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SuperBrand Fling

Superbrand Fling 1We have just got in a full size run of the SuperBrand Fling at Zak Surfboards.  The SuperBrand Fling is performance driven, contemporary take on the Simmons or Keel fish design. It takes the best fun & functional elements of those retros and fuses them with a high performance rail, rocker, foil and bottom curve.Superbrand Fling 2.Designed to excel in more marginal conditions, this board has a drivey positive feel with a lot of lift.  It generates a lot of its own speed, which allows the rider to really zip all over weak, fat, mushy & flat conditions . Very fast down the line to surf, yet able to break line enough to allow the rider to still draw shortboard turns and tight carves.  This board screams fun for those marginal conditions that Victorian summers are often plagued with.

Come and check them out on our racks instore or ONLINE


Stacey Flat Head

Stacey Flat Head 1Stacey SurfboardsStacey Flat Head – a no fuss surfboard designed for performance in smaller waves.  Nothing too complicated going on here design wise – Lee Stacey has really stripped it back to the bare essentials with this one, only leaving the things that are necessary.

A simple, reliable design that does exactly what its supposed to do – allow you to rip it  in waves of the lower end of the spectrum. Everything you need, with none of those bells & whistles you don’t.

Stacey Flat Head 3A shorter, wider & thicker design with flat entry rocker for easy paddling and speed off the mark. A  flatter deck for predictability & glide, a full rolled rail to help keep you connected , with a sweet combination of single to double concave & tail rocker for speed, acceleration and control.

Stacey Flat Head 2This board will get the job done this summer – come and check them out instore at Zak Surfboards & ONLINE shortly.


Plus One Asymetrics

Plus One Asymetrics 1Plus One AsymetricsPlus One Asymetrics– back to the future!

Way back when surfing was in its first growth phase in California in the 1960s – when Lower Trestles was a (somewhat) well kept secret and surfing it came with the threat of arrest by military police – a guy called Carl Ekstrom from San Diego began thinking about how we surf differently on our backside as opposed to our frontside – and more particularly about how he could get the most out of his time in the water at his local break Windansea. The time of free love and peace also spawned a lot of free thinking – something the present day surf industry could do with a healthy dose of – and Carl Ekstrom was in amongst it. His original premise was based on the way we load up differently between our heel-side and toe-side when we go into and out of turns. Ekstrom’s solution was to create a board which counteracted the flat rocker lines of the time by shortening the heel side rail and also making that rail more curvy than the toe side rail which was much straighter allowing for a very drivey board on your frontside. Ekstrom himself had an enviable pedigree, working with Bob Simmons in his younger days. Since Ekstrom patented his design in 1965 – and perhaps because of the patent itself – the idea of an asymmetric surfboard which could work equally well both frontside and backside has dwelled on the sidelines of surfboard design, shifting into almost total obscurity.

Plus One Asymetrics Collage 1 Plus One Asymetrics 1Ekstrom’s idea of an asymmetrical surfboard is probably not the one that most of us think of when and if we do think of asymmetric surfboard design. Many of us would be most familiar with the idea of an asymmetric surfboard designed to go only left or only right which was an idea that really took off in the world of windsurfing – a board built for a particular spot and allowing the rider to surf as critically and radically at that spot as possible. Recently, the legendary Victorian shaper Maurice Cole has adopted this idea, making a number of boards for Bells and Winki and doing a pretty good job of ripping those two waves apart on those asymmetrics.

Maurice Cole Asymetrics Maurice Cole Asymetrics collage 1Check some of our stock of Maurice Cole Asymms HERE

Strangely enough, MC played a pretty big role in getting the Plus One asymmetrics into Zak Surfboards. On Zak’s first trip to the states with MC, he was introduced to George Gall and Joe Virgilio who were making boards for Maurice in the US at the time. Zak was pretty amazed at the asymmetrics these guys were shaping for a bunch of the local custom order crew around San Diego. As it turns out, George and Joe along with a number of other San Diego shapers had been working closely with Carl Ekstrom and further refining that original idea that he had started with way back in the 60s.

