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Pobblebonk for Heath

Hi there surfboard lovers!  just finished a pretty sweet ride for Heath who was wanting something for those crappy small days. You know... when you want to surf but are uninspired because the boards you have just won't do the job. This is how I felt back in the late 90's when I made my first Pobblebonk after seeing lots of crap waves go unridden at Snapper. I thought, mmmm, I can fix that and get a bunch of hassle free waves as well. The Pobblebonk was, for no particular reason, named after a rain forest frog (because I liked the name) and inspired from hanging out with my knee board riding mate Rosco (not her real name). It's basically a mal with about 4 foot of the useless walking bit removed. Upturned rails in the nose.... super low flat nose entry and hulled with a vee double concave through out the bottom. A moderate accelerating tail rocker with a nice bit of rocker in the rail (as compared to the stringer rocker) and with the low foiled rails, allows you to turn tightly with out effort. Usually I do these as a quad however Heath wanted some keels and why not....they look beautiful and well as functional. 

 

 

   ..... Heath's Pobblebonk is 5'5'' x 211/4" x 21/2" ...Heath is 5'10'' and weighs 75 kgs....

                            

January 21, 2017

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Luxe-twin for Jacob

Ok guys and girls got a really nice one for you today and it's a Luxe-twin in the classic sense. Shaped by me , glassed by Yuki and I and finished off by Yuki....it was a joy to make from beginning to end. The shape of this one was the classic standard Luxe-twin plan shape with a single to double concave in the bottom feeding out to a light vee in the tail. Fluted flyers for more bight and hold in the rail and a foiled rail for sensitivity.

We cut lapped the fibre glass and tinted the resin a slightly darker blue than the ice blue that we've been using of late and for a nice feature, did some cut fibreglass patches for the tail. The timber fins were cut, foiled and glassed on by me. It's a real privilege to make surfboards and to make them with consideration and passion is just the best thing to do. I love my craft and I'm grateful for being lucky enough to be able to follow my heart. Thank you universe!!! 

 

                          

         ......this Luxe measures  5'7'' x 191/2'' x 21/2''...... Jacob is 5'8'' tall and is 65 kgs......

January 18, 2017

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Wonglepong but not your average pong

Hi there channel lovers!....just thought I'd show you this little treat for a mate of mine Phil. He is a mad keen surfer, collector and shaper in his own right and before shaping his own boards would buy them from me, in particular channel bottoms. This is a tweak of my Wonglepong design that I have been doing in all various forms since the mid to late 90's. 

Usually ridden shorter, I have made them up to nearly eight feet....this one is a 7 footer and although primarily designed to surf Bells, will perform pretty well any where. Longer to get in early, twin fins for the speed and acceleration through the turns and the channels for a little forward projection and a bit of tails stabilisation on the fatter faces in Vicco. Foiled rails, flatter deck and a bit of tail lift to free the channels so your not locked up in the fast tight turns. Ice blue resin tint, cut lapped and custom cut glass patches. Resin tinting and taping up in the channels pushes the skill set to the max but we managed to pull this one off....there is no short cut for experience I suppose and I'm up for a challenge but I'm glad they don't come along too often just the same :-)

                          

         .....Phil's Wonglepong is 7' x 211/2'' x 27/8'' and he is about 6'1'' and 85 kgs...

Luxe with a twist

Hi there twin fin lovers! sorry to disappoint you today but it's another twist on the Luxe design...this time Shaun wanted a thruster and like old mate ...loved the Luxe-twin shape but wan't keen on two fins. I have no fixed ideas on how people should relate to the waves ...I'm just the facilitator that makes sense of what you are trying to achieve in the ocean.... and then make it happen. The great thing about this twin fin design is that it's so incredibly versatile and with a few tweaks here and there, can morph into almost anything. This one was hand painted by me, glassed by Yuki and I and was fitted with a system. Of course I shaped it as well but you probably guessed that already. Sorry for the lack of pics....just the one but sometimes it's worth a thousand words....and that's all I'm going to say today ...Yew 

             ....this machine is 5'5'' x 191/4'' x 23/8'' and Shaun is 5'7'' and weighs 70 kgs....

January 12, 2017

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High Performance Malibu for Liam

Hi there guys and girls, I just have to show you this variation of a HPmalibu that I made for Liam. He was looking for a mal that would be a good nose rider, have plenty of glide and paddle but still be able to flick it around a bit. Sounds fair enough to me....A few nice features in this board made it a joy to make. Triple hand cut cedar veneer stingers, timber tail blocks, blue faded spray and to top it off, a custom made decal of his Maton guitar.

Rocker wise, there is a moderate overall curve in the board with bottom features sitting inside this basic design. Concave in the nose feeding a double concave in the tail, progressive short board rails that spiral from upturned in the nose to down-turned low and boxy in the tail, allow you to perch for ten over or step back for a modern approach to the wave.  The Phantom Driver fin was the obvious choice for this board. A drill through box for the leash attachment...(this is where I drill a hole through the back of the fin box through to the deck and you attach the leggy string through it)... as I couldn't bring myself to putting a plug in such a nice board.

Board and rider were last seen heading to Straddie for week or two of relaxation and aquatic activities.

 

....dimensions...9'6'' x 223/4'' x 3''....handshaped for Liam who is 6'2'' tall and weighs 87 kgs...

GO GO fish for Evan

 Hi there, this is a little video of a GoGo fish I made for Evan in W.A.  It's pretty well a standard GoGo-fish but with a little more volume in the nose as requested by Evan. The deck is quite flat which helps distribute the volume evenly. With the rails low and foiled and a generous curve in the plan shape, the board will feel fresh and sparky throughout the turns and will perform well in a variety of wave conditions.The tape up, cut lap and custom tinted glass job was done by Yuki and I, and the sweet timber fins made by me. The bespoke leggy loop in the tail is a lovely addition to free the deck space of a leg rope plug so you can get your foot right back if you need to. This forward feeling volume board will paddle in early, catch the waves easily and with the lower rails, surf well off the nose.   

 

                       

         ....the dims on the board are 5'7'' x 201/2'' x 25/8'' and about 35 litres....

 ....the bespoke tail loop.....

Burleigh Single Fin Comp

I had an awesome day at the Burleigh Single fin comp on Saturday catching up with old mates and checking out some pretty classic boards. My mate Billy forgot to put my peanuts in the jar  so I missed out on surfing in the event this year but it was still fantastic to see the point alive and buzzing, reminiscent of the Stubbies back in the day....in fact it would have been pretty easy to think that you were in some kinda time warp! 

Awesome waves, great food, hot surfing and a fantastic vibe made this a great festival to be a part of and I think that the boys did a great job once again this year. Too busy talking and not much of one for recording stuff but I did manage to snap a pic....Cheers

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the line up was a feast for you eyes

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 the evolution of the fin

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