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surfboards, snowboards, paddleboards, skateboards and everything in between<br />

issue<br />

<strong>48</strong><br />

SUMMER 19<br />

f r e e<br />

SURF MAG<br />

pursuing<br />

passions<br />

inspiring stories from people who love what they do

Surf Shop<br />



Celebrating<br />

40 YEARS<br />


IN-HOUSE<br />

CAFE<br />

5,000+<br />


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The epitome of surf stoke and a man who loves what he does, Mr Tom Wegener. He will eventually slow down long enough so<br />

we can catch up with him for a proper chat. Here at the Wooden Surfboard Show & Ride.<br />

do what you love<br />

Do what you love? It’s a relatively simple notion and<br />

yet amazingly, so many of us seem to stuff it up,<br />

losing sight of what matters, distracted by worry and<br />

periphery bullshit.<br />

But what it in essence does that mean? The age-old<br />

adage goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will<br />

never have to work a day in your life.” It’s a good<br />

saying but it’s also absolute horse sh#t. You may<br />

work at something you really enjoy but make no<br />

mistake, in most instances, you will be working ten<br />

times as hard than if you were doing something you<br />

hated. Why? Because you care. Because you are<br />

passionate about it. Because you want what you do<br />

to count, to impress, to be something people enjoy,<br />

to leave people in awe. But don’t let that discourage<br />

from doing something you love, because whilst<br />

you’re hard at it, you are enjoying it at the same.<br />

More work, more fun.<br />

And success? When you get down to the nitty gritty,<br />

if you are passionate about something, you will find<br />

a way to succeed. That doesn’t mean it will come<br />

easily, hell no! What it does mean however is that you<br />

will persist. It means if you are genuinely committed<br />

to doing something you really enjoy you will find a<br />

way to make it work and can build on your success<br />

from very meagre, humble beginnings. Passion is not<br />

only a motivator but an enabler.<br />

We understand it. That’s been our journey with<br />

Smorgasboarder. And the people featured throughout<br />

this edition understand it. They love what they do,<br />

blokes like surfboard enthusiast Grant Newby,<br />

Brazilian born Japanese wood board builder<br />

Rodrigo Matsuda, Jase Johns down at NZ Shred<br />

in Queenstown, the Bishops who just opened their<br />

Flipside Skate & Ride shop in Gympie, the boys<br />

at Heads of Noosa Brewing Co, the list goes on…<br />

hell, even Curl enjoys what he does despite being<br />

so terribly exploited by the very publishers of this<br />

magazine. He still loves what he does. Sure, he<br />

may not have the villa in the Bahamas nor the black<br />

jet Motley Crew used to fly around in that he was<br />

promised, but he loves what he does still the same.<br />

So enough of the dreaming, get off your backside<br />

and start doing what you love… even if that simply<br />

means putting on some boardies or your bikini and<br />

getting out there in the salty brine. This edition is sure<br />

to give you plenty of inspiration to get out there and<br />

get cracking. Enjoy.<br />


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• Timber fins<br />

• Surfboards<br />

• Blanks<br />

• Cork tail pads & SUP deck grip<br />

• Aussie-made leashes<br />

• Raw balsa / cedar DIY board kits<br />

• Instructional DVDs<br />

• Timber Board racks<br />

• Pinch and Roll storage<br />

• Tide clocks<br />

• Sharkbanz shark deterrent<br />

wearable devices<br />


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The<br />

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Last month we released The Diamond Series<br />

range of performance surfboards. Featuring<br />

a diamond shaped tail with a paulownia/<br />

cedar tail block, the design provides added<br />

strength and weight for hard back foot<br />

driving (paulownia twice the weight of<br />

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We have already crafted a number of fun<br />

boards we have called the Diamond Python<br />

along with several performance shortboards<br />

called the Diamond Ring. With a recycled<br />

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of glass on the deck, finish coated and<br />

polished to perfection, the Diamond Series<br />

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light at only 2.6kg and not only flies but can<br />

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Call 0412 376 464 or<br />

Email mark@riley.com.au<br />

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Photo: Lime Light Creative Studios

