Boatbuilding on Great Barrier Island

. . . continued from old singlefins again was good but didn't satisfy the urge to create, so we moved ahead with our original Great Barrier plan which was to build a scow for our own transport. We had with us a large library of books including " The Scows and scowmen of Auckland " and a host of boatbuilding manuals. These were read late into the night by candlelight. Our budget was limited, so we took Ralph Sewell's advice that " There's nothing like a bit of good clean pine for boatbuilding " and started stockpiling Kaitoke pine, this was being milled By Bruce Marx and the Haszard Brothers who lived on the other side of the Kaitoke Creek.Peter and Buster Haszard were a couple of classic old engineers, a gay couple who had taken refuge from the prying public in the Kaitoke forest. The had piles of old machinery scattered through the pine trees and tea tree on their property, they owned the sawmill. Bruce Marx the Biker lived in a housetruck with his wife Robyn and two children on an acre of creek front property. Bruce operated the mill.Kaitoke had great towering pine trees which were over 70 years old. The trunks were perfectly straight and clear for up to 30 metres or more. The wood itself was very hard, and of far superior quality to plantation grown pine. Once a week we'd head over to the mill and select the best pieces.

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The Baron Project

This one's to a favourite design frst built in 2003. She's 12 feet by 27 inches wide by 2.5 inches thick, with a roundtail, an 8 inch tunnel and a bulb tipped flex fin.The Baron was designed prior to the SUP craze, and as far as I know was one of the first longboard designs to take advantage of widths in the 27 inch range. The widest longboards at the time were no wider than 25 inches and the majority were 21 or 22 inches. Some might call it cheating to make such an incredible wave catcher, but we don't mind ! The board is a prone paddling surfboard which will roast the tail feathers of any SUP, and can reach speeds of over 30mph with ease. Here the planshape has been marked on the paper scroll, and we are adding the lines inside and outside of the planshape, which show where the rail blocking must goThe first blocks and frames being cut and laid out, the wood grain in the blocks and the frames are set at 45 degrees to the centreline

{ Yusuke Hanai }

Yusuke Hanai stopped by the shop yesterday to visit, and bring this incredible painting for the wall.

Don't miss his art show at the Surf Gallery with Tyler Warren and Joe Curren.

Thanks Yusuke!

Front Window

I have been working with John Cherry on a few boards lately. He gave me these two project boards to do for Sacred Craft. One is a 9'6" nose rider and the other is a 9'0" Simmons replica.
Both boards are chambered balsa. John made the blanks and gave them to Terry Martin of Hobie Surfboards to rough shape and then got them back to chamber them. Terry finish shaped them and John sent them to Ric Allison on the east coast to do the wood on-lay octopus and jelly fish. After so much work already into them I got them to handle the glassing. They were a lot of work as a team effort to get them done but I think the end result came out good.

John Cherry - made the blanks and chambered them, made the fins too
Terry Martin - shaped the blanks
Ric Allison - on-laid the wood designs
Michael Miller - laminated, finned, sanded, gloss+polished them

Amigos de Sur

Here are some rad photos of some of San Clemente's finest gentlemen, Kameron and Christian.

{ Shelter Surf Shop }

We just dropped off a 9'7 Lumberjack at Shelter this week.

displacement an RCVA arthouse flick by Alex Kopps

Tiki twin fin

Ad from Surf Scene 1984.
From Surf Scene 1982
I also spotted this nice Tiki on the 'bay, from around 1982 I'd guess and in nice condition, 5'9 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4. You want it ? Go get it

Ocean Magic single fin by Nigel Semmens

Stephane sends us these shots of his immaculate Ocean Magic circa 1980 single fin by Nigel Semmens. I'd imagine singles were quite rare by this stage as most boards would be twinnies. Ocean Magics are always good to see, especially by Nigel, British champ in '79 and European champ in '81, the most successful surfer in the country at the time he shaped this.
Stephane also has a couple of blogs with his boards on, highlights include two early Maurice Coles, two Hot Stuffs and two Bolts , take a look at and .Thanks Stephane.

