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Quick turn around Surfboard Repair Service

Quick turn around Surfboard Repair Service At Zak Surfboards we offer a Quick turn around Surfboard Repair Service - Drop Off your surfboard on Monday and we can have it Finished by Friday.  Got a board that desperately needs some love or has your prized stick been damaged by those darn clumsy baggage handlers? At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all the various types of surfcraft and other fiberglass things right here in Melbourne!!

Quick turn around Surfboard Repair Service We repair all PU, EPS and Epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.  In most cases, if you Drop Off your board on Monday, we can have your repair finished for you and ready to surf by Friday!!!

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff

Sanded Epoxy Surfboard Repair Kits

Sanded Epoxy Surfboard Repair KitsYou can now grab Sanded Epoxy Surfboard Repair Kits from Zak Surfboards!!  At last, there is now a high quality repair kit on the market that has all the elements you need to fix you own EPS or epoxy surfboards yourself in an affordable bundle.

Sanded Epoxy Surfboard Repair KitsThis pack contains top notch 2:1 ratio Surfset Epoxy, a generous packet of micro-balloon Q-cell, plenty of 4 ounce fiberglass cloth, mixing containers, a squeegee, a sanding pad, various grades of sandpaper and more… basically all the stuff u need to do a whole heap of repairs yourself.

Sanded Epoxy Surfboard Repair Kits

Available in store only – heaps of them in stock at the moment, come by and grab one from us!!

Surfboard repairs – Drop Off Monday, Finished Friday

Surfboard repairs - Drop Off Monday, Finished FridaySurfboard repairs – Drop Off Monday, Finished Friday.  Got a board that desperately needs some love or has your prized stick been damaged by those darn clumsy baggage handlers? At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all the various types of surfcraft and other fiberglass things right here in Melbourne!!

Surfboard repairs - Drop Off Monday, Finished FridayWe repair all PU, EPS and Epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden ShapesIn most cases, if you Drop Off your board on Monday, we can have your repair finished for you and ready to surf by Friday!!!

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff

 

Surfboard Repairs in Melbourne

Surfboard Repairs in MelbourneSurfboard Repairs in Melbourne  – The weather will be heating up shortly, so it’s time to make sure that all of your surfcraft is in full working order and ready to go.  Here at Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all types of surfcraft  right here in town!! We repair all polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

We can also repair other polyester, epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and de-laminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

Get your Surfboard Repaired in Melbourne

Get your Surfboard Repaired in MelbourneGet your Surfboard Repaired in Melbourne  – Here at Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all types of surfcraft  right here in town!! We repair all polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

We can also repair other polyester, epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

Epoxy Surfboard Repairs Melbourne

Epoxy Surfboard Repairs MelbourneEpoxy Surfboard Repairs Melbourne  – Here at Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we are specialists in repairing surfboards or surfcraft constructed out of Epoxy and EPS materials.   These sorts of materials are generally a touch more tempremental and can be difficult to work with.  Fortunately for you, we have been regularly using these materials since they came on to the market & we have the expertise and experience to properly fix your damaged equipment.

Don’t trust other repairers that mainly work with standard PU surfboard constructions – come to us and be sure that the right materials and techniques are used to make your board ship shape again!

Zak Surfboards offer a comprehensive repair service for all the different types of surfcraft  right here in Melbourne!! We repair all polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

Epoxy Surfboard Repairs MelbourneWe can also repair other polyester, epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Epoxy Surfboard Repairs Melbourne

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

Surfboard Repairs Melbourne

Surfboard Repairs MelbourneSurfboard Repairs Melbourne  – Here at Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all the different types of surfcraft  right here in Melbourne!! We repair all polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

We can also repair other polyester, epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

Surfboard Repair Service in Melbourne

Surfboard Repair Service in Melbourne Surfboard Repair Service in Melbourne  – At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all the various types of surfcraft and other fiberglass things right here in Melbourne!! We repair all different types of polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

We can also repair other polyester, epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

The Art of the Quiver part 2 The Groveller

The Art of the Quiver part 2 The GrovellerThe Art of the Quiver part 2 The Groveller (small wave weapon of choice)

In an ideal world we could have one board that would do everything – go well in all conditions, paddle ridiculously well yet still be ultra responsive and do exactly what we want it to , when we want it to.  Unfortunately this magic board doesn’t exist -  most people can get away with one allrounder, but the sheer variety of waves we have here in Victoria, coupled with other factors such as wind and tide make this a hard task.

