The Pro Tour comes to Merewether


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 of the world’s best surfers including…

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Surfing Australia celebrates 50 years


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 year Surfing Australia…

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Mammoth trip


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 spent 2 weeks at Mammoth Mountain…

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Board sprays


I have always loved brightly coloured surfboards!!! During the 70’s and 80’s virtually all boards were coloured. There was a shift back to clear boards for a time, and now we are seeing a resurgence in the use of colour, especially on the rear…

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Retro reproduction- 1982 Concave Retro


As a shaper / designer you rely mostly on your own ideas and knowledge to develop new models. Sometimes your customers can be the catalyst for an idea to formulate a new model. Continuing on from the success of the 1980 Retro reproduction model , which had…

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Retro Reproduction 1980 Twin Fin


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 post, I look on this board as one of the best I have ever shaped. I had most of the elements…

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The ‘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 go anywhere on a wave…

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Retro Reproduction 1978 / Free Ride


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 find, with any originals being coveted by their owners.…

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1977 Free Ride Twin Fins


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 can be forgotten . Many people will not know, or have…

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New Years Day 2013


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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