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winter grovelling, nice racks, pistols, gliders and loads of surfboards<br />

issue<br />

<strong>46</strong><br />

WINTER 19<br />

f r e e<br />

SURF MAG<br />

f r a m e d<br />

the life, times and work of craig levers

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sam mathers at raglan enjoying the winter wonderland.<br />

photo: craig levers<br />

foreword<br />

Winter’s a mixed bag. It’s when the ocean is at its<br />

wildest in some parts of the country and in others, it is<br />

when the sea resembles a pond. You just have to love<br />

the season for its unpredictability and that freezing<br />

water that awakens your senses. And just as you can<br />

never predict the weather, you never quite know what<br />

to expect with each edition of <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong>. Maybe<br />

it’s our short attention span or a few too many cold<br />

water icecream headaches at this time of year.<br />

In this issue there’s lots of nice racks, winter grovellers,<br />

pistols, gliders and a whole heap of eye candy. Don’t<br />

know what the hell we are talking about? Look inside<br />

and you will find out. It is always so much fun pulling<br />

each issue together. It’s our chance to present a really<br />

diverse mix of stories. We guess there is so much<br />

more to our surf culture than just riders on waves.<br />

Indeed, we are blessed to meet so many interesting<br />

characters in our travels and none more so than the<br />

former editor of New Zealand Surfing magazine and<br />

founder of Photo CPL Media, Craig Levers, who is<br />

our feature story. Craig not only has some amazing<br />

surf photos but such an interesting story to tell – a<br />

few good shark tales as well – a <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong><br />

favourite. And just in case you are not up with the<br />

latest and are keen to hear more from our interview<br />

with Craig, you can now tune into the <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong><br />

Podcast on smorgasboarder.com.au, iTunes, Spotify<br />

and BuzzSprout.<br />

Righto, by now you should be rugged up and comfy<br />

on the couch in front of a cozy fire or heater.<br />

Get reading!<br />


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issue<br />

forty-six<br />

winter 2 0 1 9<br />

03 foreword<br />

08 stuff<br />

14 framed - craig levers<br />

26 surfing italy<br />

28 collective consciousness<br />

30 pistols in the desert<br />

36 rack 'em up<br />

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50 gliders<br />

58 gear<br />

67 aloha barry<br />

cover photo<br />

sam mathers at raglan<br />

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coastal sports kaikoura<br />

The cold water specialists. "We get you further and out there for<br />

longer. Not just your average surf shop, we believe in gettng you out<br />

having more adventures in the water or on the land, need quality gear<br />

we’ve got you covered, need info, we’ve been sharing our passion for<br />

the surf and outdoors since 2003. Same Location for 16 years."<br />

Call on +64 3 319 5028<br />

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seventhwave<br />

"After a decent winter of testing<br />

we are excited to finally release<br />

our newest piece to the winter<br />

collection, and this one is for<br />

the ladies! 1.5mm of Yamamoto<br />

Zirconium neoprene in a super<br />

comfortable cross back tog.<br />

Worn under your suit with no<br />

bulk or restriction just pure<br />

warmth. They can also be worn<br />

on their own in summer or on<br />

your tropical holidays. Serious<br />

cold busters!! Getting out of your<br />

wetsuit in a howling cold wind<br />

just got alot more pleasant! And<br />

they dry so fast!! NZ made with<br />

our lifetime stitching warranty!!!<br />

(don't worry guys, the men's<br />

version is under development)."<br />

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board traction for the 21st century<br />

Looking for a wax free traction solution? Contribute<br />

to a more sustainable planet with RSPro traction<br />

products.<br />

No more mess or missing waves while you’re waxing<br />

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waw handplanes<br />

The new WAW Handplanes BadFish is a premium<br />

bodysurfing handplane designed to turn beginners<br />

into pros and pros into experts. Australian made<br />

using ocean plastic harvested from our Great Barrier<br />

Reef, the WAW BadFish will have you catching Wave<br />

After Wave leaving nothing but cleaner oceans in<br />

your wake. Every purchase helps us clean more of<br />

our beaches.<br />

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pedal and paddle<br />

Winter in The Paradise Coast, Whangamata is the<br />

perfect time to visit. Sea and land are both uncrowded<br />

crisp and clean. It is truly an amazing place especially<br />

at this time of year.<br />

Pedal and Paddle have extensive knowledge of their<br />

area and will send you in the right direction with all the<br />

right equipment. Simple fun.<br />

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real surf<br />

Real Surf can be found on the sunny (windy) shores of<br />

Lyall Bay, Wellington. They pride themselves on being<br />

a core store, run by surfers for surfers. Here you can<br />

find a huge range of quality surfboards, wetsuits and<br />

accessories, along with a full ding repair service and<br />

rentals for those without equipment. They're open 7<br />

days a week with a friendly and experienced team ready<br />

to help with your next purchase. REAL SURF is NZs #1<br />

Core Surf Store.<br />

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raglan surf emporium<br />

We here at <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> love a cool surf<br />

shop and the Raglan Surf Emporium located on<br />

Wainui Road on the way to the world-famous surf<br />

break Manu Bay is a ripper. The 1940’s structure<br />

that used to be an old coal shed holds some of<br />

the best surf brands in its four walls that scream<br />

everything surf.<br />

Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are also<br />

there to help you with your every need seven days<br />

a week…from a block of wax to the latest wetsuit<br />

by Ripcurl or Surfboard by JS Industries. Indeed,<br />

their hardware section has everyone sorted from<br />

the beginner to the hardcore.<br />

Raglan Surf Emporium also stock the latest<br />

season apparel from the leaders in the surf<br />

industry to have you covered from head to toe.<br />

Get everything you need in this one location so all<br />

you have to worry about is getting to the surf as<br />

quick as possible.<br />

quick tips<br />

• A must for anyone visiting the store for the<br />

first time is to pick up some of Raglan Surf<br />

Emporium’s branded gear. Famous artists like<br />

Ozzie Wright, Jamie Brown and Arnau Wilson<br />

have designed some amazing tshirt art for the<br />

RES crew.<br />

• If you’re a coffee addict like us, the best coffee<br />

in town is Raglan Roast - a must to start your<br />

day and the best way to recharge after a surf.<br />

Stockists of Rip Curl, Volcom, Vissla, RVCA, Rusty,<br />

RPM, Santa Cruz, Da Kine, O&E, JS Industries<br />

and HS surfboards. Surfboard and wetsuit rentals<br />

available for beginners to experts.<br />

Open 7 day’s per week 9am - 5pm.<br />

raglansurfemporium.com<br />


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winter blues<br />

at NZ Shred<br />

It’s the end of summer … No, no,<br />

it’s the start of Winter!<br />

As the sun arcs lower across the skies … mornings<br />

have a different feel. A crisp chill is in the air … Your<br />

fingers are cold first thing, and you find yourself<br />

vagrantly reaching to the back of the cupboard for<br />

your favourite hoodie.<br />

1. literally, let the ‘change of seasons’<br />

embrace you!<br />

As you smell the change in the<br />

air, switch your wardrobe<br />

around. Make a change from<br />

summer shorts and tees and<br />

get yourself a new flannel,<br />

knitted jersey or riding<br />

hoodie. These are super<br />

comfy, easily layered, and<br />

something new always makes<br />

you feel fresh and revived. The<br />

Burton Dryride series (in both<br />

guys and gals) has a great amount<br />

of tech for mountain riding, in what looks for all<br />

intense and purposes like your standard street hoody.<br />

2. continue to love the brands you love!<br />

So many of our summer<br />

brands now cross-over<br />

into winter ranges, and in<br />

doing so, are very techsavvy<br />

with their integration.<br />

Brands such as Roxy,<br />

O’Neill and Oakley have<br />

significant product all year<br />

round, for all seasons.<br />

Two worth pointing<br />

out for Winter 2019 are<br />

Ripcurl and Electric. With<br />

a significant piece of the<br />

sunglass marketplace,<br />

Electric has proven itself<br />

to have both style and<br />

comfort in a technically<br />

appropriate range of eyewear. This has extended into<br />

Snow Googles, where the EG3 and Kleveland pro-models<br />

are faultless. Along with Electric goggles, NZSHRED roadtested<br />

the Ripcurl Pro-Gum Outerwear series in Japan this<br />

year. Combining 4-way stretch and 37.5 moisture wicking<br />

technology, this Outerwear at 30K/40K is the ultimate in<br />

tech and performance.<br />

3. get to it, making plans …<br />

Always the best thing to get you through some hard times,<br />

is the chance to dream and focus on something ‘coming<br />

up’. Whether it be, a mid-winter trip to Queenstown for<br />

your boarding fix or the ultimate in snow experiences of<br />

a once-in-a-lifetime trip to that powder-mecca of Japan<br />

… having an embryo idea, developing it with thoughts of<br />

time spent with friends, and feeding it with where to head<br />

to and what kit to take - is often enough to shake off the<br />

doldrums of those initial ‘winter blues’. Get in with your<br />

local shop. Ask Us where we go, what we do … we might<br />

just give away some secrets to stoke you out for your next<br />

experience.<br />

So … get to it and start making some plans … Winter is<br />

just around the corner! See you in Queenstown!<br />

NZ Shred<br />

nzshred.co.nz<br />


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Internationally acclaimed and award-winning<br />

photographer and former editor of New Zealand<br />

Surfing Magazine, Craig Levers, chats with us about<br />

how he first got started in surf magazines and<br />

what he’s up to nowadays.<br />

Craig’s first serious foray into photography came when<br />

he purchased an old SLR from a friend.<br />

“I had done photography through school and when I was<br />

about 21 or so I got offered a cheap SLR from an old boss I<br />

used to work for in surf shops. He was selling his old camera<br />

and back in those days, which was the late 80s, cameras were<br />

super expensive. They had heaps of import tax on them so<br />

getting that camera was such a big deal. And as soon as I got it<br />

I was just like, right, this is it, I am really into this.”<br />


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“I’m a Born and bred Auckwhacker, which is<br />

