Thursday, October 31, 2013

Golden Days Festival - Wooden Surfboard Show & Ride

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD - COME ONE COME ALL!

Calling all timber surfcraft enthusiasts! Everyone welcome to the Wooden Surfboard session on Sunday 10 November 2013 from 8am at Tickle Park, Coolum Beach.

Come along and enjoy a relaxed day with a great display of boards of all shapes and sizes. Bring your own wood board along and swap boards and ideas with other wooden board builders.


Brought to you by Surfing Green in collaboration with Tom Wegener Surfboards, Coolum Surfing School and Surfrider Foundation.
Free cake of Matunas eco surf wax to the first 15 people to join us for this event - see us at the Surfing Green tent to claim yours on the day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday at Wategos Beach - Byron Bay Surf Festival

 After all the Northerly winds and unpredictable surf that we have this time of year, it was amazing to arrive at Wategos Beach to glassy sliders and offshore winds. We scored well and truely. A great location and a great day in the sun with just enough swell to have fun.
 Mick Mackie getting ready to go out in the fish demo session on one of his flextails.Vanessa in green is one of the event organisers and her and the team have done a great job of building this event to what it is.

 The local Mal Club provided the food and drinks all day

 Live music from a bunch of talented people most of the day.
 SB handplanes from the Gold Coast

 Flying Fish handplanes from Sydney
 Some very nice wooden boards


 Magic day all day

 This little lady tried this board out 3 time
 Great film maker Nathan Oldfield getting amongst a few
 Bob doing the slide
 All ages were into it

 Not very old this one, all the way to the beach.
 Brother and sister Yani and Pacha demoed these boards of mine many time on the day
 The log demo guys all lined up
 Tom Wegner and Rasta with their Olo boards that Tom shaped. Big ,long, heavy and rounded , very hard to ride. Rasta and Ryan Burch took them both out for a paddle and eventually caught a wave together, which is probably the first time in 100 year or more that two Olo Boards have been on a wave together. And just after that a hump back whale breached in the backgound out in the bay. What a moment, the crowd went wild. A very proud moment for Tom who has put so much effort into what he had done with the ancient Hawaiian wooden board revival. Nice one Tom, my hat goes off to you.
 Rasta and Mike share the finer points of actually catching a wave on an Olo with the crowd.
Rasta and Ryan Burch had to be the perfect fit of guys to pull it off.

What a great weekend once again. You need to plan to be their next year.

The Byron Bay Surf Festival - The Best 2013

This years festival was just the best show of Australian surf culture art music and anything to do with surfing you could ever gather in one place. The weather was great the vibe was right. All sorts of people and all sorts of things to interest anyone who loves their surfing. Friday nights opening ceremony was on the beach front, open air in the park with a large inflatable screen to show the movie Bella Vita. Fantastic intro to the weekend ahead.
Typical Byron gathering of people from all walks of life.
 Saturday morning was the dawn of a great day , warm sunny and Northerly winds up early to knock the gloss of the waves that were there. But the focus was in the park...
 There was something for everyone

 Hand plane workshop

 Tom was busy all day helping people build his "Surfies"

Andy had plenty of Gato boards to look at

 A couple of legends at a book signing, Jack and the Mex
Bjorn, came all the way from Finland to share his skills with us. The board next to him is hollow and made from recycled skate decks. Great guy. 

Rodrigo, came from Brazil to hold a workshop on handplanes and then off to Japan.
 Thomas Bexton and crew had most options covered
 Californian shaper , Ryan Lovelace with his mix of different boards

 Girls having an ice tea party
 What better place to get a hair cut, A teepee
 It was hot for everybody
 Legend Rusty Miller having a book reading and story telling with the launch of his book.
 Eden Saul, from Dead Kooks
 Andy from Rake on the lookout
 Adrian from Rake surfboards
Dan Malloy launching his new book and movie

Mick Mackie, Ryan Lovelace, Ryan Burch and Jessie Watson. Mick was giving a lesson in flextails. 
 Rusty Miller and Bob McTavish
 Nat Young and Bob McTavish had some great yarns to share

Rodrigo Matsuda learned everything about alaias in Japan with his master Yuichi Endo. A profound 11 year experience that has elevated his skills to mastery.

 Andy Finlay in his element
 Art in the Park
 Mermaids in the making
 Keith and the Patagonia boys
 Tim Baker at the book launch
 Great food
Mike and the classic surf wagon
Saturday night we went to the release of the Wayne Lynch movie at the community centre. And the final judging of two short surf movie comps. What a great night and Wayne was there to answer questions after his movie.