing at $59.99, it’s a pretty<br />

good gift option too.<br />

Mark Chapman<br />

Wipeouts with consequences...<br />

Plenty of dramatic images like<br />

this one fill the pages of Surf! In<br />

the water with wave hunters<br />

Photo:Tim McKenna,<br />

courtesy of Scribo Group<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />


MUSIC<br />




<br />

The Waifs sixth studio album,<br />

“Temptation” reverts back to<br />

the foundations of country and<br />

folk. The band has developed a<br />

solid reputation and extensive<br />

fan base over 20 years and this<br />

release is sure to more than<br />

satisfy loyal fans. The album<br />

is beautifully packaged and is<br />

representative of the stripped<br />

back and ambient sounds.<br />

While some of the songs<br />

lack the hook of some their<br />

past hits, highlights include<br />

Beautiful Night and Drifting<br />

Dreaming. This is definitely<br />

a laid back album for a laid<br />

back day.<br />

For more, see the website<br />

www.thewaifs.com.<br />

Gus Brown<br />




<br />

Okay, I’m a sucker for NY-style<br />

hardcore. And for a bunch of<br />

Sydney surfers, these boys<br />

absolutely nail it. From the<br />

opening bounce of Against to<br />

faster numbers like Faced with<br />

the End, this is all hardcore<br />

gold. Relentless is as good<br />

on the album as they are live.<br />

Fans of Madball, AF and the<br />

like will love this. Guaranteed.<br />

www.myspace.com/relentlesshc<br />

Mark Chapman<br />




<br />

One Vital Word is a punk<br />

hardcore band from Newcastle<br />

playing fun, energetic and<br />

fast-paced music. “Early Days”,<br />

on the great SA punk label, Pee<br />

Records is a five-track burst of<br />

energy. Mostly shouty stuff,<br />

but featuring some high-quality<br />

H20-ish singalong melodies<br />

in the title track. More of that<br />

please, gents. Not the average<br />

Joe’s cup of tea, but well worth<br />

a listen for the punkers out<br />

there. www.peerecords.com.<br />

Mark Chapman<br />




<br />

Although the Oceanics have<br />

been around on the live music<br />

scene for a while including<br />

an appearance at the Big Day<br />

Out, this is their first official EP<br />

release. After listening on high<br />

rotation this indie-pop outfit<br />

had me moving around singing<br />

along as if I knew the lyrics.<br />

The music is tight, upbeat<br />

and should be accessible to a<br />

wide audience. Although all<br />

the songs rock, $12 Specs and<br />

Funs Over are the choice picks.<br />

This is a solid introduction to a<br />

currently unsigned band that’s<br />

going places. Check out dates<br />

and venues for shows at www.<br />

myspace.com/oceanics_band.<br />

Gus Brown<br />





<br />

Andrew Kidman is a clever<br />

man. Prolific and talented,<br />

his name inevitably pops up<br />

in any conversation on surf<br />

art and culture. Having more<br />

than dabbled in all artistic<br />

disciplines from writing to<br />

painting, photography to<br />

of course filmmaking, The<br />

Windy Hills is a return to an<br />

exploration of music.<br />

Laidback, slow and melancholy,<br />

this is most certainly not<br />

a party album, but rather<br />

reflective mood music.<br />

The recording is honest and<br />

raw in its production and I’m<br />

a sucker for the guitar tones<br />

- from smooth and clean to<br />

gloriously dirty and overdriven.<br />

Atlantic City Ashes is an easy<br />

favourite with a super-catchy<br />

chorus. Another standout is<br />

the trippy Bingo Love. The<br />

very chilled Road Block sees a<br />

guest appearance from Neal<br />

Purchase Jr. on guitar and is<br />

also a definite winner.<br />

10 relaxed tracks and a<br />

neat digipack make this a<br />

worthwhile buy for yourself or<br />

a great gift for any Kidman fan.<br />

www.andrewkidman.com<br />

Mark Chapman<br />

94 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>

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NOOSA SURF WORKS 07 5474 4567<br />

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ILLUSIONS NOOSA 0488 686 2<strong>06</strong><br />

