We have a few Chilli Churo models now on our racks at Zak Surfboards. This board was deemed the winner in this year’s Stab Magazine – “Sinning Is More Fun In Summer” – a small wave board test amongst a packed field of some of the world’s best shapers. The Churro shape was tested by esteemed pilots Craig Anderson, Taj Burrow and Chippa Wilson – ultimately claiming the number 1 spot.
Initially conceived by James Cheal as a forgiving board with a large sweet spot, the type of board that would cater to a high performance approach in less than ideal conditions. This model was developed in collaboration with team rider Mitch Coleborn over the past year. A design stemming from his need for a kick ass small wave contest board with more paddle, glide & lift than his regular shortboards (as we all know, the wave quality on the World Qualifying Series is generally pretty poor).
The outline of this shape is somewhat like a squashed down version of his signature shortboard (the Spawn) that has been married with a much flatter, faster rocker. This wider outline really helps with generating speed in weaker waves as well as carrying momentum through fat and flat sections. The critical thing with this model is how James Cheal has balanced this extra width within the context of the overall shape – making sure the board isn’t so wide that it cant be surfed with a performance approach.
The rocker in the Chilli Churro is subtle & relatively low from the nose of the board all the way through to the tail. A perfect balance has been struck here with enough curve left in the board to allow it to fit the curl of small wave faces, but flat enough so it won’t feel like it’s pushing water and to allow for excellent speed generating capabilities. A single concave has been used from under the front foot, stretching right back through the tail block and flattening out just behind the rear fin. This concave setup ensures plenty of speed, lift & and lively feel underfoot in even the weakest conditions.
A great board for small to medium wave hifi shredding for the advances surfer, potentially a nice forgiving choice in the right dimensions as an all-rounder for those that are more intermediate. Come in store and check the Churro & rest of our range of Chilli Surfboards out – or browse them individually ONLINE
As we head towards the cooler time of the year it’s important that we keep our ears protected from the elements – and one of our most popular options to do this with are EQ Seals Earplugs.
Formerly known as Sorky’s – these are one of our best selling sets of ear plugs ever… we have a bunch of customers and staff members who swear by these EQ Seals . These revolutionary ear plugs offer fantastic water protection while still allowing you to hear normally while you are using them. The first ear plug in its field to offer protection, comfort and reliability while in the water.
EQ Seals offer complete ear canal water sealing with truly unmatched surrounding sound transmission and easy application. Get in, check them out and see why so many people rave about these plugs!!
Available from us in store or with free postageONLINE
The DHD XRS Model is small wave fun distilled in foam and fibreglass . A finely tuned design perfected by Darren Handley with his stellar team of test pilots on the Gold Coast. This model features a nice full outline, with a relatively flat rocker line – with just enough flip strategically placed in the nose & tail to fit into those super tight small wave transitions. This little board has about as much high performance potential as you can squeeze out of a groveller and is sure to make even the most marginal waves fun.
We currently have close to a full size run of the DHD XRS Model on the racks at the moment – get in and see what all the fuss is about or see these and our full range of DHD Surfboards ONLINE
We have a full range of the brand new Dakine 2017 Leashes in store at Zak Surfboards. The 2017 leash is a complete over-haul from designs from previous seasons. All aspects of these leashes have been improved for this year, from the rail saver to the cuff that wraps around your ankle.
The new cuff is constructed out of a special lightweight molded neoprene. Not only lighter, this new cuff is also more comfortable to wear and less prone to slipping or twisting on your ankle. The actual leash is made out of the highest quality urethane available which gives them the the strongest yet flexible cord, with opti-flex leashes ends to maximize durability. A posi-lock hook and loop system is now used in all leashes, so the leash never rips off - this design was originally built to help make leashes withstand the power of Peahi “Jaws”. The connection between the cord and the molding is the number one cause of failure in most leashes - Dakine have fixed this problem by creating the perfect flexibility between the two. Furthermore, nothing but the best marine-grade swivels are used in all Dakine 2017 Leashes . These swivels don’t ever corrode or lockup from exposure to saltwater.
All the technology that has been used to create their specialized ‘Peahi’ leashes is now used across the full Dakine leash range. This ensures that each Dakine leash style in the range is argueably the best constructed and strongest of it’s kind on the market. These Dakine 2017 Leashes and the rest of the 2017 Dakine Range of Surfing Hardware are now available in store at Zak Surfboards or ONLINE
We have the DHD the Twin model on our racks at Zak Surfboards. A super fun, user friendly shape that draws influence from the classic twin fin shapes from the 80s made famous by Mark Richards. A great board for a variety of skill levels - it is a shape that in the right dimensions, will work well for intermediate up to the advanced level surfers. If you are bored with more conventional shapes or want something fun for average days, definitely check this model out!!
