Friday, October 30, 2009


This is one of the first boards I shaped with a lot of guidance from my father. It is inspired by the ancient hawaiian Kiko'o style boards Tom 'Pohaku' Stone has been making. I called it 'Kumu' which means teacher. The timber is Pink Floss and was cut down from our friends property. So far it has been ridden at Bells Beach, Raglan and the Maldives. Pic by Andrew Kidman.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

WOW- The best use of a SUP yet.....

This is pretty amazing. Give it a look, he is straped in but i don't care he is getting so shacked.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Sunny Coast

So a couple of weeks ago
i went on an adventure to the sunshine coast
i surfed noosa, moffatts, and ann st.
also a couple of other places that i cant remember
a highlight was eating the massamos ice cream

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In the Beginning...

Some old pictures I stumbled across recently. From top clockwise - The original Valla Farmhouse and the birthplace of Valla Surfboards. Two crisp new single fins (in the middle is Peter Connelly, an old friend and surfing buddy of my fathers). Paul finishing a board with a polish - note the bare feet and the view from the polish room.


The pic's above were captured by talented photographer Duncan Macfarlane at Shellies beach earlier this year. keep an eye out for this young photog he is producing the goods.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Loggin Love

I have been working with Keith Novosel of late
here are a small selection of our results
for you to look at with your eyes

Thursday, October 15, 2009


So happy to feel this good surfboard beneath my feet. Deep thanks Sage.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

star of the latest PLB

The latest Pacific Longboarder magazine is hitting the shelves this week and the main article is about three longboarders from my area (Coffs coast) Valla team rider Brett Caller has 3 pages and a small write up. These pics were a few portraits I did for the opening page.

pics// ST Images

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Finless Fish

Finless Fish shaped by Paul Joske for Derek Hynd's finless event. Both Heath and I rode it down at King Island and the board probably worked a little too well. The curved control surfaces slow the board down after you take off, sucking you back into the pocket then running along at wave speed. One crisp morning I saw Heath get a tube and come out.
If you haven't seen Musica Surfica yet its worth a look.

The Old Mal master.....

On the weekend I got to surf and hang out with my good mate Issac Fields. He is a super nice guy and an amazing surfer. He told me on the weekend that he doesn't own a board with more than one fin, I thought that was pretty cool.
This is a pic of him in his backyard at Evans with his three old ladies.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Evans Head invitational!

Once again the October long weekend has come and gone, and for the Evans Head Over 8's another very successful comp. This year Sage was unable to come with Jack and I to defend his titles in the retro single fin and his weapon of choice the old mal. None the less team Valla prevailed with young Jack taking out the u/18 boys division and also coming second in the retro single fin, good on you mate. After a super fun weekend of hanging with good friends and surfing a bunch load of heats, I also come away with a win in the open mens 9ft, a second to good mate and amazing surfer Issac fields in the old mal, and a 4th place in the bic surf boards divison.
Here are a few pics from the weekend, check out the one where the fishing boat got stuck on the bar. heavyyyy.