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 07 5474 1222<br />

3 Gibson Rd, Noosaville<br />

GOLDEN BREED 07 5455 3722 - 15 Noosa Dr,<br />

Noosa Heads, www.goldenbreed.com.au<br />

NOOSA LONGBOARDS 07 5447 2828<br />

2/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads<br />

www.noosalongboards.com<br />

SOLACE 07 5455 4826 - 20 Duke Street,<br />

Sunshine Beach, solacestore.blogspot.com<br />

SURF SHOP 07 5471 3489 - 224 David Low<br />

Way, Peregian Beach, www.surf-shop.org<br />

COOLUM SURF 07 5351 1742 - Birtwill St<br />

Coolum Beach www.alexsurfshop.com.au<br />

BLUE LINES 07 5351 1986 - 1776 The<br />

Esplanade, Coolum Beach<br />

WALLY’S WATER GALLERY 07 5448 8560<br />

6 Lorraine Beach, Marcoola Beach<br />

OLD WOMAN SURF SHOP 07 5448 7025<br />

15 Mudjimba Esp, Mudjimba<br />

WEIR’S INSIDE EDGE 07 5443 4143<br />

14 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore<br />

DA BOMB 07 5451 <strong>06</strong>20 - 3/25 Plaza Pde,<br />

Maroochydore & 07 5437 9201 - 7/12<br />

Thunderbird Dr, Bokarina<br />

www.dabombsurf.com.au<br />

OCEAN ADDICTS 07 5309 6624 -<br />

103-105 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore<br />

www.oceanaddicts.com.au<br />

ALTERNATIVE SURF 07 5475 4811<br />

11/140 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland<br />

BEACH BEAT 07 5443 2777 - 164 Alexandra<br />

Pde, Alexandra Headlands; 07 5491 8215 -<br />

4-6 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach<br />

07 5491 4711 - 119 Bulcock St, Caloundra<br />

www.beachbeat.com.au<br />

ALEX SURF 07 5452 6276<br />

188 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland<br />

www.alexsurf.com.au<br />

WORLD SURFARIS 1800 611 163<br />

2/174 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba<br />

www.worldsurfaris.com<br />

SURF PLANET 07 5476 6200 Shop 5,<br />

Buderim Marketplace Buderim<br />

www.surfplanet.com.au<br />

THE FACTORY 07 5492 5838 - 15 Allen St,<br />

Caloundra thefactorysurf.com.au<br />

SURFWARE AUSTRALIA 07 5491 3620<br />

2 Bulcock St, Caloundra<br />


PRIMITIVE SURF 07 3266 1001 - 601<br />

Nudgee Rd, Nundah primitivesurf.com<br />

GOODTIME SURF & SAIL 07 3391 8588<br />

29 Ipswich Rd, Wooloongabba<br />

www.goodtime.com.au<br />

FIIK Unit 2/3366 Pacific Hwy, Springwood<br />

www.fiikskateboards.com<br />

COD 07 3207 0116 - 51 Ziegenfusz Rd,<br />

Thornlands www.codsurfing.com.au<br />


MINTY SURFBOARDS 07 3409 8334 - Point<br />

Lookout www.bobmintysurfboards.com<br />


SURF FX 07 5531 3199 - 127 Ferry Road,<br />

Southport www.surf-fx.com<br />

SIDEWAYS 07 5592 3849 - 3012 Surfers Blvd,<br />

Surfers Paradise sidewaysboardsports.com.au<br />

DUKE’S LONGBOARDS 07 5572 0477<br />

2578 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach<br />

www.dukeslongboards.com<br />

STUART SURF DESIGN 07 5572 0098<br />

2576 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach<br />

www.stuartsurf.com.au<br />

GANGSTA SURF 07 5526 6969 - Shop 1/<br />

2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach<br />

www.gangstasurf.com<br />

GREENLINE PADDLESURF 0412 398 585<br />

2544 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach<br />

www.greenlinepaddlesurf.com<br />

BOARD CULTURE 07 5572 9866<br />

2438 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach<br />

www.boardculture.com.au<br />

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 07 5526 6377<br />

2251 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach<br />

THE BOARDROOM 07 5527 7877<br />

2084 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami<br />

LOWEN 88 07 5526 5161 - 2a/2172 Gold<br />

Coast Hwy, Miami www.lowen88.com<br />

HARVEY SURF GALLERY 0414 557 624<br />

3/10 Pacific Ave, Miami www.harveysurf.com<br />

MT WOODGEE 07 5535 0288<br />

1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads<br />

07 5598 2188 - 2 Stewart Rd, Currumbin<br />

07 5536 5937 - 122 Griffith St, Coolangatta<br />

www.mtwoodgee.com.au<br />

PATAGONIA BURLEIGH James Street,<br />

Burleigh Heads www.patagonia.com.au<br />

WORLD SURFERS 07 5535 4037<br />

63 Lower West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh<br />

SEAN SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY 07 5520 2774<br />

Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, Shop 10,<br />

Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads<br />

07 5599 1150 - Shop 3, 110 Marine Pde,<br />

Coolangatta seanscottphotography.com.au<br />

DALE CHAPMAN SURF DESIGNS 07 5593 8411<br />

Unit 3/48 Junction Road, Burleigh Heads<br />

www.chapmansurfboards.com<br />

SOUTHCOAST FOAM 07 5522 1600 - 15<br />

Greg Chappell Dr, Burleigh Gdns Estate,<br />

Andrews www.southcoastfoam.com.au<br />

GOLD COAST SURF WORLD 07 5525 6380<br />

Tomewin Street, Currumbin<br />

www.surfworldgoldcoast.com<br />

FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS 07 5587 7700<br />

1/49 Currumbin Creek Rd Currumbin<br />

www.firewiresurfboards.com<br />

DMS 07 5559 5949 3/56 Currumbin Creek<br />

Rd Currumbin www.dmshapes.com<br />

D’ARCY HANDSHAPES 07 5559 5866<br />

1/8 Hawker St, Currumbin<br />

www.darcysurfboards.com<br />

SHAPERS 07 5534 4228 - 9/7 Traders Way,<br />

Currumbin www.shapers.com.au<br />


07 5534 3777 5 Stewart Rd, Currumbin<br />

DIVERSE SURF 07 5598 4848 - 476 Gold<br />

Coast Hwy Tugun www.diversesurf.com.au<br />

DORRINGTON SURFBOARDS 07 5599 4030<br />

16 Musgrave Street, Kirra<br />

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8 Creek St, Bilinga www.kirrasurf.com.au<br />