derogatory term for an Aucklander. I started surfing<br />

out at Piha when I was 12 or 13 – Piha was about 40<br />

minutes from my home along a gravel road – and pretty<br />

much since then, I was just like, I have to figure out<br />

how I’m going to end up living out here. And just over<br />

10 years after that decision, I kind of figured it out.”<br />

“Interestingly, when I got into photography I very<br />

quickly realised that if you’re taking photos of<br />

surfing, you’re not surfing. And so, I didn’t want to<br />

do that. So I went more down a commercial route<br />

with my photography.”<br />

Craig wasn’t interested in fashion photography.<br />

Instead, he pursued commercial studio work. He<br />

figured this would enable him more time in the<br />

water.<br />

In his spare time however, Craig continued to<br />

shoot surfing. It attracted the attention of Mike<br />

Spence, the editor of New Zealand Surfing at<br />

the time who also knew Craig socially. Mike put<br />

Craig’s name forward for a gig at the magazine.<br />

“Mike was leaving the magazine and he put my<br />

name forward to be interviewed with the publisher<br />

because I was taking photos and I had had some<br />

of those published, and so he put my name<br />

forward and I turned down the interview. When I<br />

mentioned it to my dad he said, ‘what the f#ck,<br />

ring the guy back’. That’s the long story short of<br />

how I became a professional surf photographer -<br />

through kind of just knowing the right people and<br />

not necessarily or actively wanting to be a surf<br />

photographer.”<br />

Funnily enough, Craig ended up working for New<br />

Zealand Surfing for the next 15 years, moving up<br />

through the ranks to Senior Photographer, Photo<br />

Editor and ultimately Editor of the magazine.<br />

“It was amazing to be a part of it.<br />

“When I started at the surf magazine in 1993,<br />

we had a goal of doing one overseas trip a year<br />

and by the time I left the surf mag in 2008, I was<br />

doing two to three overseas trips a month. At the<br />

height of it, probably in 2006, I worked out I was<br />

probably overseas for something like 16 weeks<br />

of the year. We travelled the well beaten path of<br />

many New Zealanders: the South Pacific; Samoa,<br />

Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji and obviously Indo. I would<br />

spend at least four to six weeks in Indo.”<br />

Whilst it all sounds very sexy, there was obviously<br />

a great deal of hard work involved too. Hell, we<br />

here at <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> know it is not all waves<br />

and beers, although we have been trying our best<br />

to achieve that end.<br />

“It sounds glamorous and of course, there is no<br />

way I was not grateful for what I was able to do,<br />

but the fact is, you are carrying 30 kgs of camera<br />

gear, you are not taking a surfboard and you’re<br />

not there to go surfing. There is pressure on you,<br />

not just from your publisher, but also the surfers<br />


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that you’re with and the companies that they’re<br />

representing to come back with the goods. The first<br />

person on a surf trip that gets thrown under the bus<br />

if there is no photos or a story is the photographer.”<br />

Nonetheless Craig’s days at the magazine were<br />

what he refers to as the “Golden Years”.<br />

“I mean, it was just absolutely ridiculous. You<br />

have to remember it was such a different world.<br />

People who might be only 10 or 15 years into<br />

surfing wouldn’t realise that in the early to mid 90s<br />

and the 80s, the only source of surf stoke was<br />

printed matter. There were sporadic dvds but the<br />

background of your consumption of surf stoke was<br />

print media and that was worldwide.<br />

“Surf Mags were<br />

absolutely the<br />

dominant source of<br />

surf entertainment for<br />

decades. And that really<br />

had its pinnacle in the<br />

early 2000s where we<br />

saw the surf industry<br />

become extremely<br />

buoyant. They had a lot<br />

of money and they had<br />

to spend that money.<br />

They were going,<br />

‘wow, we’ve got all this<br />

money to spend on<br />

marketing. Let’s send<br />

photographers and our<br />

team to Teahupoo, all<br />

expenses paid.’ It was<br />

awesome to be a part<br />

of it. At the same time, I don’t think we thought the<br />

bubble was going to burst, but there was definitely<br />

discussions in the publisher’s office that the internet<br />

was definitely going to affect us.”<br />

Craig was also very candid with his views on<br />

<strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> when we first arrived on the scene<br />

in 2010 and our whole ‘surf is free’ approach.<br />

“I think to be very honest, when I first saw<br />

<strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> it rattled me. Because all the<br />

work that we put in, I was going, well, it’s worth<br />

something. And here’s something that’s come<br />

along and they’re saying, well, the old school way<br />

of thinking and what we’re doing isn’t worth the<br />

cover price. However, that said, at the very same<br />

“I reckon Terry Fitzgerald<br />

summed it up years ago pretty<br />

accurately when he wrote a<br />

piece called Postcards from the<br />

Edge, which was about New<br />

Zealand. We have got incredible<br />

waves here, there’s no doubt<br />

about it. You just have to be<br />

Johnny on the Spot, which<br />

is so f#cking hard, given that<br />

weather systems move over<br />

New Zealand so quickly.”<br />

time that I could easily fall into that old school way<br />

of thinking, I was also producing a surf magazine<br />

called O9, which is the area code for Auckland.<br />

And that was a freebie that went into all the surf<br />

shops in the greater Auckland area and that was<br />

performing super, super well.”<br />

As I discussed with Craig, it wasn’t that we didn’t<br />

think the crop of magazines weren’t worth their<br />

cover price. After all, the team at <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong><br />

had come from a paid media background. We had<br />

simply seen the writing on the wall. We felt paid<br />

media was dead. The internet had taught everyone<br />

that if you can get all this content and information<br />

for free, why should you pay for it? It forced us to<br />

come up with a different<br />

approach and as they say,<br />

the rest is history.<br />

“You guys have been<br />

around for so long now that<br />

you’ve proven it. Another<br />

thing which I really like<br />

about <strong>Smorgasboarder</strong>, and<br />

especially the way you guys<br />

started, was that you very<br />

much started with the grass<br />

roots of the surf community.<br />

It’s easy to lose sight of<br />

who your reader is but you<br />

guys haven’t.”<br />

New Zealand Surfing’s<br />

approach was similar.<br />

Overseas trips aside, the<br />

magazine was very much<br />

aware of the appeal of their<br />

own local breaks and thus the remaining time was<br />

spent on numerous road trips along both the North<br />

and South island.<br />

“We knew our niche was reporting on and reflecting<br />

the New Zealand surf community and doing road<br />

trips is a huge thing here, more so than it is in<br />

Australia I believe. So as much as I was doing a<br />

lot of international travel, being on the road in New<br />

Zealand was my primary thing.<br />


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When pressed for his favourite surf spots on the<br />

North and South Island, Craig was pretty coy. In<br />

fact, if I recall correctly his reply was, “Yep, that’s<br />

them”. Thankfully he shared a little more with us<br />

citing the reason why he calls Piha home.<br />

“Home is where the heart is. The main appeal is<br />

its consistency. There is always surf and on its<br />

day it can be world class.”<br />

Craig also mentioned his love of the far north.<br />

“I definitely feel very much at home in the far<br />

north, that’s both coasts. I just love the adventure<br />

of being up there. And the fact that on that skinny<br />

top peninsula, there are spots where you can see<br />

both surf coasts.<br />

“You can go up for a west coast swell and check<br />

out the east coast at the same time and its 4 foot.<br />

So that’s pretty unique and you get to go fourwheel<br />

driving and do all that stuff.”<br />


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Home is where<br />

the heart is.<br />

The main<br />

appeal is its<br />

consistency.<br />

There is always<br />

surf and on its<br />

day it can be<br />

world class.<br />

I was equally keen to hear Craig’s perspective on my favourite subject<br />

– sharks. I asked him whether there were any places in particular that<br />

scared the crap out of him, hoping he would share a Noah story or<br />

two.<br />

“Yeah there is because one of my biggest passions still is taking water<br />

photos and I don’t really like going out in small stuff. I don’t think it<br />

looks good in photos when it’s a thin lip. I reckon the better photos are<br />

where you can see volume in the lip. And that’s definitely not saying I<br />

am doing what Russell Ord does. But we have a few slabs.<br />

“Swimming around the South Island, so many of the surf breaks are<br />

around seal colonies. That really f#cking shits me. I hate it. I just hate<br />

it. Cause even earlier on in my career, we went down to a place called<br />

White Rock, which is down in the Wairarapa and there used to be a<br />

dear stalkers hut in front of this amazing right hander. And so you’d<br />

4WD your way in and you’d stay in the deer stalkers hut and you’d<br />

wake up every morning and there would be six foot lines peeling down<br />

this right hand rocky point. We would do an annual surf trip there every<br />

year with the surf mag. Anyhow, there is bull kelp everywhere. So<br />

every time it hits your flippers you’re thinking ah f#ck, f*ck, what was<br />

that? It’s easy to get spooked out there.”<br />


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Mungamaunu as featured in South Seas Revised Edition. Photo: Brodie Jackich.<br />

On the particular day in question,<br />

Craig recalled an awefully strong<br />

smell of decay permeating the<br />

air. When they headed back in<br />

from their third surf, after Craig<br />

had used up his third roll of film<br />

taking water shots, they went in<br />

search of where and from what<br />

the smell was emanating.<br />

“We walked down to the inside<br />

of the point and there is a fourfoot<br />

carcass of a seal with the<br />

most perfect bite mark taken out<br />

of the area between its tail and<br />

stomach. And the boys are like,<br />

‘Oh ok. So Craig, are you going<br />

to keep on swimming?’ and I<br />

was ohh, I might start using the<br />

600ml (zoom lens).”<br />

It is stories like this that confirm<br />

in my mind that people who take<br />

water shots in places like these,<br />

regardless of their sex, must<br />

have balls the size of elephants.<br />

“So really what I’m saying is that<br />

I drop nuts. I don’t like doing it<br />

but there are photographers,<br />

and absolute kudos to them, the<br />

guys in the South Island who do<br />

give it a thought, but they still<br />

do it. They will go out into a seal<br />

colony and out at these slabs<br />

that have seals up on the rocks<br />

and shoot that stuff. It is cold<br />

and gnarly and a front will come<br />

through and they are doing that<br />

stuff. I just don’t want to do it.”<br />

With that said, I was keen to<br />

hear if Craig had ever faced a<br />

situation where he wasn’t keen<br />

to get in the water but pressure<br />

was on him to do so.<br />

“Not really. I have been involved<br />

in those conversations. If there<br />

has been a team manager who’s<br />

come along on a surf trip and<br />

gone, ‘hey look, we really want<br />

you to swim out there’ and I’m<br />

“The Catlins is an<br />

amazing surf zone,<br />

as is all of Otago,<br />

but the fact remains<br />

there is a shark<br />

down there called<br />

KZ 7. And the<br />

reason it is called<br />

that is because that<br />

is how big it is.”<br />

{<br />

12-metre New Zealand maxi KZ 7<br />

otherwise known as ‘Kiwi Magic’<br />

competed in the 1987 America’s<br />

Cup Challenger Series. Reportedly,<br />

KZ 7, the shark, also has a smaller<br />

companion that follows him around<br />

called Dinghy. Nice. Who’s up for a<br />

surf in Otago?<br />


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going, well dude, I’ll tell you what, I’ll set up the<br />

