A paddle out for Geoff is planned for this Sunday 21st September at Tallebudgera Beach, meeting at 8:30am out the front of the surf club.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Spring has arrived and the Byron Bay Surf Festival, beginning October 24th, is budding with exciting new announcements. With a traditional opening ceremony by the Arakwal Bundjalung people followed by a free outdoor screening/Australian premiere of the Beyond the Surface film and raging launch party by NZ blues rock band Bonjah at the Beach Hotel, the festival kicks off with a BANG.
Saturday 25th absorbs the seaside with a beautiful, rambling market hub bursting with surf-inspired creative initiatives, ideas, arts, music, workshops, demos and delicious edibles. Some of the highlights include health and wellbeing seminars such as that of raw chef/nutritionist Samantha Gowing, surf injury expert/physiotherapist Ryan Huxley and Yoga sage Geoff Brooks. Selected stalls will showcase some of the best and most innovative brands in surfing such as the newly launched Banks brand, international labels like Sanuk, Moonjelly and Free People. Additionally, there will be an entire arena on the northern end of the festival site dedicated to charities, sustainability and gift clothing initiatives such as Smile, Hippy Tree, Kiss Max and Toms. Down the way will be many small local and international artisan and surfboard shaper stalls to browse upon, design workshops, large surf culture art show and also a special retro/rockabilly area, 50's cars and bikes hosted by Uppercut Deluxe. Here you will also find a special Golden Breed surf history display with surfboard evaluation area. Sublime tastes will be found throughout the market hub with an array of local cooked, cut, raw or organic cuisines by the likes of AllPress Espresso, The Chia Co, Santos Organics and Loving Earth just to name a few. With two music stages onsite, there will be plenty of sweet tunes to listen, alternatively you might like to tune into some of the mind tweaking all-day presentations in the popular ‘Surf Literature Lounge’ featuring speakers, stories, far reaching ideas and chaired discussions by experts, writers, publishers and surf legends such as Tom & Nick Carroll, Brad Gerlach, Duct Tape surfer Pascale Honore or giant wave photographer Russell Ord.
At night, keep your eyes open for key events in town. Some of these include a presentation by freesurfer and activist Lauren Hill on ‘Third World Girls, social justice and surfing’ discussing seedlings of surf culture around the world, a special GoPro youth comp hosted by renown photographer Willem Ungermann, a last screening of the GoPro surf shorts film comp finalists, feature film premiere yet to be announced and even more music acts into the night.
For Sunday 26th, Wategos beach hosts its annual surf swap meet with shapers from all around the world, surf demo sessions and quirky surf-off-sessions. The infamous Corona Party Wave $1000 dash for cash event will round this off as a memorable and fun day by the ocean. This is the day to get wet, to be inspired by surfing, shaping and to simply chill out… until yet more nighttime festivities begin with indie rockers Griswolds at the Beach Hotel after party.
Get amped and keep your eyes out for the latest program at www.byronbaysurffestival.com
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
It is a sad day as it appears that Geoff has passed away late Friday while on a surfing trip in Bali. I saw him late in the afternoon of the day before he headed off as he called into my work to drop off some Paulownia and my vaccum pump.Geoff was a passionate surfer and skilled tradesman and he had combined the two to build some beautiful wooden boards under his label Dovetail Surfboards. He was also our go to man for machined and dressed Paulownia. He will be sadly missed by us all.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Nick Nazmutdinov is a Russian and with some friends has built a couple of wooden boards that he believes may be the only one ever built in his neck of the woods.He has found it hard to get info on building them, but it looks like they have done a good job.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
This couple drove from Switzerland to Spain to meet up with Segi at his shaping bay at Flama Surfboards in Barcelona. He had two hollow wooden blanks prepared for them and they spent the next 3 days shaping , sanding varnishing and finishing them before driving to France to surf them.Very cool.
99% WOOD from Markus Howald on Vimeo.
99% WOOD from Markus Howald on Vimeo.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I first met Paul O'Grady at the Eco Challenge at Coolum last year.And he came to this years wooden board day with a couple of great looking boards.He has been building boards for some 30 years in foam and now in wood. He likes to design them in AKU and then convert the files in CAD to be able to create a file to have his frames laser cut.This board with unreal detail and channels took my eye as a piece of art and a huge effort that very few people would attempt let alone pull off.
Check it out...
Check it out...
Contact him here.
"I think I'm the first one to use a QR code to give future board owners a history of what they are riding from Blind Dog. Here is the QR generator I use. Rather simple. The image is printed on rice paper and laid under the glass. I'm building six identical HWS short boards for our grand kids and each will have a unique QR code. All too often we leave nothing for our grand children to remember us by. I have a couple of items from my grand father and feel good about what I will pass to my children. But I want to pass something to grand kids that hopefully they will pass to their children. That is a long way down life's road. That would be cool. Anyway, I wanted to share this with you and your readers."
Matt Brady from Mackay came down for the recent wooden board day and had some great looking SUP paddles he had made. Here are a few sample ones. If you are interested in these or a custom paddle with different wood and carbon handle Matt is the man. email@example.com