Rich Pavel from San Diego, who has been to the 7 fish frys that I have organised on the Gold Coast was at Waipu to support Mike Cunningham and his first one. Rich was looking more like the old man of the sea after 2 months in Japan
Rich with local Ruakaka shaper and great mate Roger hall of Surfline Surfboards. as you can see in the background it was a classic day surf wise waist to shoulder high at times.
Classic Roger Hall craftmanship on one of his modern take on the Hot Curl.
Now that is a coffin box
Von Sol Surfboards by Sean Mattison from San Diego
Back yard shape with lots of stories attached for sure
Classic NZ brand
Great looking Del shapes
These brothers have been surfing and shaping their own boards all their life. Don and Ross Edge , locals from Whangarei know Waipu as well as anyone.They have been surfing for over 50 years.
Thomas Bauer from the Netherlands was there with some nice hollow wooden boards. He is a furniture maker and looking at staying in New Zealand to work.
Thomas Bauer boards
Justin Tilly form the far North with a great looking board he had just finished building on the farm. Japanese Cedar.
The other connection for me is that I grew up in New Zealand at Dargaville on the west coast within an hours drive of Waipu Cove. When I was a teenager my dad would go deer stalking each Easter and mum would take us to Waipu to stay in a cabin at the beach to go surfing. We surfed the all day and even in the moonlight one time I remember. So this day here was very memorable for me.
Sean with one of his boards.
This guy had a number of nice wooden board , some vac bagged over EPS.
Gold Coast local Jason , an avid body boarder , hand planer and all round fun guy was there as well.