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).
The 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
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.
Dawn Patrol 2mm surf cap
A lightweight no frills surf cap with flatlock seams for comfort and a smooth skin exterior for wind resistance.
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 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
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 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.
Enjoy The Ride from Ed Lewis on Vimeo.
Painting a handplane from Skye Walker on Vimeo.
True Ames Twin
True Ames Side Biters
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.
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.
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
These 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
A 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
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
The 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.
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
XM Tangle Free 6ft Regular
XM Tangle Free 7ft Regular
XM Tangle Free 8ft Regular
XM Tangle Free 9ft Regular
XM 8-12ft Power Clip Cord
New 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.
July Courses – book now! Places are filling up for the July Courses at the Surfboard Studio. If you want to take part in one of these July Courses make sure you head over to the bookings section of the Surfboard Studio website. If July is too soon for you, the Surfboard Studio have now opened up August – with dates in September & October to come shortly.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Indo 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
Rash and wetsuit vests and other water apparel
Tropical wax and wax combs
Travel covers and luggage
Legropes and leash strings
First aid kits
Go Pro cameras and accessories
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!