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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Old blanks… new inspiration

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Old Clark blanks Some of the treasures we’ve unearthed as we start to clean out the storage buildings behind the shop are these old blanks. So far I have found Burfords, Dions, Surfblanks and Clark blanks… all from the 70’s. When I dragged…

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Classic MR’s to Surfworld Torquay

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Aipa King Kong Stinger I have collected a lot of stuff over the years. ….boards, trophies, memorabilia…and one of the problems now is where to store it and what to do with it! It drives my wife insane…my reluctance to let go of stuff!!!…

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Slimes… a new beginning

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Ian & Mitch in slimes Part of my dilemma with closing the shop was that I needed an outlet for my boards in Newcastle. One of the things I was most proud of was that we always had a full size range of all my board models in stock. I was really keen to try to continue…

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MR Quiksilver Skateboard

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MR Freeride skateboard Just got my 1st sample of the new MR skateboard. This was a collaboration with Quiksilver US and Lib Tech. We based the design on my Free Ride twin fin using the wings and swallow tail shape combined with the classic deck graphics. I…

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Mammoth Mountain snowboarding

Gnu & Lib Tech quiver
Gnu & Lib Tech quiver After the craziness of closing the shop I needed to escape. The kids and I took off to Mammoth Mountain in California for a snowboard trip. Check it out at http://www.mammothmountain.com/ My eldest son Kyle got hooked on snowboarding…

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