UNDERGROUND SURF 07 5599 1040<br />

Shop 3/31 McLean St, Coolangatta<br />

www.undergroundsurf.com.au<br />

COOLANGATTA BOARD STORE 07 5536 7850<br />

152 Griffith St, Coolangatta<br />

www.cbsboardstore.com<br />

COOLY SURF 07 5536 1470 - Cnr Dutton St<br />

& Marine Pde, Coolangatta<br />


SIDEWAYS 07 5524 6699 - 13-21 Greenway Dr,<br />

Tweed Heads sidewaysboardsports.com.au<br />

FULL FORCE SURFBOARDS 07 5524 2933<br />

18/48 Machinery Dve,Tweed Heads<br />

SURF XCESS 02 6674 5350<br />

88 Marine Parade, Kingscliff<br />

CABARITA SURF SHOP 02 6676 3151<br />

1/38 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach<br />

BRUNSWICK SURF 02 6685 1283<br />

1/12 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads<br />

www.brunswicksurf.com.au<br />

McTAVISH 02 6680 8807 - 91 Centenial<br />

Circuit, Byron Bay www.mctavish.com.au<br />

MADDOG SURF CENTRE 02 6685 6395<br />

91 Jonson St, Byron Bay; 02 6685 6466<br />

4 Jonson St, Byron Bay www.maddog.com.au<br />

MC SURF DESIGNS 02 6685 8778 - 3 Banksia<br />

Drive, Byron Bay www.mcsurf.com.au<br />

NORTH COAST SURFBOARDS 02 6685 6896<br />

29 Acacia St, Byron Bay bearsurfboards.com.au<br />

MUNRO SURFBOARDS 02 6685 6211 - 29 Acacia<br />

St, Byron Bay munrosurfboards.com.au<br />

T&C SURF DESIGN / McCOY 02 6685 7485<br />

10 Acacia Street, Byron Bay<br />

BYRON BAY LONGBOARDS 02 6685 5244<br />

Shop 1 - 89 Jonson St, Byron Bay<br />

HO’OKUPU 02 6685 8861 - 2/9 Lawson St,<br />

Byron Bay hookupusurf.com<br />

UNPLUGGED 02 6685 7441 - Shop 1/ 2 Lawson<br />

St, Byron Bay www.unpluggedbyronbay.com<br />

ALL ABOVE BOARD 02 6687 7522<br />

68 Ballina St, Lennox Head<br />

MADDOG SURF CENTRE 02 6685 6094<br />

45 River St, Ballina www.maddog.com.au<br />

TRIPLE X WETSUITS 02 6686 3939 - 10 Piper<br />

Drive, Ballina www.triple-x.com.au<br />

GUNTHER ROHN 02 6681 5879 - 3/10 Piper<br />

Drive, Ballina www.guntherrohn.com<br />

THE PLANK SHOP 02 6645 8362 Top of the<br />

Hill, Yamba<br />


XS SURF 02 6654 1049 - 76 Beach Street,<br />

Woolgoolga www.xssurf.com<br />

COOPERS SURF CENTRES 02 6654 0033<br />

56D Beach St, Woolgoolga; 02 6652 8146<br />

28 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour<br />

FLANAGAN SURFBOARDS 0432 361 694<br />

Unit 26, 22 Lawson Cres, Coffs Harbour<br />

www.flanagansurfboards.com<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 />