One way to make sure you get the most out of what the ocean dishes out each time you hit the surf is to have a variety of surfcraft tailored to different conditions (ie a quiver of surfboards).   With a lot of our customers living locally, unable to surf only the best days of the week (like the lucky people who live on the coast) – a question we get asked fairly regularly is what  should you look for in a board for marginal/poor conditions, a specialized board for small waves or a Groveller?

Characteristics you generally are looking for in a Groveller are speed generation, maneuverability, loosness, extra paddle power and most importantly fun.

The Art of theIn weaker, mushier waves one of key characteristics you are looking for in a Groveller is a board ability to generate it’s own speed.  As a general rule, a flatter rocker is going to glide along a wave face pushing less water, it will also allow you to paddle into a wave easier and go faster, so flatter rockers are preferred in small wave shapes.

Small waves have smaller faces and therefore less room to fit your turns on them. The smaller amount of area and the tighter direction changes you will have to make on smaller wave faces mean that one must be carefull not to get anything too flat in the rocker department, or make sure that  flatter rockers are balanced out by other design characteristics that will make a board more maneuverable and able to draw the lines you need in small waves.  A popular way to do this is to have less length and more width in a small wave board so there is less straight rail & more curve in the outline of the board.  This means that once put on rail, the board will come around in a tighter arc.  Different fin templates and set ups such as quads can also be used to help you achieve this desired maneuverability.

IMG_1547Speed generating botton contours like deeper concaves and a wider tail block are useful in small wave crafts as they helps the board generate more of its own speed and give you extra lift.  Wider tail blocks also help to loosen up a board, not only do they help prevent you from sticking mid way through turns but they also help you get release out of your turns as well.

ft2-craig-1200x675 photo Craig editedExtra volume in a Groveller is a real no brainer.  More floatation will give you more paddle power and help you glide along when the wave is not giving you much push. Having a fuller rail in a small wave surf craft both add to the overall volume of the board and make it  more forgiving to surf.  You are less concerned with bite in weaked slopier waves, so a fuller rail gives you more margin for error and helps you negotiate chops and keep your flow along a wave without catching edge.

Lots of people opt for quirkier designs in small waves, which really add to the fun factor when under foot.  Unusual tail shapes, fins or other design characteristics  will give you a different & sometimes unpredictable feel to spice up your surfs when conditions aren’t lining up. Motivation to surf small waves can wane and there is nothing like riding something a bit different to get you amped to get out there.

Ribbet collageIf you are interested in getting a specialized board for small waves or a Groveller get in touch with one of our staff at Zak Surfboards on 03 9416 7384 – ordinarily we will have several suitable models on our racks for most people year round, with more options available heading into the warmer months.

Quick Surfboard Repairs Melbourne

Quick Surfboard Repairs Melbourne Zak SurfboardsQuick Surfboard Repairs Melbourne – At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all different types of surfcraft and fiberglass right here in town!! We repair all different types of polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboard constructions – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes.

We can also repair other polyester,epoxy fiberglass and plastic surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, snow-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard and we offer a 1 Week Turn Around on repairs*.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

*Most repairs if dropped in store on a Monday will be completed by Friday that week – more difficult repairs may take a little longer, particularly if the board is water logged or requires in depth paint retouching.

