Thursday, January 27, 2011


My father got me this low angle handplane last Christmas. There's something beautiful about a well-balanced tool. It shaves through timber like butter & it just feels right in my hands.

Above Pics: Tom Woods

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A day at the factory.

I spent most of the day today hanging around the factory. Mainly just fixing dings, checking out new shed stick and chillin in the show room.

Here's a couple of pic's of Sage measuring up a new triple stringer Vice.
And below are just a couple of pic's that I snapped up from around the factory.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hanging in the Dunes

Dad and myself... mid surf, mid winter. Pic by Andrew Kidman.

I love the wintertime. Offshore winds, cloudless skies and more frequent swells. And less people. Happy Days.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Big Waves

just arrived in hawaii to some serious swell. the eddie akiau was on hold til 11 o clock but called off because it was a bit inconsistent. the swell should wash away all the sand out of pipe and it should be pumping for the wqs which starts in 3 days. shoots

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Loggin days.

Heres a couple of shots that Tom from STsurf images got of Jack and I in Coffs over the weekend.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back in the Surf

I've just got back in the surf over the last few days after a having a sore back and not being able surf or work for 2 weeks. I even spent the better part of 48 hours flat on my back. It was really nice to get back in the water.

The above shots are by Chris Hewgill. This is my first surf since hurting my back and I'm riding a 5'7" Verve fish with a slightly different rocker and bottom contours than normal, which feels a little more at home in the pocket and on more powerful waves.

I've decided I'm going to start doing a lot more Yoga.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Daze

My dad, Paul, post surf Greenmount.

Dad's 60 now and pretty much retired. Every morning he gets up early, hops in the Van and drives down the beach. If there's waves he doesn't get back home till around 11. In the spaces between you might find him pottering around down the shed and or working on one of his many unfinished projects. Sometimes I get annoyed when it works out he's surfing way more than me.

No wonder dad has a smile on his face.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Shaping / Thought Process

Here's a couple of pics I snapped at the beginning stages through the shaping process of a Kneeboard for my friend Chris. I've had to make a couple of custom kneeboards this year which has thrown me outside my comfort zone (because I don't ride kneeboards and hence don't have that inherent understanding I have for the boards I ride regularly). But I found the process an interesting one nonetheless, and rewarding.

The Shaping process requires a lot of thinking... particularly if your shaping a custom board for a specific purpose, and it's a style of board you don't often make. I thought I'd share some of the thought processes which went into the kneeboard.

The top left pic shows Chris's current kneeboard (my father shaped it for him a few years back) but he wanted a bit more length and volume for paddle power and was intending to ride it when the waves got a little bigger and more hollow. The first step was to template his original board which I used to create his new outline. I didn't want to deviate too far from the board he had been riding and was happy with.

Next I roughed the rocker in... taking into account the extra length and the more powerful waves Chris will be riding. I'm actually hampered a little with the blank I'm using but get the maximum nose rocker the blank will allow. Next step the bottom contours go in - I decide to keep them similar to his original board. Single concave the whole way with a defined chine in the front third of the board. Hopefully this will help allow an easy transition from old board to new. Then flip the board over and make sure my centre, 12" and 24" points are the correct thickness (same as original board), roll the deck, and then its time to turn the rails.

If I'm going to get held up time-wise, more often than not its on the rails. And it happenned again with Chris's board. It's important to get the rails right... both the volume and shape, it relates to how your board is going to feel through turns, how much force you will need to apply, whether it's releasing, or to what degree its holding the water (suction). Chris wanted more volume through his rail, but I didn't want it to feel too 'clunky'. So I endeavored to get a rail with more shoulder on it than his last board (more volume) but with a similar apex shape (to retain a measure of sensitivity). Dad has a heap of rail templates in has Shaping Bay so I borrowed a few to use as reference points between the old and new rail and help maintain accuracy.

All up I spent a day and half templating and shaping Chris's Kneeboard.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Waxhead Diaries #3: Road Trip from Josh Simpson on Vimeo.

Just Before Christmas Matt Chonoski and Josh Simpson came to Crescent Head for a little roadtrip.
I meet them there and this is what was produced.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Up Down and All Around

I'm driving down to South Oz for a couple of weeks of desert barrels and to get me dose of flies for the year. I just got back from Hawaii a couple of weeks ago and am heading off again on the 20th. I love Hawaii and the variety of boards the waves demand you ride over there. This is my current Hawaiian quiver.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Vote 1 for Heath

My brother Heath is currently in the Waves Black Knight 3 Awards. There are 8 contestants who each have to submit 2 short surfing clips. This is Heath's first clip.

Heath Joske BK3 #1 from Waves Magazine on Vimeo.

The above clip was put together by Harry Triglone, and was filmed in the Canary Island, Santa Cruz and around home in Oz.

Please vote for Heath here.