THE LOG SHACK 02 6658 0223 - 392 Harbour<br />

Dve, The Jetty Strip, Coffs Harbour<br />

www.thelogshack.com.au<br />

OUTER ISLAND SURFBOARDS 02 6655 7007<br />

7 Bayldon Dr, Raleigh<br />

www.outerislandsurfboards.com<br />

VALLA SURFBOARDS 02 6568 8909<br />

8 Monro St, Nambucca Heads<br />

www.vallasurfboards.com.au<br />

COASTAL CURVES 02 6568 6902 - Ridge St,<br />

Nambucca Heads www.coastalcurves.com<br />

SONIC SURF 02 6568 4666<br />

1 Cooper Street, Macksville, Scotts Head<br />

CRESCENT HEAD SURF CO. 02 6562 83<strong>06</strong><br />

33 Smith St, Kempsey<br />

CRESCENT HEAD SURF SHOP 02 6566 0550<br />

Crescent Head Tavern, Crescent Head<br />

CRESO EXPRESSO 4 Shore Holiday Park,<br />

Crescent Heads<br />

INNER VISION SURF ‘N’ SKATE 02 6583 7790<br />

80 William St, Port Macquarie<br />

SALTWATER WINE 02 6584 4877<br />

1/125 Gordon St, Port Macquarie<br />

www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />

SANDY FEET 02 6584 1995<br />

5/21 Clarence St, Port Macquarie<br />

www.sandyfeetsurf.com.au<br />

JUNGLE SURF 02 6555 8556 - 86 Manning<br />

Street, Tuncurry www.junglesurf.com.au<br />

SALTWATER WINE 02 6554 7979 5 Wharf St,<br />

Forster www.saltwaterwine.com.au<br />

BOOMERANG BEACH SURF 02 6554 0351<br />

Shop 4, Boomerang Dve, Pacific Palms<br />

GRAFFITI SURF DESIGNS 02 4981 3409<br />

43 Donald St, Nelson Bay, Newcastle<br />


NEWCASTLE SURF DESIGNS 02 4968 9989<br />

4 Maitland Rd, Mayfield<br />

SAM EGAN SURFBOARDS 02 4969 7299<br />

28 Maitland Rd, Islington<br />

www.samegan.com.au<br />

SURF FACTORY 16 Maitland Rd, Islington<br />

www.thesurffactory.com.au<br />

MARK RICHARDS SURFSHOP 02 4961 3088<br />

755 Hunter St, Newcastle<br />

www.markrichardssurfboards.com<br />


Newcastle surfhousephotography.com<br />

BREAKAWAY SURF 02 4929 1144 - Shop 6<br />

Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle<br />

PACIFIC DREAMS 02 4926 3355 - 7 Darby St,<br />

Newcastle www.pacificdreams.com.au<br />

SANBAH SURF 02 4962 2420 - Shop 27, The<br />

Junction Fair, Union St, Newcastle<br />

www.sanbah.com.au<br />

BREAKAWAY SURF CO. 02 4943 2699<br />

181 Pacific Hwy Charlestown<br />

EGAN’S 02 4945 8055<br />

575 Pacific Hwy, Belmont<br />

THE SURF SHACK 02 4945 8965<br />

703 Pacific Hwy, Belmont South<br />

SWANSEA SURF SHOP 02 4971 4422<br />

164 Pacific Hwy, Swansea swanseasurf.com.au<br />


BEACHIN’ SURF 02 43 96 5159<br />

262 Main Rd, Toukley<br />

BOARD CITY 02 4397 1092 - 150 Main Rd,<br />

Toukley www.boardcity.com.au<br />

ADRIFT SURF 02 4332 8355 - 133 The Entrance<br />

Rd, The Entrance www.adriftsurf.com.au<br />

BOARDERLINE SURF SKATE 02 4332 7175<br />

421 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty<br />

www.boarderlinesurfskate.com<br />

SURFERS CHOICE 02 4334 6532<br />

473 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty<br />

www.surferschoice.com.au<br />

BATEAU BAY SURF N SPORT 02 4332 1157<br />

101a Bateau Bay Road, Bateau Bay<br />

ONE EIGHTY SURF COMPANY 02 4385 8440<br />

Shop 2, 82a Ocean View Dve, Wamberal<br />

www.180surfco.com.au<br />

SLIMES 02 4365 5511<br />

1/203 The Entrance Rd, Erina<br />

THREE POINTS SURF 02 4382 1541<br />

170 Avoca Dve, Avoca Beach<br />


BEACH WITHOUT SAND 02 9918 2763<br />

1a Nth Avalon Rd, Avalon<br />

RAISED BY WOLVES 02 9918 8861 - 40 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon; 02 9997 4838<br />

