Repairer Wanted – we are looking for an experienced surfboard repairer to help out with the work load for Zak Surfboards & Melbourne Board repairs. Experience in a similar role essential, must have an eye for detail, spraying and colour matching desirable. If you are interested please phone 0438 416 738
DHD Skeleton Keys are now in stock at Zak Surfboards. We have just received a full size run of these from Darren Handley and they are looking pretty darn choice!!!
The Skeleton Key is a model that has been developed through a collaboration between Darren Handley and his top team rider Mick Fanning. The idea was to create true a performance short board that all surfers could ride.
The formula is simple… take one of Mick’s favorite (& highly refined) shapes, then subtly add more outline in the plan shape, reduce the rocker & increase the volume in the rail a touch. Sounds like a no brainer right?
The key to making this board work for you and I is the way Darren has combined all of these elements together. A slight hip in the tail has been added to this new fuller outline & a lightning fast deep single to double concave. These two elements combine to make this board super responsive, snappy & quick in changing from rail to rail (like a more refined board).
The Surfboard Studio now have October & November openings for their Make Your Own Surfboard Courses live! Don’t miss out – if you want to make yourself a fresh sled for summer, make sure you get yourself into one of these courses.
In these ‘make your own board courses’, for close to the price of a brand new production board, they provide students with all of the materials, tools and personal instruction necessary to create their own surfboard. Once finished, the surfboard you shaped is yours take home & most importantly ready to ride! The lessons that they provide give you with the knowledge & experience to shape additional surfboards on your own in the future. Opening up the opportunity for you to start experimenting with all the different elements of the shaping process. Unlike the learning curve in becoming an experienced surfer, a high-end surfboard can be shaped the first time with their expert oversight.
You begin with the basics elements of surfboard design, then progress onto the more subtle aspects of shaping and design: this includes plan shapes, bottom contours (concaves and channels), nose and tail rocker lines, deck shapes and rail shapes. They also help you become familiar with the shaping bay and all the tools and techniques of the craft.
From the shaping section of the course, you then go on to the glassing stage. This is where they teach you about all the various techniques and materials used in glassing a surfboard. You cut your own cloth, mixing your resin and then laminate your board. You then move on to fin and plug installation, including all the various different theories of fin positioning and performance. From there, the course will take you to the next stage in the laminating process before you finish and sand your board and get it in the water!
This course starts at $975 per person and is run over 4 x 4 hour sessions. These sessions will be run initially over Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 5pm – 9pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm (depending on demand), requiring participants to attend one session per week over 4 consecutive weeks.
Hey crew, we are now pleased to offer our customers custom surfboards directly from Hayden Shapes. That means you can order one of their popular shapes including the new Love Buzz, the Hypto Krypto, the Shred Sled, Shred Sled Step Up or Cannon specifically tailored to suit you.
Here is a squiz at some of the different coloured pigments and tints that they offer as well.
At Zak Surfboards our new wetsuit room is now open. We now provide one of the biggest & best ranges of wetsuits in Victoria. In our new dedicated wetsuit room we have a comprehensive collection of suits from brands such as Xcel, Adelio, Rip Curl, Axxe Japan, Attica & more. Hundreds of suits, Men’s, Women’s, Kids, for Victorian winters, summers and travels to warmer climates. Rash vests, wetsuit vests, cold water boots, warm water boots, gloves, hats …everything.
We are happy to match prices with any other store in Australia on stocked items – guaranteeing that you will get the best deal possible from us. We also have a permanent sale section for those of you wanting to pick up a bargain. We are also offering a wetsuit repair service for customers as well.
Please contact the shop on 03 9416 7384
Alkali Fins are now in stock at Zak Surfboards. We have just received a range of fins from the crew at Alkali Fins in Ballina NSW. These beautiful fins have each been individually hand foiled – made from the highest quality 7.5 oz. and Volan fiberglass cloth with Silmar Brand resin. Solid brass pins & Stainless steel screws + plates have also been used on these puppies. We have more from Alkali on the way shortly – come instore to see them or check them out online.
We got some pretty hot looking Custom Sleds that came into the shop this morning from SuperBrand and Pyzel Surfboards.
We regularly do custom orders of nearly all the brands that we stock – so if you are interested in getting a board specially tailored to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Call the shop on 03 9416 7384 or drop by
Here is a sneak peek at the new range of Creatures Fins that are arriving at Zak Surfboards shortly. With their new range of fins, Creatures have endeavored to simplify the art of picking the right fin.