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issue<br />

summer 2 0 1 9<br />

forty-eight<br />

03 foreword<br />

10 letters<br />

12 controversy<br />

14 stuff<br />

30 grant newby<br />

44 flipside skate & ride<br />

<strong>48</strong> heads of noosa<br />

50 6 questions for curl<br />

52 gear<br />

60 art & music<br />

cover photo<br />

rodrigo matsuda<br />

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conversations<br />

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editorial<br />

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letters from afar<br />

paul tickner, winner of the<br />

dumbest comp ever<br />

“I subscribed to your fabulous magazine because<br />

I was having a coffee with my hubby at Cabarita<br />

this morning, and while he was reading your mag<br />

I could see how excited he was by the pictures,<br />

sustainable boards etc…<br />

You see, my hubby hasn’t surfed since his back<br />

operation several years ago and right now he is<br />

waxing his board and heading for the waves! My<br />

son will hopefully have his dad back in the surf<br />

with him in no time.<br />

Thank you for giving him back his surfing mojo!”<br />

Candice :)<br />

“Why I love Smorgasboarder!<br />

It’s a magazine you can leave on the coffee table<br />

to be read by men, women, children and even the<br />

family dog!<br />

You guys have integrity and passion promoting a<br />

magazine that relies on its content, not on girls in<br />

bikinis or corporate fluff!”<br />

Last edition you read the winning submission from<br />

Paul Tickner, winner of our ‘dumbest comp ever’.<br />

(see page 10 of edition 47 spring 2019)<br />

Here’s a few more bits of feedback from you, our<br />

most loyal supporters. We couldn’t help but feature<br />

a few more - it is the feel good edition after all!<br />

Thank you for your kind words.<br />

“I like reading Smorgasboarder when I’m on my own<br />

My favourite place is on the throne<br />

Because the mag is free, I pass it onto my mates<br />

They all think that the mag is great<br />

I have collected all the mags and become a hoarder<br />

Regards, Tyler<br />

“The reason I am writing to you is because you<br />

guys and gals are the best. Your magazine is a<br />

fitting tribute to all the hard work you put in, inbetween<br />

surf trips and surfing.<br />

Above all though you produce a wonderful local<br />

magazine with great content and interesting<br />

stories to read. The finished product has always<br />

been fantastic quality.<br />

Anyway, keep up the great work.<br />

Your faithful frother of Smorgasboarder.”<br />

Mahalo, Paul Tuckett<br />

On the top of pile is the latest edition of<br />

Smorgasboarder.”<br />

Gavin Webster<br />


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silver linings<br />

words: tami argaman<br />

When an edition of Smorgasboarder is printed,<br />

I pack my little KIA full of boxes and head south<br />

to deliver the mags to all friends and supporters<br />

who are based between the Sunshine Coast, QLD<br />

and Ballina, NSW.<br />

I enjoy my little road trip. It’s always amazing to see<br />

people’s reaction when they get the new edition, and<br />

of course it’s nice to hear what’s new in their lives<br />

and businesses.<br />

My last delivery run however, took a turn for the<br />

worse when I stopped for a bite to eat at the<br />

beach…<br />

I sat down, enjoyed an apple, and watched the<br />

ocean for about 20 minutes.<br />

When I went back to my car to continue my journey,<br />

I was greeted by the sight of a broken window,<br />

with my purse and esky stolen! The thief had also<br />

flattened my left back tyre, and the rock that had<br />

been thrown through the window was still in the<br />

driver’s footwell. Seriously, Smorgasboarder is free<br />

at the shops – you don’t have to smash into a car to<br />

get yourself a copy.<br />

What to do?<br />

Nothing like this had ever happened to me before! I<br />

took a deep breath and told myself it’s okay. A lovely<br />

caravanning couple were about to take their dog for<br />

a quick walk at the beach, but stopped to check on<br />

me, waiting while I contacted the police.<br />

Once the police assured me they were on the way,<br />

the couple continued their walk and I sat down on a<br />

rock, reflecting on what had just happened:<br />

• Window and tyre were screwed.<br />

• I still had my phone and all my cards which I<br />

keep in my phone case. Lucky.<br />

• I don’t usually carry cash and the purse was a<br />

cheap one from an op shop. Nothing to worry<br />

about there.<br />

• The esky only had a banana and two mandarins.<br />

At least the thief got himself a healthy snack!<br />

But something else was missing.<br />

A tear ran down my face when I realised the purse<br />

had also contained my journal. All handwritten<br />

thoughts, feelings and secrets that I had experienced<br />

since February were documented in there. All in<br />

German - my mother tongue - never for anyone to<br />

read but me. The journal only had a few unwritten<br />

pages left - the last entry was done only a few<br />

hours before it was stolen. Waiting for the police, I<br />

had enough time to prepare my mind to accept the<br />

situation as best I could. Stressing and crying would<br />

not fix the car or bring back my journal.<br />

Shit happens.<br />

The journal was filled with a lot of important things<br />

that had happened to me over the year.<br />

But as I spent more time thinking about it, most good<br />

things and people that had come into my life since<br />

starting the journal were not simply documented in<br />

the book, but were committed to my memory. They<br />

were not really gone and never would be.<br />

I realised how much the journal had helped me -<br />

every time I wrote down what felt too heavy on my<br />

mind - and finally started seeing the situation as a<br />

relief rather than a loss.<br />

The police finally arrived after 4 hours of me<br />

philosophising and the sun burning my skin. They<br />

helped me change the tyre, took the rock for<br />

investigation and recommended I have a large glass<br />

of wine that night.<br />

So where is my silver lining?<br />

Once the initial shock was over, I realised I got to<br />

meet some great people I usually wouldn’t have, all<br />

who helped to restore my faith in humankind.<br />

For instance, the lovely people from Pottsville<br />

Beach Motel who provided a safe place for me<br />

to park my car, a great room and a vegan pizza<br />

recommendation. Also the boys at Pottsville<br />

Bogangar Auto and Tyre who sorted out a new tyre,<br />

had a great chat and gave me some plastic to cover<br />

my broken window for a safe trip home.<br />

And the dog-walking couple who stopped to lend a<br />

little moral support when I first got back to my car.<br />

No matter how many bad things happen, it’s always<br />

good to remember that there are more good people<br />

than bad out there. And I hope the thief is now<br />

inspired to eat more fruit and maybe learn German<br />

instead of breaking into cars.<br />


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A Brazilian born, Japanese descendant by the<br />

name of Rodrigo Matsuda has been paving the<br />

way in the Japanese surfing industry for the last<br />

11 years with his spectacular use of Japanese<br />

carpentry techniques. Using the vacuum system,<br />

Rodrigo from LascaWoodworks has created a<br />

smorgasbord of visually stunning surfing crafts,<br />

ranging from Alaias to fishes and Mini Simmons to<br />

hand planes and even skateboards using materials<br />

such as XPS foam, paulownia wood and the<br />

increasingly popular cork, which are sealed with<br />

natural oils without the use of fibreglass.<br />

Rodrigo tests all types of different woods, changing<br />

the density and flexibility with each design in order<br />

to craft the perfect wooden performance surfboard.<br />

His aim is to eventually match the durability and<br />

performance levels of the conventional surfboard<br />

design using wood. Rodrigo’s work is truly<br />

masterful.<br />

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stuff<br />

living in an eco-friendly age<br />

words: jase johns<br />

“It’s not easy … being Green”. Did Greta say that?<br />

Or, was it someone else, well before her time? Either<br />

way, they were right. It’s not easy, but it is certainly<br />

doable!<br />

In the age of sustainability, re-use, up-cycling and<br />

zero-waste, you can sometimes get lost in the<br />

good and the bad - what’s truly impact driven and<br />

what is simply a plausible effort to skew consumers<br />

thoughts. We all want to do the right thing, to make<br />

a difference … but, to what extent. Should we go<br />

vegan? Should we stop using detergents? Should<br />

we just wash less? At what point is the answer itself<br />

sustainable? The fact of the matter is, shouldn’t we<br />

just ‘start by making an effort’.<br />

In retail, we are both ‘Cause and Effect’ … we turn<br />

on lights, stock arrives in single use plastic, we<br />

subscribe to shipments which see product sent<br />

from all around the world. However, we try to create<br />

opportunity and facilitate solutions, which are both<br />

passed on from, and to the brands we deal with.<br />

From a shop point of view, we try to be tangible – we<br />

are changing our lighting to LED based fittings. We<br />

are eliminating outgoing plastic satchel courier bags,<br />

replaced with re-used or repurposed packaging, with<br />

just the tracking sticker. And, we’ve banned all staff<br />

from using throw away coffee cups (Yes, we had to<br />

provide everyone with their own re-useable cups …<br />

and we were happy to!). On a brand scale, at this<br />

very moment, we are in a relationship with Volcom<br />

… to enhance and encourage the consumption of<br />

their 'Eco-True' products. These are everything from:<br />

• enzyme washed jeans, saving litres of wasted<br />

water, through to<br />

• boardshorts made from repreve, which is a fibre<br />

product created from plastic bottles, to<br />

• bikinis and rashtops made from econyl, a<br />

product created from recycling nylon fish nets.<br />

Certainly, we are not the only ones pushing change<br />

and brands like Volcom are not the only ones<br />

facilitating it. It’s a team effort and we all need to be<br />

part of the 'Push for Change'.<br />

It’s not easy being green – it takes effort,<br />

commitment and a desire to be better at what we<br />

do. And, certainly better than we’ve been in the past.<br />

Who did say, “It’s not easy, being Green” … Yep,<br />

good old Kermit-the-Frog!<br />

He was right. But there is no try or try not! There is<br />

only do or do not!<br />

Maybe he and Yoda did know a thing or two!!!<br />

NZ Shred<br />

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sup and away<br />

SUP is a safe and easy sport in itself, however<br />

there are a few simple steps that everyone should<br />

follow to stay safe out on the water this summer.<br />

Even if you have paddled for a number of years it is<br />

a good time to refresh the memory.<br />

Always wear the correct type of leash for the<br />

conditions<br />

Losing your board is bad news, so a leash is your<br />

#1 safety item. However, it needs to be the right<br />

sort for the conditions. In surf, use a straight leash.<br />

But if you find yourself in fast-flowing water (rivers,<br />

strong tidal currents), take that ankle/calf leash<br />

off! If it gets caught on something in the water, you<br />

will not be able to undo it - this is one of the most<br />

common causes of drownings in paddleboarding.<br />

In these conditions use a leash with a quick-release<br />

system that can be operated from above the waist,<br />

or nothing at all.<br />

Wear a buoyancy aid<br />

It’s a legal requirement in most places, and if you<br />

get separated from your board you’ll be very glad<br />

of it. The modern beltpack PFDs are a great option<br />

for a competent swimmer.<br />

Take two waterproof ways to call for help<br />

Being able to call for help is vital - either for<br />

yourself, or if you encounter someone else in<br />

trouble. Carry your phone in a waterproof bag,<br />

and a whistle to attract the attention of other water<br />

users close by.<br />

Tell someone onshore your plans<br />

So easy to do. But if something goes wrong you’ll<br />

be very glad you did. In New Zealand you can use<br />

the coastguard nz app to log your paddle, this way<br />

if you are overdue, at least they know where to<br />

begin searching.<br />

If you are just messing around at your local beach,<br />

never out of sight of family ashore etc, then it’s not<br />

so critical to follow all of these recommendations.<br />

But if you’re paddling any distance, particularly if<br />

going out of sight of where you started from, then<br />

following sup safe is just good sense. Check out<br />

supsafe.nz for more good info on sup safety.<br />

supcentre.co.nz<br />

Know the conditions, now and forecast<br />

Know the weather, wind strength and direction<br />

(now and forecast), tides or river flow information<br />

depending on where you are, and the water<br />

temperature. Is your ability, equipment and clothing<br />

right for the conditions?<br />


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surfers with a desire to<br />