9b Waratah St, Mona Vale<br />

www.raisedbywolves.com.au<br />

LITTLE DRAGON 0403 974 967<br />

1 Bramley Lane, Newport Beach<br />

RON WADE SURF DESIGN 02 9979 7071<br />

23 Bassett Street, Mona Vale<br />

ronwadesurfboards.com.au<br />


4/76 Darly St, Mona Vale cisurfboards.com<br />

QUIKSILVER MONA VALE 02 9999 3727<br />

1729 Pitt Water Rd, Mona Vale<br />

SUPER SWELL 02 9144 3229<br />

166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives<br />


02 9986 3420 6/53 Myora Rd, Terrey Hills<br />

www.supgearaustralia.com<br />

SUGARMILL SURF EMPORIUM 02 9913 3332<br />

2/1329 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen<br />

www.sugarmillsurf.com<br />

BALMORAL BOARDS 02 9970 8600<br />

1228 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen<br />

www.balmoralboards.com.au<br />

WICKS SURF CENTRE 02 9971 0760<br />

1103 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach<br />

LONG REEF SURF 02 9982 4829<br />

1012 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy<br />

www.longreefsurf.com.au<br />

WIND SURF ’N’ SNOW 02 9971 0999<br />

17 Anzac Ave, Collaroy<br />

www.windsurfnsnow.com.au<br />

THE PERFECT WAVE 02 9939 0890<br />

Suite 38, 42-46 Wattle Rd Brookvale<br />

www.theperfectwave.com.au<br />

BENNETT SURFBOARDS 02 9905 5157<br />

180 Harbord Rd, Brookvale<br />

DRIPPING WET SURF CO. 02 9977 3549<br />

398 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale;<br />

02 9977 3549 - 93 North Steyne, Manly<br />

www.dripwetsurf.com<br />

SUNSHINE SURFING 02 9977 4399 - 89 Pittwater<br />

Rd, Manly www.sunshinesurfing.com.au<br />

SIX OUNCE 0408 259 783 - 48-50 Pittwater<br />

Rd, Manly www.sixounceboardstore.com<br />

ALOHA MANLY STYLE 02 9977 3777<br />

44 Pittwater Rd, Manly<br />

www.alohasurfmanly.com.au<br />

BASE SURFBOARDS 02 9976 0591 - 46 North<br />

Steyne Rd, Manly www.basesurfboards.com<br />

SALTMOTION 02 9976 6518 Market Place,<br />

Manly www.saltmotion.com<br />

MANLY LONGBOARD CO. 02 9977 0093<br />

39 Belgrave St, Manly manlylongboard.com<br />

HERITAGE SURF 02 9977 7623 - 24 Darley<br />

Rd, Manly www.heritagesurfaustralia.com<br />

SURFECTION 02 9969 1011 - 522 Military<br />

Rd, Mosman www.surfectionmosman.com<br />


BONDI UNDERGROUND 02 9365 0870<br />

2/72 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach<br />

DRIPPING WET SURF CO. 02 9300 0055 180-<br />

186 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach<br />

SURF CULTURE 02 9389 5477 - 40 Bronte Rd,<br />

Bondi Junction www.surfculture.com.au<br />


JACKSON SURFBOARDS 02 9524 2700<br />

57 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah<br />

www.jacksonsurfboards.com.au<br />

TRIPLE BULL 02 9524 4822 - 41 Captain Cook<br />

Dr, Caringbah; 02 9544 0354 - 23 Kingsway,<br />

Cronulla www.triplebullsurf.com<br />

CRONULLA SURF DESIGN 02 9544 0433<br />

8 Cronulla St, Cronulla<br />

www.cronullasurfdesign.com.au<br />


Everything to do with S.U.P<br />

Lessons, Hire, Sales of<br />

New and Used equipment,<br />

Accesories, Apparel & more<br />

02 9544 2293<br />

0400 085 823<br />

Shop 3,13-15 The Kingsway<br />

Cronulla, NSW 2230<br />

www.cronullasup.com<br />

jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />



Pick<br />


Dedicated to SUP - Sydney’s<br />

original Stand Up Paddle<br />

outlet. Performance,<br />

flatwater, race, and distance<br />

boards – we have a board to<br />

suit all skill levels.<br />

0413 456009<br />

0418 294854<br />

27 Throsby Close<br />

Barden Ridge<br />

eastcoaststanduppaddle.com.au<br />

KING SURFBOARDS 02 9521 3645<br />

577 Princes Hwy, Kirrawee<br />


RETRO WOMBAT 02 4267 1322<br />

228 Lawrence Hargrave Dve, Thirroul<br />

www.retrowombat.com<br />

FINBOX BOARDSTORE 02 4268 2050<br />

1/269 Lawrence Hargrave Dve, Thirroul<br />

thefinbox.blogspot.com<br />

BYRNE SURF AND SKI 02 4268 3455<br />

303 Lawrence Hargrave Dve, Thirroul<br />

02 4226 1122 -115 Princes Highway, Fairy<br />

Meadow byrnesurfboardsaustralia.com<br />

SURF PIT 02 4283 7196 - 2/100 Railway St,<br />

Corrimal www.surfpit.com.au<br />

SKIPP SURFBOARDS 02 4229 1202<br />

231 Crown Street, Wollongong<br />

(factory showroom); 02 4228 8878<br />

24 Flinders St, Wollongong<br />

www.skippsurfboards.com.au<br />

CARABINE SURF DESIGNS 02 4229 9462<br />

36 Flinders St, Wollongong<br />


ZINK SURF 02 4233 1189 - 136 Terralong St,<br />

Kiama www.zinksurf.com.au<br />


115 Fern St, Gerringong www.nnss.com.au<br />

AQUATIQUE 02 4421 8159 - 125-127 Junction<br />

St, Nowra; 02 4441 5530 - 55 Owen St,<br />

Huskisson www.aquatique.com.au<br />

BUSTED SURF CO. 02 4447 3485<br />

10 Fairlands St, Culburra Beach<br />

OCEAN & EARTH 02 4441 2482 12 Springs<br />

