Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vice log.

This pic was taken yesterday at this super fun point that I love and seem to surf a lot just near my house. I'm riding my new Vice log. It's been going unreal, it trims sweet turns effortlessly and allows some sweet tip time. Cheers Inbyronbaytoday for the pic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PJ Post Surf

Hung out with Morgan Maasen and Cyrus Sutton a few weekends back - there weren't a lot of waves around but we had a good time. Morgan snapped this pic of dad when he rocked up at the factory about 3 pm in the arvo after surfing all morning.

I like this shot. Dad has that happy but tired look you get when you've had a long surf; and his unkept grey/white hair looks fluffy and makes him look a bit like an angel with a glow around his head.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Work In Progress

A couple of pics I took randomly around the factory recently

The above aboard is glassed with two layers of 7.5 ounce Volan top and bottom. It has dual red cedar stringers sandwiching a green foam insert. I was pretty disappointed after I glassed this board as it was originally meant as stock board and the volan looked 'patchy' after I laminated it. Apparently this can be caused if the glass gets moisture in it. I ended up acquiring this board into my quiver and am really enjoying riding it... had some fun surfs at the Pass and Valla on it recently.

Vice Log, 1/2" Cedar stringer with green tint. Going to Japan.

Verve fish, just about to be glassed.

Dual stringered Vice Log, another one for Japan. This board has been a lot of work. It has a navy tint front and white pigment in the back third; with navy splashes in the white & white splashes in the Navy. The bottom lap didn't come out quite as clean as I would have liked, so I ended up putting 3 pinlines around the bottom lap. The pic with the green tape shows me working out how to set up the pinlines. I was really happy with the outcome.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Last Chance to Vote for Heath

The Waves Magazine Black Knight Awards finish tomorrow so last chance to give Heath your vote.

To watch Heath's clip go here:

And to vote go here

Above pic by Andrew Kidman.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Volta slide.

A few at Lennox from brett caller on Vimeo.

My mate Nat caught the end of a few waves I got through the inside of a well known north coast point recently.  Here's a super short clip that he together.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sharing Waves

These are a couple of pics of my brother Heath and I sharing some waves at Valla.

Heath is currently in WA chasing the WQS contests. In fact he's away most of the year. As a competitor you have to stay closely dialled in to your equipment. Fractional changes in design can make big differences - which means your surfboards are all relatively similar.

When he's home Heath seems to want to wind down, chill out and surf some different equipment. I made him a log last year he pulls out when its get smaller. And he likes to pull out the old 'Tracker' from underneath the house on occasion.

Pics by Andrew Kidman

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Epoxy Volta

Some shots by Andrew Kidman when he was passing through a few months back. I'm riding a 5'7" Epoxy Volta Fish.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The sweet spot.

I recently had Sage make me a 9'6 "Vice" log as I was after something that would be super easy to nose ride in a mmajority of conditions. This vice is a little different as the rails, nose and tail have all been slightly modified.

The board is epic. It's a deep marone tint with a rather large white circle on the bottom. It's super easy to ride as it paddles like a dream and trims across a wave effortlessly. My initial thoughts were to ride this beauty with a 10" hatchet even though I have been riding Greenough style fins in most of my recent logs. The hatchet went well as it allowed nice transitions and drew sweet lines. Although every time I went to nose ride through a critical section the tail kept letting go and has been driving me crazy.

This morning I was logging at this fun little beachie just near the "Big Banana" when I realised that my beautiful marone hatchet that I paid good moolah for was about to sink into "Davey Jones' locker". I went in and decided to use this opportunity to try out the 10" Greenough just to see if it made any difference to this little tail sliding problem that I've been having. I paddled out and waited a few seconds and then stroked my way in to this little sucky right hander. I approached the section from behind and optimistically ran towards the beak. I instantly felt a feeling that I hadn't felt on this board yet as it locked in and lifted through the section. I was pumped it didn't skip out. I'd already surfed for about 2hrs prior to the fin swap but after that wave I knew it was going to be awhile before I went in. The sweet spot had been found.
I surfed for about another hour before the hunger pains kicked in and got over a dozen sweet moments of tip time. I was stoked, problem solved. Who knew that a simple fin swap could deliver such subtle variations to the performance of a board.