Plus One Asymetrics 7 Plus One Asymetrics Collage 2Fast forward a year or so, and Zak and I are back in the States – Zak recovering from a decent bout of food poisoning courtesy of a disturbingly average chicken enchilada and both of us suffering from a lack of sleep. We got the chance to go and see the boys at Plus One again with another San Diego surfing legend, Jeff Baldwin. Zak wanted to show me the asymmetrics they were doing and how sick they really were. I’ll admit to being more than a little skeptical before walking into the Plus One factory as the last asymmetrical board I’d seen had been a windsurfer one of mates had back in Western Australia in the 1990s which brought with it all sorts of horrible memories! The first thing we noticed when we entered the Plus One factory, aside from being pretty damn busy, was a 5’6/5’8 custom asymmetric that was awaiting pick up. I flipped out – it looked sick and felt amazing under the arm. It was immediately noticeable that a heap of thought had gone into these boards and there was a lot going on not only in terms of the board’s outline but also in relation to its rocker line, bottom contours, rail shape and fin placement. Zak and I really wanted to listen to the boys from Plus One give us a run down on how they worked.

Plus One Asymetrics 8Carl Ekstrom, in a recent interview with Surf Science stated that “What really got me back [into shaping asymmetric boards] into it is the fish.” By contrast, the Plus One asymmetrics tip their hat much more towards modern high performance short boards and listening to George (one part of Plus One and once a mechanical engineer with NASA) explain the idea behind the boards, I got the feeling that the whole idea might actually find its fullest expression in a high performance shape. George and Joe have retained the basic premise that Carl Ekstrom began with – that we essentially load up through turns differently backside and frontside or heel side and toe-side respectively. However, from that basic premise they have taken the idea in a different direction, designed to suit the way individual surfers actually surf. For example, contrary to Ekstrom’s original idea that a board shaped for a natural footer would be hated by a goofy footer and vice versa, the guys at Plus One have actually been finding that in a lot of instances this isn’t necessarily the case: some people prefer the longer rail line on their heel side and that super tight snappy bottom turn on their toe-side. From there, the rail shapes and rocker lines of the boards are shaped according to which side the shorter rail line is on. The vee through the middle of the board is shaped slightly to the side of the stringer, closer to the longer rail line and the centre fin is also shifted towards the longer rail line side of the board. The offset centre fin also reduces drag (yes, this has been scientifically tested in tanks) when paddling.

Plus One Asymetrics 6 Plus One Asymetrics Collage 3All this produces a board that goes rail to rail very smoothly despite one rail line being around two inches shorter than the other (you will notice on our online store that the Plus One boards have two length dimensions – one for each rail line, for example: 5’10/5’8). Factor in slightly different rail shapes and rocker lines either side of the board and you have something that can work in such a massive variety of conditions that you may never surf your other boards ever again.

Plus One Asymetrics 5On top of this, George and Joe have shaved a good 6-8 inches off the nose of their boards arguing – not unlike Al Merrick years ago – that a pointed nose on a surfboard is not a necessity, resulting in a squared off nose. The overall aesthetic, at least from a distance, probably jars with most of us who are familiar with smooth outlines, symmetrical curves and classical shapes. Get past that initial reaction – which many in the surf industry are probably not capable of – take a closer look and you’ll begin to appreciate how precise the Plus One workmanship is; pick them up and I reckon you might have the same reaction as Zak and I and want to ride one. Zak bought one off George that day in San Diego. It was one of George’s own boards that he had made in EPS/epoxy and is now available for demo in store. We also ordered a bunch for the shop and a custom for myself (which, by the way is mental – thanks George and Joe!)

Do yourself a favour and come have a peak into what at least one version of the future of surfboard design might look like and ask me for a demo of mine or Zak’s.  Alternatively check out our range of PlusOne ONLINE

Here is some footage of Asymmetrics in action – San Diego pro Ryan Burch shredding on some Asymmetric crafts he made himself

 


DaFin preferred by the World’s Best Watermen

 DaFin Swim Fins 5DaFin – the swim and surf Fin preferred by the World’s Best Watermen, now instore at Zak Surfboards.

Developed in Hawaii by one of Australia’s early surfing pioneers Andy Cochran, DaFiN have grown to become the swim/surf fin of choice of Watermen worldwide. Created with input from world renowned watermen Mark Cunningham and Brian Keaulana – the  unique design of DaFiN delivers the two most important features you want in your fins: comfort and power …better than any other fin on the market.

