> Hey Dave > > Been a while mate. Here's a couple of shots from a reef somewhere in Tassie. > Surfed my sprints and they went unreal. > It's amazing how you can surf a mushy beachbreak on them with speed and manouvreability and then they next day hit a reef and they still hold in with speed to burn. > cheers > Jake Woodberry > >
This is a pretty good way for common board rail standardization. Helps things a lot as a customer can measure his board himself in a far away place and give you a dimension.. much clearer than low, medium or boxy… Measure the board thickness in the centre, then the rail thickness 30mm in from the rail apex… do the math (100 divided by the centre measurement times by the rail measurement equals rail volume percent) and you have your rail volume percentage.. Many shapers have a different view on rails and their volume tag. maybe longboards and unusual designs might still need some clarification. But this would certainly aid online board descriptions… Just give me some time to add it to all our board model info on our website..
WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, 27 October, 2011) - Two Champions were crowned at the historic first ever ASP event in China today. Chelsea Williams won the SWATCH Girls Pro China and Lindsay Steinriede (USA) has taken out the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title. Chelsea Williams (AUS) was without a doubt the standout performer of the SWATCH Girls Pro China, so it was only fitting to see her crowned the winner. Williams defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) in an action packed Final with the conditions turning on for the 2 best surfers of the day. Both surfers notched big scores, but it was Williams who continued her dominating run to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour win.
“I’m so happy to win the first ASP event in China,” Williams said. “It feels amazing to be here and surf against everyone, they were all surfing really well. Fortunately for me it was on a left-hander which rarely ever happens, so I was just stoked to show what I can do on my forehand. I think this has been a longtime coming, I’ve come close to winning so many times so it feel amazing to finally win one.”
Despite losing in the Quarterfinals to eventual event winner Chelsea Williams (AUS), Steinriede had amassed enough points to take the crown after winning the first event on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour in France and coming 5th here in China.
“I feel awesome!” Steinriede said. “I knew I didn’t have control of the outcome so I was just letting it happen, and it just went my way so I’m really happy. One of the first things I came in and said to my husband after I lost was that I’ve had a lot worse things happen to me, I was just trying to stay positive. To be able to still be in the Title race was awesome and to actually win it, well it’s just sinking in and I think I’m going to cry.”
Steinriede surfed fantastic all event, putting her full repertoire and smooth style on display for the Chinese crowds on the beach, but couldn’t get past the standout surfer of the event Chelsea Williams. Steinriede won the ASP Women’s World Longboard Title when the last contender standing, Kassia Meador (USA) lost to young Hawaiian Kelia Moniz (HAW) in the Semifinals.
“I was devastated because I didn’t want to leave it to chance, but I was more devastated because I didn’t get that wave I wanted,” Steinriede said. “My emotions are still up and down because I really wanted to be in the Final, but that’s ok, I’ll take the ASP World Title!”
Kelia Moniz (HAW) finished 6th on the ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour ratings after her 2nd place finish at the SWATCH Girls Pro China today. This is a breakout event for the 18-year-old Hawaiian who’s already looking forward to the 2012 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour.
“It felt great to make the final, and beat Jen (Smith) and Kassia (Meador), that’s a big accomplishment for me,” Moniz said. “Then to surf with Chelsea (Williams) in the final was great. As much as I wanted to win, there’s always next year, I’m already looking forward to coming back here and to France. China has been amazing, the community and the event volunteers have been great, they’ve treated us like royalty and we’re so grateful.”
Kassia Meador (USA) finished equal 3rd today at the SWATCH Girls Pro China, cementing her spot as runner-up to the ASP Women’s World Title. If Meador had won the event she would have won the title, but she fell short against the young Hawaiian Moniz in the Quarterfinals.
“I feel great, I’m not much of a contest surfer so the fact that I came close to the ASP World Title is fantastic,” Meador said. “I’m just stoked to be in China surfing with all the girls, and to lose to Kelia (Moniz), there’s not many people I’d rather lose to, she’s like a little sister to me. It was such a fun heat, you do what you can and I fell short, but I’m so happy to make the finals. I’m so stoked that Chelsea (Williams) won! She’s always the in-form surfer at these events so it was due time that she won.”