Road, Sussex Inlet www.oceanearth.com<br />

SUN & SURF SHOP 02 4441 1938<br />

Shop 1, 168 Jacobs Dve, Sussex Inlet<br />

AKWA SURF 02 4454 5222 - Shop 1,<br />

Mellick’s Corner, Princess Hwy, Milton<br />

www.akwasurf.com.au<br />


02 4454 0343 -138 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla<br />

www.southernman.com.au<br />

SALTWATER DREAM 02 4472 3811<br />

2 Bay Central, Batemans Bay<br />

OFFSHORE SURF SHOP 02 4474 4350<br />

66 Vulcan St, Moruya offshoresurf.com.au<br />

NAROOMA SURF & SKATE 02 4476 1422<br />

30 Princes Hwy, Narooma<br />

DSC SURFBOARDS 0424 867 962<br />

Princes Highway, Narooma<br />

BERMAGUI SURF SHOP 02 6493 4849<br />

4/28 Lamont St, Bermagui<br />

RAW SURFBOARDS 02 6494 4466<br />

1291 Tathra Road, Kalaru<br />

www.rawsurfboards.com.au<br />

MERIMBULA SURF SHOP 02 6495 1515<br />

Merimbula Drive, Merimbula<br />

SALTWATER DREAM 02 6495 1600<br />

39 Market St, Merimbula<br />

CORE SURF SKATE AND KITE 02 6494 3374<br />

49 Toalla St, Pambula Village<br />

www.pambulasurfshop.com.au<br />


SURF SHACK 03 5155 4933<br />

507 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance<br />

96 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong><br />

ATOLL TRAVEL 1800 622 310 - 4 Bridge<br />

Street, Foster www.atolltravel.com<br />

SERIOUS SURF STUFF 03 5674 2540<br />

1 Williams St , Inverloch<br />

VORTEX SURF & SKATE 03 5672 4112<br />

54 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi<br />


OUTEREEF 03 5678 5677 - 73 Phillip Island<br />

Rd, San Remo www.outereef.com.au<br />

FULLCIRCLE SURF 03 5678 5873<br />

115 Marine Pde, San Remo; 03 5956 7453<br />

4-5 Vista Pl, Cape Woolamai<br />

www.fullcirclesurf.com.au<br />

ISLANTIS 03 5956 7553 - 10-12 Phillip<br />

Island Rd, Newhaven www.islantis.com.au<br />

ISLAND SURF CENTRE 03 5952 2578<br />

147 Thompson Ave, Cowes; 03 5952 3443<br />

65 Smiths Beach Rd, Smiths Beach<br />

www.islandsurfboards.com.au<br />

ISLAND SURF SHACK 03 5952 1659<br />

148 Thompson Ave, Cowes<br />


ZAK SURFBOARDS 03 9416 7384<br />

319 Victoria Rd, Thornbury<br />

www.zaksurfboards.com<br />

TRIGGER BROS SURF & SAIL 03 9537 3222<br />

Shop 2, 1 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda<br />

www.triggerbros.com.au<br />

RPS (THE BOARD STORE) 03 9525 6475<br />

87 Ormond Rd, Elwood<br />

www.rpstheboardstore.com<br />

BRIGHTON SURF CO. 03 9593 2211<br />

43 Church St, Brighton<br />

SHQ BOARDSPORTS 03 9598 2867<br />

81 Beach Rd, Sandringham www.shq.com.au<br />

MORDY SURF CENTRE 03 9580 1716<br />

628 Main St, Mordialloc mordysurf.com.au<br />


03 9588 2533 - 45 Governor Road,<br />

Mordialloc paulowniaparadise.com.au<br />

OKE SURFBOARDS 03 9587 3553<br />

Factory 1 1-7 Canterbury Rd, Braeside<br />

www.okesurfboards.com<br />

TRIGGER BROS SURF & SAIL 03 9770 2223<br />

7 Rossmith St, Frankston; 03 5989 8402<br />

Point Leo Rd, Point Leo; 03 5984 5670<br />

46 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento<br />

www.triggerbros.com.au<br />

PENINSULA SURF CENTRE 03 9783 3811<br />

40 Wells St, Frankston; 03 5975 1800<br />

835 Nepean Hwy, Mornington;<br />

03 5985 4637 - 2137 Pt Nepean Hwy, Rye<br />

www.peninsulasurf.com.au<br />

BALIN 03 5986 6<strong>06</strong>9 - 12 Newington Ave,<br />

Rosebud www.balin.com.au<br />

BEAN SURFING 03 5984 5199<br />

4 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento<br />


MURFS LONGBOARDS 03 5255 5525<br />

82 The Terrace, Ocean Grove<br />

www.murfslongboards.com.au<br />

STRAPPER SURF 03 5255 2666<br />

67b The Terrace, Ocean Grove<br />

www.strapper.com.au<br />

GREEN ROOM SURF SHOP 03 5256 2996<br />

64 The Terrace, Ocean Grove<br />

www.greenroom.com.au<br />

RASTA’S 03 5254 3255 51 Hitchcock Ave,<br />

Barwon Heads rastasurfboards.com.au<br />

STONKER TORQUAY 03 5261 6077 - 1a Baines<br />

Cr, Torquay www.stonker.com.au<br />

HYDROPHILIC 0421 504 621 - 1C Baines Cr,<br />

Torquay www.southcoastlongboards.com.au<br />

SURF WORLD 03 5261 46<strong>06</strong> Surf City Plaza,<br />

Torquay www.surfworld.org.au<br />

PATAGONIA 03 5261 4420 - 116 Surfcoast<br />

Hwy, Torquay www.patagonia.com.au<br />

BASE 03 5261 5666 - 3/108 Surfcoast Hwy,<br />

Torquay www.basesurfboards.com<br />

STRAPPER 03 5261 3508 - 96 Surfcoast Hwy,<br />

Torquay; 03 5261 2312 - 1<strong>06</strong> Surfcoast Hwy,<br />

Torquay www.strapper.com.au<br />


38-40 Bell Street, Torquay<br />

www.watermarksphotogallery.com.au<br />

TORQUAY SURFING ACADEMY 03 5261 2022<br />

34A Bell St, Torquay torquaysurf.com.au<br />

TIGERFISH 03 5264 7271 - 12/15 Bell St,<br />

Torquay www.tigerfish.com.au<br />

up the next edition of smorgasboarder at any<br />

