Ever wanted a board that is lighter, stonger and with better floatation ? Well that's exactly what the new materials are allowing us to do. Nicknamed the 'Styro Pyros' and getting exceptional feedback from some super stoked surfers. They paddle great due to the additional floatation properties of this particualr type of EPS ( approximately 10% better floatation so you can have 10% less foam for same float as standard PU foam, or keep thickness the same and have 10% MORE floatation ), the cloth and resin combination that I am using is extremely strong and very,very resilient against deck sink and depressions, the chosen use of carbon gives plenty of strength but still allows some flex and twang, super stoked on these and looks like I will be doing quite alot of these in the near future. If you are interested, flick me an email and let's chat, cheers,
Nubbin to sea here....
I have been designing a little half-fin stabiliser for while now and have also used several versions in my less-finned boards like the Fish-Fingers but due to recent popularity caused by one Mr. K. Slater, I have had several customers requesting them, so here it is, "The Nubbin". They are great for that little extra hold in quads either to get MORE drive or hold, I have been surfing my 5'4" Dumpling with one for a while now and its doesnt come out, it goes great and I can push that little bit harder thru turns, it holds a bit better and it drives a bit faster...I have designed "The Nubbin" so it can be reversed and used with either the higher part of the fin towards the tail for MORE hold, or turned around so the highest peak of the fin is to the front, then it gives just a little less hold , so you have MORE options to fine tune your equipment just the way you like it...if interested in Nubbin, give me a yell...move along now, Nubbin to sea here ( yes, I know I spellt see wrong, and that one two....haha,,,
R.I.P. MP YOU LEGEND
An old buddy of mine, Federico from Argentina sent me an email the other day. He is currently in Mexico and he tells me he is stull surfing and loving the boards I made him here in Australia in 2008. He has a 6'1" Fat-Bat and a 6'3" step-up board ( one he is riding in pics ). He is a mad keen surfer and has travelled a large part of the globe chasing waves, he also is a talented photographer and is having his first exhibition in Mexico , ( good onya mate ). It was good to hear that my shapes are still giving him alot of stoke and half way across the world too. Here are a few pics of him surfing in Mexico....
These are 2 freshly cooked 'dim-SIMs' with some tasty colours and artwork. The blue and orange one is a custom shape for Lindon from Peregian. It's 5'2" x 21" x 2 1/2 " and feels great under my arm. The tint work looks amazing and the polish just really highlights the awesome, vivid colours.I just know Lindon is gunna be stoked on it as he ws really keen on a nice tint job with a retro feel. The dragon and fire fabric inlay one is also a 5'2" but its 21 1/2" wide and 2 11/16" thick, this one is in Underground Surf at Noosa. This fabric inlay turned out better than I ever imagined and it really is eye-catching with the mirror perfect polish. I couldnt be happier with the way these shapes are surfing and looking...
Sunday Funday, Maroochydore
We had our get together ( which was previously known as the Surfboard Demo Day ) on Sunday where anyone could come down to the beach and try one of 26 different surfboards available. We had 'dim-SIMs', Dumplings, Fat-Bats, Quadfathers, Fish-Fingers, longboards, Swingers, Double-D's and even a dimple bottom twinzer. There definitely was something for everyone. We scored a few fun 1-3ft waves and the winds werent too bad either, it stayed fairly clean all morning, it wasnt pumping but was good enough for trying some different sleds. We had a steady flow of punters eager to have a go on something different to what they usually ride. The most popular boards of the day were the 'dimple bottom twinzer' which Corbo and Steve Shearer really enjoyed ( and Steve actually was seen slipping into into his car and heading back towards Lennox ) but the other fave of the day was the 'dimple bottom Fish-Finger', plenty of smiles were seen after anyone tried the semi-finless Fish-Finger design for the first time. Local ripper and longboard world tour competitor, Mitch Surman turned up and was doing 'Pop-Shove-its' on his new finless creation. Alot of fun was had, thanks have to go to Nigel and Sharon from Da Bomb Surf Centre, Steve Shearer and Pete Webb for the marquee....,
Another happy customer
Here are 2 fresh sleds I shaped for Glenn, who lives here on the Sunny Coast. He had a few spots in his quiver that needed filling so we had several discussions and hundreds of emails before we finalised the designs and dimensions that were gunna be spot on for him. The whole process was a bit challenging but still very enjoyable . The Dumpling is his small wave board, dims are 5'9" x 21 3/4" x 3" and the Quadfather is his step up board for good waves on the Sunny Coast as well as for a trip to Fiji he has coming up, dims of the QF are 6'3" x 20 3/4" x 2 3/4"....below is a few words from the owner...
The QF is 6'3 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4 but doesn't feel anything like those dims under the arm. Rails are much finer than the photos can do justice and Mark has kept them nice and round and subtle for more neutral feel and then amped up the sharpness right in the tail if I push it hard enough.