water housing, here’s my flippers. You have the<br />

same shoe size as me, you f#cking go out there.<br />

“To be fair all of the team managers that I have<br />

dealt with over years have been very good<br />

mates. And most of the time they’re going, ‘f#ck I<br />

wouldn’t have gone out there. I can’t believe you<br />

did’.”<br />

Getting back to the main story, my shark<br />

obsession aside, Craig shared with me the<br />

reason why he started Photo CPL Media.<br />

“The new publisher (of New Zealand Surfing) and<br />

I were butting heads on a range of things.”<br />

The fact he wasn’t seeing eye to eye with the<br />

new publisher coupled with the realisation he<br />

was now a 40 something year-old guy going on<br />

surf trips with young 20 year old surfers, often<br />

falling into the role of “Camp mother”, prompted<br />

his move. Craig also realised he had lost contact<br />

to a degree with family and friends. A new<br />

chapter in his career ensued.<br />

“When I left the magazine in 2008 it was very<br />

weird, but part of my exit was that I retained<br />

copyright of my images.<br />

“I knew I wanted to produce a hard copy book of<br />

my 20 years of taking photos and I felt if I didn’t<br />

do it real fast, it would be consistently put on the<br />

backburner. So as soon as I left the magazine,<br />

I just went straight into producing the first hard<br />

cover book.<br />

“The idea of that book was not necessarily to be<br />

a launching pad to start a publishing company,<br />

but more to just get this bloody book out and see<br />

what happens after that.”<br />

It did become a launch pad however for what is<br />

today Photo CPL Media and to date six coffee<br />

table books have been published. After the<br />

success of his first book, two books on New<br />

Zealand’s fabulous beaches followed.<br />

“Those two books (Beached As) was my foray<br />

into sort of mainstream and not really putting<br />

much value on surfing. But it came to the stage<br />

where, because I was using my graphic designer<br />

that I used to work with at New Zealand Surfing<br />

magazine, both of us simultaneously came up<br />

with the idea of doing the South Seas book.”<br />


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It is here that I will make the point about what<br />

appeals to me so much about South Seas.<br />

Whilst surf photography often focuses on the<br />

surfer on the wave, the photos that have been<br />

compiled for South Seas encapsulate the spirit<br />

of surfing – not only the rider on the wave but<br />

the surrounds – the environment in which they<br />

are surfing in all its splendour. In a sense, it<br />

allows the reader to experience what that very<br />

surfer is experiencing. It truly is special.<br />

With the success of his first three books behind<br />

him, Craig set out to make a book he wanted<br />

to, not constrained by<br />

the usual publishing<br />

formulas.<br />

“We just went, let’s get the best photos off the<br />

best guys and actively chase those photos. And<br />

lets talk to the guys that started surfing in New<br />

Zealand. And within reason, it doesn’t matter<br />

what the printing cost is, let’s make the book<br />

that we want on our coffee table.”<br />

Craig’s also published a book for the South Island’s<br />

most prolific surf photographer, Warren Hawke,<br />

entitled NZ Surf Captured by a Surf Lens. From<br />

surfing at New Brighton beach in 1966, to shooting<br />

off the back of a jet ski in 2014, the bio beautifully<br />

depicts Warren’s coming of age along with a<br />

whole heap of humorous stories and experiences<br />

shooting many different places and surfers.<br />

“I mean, one of the first posters on my wall when<br />

I was 14 was a Warren Hawke dawn shot of<br />

Mangamaunu. It made me want to go and surf<br />

Mangamaunu. He’s pushed out an incredible<br />

amount of work since the late 60s and to publish<br />

his work was incredible.”<br />

In total, Photo CPL Media has published six hard<br />

covers since 2008 along with Notecards, Postcards<br />

and Print Sets to compliment them.<br />

Craig is no doubt pursuing his passion and having<br />

a lot of fun doing so but it has not come without a<br />

hell of a lot of hard work. As they say, ‘the harder<br />

you work, the luckier you get’.<br />


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If you have enjoyed my chat with Craig Levers,<br />

there is a heap more to it. Simply tune into our<br />

<strong>Smorgasboarder</strong> Podcast for the full interview.<br />

smorgasboarder.com.au/podcast<br />

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surfing italy<br />

words and photos: alex benaud<br />

Italy… Pizza, pasta, wine, sunsets over vineyards, beautiful women, old castles, famous monuments,<br />

surf… Perhaps the last one doesn’t usually come in to mind when you are thinking one of the most<br />

historically rich countries on our planet. But surf exists in Italy and I was there to find it.<br />

I wound up there last winter and I was determined to get my surf fix.<br />

onshore wind slop, but who can say no to an empty line-up?<br />


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I’d often just suit up and hope for the best. 5 mil wetsuit with booties. Almost enough.<br />

30 knot onshore winds, sleepy beaches waiting for<br />

the long, cold winter to pass before being engulfed<br />

by tourists from all over the globe, and water that<br />

hovers below 10 degrees thanks to the rivers that<br />

flow with melted ice from the mountains directly<br />

into the sea, Italy doesn’t seem all too appealing<br />

for a surf destination I know, but I was desperate<br />

and needed an excuse to get wet. Even if it meant<br />

bracing the harsh winter conditions for one to two<br />

foot wind generated waves.<br />

Italy pumps, you just have to be on the right side<br />

of the country and have a little bit of luck. I was<br />

unfortunately on the wrong side, the Adriatic<br />

Sea side and thus was forced to rely on the cold<br />

southeast winds to whip something up. Even<br />

though it could never compare to the waves we get<br />

back here in Australia, I still enjoyed it just as much.<br />

Just the thought of surfing in a place where no-one<br />

would even think of surfing added to its appeal.<br />

It’s strange to think I would never paddle out in<br />

such conditions if I were at home in Australia, but<br />

here it was almost a way of making me feel closer<br />

to home. I’d usually grovel for around 30 to 40<br />

minutes until I could no longer feel my feet through<br />

my booties and the wind was too uncomfortable<br />

to stand. I guess it shows us that no matter where<br />

you are in the world, surfing gives us all a similar<br />

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mark ranucci with founding partners andrew ranucci and mike beckerleg<br />

collective consciousness<br />

words: dave swan<br />

Surf Collective was essentially born of a desire to<br />

help support and protect Australia’s grassroots<br />

surfing culture. In the space of just two short<br />

years it has become a united front for over 70<br />

independent Aussie surf businesses. It is a<br />

remarkable feat.<br />

Realising how much the surf industry had changed<br />

since his childhood in the 70’s with it now<br />

dominated by multi-nationals and their massproduced<br />

products, Mark Ranucci, who is one of<br />

the founders of the Surf Collective, connected with<br />

a number of independent Aussie surf brands. The<br />

idea was to provide them with a greater voice by<br />

bringing them together via an online platform. Each<br />

of the brands has their own unique story and are<br />

not found in mainstream surf retail stores.<br />

I recently spoke with Mark about what it means<br />

to be a part of the collective and how they have<br />

managed to attract so many purveyors of our<br />

surf culture spanning some 38 categories from<br />

bespoke surf apparel manufacturers to artists,<br />

photographers, surf accessories, skateboards,<br />

wetsuits, handplanes… indeed all manner of surf<br />

related products.<br />

“Having been a surfer for a while, you go to surf<br />

shops and you see that except for a few, they<br />

are largely selling all the same stuff. I love surfing<br />

and the culture it represents but due to the rise of<br />

multinational corporations I felt a small part of its<br />

charm was slipping away. I became disillusioned<br />

with the fact surfing culture was becoming big<br />

business. It is so out-of-step with our authentic<br />

Australian surf culture that supported individuality.<br />

But when you go digging, there’s a whole lot of<br />

people doing a whole bunch of interesting stuff.<br />

And I think the world is changing, in that people<br />

are going to farmers’ markets to buy their food,<br />

wanting to know where the produce is from. So<br />

we thought, why can’t we do that with the surf<br />

industry? Provide surfers with an alternative. But<br />

rather than forcing them to go looking for these<br />

brands, let’s put them all in the one spot.”<br />

The premise behind their approach was that all<br />

within the collective could benefit from each other.<br />


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“Someone trying to plug organic surf wax online is<br />

going to have a hard time doing that, people don’t<br />

really shop that way. People will go looking for some<br />

boardies or a t-shirt and perhaps grab some wax<br />

on the way out. So, our idea was to put everyone<br />

together on an online store. We started off with a<br />

couple dozen brands and we have over 70 on there<br />

now across some 40 categories.<br />

“We write up a story on each business because we<br />

feel that is what people want - to be able to make<br />

that connection with the brands they support. It’s<br />

been really nice from my point of view, dealing with<br />

a whole bunch of small businesses that are really<br />

passionate about what they do and enjoy what they<br />

do.”<br />

To date the venture has proven a success for all<br />

involved with Surf Collective selling quite a bit of<br />

gear, not only here in Australia but overseas as well.<br />

“I think the Australian surf culture is aspirational to<br />

someone sitting in an office in London, Spain or<br />

the US. Probably a quarter of our stuff gets sold<br />

overseas at the moment. So in turn we are helping<br />

these brands to become known beyond just their<br />

immediate market at home.”<br />

“It allows people to see what we are about, touch<br />

and feel the gear, it also provides us with another<br />

sales channel. It has also contributed greatly to<br />

coffee sales and given the café a point of difference<br />

to others in the area and provided another income<br />

stream. It has worked really well and it is something<br />

we would like to do again if we find the right café.<br />

“I think it is something we will see a lot more of.<br />

Bricks and mortar (retail shops) have to change with<br />

the times. You have to be doing something a bit<br />

different to force people off the couch to come into<br />

your shop nowadays.”<br />

Aside from a different approach to retail, there is<br />

also an ethical consciousness to Surf Collective’s<br />

endeavour.<br />

“Hopefully we’re helping a few people along the<br />

way and helping customers to find something<br />

different and feel good about supporting small<br />

businesses.<br />

“I think the next generation are a lot more in tune<br />

with their place in the world and how they can have<br />

a positive impact.”<br />

surfcollective.com.au<br />

Interestingly, the Surf Collective embarked on a<br />

collaboration with a local café in Avalon called The<br />

Sneaky Grind to establish a physical presence for<br />

the entity as well. It’s proven a success with Mark<br />

looking to partner with others in similar ventures<br />

along our coastline.<br />


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photo: somewhere on their north western road trip<br />


