The Pro Tour comes to Merewether

Contest structure Merewether Beach
Contest structure Merewether Beach Surfest, including the Burton Toyota Pro and the Hunter Ports Womens Classic, has been held in Newcastle, and more recently Merewether, for the last 28 years. This year it was a 6 star ASP WQS Event and attracted most…

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Surfing Australia celebrates 50 years

MR with Hall of fame trophy
MR with Hall of fame trophy It has been a long time since I have won anything!!!! The competitive career is a distant memory. So I was totally stoked and honored to be named Australia’s Most Influential Surfer 1963-2013 last Wednesday evening. Every…

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Mammoth trip

MR on Chair 25 at Mammoth
MR on Chair 25 run at Mammoth You would never go on a surf trip with me !!!! Over the last few years I have been to Hawaii, the Maldives and the Mentawais, and managed to get no surf on any of them!!! So I decided to swap my surf trips for the snow…. I have just…

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Board sprays

'Resin tint ' look designs sprayed with paint.
‘Resin tint ‘ look designs sprayed with paint by Alonzo L to R UFO, Super Twin, Super Twin, Bushranger, Flying Saucer I have always loved brightly coloured surfboards!!! During the 70’s and 80’s virtually all boards were coloured.…

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Retro reproduction- 1982 Concave Retro

1982 models : 6'2"  V Bottom,  6'0" Concave Bottom, 6'2" Concave Bottom. MR 6' 1/2" x 36"
1982 models : 6’2″ V Bottom, 6’0″ Concave Bottom, 6’2″ Concave Bottom. MR 6′ 1/2″ x 36″ As a shaper / designer you rely mostly on your own ideas and knowledge to develop new models. Sometimes…

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Retro Reproduction 1980 Twin Fin

MR with 6'2" 20 1/4" 2 3/4" 1980 Retro Twin Fin Reproduction
MR with 6’2″ 20 1/4″ 2 3/4″ 1980 Retro Twin Fin Reproduction When I decided to expand my Retro Reproduction series, it was a no-brainer to decide to add my ‘magic’ 1980 Twin fin to the range. As mentioned in my previous…

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The ‘magic’ 1980 Twin Fin

Magic 1980 Twin fin
Magic 1980 Twin fin This is possibly the best board I have ever shaped..and it is one I have always referred to as a ‘magic’ board. It went incredible from the very first wave. It was fast and loose and it felt like an extension of my feet. It would…

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Retro Reproduction 1978 / Free Ride

MR with Free Ride Limited Edition reproduction model
MR with Free Ride Limited Edition reproduction model I have always been astounded by the number of people who used to come into our shop trying to track down an old Retro twin to surf in small summer slop. Over the years these boards have become difficult to…

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1977 Free Ride Twin Fins

The original  "Free Ride" boards
The original 1977 “Free Ride” boards These are two of the most important boards in surfing history!!! You can call me an ego-maniac but it is a fact. With surfing ( as in all history) time goes on and the story gets rewritten, and elements of it…

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New Years Day 2013

Merewether Beach 5.30am New Years Day
Merewether Beach 5.30am New Years Day My wild and crazy New Year Eve saw me in bed at 10.30pm!!! I usually wake without an alarm at 5.30am every morning. There was hardly any surf but the sunrise was amazing . Here’s to the start of a good year for you all…

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