For more event info on the SWATCH Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning, photos, video highlights and your chance to win SWATCH Touch Eventwatches check out www.swatchgirlspro.com
For more information log on to www.aspworldtour.com
SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA RESULTS:
FINAL: Chelsea Williams (AUS) 15.33 def. Kelia Moniz (HAW) 12.36
Team Updates International Surfing AssociationLa Libertad, El Salvador16 - 23 October 2011
Layne Beachley and Mark Richardson take first place in their divisions Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 October, 2011 : - - Layne Beachley and Mark Richardson are the toast of Australian surfing today after winning the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship for TravelSIM Team Australia in El Salvador. In clean .5m swell at Punta Roca, Beachley (Manly, NSW) dominated the Female Masters (35 years or older) for an eighth world title in her competitive comeback after retiring three years ago, while Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) was equally impressive in the Male Masters (35 years or older).The championship included more than 20 countries with more than 120 surfers competing in the Masters, Grand Masters, Kahunas and Grand Kahunas divisions. In the only other final featuring an Australian, Nick Pearson (Byron Bay, NSW) finished third in the Grand Kahunas (50 years or older).TravelSIM Team Australia, the defending champions, finished fifth behind new champions the USA, Brazil, South Africa and Puerto Rico. Seven-time ASP World Champion Beachley was never headed in the Female Masters, taking out the final with a score of 13.10 to beat South Africa’s Heather Clarke (9.67), Andrea Lopes (9.23) from Brazil and the USA’s Alissa Cairns (5.03).“It feels really satisfying to come home with the Gold. I have eight world titles now,” Beachley said. “To have the whole team at the rocks supporting me was a really great experience. We are doing the country proud and I was really honoured to surf for Australia. This was a wonderful experience and I hope to come back next year.”After a slow start to the championship finishing third in his first heat, Richardson was forced to surf through the six elimination repechage heats but surged into the final with five firsts and a second. His momentum didn’t stop in the final scoring a day-high 15.34 for a convincing win ahead of Puerto Rico’s Carlos Cabrero (10.66), Gary van Wieringen (9.10) of South Africa and Ross Williams (6.33) of Hawaii.
“I’m just so stoked, I came third in the World Surfing Games in 2004, when I was winning and with one minute to go a wave was taken away from me and I was left in third,” Richardson said. “So this is the one that I really wanted to win. I’m so happy it happened.”Byron Bay’s Nick “Zippy” Pearson was almost the unlikely hero in the Grand Kahunas after a last-minute call-up following the late withdrawal of Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew. Pearson impressed leading into the final, but the waves deserted him during the decider to score 7.83 in finishing third behind Costa Rica’s Craig Schieber (9.86) and Chris Knutsen (8.26) of South Africa. Allen Sarlo (7.70) from the USA was fourth.In the other divisions, three-time World Champion Tom Curren won the Kahunas (45 years or older) and Juan Ashton, from Puerto Rico, won the Grand Masters (40 years or older).Final points: 1 United States 9396, 2 Brazil 9086, 3 South Africa 8886, 4 Puerto Rico 8618, 5 Australia 8480, 6 Hawaii 7664, 7 Costa Rica 6090, 8 Argentina 6016, 9 France 5821, 10 Peru 5548, 11 Venezuela 5363, 12 Trinidad & Tobago 5335, 13 El Salvador 5230, 14 Ecuador 5030, 15 Uruguay 3640, 16 Mexico 2240, 17 Sweden 1905, 18 Germany 1680, 19 Switzerland 680, 20 Panama 500, 21 New Zealand 450.The Masters TravelSIM Team Australia representatives:Female Masters (35 years or older)- Layne Beachley (NSW)Male Masters (35 years or older)- Mark Richardson (QLD)- Toby Martin (NSW)Grand Masters (40 years or older)- Scott Myers (NSW)- John Schmidenberg (NSW)Kahunas (45 years or older)- Rowan Sapwell (VIC)- Dean Shaw (NSW)Grand Kahunas (50 years or older)- Nick Pearson (NSW)Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
Today in Byron. Check out Jess styling at 'The Pass - Byron' the other day. Featured on Today in Byron.