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surfboard and stand out<br />

from the crowd.<br />

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surfing the alphabet<br />

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bakslap<br />

Bakslap Founder Raph McGowan sadly lost his sister<br />

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typically hard to reach places.<br />

Since her death, Raph’s made it his mission to rid the<br />

world of this terrible disease. In 2017 bakslap was<br />

born. It’s a unique sunscreen applicator that allows<br />

you to apply to places like your back and ensures you<br />

protect your entire body, without getting messy hands!<br />

Check it out for summer. bakslap.com.au<br />


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stuff<br />

ship set sail! apparel<br />

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hopes of delivering the finest, freshest threads all year<br />

round. With designs inspired by their love for the deep<br />

blue and ocean lifestyle, SSS!A is not just a surf brand,<br />

it’s a way of life.” #jointhevoyage<br />

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garage handplanes<br />

Meet the new limited edition<br />

‘garbo’ handplane.<br />

The Garbo is a collaboration between bodysurfing<br />

aficionados, Avalon Beach's Garage Handplanes<br />

and Japan's Mabo Handplanes. Built for speed and<br />

with a tighter hold in the barrel, the Garbo model<br />

has a refined, tapered profile drawn into a tight<br />

pintail. Reduced volume helps the Garbo become<br />

an excellent asset when paddling, while heightening<br />

manoeuvrability on the face of the wave. The concave<br />

hull from nose to tail gives the Garbo incredible lift and<br />

speed making it the ideal handplane for fast beach<br />

breaks and down the line charging. Made from carbon<br />

fibre it is also surprisingly light and super strong. The<br />

hull of the Garbo also features an exclusive artwork by<br />

New Zealand surf artist Allan Wrath.<br />

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SHEPPSolutions<br />

Introducing our newest<br />

addition to the gnarwall<br />

collection, a wall mounted<br />

drip rack that holds two<br />

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stuff<br />

beware<br />

Street sweepers of the sea be warned that this<br />

latest creation from Mark Riley of Riley Balsa Wood<br />

Surfboards could cause you to spontaneously<br />

combust with excitement.<br />

It is not only a beauty to behold, weighing in at only<br />

10kg despite being 12ft long, it will absolutely fly<br />

like the wind. Mark Riley picks up the story.<br />

“Peter Kennett spotted an 11ft racing sup on my<br />

instagram page and he wanted to go bigger and so<br />

did I. So, we went for a 12’ x 28” x 5” paddleboard.<br />

It turned out exactly how I had imagined and<br />

planned it.<br />

“I had to take 4 pieces of polystyrene to laminate<br />

together to get the outline. The foam was mowed<br />

down with an electric planer followed by some<br />

heavy rasping and final sanding with balsa sanding<br />

blocks.<br />

We decided to add the balsa skin at 3mm thick to<br />

the bottom with no stringers because of the shape<br />

of the hull and the fact it needed to bend at a 6"<br />

radius, so adding cedar to the sheet would have<br />

restricted this flow curve. I added a centre stringer<br />

after the sheets were bagged on.”<br />

Riley brought the magic to the deck with 5 parallel<br />

cedar stringers separating the wood stained balsa<br />

panels. He added a cedar rail band to finish off the<br />

cedar stringers followed by another balsa band to<br />

achieve a nice rail. The board was glassed with 7oz<br />

glass and polyester resin, finished to a high-grade<br />

polish.<br />

“The board came out at 10kgs which was amazing.<br />

We put in a 12-inch wood coloured fin box and a<br />

10-inch cedar fin. To add to the finishing touches,<br />

I put on rail tape and the Hex Versa clear traction<br />

grip tape.”<br />

That way Peter had plenty of grip but was still<br />

allowed the beauty of the wood to shine through.<br />

“The board was then packed up and sent to New<br />

Zealand. It went to Auckland first then Wellington<br />

and on to Duneden. I hope he enjoys it.”<br />

To find out more and see further stunning balsa<br />

wood surfboards go to:<br />

balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com<br />


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passion<br />

words: dave swan<br />

With the busy lives we all lead, it is hard to<br />

comprehend doing something extra for no<br />

commercial gain. I mean, why take on more when<br />

most of us can’t even handle what we already<br />

have?<br />

So that’s what is so hard to comprehend with<br />

a bloke like Grant Newby. He has a hectic job<br />

working as a production manager at a busy Gold<br />

Coast advertising agency and yet he still managed<br />

to organise what were two of the most notable<br />

surfboard meets in the country.<br />

We first chatted to Grant way back in January 2012.<br />

Back then he was the founder and orchestrator of<br />

the Alley Fish Fry and Wooden Surfboard Show<br />

& Ride. The Fish Fry is no more with Grant of the<br />

opinion it had run its course after 10 years. His<br />

wooden surfboard meet however still lives on,<br />

now in its 11th year. I caught up with this man to<br />

once again try and understand what drives him to<br />

organise such events and how they continue to be<br />

such a success.<br />


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photo: aaron chapman<br />

images from the alley fish fry<br />

thealleyfishfry.blogspot.com/2012/09/<br />


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“It’s a pretty simple concept and I think that’s why<br />

