Early riser


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 sunrise, which I see…

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Bali Eco weekend


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 industry. We have just…

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The old and the new


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 loved the contrast of the bright boards against the weathered…

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Walking away


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, although most of the stock was gone there…

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Shell of a shaping room


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 was like there was a DVD…

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The Bumblebee flies in


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, single fins averaging 6’8″…

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Cardboard history


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 to make. I recently found…

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C4 MR model


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 Award. EV, Mark Smith, Sonny Miller and I went…

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The new “Pit”


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 painstakingly measured up my old one,…

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MR’s shaping room


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 to work in. It’s…

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