Friday, August 19, 2016

New board for John Winship

John Winship loves his collection of hand shaped Skip Frye boards. But with a restriction of 9ft to take on the plane to the Mentawais in a couple of weeks he needed to scale one down. He showed me his 9ft 8" and we set about measuring it up and getting a file together. So we settled on a 8ft 10" with truster setup and fin boxes.
It was a mad scramble to get a blank and get it cut. But it all came together and I finished it off in the shaping bay under John's watchful eye.
 All ready for Mo to get into the glassing to meet a tight timeline.
 You won't miss John in the lineup.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

8th Annual Wooden Surfboard Day

Last weekend was the Wooden Surfboard Day. I never know who or how many people are going to turn up , but we had a great day and a really nice group of board builders. Magic Gold Coast winters day with swell all day and off shore winds. A steady flow of people checking boards out all day.
 The standard and quality of boards is better each year and some people show some amazing skills.
A big thanks to all the guys who turned up and to Jackie for helping make the day it was.
Heading home with 10 boards and another big day under our belts.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Gold Coast 1957

Produced by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1957. Directed by Richard Mason. Twenty miles of sea and sand on the coast of southern Queensland. The beaches between Coolangatta and Surfer's Paradise are known as the Gold Coast. Here, where it is always summer, there is an all year playground and tourist resort. One of Australia's most popular travel destinations. Shot in Vistarama and Eastmancolour.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

7ft 6" Hydro V for Larry

A little deeper in the butt crack to open up the tail as it is fairly wide.
 Larry said he wanted Tree Frog green, this is it

Sunday, June 5, 2016

3 the same for Heath

Heath wanted 3 x 8ft 1"mini longboards for himself and friends.
US Blanks EPS with lightweight stringers to hold the rocker. Straight off the AKU machine.

Cleaned up and scribe the rails to be cut off.
Home and ready to add the rail bands
Ready for the 3mm rail bands
All rail bands on
Clening up the rail bands
Getting setup to bag the top and bottom on
One in the bag and one ready to follow.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jun from Surfers Country Surfboards

It has been great to work with Jun on his first wooden board. He handshaped this 8ft x 22" pintail from a US Blanks EPS blank with a light stringer. He cut the rails off and gave me the board to get ready to bag.
I glued the 3mm rail band all round and cut the skins ready for him to come up and help bag it.
 My liitle bandsaw that I inherited from my dad has been so handy. Get it out when I need it and stash it under the work bench when finished. It is all I need for the size wood I need to cut.
Rocker held at each end and ready to get into it.

 Getting the glue on one side
Setting up the blank onto the bottom skin
Bottom skin lined up and getting the glue down for the deck skin. As you can see you don't need a lot of glue as it foams up and expands as it goes off.
Tape the two skins in position so they don't move around as you get them into the bag.

Skins glued on and slide her in the bag
Locked and loaded and in 2 hours it is all done.
Jun has taken the board home and added the first 2 rail bands

All the 5mm rail bands on and read to clen up and shape the rails.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Peter Redmonds amazing story

I built Peter a custom wooden Hydro Hull a couple of years ago after meeting him in NZ at the Cove Fish Fry. He was living in Sydney at the time and about to move to a new job in Auckland. Well he moved to Auckland and ordered a new board from me to take back to the UK next month.The board is finished and on it's way to NZ. I had to go to a family wedding in NZ and took the fin and a T shirt for him when we caught up last Saturday. He hadn't let on about what happened to him last year as layed out below. Amazing.....

Cyclist pinned under 4WD in crash feels ‘the luckiest man alive’.

Crushed beneath the front of a four-wheel-drive, Peter Redmond thought he would never see his fiancee again or meet their unborn child.
And if it were not for quick-thinking strangers who jacked the vehicle up enough for him to breathe, the 35-year-old Aucklander doubts he would have.
Mr Redmond was on his morning cycle commute to work two weeks ago when he and a Porsche collided as the car left a driveway in Sarsfield St, Herne Bay.
He was dragged along the road for about 20m, and bystanders and emergency workers worked for nearly 15 minutes to free him from under the vehicle before he was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.
 The IT specialist returned home with his fiancee, Anna, on Friday.
"I can remember everything," he said. "I was really conscious the whole time and it was pretty terrifying.
I thought it was going to be the end at one point.
"I couldn't see anything except a little bit of the kerb and then all these hands appeared and I could hear voices - lots and lots of voices."
The first people on the scene used car jacks to try to lift the vehicle.
"My lungs were being crushed by the car. I was just asking them to lift the car up and they were really trying. They got it up about an inch or two, which allowed me to breathe and I don't want to think what would have happened if they couldn't get the car up that little bit."

Mr Redmond, a Briton who moved to Auckland in 2011, said he credits a special "spine-saving" backpack for saving him. It is fitted with a rigid piece of plastic and tight straps to keep the pack in place.
"I feel like I am the luckiest man alive. My fiancee is having a baby and in three months I am going to be a dad and for the first time I thought I wasn't going to meet my baby boy, but now I am."
Despite undergoing operations for injuries that included serious damage to his kidneys and kneecaps, a broken clavicle, multiple broken ribs and deep cuts to a hip, Mr Redmond still considers himself lucky.
"I have got an amazing fiancee whom I love to bits, and I was thinking as I lay there under the car that yeah, my life has been good, but now I feel as though I have been given another one. I am lucky I can walk and have no brain damage and no spine damage."
Mr Redmond wants to use his accident to send a strong safety message to road users.
"It isn't just about the safety of cyclists, it's about humans and mankind and looking after your fellow road user. I really want to campaign in any way I can to make people more aware and hope my accident can stop even one other person being injured or worse.
"I am a big believer in bikes and the long list of health benefits cycling brings.
"I am very safety conscious - I always bike to work and I have ridden in major cities. It's a great start to the day for me before work, and it switches me out of work mode and into home mode at the end of the day."
A police spokeswoman said the driver of the Porsche was a 54-year-old Auckland man and the accident was being investigated.
Mr Redmond is expected to spend up to six weeks recovering at home. He said he wanted to thank all the emergency service workers, hospital staff and fellow patients.
The toll
• Serious kidney damage
• Kneecap injuries
• Broken collarbone
• Broken ribs
• Deep cuts to his hip.

 Here is Peter after meeting him in New Zealand last weekend as he waits for his board to be shipped over to him.