We have extended our December Opening Hours so you can make sure you are all sorted for gear & presents this Christmas period. Chock full of stock at the moment too – lots of summer sleds, wetsuits, boardshorts & all the latest hardware to choose from. Make sure you can make the most of whatever the ocean dishes up this summer – come and see us at Melbourne’s No.1 Surf Hardware Store.
At Zak Surfboards we hold one of the biggest ranges of Surfboard Covers & Bags in Victoria. Board bags for all different shapes and sizes – from 10’0″ Longboards all the way down to 5’0″ Fish shapes as well as travel covers for up to 4 surfboards. We stock Surfboard Covers & Bags from Ocean & Earth, Creatures of Leisure, FCS and more. It’s summertime, so we have heaps of extra stock in which equals choices for you. Check some of them out Online or come in store to see them in person
We have a rack full of G Board Soft Surfboards instore at the moment at Zak Surfboards. Used by the majority of surf schools Australia wide, with unequaled durability, G Board soft surfboards are the best soft surfboard on the market.
The G Board range that we stock includes sizes from 6’0″ to 8’0″ in length in both the Classic shape and the broader Grom shape. Specifically designed for aspiring surfers, who safely want to have fun while increasing their surfing skills & gaining more confidence in the ocean. The perfect board to learn the basics on before graduating to a harder surfboard. Come and check out the full range instore.
If you need any advise feel free to call the shop on 03 9416 7384
Here at Zak Surfboards we have got in a large range of Bodyboards for summer. A big variety of sizes, shapes and colours from brands including CustomX, Nomad & Funkshen. We also have a lot of stock of covers, leashes and flippers. Lots of different price options for you to choose from too. Above are a few pics of some of the styles we have in stock – come down and have a look or call the shop for any assistance 03 9481 7384.
Here at Zak Surfboards we have a great range of Kids Wetsuits this summer. A big variety of Springsuits, Steamers and rash vests from brands such as Rip Curl, Xcel & more. Keep the young ones warm and properly protected from the sun. Lots of bright colours so you can spot your children easily and some more more subtle options too. Above are a few pics of some of the styles we have in stock – come down and have a look or call the shop for any assistance 03 9481 7384
This summer at Zak Surfboards, we have a thorough range of choices for surfers in the beginner to intermediate skill level from G Boards, Torq, NSP & more. Sizes and designs instore to suit those learning to surf of all ages, heights & weights. Give our expert staff a call at them shop to help you select something appropriate for your needs on 03 9416 7384 or have a look at most of them on our ONLINE store.
A popular choice for those who want a board with lots of floatation, that you can still carve a good turn on. It is Zak’s take on a hybrid style fish. When ridden in the correct dimensions, it contains all the paddle power, stability & performance you will need to get out there and make the most of any conditions.
Unlike other fish designs, the Zak Ringmaster has a slightly more pulled in swallow tail. This gives the rider a bit more control & allows them to turn a little bit more sharply than on a traditional fish. A flat deck and boxy rails ensures an exceptionally forgiving and stable ride.
Suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers in all conditions from .5 to 6 feet. Also popular for more experienced riders who want something that will paddle and perform. Come & check them out instore or ONLINE
We have a fresh new range of Zak Tee Shirts & Hoodies instore. These tees & hoodies are now also available for purchase on our online store, we have a few new styles to check out as well. Here are a few pics of some of the stock/styles that we have just got in – grab one & represent Melbourne’s no.1 surfshop
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).
This is what Darren Handley (DHD) had to say about the Black Diamond Model:
“This model is the true meaning of versatile… I wanted to create a model that would allow me to out paddle everyone, while still having the performance feel in all types of conditions. By bringing the widest point forward, increasing the nose area & dropping the entry rocker slightly, the BD paddles extremely well and is fast off the front foot. This combined with the sexy little round pin which provides hold and smoothness though turns, the BD will handle anything that you throw at it.
Can be surfed as a quad or thruster setup depending on the conditions, this model also makes for a handy addition to your travel quiver. Ride it 3-5 inches shorter as you small wave specialist or 1-2 inches shorter if you are wanting an all rounder. Get one today!”
Come instore to check the DHD Skeleton Key & Black Diamond out in person or have a look at them ONLINE
We have a full range of Kanulock tie downs instore at Zak Surfboards.
Leaving your surfboards tied to your roof can be a major concern at this time of year. Simply stopping for food in between surfs can put your precious craft in danger with thieves. Having to take your boards off the roof and put them inside the car each time you stop and leave your car unattended can be a real pain – it’s also impossible for some if they can’t fit their boards in their car.
If you use standard tiedowns, anyone can walk up to your roof racks and remove your boards without attracting much attention . Unfortunately this is the world we live in and it’s easy for someone to swiftly steal your gear from your roof racks.
The answer is getting lockable tiedowns – Kanulock tie downs are the best on the market in our opinion. The buckles on Kanulock tie downs can be securely locked with a key. If secured correctly, your boards cannot be slid out. The straps are also reinforced with stainless steel cables – meaning they can’t be cut with a blade or knife.
Kanulock tiedowns are nice and simple to use – they work exactly the same way as a regular set of tiedowns. You can now leave your precious surfcraft on the roof of your car without having to worry about theft.
Come instore and grab a pair or get them Online
We are now stocking a big range of Dakine Accessories at Zak Surfboards. Here is a quick squiz at a few of the many grip tailpads & leashes that we have instore. They are available instore only atm, I’m just in the process of putting them all ONLINE so hold tight and you can grab them there as well soon
Stacey Flathead – 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, the Stacey Flathead 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.
A 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.
The Stacey Flathead is a board that will get the job done this summer – come and check them out instore at Zak Surfboards & ONLINE shortly.
Plus 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.
Ekstrom’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.
Check 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.
Fast 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.
Carl 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.
All 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.
On 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
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 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.
Hayden 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.
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.
The 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
The 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
We 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..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
The new Modom Craig Anderson pads are now available at Zak Surfboards. Three great new colourways / designs of this popular tailpad. I’ll have them online shortly, but if you want one now you can come in and grab one instore.