At Zak Surfboards we probably have one of the most comprehensive collections of travel gear for Indonesia around. You need it for you trip to the tropics? – we have it. Whether it be reef boots to keep your feet protected, first aid kits, tropical wax, sunscreen options, surfboard repair kits, rashies, sunglasses, wound protection, board shorts, surfboard bags, spare fins, guide books etc etc etc we have it all. Get prepared quickly and easily before you head off – drop by for a one stop shop of all our travel gear or shop it ONLINE
Patagonia R2 Thermal lined 2mm Neoprene Socks are a option well worth considering as the water temperature starts to drop. These boots (or socks) are a great choice for those of you that don’t like the feel of wearing thicker, rubber soled boots – but still want to keep your feet warm. Greater sensitivity & connectedness to your board is the name of the game and wearing a pair of these is really the closest you will get to not wearing any boots at all .
These Patagonia R2 Neoprene Socks are made from durable, high-quality 2mm neoprene and lined with quick-drying, water repelling thermal polyester micro-grid. So they are in fact quite a bit warmer to wear than the 2mm thickness might lead you to believe. They have quite a minimalist construction which gives you a close and precise connection to your board and a split-toe means that your foot won’t slide around in them. The textured, PU-laminated soles ensure excellent grip.
Come and grab a pair instore or ONLINE
The FCSII Carver PC Carbon is one of our more popular fins with customers at Zak Surfboards. This fin has an elongated/raked back shape which really helps you project down the line on wally waves, as well as hold speed through long arcing turns. The controlled flex that the carbon construction provides, ensures that this fin has a stable but positive feel to it – particularly in waves with a bit of push. The perfect fin for good days on the SurfCoast.
People often grab this fin to put in their all round surfboard for good/bigger days here in Victoria or for their trip to the tropics. Although this fin is available in bigger sizes, Medium tends to be the go to size for most unless you are a solid build or have a board with a lot of tail area.
Fin Specs: MEDIUM
Base: 4.47″ / 113mm
Depth: 4.54″ / 115mm
Area: 14.96″² / 9650mm²
Come and grab a set instore or ONLINE
Here are a few pics of New Secondhand Boards this week. First up is a Campbell Brothers Bonzer Egg in 5’10″ x 21 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ – shaped by Malcom Campbell
We also have a Bruce Fowler Stoker V Machine in 6’6″ x 21 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ – also imported from the USA, these boards are a great choice for those who want a higher volume board that really performs.
We also have one of the ever popular Channel Islands Al Merrick Neck Beard in a 5’10″ x 20″ x 2 1/2″
There is also this 5’10 Simmons style keel fin from Mick Mackie
Finally we have this fun looking single flyered Annesley shape in a 5’11″ x 20 1/2″ x 2 9/16″ 34.5L
Remember we have one of the biggest selections of Secondhand Surfboards in the state. We pay $$$ cash for surfboards, can do trade-ins and sell boards on consignment as well. If you are interested in selling a board either pop in store with the board or give us a call on 03 9416 7384
O’neill Superfreak 3mm Split Toe Boots
O’neill are know for making some of the best booties on the market for a reason – their boots are expertly designed, tried and tested in the frigid waters of Santa Cruz California.
The Superfreak 3mm Split Toe Boots are super warm, super comfortable to wear and most importantly 100% sealed. They feature 2 velcro straps to keep them tight on your feet and to minimise water flushing. Unlike other similar boots on the market, these boots have soft rubber between you toes – meaning that they feel natural when you wear them (& less like you’ve got something stuck between your toes).
Come and check these and many other styles of boots out that we have in stock - instore or ONLINE
Firewire Mayhem Round Nose Fish
This design was developed by Matt “Mayhem” Biolos back in the mid-nineties and created a real storm in a world that was at the time stuck in a performance surfboard rut of 6’2″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/4″. The 5’5″ x 19 1/4″ RNF surfboard & subsequent Film featuring various incarnations of this design really redefined what many considered a functional hi-performance surfboard to be. They also changed the way many surfers approached waves by freeing up the rider to really draw different lines on wave face. Check a clip with a bit of history on this board over at What Youth.
