Smorgasboarder is a great free publication you can find in the best surf outlets around Australia. Issue 6 contains a feature article on Zak Surfboards (page 66) and the hard working shapers and glassers that are the backbone of the Victorian surfing community.
The most interesting perspective from all the shapers is the complete disdain for “real jobs” or holidays. Everyone tests their own product in local (Victorian) conditions and strives for better performance. Many of these characters are under represented as pioneers of local surfing, and the expertise (and great sense of humor) is something the “industry” finds hard to replicate.
Zak Surfboards has proudly supported local shapers and glassers, both to produce boards under the Zak Surfboards brand and supporting the individual shapers label. Smorgasboarder also acknowledges this unique fellowship and have contributed in shining the light on such a creative spot in the worlds surfing community.
Smorgasboarder Issue 6 is available online, and we were able to embed the edition above for you to flip through and have a read. Please direct any commentary via our Facebook page, and help support your local shapers and Smorgasboarder.
In addition we set up a special “Shapers Profiles” menu in our sidebar to highlight some of these characters. We currently hold stock from most of the profiles shapers. Already some Victorians abroad have found on outlet to purchase their favorite Vico shaper. We have sent boards up to Queensland and across to SA and WA. Flip through the links to view some of the great surfboards that are available in store, and updated fortnightly.
Good morning crew, I just picked up quiver of Hulls and Logs from hyrophillic store in Torquay hand shaped by The Thomas Bexon Himself. Thomas is another master of glide, his shapes show the new movement in todays Logs and Hulls. Come and check them out, there sitting on the rack waiting to be play with.
We have 5 boards in store 3 logs two by old faithfuls, one by stepdeck, and 3 hullabaloos, he is a few picks.
Its taken us a while to hand pick a good quiver of surfboards for this Wintery time, we have been getting some pretty nice boards for Allan himself. He has just finished a 10board quiver consisting of 2 models. He belives these 2 models are his signature boards which he has all the locals ripping on from grommets to the old boys.
The models are the STONEFISH which is the smaller size 5’10 – 6’9 and the others for the bigger boys is the PLATAPUSSY. They both consist of a single into double concave with a chine rail to give you a sweet release from rail to rail, we will be putting one on our demo program very soon so keep a look out on our demo posts .Here is a few photos to giveyou an idea of the boards. Support local shapers hey.
They are all glassed in 6oz bottoms and 10 ounce decks, they have a white pigment so they will keep white for ever, and will last for years.
We have been working with our local shapers top offer you guys a range of boards which will blow your mind, everyone has now realised that 20-211/2 width can be a very inviting in your board. Maurice Cole has proven this with his metro3, we have sold over a hundred of these boards in the last year with guys who use to ride 19-191/2 are know riding wider and thick and there surfing has expolded. More paddle , more wave More Fun ain’t that whats it all about folks .
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We are proud to say that Doug Rogers has handshaped a little quiver of single fins , fishes and big guy performance hybrids for zak surfboards. These boards are all hand shaped and look unreal. Thanks doug for getting onboard.
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Have you surfed one of these, have you even heard of a displacement hull, these boards are fucking insane i have been surfing a 7’0 hull for the last 6 months and just glassed up a 6’6 hull in a smoke tint this week, and yes i will give you nutters a crack if you wish. Here is a little info about the whole design of the hulls. I must say , Kenny did tell me these boards will be the board that everyone wants . Have a read about them thanks to surfscience.com.
The displacement hull surfboard can be a very rewarding design given the right riding style and wave conditions. SurfScience has been curious about this bottom contour design for a while now, so we did some research and spoke with Steven Mast of Mast Surfboards. He talked to us about what makes a displacement hull different and why it may be worth our time to investigate. READ FULL ARTICLE GREAT READ AT.
Kye just sent me down 2 hand shaped TF’s from Sydney with the other hotbuttered stock. There fucking sick , if you appreciate surfboards you need to come in and check these 2 bad boys out one is a 6’0 modern drifter and the other is a classic area pin.
Zak surfboards would like announce that we have Ken Reimers, Darren Dickson and Doug Rogers bringing out a range of displacement hulls , single fins, mals and retro eggs under the zak retro lable. We have picked a great bunch of shapers who have done plenty of time in the shaping bay since the 60s to offer you a fine selection of boards for summer. Here is a few of our first boards we have played around with tints, next week we will have some pieces of artwork to offer you , cannot wait to show you.
Finally pickup 5 boards from the man Greg Brown himself , we got a few big guy performance boards for the first order and starting to move the quiver down to the boards we all surfed in the 90s. When you look at the gash lable it brings you back to the good old days, do you remember when Torquay was filled with blood red surfboards and the old paper Tracks magazine had those fucking sick Gash ads wow, sorry i just had a trip back down memory lane. Come and check them out, we also are doing customs from Greg to you so give us a call.
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There coming crew
Finally picking up Greg Brown surfboards next week , there just finishing up the last of the boards. We have a mix batch of boards ranging from 7’0 to 9’0 so keep looking i will post them asap. Stop frothing steve told you they were coming.