Road trip gone right! FUDGE AND MY SELF MANAGED TO GET AWAY THE OTHER WEEK , AND NOTHING COULDN'T HAVE WENT BETTER. FIRST STOP.. CENTRAL COAST.. THE ENTIRE COAST.. WELL THE SURF WASN'T THAT CRASH HOT TO START WITH, BUT WE FOUND OUR SEA LEGS , AND AFTER A LONG DRIVE AND A SMALL 1 TO 2 FOOT MUSHY COUPLE OF SLIDERS WE WERE HAPPY WITH THE START TO THE TRIP. THE WARM BEERS AND CORN CHIPS MADE FUDGES VAN FEEL LIKE A 5 STAR HOTEL. CENTRAL COAST WAS ONE OF MY HOMES SO WE MADE SOME VISITS TO OLD FRIENDS, FAMILY AND SOME OTHERS. I TOOK FUDGE TO ONE OF MY BEST MATES HOUSES, WHERE WE WERE TO STAY THE NIGHT. AFTER SOME GOOD FRESH HOME KILL LAMB . CRUSTY BREAD , GRAVY, THE BEST OF COMPANY, SONGS , A RED OR 2 AND SOME STORIES, IT WAS TIME TO HIT THE HAY AND GET FUDGE READY FOR THE BIG SMOKE... SYDNEY .. OR RATHER , THE BIG SMOKE READY FOR FUDGE. FIRST TIME IN SYDNEY. WE HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE ALLEY AT CRONULLA WHERE THE CONTEST( CRONULLA SOUTHSIDE MALIBU CLUB SPRING CLASSIC) WOULD BE HELD. WE PADDLED STRAIGHT OUT ... CLEAN 1-2 FOOTERS. WASNT LOOKIN GOOD FOR THE CONTEST , BUT HEY... TOMORROW WAS A NEW DAY AND "CONTEST REALLY MEANS ( HEY LETS GO ON A ROAD TRIP .. CHILL... CHILL ..CHILLL THEN CRUISE HOME .. A DAY OR 2 LATE. I INTRODUCED FUDGE TO A FEW OF THE LOCALS AND WE REALLY RECIEVED SOME HOSPITALITY THAT WE ARE TRULY GREATFULL FOR. WAYNE EGAN WAS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL AND WE WANT TO SAY THANKS ...A COOL GUY CALLED RED MAN GAVE US 2 FINE JACKETS TO HELP US SURVIVE THE ICY CONDITIONS... THANKS RED MAN.. I WEAR THAT JACKET WITH PRIDE.. NO WORD OF A LIE.. I FEEL LIKE A MAN IN IT .
CONTSEST DAY WAS PERFECT WAVES , WEATHER AND GOOD VIBES . FUDGE AND I BOTH MADE THE FINALS IN THE OLD MAL BUT NOT WITHOUT CONSIQUENCE. WE BORROWED MATTY ALDERIGE'S 68 GORDEN WOODS.. THANKS MATTY IF YOU'VE NEVER RIDDEN AN OLD MAL. THEY ARE PRETTY HARD TO RIDE AND WEIGH MORE THAN THE AVERAGE PERSON WOULD LIKE TO JUST CARRY AROUND. WE WERE BOTH LIMPING FOR DAYS.. PULLED MUSCLES.. BOARDS IN GROIN AREA, BUM CHEEKS, KNEES, CALF MUSCLES ETC. WE COLLECTED OUR TROPHIES , LIMPED OURSELVES OUT OF THE PRESO AND WANDERING IF IT WAS ALL WORTH IT..