The Round Nose Fish since it’s first release has been the world’s all-time best selling fish model – and it is now available in Firewire’s super robust Timbertek technology. This design still screams HiFi fun- it can be ridden in a wide range conditions, paddles well and will add that bit of spice to your surfing in marginal conditions.
It features a low rocker nose to tail with a central concave for lift & liveliness. This concave then blends into a spiral vee through the tail. A board that is fast and loose, but with enough tidiness through the tail to keep you in control (& not wildly sliding out all over the place like you may feel on other fishes). Traditionally set up with larger side fins and a smaller trailer, this version of the Round Nose Fish comes with 5 fin plugs to give you the option of playing around with a multitude of fin set ups.
Available from us both instore & Online
We just got a bunch of new Michael Anthony Designs instore. Some new round tails specially made for better conditions and more powerful winter waves. The perfect sort of shape to ride the Victorian winter waves on, or something to handle that bit of extra juice on your next trip to the tropics.
Michael is one of the most popular shapers that we stock here at Zak Surfboards and we generally keep at least 15-20 of his shapes on the racks here year round. Regarded as on of the top shapers ever to come out of Victoria, with many years of shaping & surfing at a high level down here under his belt, few can craft boards as well as he can for our local waves. Few can also lay claim to having shaped a board that Tom Curren scored a 10 point ride on at Bells Beach.
Check out our full range of Michael Anthony Designs instore or ONLINE
Modom Day Runner Boardbags are now available from us both instore & ONLINE.
These choice boardbags feature a ripstop fabric outer, 5mm padding throughout, a padded shoulder strap, plus it uses plastic zips & trims so there’s no chance of these corroding. Roomy enough to comfortably fit shorter & wider shapes these bags are available in 5’8″, 6’0″, 6’4″ & 6’8″ – Definitely stylish & functional way to keep your board protected.
That’s right – Bring Your Mate to get 20% off Winter Wetsuits instore at Zak Surfboards! As a further promotion of our new Wetsuit Room we are having a special Bring Your Mate Deal on all winter wetsuits. If you come in with you mate and purchase a winter wetsuit each - you will both receive a discount of 20% off the recommended retail price!
We’ll even give you a 20% discount on any boots, gloves and hoods you want as well.
Remember it’s instore only for this deal
The Stacey 5150 – A surfboard named after an exceptionally famous guitar amp. The 5150 from Stacey Surfboards is pegged as an allrounder that will never let you down – just like a Marshall stack.
A great choice as an all rounder for Vicco waves – fuller through the nose than your standard shorty for an extra bit of paddle & stability, but still pulled in enough for tight pocket-oriented arcs. The 5150 will also have plenty of speed thanks to a nice deep single concave in the front half of the board that blends through into a double concave in the tail with a hint of vee out of the tail.
Get in quick because you know these things are going to go! Available Instore & ONLINE
The Xcel 3mm Drylock TDC Split Toe Bootie might just be the warmest 3mm boot on the market. Xcel’s most popular bootie has gotten a major upgrade for winter 2015.
This year The Drylock Boot has been constructed with a lining of the all new TDC Thermo Dry Celliant fabric. The Celliant fabric is a revolutionary lining with smart fibers that recycle your body heat into infrared energy for significantly greater warmth (compared to other lining fabrics such as wool or synthetic materials commonly used). This same fabric is found throughout much of Xcel’s winter 2015 range including one of our best selling winter wetsuits- the Xcel Drylock 4/3 Steamer as well as in their hoods & gloves.
The Drylock TDC Split Toe Booties are loaded with exclusive features which include their angled Velcro straps, seamless Drylock ankle seals, the thin yet durable sole design and UltraStretch Neoprene. The Xcel 3mm Drylock TDC Split Toe Bootie is completely glued & blindstitched, which keeps them more watertight than many other boots as the stitches never fully penetrate through the neoprene, keeping the gluing/seal more solid.