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pistols in the desert<br />

words: alex benaud photos: jack o’grady photography<br />

It would be interesting to see whether we would<br />

change our minds about buying a certain surf<br />

product if we really knew the person who created<br />

it. It’s something we never really think about, we<br />

usually look at the price, the colour and if that’s good<br />

enough, we buy it. But if we actually got to know<br />

some of the people behind these products, I’m sure<br />

it would influence our buying behaviour.<br />

I recently sat down with the humble, passionate<br />

and well spoken Nick Muntz, the young man behind<br />

Western Australia’s Pistol Surf Co. to talk about<br />

the brand, what it’s like to be involved in the ever<br />

growing surfing industry of today and their recent<br />

trip to the north west Coast of Australia.<br />

Originally a team rider for Pistol Surf Co, Nick took<br />

over the brand a few years a go after finishing his<br />

business degree at university, and has since worked<br />

hard to expand beyond West Oz.<br />

“It started off as kind of a hobby but now I’m doing<br />

everything I can to make it into a career. It was<br />

basically just a couple of tail-pads and that was it.<br />

Now there’s tail pads, front pads, leg ropes, stretch<br />

socks and wetties. I’ve also got some exciting new<br />

products on the way, such as travel and accessory<br />

bags, tie downs and a bit of everything.”<br />

With it seemingly becoming more difficult to<br />

differentiate the various brands within the surfing<br />

industry today, an admirable belief that Nick stands<br />

by is having the Pistol Surf Co. name represented<br />

in a way that represents his own values and<br />

personality.<br />

“Obviously I’m interested in people that surf well,<br />

but I think it’s also important that they are outgoing,<br />

super positive and offer a lot of charisma. You don’t<br />

have to be the best surfer to be sponsored by Pistol,<br />

but my team riders defiantly bring something a little<br />

unique to the brand which is important.”<br />


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Last year Nick and the Pistol team made the trip up the<br />

north western Coast of Australia to enjoy 37 days of life in<br />

the desert. With no internet, phone reception or civilisation<br />

many hours drive away, they got to immerse themselves<br />

in desert life. It’s no wonder they came away with such<br />

incredible footage of world class waves resulting in the<br />

creation of the film ‘Desert Blue’.<br />

“Well I can tell you we all got desert fever by the end of it,<br />

well and truly. It was epic, up north is such a remote place,<br />

we were hours away from civilisation and we kind of just<br />

lived day by day. When you wake up you just want to<br />

spend the day surfing, fishing, diving or even just drinking<br />

beers and hanging out.<br />

“The trip sort of really summarises what Pistol is about.<br />

Hanging out with mates, surfing, fishing and living in the<br />

now, all while having a good time.”<br />

Surfing, beers and tubes aside, Nick knows what it takes<br />

to make a brand successful…<br />

“You have just got to keep on pushing and trying your<br />

hardest because nothing ever happens over night. You<br />

have to maintain that drive to one day have your brand<br />

where you want it to be. For example in 5 years time<br />

I know where I want Pistol to be and I’m going to do<br />

everything I can to get it there.”<br />

nick with a board displaying his Pistol traction<br />

In today’s world, brands rely heavily on social media<br />

platforms to market themselves and sell products. The<br />

personality, trust and clarity of who you’re really buying<br />

from can be lost somewhere along the way, which is why<br />

it’s important to understand not only from where, but who<br />

your product is coming from. Just hope that it’s someone<br />

as personable and passionate as Nick Muntz.<br />

“I think social media is super important but getting<br />

out there physically and just socialising is a<br />

really good way to increase your brands<br />

exposure. Word of mouth, I still personally<br />

think it’s the most powerful marketing and<br />

advertising you can do.”<br />

Wise words…<br />

For the bigger, longer conversation, listen at<br />

smorgasboarder.com.au/podcast<br />

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rack ‘em up<br />

words: dave swan<br />

It has often been said that surfboards are functional works of art.<br />

You can admire them and you can ride them. You have possibly<br />

even used that line when explaining to your better half why you<br />

have so many surfboards. “They are not only beautiful to look<br />

at, I ride them all!” I have used that excuse nonetheless but with<br />

what degree of success is certainly debatable.<br />

The point being is, if you are going to refer to your babies as<br />

works of art, you might as well display them right. In this special<br />

feature we look at a number of the top surfboard display and<br />

storage racks available on the market today from vertical racks<br />

to horizontal racks, wall mounted racks, ceiling racks and even<br />

invisible racks.<br />

Let’s face it, displaying your prized possessions in the best<br />

possible fashion adds to the appeal of your home (I have also<br />

tried this one). It also provides you with a constant reminder to<br />

go out and get wet. Furthermore, storage wise, poorly stored<br />

boards result in lots of extra visits to your local ding repairer so<br />

invest that cash in a cracking set of racks instead.<br />

photo: endless inspiration from shepp solutions.<br />

more on them on page 41<br />


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ghost racks<br />

surf n’ rak<br />

cactus racks<br />

boat channel boardracks

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boat channel boardracks<br />