Creatures have designed 2 distinct styles of fins for each of their team riders – the Vert series and the Arc series (pictured here are Mitch Coleborne’s).
The Vert Series are designed for tighter, snappier turns, with quick direction changes and surfing in the pocket in mind. The Vert series are a more upright fin with less sweep or rake (up to 33 degrees).
All the Vert & the Arc series fins are then available in 3 different sizes which you can pick according to your weight :
Small less than 65kg, Medium 65-80kg & Large 75 – 90+kg
These are also 3 different constructions that you can choose from:
Core Flex – a lightweight construction with a fluid flex pattern
Carbon Flex – a slightly stiffer lightweight construction that has a more responsive feel
Pure Fibreglass – a stiffer base with a more natural flex pattern through to the tip, with the most similar feel to traditional glassed on fins
You will also be pleased to hear that all of these Creatures Fins will be available in both FCS & Futures Fin compatible styles. With a set of both Vert and Arc Series fins appropriate to your weight, you should be covered for virtually all conditions
We are very pleased to announce that we are adding Proctor Surfboards to the roster of shapers that we stock at Zak Surfboards. Todd Proctor is a highly sought after shaper in the USA – a shaper who is unrelenting in his commitment to surfboard design. Todd started off shaping his first boards in his grandpa’s shed in 1991. From there Todd went on to work for several years under Ventura shaper Casey McCrystal. From there he went on to hone his skills at Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos’ …Lost label throughout much of the nineties. After setting up his own state of the art factory in Ventura in 2000, Todd’s boards have garnered a broader following in the USA and worldwide. Surfboards that can be found most notably under the feet of professional free surfers Pete Mendia and Nick Rozsa.
To start things off we have selected 2 models from Todd Proctor’s extensive range that we feel will best suit Victorian conditions – Da Monsta & the Ghost models. These will be arriving instore shortly, direct from Todd Proctor’s factory in Ventura USA.
Da Monsta is one of Proctor’s more versatile models – designed to perform in a variety of waves, mushy or hollow from 1-2ft to overhead. A speedy shorter and wider outline with the hold of a good wave shortboard. A board that you can get up and running in more marginal conditions but still rely on to hold its rail through bigger turns and in more critical situations (unlike a lot of other shorter wider designs). The bottom features a deep even single concave with subtle inset double running through the fins. This concave runs right back off the tail block – giving the board a distinctly positive feel that Todd describes as the ‘exhaust pipe’.
We have got a new quiver of Maurice Cole Asymmetric Boards in stock at Zak Surfboards. Asymmetric Boards seem to be growing in popularity of late, with various shapers from all over the world playing around with the concept originally pioneered by Californian shaper Carl Eckstrom in 1963.
These boards have been created by Maurice Cole with Victorian waves in mind – predominantly long wally righthanders. The theory is that while riding a board, you are only ever utilizing one rail at a time – so why not shape each side of the board separately to suit the waves you are riding?
The rail that you bottom turn off is much longer and straighter to give you projection and speed down the line. The rail you then lean onto for cutbacks & off the tops is shorter and curvier resulting in quicker, tighter arcs – like surfing a much shorter board.Come instore and check out these creations or have a squiz at each ONLINE. In the next few weeks we will have a full rack of Asymmetric boards from Plus One Surf in California.
Firewire Pyzalien, Hashtag & Double Agent models are now in stock at Zak Surfboards!!! Last week we got a big drop of fresh sticks from Firewire including size runs of their new Pyzalien, Hashtag & Double Agent models. We also have more of the popular Baked Potato and Addvance models in their new Linear Flex LFT technology + restocks of various models in Timbertek technology as well.
At first glance you can see that the Double Agent model takes ideas from both the Baked & Sweet Potato models into a more refined realm. It has a similar short curvy outline but is foiled in a distinct fashion from the mid point out to the tail. Firewire designer Dan Mann has fused ideas from the skimboard world with his potato models to try and incorporate more sensitivity, acceleration and control into turns.
A thicker foil up front keeps the paddle power in this board. A pronounced double concave throughout most of this board gives it speed and allows you to transition quickly from rail to rail. Designed for knee to shoulder high surf this zippy looking board should keep your stoke level high even in the most marginal conditions.
The Hashtag is a great new performance hybrid model from Firewire. Its narrower more refined outline makes it an excellent choice as a step up boards for riders or Spitfire or the Unibrow – with less tail area and a more refined rail for control in more powerful surf.
