Slide background

Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background

Bookings at the Surfboard Studio

surfboard_studio2 650 x 650Bookings at the Surfboard Studio are now live!!!

We are very excited to announce that we are taking bookings at the Surfboard Studio.  The main courses that we are offering are the “Make Your Own Board Courses“. This complete course can be taken in either 4 sessions over a 4 week period, or in a compressed format over 2 days (Two Day Make Your Own Board Course). In these courses you are guided through all the stages of making your own surfboard by our expert staff. For little over the price of buying yourself a brand new board you could design and construct your own craft from scratch.

If you would like to take the course over 4 sessions over a 4 week period we are offering session times during the evenings on Tuesday or Wednesday weeknights from 5pm – 9pm and daytime Saturdays 10am – 2pm (depending on demand).

If you are interested in doing the course in a compressed format over 2 days, you can find out more information here.

So if you are interested in doing one of these courses have a looks at our bookings page.  We have also put up start dates for our  August September and October courses with more to come soon.   Don’t delay if you a keen – book yourself in now!


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 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:

photo 2 [650 x 910]

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.

Height: 4.56″
Base: 4.49″
Area: 14.36″
Rear fins:
Height: 3.84″
Base: 3.86″
Area: 10.54″
photo 4 [650 x 938]
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.



Height: 4.37″
Base: 4.22″
Area: 14.22″
Rear Fins:
Height: 3.75″
Base: 3.64″
Area: 10.90″
photo 1 [650 x 766]
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.



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


photo 3 [650 x 880]

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


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!

Full range of the FCSII Essentials now instore

FCS II Essentials Collage [1024 x 427]Full range of the FCSII Essentials are now available instore.  I you like the springier, more positive feeling that you can only get from a full glass fin, then these are a great option for you.  Coupled with FCSII’s more solid connection to the board along the base of your fins – these would have to feel as good as glass on fins.

Currently instore in the popular Accelerator, Carver and Performer templates  and in various sizes.

Far King Key Safe Locks back in stock

far-king-locks-far-king-surf-lock-black [650]

Far King Key Safe Locks are back in stock – we have just got a top up of these great key safe locks from Far King.  Don’t risk hiding you keys under your wheel or in the bushes while surfing – grab one of these Secure/ Durable/ Simple to use locks and know your car and you stuff is safe.

1500KEYSF-FARKING-4 [650]

1500KEYSF-FARKING-3 [650]

There is more than enough storage in these for even the most bulky keys/electronic keys on the market. Also it means that if you go for a session with other people, multiple users will be able to open up the car (no more shivering in the middle of winter waiting for your mate to get one last wave in).

Come grab one instore or online


Mick Fanning FCSII Signature PC Tri Sets

photo 1 [650 x 500]

We have Mick Fanning FCSII Signature PC Tri Sets instore!!!

The shop is well stocked up with the latest offerings from FCS, more of which I’ll outline in later posts.

Mick Fanning FCSII Signature PC Tri Sets (available in sizes M & L) have a dynamic flex pattern to give the rider those quick bursts of speed and maximum drive . The Large size is great choice for the more powerful surfers who like to use a lot of rail,   or for the rest of us in the Medium.

A choice fin for down-the-line waves with more open face ie. our local point and reef breaks.



Supporting Local Shapers | Hire | Demos | repairs