it works. I don’t promise anything. At the end of the<br />

day, I am just the conduit to get people together.”<br />

Whilst incredibly humble, it is no doubt the<br />

passion Grant exudes for surfboard design and<br />

construction, along with their continual progression,<br />

that attracts other like minds.<br />

“I realise we are all very passionate people and<br />

through it, Jackie (Grant’s wife) and I have met so<br />

many great people.<br />

“They are so passionate and so they are a certain<br />

breed of people I suppose, and they’re inquisitive<br />

people because they’re really challenging<br />

themselves as they’re out on their own. A lot of<br />

them are doing it in isolation and then through this,<br />

we negate that I suppose.”<br />

In facilitating this communication between like<br />

minds Grant has created a network of sorts, one<br />

that has seen him travel the world to get similar<br />

events up and running.<br />

“I get emails daily from people around the world.<br />

Jackie and I went to Spain last year. I helped Sergi<br />

(Galano of Flama Surfboards) set up the European<br />

one (wooden surfboard day). They had their third<br />

one at the end of August. It was amazing. There<br />

were people who had come from Brazil and<br />

Argentina and France and Italy.”<br />

Grant incidentally worked with Mike Cunningham<br />

to set up the Fish Fry over on the North Island of<br />

New Zealand at Waipu Cove as well. His trip to<br />

Spain however brought about a realisation of how<br />

Australians take so much of what we have for<br />

granted.<br />

“Europeans really are so much more eco conscious<br />

than what we are. I come from New Zealand,<br />

and New Zealanders are eco conscious as well.<br />

Australians are becoming more that way but in the<br />

surf industry as such, we are just touching on it by<br />

comparison.”<br />

It’s an interesting observation and I was curious<br />

to understand from Grant whether this was due to<br />

commercial reasons or complacency.<br />

“We’re probably spoilt for surf and beaches and<br />

the weather. I mean, we’re surrounded by great<br />

beaches. What we have for them is a dream.<br />

“When we travelled through Spain and Portugal,<br />

we were there 3 weeks and I wouldn’t have seen<br />

50 animals. I’m talking cows, goats, horses, even<br />

roadkill, everything’s disappeared. So, they realise<br />

that they’ve already lost lots of things. Whereas<br />

coming here is like living in a bloody zoo you know,<br />

kangaroos hopping around, possums everywhere.<br />

Over there, there’s nothing.”<br />

This explains the motivation towards a greater<br />

eco consciousness amongst surfers but I was still<br />

keen to understand what drove Grant to work so<br />

tirelessly towards driving the movement here. I<br />

mean, I get the whole passion for surfboards and<br />

eco construction but there’s still a lot of work to be<br />

done to get these days up and running and create<br />

the network he has. It takes a special person,<br />

otherwise anyone would be doing this kind of thing.<br />

“I just thought there was a need for people to get<br />

together and through that need we’ve created<br />

something special. It just happened.<br />

“Too much to do with surfing is competitive and<br />

then there’s winners and losers, and then if you<br />

have trophies and sponsors - people have different<br />

values of what that’s worth and the outcome… it<br />

sort of becomes political in a way.<br />

“Surfing is all about the surfer rather than the dude<br />

that hammers away making boards in the dust<br />

and sh*t all day. That was a revelation that I never<br />

realised with the Fish Fry until it really got going in<br />

that so many shapers didn’t even know each other.<br />

They had never met each other and yet they work<br />

in the same town. They know each other’s logos<br />

and they all thought they were doing something<br />

unique until they arrived at the one place and<br />

realised - no.<br />

“So, the Fish Fry, it was actually for the shapers and<br />

you know, it gave people inspiration to experiment.<br />

And I mean, the fish in those days was just a sort<br />

of a conduit of getting those people together. From<br />

that we ended up with shorter boards and quads<br />

were sort of born/ reborn. Things got experimental<br />

you know, like finless boards. Tom (Wegener) was<br />

doing it with the alaias, but then people started<br />

getting more into finless boards and it just opened<br />

up people’s thinking. And it gave shapers a chance<br />

to say, ‘Oh well, I’m going to experiment’ and then<br />

at the Fish Fry they’d bring along those alternative<br />

boards.”<br />

Make no mistake, Grant does not personally take<br />

credit. He attributes the Fish Fry for getting a<br />

collective of minds together to further surfboard<br />

design and experimentation.<br />

“All this stuff started with the Fish Fry – these<br />

people getting together and discussing surfboard<br />

design. It’s funny, white thruster manufacturers<br />

are now making fishes but it took them 10 years<br />

or more to catch on and realise that there was a<br />

market for that you know. It took a while.”<br />

Being such a catalyst for surfboard development,<br />

I had to enquire why the Fish Fry ended in 2016. It<br />

is also interesting to note that no one has picked<br />

up the torch since. It underlines what a unique<br />

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“I just thought<br />

there was a<br />

need for people<br />

to get together<br />

and through<br />

that need<br />

we’ve created<br />

something<br />

special. It just<br />

happened...<br />

wooden board day Gold Coast<br />

“Yeah, it had sort of run its course I felt. I don’t<br />

even know what the life of this is from year to year<br />

(referring to the present wooden surfboard meets),<br />

because I never know who’s going to turn up. Many<br />

people say they’re going to come and then they<br />

don’t. And then people turn up that you’ve never<br />

heard of. Like at the Fish Fry, people would turn up<br />

with 6 surfboards and their girlfriend and a Wicked<br />

camper van and they had never been to Australia<br />

before, all on a whim to meet some people in a<br />

park.”<br />

It truly is incredible when you consider what has<br />

transpired through the years. We’ve seen the likes<br />

of San Diego shaper and pioneer of the fish design<br />

evolution Rich Pavel attend, world class surfer and<br />

equally talented snowboarder Chris Christenson of<br />

Christensen Surfboards fame, who shapes some of<br />

the raddest, most diverse boards out there along<br />

with talented hand shaping surf craft artisan Ryan<br />

Lovelace of Santa Barbara. These guys travelled<br />

across the globe to see what was going down in a<br />

park across the road from The Alley surf break in<br />

Currumbin. It may not have been the only business<br />

they were attending to in Australia but it formed a<br />

major basis for their visit. It is mind blowing.<br />

“I think a lot of people initially were intrigued by the<br />

format and it’s the same with the wooden surfboard<br />

day. At the worst Jackie and myself end up sitting<br />

in the park for the day together. People make of it<br />

what they will.”<br />

Through it all however, Grant has acquired a great<br />

deal of respect and admiration amongst his peers<br />

- lovers of the art of surfboard shaping the world<br />

over.<br />

“In the past I have been at home and had people<br />

rock up on the weekend and ask, ‘Are you Grant<br />

Newby? We have come to see your surfboards.’<br />

And I get emails all the time, people asking this and<br />

that. Why did I do it all in the first place? If I have<br />

an idea, I just do it. Because it is a pretty hollow<br />

feeling when you go, ‘oh, I thought of that.’ There’s<br />

nothing worse. You just have to say, f#ck it, I am<br />

going to do it.”<br />


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And that’s exactly what Grant did with both the<br />

Alley Fish Fry and the Wooden Surfboards Show &<br />

Ride. He made it happen.<br />

It was here I turned our discussion to both our<br />

loves, the art of surfboard design itself. I was<br />

keen to hear from Grant how his own designs had<br />

progressed through the years and whether his<br />

professional role as a production manager had<br />

played a pivotal role.<br />

“I think from my background and being a<br />

production manager, I meet a lot of people that<br />

have bought new machinery or technology or<br />

whatever, and a lot of them have bought it for<br />

a purpose but they don’t actually know the big<br />

picture of all the possibilities that it could do.<br />

“And then you see something that somebody else<br />

is doing, and you think, well if that guy did that<br />

and then he did that to that, we’ve actually created<br />

something else altogether. And these people<br />

don’t know each other and they don’t know that<br />

technology is available and by combining the two<br />

or three you create something.<br />

“That’s kind of how my mind works and that’s<br />

how I have discovered so much – through my own<br />

naivety of not knowing how things work, so I try it.<br />

And that’s how I’ve come up with what I do. Like<br />

when I was vacuum bagging with that polyurethane<br />

glue, the guy that I bought the glue from said, ‘We<br />

sell this all over the world in the boat industry but<br />

I’ve never heard of anyone vacuum bag with it.’ He<br />

said, ‘What made you do that?’ I said ‘I didn’t know<br />

you couldn’t do that!’ You know, because I’ve never<br />

glassed a board and never wanted to because it’s<br />

messy and it’s chemistry and if you have a failure<br />

it’s a f*ck up. I leave that to people who have that<br />

experience.”<br />

In short, Grant’s experimentation lead to his<br />

subsequent discoveries.<br />

“The other thing is that lots of people that deal with<br />

wood use epoxy. But I mean, we’re dealing with a<br />

really light soft timber in paulownia and epoxy is<br />

hard! You already have two conflicting materials<br />

that you have to try and work with. It just makes it<br />

even harder whereas this glue is so easy to use and<br />

it’s stronger than any timber.”<br />


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wooden board day in Spain<br />


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more of Grant’s shape in foam and wood veneer<br />


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Grant’s approach was essentially replicated in<br />