Surfboard Repair Materials

Surfboard Repair MaterialsSurfboard Repair Materials  available in store.
Had an unfortunate mishap with your prized stick? We have one of the most comprehensive collections of repair options available for you.   From full repair kits, to glass cloth sold by the meter, 500ml tins of resin, packets of q-cell, catalyst and replacement plugs, various suncure products and temporary patches – everything you’ll need to fix your surfboard yourself.   If you don’t want to D.I.Y. we also have a repair service – simply drop by our store and we’ll sort you out and get you back in the water pronto.

*If you are after more substantial supplies (blanks, liters of resin etc) head over to Zak’s other business – The Surfboard Studio.  There you can grab all materials, tools and equipment you need to build surfboards.

X-mas Repair Cut off

X-mas Repair Cut off

Due to popular demand we have extended our X-mas Repair Cut off to  5:30pm Monday 21st of December – If you need your board repaired before Christmas, you had better get it in quick smart.  All repairs dropped in by Monday will be finished for you before the Christmas break ;)

Due to the volume of repairs we have at the moment we will not be repairing SUPS, snaps, creases, restorations or surflifesaving boards until the new year.  Don’t miss out if you need your board repaired for the Christmas break.  Our repair service will not be back in action until the new year.

Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio

Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio are a great present for someone who has an interest in Surfing or has thought about getting dusty and making their own surfboard.  If you would like to get a voucher as a present for someone, simply give the staff at Zak Surfboards a call on 03 9416 7384 & they can arrange a voucher for one of the ‘make your own board courses for you.

In the ‘make your own board courses‘,  students are provided with all the equipment, materials, skilled instruction & expert guidance to create their own surf craft from start to finish – ready to hit the water!

Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio Not only do participants leave this course with their own hand made board to keep, but they are given the knowledge and practical experience to then go on and shape additional surfboards on their own.  With the guidance of the Surfboard Studio’s expert instructors,  they too can leave the Surfboard Studio with their own beautifully finished surfboard – first time!

Dates for our courses in 2016 are now online and you can book yourself in HERE

This video was shot & edited for the Surfboard Studio Melbourne by Glenn Barry
glennbarry.com.au/

Surfboard Repairs Melbourne

Surfboard RepairsSurfboard Repairs Melbourne – At Zak Surfboards in Thornbury we offer a comprehensive repair service for all different types of surfcraft and fiberglass. We repair all polyester and epoxy fiberglass surfboards – including brands such as Firewire and Hayden Shapes epoxy constructions.

We can also repair other polyester,epoxy fiberglass and plastic, surfboards, kite-boards, wake-boards, knee-boards, snow-boards, water skis, surf-skis, nipper-boards, canoes, kayaks and much more. Our work is guaranteed and is of the highest standard.

It is an unfortunate but inevitable part of owning a surfboard that dings, dents and delaminations happen. Both in and out of the water, there are many causes of surfboard damage. If not fixed, over time the foam core of your surfboard will take on water, weighing it down, reducing its strength and buoyancy – ultimately hurting your boards performance.

Come by Zak Surfboards 307 Victoria Rd Thornbury Victoria 3071 any time during store hours to organize your repair with our staff.  Generally, most repairs are completed in 5 days if dropped in on a Monday before 6pm.

Please note: We cannot quote repairs for you over the phone due to their subjective nature – please bring them in store and we can do one for you on the spot :)

 

Surfboard Studio Courses October and November

Surfboard Studio Courses October and NovemberBookings are open for The Surfboard Studio Courses in October and November.  It’s not long until it starts properly warming up & what better way to kick into spring/summer than with a brand new sled, made start to finish by you!

Zak’s other business The Surfboards Studio  offers ‘Make Your own Board Courses‘ where they provide students with all the equipment, materials, skilled instruction & expert guidance to create their own surf craft from start to finish – ready to hit the water!

IMG_1858Not only do you leave this course with you own hand made board to keep, but you are provided with the knowledge and practical experience to then go on and shape additional surfboards on your own.  With the guidance of their expert instructors,  you too can leave the Surfboard Studio with your own beautifully finished surfboard – first time!