The bottom shape of this board is flat in the front end for increased speed and less stickiness – a slight single concave runs through the guts which feeds into a deeper to double with a vee through the last part of the tail. There is a small single channel that runs off each of the side fins for extra drive.
Underfoot, this is a super fun speedy shape to ride with great maneuverability – tailor made for surf from the 0.5 to 4 foot mark. The amount of lift and speed this shape generates, really does a lot of the work for you when the waves are gutless. The twin fin set up allows the rider to draw super tight arcs on on smaller wave faces, or use that turning ability to get a bit more creative & draw some different lines in better waves.
Come in store and check out this and the rest of our large DHD Surfboards range or view the individually ONLINE
Unlike many of our competitors, ALL of our own models at Zak Surfboards are manufactured right here in VICTORIA by your LOCAL shapers, glassers & sanders. We use only the highest quality materials to construct our boards. We also build our boards in a more robust fashion than the industry standard.
Come in store and check them out – heaps back on the racks, or see them all ONLINE
We have just got a few of the SuperBrand Fling Superflex for our racks. The SuperBrand Fling is performance driven, contemporary take on a Simmons or Keel fish design. It takes the best fun & functional elements of those retro shapes and fuses them with a high performance rail, rocker, foil and bottom curve.
These boards are purpose built to excel in marginal conditions, with a very drivey, positive feel underfoot. The Fling generates a lot of it’s own speed and creates a lot of lift which allows the rider to really zip all over weak, fat, mushy & flat wave faces . Super fast down the line, yet able to break line to allow the rider to draw more vertical direction changes which means shortboard style turns and tight carves.
Instead of relying on a wood stringer, these boards have been constructed using Superflex construction technology. A lively stringer-less EPS core is used which works in conjunction with a woven Kevlar aka “Vector Net” glass construction. Vector net and three types of fiberglass (6oz e-glass, 5oz bi-axial, and 4oz e-glass) gives surfboards a special flex pattern and added strength throughout the board. This construction results in a consistent feel tip to tail and allows the board to flex naturally with the contours of the wave. The Superflex construction also has a more responsive feel to applied pressure from the rider, creating a positive springy feeling underfoot and in and out of turns.
We now have the brand new FCSII AM PC Twin in store on our racks. Channel Islands founder Al Merrick designed this signature Twin Fin set which consists of an XLarge pair of twin fins with the added option of a stabilizer
Created with fast controlled turns in mind, this broad & upright twin fin template gives you blinding speed and quick pivoty direction changes – perfect for slicing up a storm in small to medium waves. A small stabilizing trailer has been added to this set for a of touch of extra control for those of us that are heavier footed.
These fins are a great choice for many of the more specialized small wave & retro crafts that we currently have on our racks or to add a little extra spice to one of your broader tailed boards.
Come and check these and the rest of our range of FCSIIfins out in store or ONLINE
At ZAK SURFBOARDS, we offer a broad range of Hire and Demo surfboards. This year we are going to step up our Demo Program, to offer you even more choices across the range.
Our Hire & Demo program is a great opportunity for you to test out a bunch of different boards. It really gives you the chance to get some of the shapes we have in store under your feet, to help narrow down what you want to get for your next surfboard. We currently have close to 40 hire & demo boards for you to choose from (and more being added to the collection shortly) – heaps of different shapes and sizes with a vast array of suitable test drive fins to match.
Come in and grab one of our boards for the day/weekend/week and make an educated choice and receive a substantial discount* off your next surfboard purchase.
View our current range of Hire & Demo Surfboards HERE
We also have a large collection of TEST DRIVE FINS you can choose from as well.
Ring ahead to see what is available & book your hire preference
ph: 03 9416 7384
How the demo program works
* You have 4 weeks to demo as many boards as you want (1 board per person). At the end of the 4th week you may purchase a new surfboard (no lay-by) and you will receive all of the hire/demo costs off the Recommended Retail Price of the new board you choose. This demo program is for all surfboards we offer for demo/hire. We are very strict on the timeline conditions. 4 weeks is from the date of the first hire. You must retain all demo receipts from your demo/hire to obtain the refund.
Hire & Demo Pricing:
1 day $30
2 days / Weekend $50
Weekly rate $120
All boards will come with a protective cover, wax and leg rope
Please Note: a current drivers license or equivalent ID plus a valid credit card is required to demo or hire surfboards from us
Pick up after midday, return before 5pm the next day
I you want to check out what we have in store but can’t make it out to our Thornbury shop - you can always see the all the boards we have on our ONLINE store in the Secondhand section.