Firewire’s range of Timbertek surfboards. Indeed,<br />

he became a consultant to Firewire assisting them<br />

with the production of their Timbertek range. It is a<br />

far cry from when Grant first started crafting hollow<br />

wooden surfboards from ribs and spars.<br />

“It doesn’t take long and I think other people have<br />

realised, in fact a lot more have realised now, that<br />

building a wooden surfboard with a frame - 70% of<br />

it IS the frame. Now if that’s not right (the frame),<br />

the finished product will never be right and you<br />

can’t fix it because IT IS the structure and all you<br />

have got to do is put the skin on and that’s it.”<br />

Grant contends that too much time is spent<br />

building the actual surfboard rather than shaping<br />

and refining its rails and contours. Rocker tables for<br />

these hollow wooden boards take even longer than<br />

the boards themselves he adds.<br />

“At the end of the day, the frame, all it’s doing is<br />

holding the top and the bottom apart and it’s giving<br />

you the profile for your concaves or whatever you<br />

want, and that’s its sole purpose. When it’s covered<br />

in wood, nobody really knows what’s inside. So,<br />

if you can shape a blank and put the timber on,<br />

you’ve negated 75% of your time.<br />

“When you start with a piece of foam, you know<br />

what the finished thing is minus whatever you’re<br />

going to add to the outside, whereas if you start<br />

with a big long stick as a stringer and a bunch of<br />

bloody ribs and spars, you don’t know what it looks<br />

like until it’s like too late, and there’s no way of<br />

modifying it. Polystyrene foam is still recyclable and<br />

it became a no brainer for me. And if you are going<br />

to do it (shape surfboards) to make money, it takes<br />

less time, so the end product is more profitable.”<br />

To restate the surfboard construction process<br />

Grant now undertakes, he first starts with shaping<br />

an extruded polysterene blank then vacuum bags<br />

a 5mm Paulownia timber skin (depending on the<br />

board being shaped) using only a polyurethane<br />

glue to bond the two together. The surface is then<br />

simply sealed with a varnish or lanolin.<br />

“The thickness of the skin depends on the<br />

polystyrene. I now use the blue extruded<br />

polystyrene and it is as hard as hell - totally<br />

different characteristics to normal polystyrene in<br />

that there’s no beads and it doesn’t suck in any<br />

water – and with that I only put a 2mm skin on.<br />

“Then if you want to talk recycled polystyrene,<br />

we have a company here on the Gold Coast,<br />

Polystyrene Solutions, they make polystyrene from<br />

scratch, cut it up and use it for marina berths inside<br />

pontoons, and then they put the leftover bits back<br />

into the mould with virgin beads and add heat and<br />

steam and fuse all that together. So that’s recycled<br />

without even leaving the same building. I don’t think<br />

anybody else that we know of does that anywhere<br />

in the world. People talk about recycled but it’s<br />

such a small percentage whereas this is more like<br />

80 to 90%.”<br />

Rail wise I noted Grant had been using cork as well<br />

as paulownia recently.<br />

“Good quality cork, the beauty of it is that it has no<br />

structure. So, it is easy to put on and shape and<br />

repair. But because it has no structure, it doesn’t<br />

bring anything to the party whereas if you use<br />

paulownia you are creating a parabolic stringer.<br />

“Finish wise I use a variety of different methods;<br />

lanolin, water based varnishes, indeed lots of<br />

products are evolving that don’t have any VOCs<br />

(volatile organic compounds). So yeah, they’re a lot<br />

less toxic and they’re way easier to use. It makes<br />

life easier too and you can get glues that go off in<br />

20 to 30 minutes. So to use all these sorts of things<br />

and advancements to me is a no brainer.<br />

“I am not having a poke at the surfboard<br />

manufacturers, but to say that somebody who uses<br />

recycled EPS blanks and epoxy resin is a gold level<br />

standard eco board is just bullshit. But then again,<br />

I / we don’t need to have what we do accredited<br />

by anybody else at the end of the day. Like a lot of<br />

people do it for validation of what they do. A lot of<br />

the boards we are crafting are in our actual homes<br />

so there’s a solid motivation to make sure they are<br />

safe because you are still doing them out of your<br />

garage.”<br />

Another interesting development with regards<br />

to Grant and his love of surfing is that he can no<br />

longer do it! Yep, he can’t surf! 3 years now! Get<br />

your head around that?<br />

“I only have 10% movement in my left shoulder. It’s<br />

been a major mental hurdle for me because a big<br />

chunk of my life is no more.<br />

“I have been to two surgeons, it is totally destroyed.<br />

I can get it operated on but the only outcome there<br />

is that I’d have no feeling in it, so it wouldn’t hurt<br />

anymore. And now I have a lot of arthritis in it as<br />

well. So that’s pretty hard. It took me a while to get<br />

my head around that.”<br />


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The hardest thing is, he can’t even body board<br />

because you still need your arms to paddle.<br />

“I can’t swim and I can’t even dive into a wave with<br />

both arms out in front of me because one of them<br />

doesn’t go out in front of me. People say, ‘what<br />

about Bethany Hamilton?’ Yeah, well I’m 63 and<br />

weigh 125 kilos, so you know, the situation’s a bit<br />

different.<br />

“I must admit it did kill my passion. So, I didn’t<br />

make a lot of boards initially because I lost a bit of<br />

motivation. Plus, I didn’t have that outlet from work<br />

and that headspace that surfing gave me – the<br />

enjoyment.”<br />

Grant’s mention of his work prompted me to ask<br />

how he has managed to juggle everything through<br />

the years. People have interests and hobbies but<br />

Grant takes things to a whole new level altogether.<br />

“Well, it’s really having the support of family and<br />

Jackie letting me do it as well (he laughs). I mean,<br />

that’s the same for all those guys in the park. You<br />

know, they’ve got families and other jobs and a<br />

couple of them are school teachers as well. For<br />

them they’ve been helping get school kids involved<br />

(in surfboard building). And to be quite honest, I<br />

would rather build a board with you and show you<br />

how to do it, then build a board and give it to you.<br />

“Building a surfboard like that is a journey. It’s a real<br />

journey in learning about yourself. We all have our<br />

limitations. I mean, some people couldn’t make a<br />

bread board out of a piece of square wood (Mark<br />

Chapman springs to mind). You ask yourself a lot of<br />

questions when you’re doing it by yourself. You’re<br />

limited by your time, your money, your tools, your<br />

family time away, the space you’ve got. I mean, I’ve<br />

helped guys that have built boards in an apartment<br />

in the middle of Berlin. They had to get mates to<br />

lower it out of the window because they can’t get<br />

it down in the lift. They made a longboard in a<br />

hallway in their apartment.”<br />

It is not just Grant’s passion for building surfboards<br />

that has caught my attention. Upon attending<br />

the recent Wooden Surfboard Show & Ride day,<br />

I was taken aback by the overall willingness of<br />

board builders to share their trials, tribulations and<br />

successes with one another.<br />

“That’s what’s advanced it.”<br />

Consequently, I questioned whether this lack of<br />

sharing had hobbled the advancement of surfboard<br />

design and construction in the commercial<br />

surfboard building industry to a degree.<br />

“Absolutely. I shared what I was doing and that<br />

is how Firewire found out about it. Then they<br />

approached me and said, ‘we’ve been looking for<br />

this and what you’ve been doing has been staring<br />

us in the face the whole time.’ Because they would<br />

try to add all sorts of other substrates and carbon<br />

rods and all sorts of things to get the feeling they<br />

wanted in their surfboards and wood was a no<br />

brainer. That became their Timbertek finish.<br />

“And I believe they would say that development<br />

was a big driver to getting Kelly (Slater) involved<br />

with Firewire as well - the eco side of things -<br />

because that’s a big passion of his. So, it’s nice<br />

to be involved with a company like that and you<br />

know, they’re a company that thinks totally different<br />

as well. A lot of people involved (in Firewire) are<br />

not from the surf industry. They pluck people from<br />

other areas of expertise to make things happen, so<br />

they’re a very successful and progressive company.<br />

It was a nice validation of what I was doing.”<br />

It is this notion of sharing ideas that is forwarding<br />

the advancement of board building in this country<br />

and the discovery of new processes, materials and<br />

techniques.<br />

When we started Smorgasboarder close to 10<br />

years ago, there seemed to be an emergence, a<br />

growing willingness to once again try new and<br />

weird and wonderful surfboard shapes, hence the<br />

name of our magazine. Now things seem to have<br />

risen to a whole new level.<br />

When you look back to the 60s and 70s there were<br />

so many shaper surfers that pushed the boundaries<br />

of surfboard design and fuelled the evolution of<br />

modern day surfboards. It then seemingly ceased<br />

all together. But with so many people once again<br />

having a go at shaping their own surfboards,<br />

questions around surfboard design are once again<br />

being asked and explored.<br />

“I think what you have is that people have<br />

once again opened their minds. People were<br />

like longboarders and that’s it, or shortboard<br />

thrusters and that’s it. Now people are riding<br />

everything. Look how many girls surf nowadays,<br />

the numbers are huge compared to 10 years ago.<br />

We have surfing in schools, heaps and heaps of<br />

surf schools. There are still people who only surf<br />

white shortboards and they have 6 of them all<br />

within millimetres of each other and think they all<br />

surf totally different, the poor bastards. But then<br />

you have those that want to try this and that and<br />

something else.<br />


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photo: shane macgregor<br />