of these fine businesses - out in September.<br />

LONG-EAZ<br />


Arms too short? Too far to<br />

walk? Get a grip!<br />

0408 092 122<br />

www.long-eaz.com<br />

ANGLESEA SURF CENTRE 03 5263 1530<br />

111 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea www.<br />

secondhandsurfboards.com.au<br />

LORNE SURF SHOP 03 5289 1673<br />

130 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne<br />

SHARKY’S 03 5289 2421<br />

Mountjoy Pde, Lorne<br />

HODGY’S SURF CENTRE 03 5237 7883<br />

143 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay hodgys.com<br />


PORT CAMPBELL TRADING CO. 03 5598 6444<br />

27 Lord Street, Port Campbell<br />

TAYLORS SURFODESY 03 5562 5681<br />

132 Liebig Street, Warrnambool<br />

WARRNAMBOOL SURF CENTRE 03 5562 1981<br />

136 Koroit Street, Warrnambool<br />

DAKTARI SURF/DIVE 03 5568 2800<br />

33 Bank Street, Port Fairy<br />

www.daktarisport.com.au<br />


CUTLOOSE SURF 08 8326 0939 - 4 Piping<br />

Lane, Lonsdale www.cutloosesurf.com.au<br />

MID COAST SURF 08 83845522 - 8/200 Dyson<br />

Road, Lonsdale www.midcoastsurf.com.au<br />

PREECE’S SOUTH PORT SURF 08 8386 0404<br />

159 Esplanade, Port Noarlunga South<br />

www.preece-sthport-surf.com.au<br />

BARREL SURF 08 8555 5422 - 10c Cadell St,<br />

Goolwa www.barrellsurf.com.au<br />

BIG SURF AUSTRALIA 08 8554 2399<br />

24 Goolwa Rd, Middleton<br />

SOUTHERN SURF 08 8554 2375<br />

36 North Tce, Port Elliot<br />

THE SURF SHOP 08 8552 5466 -15 Albert<br />

Place, Victor Harbor thesurfshop.net.au<br />


0422 443 789 - 20 Cottage Road, Hackham<br />

leightonclark01@yahoo.com.au<br />

SURF ESTEEM 08 8557 7201 - Aldinga Central<br />

Shopping Centre www.surfesteem.com<br />

ONBOARD SURF WIND SNOW 08 8294 3866<br />

21 Saltfleet St, Port Noarlunga; 1-3 Lights<br />

Landing, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg<br />

www.onboardsurf.com.au<br />

JRS SURF & SKI 08 838 47466 - Centro<br />

Colonnades; 08 8377 0322 - Westfield<br />

Marion; 08 8223 5505 -121 Grenfell St,<br />

Adelaide CBD; 08 8231 9577 - Myer<br />

Centre, Adelaide CBD; 08 8396 4822 Tea<br />

Tree Plus www.jrssurfandski.com.au<br />

FLY BOARDRIDING 08 8386 0100<br />

Shop 41 Seaford Shopping Centre<br />

www.flyboardriding.com.au<br />

ISLAND SURF 08 8296 9776<br />

363 Brighton Road Hove<br />

EXTREME BOARDRIDERS 08 8295 1219<br />

1/118 Jetty Rd, Glenelg<br />

WALLBRIDGE SURFBOARDS 08 8376 4914<br />

27 Oaklands Rd, Somerton Park<br />

www.wallbridge.com.au<br />

SANCTUARY SURFERS 0403 134 478<br />

201 Waymouth St, Adelaide<br />

www.sanctuary.net.au<br />


AGNES WATER/1770<br />

REEF 2 BEACH<br />

(Mon – Sat, 9-5pm, Sun,10-4pm)<br />

07 4974 9072<br />


DA BOMB<br />

(Mon – Sat, 9-5pm, Sun,10-4pm)<br />

07 5451 <strong>06</strong>20 - Maroochydore<br />

07 5437 9201 - Bokarina<br />



(Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:30pm, Thurs<br />

8:30am-8pm, Sat, 8:30-4pm,<br />

Sun, 10-4pm)<br />

07 3266 1001<br />


KOMA<br />

(M-F 9-5pm, Sat 9-12pm)<br />

0402 863 763<br />

MIAMI<br />


(M-F 9-5pm, Sat 9-12pm)<br />

0409 727 735<br />

TUGUN<br />


(M-F,8:30-5:30pm, Sat and<br />

SNOW & SURF CO. 08 8223 5277<br />

Sun, 9-4pm)<br />

187 Rundle St, Adelaide<br />

07 5598 4848<br />



(7 days, 9-5pm)<br />

07 5599 1040<br />


(M-F, 9-5pm)<br />

07 5524 2933<br />



(Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30pm)<br />

02 6685 6770<br />

0409 849 442<br />

YAMBA<br />


02 6645 8362<br />


(Tues-Fri, 9-4pm, Sat, 9-12pm)<br />

0432 330 826<br />



(M-F, 10-5pm, Sat & Sun<br />

10-2:30pm)<br />

02 6658 0223<br />

www.snowsurf.com.au<br />




(M-F, 10-5.30pm, weekends by<br />

appointment<br />

0422 304 078<br />



(M-F, 9-4pm, Sat 9-12pm)<br />

0437 032 614<br />




(M-F,8:30-5:30pm, Sat and<br />

Sun, 9-4pm)<br />

0403 971 072<br />


(M-F,9-6pm,<br />

Sat & Sun 8:30-6pm)<br />

02 9907 2769<br />



M-F,9-5:30, Thurs 9-7:30pm,<br />

Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4)<br />

02 4228 8878<br />



(7 days, 9-5pm)<br />

02 4441 6756<br />



(7 days, 9-5pm)<br />

0424 867 962<br />



(Mon-Fri,10-6pm; Sat 10-5pm)<br />

03 9416 7384<br />



(Mon – Fri, 9-5pm)<br />

03 5261 6077<br />



(7 days , 9-5pm)<br />

03 5956 7553<br />


(7 days, 9-5pm)<br />

03 5952 2578<br />


(7 days, 9-5pm)<br />

03 5956 7453<br />



(M-F, 9-5.30pm, Sat 9-4pm)<br />

08 8376 4914<br />



(M-F, 9-5pm)<br />

0422 443 789<br />


Promote your repair business for $15<br />

an edition. Call 0401 345 201

Planning a surfing holiday or weekend away? These fine accommodation options offer<br />

great proximity to surf beaches in some of the country’s best surf spots. Get out there.<br />