Boat Channel Boardracks offers custom handmade<br />

timber rack systems for display and storage of your<br />

boards. Completely freestanding racks as well as<br />

ceiling or wall mounted racks are also available.<br />

Using the timber you specify, you can choose from<br />

some of their popular designs or work together<br />

with them to get the perfect rack to fit your board<br />

collection and storage location. Boat Channel rack<br />

systems range from displaying vintage collectable<br />

surfboards in designer homes to cleaning up that<br />

beachside garage that has 40+ boards in it; they can<br />

offer a rack to solve your storage and display needs.<br />

All racks are built with exterior glues and galvanized<br />

screws, ensuring your rack has a long life. Exterior<br />

grade timbers are also available for racks that need<br />

to live in the elements. Best of all, Boat Channel<br />

Boardracks offer a trade-in guarantee, meaning that<br />

if you outgrow your rack or move to a new home<br />

and need a different rack, you can trade your old<br />

rack in towards a new one.<br />

Based in Lennox Head, Boat Channel Boardracks<br />

manufacture and ship their rack systems all over<br />

Australia.<br />

Give them a call to discuss what solution might be<br />

the best for you, or browse and order online on their<br />

website.<br />

boatchannelboardracks.com.au<br />


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shepp solutions<br />

gnarwall multi board rack<br />


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shepp solutions<br />

Remember your first board?<br />

What about your favourite whip?<br />

There’s something special<br />

about every single board you<br />

buy. Something that sticks out,<br />

something that makes you smile;<br />

like that perfect barrel you shot<br />

out of on your last surf trip,<br />

something that you don’t ever<br />

want to forget. “At SHEPPS we<br />

know how you feel about your<br />

boards because we feel the<br />

same way. That’s why<br />

we developed the<br />

Gnarwall System.<br />

The only truly<br />

hidden surfboard<br />

hanging system<br />

that puts your<br />

board front and<br />

centre. With<br />

our laser cut fin<br />

box hangers and simple wall<br />

mounted hook, your board goes<br />

from driftwood to artwork in<br />

seconds! Got more than one<br />

board in your quiver?<br />

“At our affordable price you<br />

can hang every board in your<br />

collection without breaking<br />

the bank. Ask our favourite<br />

Surfer Josh Kerr who has been<br />

showcasing Matt Parker from<br />

Album Surf’s sick sticks:”<br />

‘It’s rad!<br />

‘I’ve been getting some amazing<br />

looking boards lately and started<br />

wanting to showcase them in<br />

my house. I came across<br />

this product and I love<br />

the way it looks like the<br />

board is floating on the<br />

wall. Great design and<br />

super easy to install!’ – JK<br />

Gnarwall was designed<br />

by Great Lake Surfers on<br />

the shores of Lake Ontario,<br />

and is crafted from sustainable<br />

materials. The system is<br />

available in three colorways<br />

and works with Futures, FCS or<br />

single-fin, fin boxes.<br />

sheppsolutions.com<br />


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surf n’ rak<br />

The big deal about Surf n’ Rak storage systems is<br />

they are made of steel so they are literally as strong<br />

as… steel. There’s a reason for the saying. Simply<br />

put you never have to fear your prized possessions<br />

will come crashing down. Best of all, they have 35<br />

different styles of racks to choose from: angled<br />

raks, ceiling raks, free standing raks, wall mounted<br />

raks, bike raks, SUP raks, surfboard shaper raks…<br />

Hell, they have racks for every kind of surfboard,<br />

paddleboard, snowboard, skateboard, even kayaks<br />

you own... Surfers making raks for surfers since 1996.<br />

Features:<br />

• Aussie made<br />

• Light weight and super strong<br />

• Made from erw steel tube and tig welded<br />

• Powder coated in textured black<br />

• All contact surfaces are protected with non<br />

marking foam rubber<br />

• PVC end caps<br />

• Plugs/screws and instructions included in each kit<br />

surfnrak.com.au<br />

cactus rack<br />

Inspired by the lack of board storage options<br />

available for their small apartment, the team at<br />

Cactus set about developing a modular board<br />

storage solution that would look great in any room.<br />

After countless designs and prototypes, they finally<br />

arrived at their perfect solution. Something that is<br />

both functional and beautiful. The Cactus rack is<br />

crafted from sustainably grown bamboo, so your<br />

sleds can look sharp whilst you sit back and feel the<br />

good planetary vibes come your way.<br />

The Cactus rack can hold snowboards, kiteboards,<br />

wakeboards and all surfboard types up to 10ft in<br />

height - they capped the sizing at 10ft due to the<br />

average ceiling height of a room and the weight /<br />

size of larger boards.<br />

One of their most innovative features is its<br />

modularity; so you can pick and choose which<br />

storage size is right for you! Conveniently; this also<br />

means there is no messing around with ordering<br />

odd bits and pieces in order to have everything fit<br />

together.<br />

The innovative design also allows their product to<br />

be flat packed, which means it arrives at your door<br />

in one box and can be easily assembled using only<br />

a single Allen key. Order, receive, connect and Voila!<br />

Simple and seamless.<br />

cactusrack.com.au<br />


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riley timber racks<br />

Mark Riley of Riley Balsa Wood Surfboards<br />

crafts hand-made wooden racks to suit any<br />

of his boards from short through to long,<br />

displaying 1, 2 or even 3 boards.<br />

He also sells via his online store the innovative<br />

Pinch & Roll hanging system along with the<br />

award winning Solid Racks. Made from highly<br />

elastic, durable silicone, Pinch & Roll rolls onto<br />

the nose of you board and can be hung on the<br />

supplied wall mount.<br />

balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com<br />

ocean & earth<br />

Keep your favourite boards out of harm’s way with<br />

Ocean & Earth’s diverse range of board storage<br />

solutions. For more storage solutions see our ad on<br />

page 7 of this edition or go to<br />

oceanearthstore.com<br />

t-bar board<br />

ceiling rax<br />

fits 1-4 boards<br />

Suits all board types, easy side loading<br />

ceiling mount, 60mm protective EVA<br />

padded sleeves, heavy duty metal<br />

frame and holds boards up to 34” wide.<br />

hoist ceiling rax<br />

Fits 1-2 SUP /Longboards or 4 Surfboards. Heavy<br />

duty pulley system, adjustable height, holds up to<br />

40kgs with easy installation for garage ceilings.<br />

side loader bike rack<br />

Fits 1 board on most<br />

bikes, including mountain<br />

bikes. Attaches easily<br />

under seat post (25mm<br />

to 32mm) Anodised,<br />

rust resistant aluminium<br />

frame. Adjustable EVA<br />

padded arms - fits most<br />

board sizes up to 8’.<br />


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ghost racks<br />

Here’s a ghostly surf story: Shane Atkins and Darren<br />

Barnes share a passion that bought them together<br />

as best mates - surfing. A few years ago, Shane<br />

purchased his first vintage board - a 1980’s Mark<br />

Richards twin fin that he wanted to display on his<br />

living room wall.<br />

Shane soon realised however he had a problem.<br />

Most of the racks on the market were made<br />

from obtrusive timber, steel or aluminium that he<br />

considered big, bulky and ugly.<br />

Enter Darren – a qualified plastics fabricator. After<br />

many designs and prototypes, Darren and Shane<br />

created the perfect solution - a secure, seamless<br />

and precise rack design that is almost invisible!<br />

Their outstanding design and workmanship gave<br />

Shane’s vintage MR surfboard pride of place in his<br />

living room that even his girlfriend loved the look<br />

of. The guys shared photos of the MR display with<br />

family, friends and on social media. Then, surfers<br />

from around the world saw them and wanted their<br />

own ‘invisible racks’.<br />

One of their early customers from California said<br />

“it looks like my board is floating, like it’s held by<br />

a ghost or something”. “Ghost Racks” was born.<br />

Now, the big names such as Jamie O’Brien, Rob<br />

Machado, Mark Richards, Luis Real, Firewire,<br />

Quiksilver and Album Surf love and use Ghost Racks<br />

and now you can too.<br />

Ghost Racks models range from free-standing racks<br />

to wall-mounted horizontal or vertical racks. If you’re<br />

after something more ‘outside the box’ they can<br />

create your own custom model to suit your unique<br />

space or board design.<br />

ghostracks.com.au<br />

“For someone like me who likes<br />

to display my vintage surfboards<br />

with a clean look, Ghost Racks<br />

are really the best option. Strong,<br />

tasteful, easy to install and simply<br />

the best custom racks I have ever<br />

seen. I would recommend the use<br />

of this high end product.”<br />

Luis Real ‘North Shore Surf Shop’<br />


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custom made<br />

words: dave swan<br />

Newcastle master shaper Peter Sheely has been<br />

making surfboards for close to 50 years. Today he<br />

specialises in nothing but custom designs, all made<br />

in-house by himself, by hand, from start to finish.<br />

Pete also makes some pretty sweet looking guitars.<br />

I recently caught up with him to chat about his<br />

beloved crafts and what rocks his world.<br />

A wood machinist by trade, Pete firstgot an<br />

apprenticeship with a local Novacastrian furniture<br />

factory before he scored a job with legendary<br />

surf identity Sam Egan - from that day, his world<br />

irreversibly changed. Pete got to work alongside<br />

and learn from some of the best in the business,<br />

not just Sam but the likes of Neal Purchase Senior<br />

and Peter Cornish.<br />

“Sam knew I was a wood machinist and he initially<br />

got me to come in and cut the blanks in half. He<br />

knew they’d be straight instead of the guy at the<br />

time who was cutting them like a dog’s hind leg. I<br />

virtually started glueing up (blanks) and then Sam<br />

got me to make fins and then to finish coat and<br />

I just went right through the whole scene Dave.<br />

That’s why I now can do everything and don’t have<br />

to take anything off-site (outsource).”<br />

Pete credits Neal Purchase Senior as having a<br />

large influence on his development as a surfboard<br />

shaper. Glasser Ronnie White, who was also<br />

working with Sam at the time, was another notable<br />

influence on his board making abilities. With the<br />

surfboard industry booming during his formative<br />

years, he got plenty of opportunity to develop those<br />

skills.<br />

“I tell you now mate, Sam was making a lot of<br />

boards Dave, I mean a hell of a lot of boards.”<br />

When Bill Wallace brought out a pop-out surfboard,<br />

things stepped up a notch again. Sam (Egan)<br />

partnered with Barry Bennett opening a shop in<br />

Hunter Street within Newcastle’s CBD and with<br />

its opening, brought out his own version of the<br />

popout. Pete was given the responsibility of making<br />

them look good.<br />

“Sam said, ‘Pete you’ve got to do six pop-outs to<br />

put in the surf shop’. And I’d go, oh yeah, alright<br />

and I was left to my own devices. I just put all these<br />

whirly pigment colours on it mate. I learnt a lot<br />

just figuring it out myself. I really learnt how to use<br />

pigment and do pin lines and things like that. And<br />

then in the end, I got into trouble. Barry said, ‘Hey<br />

we can’t sell these for $200 bucks, these are worth<br />

more. They’re better than the other boards we’ve<br />

got in the shop.”<br />

After 10 years or so working for Sam, Pete went<br />

out on his own starting a surfboard factory with a<br />

little more than $400, which was just enough for a<br />

few surfboard blanks.<br />

“Yeah, I started the factory in ’79. I took over an old<br />

car yard, which was a mess. I had so many guys go<br />

through the factory through the years. I had Sam<br />

(Egan) and then I had Peter McCabe. I even had<br />

Roy Lee from Pacific Dreams in there. Ross Smith<br />

was the sprayer, Shane Partridge was sanding, I<br />

did most of the shaping, all of the glassing, and I<br />

think I did the finish coat too. And Jamie Distro was<br />

polishing and fixing things. I had the factory until<br />

2006/2008 before I began shaping from home.<br />

“Another guy who showed me a lot mate was Frank<br />

Williams. When I went into business for myself, I<br />

went down to Midget’s to get some blanks and<br />

there was a guy there called Frank Williams. Frank<br />

showed me how to put ‘Vs’ in the bottom of boards<br />

amongst other things. He taught me a real lot.”<br />

At its peak, Pete’s factory was pumping out 10-15<br />

custom shapes each and<br />

every week.<br />

“I always just made what<br />

the customer wanted. That’s<br />

me job, I’m a custom-made<br />

surfboard manufacturer.<br />


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“I have always done boards for the norm mate, the<br />