The Hashtag has low entry rocker and a shallow double concave running from the middle of the board that deepening out through the fins. This gives it a positive, lively feel on rail and allows for tighter turns in steeper parts of the wave. We now have the ever popular Pyzalien available in FST technology from Firewire. The PyzAlien is one of the most popular models by Pyzel Surfboards today and has been one of our best selling surfboards in PU in the past 18 months. It features a wide nose, wide tail outline that allows you to go shorter while still maintaining loads of drive.
The rocker is low in front and has a lot of curve running off the tail to keep it feeling snappy and loose, but fast and easy to paddle. The bottom has full concave with VEE off the tail to help get it on rail easier through tight, fast turns.
It’s a flat deck and fuller rail keep float to a maximum without taking away performance. This board is a great all around surfboard and also works great when it’s smaller – it’s been a popular seller at Zak Surfboards for a while now & it’s finally available in Firewire FST construction from us.
No one will deny that it’s an especially cold winter this year in Vicco and wetsuit hoods are a must for those of you heading out for early or extended sessions. Make sure you protect yourself from those brutal icecream headaches and help prevent the dreaded surfer’s ear. We have in a great selection of hoods at Zak’s that you can choose from.
A lightweight no frills surf cap with flatlock seams for comfort and a smooth skin exterior for wind resistance.
A fully sealed hood featuring a Flashdry lining, taped seams and a & slimline pull cord/lock. The exterior is smooth skin for maximum wind protection.
This cap is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. It has been constructed using a quick-dry lining made from recycled poly fibres. It also features an adjustable elastic cord chin strap and flatlock seams for comfort. Textured smooth skin has been used on the outside of the hood for maximum wind resistance.
This hood is definitely the warmest of the bunch with a double flap neck dam that tucks under and over the neck of your wetsuit, ensuring maximum protection from the elements. It is constructed from 2mm neoprene with a quick dry lining also made from recycled poly fibres. This hood feels surprisingly lightweight on and has pressure bonded seams finished with inner taping for comfort. Textured smooth skin has also been used on the outside of this hood for maximum wind resistance.
Our buddies at the Surfboard Studio in Melbourne are offering Australia’s first Rent a Bay program. So, no matter your skill level, regardless of whether you’ve shaped a few in your back yard or are a professional shaper, you can book yourself a time slot to rent one of their bays. Go in and mow your foam, glass and finish you surfcraft in one of their built for purpose bays.
When you rent a bay they have all the board building materials that you might need available on site for purchase. In the next few weeks they will also have added an APS3000 CNC Machine that can be used to cut pre-shapes as well.How it works: You will need to call up and book a suitable time with us in advance $25 hourly rate (minimum 2 hours) or a $125 flat rate per board applies ph: 0438 416 738 note: all boards ideally will need to be completed within a 2 week period (They will offer storage of works in progress for a fee of $5 per day/$20 per week if you need more than 2 weeks to get it done). Also the use of the APS3000 CNC is an additional charge
All the necessary tools will be provided for you to use when you rent a bay (rasps, planers, sanders, squeegees, paint brushes, grinders, sanders, sanding pads etc). Also, all of the necessary materials that you might need to build your craft can be purchased from us on site (we can offer you a large range of blanks, cloth, resin, hardener, plugs etc – a great range of options to choose from)
The Chilli Toucan is designed to create a familiar feeling groveler that is easy to transition onto from your regular shortboard. By dropping 2”-3” in length from your standard all round surfboard you are starting with a smaller rail line, that will sit & turn more comfortably on the face of smaller, choppier waves. The volume lost from cutting down in length is made up by the addition of a little extra width and thickness. This shorter wider outline is then mellowed by a rolled deck which stops this board from feeling overly chunky and hard to sink into the wave face.
The wide point of the board has been moved up the board slightly under the chest area. This extra volume up front not only gives you a bit more floatation for paddle power, but also a nice little platform to push off when trying generate speed. The bottom shape is a speedy single to double concave – with acceleration and quick rail to rail transitions in mind. The shape is finished off with a slightly broader squash tail, which gives the board a bit extra up and go in weaker conditions.
All these elements combine to create a shape that feels similar to a regular shortboard, but really kills it in more marginal conditions. A very fast, responsive & fluid small to medium wave ride. Available from us instore or online.