DaFin Swim Fins 1 DaFin Swim Fins 2DaFiN is the fin of choice for thousands of lifeguards and water safety professionals in worldwide. It is standard issue equipment for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. DaFiN and has also been endorsed as the ‘Official Swim Fin’ of the United States Lifesaving Association.

DaFiN has also garnered a strong reputation with the bodysurfing community – featured prominently in the critically acclaimed bodysurfing film ‘Come Hell or High Water’. DaFiN is the #1 choice of lifeguards, bodysurfers, and watermen around the world. Make it your choice, too!
Available at Zak Surfboards instore or ONLINE

Hayden Shapes Tints

Hayden Shapes Blue Hypto Hypto Krypto 2Hayden Shapes Tints – Recently we got in a bunch of Hayden Shapes  in a variety of tints. Here are a few photos of some of the boards that we have in stock. These Hypto Krypto, Love Buzz & Shred Sled King shapes are available in these coloured tints on our racks + with custom orders from Hayden Shapes. If you are interested in getting one, you can came instore or give us a buzz on 03 9416 7384.  Alternatively,  hit up our Online Store for stock we have on hand.

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Time Lapse Video at the Surfboard Studio

Time Lapse Video at the Surfboard Studio – shot by one of their students. It was taken at one of their more recent Make Your Own Board Courses. You can see nearly all of the processes that students are guided through to come out with their new surfboard in a sped up fashion. From shaping & fin plug installation, through to glassing & laminating, ending with the finish and sanding process.

If you are interested in taking one of the Surfboard Studio Courses head over to their Bookings Page. Hit these links for more information on their popular Make Your Own Board Course, our Shaping Course or our Glassing Course.  Also if you and a bunch of friends want to take one of their courses as a group, you might be interested in their Two Day Make Your Own Board Course.


Adelio Summer 2015 Range

Adelio Summer 2015 RangeThe Adelio Summer 2015 Range is now available instore at Zak Surfboards.  These suits come in limited edition colour ways, in buttery soft rubber with the type of design & attention to details that you would expect from much more expensive custom made suits.

Wetsuits from their winter 2014 ran out the door – these are limited edition/limited run suits, so get in and grab one before they are all gone.  In this Adelio Summer 2015 range we have (pictured above) Long sleeve vests, 2mm steamers, short arm steamers & more.  Instore only for these puppies ;)


Creatures Fins now instore

Creatures Fins instoreThe new Creatures Fins are now instore at Zak Surfboards!!! Creatures have simplified the daunting process of trying to select the right fin for your needs.  All of the new Creatures Fins are available in both FCS & Futures Fin compatible styles. With a set of both their Vert and Arc Series fins appropriate to your weight, you should be covered for virtually all conditions. Come and check them out instore or Online.

These Nat Young Arc L Carbon Flex Fins were just surfed to victory by Dusty Payne at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa

Creatures Fins Nat Young Arc Large

Creatures Fins Nat Young Arc Large

Dusty Payne Creatures Fins

Creatures Fins Quad Core Flex

Creatures Fins Quad Core Flex

Creatures Fins Nat Young Vert Large

Creatures Fins Nat Young Vert Large

Creatures Fins Mitch Coleborn Vert Large

Creatures Fins Mitch Coleborn Vert Large

Creatures Fins Nat Young Vert Medium

Creatures Fins Nat Young Vert Medium

 


More Enjoy Handplanes

Enjoy Handplanes 1More Enjoy Handplanes have arrived instore at Zak surfboards.  All Enjoy Handplanes are made from old foam sourced from broken surfboards or leftover/ruined blanks from the surfboard manufacturing process.

Old wetsuits and off cuts of neoprene from wetsuit production are also used to make the handles of these handplanes . Materials that usually would not have any other means of reuse or recycling, thus saving them from landfill. Each handplane made by Enjoy  has been hand shaped and glassed in their factory in California with Entropy Bio Epoxy resin.

Hand planes are a great way to maximize your bodysurfing experience, giving you a surface to plane on, allowing you to get into waves sooner and ride them for a longer distance.

