They’re in – 2 big boxes of the the new Slater Designs Gamma models just arrived in store this morning. Definitely not just a glass slipper fit for the King – these look like pretty epic all-rounder for those of us less gifted wave riders, in the right dimensions.
This model has a beautifully smooth medium rocker, combined with a relatively generous outline (for a high performance shortboard) and a nice medium, pinched rail. The bottom contour is a single concave, with a touch of double between the fins that eases into a vee out the back.
I haven’t taken one of these for a spin yet but this board seems to have quite a few more user friendly characteristics than any Kelly Slater model I’ve put under my arm before. This appears to be a really clean, nicely balanced design – something I’d quite comfortably jump on as an all rounder.
You may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet on the Blog & Social Media as of late and the reason for that is that we have a New Website & Blog Coming Soon…
While the old online store & blog definitely served its purpose, it was fairly overdue for an update and over the past month we’ve been getting everything organized with hope of launching it in the next 1-2 weeks (or so).
Our aim is to make our online store & blog more streamlined & less clunky to navigate. It will be a much improved user experience with Instantly updated stock to the exact minute. Any time you like you’ll be able to see (right at that moment) what we have in stock. What boards we have in store in what dimensions, with what fin systems. Or what wetsuits in what sizes on our racks right at that time. Or what fins or bags we have available etc etc
Our regular stream of original content & articles on new equipment will resume shortly on the new blog platform – giving you a run through of what is new in store and all antics that go down in here.
Hold tight because we are just fine tuning a few things to make sure we’ve got it all working properly when we launch. Not long to go now
There are a few Changes to our Surfboard Demo Program that we have just implemented. At ZAK SURFBOARDS, we offer a broad range of Hire and Demo surfboards.
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
Ring ahead to see what is available & book your hire preference
ph: 03 9416 7384
How the demo program works
You now have 6 weeks to demo as many boards as you want . At the end of the 6th week you may purchase a new surfboard and you will receive the hire/demo costs off the recommended retail price of the new board . This demo program is for all surfboards we offer for hire. We are very strict on the timeline conditions – 6 weeks is from the date of the first hire & must retain all demo receipts to obtain the refund of your fees.
*1 board per person at a time, no laybys, credit on new board for demo fees excludes the $9.95 admin fee*
Hire & Demo Pricing:
1 day $39.95 2 days / Weekend $59.95 Weekly rate $129.95 (prices include a $9.95 admin fee)
All boards will come with a basic set of fins,protective cover, wax and leg rope
You can also upgrade your fins with each demo for $14.95 (inc. a $4.95 admin fee)
Here are some of the boards that are New on the Secondhand Surfboard Rack at Zak Surfboards. Some pretty choice options if you are after something new and interesting to ride, but don’t want to splurge too much dough.
If 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 now have a small size run of the …Lost Pocket Rocketfinish shaped and signed by the big boss of …Lost Surfboards, Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolos’hanging on our racks in store at Zak Surfboards. The Pocket Rocket has primarily been developed for WSL surfer Kolohe Andino. Ready to change up the bottom curves under his feet, this shortboard has a moderate even, continuous rocker, without any distinct flips or breaks compared to his previous signature board designs. In particular, there is more curve in the center of the board without the usual kick in the tail. This new curve has allowed Kolohe to approach the critical part of the wave with more aggression and most importantly, without losing speed and drive.
To make sure the rider maintains lift and speed, Matt has also deepened the concaves in this model somewhat from what Kolohe normally rides. The end result is a great high performance shortboard with built-in drive that won’t shy away from critical sections. Although designed for a pro, this design does have a touch more volume than many high performance shortboards and a little extra surface area to keep you planing. It probably can be ridden quite successfully in the right dimensions by those of us that aren’t quite at pro level yet
Designed to be responsive and fun in small snappy beach breaks and excels in chest high to decently overhead – come and check out these …Lost Pocket Rockets in store or ONLINE
We have a full size run of the new Channel Islands Fever model in store at Zak Surfboards. This new model was developed to add a new, relatively user friendly & accessible high performance surfboard to the Channel Islands range. The type of board that would work for a broader number of people – rather than just experts & pros.
Created as a collaboration between team rider Patrick Gudauskas and Channel Islands in house shaper Mike Andrews – they grabbed Pat’s favorite features from other high performance models of the past and combined them with a subtle single concave and lower, relatively continuous, user friendly rocker. The combination of these two features has created a shape with a huge sweet spot.
The Chanel Islands Fever also has an outline with less curve, giving it heaps of speed and projection down then line, helping it to pick up speed with ease and chase down those sections that try to get away from you. This speedy outline combined with the moderate continuous rocker vastly broadens the range of conditions and wave types that this performance shortboard works in. Comfortable in anything from 2 foot soft beach breaks to faster, down the line point waves, to overhead hollower & chunkier days. You can ride this board in most conditions from quite average, to where a proper step up is required.
If you are in the market for a high performance all-rounder, this model is definitely worth checking out. The Channel Islands Feveris well suited local waves with a great combination of speed, acceleration and responsiveness. A full size run is currently on our racks – come by the store or check them out ONLINE
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