normal type of guys, the normal guys who go into<br />

surf shops and get talked into a board they bloody<br />

can’t ride. And they come and see me and I look<br />

at them and I say, do you surf, how long have you<br />

been surfing for and then we take it from there.<br />

I think that’s why they kept coming back to me<br />

mate.”<br />

With the arrival of cheap boards from overseas Pete<br />

got out of the factory and set up a small workshop<br />

in his New Lambton home. His focus on custom<br />

boards however has carried right through to this<br />

very day where he shapes all manner of boards for<br />

his loyal and growing clientele.<br />

“I just finished a 10’4” off you know. Beautiful<br />

board. And then I have been on to Surf Blanks<br />

about a kneeboard. I’ve got to make a kneeboard.<br />

And things like that don’t faze me, and I think<br />

that’s why I’ve always had an open mind towards<br />

shaping. People say, ‘why do you want to shape a<br />

kneeboard for?’ And I’d say, well, why not. What’s<br />

wrong with it?”<br />

As Pete explains, it’s the variety of boards he<br />

shapes that keeps it interesting.<br />

“Cathy (Pete’s wife) said to me the other day, ‘Are<br />

you getting sick of it?’ and I said no. I get different<br />

orders, that’s why I don’t get sick of it. I can see<br />

why people do get sick of it, if they get stuck doing<br />

500 boards exactly the same. Like these guys that<br />

do these machine boards, all they’re doing is just<br />

rubbing them back and glassing - here’s another<br />

one, here’s another one. Well you know yourself if<br />

you walk into a surf shop these days and you look<br />

along the line, the boards all look the same.”<br />

Of late Pete’s shaped quite a few 12 footers (we will<br />

get into that a little later within our special editorial<br />

focus on Gliders) along with a few mini Simmons<br />

disc style shapes.<br />

“I think the smallest one I did mate was 4’6”.<br />

Nothing of it. A big wide tail on it.”<br />

The variety of different custom shapes Pete crafts<br />

has in turn attracted a pretty diverse crew riding his<br />

boards, both in terms of age and sex.<br />

“I tell you what, I’ve got a lot of girls riding my<br />

boards now, hell of a lot mate. You know I mean up<br />

and down the coast, around here, a lot in Sydney.<br />

They’re loving them mate. One girl got a 9’6” and<br />

she goes right down to about to a 6’6” I made<br />

for her. She loves them. She goes on those Yoga<br />

retreats and they see her board, next minute one<br />

of the girls who was on the retreat is ringing me up<br />

about a board.<br />

“And that’s another thing. I think some of the<br />

manufacturers are a bit funny with girls. I’ve always<br />

made boards for girls. I also deal with a lot of<br />

parents buying boards for their kids. I suppose it<br />

is because the parents can talk to me, as can the<br />

kids. I am happy to sit down and discuss what they<br />

want.”<br />

Apart from the various types of surfboards he<br />

shapes, including some remarkable wood boards<br />

and restorations, Pete also handcrafts some<br />

beautiful guitars.<br />

“I just read an ad in the local newspaper, and I<br />

thought geez I always wanted to make one. It’s<br />

really rewarding you know, making one.<br />

“There are some similarities to shaping a board in<br />

that you’re using your hands. It’s a really hands-on<br />

thing. All my boards have always been hands-on,<br />

and guitar works, you know, you’re bending with an<br />

iron and selecting timbers. There’s no easy method.<br />

“You’re shaping the blocks of wood, you’re shaping<br />

the neck, you’ve got to put the wood through a<br />

thickener, then you’ve got to use a scraper on<br />

it to get it down to the right millimetre. Yeah, so<br />

very similar to shaping only you’re working with<br />

wood and you’ve got to be careful because you<br />

are working with very exotic wood that’s worth a<br />

fortune.”<br />

Pete has a fondness for using Rosewood in his<br />

guitars with Spruce on the deck and mahogany<br />

on the neck, if he can source it. His most recent<br />

creation was a super cool semi-acoustic jazz guitar.<br />

“It is very similar to a Gretsch. I always wanted one<br />

after I saw Neil Young and Stephen Stills playing<br />

back in the day… but I could never afford to get<br />

one because those Gretsch White Doves mate,<br />

they’re worth a fortune. This was the best way to<br />

go. It’s a little bit different but it’s good. It’s still got<br />

a good sound.”<br />

Pete’s not only made a few for himself but a couple<br />

for his daughter as well.<br />

“Yeah that was a bit of a challenge because she is<br />

left handed. It turned me upside down. I thought it<br />

would be exactly the same but it’s not you know, so<br />

I had to go and see my guitar guru Lenny, and he<br />

said you need the bridge to go the opposite way,<br />

you need this, you need strength here. I had to go<br />

back to square one. For my next guitar I wouldn’t<br />

mind attempting a cutaway acoustic.”<br />

Through the years I have not only come to know<br />

and see what a talented craftsman Pete Sheely is, I<br />

have gotten to know him as one of the most down<br />

to earth blokes I have met. He is the epitome of<br />

what our magazine is all about – grassroots surf<br />

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“Their popularity has grown somewhat in the last 5 years or<br />

so but it is still a bit of a niche which is nice. Riding them<br />

isn’t something that will appeal to everyone but most<br />

people that give it a go tend to want one pretty bad.<br />

Definitely suited to long peeling point breaks or<br />

waves that give you plenty of time. It’s 12 foot of<br />

board, nothing happens fast other than the trim.”<br />

thomas bexon<br />

surfer: thomas and arkie<br />

photo: ben osborne<br />


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g l i d e r s<br />

gliders<br />

They’re a new phenomenon.<br />

You have probably seen one out in<br />

the surf and thought what the hell<br />

is that and wondered how friggin<br />

long it is. If you’ve been grovelling<br />

to get on a weak little one-footer<br />

akin to the winter ripples we get<br />

here on the Sunshine Coast, your<br />

next thoughts are probably along<br />

the lines of, I wish I had one.<br />

But what the hell are they? Yes<br />

they’re big boards, often in the<br />

vicinity of 12 foot plus, but in a<br />

design sense, are they extra long<br />

longboards, paddleboards without<br />

a paddle, oversized guns or a<br />

subtle blend of all of these?<br />

We spoke with several shapers<br />

who have been crafting a number<br />

of these gliders for their customers<br />

to find out what aspects of design<br />

they have concentrated upon in<br />

their development.<br />


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“Pure bliss is the only other word that comes to<br />