Come in and check out some of the rad new shapes and patterns we have instore or have a look at them Online


The Surfboard Studio 2015 Courses

The Surfboard Studio 2015 CoursesThe Surfboard Studio 2015 Courses - The Surfboard Studio  have just put up dates for their first 2015 Courses – book yourself in now!!! You can now book yourself into one of the Surfboard Studio’s 2015 courses in January or Febuary – we have put up dates for the Make your own Surfboard Course, Shaping Course & the Glassing Course.

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Futures Blackstix 3.0

Futures Fins Blackstix 3.0 1The new Futures Blackstix 3.0 are arriving instore shortly. Over the past 10 years the Blackstix have become real crowd pleaser in the Futures line among our customers at Zak Surfboards.  Providing an extra bit of liveliness and  speed to your favorite stick- they are a very popular fin option that give you a bit more zip when the waves are a bit smaller, weaker & mushier – perfect for Vicco summer.
The Ride Number of these new Blackstix 3.0 series fall into the 10 to 7 range,  the V2 foil has been kept for speed generation, but the way the fin flexes has been changed.  The carbon fiber placement and orientation has been modified and the fin now has an asymmetrical layup from outside to inside.  This new layup, combined with an addition of 23° unidirectional carbon fiber throughout the fin substantially stiffens up the base for increased drive.  The snap back of the tip is now more precisely controlled with this new layup, resulting in a fin that you can load up more, releasing even more energy as they flex back to their original position.  That means that these Blackstix 3.0 can now be surfed with more power than their predecessors.
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Futures Fins Blackstix 3.0 2The range of thruster fin sets available in BlackStix  has been increased in the 3.0 to include the F4, AM1, JC1, EA, Rusty1 & the F8.  There are now a number of Quad Rear templates available in Blackstix 3.0 as well – all featuring an 80/20 foil,  combined with resilient flex that gives them a lively feel, perfect for speed generation.

Due to arrive here later this week/early next week – come in and check them out instore or Online shortly.

Chilli Peri Peri

Chilli Peri PeriChilli Peri Peri 6We now have new model from Chili – the Peri Peri instore at Zak Surfboards. The Chilli Peri Peri combines a high performance shortboard with a small wave board – it takes the best elements of both. The type of board you can ride most days regardless of the conditions. It has a smooth hip free outline that keeps it fast and helps it hold its own in steeper/heavier conditions.  This outline combined with a unique single concave to ‘vee’ bottom in the tail, makes it lively, speedy & snappy to surf. This is a high performance small/medium wave board.

Check them & other Chilli models out instore or ONLINE

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New …Lost Surfboard Models are in

New ...Lost Surfboard Models instore

New …Lost Surfboard Models are in at Zak Surfboards. We have just got a big drop of new …lost models including the Sub Buggy, the Sub Scorcher II and the RV.

THE SUB BUGGY

...lost Surfboards Sub Buggy...lost Surfboards Sub Buggy 2...lost Surfboards Sub Buggy 3Matt Biolos’ latest model with Kolohe Andino – it’s a combination of the Sub Driver and Beach Buggy.  This board has been designed with smaller waves in mind, with a “good wave” approach. Foiled for fast, on-rail surfing, but full and forgiving enough to kill it in more marginal conditions. Matt has taken the outline of the Sub Driver, combined it with the rocker of the Beach Buggy, then blended it with a brand new foil. This new shape has been refined during the WQS PRIME and WCT comps, leading to a board that grovels well, but is still a true high-performance board. It is fast becoming a favorite for …lost team riders looking for an edge in small wave contests, as well as So Cal locals crew after something new.

The “R.V.”

...lost Surfboards R.V. RV...lost Surfboards R.V. RV 2...lost Surfboards R.V. RV 3The RV  is  one of Matt Biolos’ most recent “Domesticated” designs. The RV is exactly as its name implies…A “Recreational Vehicle”. Purpose built for extracting maximum enjoyment with minimum effort – a perfect sled to keep your surf stoke up through the summer months. Glide into waves with ease, cruise across wave faces, and coast through turns -  this design will be hard to beat in the smaller stuff.

The design stems from a blend of previous domesticated models – the Bottom Feeder, Couch Potato & the LayZboy. The bottom shape features a similar “tip to tip” vee bottom as its predecessors. The vee helps you overcome the extra width and volume, easing your transitions from rail to rail, also helping you control the extra surface area.