“But you will get guys who surf white surfboards<br />

and they go, ‘I like that but I don’t think it will fit in<br />

my car?’ And my reply is, ‘Do you want to surf it<br />

or f*#kin take it for a drive?’ Or they will speak at<br />

length as to how they want the rails and then you<br />

see them waxing their rail so they can grab it when<br />

they duck dive, talk about hydrodynamics and they<br />

have a tail pad at the back. It’s interesting how<br />

some people’s minds tick.”<br />

So, what next? What’s next in store for Grant<br />

Newby?<br />

“My approach hasn’t been the eco thing at all, but<br />

when you look at alternative materials, that’s kind of<br />

the materials that you end up with because they’re<br />

easy to use and easy to get a hold of. They’re<br />

quite adaptable to different processes and they’re<br />

friendly to work with. It becomes a bit of a no<br />

brainer. And so the whole thing with my approach<br />

is, what is the simplest way of doing what we need<br />

to do? Because the first thing when you go to build<br />

a wooden board is that people end up overbuilding<br />

it and have this massive heavy thing that you could<br />

probably park a car on. It’s a matter of simplifying<br />

it, but also trying different things. People say, ‘how<br />

do you know that happens?’ Well I cut it in half and<br />

had a look, how else would I know, otherwise you<br />

are only guessing. You’ve got to try things and keep<br />

trying things. I sort of have a collective between<br />

myself and Sergi in Barcelona and Philippe in Brazil<br />

and Tom (Wegener) and myself and these other<br />

guys in Spain as well. We chat and share emails<br />

and share ideas and try different things and it kind<br />

of speeds up the process. You know, some of them<br />

are doing it full time and for others it is side thing.<br />


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“I think that is what is at times frustrating for Tom<br />

(Wegener). I get people asking me questions all<br />

the time and I share it. With Tom, it’s his job, it’s<br />

his business, so he can’t go telling everybody<br />

everything because that’s what he has to make his<br />

money out of. I don’t think some people understand<br />

that. That’s the difference between him and me<br />

but he and I share stuff. We keep pushing the<br />

boundaries and so you don’t really know what’s<br />

around the corner because you don’t know what<br />

new things you’ll find, and a lot of that stuff is<br />

staring you right in the face. You just never thought<br />

outside the box far enough to grab it and give it a<br />

go.<br />

“You know, this time last year when I was<br />

sitting in the park with Sergi in Spain we said,<br />

there’s probably more people sitting in this park<br />

thinking about the surf industry and ecology and<br />

sustainability then the whole rest of the world in the<br />

surf industry, and we all do this for fun. The harsh<br />

reality is that the surf industry doesn’t spend a<br />

lot of money because there isn’t a lot of money in<br />

surfboards anymore.”<br />

And Grant’s final words on surfboard design…<br />

“The only way to find out how something goes is to<br />

have a go. And so, what you’ll find is those people<br />

in the park are the people that are willing to have a<br />

go. Because there’s lots of people who go, ‘Oh that<br />

looks good, but how do you do it? Well, have a go<br />

and then you will find out how to do it. And if you’re<br />

having a go, there’s plenty of people to help you<br />

along the way. You don’t have to scratch your head<br />

at night by yourself.”<br />


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GYMPIE<br />

family values<br />

You’ve heard the old saying of “do what you love<br />

and you’ll never work a day in your life?”<br />

It’s so not true. As anyone who actually ‘does what<br />

they love’ for a living will know, you usually work<br />

twice as hard as the average Joe, but you wouldn’t<br />

give up following your dreams for the world…<br />

When it comes to following dreams and setting up<br />

shop as Flipside Skate & Ride, the Bishop family<br />

had their path well and truly laid. Of course it was<br />

going to be a skate and bike shop. How many<br />

people do you know that are committed enough to<br />

have their own concrete skatepark built at home?<br />

Joel and his wife Kylie decided to put their love of<br />

skateboarding, BMX riding and skate culture into<br />

the launch of a brand new store in the main street<br />

of Gympie, just north of the Sunshine Coast in<br />

Queensland. While it’s bold enough to commit to a<br />

physical retail space in today’s ‘clicks-not-bricks’<br />

landscape, opening Flipside was about much more<br />

than the shop.<br />

“We wanted to have an old-school meeting place<br />

for skaters and bike riders to hang out,” says Kylie.<br />

“But we also wanted it to be a place where mums<br />

and dads would be comfortable to come in and<br />

shop for the up-and-coming little shredders… Just<br />

friendly, inclusive and not ‘too cool’.”<br />

Thanks to Flipside opening this November, people<br />

around the Gympie area now have their own local<br />

spot to get all the high quality gear for the new<br />

Gympie Youth Precinct Skate Park - a $2.8 million<br />

development including skate bowls, a skate plaza<br />

and pump track - without having to travel to the<br />

city, or buy unseen online.<br />

Having a healthy family of their own, Joel and Kylie<br />

are all about the kids, as well as building the local<br />

scene and community.<br />

“We want kids to get involved, love being involved<br />

and stay involved!” says Kylie.<br />

“We want kids to get involved, love being<br />

involved and stay involved!”<br />


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the new Youth Precinct<br />

photo gympie regional council<br />

friends of flipside<br />

skater: @ashar__b_<br />


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flipside tent at the launch of the new Youth Precinct<br />

flipside store 55 Mary St, Gympie<br />

“We have existing relationships with non-profit<br />

organisations such as Skate-aid and we plan to<br />

activate the skatepark through mentoring, teaching,<br />

encouraging and introducing new youth into the world<br />

of skate and BMX. Keep the park active!<br />

“Skate and BMX is a culture we want to nurture and grow<br />

as a life for our kids and the community - everything from<br />

the family values to the punk music... the freedom .. The<br />

new youth precinct will be a space we can all enjoy and<br />

come together as one, and Flipside will be a pillar of that<br />

support.”<br />

Sometimes things were just meant to be. For the Bishops.<br />

Flipside Skate & Ride is that thing.<br />

Flipside Skate & Ride is open at 55 Mary Street Gympie. Stocking<br />

brands like Vans, Santa Cruz, Spitfire Wheels, Independent<br />

Trucks, Envy Scooters, S1 Helmets and more.<br />

flipside skate & ride<br />

flipsideskate.com.au<br />


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heads up<br />

All readers of Smorgasboarder know our love for<br />

waves and Noosa is only matched by our love for<br />

beer. Hell yes, it is always good to celebrate a good<br />

session with another good session. Keep the good<br />

times rolling.<br />

With that all said, there is an independently<br />

Australian owned craft brewery located in Noosa<br />

that you need to know about, if you are not already<br />

aware of it, and it goes by the name Heads of<br />

Noosa Brewing Co.<br />

It was founded by two brothers, Lance and Craig,<br />

and the company has a real sense of family about<br />

it that extends throughout the entire team. The<br />

boys have a true passion for lagers and a focus<br />

on quality, striving to produce enjoyable beers for<br />

everyone. It’s been close to a decade in the making<br />

but the dream finally came to fruition in 2019.<br />

It’s been said that their beers are inspired by the<br />

nearby rocky headlands of Noosa Heads. “East<br />

facing, the Heads stand upright to the full force<br />

of Mother Nature and the unbridled swell of the<br />

magnificent Pacific Ocean. It’s their very nature<br />

to craft these swells into one of Australia’s finest<br />

breaks. Our nature and passion is to craft raw<br />

natural ingredients into some of Australia’s finest<br />

beers that are truly enjoyable time after time.”<br />

So, what’s the verdict? They are brewing some<br />

ripper amber nectar. Focusing on predominantly<br />

malt-forward lagers, the beers will appeal to a wide<br />

range of people. The Heads of Noosa Japanese<br />


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Lager at 4.5% wins the popularity contest hands<br />

