Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dude, where you stayin'?

loaded for bear on the way back oop to Newcaslte from the sunny, surf soaked SW.
Funny thing is there were two of us sleeping in there as well...


Thanks to Chris Preston for the pictures of me testing the Biofish at Wooly in N Devon

Had a luv'ly time in the SW counties, and met some amazing folk.

Thanks to everyone for sharing a smile, cuppa, and waves.

See you again soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Just finished the latest batch of boards, and am heading down south for the deliveries.

back soon...

Dude, you trippin'

Since the move, my cat Jake has been becoming quite the local celebrity. He hangs out outside the shop, chats with the passers by, goes into the mechanics garage next door like he owns the place, and generally acts like a dog...

Clearly he's not sure on the color work...

thanks buddy

More pics of the board here:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Personal Day

The Biofoam fish glassed...
Inlay deck, check, flip, glass bottom, check, flip add logo and clear wrap, check, hotcoat deck, check, flip, glass on fins, check, hotcoat bottom..
whew...what a day...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

6'4" gun fish for Sean

Slight white pigment, all 6oz, wetsand gloss.
Thanks Sean!

6'6"x22 rounded fish for Rich in Devon

Slightly more volume than normal, lime green tint, all 6oz.
Bring on the summer...
Thanks Rich!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Irish Glide

My friend Paul sent me these pictures of some great color work he's doing over in Ireland.
If you're about check him out on

Friday, April 17, 2009

Biofoam number one

This was my 1st biofoam blank. I've had it lying in the corner for 6 months waiting for me to decide what to make out of it. Yesterday, I couldn't wait any longer and dove in.

I had heard all the moans about the way it tore, and didn't finish well. But, this was a pleasure to shape. It didn't tear, and sanded really easily. Am really happy with it.

Bummer about the yellow color, but it will be getting tinted anyway...

Thursday, April 16, 2009


fish went so well on this long RH point style reef...fairly steep take off with large wide walls...had a lot of comments along the lines of "what are you riding??!! you are getting and making way more waves than you should on a fish!"...and a few saying "surprised you can make the drop on that!" got up to solid 5ft like 3 or 4 ft over head and it was still loving it...drops got a bit later but wooohaa was really handling the speed...dunno wether it might be just me getting more dialled into the board also...was managing ful drawn out round house cut backs for the first time on that board...plenty of barrell time too..was loving it!! hahah

Love getting feedback from clients, especially happy ones. Thanks Danny!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

sandy sandy...

n'owt like starting your week with a sand fest...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The New Ride

big honkin' sloppy free lap vs clean cutlap...

foiled out...

The 6'0" quad blend from before, just finished.
Bamboo speed dialers from Lokbox/Rainbow
6oz bottom, 6+4oz deck with all color in the lam.

new swell? lets hope so...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


A couple weeks ago I had the exquisite pleasure of meeting up with the kind folks at Fluid Concept in Scarborough, UK. They make really lovely boards, and specifically high performance, hand made, parabolic eps/epoxy speed demons. I was really blown away by the attention to detail, and stoke they have for making boards. 

Super humble, these guys have so much talent, and the intelligence in design to calculate the U value for each board to show its exact carbon footprint. Gnarly...

But, on top of all that, they are still amped to surf - and some heavy/sketch waves at that! - and enjoy all aspects of the waterman lifestyle.

There is also a movie being made from the area - where the image above comes from - called 900 miles. From what I've seen it looks like a solid film , and I'm looking forward to the release.

Check out the Board and Rider blog for more about these low key surf maestros, links to the film, and other cool stuff.

tiger stripe Trad quad fish for Simon in Devon

a couple more pictures here: