Early riser

My sick sunrise photo
My sick sunrise photo I drive my family insane… I am usually up before 6am and even though I am trying to be quiet they tell me I sound like a baby elephant walking around. I am not a great photographer but I love watching, and trying to capture the morning…

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Bali Eco weekend

Baby turtle release
Baby turtle release Bali has a problem…and anyone who has ever been there shares in the responsibility. It is groaning under the weight of its popularity, bursting with tourists, and unable to cope with the sheer mass of rubbish generated by that…

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The old and the new

1976 Bumblebee, 1980 Retro, 2012 Puffer Fish, 1977 MR twin
1976 Bumblebee, 1980 Retro, 2012 Puffer Fish, 1977 MR twin One of the last photos I took before we left the shop was this one of my boards in an old store room. Bosko, a great local surf photographer, had wanted to get a quiver shot with me in the old laneway. He…

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Walking away

What used to be the counter area
Last day behind the ‘counter’ Packing up 50 years of your life takes a long time… We have always been hoarders, myself, my Mum and Dad. And having the storage behind the shop made it easy not to throw stuff away. So after we closed the store,…

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Shell of a shaping room

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The Pit becomes an empty shell Its weird how empty a room can look when you take away all the stuff that defines it… It was the strangest feeling taking everything out of The Pit…as it got sparser and sparser, I got sadder and more reflective…it…

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The Bumblebee flies in

Original Bumble Bee with skatedeck fins
Original Bumble Bee with skatedeck fins The Bumblebee was the first twin fin I ever shaped, in 1976. It was inspired by Reno Abellira, who rode a yellow twin fin fish on small days, in the 2SM Coke event in Sydney. At the time, everyone was riding narrow tailed,…

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Cardboard history

A history in Templates
A history in Templates Finding old templates brings back memories of my shaping history…most of them on cardboard, which aren’t as accurate as timber, but a lot easier to cut out and true up. Some are on thin plywood, which take a lot more time…

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C4 MR model

Shame I can't put it in the water right away!
Shame I can’t put it in the water right away! Stand-up paddle boards…some people love them, some people hate them!!! I reluctantly tried one when I was in Southern California a few years ago to present Eddie Vedder with a well deserved Environment…

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The new “Pit”

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A new shaping room, a new beginning I thought it would be hard to relocate but I have found a space and we have started building the new shaping room ( to be known as the New Pit)…same design , same size… hopefully the same ‘mojo’ I…

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MR’s shaping room

Tail Templates
Tail Templates I have been working in this room since I was about 15… so it is a huge part of my life. I changed it a bit after working with Brewer in the Hawaiian Winter of ’77 altering my stand height, lights and size, after finding his room easier…

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