down, even with the ladies! This beer is 100%<br />

Australian and is only Japanese in style using a<br />

blend of malt and rice for the grain bill.<br />

Filtered, the Japanese Lager looks as good as it<br />

tastes. We however have a special place in our<br />

hearts for their <strong>Summer</strong> Dusk, a 4.8% Amber Lager<br />

that has picked up two gold medals in 2019 alone.<br />

Malt forward, with subtle caramel notes, lightly dry<br />

hopped and filtered, this beer is full of flavour and<br />

goes down way too easy. The brewery certainly<br />

lives up to its motto of ‘Just Exceptional Beer.’<br />

The boys have also been active in supporting the<br />

local surf scene, which is great to see. In the short<br />

time Heads of Noosa has been operating, they’ve<br />

partnered with a number of surfing competitions,<br />

exhibitions and board shapers. Heads of Noosa<br />

were the naming sponsor for the 2019 Noosa<br />

Logger, hosting events at the Taproom and of<br />

course supplying beer! Recently they worked with<br />

local legend and former world champion Josh<br />

Constable to create a custom 9ft long board for a<br />

promotion at the Noosa Heads Surf Club, which<br />

was a hit with the locals. They also allowed the<br />

brewery floor to be converted into an art gallery<br />

to exhibit surf art as part of the Soleart Surf Art<br />

Expo, an official event on the Noosa Festival of<br />

Surfing calendar. They’ll be hosting the expo again<br />

for the 2020 festival, working with organiser Owen<br />

Cavanagh (another local legend) to go bigger and<br />

better.<br />


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6 questions for curl<br />

words: dave swan<br />

Now we know what you are thinking, why 6<br />

questions? Isn’t it usually 5? Well you’re correct but<br />

at Smorgasboarder we are always keen to give you<br />

more than you expect. So without further adieu,<br />

here’s our 6 questions with Curl.<br />

But wait, you first have a question? Who is Curl?<br />

Regular readers of Smorgasboarder will by now<br />

hopefully have come to know, and hopefully love,<br />

unless they’re completely devoid of humour, the<br />

politically-incorrect, crusty, old school, hippiebogan-bludger<br />

called Aloha Barry that graces our<br />

inside back cover and has done so for the past 8<br />

years.<br />

The incredible wit behind Aloha Barry is a very dear,<br />

good friend of ours called Darren Marks who also<br />

goes by the name Curl.<br />

Well…. let’s first address the elephant in the room.<br />

There’s some truly sick humour going on in your<br />

Aloha Barry cartoons. What brain injury did you<br />

sustain to have a mind that thinks like yours?<br />

Well, thank you very much. I don’t know where it’s<br />

sort of come from. It’s probably the company I keep<br />

to tell you the truth. I suppose it’s a bit of a mixture<br />

of different people that I know from down this way.<br />

I think every community’s got them really haven’t<br />

they? Those slightly eccentric individuals.<br />


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Some readers are possibly unaware you live on<br />

Phillip Island down in Victoria. I was thinking it<br />

was perhaps one too many ice-cream headaches<br />

surfing in those parts that messed you up?<br />

Yeah, it could be. You’ve got to sort of wonder why<br />

you do live in this cold area of the world. But um,<br />

you just get to know the people that you’re hanging<br />

around with, those that you are drawn towards, the<br />

nuttier people.<br />

So, tell us about Barry. You started “creating”<br />

Aloha Barry (I guess that is what you arty-farty<br />

people would call it) for our awesome magazine<br />

way back in 2012. I believe you shopped it around<br />

to everyone else first and we were a fall back?<br />

I think the first couple of Barrys I did was for a<br />

magazine called Coast down here. But that need<br />

to draw, you know, the ego fulfilling feeling of<br />

being published in a magazine basically lead me<br />

to you guys. I was keen to do a bigger form of<br />

the cartoon and I was drawn to your magazine<br />

(Smorgasboarder) and the fact you guys appeared<br />

to be a little rough around the edges. And obviously<br />

the money you pay too was a large draw card<br />

(laughing).<br />

So, way back then did you think you had struck it<br />

rich?<br />

Ohh yes mate. It was like I had struck a rich vein of<br />

gold. It just never stops giving back to me I tell ya.<br />

Are you disappointed some 8 years on that you<br />

still don’t own that villa in the Maldives we<br />

promised? No doubt you understand it is simply<br />

due to the fluctuating exchange rate?<br />

I’ve learnt to go without a few things being<br />

a cartoonist. It is not the most profitable of<br />

professions. I guess it is just one of those things<br />

you do. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself. I<br />

don’t know why I do it to tell you the truth. Why do<br />

I do it?<br />

So I am kind of guessing, the first time you met<br />

both Mark and myself was no doubt a bit of a life<br />

changing experience for you? Do you find more<br />

people swipe left or right nowadays?<br />

A life changing experience, like sorta herpes or<br />

dementia? It has had an effect on me for sure.<br />

In one of your cartoons, your alter ego Aloha<br />

Barry mentioned he wanted to milk the surf scene<br />

like a cow. I was curious to know how that worked<br />

out for you and whether that is part of the reason<br />

you are now a vegan? A lack of milk? It’s kind of<br />

ironic, given you were once a milkman.<br />

‘Vegan’ is a very touchy subject. I am not that<br />

disciplined. It’s a pretty big commitment. I am<br />

probably a bit more of a lackadaisical vegetarian<br />

really. The cartoon though probably came about<br />

and was inspired by you and Mark’s blatant greed -<br />

the exploitation of poor cartoonists.<br />

So, getting back on to the plant-based diet, vego<br />

thing, the whole not eating animals bit, is that a<br />

karma thing? You know, you don’t eat animals in<br />

the hope one of those big friggin’ white pointers<br />

in your parts down there isn’t going to eat you in<br />

return?<br />

It’s part of it I guess.<br />

I mean fairs fair though, he’s not going to mistake<br />

you for a seal is he? An aquatic giraffe perhaps?<br />

(For those unaware, Curl is 7’10”)<br />

I’m 6’8”. I’m a little on the taller side but could still<br />

probably pass for a very sickly seal.<br />

So finally, what’s life like as an artist? Is it all<br />

lattes and berets as they say, and how many berets<br />

do you own incidentally?<br />

No berets funny enough.<br />

It is just something I do for a bit of fun. It’s not as<br />

though it is something I can count on to put my<br />

kids through school, or feed my dog for that matter.<br />

It is just that creative outlet. Having that twisted<br />

sense of humour, it is good to let it out every now<br />

and again rather than have that bottled up!<br />

Now I know what you were thinking, that was way<br />

more than 6 questions. Well, you’re probably right<br />

but we were pissing ourselves too much to care.<br />

To hear more of this cracking interview<br />

go to the Smorgasboarder podcast.<br />

smorgasboarder.com.au/podcast<br />

itunes spotify buzzsprout<br />

I don’t know. I was impressed by what you guys<br />

were doing. The spirit of the magazine, and I do<br />

say this genuinely, I think the spirit of the magazine<br />

was right. I think it just sorta suited a lot of people<br />

and their experience with surfing. You know, not<br />

everyone is trying to be a pro surfer.<br />


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surfer: riley thomson<br />

photo: andy carruthers<br />

classic malibu<br />

Peter White (the owner of Classic Malibu) has been<br />

making surfboards of all sizes for over 50 years.<br />

He has gone through shortboards and those retro years<br />

(before it was retro) and is now revered as one of the best<br />

longboard shapers in the world.<br />

After a tumultuous 5 years, having his factory burn down<br />

and moving several times, Classic Malibu have a new<br />

site which is conveniently located next to a craft brewery<br />

in Noosaville, Queensland. Peter can be found there<br />

shaping most days.<br />

Classic Malibu have some excellent tried and true<br />

models which are regularly surfed on the world longboard<br />

circuit and over the past 5 years have dominated with<br />

2 world champions and a dozen excellent surfers riding<br />

Peter’s shapes. However, he is always coming up with<br />

new designs and is happy to chat about what board suits<br />

the individual surfer best.<br />

There are no airs and graces about the boards people<br />

should be riding. Whether it be a log, performance shape<br />

or something in between. There are no rules, just what<br />

will work the best for each individual surfer. Offering<br />

a totally custom service using the best materials, the<br />

boards are of the highest standard.<br />

The showroom has a selection of stock boards which<br />

showcase some designs and excellent quality that<br />

Classic Malibu insists on. They also have a great<br />

selection of 2nd hand boards which have been traded<br />

for new, together with accessories, and their own T-shirt<br />

designs, only available online or at the store.<br />


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photo: kirra molnar<br />

surfer: kathryn in taiwan<br />

photo: andy carruthers<br />

photo: kirra molnar<br />

classic malibu<br />

37 Project Ave, Noosaville,<br />

Queensland, Australia<br />

+61 07 547 43122 | info@classicmalibu.com<br />

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75 David Street,<br />

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P: +64 3 455 7414<br />

M: +64 27 518 8678<br />

E: grahamcarse@xtra.co.nz<br />



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Our modern take on a<br />

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Red Leaf custom make<br />

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P: 03 9587 3553<br />

E: rory@okesurfboards.com<br />

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W: redleafsurfboards.com<br />