mind to describe the feeling...”<br />

surfer: matt williams<br />

photo: @white_collective<br />

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thomas<br />

Thomas Bexon of Thomas Surfboards was first<br />

inspired to develop his glider, aptly named The Postie,<br />

after local postman and unofficial mayor of Noosa,<br />

Peter Biden. “Biddo has been sitting wide and picking<br />

off sets on his glider at National Park since long<br />

before I started surfing. I love his approach.<br />

“The Postie is the ultimate trim machine. It’s inspired<br />

by and designed for glide. The Postie works from<br />

knee high to double over head, and it’s great for small<br />

day tandem sessions with the babe, or whoever. Soft<br />

roll through the nose entry moves to a flat-ish mid<br />

section, with a really soft panel V in the tail.”<br />

It’s all executed over 12 foot plus of rail with the<br />

utmost subtlety. A 10 inch version of a mid ‘60s<br />

Greenough 4A / Hayden involvement era fin offers<br />

the perfect amount of drive and stability. Rocker is<br />

smooth and consistent over the entire length of the<br />

board with just the right amount to offer a nice mix<br />

of glide, turn-ability and nose riding capability. I’m<br />

in love.<br />

thomassurfboards.com<br />


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factory<br />

Matt Williams of The Factory Surfboards in Moffat<br />

Beach is quite accustomed to shaping boards<br />

of this size. After all he was apprentice to world<br />

renowned shaper and big board advocate Tom<br />

Wegener for many years before going out on his<br />

own.<br />

“Working with Tom Wegener all those years back,<br />

funnily enough, 12 footers were mid-size boards.<br />

“I really like to focus on the turning aspect of 12<br />

footers as everyone appears to just make gliders to<br />

go straight. There is nothing better then a pocket<br />

turn on 12 feet of foam.”<br />

Matt achieves this feat through the design features<br />

he’s incorporated into his gliders.<br />

“My 12’s don’t have an edge but more of a 30/70<br />

up rail through the tail. Having a board that size<br />

doesn’t need drive I feel. Also, I feel an edge will<br />

track up the wave sometimes when you don’t want<br />

it to. A flatish rocker through the nose and actually<br />

more lift in the tail like a noserider helps it not to<br />

pearl the big girls and fit in the pocket a little better.<br />

They do nose ride but it’s not what they are made<br />

for. Pure bliss is the only other word that comes to<br />

mind to describe the feeling, especially in winter!”<br />

The trimmings on this one, such as the intricate fin,<br />

nose and tail blocks is no doubt a nod to the skills<br />

Matt honed working with Tom Wegener.<br />

thefactorysurfboards<br />


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sheely<br />

l i d e r s<br />

Peter Sheely from Newcastle is another shaper<br />

who has been shaping a number of these boards<br />

of late. Whilst Pete admitted it was initially a bit of<br />

trial and error, as is the case with virtually every<br />

new surfboard design, he eventually dialled it<br />

into a subtle blend of his favourite mal and gun<br />

templates. Pete shared with me how they perform<br />

based on a recent trip to Scotts Head.<br />

“I couldn’t believe it mate. It was only about a foot<br />

and I’m sitting out there with this other guy on a<br />

clubbie paddle board and I just kept getting wave<br />

after wave whilst he was left watching. He said,<br />

‘mate, how big’s that board?’ And I said it’s over<br />

12 foot. He’s going, ‘geez, I can’t pick them up on<br />

a paddle board and here you are catching them<br />

all and the next minute I see you right down the<br />

end.’ Yeah Dave, they go really good.”<br />

I was in no doubt as to the ability of these boards<br />

to trim but was equally keen to hear how they<br />

handle.<br />

“Turns good Dave. You’ve got to be right on the<br />

back. I have also been down the South Coast<br />

(NSW) with it. I had some beautiful waves at<br />

Bennelong off the boat ramp. I was going right<br />

across the boat ramp over to the other little point<br />

there. Once you’ve got a rolling wave mate, they<br />

fly, and when you get into the wall of the wave,<br />

you’re going so fast they are just incredible. But<br />

they’re no good on a shore break. They’re not for<br />

shore breaks.”<br />

As for the work entailed in crafting one of these<br />

big buggers, Pete informed me there is a lot of<br />

board to shape and then you have to deal with<br />

fitting them into a shaping bay… or not.<br />

“I’m out on the road shaping them. I have to get<br />

my mate Larry out with the Stop and Go sign out<br />

in the street, they’re that long.”<br />

sheelysurfboards.com<br />


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riley<br />

Mark Riley of Riley Balsa Wood Surfboards has<br />

made quite a few big gun balsa blanks for a number<br />

of shapers around the world, and shaped a few of<br />

his own guns too, along with some huge cruisers.<br />

“The beauty of balsa is its buoyancy and strength.<br />

It doesn’t matter what length the board is, the<br />

boards float and glide and they are incredibly<br />

strong, which can be an issue when you start<br />

getting up over 10 foot plus. You don’t want the<br />

boards snapping.<br />

“I can obviously make these boards of solid balsa,<br />

as in our solid balsa Hawaiian guns, which come<br />

with a triple cedar stringer and a glassed on single<br />

fin, or as a glider or cruiser, with our high strength<br />

balsa skin wrapped around a recycled EPS foam<br />

core – incredibly strong, yet light and environmentally<br />

friendly. And they make great wall hangers.”<br />

balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com<br />

rabbidge<br />

Another bloke who lives down Bennelong way and<br />

has also been making a few of these boards is<br />

the one and only Mark Rabbidge. Mark set about<br />

making this 13 foot monster by grabbing two 9’8”<br />

blanks, cut the tails off each, glued them together<br />

to get the right deck rocker and then started shaping.<br />

As for how it goes, Mark’s reply was classic<br />

Rabbidge, “F*cking unreal. I can’t throw it around<br />

like I used to so now I just glide. I am trimming and<br />

positioning and gliding. It’s unreal.”<br />

Discussing this design, Mark recalled a surf he had<br />

with a legendary crew back in the mid 80s.<br />

“We were over in the States for a few contests –<br />

me, Nat (Young), Donald Takayama, Skip Frye and<br />

Joel Tudor, when he was just a kid. We were down<br />

at Old Man’s in San Onofre (southern California).”<br />

They hit the waves straight away but Skip’s wife<br />

informed the gathering he would join them at 10<br />

minutes to 11 when the conditions were just right.<br />

“Right on 10 to 11 Skipper comes down to the<br />

beach with his 12 footer, paddles out right past all<br />

of us, spins and smokes this thing f#cking straight<br />

past all of us. I never forgot that. So, when I started<br />

making my gliders, I remember that all the time.<br />

Skip was right on it. He wasn’t jumping all over<br />

the place, just trimming and gliding....speed. At 70<br />

years of age, I get it. That to me is still killer.”<br />

Mark Rabbidge Surf Design<br />


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big sun<br />

Ryan Glover of Big Sun in Mt Maunganui, New<br />

Zealand is another shaper producing some rad<br />

shapes including some super slick glide machines.<br />

Drawing inspiration from multiple surfing epochs, Big<br />

Sun celebrates the wider surfing experience with all boards<br />

locally made with a quality, refinement and finish second to none.<br />

Their range of logs and gliders are designed to achieve perfect<br />

trim – “drop low and you will feel it take off across even the flattest<br />

section.” These boards can be custom made to suit personal<br />

preference from pin to square tail, fin box or glass in fin, specialised<br />

tints and even single, double or triple cedar stringers.<br />

bigsun.nz<br />

g l i d e r s<br />

photo: guy thompson @soggytoesmagazine<br />


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SUPcentre<br />

The arrival of gliders has seen many become<br />

converts. As the SUPcentre in Auckland has grown<br />

and matured, the knowledge and curiosity of their<br />

team has also grown leading them to explore<br />

various ways to enjoy riding waves of varying size<br />

and shape.<br />

SUPcentre manager Jeremy Collins had this to<br />

say about his love for these boards, “This summer<br />

our Board Meetings not only included stand up<br />

paddle boards but also a mixture of longboards<br />

and gliders. We found they all have one thing in<br />

common, the beautiful sensation of the glide - the<br />

amazing feeling of gliding smoothly and effortlessly<br />

across a wave. It led us to think it would be a<br />

logical progression to integrate stand up paddle<br />

boards, longboards and gliders under one roof.”<br />

Considering expanding your wave riding quiver?<br />

Why not consider a glider? To make the experience<br />

even more special, include the knowledge and skill<br />

of a local shaper, the one person that can link your<br />

ability and the waves at your favourite local break.<br />

It will be a life changing journey.<br />

supcentre.co.nz<br />

Finding the perfect glider however is a journey that<br />

you best embark on with some sound advice.<br />

“It is hence why we have teamed up with two<br />

skilled local kiwi shapers to help guide our<br />

customers: firstly, Steve Morris from Morris<br />

Surfboards based just north of Auckland. Steve’s<br />

knowledge of longboards and gliders has been well<br />

honed through a number of years in the shaping<br />

bay. His quiet, unassuming manner hides a shaper<br />

who has a depth of knowledge second to none. The<br />

second is an up and upcoming shaper from Mount<br />

Maunganui, Whare Heke. He’s the Man behind ALT<br />

Surf. Talented in working with various mediums,<br />

Whare started his career as a full-time carver.<br />

Moving to foam in recent years he has developed<br />

a dedicated following of wave riders around the<br />

Mount Maunganui region. His dedication to the<br />

craft is inspiring.”<br />


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Custom shortboards,<br />

hybrid & fishes,<br />

Mals & Logs.<br />

Full repair service.<br />

9’4” nose rider log 23” x 2 3/4”<br />

Smooth easy turning stable nose rider<br />


M: 0417 912 207<br />

E: stevedelrosso@yahoo.com.au<br />

Insta: @cwsurfboards<br />





Factory 3/6 Kerta Rd,<br />

Kincumber NSW 2251<br />

M: 0415 577 085<br />

7’2” step up on<br />

its way to Bali for<br />

the Qantas pilots<br />

to play with on<br />

their stopovers.<br />

Hard life for<br />

some!!<br />

7’2” x 21 ¼” x 2 ½”<br />

Single Fin<br />


Units 7 & 8, 9 Chapman Road, Hackham, SA<br />

E: leightonclark01@yahoo.com.au<br />

M: 0422 443 789<br />

HARVEST &<br />



2/24 Christine Ave, Miami<br />

P: (07) 5576 5914<br />

E: hello@harvestsurfboards.com<br />



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Performer Model<br />

9’2” x 23” x 3” Glassed in 7.5oz<br />

Volan with cut laps<br />

Killa Fish<br />

5’10” x 21” x 2 3 / 4” Glassed in<br />

Red resin tint with black rails,<br />

channel bottom twin fin<br />


Barwon Heads, Victoria<br />

M: 0438 800 539<br />

E: nmcsurf@bigpond.com<br />

Different strokes for different folks.<br />

I make surfboards specifically tailored to the rider not<br />

carbon copy cut-outs. Talk to me about your next custom.<br />

Shortboards through to longboards and everything in between.<br />


P: 02 4456 4038<br />

M: 0427 767 176<br />

E: markrab88@gmail.com<br />

Flat Deck Gypsy Inbread<br />

5’5” x 19 1 / 2” x 2 3 / 4” 33 litres<br />

Swallow tail with 5 fin FCS2 for thruster or quad options.<br />

Inspired by a combination of retro aesthetics and modern<br />

performance designs to create the ultimate fun board for waves<br />

ranging from 1-5ft.<br />


4/34 Sunrise Crescent<br />

Lennox Head NSW<br />

P: 0439 063 811<br />

E: travisbristow@hotmail.com<br />



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Volan/cedar<br />


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M: 0407 604 753<br />

E: info@blacksquaresurfboards.com.au<br />


Custom Surfboards // Restoration Specialists //<br />

Surfboard Glassing // Anything Fibreglass or epoxy<br />

The Fast & Loose<br />

fish in Quad.<br />

5’3’ x 20.1” x 2.2”<br />

@ 27 Litres<br />

Based on the<br />

traditional retro style<br />

fish outline. Featuring<br />

the latest in bottom<br />

contours with a single<br />

to double concave<br />

through the back.<br />

Made from PU foam<br />

furnished by US<br />

Blanks and quad fins<br />

by FCS fins.<br />

Available also in Twin.<br />

This fish lives up to its<br />

name.<br />


Unit 12 22/24, Arizona Rd<br />


M: 0422 304 078<br />

E: buckossurfboardrepairs@outlook.com<br />


E: c@cshapes.com<br />

Insta: @cshapesmiami<br />

P: 1-786-247-0538<br />



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1/1-7 Canterbury Rd, Braeside, VIC<br />

P: 03 9587 3553<br />

E: rory@okesurfboards.com<br />


surfer @cecisurfskate<br />

photo @marianaquintgom<br />

Shh!<br />


The little secret is the high<br />

performance short board made<br />

for the moderate to intermediate<br />

surfer. We realise that not<br />

everyone can surf everyday and<br />

be as fit as the pro’s, so we have<br />

designed a board to allow the<br />

average surfer to perform in high<br />

quality waves. With a full rocker,<br />

low rails and plenty of foam under<br />

your chest. Available in a step up.<br />

This ones an all rounder for those that like to cruise. With the classic<br />

“single fin outline” and the additional quad fin to really make for a<br />

board with two personalities. Flat deck and beveled rails to carry<br />

plenty of volume and still have a nice performance rail. Glassed in a<br />

grey resin tint. This one comes in at 6’6”x 21” ½ x 2” ¾<br />

Handshaped and glassed by yours truly.<br />


E: hello@gen4surf.com<br />

Insta: @gen4surfboards<br />

Facebook: gen4surfboards<br />



Insta: @sjscustom<br />

Facebook: Scotty James Surfboards<br />


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Built for you by<br />

Tree to Sea.<br />

If you prefer you can<br />

build one at one of our<br />

2 day board building<br />

workshops.<br />

Our range of Splinters<br />

(9’3”, 9’1”, 7’6”, 6’6”)<br />

are great boards for all<br />

surfers. Splinters are<br />

among the most popular<br />

models in Tree to Sea’s<br />

range.<br />

Splinters paddle well<br />

and catch waves with<br />

ease. Whether you’ve<br />

just discovered the stoke<br />

of surfing or just want to<br />

add a versatile board to<br />

your quiver, a Splinter is<br />

a great choice.<br />

Check out other board<br />

model and workshop<br />

dates on our website.<br />

Splinter<br />

9’3” x 23” x 3”<br />

72 Litres<br />

weighs 6 Kgs<br />


P: 0409 211 751<br />

E: info@treetosea.com.au<br />


5’11” x 21 1 / 2” x 2 5 / 8”<br />

single through to<br />

double concave<br />


P: 0413 393 630<br />

E: tyronmorgan@outlook.com<br />




M: 0424 450 690<br />

E: phantomsurfboards@gmail.com<br />

W: chrisgarrettshapes.com.au<br />

Custom surfboards, contact Chris<br />

or see Board Culture at Mermaid<br />

Beach for stock boards<br />


smorgasboarder<br />

all things i love<br />

words: tami argaman<br />

Yair tattoed my sister when I was in Tel Aviv for<br />

a family event a few months back. As soon as I<br />

walked into his studio, I knew he was into surfing.<br />

Looking at his designs my interest grew and I was<br />

dying to share his story by the time he told me how<br />

much he loves Australia.<br />

Yair learned how to surf when he was a kid, and<br />

grew up painting on surfboards and shoes just<br />

for fun. Back then he worked as a life guard and<br />

managed surf shops for a living.<br />

“I never considered myself doing something regular,<br />

like a job from 9 to 5”, he says. “I like graphic<br />

design and my parents wanted me to go high tech<br />

but I realised my actual passion were tattoos.”<br />

At the start, tattooing was more like a hobby for<br />

Yair. He started with a cheap machine from the<br />

internet and practised on friends who told him:<br />

“Just do whatever you want.”<br />

“All my designs and styles come from the way I<br />

live”, he says, “the beach, the sea, surfing, freedom<br />

– All things I love.”<br />

Yair travelled Australia in a campervan for 6 months<br />

when he was in his 20’s, he particularly loved Byron<br />

and the Gold Coast and how laidback people were,<br />

compared to busy Tel Aviv.<br />

He has also surfed in the Maldives, in South<br />

America and, sponsored by Corona, promoted<br />

culture, art and surfing in Morrocco.<br />

What travelling taught him was to “never stop<br />

learning” and that “you can do whatever you want.”<br />

That led him and his business partner to open his<br />

Tel Aviv studio Ink Me Baby. They now have six<br />

artists including two apprentices and invite guest<br />

artists over from around the world to their studio.<br />

“There is nothing evil in our tattoo shop, only<br />

friendship, family and good vibes.”<br />

If you happen to travel to Tel Aviv, make sure to visit<br />

@yair_assaraf and the Team @inkmebabyt and<br />

give them some love on Instagram.<br />

“All my designs and styles<br />

come from the way I live.<br />

The beach, the sea, surfing,<br />

freedom – All things I love”.<br />

“There is nothing evil in our tattoo shop, only friendship, family and good vibes”<br />