The ChopStick ( 'Dumpling' ) 5'9 x 21 3/4 x 3 square tail, the rocker could be used as a calibration tool at a ruler factory but enough nose flip to keep it out of trouble. The brief for this one was out and out groveller and she should do the trick. Check out the s-deck in the side shot and the massive vee on the tail, I have been rubbin my hands all over that little mound for an hour today.... and the little bevelled edge rails on the tail. Chubby, loose and fast.
I've got to say, it's been a long time since I've had anyone provide the level of service Mark has. He spent an incredible amount of time working through what boards I ride and what I liked and don't like. Coming from riding exclusively high volume flat/vee bottom McCoys for the last 4 or so years, this is going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it and I'm confident Mark has interpretted everything I've asked for perfectly. Part of the reason I love the McCoy brand is Geoff's passion for his craft and level of service. I put you on par mate, so thanks heaps and I just hope I can do 'em justice."
After some very positive testing and trials, "The B-52" is now available as part of my range. The interest on this shape has genuinely surprised me. Seems alot of people are looking for that all-rounder to cover just about any surf conditons. Below is a few picks of the first batch . Dims of boards in pics are 1- 5'10" x 19 1/8" x 2 1/2" , 2- 6'0" x 19 3/8" x 2 9/16", 3- 6'2" x 19 1/2" x 2 5/8" "The B-52" is a simple , clean, forgiving, easy to surf shape designed for the average Joe type surfer, coz lets face it, not all of us are at that pro level so we are going to struggle on pro type equipment, better to be realisitc and ride what is going to ensure we get the most enjoyment possible from out surfing time. If you are interested in a "B-52" , flick me an email or give me a buzz, I'd be MORE than happy to chat.,
Now that's the kind of board meeting I like
A few weeks back, MORE Surfboards entered a team of 4 surfers into 'The Board Meeting Surfing Event' which is a fund raiser for disabled and handicapped kids. It was basically a fun comp which included a tag team as well as an expression session. We actually did quite well and there's a rumour we may have come in 2nd or 3rd in the teams event ( official results are not on their site yet but this is what I have been told ). We also scored a 2nd in the expression session and a first in the best manouver section so it was a succesful and an extremely fun day even if the waves were only 1-2ft and crosshore Kawana. The team consisted of Cain Pridmore, Sharon Jackson, Nev Hellmuth and myself. We rode some different boards which was a good representation of what we do at MORE Surfboards. Here are a few pictures of the day, I am already looking forward to next year's event...
New print tees are now availbale. I have a bit of a mix of colours but mosly black, white and light blue but there's a few random one off colours too, just flick me an email or give me a buzz and I can get one sent out to you. $29 plus postage...
Custom creation - "The Turtle"
I was recently asked if I'd shape a belly board by a friend of mine and I was amped to do it. I like the challenge as well as an opportunity to be creative and design something a little unique. He had some ideas but was open to my suggestions and it was right up my alley after alot of work on my 'dim-SIMs' and my finless and semi-finless boards recently. So here's what we came up with ( see pics ), its 4'2 1/2" x 22 1/2" x 3", its got seriously deep rolling double concaves, chine rails in the rear, slight scooped deck, twin fin and some pretty cool turtle shell artwork done by Cain. Its Pete's first dabble in belly boarding and he is fully stoked and its obvious when you see him in the waves, he is smiling like a grom learning to surf all over again. He told me he just keeps riding it over all his other stand up surfboards and he is having a blast trialling alot of different fins in it too. I think its great when someone has an idea for a board no matter how different it may seem , and they work with a shaper to make it a reality, the stoke of seeing your ideas come to life as well as the enjoyment of riding it is well worth it...
Here is a few words from the owner of the Turtle-
The trialling of the 'dimple bottom' has been continuing and results have been extremely positive. I am totally stoked on their speed and they are now available to anyone who wants them. I am calling them 'Turbulators' due to the turbulence that is created within the dimples and here is a bit of an explanation of how this 'golf ball theory ' works, fair enough, golf balls arent in the water but once I tried these dimples , I knew it worked in water and works really well. -
At some point, an aerodynamicist must have looked at this problem and realized that the nicks and cuts were acting as "turbulators" -- they induce turbulence in the layer of air next to the ball (the "boundary layer"). In some situations, a turbulent boundary layer reduces drag.
If you want to get deeper into the aerodynamics, there are two types of flow around an object: laminar and turbulent. Laminar flow has less drag, but it is also prone to a phenomenon called "separation." Once separation of a laminar boundary layer occurs, drag rises dramatically because of eddies that form in the gap. Turbulent flow has more drag initially but also better adhesion, and therefore is less prone to separation. Therefore, if the shape of an object is such that separation occurs easily, it is better to turbulate the boundary layer (at the slight cost of increased drag) in order to increase adhesion and reduce eddies (which means a significant reduction in drag). Dimples on golf balls turbulate the boundary layer.
