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Proctor Surfboards

Proctor Logo Todd Proctor (Surfer Mag) 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.

Nick Rozsa (Surfing Magazine) 650 Nick Rozsa Proctor Quiver-650Da 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’.

Nick Rozsa (from Transworld Surf) Proctor Monsta

MonstaRozsa from Proctor Surfboards on Vimeo.

Monsta: Shaper Breakdown Part 1 from Proctor Surfboards on Vimeo.

For those who are after more of a traditional all around short board we are getting in the Ghost model.  Similar in rocker and bottom contours to the Monsta – with the same focus on speed  and flow. This board has more of a classic shortboard outline.  The rail volume and deck foil is also less chunky than the Monsta. The wide point has been moved slightly forward and as a result, this model has a little more area in the nose than most conventional shortboards. The rails are not as full as the Monsta – a more refined lower rail, but still boxy in shape. The end result is a great all-around high performance shortboard – that doesn’t require perfect conditions to work.
Proctor Ghost [650]
If anyone is interested in any custom orders from Todd please contact us at zak@zaksurfboards.com – Todd is also happy to speak to customers individually about their orders.

In The Shaping Bay: Proctor Surfboards from SURFER Magazine on Vimeo.


Creatures Fins

Creatures Fins 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).

Mitch Coleborn VertThe 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).

Mitch Coleborn ArcThe Arc Series have been formulated for extra drive, carves & drawn-out turns.  These Arc fins have been designed for longer, down the line waves  (with more sweep or rake – over 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 :)


Maurice Cole Asymmetric Boards

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.

Maurice Cole Asymm 3These 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?

Maurice Cole Asymm 1The 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.Maurice Cole Asymm 2Come 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

 

Firewire Double Agent 1Firewire 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.

Firewire Double Agent 2

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.

Firewire Hashtag 1

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.

Firewire Hashtag 2

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. Firewire Pyzalien 1 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.

 

 


Wetsuit Hoods

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.

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Surf Cap 650

Dawn Patrol 2mm surf cap

A lightweight no frills surf cap with flatlock seams for comfort and a smooth skin exterior for wind resistance.

Rip Curl Flashbomb 2.5mm hood 650

Flash Bomb 2.5mm

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.

XCEL Quickdry 2mm cap 650

Xcel 2MM quickdry cap

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.

XCEL Drylock 2mm hood 650

Xcel Drylock 2mm Hood

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.


Rent a Bay at the Surfboard Studio

Surfboard Studio - Rent a BayOur 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)

Chilli Toucan

Chilli Toucan 6 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.

Chilli Toucan 5 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.

Chilli Toucan 4All 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.

Chilli Toucan1


Firewire Nano

Firewire Nano 4The 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.”Firewire Nano 3

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.

Firewire Nano 1The 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.

Firewire Nano 6Tomo suggests riding this design in the middle to lower end of your preferred volume range for intermediate to advanced surfers.

Check out Tomo testing out a prototype of the Nano in the clip below ;)


Pyzel Slab

Pyzel slab 3The 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).

Pyzel slab 1At 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.

Pyzel slab 4To 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.

Pyzel slab 2The 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.

Pyzel slab 5The 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.

Pyzel slab 6


Enjoy Handplanes

Enjoy Handplane PsychEnjoy 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.

Enjoy The Ride from Ed Lewis on Vimeo.

Painting a handplane from Skye Walker on Vimeo.


Twins, Keels and Side Biters from True Ames

True Ames Twin

True Ames Twin

True Ames Side Biters

True Ames Side Biters

True Ames Keel

True Ames Keel

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.


25% off Winter Rubber

2013, ICELAND, LAND ROVER, ERIC SODERQUIST, MIKEY DETEMPLE,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.


Indo Boots

Indo Boots are essential if you are heading to the tropics to escape the winter cold.  We have a great selection of boots for you to choose from instore – here is a quick rundown of them ;)

Rip Curl E-Bomb 1mm Split toe

RIPCURL E- Bomb 1.5mm split toe 650These boots from Rip Curl feature special water flow panels & breathable neoprene to help keep your feat relatively cool with a full coral proof sole.  There is also a compression strap to ensure a tight fit and a solid heel strap to help you yank them on and off easily.

Xcel Infinity Reef Boot 1mm

 

XCEL infiniti reef boot 1mm 650A super light weight boot with a draw string closure around your ankle and an adjustable velcro strap around the mid of your foot .  A solid sole on these ones underneath the split toe ensures no catching of you legrope between your toes.  Slightly higher cut than most to offer more ankle protection.

FCS SP2 Reef Boot

booties_sp2_reef 650

These ergonomically designed boots from FCS are super comfortable and hug your feet like no other.  With 2 adjustable velcoro straps, drawstring closure at the top and soft neoprene between your toes.

Rip Curl Pocket Reef Boot 1mm

RIPCURL Pocket Reef Boot 1mm 650The perfect bootie to get you in/out of the water and and small enough to tuck in your pocket while you are out there surfing.  A great option for those who hate wearing booties but want some protection from reef cuts accessing the waves.