There is a double wing flyer through the tail, reducing the tails surface area through the fins – which helps increase bite and precision in turns. The result is that you can carve and push your turns a bit harder, without sliding out. This helps the board feel a little bit more solid and less skatey through turns.

The nose area in this model has been reduced in the front 12-18″ of the board. This helps the board comes around quicker through turns, like more of a performance shape. The vee is more subtle through the front front (for less push when paddling, more trim speed and an instant burst from the take off) this vee gets deeper though the fins for a more solid and forgiving…”controlled” feel.

Grab one of these R.V.s and make the most out of your time in the water this summer.

Sub-Scorcher II

...lost Surfboards Sub-Schorcher II...lost Surfboards Sub-Schorcher II 2...lost Surfboards Sub-Schorcher II 2The most recent incarnation of the extremely popular Sub Scorcher model.  The ¼”vee from the last 6” of the tail has been reduced and  rocker has been increased about 1/8” and the rail-line has been taken down 1/8”. These changes have been made to loosen up the board a little, allowing a more vertical approach and tighter turns in the pocket.

To counter any possible loss of drive with the increased rocker, the  outline been straightened slightly, also a touch more width has been added in the nose.  These Sub-Scorcher IIs are available in all kinds of tail shapes – we have picked a rounded square for our stock.

This model’s overall volume is similar to the original sub scorcher, but the extra thickness in the foil of the board up front allows it to be ridden very short by more advanced surfers.  A great small to average wave short-board, with a relatively pulled in/pointed nose, in place of full nose hybrid or traditional fish type design.

Come and check these and many more boards out instore – I’ll have them all individually Online shortly ;)


Custom Surfboards

DHD DX1At Zak Surfboards we can order you in custom surfboards from all of our suppliers. If you are after a particular model with dimensions specifically tweaked to suit you, certain fin plugs, colours, sprays, EPS construction or something scaled up or down (like this grom sized 5’6″ DHD DX1) give us a buzz at the shop and we’ll do a custom order for you – ph: 03 9416 7384

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Hayden Love Buzz instore now!!!

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Hayden Shapes Love Buzz

At Zak Surfboards we have a full size run Hayden Love Buzz instore now!!! This is Creed McTaggart’s first signature surfboard model developed over two years in collaboration with Hayden Cox.  Hayden describes this new model as the ‘Love Child’ of the Hypto Krypto and The Ando model – the Love Buzz design perfectly blends surface area, rocker and performance curves to create a great all round, fast and flowing short board. It’s a board that will carry speed through the flatter mushier sections while still giving you the sensitivity to surf in all areas of the wave in a variety of conditions.

Hayden Shapes Love Buzz 3The Love Buzz has a medium / flat entry rocker for easy paddling and plenty of speed down the line. It has the signature HS flatter rocker through the center of the board for flow and speed through flatter sections, similar to the Hypto Krypto. Through the tail, the Love Buzz has a medium amount of lift.  This extra curve through the tail of the board allows the rider to change direction quickly, giving the board a snappier feel to surf, allowing you fit sharper turns in more critical parts of the wave.

Hayden Shapes Love Buzz 1The bottom curve starts with a subtle single concave in the front through to medium single in the center of the board. This then blends into a deep double concave within the single, with a medium vee’d double out through the last 3.5” of the tail.

Hayden Shapes Love Buzz 2Hayden Shapes Love Buzz 4Demoed by our staff over August and September – then forcefully taken back ;) we’re frothing to finally have these. Come in and check them out instore or have a squiz at more of them ONLINE shortly.


Gorilla Fins now instore

Gorilla Fins FCSIIGorilla Fins are now instore at Zak Surfboards.  Compatible with FCSII fin boxes and with some pretty out there colour ways, these are sure to add some extra joss to your stick.

There are a bunch of different templates to chooses from including the Eat Sleep Wave Repeat M Tri  & Tri/Quad sets, the Moon Beams & Mellon M Tri  & Tri/Quad sets, the Brains Bones Bars S Tris sets, the Sloth Palm Trend Shank L Tri sets and more.  Come and check them out instore (and online shortly).


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