Hi there and thanks for dropping by. I'm a custom board builder and thrive on being the interface between you and the waves. I can and do make all sorts of boards to help you surf beyond your ability, be it at the elite level or just starting out. I'm hands on, and utilise the latest technology to handcraft you the best board I possibly can that will stoke you to the eyeballs and turn you into the happiest surfer in the water.....gotta love that. :-)
My good friend Hamish was in need of revamping his tired quiver to get the stoke on for this summer. The first board that he ordered for his every day basic was the tug deluxe...a nicely well rounded board suited to performance surfing in a variety of waves. This board has a flattish deck with a bit of hidden volume and padding for the days when your not really feeling it but still refined in the rail so you can give it some when you need to. Single double concave to a vee out the tail to keep you sparking along. The Second was a Slipper single fin. Just a step up for the points on the sunny coast for wave domination and sheer surfing pleasure! I hand painted them inspired by the Fender sunburst..... blew Hamish's mind when he saw them....one happy lad for the up coming season.
Hamish weighs in at 87 kgs and is 6'4'' tall.
The Slipper is 6'8'' x 21'' x 3'' and is 47 liters....plenty of paddle and line up dominance....
the Tugdeluxe....6'5'' x 191/2'' x 2/12''....34.1 litres
Most of you know me by now and realise that I am not your conventional shaper/board builder. I love design and using my skills to help people achieve their goals no matter what their craft.....I guess I embrace the multicultural aspect of surfing, and anyone who loves the ocean. One thing that I enjoy is working closely with individuals who are passionate about their boards, want to surf better and have fun doing it... Beau Nixon is one such fellow who I have been making boards together with on and off for the past 5 years. He is a super talented longboarder and in the last few years he has been a top competitor on the professional world SUP tour.... a true champion and 2014 Tweed Coasts sportsman of the year. Recently he decided to reconnect with me with the SUP's and have me exclusively shape them for him...working closely together we have refined some nice boards together and already Beau is seeing the results. This past weekend saw him just get piped into second place in the state titles in atrocious surfing conditions but according to Beau, 'the boards are awesome!' ...Here are a few links to what Beau is up to and some of his achievements thus far.....;link1 link2 link3
stoked with the quiver before heading off....
laying into the rail during the finals of the state titles last weekend....
the dims on this one are 7'10'' x 26'' x 33/4'' and 78 litres
the dims on this are 7'4'' x 26'' x 37/8'' and 80 litres
the dims on this are 8' x 26'' x 37/8'' and 83.4litres
After a fantastic weekends event at Saltfest, I unloaded a few new stock boards into the racks at the Sunhouse, my new shaping digs. Two boards that stood out in particular as really nice ones ...An XU-1 and the other, a Flow.
The XU-1 is the high performance keel fin that I have been frothing on the last few months or so ....it was hand-painted and then resin tinted, then a one off custom set of my keels were glassed on....set and forget....I really liked this board.
The other was a Flow...a 6'5'' that I kinda made for myself...hand painted and put a single fin box in it so I can play around with the many fins that I have.....She looked pretty sweet and I was looking forward to having some fun with it.
I don't usually make many stock boards as I really like to make customs for individuals....so any stock boards tend to be super tuned, and mindfully shaped custom boards...but on the rack.....They didn't last long, a total of 4 days, before these boards were in the ocean!!...sad to say ..I didn't really get the chance to photograph them, let alone ride one of them!! but I did manage to get a few dodgy pics on the I-phone before they walked out the door.....Two beautiful boards and two very stoked girls in the line up.
Hi again, this is Ollie...just stoked to be grabbing his first custom board...the Futura model and as a rounded pintail.
It has a flatter deck with loads of hidden volume but still with the performance foiled rails for manoeuvrability and control through the turns. Relaxed nose rocker and single to triple concave to flat out the tail. This one has been set-up as a five plugger to give Ollie all the options. Custom hand-paint by me.
The stats on this one...6'1'' x 191/2" x 21/2" and is 33.7 litres.....Ollie weighs 85-92 kgs....depending on the beer :-)
Hi Again, this is my friend Erwin picking up his custom Futura.....
The futura is a great model with the extra meat in the deck for the paddling and wave catching ability. We did a bit of customising to this one for Erwin as he was chasing a bit of thickness and width under the back foot. Usually this model is a square-tail however he had been riding a Tug-deluxe rounded pin before that he was loving so it just had to be a rounded pin also. The five fins cover all the bases and this is in the standard Quad fin/thruster configuration.
I custom hand-painted this one for him ...the brief on the design was something blue and white on the nose...the rest was left up to me.
Erwin weighs about 76kgs and is quite heavy on his back foot so I opted for the polly-prop patch for longevity and lightness.
This board is 6' x 19" x 23/8" and is 29.6 litres