The NANO is one of the latest offerings from Firewire, what designer Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thompson refers to as the latest incantation of his ‘Modern Planing Hull’ designs. Tomo’s goal for these hull designs “have always been to improve upon current equipment, making the high performance surfing experience faster, easier and more intuitive for any rider.”
According to Tomo, the advantage of these planing hull designs is that they “effortlessly gain and maintain speed, linking sections with acceleration and ease. The drive and precision of the parallel rail line working to draw both powerful carves and radical tight hacks with a subtle shift in weight. The control of the Modern Planing Hulls are that they sit perfectly centered beneath the riders feet with no swing weight up front and no drag through the rear.” (see http://dantomo.blogspot.com.au/ for more)
The Nano combines radical performance with free flowing speed in a very natural controlled ride that is both user friendly & cutting edge. Effortlessly fast and loose, yet predictable and drivey.
The NANO has a clean outline with its wide point forward of center, the nose has been trimmed back and rounded so there are less points and area to catch up front. There is a relatively wide chopped square tail for speed and glide with the corners rounded for smoother turns. The rail line through back third of the board is relatively straight which gives you increased control through turns. Despite its size, the Nano has a surprisingly good wave range with excellent ability to hold its rail in bigger punchy waves without feeling too loose or twitchy.
Check out Tomo testing out a prototype of the Nano in the clip below
The Pyzel Slab is one of our most consistent sellers here at Zak’s. As an all rounder for Victorian conditions it ticks all the boxes for a lot of our customers (& staff).
At first glance one of the the most prominent features of the Pyzel Slab would be the the forward wide point. This subtly straightens the outline of the board through its back half for speed and drive. A bit more thickness has been left in the front third of the board which when combined with a fairly low nose or entry rocker, makes this board paddle and pick up waves with ease.
To offset this straightness in the outline and loosen the board up a little, the Pyzel Slab has a touch more tail rocker than most boards. This keeps the board snappy and helps it sit comfortably in steeper parts of the wave.
The bottom of the Pyzel Slab is a single to double concave which then transitions through to a subtle vee through the last bit of the tail. The concaves make sure that the board is fast and lively, with the vee helping the rider transition from rail to rail quickly and easily.
The end result is a forgiving board that paddles amazingly well – while still retaining all the whip and spice of a much thinner/more refined shape. It grovels with the best of them but will also handle bigger/hollower/sucky waves with bit of juice if pushed.
Available in FCS 2 or Futures in both Thruster or Thruster/Quad fin configurations – come and check them out instore or online.
Enjoy Handplanes were formed by Ed Lewis and Kipp Denslow as a way of merging their love of bodysurfing with a way to reduce some of the waste the surf industry was creating. These two devised a way to save all those broken surfboards, old wetsuits and materials from production that were going to waste and ultimately into landfill. Their end result was the creation of a range of products that are fun to use and environmentally responsible;)
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 handplane handles. Materials that don’t have any other means of reuse or of recycling are saved from landfill. Each handplane that Enjoy makes is hand shaped and custom glassed in their factory in California with Entropy Bio Epoxy resin. Check out our current stock from Enjoy Handplanes on our Online Store.
At Zak’s we stock a great range of Twins, Keels and Side Biters from True Ames - a Californian company that has remained committed to providing the best fins for a large variety of surfcraft since they started back in 1979.
The quality of their product has led to continued to collaboration with world class board companies like Channel Islands, Lost, The Campbell Brothers, Timmy Patterson, and Eric Arakawa as well as many world class surfers.
Their designs are available in fin box, FCS and Future system compatible designs in True Lite Hexcore, solid fiberglass or bamboo/fiber glass construction. With new shipments of stock arriving at our store regularly – come in and pick up the perfect set of fins to compliment your board of choice.
We have some great bargains to be had at the moment in our Clearance Surfboards section. Shapes from Pyzel, Simon Anderson, Vampirate, JS Surfboards, Chris Gallagher, …Lost USA, Campbell Brothers, Larry Mabile JR Surfboards and Zak. Come in and have a look when you get a chance or check them all out online.
Brrr it’s bloody cold so we are chopping 25% off Winter Rubber until the end of the month. All winter suits and booties will be 25% off the recommended retail price – this includes all our current stock from Rip Curl, Matuse, Adelio, Xcel & Attica. 5/3mm, 4/3mm & 3/2mm steamers and our thorough range of boots, gloves and hoods. Instore only until June 30.