smorgasboarder<br />

support the grassroots<br />

surf directory<br />

alkali adorn<br />

Beautifully handcrafted artisan jewellery with rustic unpolished silver,<br />

shells and precious stones to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Inspired<br />

by the surf and the natural wonders of the sea.<br />

Instagram: @alkaliadorn<br />

raglan surf emporium<br />

Clothing, wetsuits, surfboards, surfboard and wetsuit rentals.<br />

Open 7 days 9am – 5pm<br />

3 Wainui Rd, Raglan<br />

P: +64 7 282 0018 E: info@raglansurfemporium.com<br />

raglansurfemporium.com<br />

the board shop<br />

New Zealand’s Surf Specialists – The Board Shop has been at<br />

the cutting edge of hi-tech epoxy surfboard, longboard and SUP<br />

technology for over 20 years. Drop in or check them out online.<br />

49 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna, Auckland<br />

P: +64 9 486 0930 | theboardshop.co.nz<br />

coolest spot in town<br />

A front row seat to beautiful Lyall Bay, Wellington’s top surf spot and<br />

the best brunch around!<br />

Located at Lyall Bay in Wellington. Opened 7am – 5pm<br />

maranuicafe.co.nz<br />

new zealand<br />

jiff morris<br />

jeff@smorgasboarder.co.nz<br />

0220 943 913<br />

island surf shack<br />

Gear we carry: Carve sunnies, watches, clothing, boards & surf<br />

hardware, Ocean & Earth clothing & surf hardware, Maddog Boards<br />

& surfing hardware, Bear clothing, Bamboozld Bamboo Socks &<br />

Boxer shorts, Mexican Bajas , Sunbum sunscreen, ILoveEarth<br />

recyclable collapsible reusable coffee cups, Old Guys Rule Tees &<br />

accessories, Nepalese woollen yin yang jumpers & ponchos, Golden<br />

Breed, Hawaiian dashboard hula girls, coconut soy candles, Kombi<br />

giftlines and replicas, fun beach and hawaiian gift lines.<br />

150A Thompson Avenue, Cowes,<br />

P: 03 5952 1659<br />

for<br />

more<br />

enquiries<br />

australia<br />

tami argaman<br />

tami@smorgasboarder.com.au<br />

0<strong>46</strong>6 439 330<br />

smorgasboarder.com.au<br />


smorgasboarder<br />

the heart of the surf community<br />

your original surf shop - packed full of the best gear<br />

Celebrating great customer service along with the latest surf gear<br />

and fashion for 44 years and going strong.<br />

T7, 119 Princes Highway, Woolworths Centre, Ulladulla<br />

P: ​(02) 4454 4904<br />

Instagram: @southernmansurf<br />

southernman.com.au<br />

goodtime surf skate and sail<br />

Caring for a surfer’s every need since 1971.<br />

Goodtime Surf Skate and Sail @goodtimesurfandsail<br />

29 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba 4102, QLD<br />

Car-park at rear of the store, off Gibbon St<br />

P: (07) 3391 8588 E: info@goodtime.com.au<br />

www.goodtime.com.au<br />

surfware australia<br />

So much surf gear in store you will be amazed!<br />

From surfboards to skateboards, wetties, surfwear and all the latest<br />



2 Bulock Street, Caloundra Qld<br />

P: 07 5491 3620 surfwareaustralia.com<br />

surfing accessories<br />

We have Australia’s hottest new surfing accessories to keep you<br />

in the surf longer. Our innovative products can help you enjoy the<br />

surf and outdoors even more and provide you with protection and<br />

comfort as you follow your passion! Stockists of H2Odyssey webbed<br />

gloves and X-STING-WISH®IT. Organic sting relief.<br />

seeyououtthere.com.au<br />

tried and trusted blanks<br />

Family owned and run for the past 56 years, our consistency is the<br />

best in the world. Our blanks come in a multitude of different lengths,<br />

rockers and weights. We also have an extensive variety of timber<br />

stringers of varying widths. And we have all the shaping tools you<br />

need to make a board from scratch!<br />

5 Stewart Road, Currumbin Qld<br />

P: 07 5534 3777 burfordblanksaustralia.com.au<br />

for your culinary delights<br />

The Rivermouth General Store. Great coffee + speciality teas,<br />

gourmet food, fresh juices, smoothies, art, awesome vibe, surfing<br />

stories + the floor is worth reading.<br />

101 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin Nsw<br />

Instagram: @therivermouth<br />

Facebook: The Rivermouth General Store<br />


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support the grassroots<br />

raglan longboards<br />

Quality surfboards Long or Short<br />

Short or Long term rentals<br />

Mickey T. custom shapes<br />

Full repair service.<br />

P: +64 7 825 0544<br />

raglanlongboards.co.nz<br />

standup paddle boarding nz<br />

South Island’s complete SUP centre.<br />

Lessons, hire, demo, training, sales.<br />

Unit 2, 1030 Ferry Road,<br />

Christchurch NZ<br />

P: +64 3 384 5086<br />

groundswell.co.nz<br />

up surf coaching trips<br />

Travel with like-minded surfers at your<br />

level, surf fun waves with video analysis<br />

of your sessions, improve your skills.<br />

Designed for intermediate/average surfers.<br />

Locations in NZ, Indo and more to come.<br />

upsurfcoaching.co.nz<br />

surfboards designed and shaped<br />

by mike jolly<br />

Full repair service. Rentals, surfing gear<br />

and good advice.<br />

122 Seaview Road, Piha Beach NZ<br />

P: +64 9 812 8723<br />

pihasurf@xtra.co.nz<br />

PIHA<br />

DOMAIN<br />


piha domain motor camp<br />

Camp on the beach in front of the iconic<br />

Lion Rock, at one of NZ’s top surf breaks.<br />

Rates from $18 a night for tent sites.<br />

E: pihacamp@xtra.co.nz<br />

P: +64 9 812 8815<br />

preece’s surf shop<br />

Plenty of new and used surfboards,<br />

bodyboards, wetsuits, clothing and<br />

accessories. The only surf shop right on<br />

the coast. Open 7 days.<br />

159 Esplanade, Port Noarlunga Sth, SA<br />

P: 08 8386 0404<br />

preece-sthport-surf.com.au<br />

Holloway Gallery<br />

“Anatomy of a Wave” by artist Col<br />

Chandler, Holloway Gallery is at Moffat<br />

Beach, QLD. We specialise in unique art<br />

to fill your home.<br />

Come in store or see us online.<br />

1 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach QLD<br />

p: 07 5491 5557<br />

hollowaygallery.com.au<br />

sup centre<br />

Life’s better standing up. A one stop<br />

shop for everything SUP with the best<br />

brands, range, prices and expertise. With<br />

access to all the major SUP brands in NZ,<br />

through a nationwide delivery service.<br />

20 Melrose Street, Newmarket, NZ<br />

P: +64 9 520 3366<br />

supcentre.co.nz<br />

brunswick surf shop<br />

Chock full of awesome threads, sunnies,<br />

surf and skate accessories, Therapy,<br />

Matt Hurworth and RA Hand Shaped<br />

Surfboards to have the locals frothing.<br />

1/12 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads NSW<br />

P: 02 6685 1283<br />

brunswicksurf.com.au<br />


catching up with kevin<br />

On a recent trip to Northern New South Wales to secure<br />

payment for a horticultural delivery, I stopped in at the<br />

quaint country town of Mudgee. It was about 10 in the<br />

morning and I was gagging for a coffee and perhaps a<br />

little something sweet...maybe a finger bun or a snot<br />

block, even a jam tart - red not yellow of course.<br />

So I’m bumbling along the main drag; barefoot,<br />

bewildered and dishevelled, considering my bakery<br />

complexities when, out of nowhere, I’m slapped in the<br />

moosh by a moist and salty mammalian flipper. And<br />

then I heard him, my old mate Kevin...<br />

Aloha Barry you useless bastard! The man they<br />

couldn’t root, shoot or electrocute!<br />

So, for those of you that don't remember, Kevin the<br />

dolphin was once the darling of the Gold Coast theme<br />

park scene, who ran off the rails, went rouge and<br />

ended up chomping off the paw of a Japanese tourist.<br />

(<strong>Smorgasboarder</strong>: issue #19, 2013).<br />

Turns out Kev decided it was time to turn his back on a<br />

life of debauchery and sleaze, and move to Mudgee to<br />

start a humble business selling recycled marital aids.<br />

It started when he came across an assorted box lot at a<br />

mortgagee’s auction at an abandoned womens shelter.<br />

Kevin ended up locked in a heated bidding war with the<br />

local CWA, which saw him pay a hefty $1500 in what<br />

turned out to be a double ended deal.<br />

Yeah it was the start of a new and exciting career,<br />

but a bit of a tough one to swallow. Most of that<br />

initial purchase was no good, so I had to throw them<br />

away, give ‘em the arse, the quality just wasn’t there<br />

mate. I’m more than happy to admit that I can be a<br />

bit anal, you’ve got to be in this game, you’ve got<br />

to scrutinise every inch of you’re business or this<br />

industry will chew you up and spit you out.<br />

And so what started in a manky bedroom, has now<br />

blossomed with this brand new, light and airy shopfront.<br />

To be honest, I'd love to have more time to<br />

concentrate on expansion and increasing market<br />

share. But in reality my passion lies in building<br />

unique custom pieces. At the moment I’m refitting<br />

a 1972 Jack Thompson Cleo Ceramic with a rebuilt<br />

whipper snipper motor for a client in Grafton. Last<br />

week I repurposed an ‘81 Harlem Globetrotters Box<br />

Set for a gent in Double Bay, and you should have<br />

seen the look on his face! He started to dribble like<br />

Magic Johnson!








P: 02 6655 7007<br />


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