XM Leashes at Zak’s

We have full range of XM Leashes at Zak’s.   Our best selling brand of legrope by far, these tangle-free cords feature a light-weight slider that  helps keep the leash away from your feet (with minimal drag).  So no more tripping on take-offs or having you legrope wrap around your ankles.

You won’t want to go back to a regular legrope after using one of these! Available in all the following lengths & thicknesses instore or online.

XM Tangle Free 6ft Comp

photo 1 650     XM Tangle Free 6ft Regularphoto 2 650

XM Tangle Free 7ft Regular

photo 3 650

XM Tangle Free 8ft Regular

photo 1a 650XM Tangle Free 9ft Regular

photo 2a 650

XM  8-12ft Power Clip Cord

photo 3a 650

 


New Doug Rogers stock instore

DR Collage 1 DR Collage 2 DR Collage 3New Doug Rogers stock instore. We just got in some great new shapes from Doug Rogers in our racks.  These feature a fuller outline with a touch more foam under the chest for paddle power.  Two small flyers help to keep the tail tidy and they have a slight single to double concave that runs through to a subtle vee out the tail.  Come instore to check these out or have a look at them online.

 

 


Future Fins 5 Fin Sets Topped Up

Future Fins 5 Fin Sets topped up  – With the growing popularity of 5 fin plugs in surfboards (to allow for both Thruster and Quad fin set ups) it makes sense to grab a proper 5 fin set for your next fin purchase  and we have just replenished our stock.  Here are a few of the more popular 5 fin sets that we have from Future:

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Clay Marzo Tech Flex Red 5 Fin Set

This is Clay Marzo’s signature 5 fin set with a great all around medium sized thruster set with specially designed additional quad rear fins.  Clay like many surfers likes to jump between thrusters and quads depending on the waves.  By utilizing the same side fins in both set ups – you have the advantage or a familiar feel when setting your rail – in a nut shell it makes it easier to transitions between the two.

Both set ups feature Techflex materials and a thicker fin foil creating the stiff flex pattern desired by Clay for his version of high-performance surfing. The rakey template provides drive and hold while the thinner tip gives you great release off of the top.

Dimensions
Size:Medium
Front/center:
Height: 4.56″
Base: 4.49″
Area: 14.36″
 
Rear fins:
Height: 3.84″
Base: 3.86″
Area: 10.54″
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F4 HC Five Fin Set

The F4 5-Fin option combines one of our most popular thruster set ups with our versatile F-4 Quad.  The V2 foil on the front fins combined with the honeycomb material allow this fin to flex and generate speed, while the thicker tip provides hold through turns. This five-fin option is one of the most versatile choices for small-to-medium sized surfers.

Dimensions

Size:Small

Front/center:
Height: 4.37″
Base: 4.22″
Area: 14.22″
Rear Fins:
Height: 3.75″
Base: 3.64″
Area: 10.90″
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Rusty HC Smoke 5 Fin Set

The Rusty 5-fin set combines Rusty’s signature thruster setup with specially matched quad trailers. The quad rears are drivey off of the bottom with a lot of release off of the top. A set that combines a small-wave quad design for the mushier days with a big thruster set for the juice.

Dimensions

Size:Medium

Front/center:
Height: 4.51″
Base: 4.46″
Area: 15.00″
Rear fins:
Height 3.86″
Base: 3.55″
Area: 9.93″

 

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Emery Gold Digger HC 5 Fin Set

The Emery Gold Digger is a medium based fin built for drive and speed.  A longer rake gives the rider excellent projection down the line with a bit of extra flex for increased maneuverability and a positive springy feel.  Coupled with a medium sized quad trailer set.

Base: 4.49″ / 11.4 cm
Height: 4.53″ / 11.5 cm
Area: 14.63″2 / 94.39 cm2


Trading Hours Queen’s Birthday Weekend

 

13th Beach  (Steve Ryan)650

Friday             6th                     10am – 6pm

Saturday       7th                      Closed

Sunday           8th                      Closed

Monday         9th                      Closed

Tuesday       10th                     10am – 6pm

 

(photo Steve Ryan)


Indo Season Promo…

Padang PadangIndo Season Promo…Its that time of year again crew when the lucky ones amongst us are off to tropical climates, warm water and pumping waves and maybe the odd incident like in the photo! To make this year’s trip overseas even better, Zak Surfboards is introducing a new Indo Season promo which will cover all your needs for your trip from spare fins and leggies through to travel covers, luggage, first aid kits and wax. The following products are all included in the promotion:

Fins (premium and plastic)

Tieh Ta Yao Gin (this stuff will save your trip after any closer than wanted encounters with coral!)

Sunscreen, rash guard, after sun skin care

Repair gear including suncure, repair putty, puka patches and travel repair kits

Reef boots

Rash and wetsuit vests and other water apparel

Tropical wax and wax combs

Travel covers and luggage

Legropes and leash strings

Ear plugs

First aid kits

Sunglasses

Go Pro cameras and accessories

Helmets

 

All you need to do is mention the boss’s broken leg to get your 15 percent off! And no, he didn’t break it bodyboarding in Indo!


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