Each board is individually listed and photographed for you to browse through. We are always on the hunt for secondhand surfboards – If you have one that you aren’t using and want to sell it, drop by the shop and we’ll check it out. We pay $$CASH$$ for secondhand surfboards, we also trade used boards for credit on new surfboards or any other gear that you need. Simply bring your board or boards by our store during opening hours and we can arrange the best option for you.
We currently have a small size run of the Channel Islands Campbell Brothers Bonzers on the racks – How sick are these things?! As many of you know, the boss man has a bit of a crush on all things Bonzer and as soon as he saw these beauties, he had to get some in for the shop. The two models that we have in store are the Shelter & the Biscuit Bonzer – designs that mesh the decades of board building expertise shared by the iconic Channel Islands label and Campbell Brothers surfboard brands.
From their beginnings in the late 60s/early 70s, a short distance of only a few miles of coastline separated Al Merrick and The Campbell Brothers (Malcolm and Duncan). Al and Malcolm first began working together in 1985, when Malcolm came on board and shaped for Al/CI for over 20 years …while still developing unique shapes with his brother Duncan. Now (30 years on) a design offering is born out of the combined experience and mutual respect for each others designs.
The Shelter model is contemporary performance oriented 5 fin Bonzer shape. Gifted it’s name from the 2001 surf film “Shelter” by Chris Malloy – a 6’2″ and a 6’4″ version of this model were ridden in the movie by surfers Taylor Knox & Donovan Frankenreiter to great effect. The Shelter is a versatile all round shape, that has been designed to perform well in a wide variety of conditions. You can surf this model at a similar size, width and thickness to you favorite short board. The distinguishing characteristics of this board are swift, catch free rail to rail transition and a tremendous amounts of drive. Bonzer designs are also known for maintaining speed exceptionally well through carving maneuvers – wally waves of Victoria watch out!!!
The Biscuit Bonzer combines the extremely popular Channel Islands Biscuit model with a the Campbell Brothers bonzer bottom contours and fin set up. The ultra-flat rocker and pronounced spiral vee really meshes well with the Bonzer 5 fin set up resulting in a super fast but still relatively forgiving speed machine. The flat rocker and relatively generous foil ensures early wave entry, great paddling speed and glide galore once on a wave face. The reasonably curvy outline and spiral vee in the tail helps tighten up the arcs you can draw, making it easier to put and keep this board on rail . The Biscuit Bonzer is a great model to spice up your surfing in small to medium sized waves with a really nice, lively feel underfoot.
We have a size run of the JS Industries Monsta Box HyFion our racks at Zak Surfboards!!! Topped up last week, the JS Monsta Box has been one of our best selling shortboards in store since its release. Initially conceived to combine the best features of two of JS’s best selling models into one board (The Monsta & The Blak Box II) The end result was a new model that worked for a broader range of surfers and in a much wider range of conditions.
This Monsta Box model has less rocker than the Monsta but a touch more curve than the Blak Box II. The outline is more generous than the Monsta, but not as broad as the Black Box II. The tail block also sits somewhere in between these two models with a nice hip drawing back into a rounded square tail. A sweet single to double concave will give you plenty of lift to help you get up and running in quickly.
Advanced surfers will find this board a great choice for smaller, weaker, flat faced waves. The extra paddle power and speed you will get from this model compared to most performance shortboards will keep a smile on your face in more marginal conditions. A board that works well in the mush but can be surfed in decent waves as well – if needed.
Less skilled (or less regular) surfers will probably find this board a great choice as an all rounder. One of those designs that does an excellent job of combining forgiving and performance elements.
The relatively new HYFI construction technology has been developed by JS Industries over the past 2-3 years. Through a rigorous RND process, JS have come up with a patent pending Hybrid Fiber Diamond EPS construction (or HYFI for short). It is a multi-layer construction that apparently feels completely unique underfoot – like nothing else out there. The glassing process that they use essentially creates an exoskeleton that makes this surfboard construction lighter and significantly stronger than ever before, while creating the perfectflex to maximize performance…
Come and check out these and the rest of our extensive collections of JS Industries surfboards – or check out what we have on the racks individually listed ONLINE
We just got a Stacey Machine Head Restock so there is now in a full size run hanging on our racks here at Zak Surfboards. Recently added to added to their range – The Stacey Machine Head is Lee Stacey’s update to one of the most popular selling all round shortboards we’ve had in store over the past year – the 5150. Designed to get the job done in 80% of the conditions the ocean will throw at you – the Stacey Machine Head is a fantastic addition to everyone’s quiver in the right dimensions. Without doubt, one of the best balanced boards in the shop – put it under your arm and you’ll immediately know what I’m talking about.