<br />

6 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach<br />

Caloundra<br />

Fantastic surf spots right on<br />

your doorstep. Moffat, Neill<br />

Street, Dicky Beach all within<br />

a 5 minute walk. Luxury<br />

accommodation within 50 m of<br />

some of the best restaurants<br />

Caloundra has to offer.<br />

Proximity: Across from<br />

patrolled Dicky Beach, on-site<br />

dining and shopping.<br />

Phone: 07 5491 9038<br />

E: info@portobellobythesea.com.au<br />

www.portobellobythesea.com.au<br />

From $325 for two nights.<br />



21 Cumming Pde, Point Lookout,<br />

North Stradbroke Island<br />

High on a hill overlooking Home<br />

Beach, looking north towards<br />

Moreton Island, offering plenty<br />

of open space for children to<br />

play, full size tennis court and<br />

swimming pool.<br />

The two or three bedroom villas<br />

are fully self-contained with<br />

large living area and private<br />

balcony, own BBQ and linen<br />

is supplied. We can arrange<br />

return vehicle ferry crossings at<br />

a discounted rate.<br />

Proximity: 500m walk to Home<br />

Beach and Stradbroke Island<br />

Beach Hotel. 2km to cafes,<br />

shops and Gorge Walk.<br />

P: 07 3409 81<strong>06</strong><br />

E: bookings@pandanuspalmsresort.com<br />

www.pandanuspalmsresort.com<br />


41 East Coast Rd, Point Lookout<br />

North Stradbroke Island<br />

Ideally located, whether it’s<br />

adventure or relaxation you’re<br />

after, there’s something for<br />

everyone - pool, tennis court, bbq<br />

area, kids playground, scooter &<br />

car hire. Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom<br />

apartments available, all fully<br />

self-contained with foxtel, dvd<br />

player, wireless internet access,<br />

balconies and parking.<br />

Proximity: 2 min walk to<br />

hotel, pub, bowls club, shops<br />

& restaurants. Opposite Home/<br />

Cylinder beaches.<br />

P: 07 3409 8388<br />

E: islander@stradbrokeresorts.com.au<br />

islander.stradbrokeresorts.com.au<br />

From $225 for 2 nights<br />


Cnr Church and Market Street<br />

Wollongong<br />

3.5 star hotel in the heart of<br />

Wollongong restaurant and<br />

business district, minutes from<br />

beautiful beaches. Winner Best<br />

Standard Accommodation on the<br />

South Coast 2008, 2009 & 2010.<br />

Air conditioned rooms include<br />

tea and coffee facilities, mini<br />

bar fridges, flatscreen TV and<br />

internet connectivity. Special<br />

Access rooms and facilities are<br />

also available.<br />

Proximity: 10 minute<br />

walk to the beach and WIN<br />

Entertainment Centre. On the<br />

doorstep of Crown St Mall<br />

Phone: 02 4223 6000<br />

E: H6377@accor.com<br />

www.accorhotels.com/6377<br />



895 Phillip Island Road,<br />

Newhaven, Phillip Island<br />

Planning a surf trip to Phillip<br />

Island? The island offers<br />

over 2000 beds and over 100<br />

accommodation businesses to<br />

choose from.<br />

Contact Phillip Island<br />

Visitor Information Centre’s<br />

accommodation specialists for<br />

all your accommodation needs.<br />

Let our friendly staff assist you<br />

in finding the perfect place for<br />

you to stay.<br />

P: 1300 366 422<br />

E: piinfo@basscoast.vic.gov.au<br />

www.visitbasscoast.com<br />

From $330.00 for two nights<br />

From $119 per room per night<br />



1/78 Bulcock St, Caloundra<br />

Caloundra Holiday Centre has<br />

been assisting holidaymakers<br />

find their perfect Sunshine Coast<br />

getaway for over 25 years. We<br />

offer one of the largest portfolios<br />

of holiday accommodation in<br />

Caloundra, consisting of a great<br />

choice of budget to luxury self<br />

contained units and houses at<br />

all beaches. With family friendly<br />

prices and seniors’ discounts<br />

available, we’re sure to have a<br />

property to suit your needs at a<br />

competitive price.<br />

Our friendly and experienced<br />

staff can assist you with<br />

finding your perfect beach<br />

break! Request our free colour<br />

brochure and price list today!<br />

P: 07 5491 5444<br />

E: info@caloundraholidaycentre.com.au<br />

caloundraholidaycentre.com.au<br />

From $340 p/w, low season<br />



Samarinda Dve, Point Lookout,<br />

North Stradbroke Island<br />

Located at North Stradbroke<br />

Island’s Point Lookout, Whale<br />

Watch Ocean Beach Resort<br />

provides endless views along<br />

the main surfing beach (which<br />

is one of the east’s coasts<br />

renowned surf spots) and over<br />

the Pacific Ocean, to the Gold<br />

Coast and beyond.<br />

Proximity: Short walk to Point<br />

Lookout Surf Club and all the<br />

major Point Lookout attractions.<br />

P: 07 3409 8555<br />

E: reservations@<br />

whalewatchresort.com.au<br />

www.whalewatchresort.com.au<br />



Shop 2 Raby Bay Harbour<br />

152 Shore Street West<br />

Cleveland<br />

North Stradbroke Island is the<br />

ideal holiday destination for<br />

families, couples or maybe<br />

just a day trip. Located one<br />

hour from Brisbane, Straddie is<br />

easily accessible by Stradbroke<br />

Ferries’ fast reliable vehicle<br />

ferries or water taxi which<br />

depart from Cleveland.<br />

Stradbroke Island Holidays<br />

offer an efficient booking<br />

service to arrange all of your<br />

accommodation and luxury<br />

Stradbroke Ferry transfers to<br />

and from North Stradbroke<br />

Island.<br />

P: 07 3821 0266<br />

www.stradbrokeholidays.com.au<br />


10 Bong Bong St, Kiama<br />

Kiama Cove Motel is located in<br />

the heart of Kiama, overlooking<br />

Surf Beach with most rooms<br />

having ocean views, airconditioning<br />

and king sized<br />

beds. All with complimentary<br />

continental breakfasts.<br />

Proximity: Right on Kiama<br />

Beach. Short walk to the main<br />

street of Kiama.<br />

Phone: 02 4232 3000<br />

E: kiamacove@bigpond.com<br />

www.kiamacove.com.au<br />

From $99-$169 per room<br />

per night<br />


17 Potters Hill Rd, San Remo<br />

Spacious one, two and<br />

three-bedroom self-contained<br />

apartments all with spectacular<br />

bay views and modern<br />

conveniences. Complementing<br />

the 4.5 star accommodation<br />

is an excellent range of resort<br />

facilities including indoor<br />

and outdoor pool, billiards<br />

and games room, tennis and<br />

basketball courts, restaurant<br />

and bar.<br />

Proximity: Five mins to surf<br />

beach, two mins to town<br />

Phone: 1800 033 403<br />

res@silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

www.silverwaterresort.com.au<br />

From $175 per night<br />

TV<br />

gym<br />

laundry<br />

kitchen<br />

parking wi-fi pool airconditioning family-friendly pet-friendly spa<br />

bbq<br />

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SANBAH<br />

Merewether’s trendy surf and fashion<br />

store, Sanbah, celebrated the opening of<br />

their new joint at Junction Fair in style.<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

PHOTOS:<br />

1. Jesse Adam and Cable from Vampirate<br />

Surfboards<br />

2. The groms - sponsored Sanbah team riders<br />

(L-R) Louie Stackhouse, Jack Taylor, Jackson<br />

Baker and Luke Hamilton<br />

3. Mark Gnech, Hayden Cox and Ozzie Wright<br />

4. Stephanie Smith and Sophie Damen<br />

5. The hosts Rhys and Sophie Smith - owners<br />

of Sanbah - with interior stylist for Sanbah<br />

Tim Neve<br />

6. Happy couple Lauren and Ryan Smith<br />

7. At the skatewall - Lewis Brent, Tom Antcliff,<br />

Joel O’Brien and Jake Sylvester<br />

8. Lauren Miller and James Simpson<br />

3.<br />

6.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

7. 8.<br />

If you’re in Newcastle, make sure to pop in to<br />

Sanbah, check out their variety of wares and<br />

say of course, g’day to Rhys and Sophie.<br />

www.sanbahsurf.com.au<br />

A DECENT<br />


The annual longboard competition staged by<br />

the Merimbula Sailboard Club recently took<br />

place and by all accounts, a lot of fun was<br />

had by all. The event has been running for<br />

25 years now and has taken on many names<br />

such as The Maligator, The Maltrix and the<br />

In-4-Mal. This year it was Malnutrition. For<br />

many of the competitors it’s the only time<br />

throughout the year they ride a mal.<br />

1.<br />

4.<br />

2. 3.<br />

5.<br />

Photos by Stan Squire, artist for - amongst<br />

others - Bushrat Surfboards. To check out his<br />

artwork, see stansquire.com<br />

PHOTOS:<br />

1. Dave Pimm of Sydney<br />

2. Jay Mulherin of Cooma and Gary Corbett of<br />

Merimbula (paddling)<br />

3. Dave Prowse of Pambula<br />

4. Henry Jones, Mark Hagan, James Hagan<br />

5. Jacob Holme<br />

6. Jed Done<br />

7. Lachie McNeil<br />

6.<br />

7.<br />


If you have something on the go, let us know.<br />

Email us on: editorial@smorgasboarder.com.au<br />

98 jul/aug <strong>2011</strong>




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