Oden Hull Test

Curiosity got the best of Oden and Taylor, so they went in on the Ninelights Hull together.

Here's Oden giving it a run in some marginal conditions yesterday.

Switch Foot II now available

The first Switchfoot book was a great read and insight into some of the characters we share the waves with. Andrew Crockett has now released his new book and will have it on a road trip before Christmas.

" We will be adding loads of new content to the website in coming months and if you check the 'book' page on the website it should be updated this week...we have already added some new people to the website, but most of the content will be added in 2010.

We are doing a roadtrip from Noosa to Torquay and back from late November until the middle of December...

Our main BOOK LAUNCH is at Heritage Surf in Manly Sydney on Saturday December 5th from 2pm.

We have a book launch on Sat Dec 12th at Watermarks Photo Gallery Torquay from 2pm

We have a book launch on Sat 19th December at the NEW Qld Surfing Museum Currumbin from 2pm "

For more details or to get a copy , check his website :

My Canvas

King Tut from Christian Wach on Vimeo.

Dawn patrol POD

Served up some fun steep walls this morning at first light. No suffering from spaghetti arms. Should have taken a pic but then you’d be able to suss out where it was!!! Rode my 6’6” Campbell Bros POD… was a fun board well suited t o the wave…

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Afternoon Surf

The waves were average, but the lighting was nice.

Golden Fish

Here's a custom Sandia Fish we did for Estancia and CDM's Surf Team Coach, Joel.


Going to be doing a bonzer 5 with a bit of a twist here – front set at 18 degrees and the rear set at 9 to allow optimum thrust at different angles of lean… I’ll feed back on this new fin set up soon.

Custom surfboard - EVO5 bonzer made in Cornwall

6’10 x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” x 11 7/8” x 14” – 1/8” bonzer concave v in tail to 1/16” concave. Burford foam

{ Ninelights Hull }

We have a used 7'0 Ninelights Hull in the shop right now.

Hand shaped by Jeff Beck.

Dims are 7'0 x 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 x 15 x 2 5/8


Nathan Adams at Doho

Here are 2 frames that Oden shot at Doheny, this Summer, of Nathan perched high up on a wave with Levi Prairie getting a close up view. No one likes sharing waves and surfing switch as much as Levi.


Ever since the first zygote divided into two separate embryos, humans have reserved special places in their rites and mythologies for twins.
The Igbo peoples of Nigeria saw twins as a curse, and would sacrifice them to the forest (as detailed in Chinua Achebe’s excellent novel Things Fall Apart).
The Navajo
honor twins as descendants of the twin gods of sun and moon, believing that they will help restore order to the chaos of the world.
Americans like to stick a fake goatee on one of them and call them Evil.
Dr. Spock’s evil twin showed up in 1967, sporting the trademark Evil-Twin Beard.
Cartman's evil twin broke social boundaries, becoming the first elementary school kid with an Evil-Twin Beard to go prime time.
Surfers have our own preoccupacy with twins--twin fins, twin pins, Twinzers, the Hobgoods. Even our own Leslie Anderson isn't immune to their thrall, as evidenced by a pair of longboards that recently left her shop.
Jason's diamond tail log with 3/4" red cedar stringer seems to have shared some embryonic developing time with its twin below, blogged about here:
Both were shaped by hand in Sonoma county with smaller Northcoast waves in mind . Both feature single fin goodness, volan glasswork, and resin art by Leslie.
But what is perhaps most intriguing about twins is how they differ--which one is more popular with the ladies, which one is more fearless in the hockey rink, which one dances with their tongue out.
The differences in the above boards are equally intriguing—the bigass cedar stringer vs. the high density foam one, the diamond tail vs. the rounded pin, the clean shaven vs. the goateed one (one of these is not actually a design feature).
Although some may see one of the above boards as an evil incarnation of the other, I prefer the Navajo interpretation that twins are two parts of the same whole. That they, together, can separate the good from the evil, and order where before existed only chaos.
Or at least score us some waves when it’s head high or under.