WE HEADED NORTH TO A SPOT I HADNT BEEN IN 12 YEARS.. SLEPT THE NIGHT IN THE VAN AND AWOKE TO .. OH MY GOODNESS .. THIS LINEUP HAS TAKEN AT LEAST HALF OF MY PAIN AWAY .. AN EAST COAST 400 METRE PEELING POINT 8 DUDES OUT INCUDING US, PRETTY HAPPY WITH MY 5 1/2 HOUR SESSION ON MATTY'S OLD MAL AND WATCHING FUDGE GET SOME OF THE LONGEST RIDES ID SEEN FOR A WHILE. TIME TO HEAD HOME OR HOME ISH..
DROVE TO YAMBA PUB.. THE PACIFIC HOTEL ON THE HILL JUST IN TIME TO CATCH UP WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE A FEW NEW ONES ....
THATS THE SHORT STORY.... HERES A COUPLE OF PICS IF THEY TURN OUT. THE CHOICE OF BOARDS FOR THESE WAVE WERE THE DIVERSE DP LOGS, JB CLASSICS, AND EVEN THOUGH I DIDNT RIDE ONE OUT THERE I REACKON A MINI SIMMOMNS WOULD HAVE WORKED A TREAT.
Once when i was on a two week family stint in the heart of japan away from the ocean, I read all my surfing mags I had. I finished "Salt and suits" the surf clothing industry book by Phil Jarret then got to thinking about my own path and the surfboards we use. When I started surfing with that lonely old red single fin, it was the only board I had. In fact it was the only board between all my direct family and cousins staying at the family beach shack in remote south Oz. As time went on and I moved to Queensland in the early 80's I continued to have just one board. From my Sky thrusters to my ex reg Riley Shaping Co's, AB channel bottom & even a Jim Banks semi gun, all single board quivers. Selling one off to finance the next one. That practice continued on even when I started shaping, that first year I made around 30 boards for my self moving one on the pay for the next one trying all kinds of things out in the shapes to see what they did. It wasn't until my first trip to Indo I learnt about a quiver... Some of my workmates were Indo veterans by then and recommended I take three boards with me. My normal 6'4 board a step up 6'8 and a 7'2 gun. That was the common quiver then. I used the 6'4 the most, while the 6'8 got wet a few times the 7'2 just was a dream chaser. Most of the waves were great for normal boards.. Over the next few years I ended up taking lots of normal boards and selling them off to other travelers. But I digress from the original reasons I'm writing this. I'm talking about the one board quiver. All those years of surfing, having just the one board in the car was normal. Surfing the same board in all conditions taught me a lot about what it did and how to ride it. When did this all change? What happened to us? We seem to have a ever growing quiver needing to have a retro twin fin, quad fish, small fat thrusters, traditional short board, semi gun, minimal and a couple longboards. We check the surf on the Internet and then become thrown into a quandary over board choices as there is always another board option, by the time we get to the beach there's two board choices in the car and invariably there's another we wish we had there... We blame our poor performance that day on the incorrect board choice, wafting on about that wave being too fat, fast etc.. What really triggered this excessive compulsive board collection? Well for me, I thought back and realized it was when I started to make really short boards that fitted in the boot (trunk) of my fat american car. They were excellent boards in the everyday Tugun and Currumbin surf, but when it became time to surf the points of Snapper and Greeny those little board had too much outline curve to race sections and the shortness made later take-offs in crowds less desirable. So I started keeping boards for the right conditions. Being a shaper/designer I had understanding of what worked good in specific conditions and only wanted To ride the perfect board for each conditions. I'm sure I was not alone on this path and our team riders were always like this, needing to perform best in just the right waves. So too in our ego driven, wanna be pro surfing pursuit of the 90's very man and his dog wanted several boards in his quiver, I remember making an advert for a surfmag sitting amongst seven boards, all mine, and all for a particular wave nearby. As my business is consumer driven, my customers all followed suit. Everyone wanted a several board quiver. I wasn't complaining, our industry always has been cut throat and low profit margin so every order was important! Today I look and see everyone around on with several boards in their car, coming in my shop looking for a new one to add to the confusing choices to ride. Sure I'm happy your buying another sweet board to add to your smorgasbord, but how about you just ride one of those boards for a month. That's right no matter what conditions you are faced with just ride that one board with the fins that are in it( I'm not even going near the multiple fin templates and choices we have for today's removable systems!) Your really going to appreciate the nuances of that board, where it goes best on the wave. Your surfing style will improve as you modify what your doing on the wave to suit the boards characteristics. I actually challenge you to see how much you learn! I'm of the opinion your going to learn more in that month riding the one board than you will in the course if six months changing boards every couple surfs. Just do it. Go choose one board, put them all out on the lawn in a circle stand in the centre with a blindfold on and spin. Where ever you stop that's the board your riding for the next 30 days... Appreciate the board and get to love it for what it does best!