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E: leightonclark01@yahoo.com.au<br />

M: 0422 443 789<br />



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M: 0438 800 539<br />

E: nmcsurf@bigpond.com<br />


M: 0407 604 753<br />

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Incorporating elements of<br />

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tatini art<br />

words: alex benaud<br />

Tatini Art was born on the Mediterranean coast just<br />

outside of the vibrant, bustling capital city of Rome<br />

in Italy. Matteo and Giulia’s desire to share their<br />

love for the ocean and nature is beautifully depicted<br />

through their clever use of recycled timber offcuts<br />

from a local window making factory.<br />

Born, raised and currently residing in one of the<br />

world’s most famous and historically important<br />

cities, Matteo Ciofi and Giulia Tatarella began<br />

surfing for a way to escape the daily pressures of<br />

life and to feel closer to nature, something they are<br />

both very respectful of.<br />

Italy is perhaps not the first destination that comes<br />

to mind when thinking of your next surfing trip,<br />

but as the sport becomes increasingly popular<br />

worldwide, it’s not as strange as it was 10 years<br />

ago to hear that there are so many passionate<br />

surfers there.<br />

“I clearly remember the adrenaline buzz of hitting<br />

the waves for the first time, so fresh, so free.”<br />

Recounts Giulia when quizzed about how she had<br />

come to discover surfing.<br />

“Matteo has surfed for many years, his first time<br />

was on a borrowed surfboard from a German that<br />

was sitting nearby on the beach. After that he was<br />

hooked so much that when he returned to Italy he<br />

saved enough money until he could afford one of<br />

his own.”<br />

And boards aren’t cheap in Italy!<br />

Both have been lucky enough to find flexible jobs<br />

that allow them surf and work on their Tatini Art<br />

project that sees them travel to various markets<br />

around Italy, sharing their love and passion in<br />

a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. Now<br />

expanding with stickers, key-rings and clothing<br />

items, it won’t be long until the infectious Tatini Art<br />

arrives down under to remind us why we all fell in<br />

love with surfing.<br />

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“I clearly remember the<br />

adrenaline buzz of hitting<br />

the waves for the first<br />

time, so fresh, so free.”<br />


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onboard<br />

an exhibition of creative talent,<br />

with a boardriding bias!<br />

words: jase johns<br />

For me, one of life’s little fascinations is seeing<br />

or experiencing people’s hidden talents. Add to<br />

that the creation of an expressive environment,<br />

in which gifted individuals blossom and flourish,<br />

it is both inspirational and massively satisfying.<br />

For those of us who like ‘standing sideways’, our<br />

Boardriding Community – be it, surf, snow, skate or<br />

whatever – the flair, passion and creative aptitude is<br />

unprecedented.<br />

Earlier this year, my partner (Tamara) and I had the<br />

priviledge of facilitating the second generation of<br />

NZSHRED’s Recycled Snowboard Art Exhibition<br />

in Queenstown … under the working name,<br />

“OnBoard”.<br />

A Not-For-Profit event, and with the help of some<br />

quality local business sponsors, we drew on the<br />

talents in our regional community to showcase<br />

what can often be ‘hidden just under the surface’.<br />

With the direction to donate all proceeds to two<br />

hardworking regional organisations (one, a group<br />

dealing with family and mental issues, and the<br />

other, the newly established Rescue Helicopter<br />

service) – what was achieved was truly inspirational.<br />

To see their faces, as they walked through the<br />

gallery rooms full of art pieces … pulling up beside<br />

their own, with a rye smile and a worthy sense of<br />

self-acknowledgement made it all worthwhile.<br />

Boardriders are passionate – we all know that.<br />

We want that next sunset wave or that epic pow<br />

day. Sometimes, there’s a little something that<br />

shines a light, and lets us see what we had no idea<br />

was there! This was and is, an exhibition for the<br />

community, by the community! This was a chance<br />

to use business to collate and congregate … to<br />

bring people together and to understand, “We are<br />

all more than just what appears on the surface!”<br />

Nick Haprov (Artist & NZSHRED Ambassador), Tamara<br />

Cummins & Jase John (NZSHRED “OnBoard” Organisers).<br />


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OnBoard Recycled Snowboard Exhibition, held at Queenstown Arts Centre.<br />


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music<br />

bronze age commeth<br />

In some ways it is terrible to describe<br />

a band as sounding similar to another<br />

because they are all unique in their own<br />

right. However, in doing so it does assist<br />

to give the prospective listener a sense of<br />

the style of music the said band plays.<br />

Well in the case of Bronze Age, these<br />

incredibly talented young musicians from<br />

the Sunshine Coast (all under 20 years<br />

of age) have a sound reminiscent of early<br />

Red Hot Chilli Peppers with a little Led<br />

Zeppelin thrown in. They have the stage<br />

presence and swagger, cool vocals, a<br />

lead guitar belting out incredible riffs,<br />

phenomenal bass guitar and a female<br />

version of Chad Smith on drums, albeit<br />

way better looking.<br />

They have only been together a few<br />

months but have already scored a huge<br />

number of gigs on the Sunshine Coast<br />

and Brisvegas and are developing quite a<br />

following including yours truly. Expect big,<br />

big things from this band in the coming<br />

months.<br />

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Celebrating great customer service along with the latest surf gear<br />

and fashion for 44 years and going strong.<br />

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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 />

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flipside skate & ride<br />

A real down-to-earth skateboarding and BMX shop in Gympie, QLD.<br />

We stock all the best brands - Vans, Santa Cruz, Spitfire Wheels,<br />

Independent Trucks, Envy Scooters, S1 Helmets and more. Drop in<br />

for gear, apparel, advice and old-school service.<br />

55 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570<br />

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the heart of the surf community<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 />

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 />

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cloth<br />

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shaping tools<br />

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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 />

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sadhana surfboards<br />

Everything for the board shaper from backyarder to pro. Full range<br />

of PU and EPS blanks. Polyester and water clear epoxy laminating<br />

resins. Shaping, sanding and glassing tools. Custom boards, repairs,<br />

short and long term hires. Shop online with freighting NZ wide.<br />

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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 />

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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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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 />

we are a core surf shop.<br />

Just up from Fitzroy Beach.<br />

Locally owned and operated.<br />

Surfboards and wetsuits.<br />

New and used. Repair and hire gear.<br />

Located at 39 Beach St, Fitzroy/New<br />

Plymouth, NZ<br />

Ph: (06) 7580 400<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 />

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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 />

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 />

alkali adorn<br />

Beautifully handcrafted artisan jewellery<br />

with rustic unpolished silver, shells and<br />

precious stones to create one-of-a-kind<br />

pieces. Inspired by the surf and the<br />

natural wonders of the sea.<br />

Instagram: @alkaliadorn<br />

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more<br />

enquiries<br />

new zealand<br />

jiff morris<br />

jeff@smorgasboarder.co.nz<br />

0220 943 913<br />

australia<br />

tami argaman<br />

tami@smorgasboarder.com.au<br />

0466 439 330<br />

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