The Surfboards Studio now run these courses over 2 days – essentially 2 x 8 hour sessions.  These sessions are run on Saturdays from 9am-5pm, requiring participants to attend 2 sessions in a 1 month period to complete their board.

So it is now simply a matter of heading over to their Bookings Page & picking 2 Saturday sessions in a month – too easy ;)

October & November are the last 2 months that The Surfboard Studio is running courses in 2015 so make sure you don’t miss out!!  The next opportunity after this to do a course will be in February 2016.

Make Your Own Board Courses

Make Your Own Board Courses – It’s not long until it starts warming up & what better way to kick into spring/summer than with a brand new sled, made start to finish by you!  Zak’s other business The Surfboards Studio  offers ‘Make Your own Board Courses‘ where they provide students with all the equipment, materials, skilled instruction & expert guidance to create their own surf craft from start to finish – ready to hit the water!

Not only do you leave this course with you own hand made board to keep, but you are provided with the knowledge and practical experience to then go on and shape additional surfboards on your own.  With the guidance of their expert instructors,  you too can leave the Surfboard Studio with your own beautifully finished surfboard – first time!

The Surfboards Studio now run these courses over 2 days – essentially 2 x 8 hour sessions.  These sessions are run on Saturdays from 9am-5pm, requiring participants to attend 2 sessions in a 1 month period to complete their board.

So it is now simply a matter of heading over to their Bookings Page & picking 2 Saturday sessions in a month – too easy ;)

Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio

Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio Gift Vouchers for The Surfboard Studio are a great present for someone who has an interest in Surfing or has thought about getting dusty and making their own surfboard.  Call us here at Zak Surfboards on 03 9416 7384 & we can arrange a voucher for one of the ‘make your own board courses.

In these ‘make your own board coursesthe Surfboard Studio staff provide students with all the equipment, materials, skilled instruction & expert guidance to create their own surf craft from start to finish – ready to hit the water!

Not only do they leave this course with their own hand made board to keep, but they are provided with the knowledge and practical experience to then go on and shape additional surfboards on their own.  With the guidance of the Surfboard Studio’s expert instructors,  they too can leave the Surfboard Studio with their own beautifully finished surfboard – first time!

Puka Patches

Puka PatchesPuka Patches are a handy, quick fix for dings on your surfboards.   Essentially a clear plastic membrane (like a sticker but with a bit of elasticity) these patches mean if you ding your surfboard, you can keep using it and get it professionally fixed later.  Perfect for any small ding or crack you might accidentally get in you board.  Suitable for both PU and Epoxy surfboards, these are a sure fire way to keep you craft watertight until you can get your dings fixed properly.

Puka PatchesTo use these Puka Patches simply clean any wax from the area surrounding the ding, then lightly scuff the surface around the ding so the Puka Patch will have something to grip onto (using the scuffing pad provided or a little bit of sandpaper). Then apply the patch pressing outwards from the middle, pressing out any air.  Now your board is watertight and ready to hit the water.

These Puka Patches are sold in packs of 5 & are really handy to have on hand when traveling  or to keep in the glove box of you car.

Available from us both instore and ONLINE

Make your own board at The Surfboard Studio

Make your own board at The Surfboard Studio

Make your own board at The Surfboard Studio in 2 days – what???

In 2015 The Surfboard Studio have changed how they are structuring their Make Your Own Board Courses. They are now running them over 2 days – essentially you can shape, glass & sand a board in a total 2 x 8 hour sessions and leave with your own high quality, finished surfboard, made completely by you, ready to surf!
These sessions are run on Saturdays from 9am-5pm, requiring participants to attend 2 sessions in a 1 month period (2 x 8 hour  Saturday Sessions). So it is now simply a matter of picking 2 Saturday sessions in a month that will suit your schedule and get your board done;)

Head to this page for more information

Hit this link for Bookings

Feel free to contact the staff at the Surfboard Studio via email at info@thesurfboardstudio.com.au

or you can call 0402 333 720

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