Recently I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the Mentawai islands with my new Diverse Epoxy Dynocore Surfboard. Our pitstop will surf camp based guides took us to the best surf on offer in the region. Reefs like 4Bobs, Burger World, Bang Bangs & Napussi. This meant a great work out for me and my new board, in solid 6ft Indian Ocean conditions I found it responsive and fast. Giving the maximum amount of fun you could extract from excellent waves and warm clear water. I'm looking forward to a repeat visit to this frontier of surfing with a Diverse board, who knows what Feral Dave and his team will develop next. I'm sure it will be great, but thanks for the current contribution and its impact on my surfing enjoyment.
Here are some photos of my new board, surfed it this morning and stoked :) I did the spray myself with the help of dave and the factory :)
Filming for totally wild tomorrow at currumbin alley at 8:00am so come down and support if you want :)
Vernon Ahkee Diverse artist on Diverse Boards Diverse Friend & artist Vernon Ahkee Current exhibition at the Gold Coast arts Centre featuring Diverse Surfboards and Dale Richards... go see it its on till 26th june at the Gold Coast arts Centre
Your first surfboard is an important decision. If you choose poorly without having the right advice, you may end up finding it difficult to progress for a long time or worse still giving up because you think it's just too hard! Hopefully I can give you some pointers and direction from my twenty years plus of making custom boards for people just like you. Firstly before you buy, you should beg, borrow & rent as many boards as you can, too feel for yourself what you do best on. Sure the small ones are easy to duck dive, fit in your transport & carry to the beach, but are you doing it to go surfing or duck diving? What you need is the best balance between be able to carry it around, catch all the waves you want & be stable enough to have you cruising across the green face of the wave in no time. Reputable surfboard shops carry secondhand boards, demos & rentals, along with good staff who should be happy to give as much advice as you need. Notice I said "surfboard shops" as there is a lot of "surf shops" that are just clothing stores with a few boards in them just to look credible. A surfboard shop should have secondhand boards they gave traded in from happy customers who have already progressed on to the next level in performance & fun. Don't be afraid to ask for a guaranteed trade in when your ready for your next surfboard. Surf schools are also a big help in choosing the right board and recommendation of a place to purchase it from. So what are the things your looking for in your first board? Volume: remember this "foam is your friend" the more floatation, width & thickness you have the more waves you will catch & the quicker you will progress. Length: you need a minimum of around 30cm taller than your self, the longer board you have the sooner you catch the wave. Width: stability is important in this stage of your new surfing career, the wider your board the less likely you are to be wobbling off the side every time you put your weight on the rails of your board. The ideal width is dependent on your overall weight and height but I would expect to see a minimum of 19" wide but preferably up to 21" or even 22". Thickness: paddling your board is something you will do the longest every time you go surfing, so make it easy on yourself and keep plenty of thickness in your board under your chest and thru the middle of the board. The rails should be full and soft in the centre also with thinner rails in the nose and tail allowing you to penetrate the water when duck diving or turning. Once again the thickness is a variable dependent on your body size, so minimum of around 2 1/2" to 3" is a good ballpark to start with. Tail shape: to be completely honest right now the tail shape will make very little difference. Plenty of width around your back foot is more important. Pointy bits hurt and damage easy. Fins: in basic terms the bigger a fin is in the centre of the board the more stable it will be as it drives you forward. Side fins help you turn up and down on the face of the wave. The 2+1 fin setup like longboards have Is the most user friendly for beginners, however the everyday thruster Is a common compromise that will work fine and keep you progressing. Nose width: once again width equals stability. The common beginner boards will have a round or wide pointed nose keeping floatation and area up there to help. What Board type? Good question. There is so many names for these types of boards. Those common shape characteristics are found in hybrids, semi fish boards, minimals & retro boards. So follow your head with the knowledge I've just given you & forget the hype of the cool name/logo & think about all the cool rides your going to have on the correct shaped board for you.