The Machine Head design features a mid entry rocker for paddle, instant speed off the mark & carry over flatter sections. The outline is super easy on the eye, enough width in the right places and nicely pulled in where it needs to be for all round performance shralping. This model has a single to double concave bottom with vee running out the tail. The concaves have been specially tuned in this update from the 5150 to give an even bigger sweet spot. This new bottom contour also gives this board a nice, safe & settled feeling at high speed and through critical parts of the wave, while still allowing enough lift to make it hold its own in less than ideal conditions.
Come in store and check out this and the rest of our range of Stacey Surfboards – or see what we currently have in stock ONLINE
At Zak Surfboards we offer a Quick turn around Surfboard Repair Service - Drop Off your surfboard on Monday and we can have it Finished by Friday. Got a board that desperately needs some love or has your prized stick been damaged by those darn clumsy baggage handlers? At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all the various types of surfcraft and other fiberglass things right here in Melbourne!!
We repair all PU, EPS and Epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes. In most cases, if you Drop Off your board on Monday, we can have your repair finished for you and ready to surf by Friday!!!
We have a full size run of the Rocket 9 by Channel Islands in store on our racks at Zak Surfboards. This fairly new model for CI is quite the performer in a wide range of conditions. What really stands out when you look at this board is it’s unique outline, it has a distinctly forward of center wide point and pulls back into a relatively tidy tail. Despite the pulled tail and relatively pointy nose this board has a decent amount of hidden volume – meaning that you can definitely ride it a fair bit smaller than your standard shortboard, while keeping your normal volume (or even opting for a touch more for extra paddle).
The medium, constant rocker that kicks in the tail, with a forward wide point and tider tail area means that this model is pretty comfortable in steeper sections and being turned in and around the pocket. The medium but boxy rail allows you to push hard through turns on rail without the board squirreling out. A fairly deep single to double concave bottom keeps this model quick and adds a bit of lift. A touch of vee has been placed off the back few inches of the tail to ensure nice easy transitions from rail to rail and clean release through turns off the tail.
Come in store and check out the Channel Islands Rocket 9 or check out our full collection of CI SurfboardsONLINE
TheStacey 6505 Round Tail is a performance shortboard shape with a bit of extra spark in the lower end of the wave range. If you have been looking for a board that revels in small to medium sized waves, that still has all the spark of a high performance whip through turns, then this model is definitely worth checking out.
One of the key features to the 6505′s performance is the finely tuned rocker. This model has a lower entry rocker makes for easy paddling and glide through flatter sections. The rocker through the rest of the board is also fairly low with a late flip through the very last bit of the tail which is the key to keeping it fast, loose and lively to turn.
A neutral single concave bottom has been used for it’s uncompromising speed. This board really accelerates from the take off, ensuring you generates oodles of momentum off the mark. Interestingly the concave continues right out the back of the tail (quite possibly the key to its extra spicey feel in small waves) helping water draw quickly though the underside of the board.
The round tail helps make your turns extra smooth, it also helps to minimize any catching of rails and also gives the board a touch more hold in steeper, critical sections. The round tail also serves to give this version of the 6505 a slightly bigger wave range than previous versions of this model.
!! A Mayhem Australia Shaping Tour 2017 is happening this March !!
That’s right, one of the worlds best surfboard shapers & deigners Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos from …Lost will be on the Gold Coast this March. While he’s in Australia, he will be jumping in the bay and doing a bit of shaping too. If you’ve ever though about grabbing a …Lost Surfboard, now is the time because you have the opportunity to get one Matt Biolos’ prized designs finish shaped and signed by the man himself!!!
So if you are keen for a board shaped by this master shaper – get in contact with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9416 7384 & speak to Damien
Numbers are strictly limited and it will be first in best dressed. You can order stock dimensions or customs – basically whatever you like. The cut off date for orders through us is the 1st of March
Our Secondhand Surfboard racks are getting a bit bare so we are on the hunt for used surfboards. We pay $$CASH$$ for secondhand surfboards and do trade- ins of old boards on new ones. We can also trade in old boards on other surfing gear like wetsuits, covers and fins (whatever other gear you need). At Zak Surfboards we try to keep one of the biggest collections of Secondhand Surfboards on our racks in Victoria – our stocks are definitely a bit depleted at the moment after a busy start to the summer, so if you have any used or unwanted boards – we want them!! Shortboards, longboards, hulls, mid-lengths, mini mals, retro shapes, fish shapes, beginner boards etc etc we want the lot!!
If you have a board or boards that you want to move, simply bring it or them by the shop during opening hours and we can arrange the best option for you, right there on the spot.
we do not accept boards with damage ie. large dings, creases etc
we prefer if all surfboards are cleaned and have the wax taken off them if you wish to sell them or trade