Come and grab a pair of these instore or ONLINE
The FCS II PC Carbon Tri Accelerator in a Medium size is another of our most popular selling fins at Zak Surfboards. This fast, drivey fin is very complimentary to the wally, long waves that we have in Victoria. These are also a great choice for boards with more tail rocker, or to get a bit more speed & drive out of you everyday shortboard.
Generally speaking for drive, projection & speed down the line many people opt for a more raked fin template. This extra rake in a fin’s shape does make your turning circle larger & more drawn out. The FCS II Accelerator template gives you the speed and projection of a raked back fin while still allowing for a tight turning circle when you put your board on rail.
The key to this extra drive, projection & speed down the line in the FCSII Accelerator is the placement of the fin relative to the finbox. The FCS II Accelerator fin template sits a little further back towards the tail than many of the other fin templates – this further back position = speed & drive (although this can also make a board a bit stiffer & harder to turn). The less raked/more upright shape of the Accelerator means that it’s turning circle is still quite tight. In effect, you get the best of both worlds – extra speed & drive with a tight turning circle.
A touch on the bigger side that many other medium sized fins & the stiffer PC Carbon construction also makes this fin a great choice in bigger surf on your day to day shortboard.
FIN SPECS: MEDIUM
Base: 4.39″ / 111mm
Depth: 4.58″ / 116mm
Area: 15.28″² / 9860mm²
Come and check out these and many more FCSII fins instore or ONLINE
Finally we have all of our Firewire Stock now online – individually listed with 6 photos & most importantly, updated daily. If you are chasing a particular model with a particular fin system, you can check to see whether we have it instore simply by looking at our online store.
A bunch of new stock is due to arrive later this week/early next week which includes top ups of missing sizes in various models as well as a bunch of brand new models. Shortly we will have the Mayhem Round Nose Fish & Taylor Jensen Special T. Hold tight for those and I’ll pop some pictures of them up as soon as they arrive instore
Rip Curl FlashBomb Boots have been our most popular seller the past few winters instore. These super warm, robust and quick drying booties from Rip curl definitely tick quite a few boxes for a lot of our customers.
These boots featuring a super soft sole – ensuring maximum feel/sensitivity to your board. The fact that the sole is wrapped right around the edges of your foot means that you are well protected from rocks and reef. Little chance of tearing the wetsuit fabric making a dash across sharp rocks in these.
The two compression straps over the middle of your foot and at the top of the boot ensures that these fit snugly to the shape of your foot. The straps also stop the boots from filling up with water after a heavy wipeout.
Come check these and more of our extensive water apparel collection out instore or ONLINE
One of the most popular fin sets that we sell here at Zak Surfboards is the Futures EA Tech Flex Tri Fin Set.
The EA Techflex features a template designed by master Hawaiian shaper Eric Arakawa. Eric has a reputation for crafting some of the finest surfboards on the planet – this particular fin template is one that he uses for those who want a high-performance approach in surf with a bit of punch.
This fin offers a sweet balance of drive and maneuverability. It has a medium sized base that extends through to a medium sized tip – not too raked but not too upright either. A beautifully well-rounded fin… no wonder its so popular! Great as an all around Medium sized fin for performance shortboards, or for a bit of extra drive and hold on your step up.
Size: Medium (65kg – 88kg)
Height: 4.57″ -
Base: 4.40″ -
Come and grab a set instore or ONLINE
We now have the Firewire Spartan instore at Zak Surfboards. THE SPARTAN is the latest signature surfboard for Michel Bourez, a design created in collaboration with Hawaiian shaper John Pyzel.
Described as a fast, drivey board to surf – the single concave bottom throughout makes this board move. The outline has a subtle hip in the tail to make this board easy to redirect.
A more pulled in tail gives this model bite and drive through turns. The low rail and performance rocker allows you to bury and hold you rail without skipping out. True to Michel’s style, THE SPARTAN loves big carves in powerful waves, but still feels great in weaker surf. A great allrounder for experienced/advanced riders – or a good choice in better waves for those less skilled. Come and check out the Firewire Spartan instore or ONLINE