On Sunday May 22 Diverse Surfboards is holding a Japanese surfing contest @ Flat Rock (south Currumbin).
In memory of all the people who were killed as a direct result of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and also the many coastal village dwelling people who were washed away by the tsunami (including many local surfers), we would like everyone to join us in a memorial paddle out. People who don't surf are also most welcome to join in and participate from the beach.
At this time we would like to send to Japan from Australia a special message of health and love to the devastated people who have been affected by these events.
In spite of the radiation leaks from nuclear power plants, and the slowness of the Japanese govt to test the water, many surfers are nervously continuing to surf. Greenpeace has requested that the ocean nearby the nuclear power plants be tested but as yet the testing has been either denied or results kept hidden from the public.
Understanding the surfers plight, the "Surfrider Foundation Japan" marine and environmental protection group has began fundraising to assist the water testing exercise. (http://www.surfrider.jp/) Also they are aiming to minimise leakage and prevent any further radioactive contamination to the marine environment from damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, and to support nationwide implementation of ongoing monitoring of radioactive levels in the ocean.
We hope the ocean loving locals of the Gold Coast will get behind this generously supporting this cause.
Place: Flat Rock, Currumbin Date: Sunday May 22, 2011 Contest start: 730am Memorial Paddle Out: 12pm~ (everyone please gather at beach 20 minutes before at 1140am)
With all the sand sitting on the points down here after the pumping for the quicky pro, we have seen nothing but knee deep churning barrels whether its been 1 foot or 4, low tide or high!
So if you like a board that paddles like your standard shorty but fits into the little churners and lets you get away with a turn where a longer board would be bogging, these little rockets are for you!
they are From 1 o'clock to 3:00 we have a 5'7, 5'8 and 5'9 Racing Mullets with nice round tails to sit in the pocket and go rail to rail. From 4 o'clock to 8:00 we have a 5'6, 5'7 and 5'10 Wave dominator with squash tails and a little more pulled in outline.
From 9 o'clock to 12:00 are the 5'6, 5'10 and 6'2 Broad Beans that have volume galore and rounded chop nose.
The volume in these boards range from 26.2 liters to 36.2 liters so anyone from 55kg to 90kg could get on one of these machines and tuck into the next perfect cylinder to roll down from snapper to kirra or put one above the lip or punt your local beachie.
So get in quick before they are all gone and put to rest nicely tucked into barrel.
People check these ones out! All these beauties are 100 bucks off at the moment! From the top we have 4 performance machines, a sweet 5’11 diamond tail Drew model, a 6’1 and 6’3 DS and the 6’10 Turbo rhino chaser! That makes the shortboards $600 a pop and the gun $650! We got swell galore at the moment and any one of these things will get you lighting the place up or chasing the bombs if you go for the flaming gun!
Below we have a few for the more fruity folks amongst us, if your like me and want to have an ever extending quiver and feel some different ‘feel’ under your feet then any one of these will get you going! We have a 9’1 J-lo quad with some seriously head turning graphics, if you want to see what can be done on these things check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5mb4WvxZH8 Next to that is our 6’0 twin, come in and check this thing out and cast your eye down the tail and get a look at the rocket concave that really gets this thing moving. Then the yellow 7’0 J-lo that looks the goods and down the front is the 5’10 DQX that is a Dave creation that gives you that retro fish feel and speed but holds in on the bigger days. These babies are $100 off also so that makes the twin and yellow J-lo $780 the DQX $680 and the 9’1 only $900!
We have got 16 boards in total that we are knocking $100 off so come and see us and get yourself a new stick at a killer price!