The dimples on a golf ball are simply a formal, symmetrical way of creating the same turbulence in the boundary layer that nicks and cuts do."
-The 'Turbulators' are the dimples on the bottom which are placed strategiaclly to reduce the drag and increase speed. The Turbulators are available on any shape that it will be suited and beneficial. I will be riding boards with them on almost all my boards because I know they work, any queries, please contact me....
CAIN IS ABLE!
Dad has asked me to put together some of my board spray pictures and write a few words about my art. I really love doing art on surfboards because it gives me a good feeling when it is finished and when I see it in the surf and it looks cool, I feel good to know I did it, plus the money Dad pays me is nice too. I have been doing art on the boards for about 3 or 4 years now and I think they are looking ok but I want to keep doing them and to do different styles and come up with new ideas. Here are some pictures of some of the boards I have done and if you want a spray on your next board, I would love to do it, Thanks,
Here's another bit on a guy who has a few of my boards. His name is Doug, he's from Sydney and surfs all over the place, he takes regaular surfing trips overseas and up and down the East Coast. Doug has a few boards in his quiver and likes to have a board to cover all bases so we have always worked to create a fun and efficient little quiver, he is open to trying new and different designs and he isnt too shabby on a computer either. Here's a few words Doug recently sent me about his MORE surfboards....
"I first had exposure to Mark's boards through his travelling Aquabat, which I took with me on a short Pacific surf trip.
Next board(centre below) was after trying another of Mark's travellers-The Quadfather.This was another custom order(6'5") for a Sumatran trip(pics 5,6,7) but also for surfing winter waves round Sydney .Pic no 7 was using two forward and a small centre trailer fin for some sliding fun when it was small.( the line through the bottom of the board was due to some over- zealous indo baggage handlers which had to be repaired. )
The next (below left) was after reading/hearing discussions about returns to riding shorter boards with more volume.It is 6'1/2" but with well hidden volume,allows floatation required for keeping up with the pack in the paddling stakes, but also extra manoeuvrability as required. It is my current go-to board in anything under 6', as a 4 fin but also loving it as a thruster, and if anyone would have said 20 years ago I would be riding a board 4 inches shorter than I am when I'm 50 I would have had them committed!
Over the next few months I will be posting little pieces about some of my customers and their boards, I recently sent out an email asking some of them to flick me a few pics of them selves with their MORE Surfboards. I just thought it'd be interesting to see 'real' surfers and not just team riders and young rippers like most sites.
\Well the Surfboard Swap Meet was a big success with hundreds of people coming along for a look at the very wide range of surfboards which were on display. There was also alot of people who brought a board or several alnong for sale or swap and quite a few people left with smiles on their faces but also quite a few left wondering, " what will I tell my wife when I get home with another board ?" I met alot of cool people and was really an enjoyable few hours and people were already asking me when will the next one be on ? I'd like to thank a few people who made this event possible - NIgel and Sharon from Da Bomb who had the venue and also alot of boards and did a great job of setting the venue up with shade and tarps, Alex Mal Club who supplied some of the tents and worked the BBQ, Swellnet who spred the word on their web-site and also my kids, Cain and Sirrah who designed and helped me distribute the flyers, thanks alot and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did, see ya next time....,
Here's a few recent shots from the Sunshine Coast Daily and the little write up about the Surfboard Swap Meet. It's looking like being a fun day...
SURFBOARD SWAP MEET
Hope to see you all there, should be a fun day to check out alot of different surfboards and chat with fellow board lovers, any queries, just email me, thanx,
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Here are 2 boards I have just done for Sharon Jackson. She is now a team rider and is a great surfer who enjoys riding anything and everything. I loaned Sharon a few boards recently while I went on holidays and when I came back she was stoked off her head on the dim-SIM so this one is almost an exact copy. It's 5'2" x 21" x 2 11/16" and glassed nice and light with a 4 ox bottom and a 6 oz deck and sweet hand foiled glass twin keels. The longboard is a refined version of the first board I did for her, she wants a super responsive, light and lively longboard as she gets back into her competing. Dims are 9'1" x 22 1/4" x 2 3/8", again, glassed light with 4 oz bottom and 6 oz deck. I will have some pics and info on Sharon added to my 'team ' section soon...
Here is Mr. Steve Shearer with Derek Hynd, Rusty Miller and Richard Tognetti. Steve has been doing an article on Derek and doing some surfing on varied finless craft so I cant wait to read this article, it is bound to be interesting as DH is one of a kind and Steve can really write. Note the MORE the merrier tee Steve is wearing too....
They give us hold, drive and control . There is an endless supply of options available. Some like to have 1, 2, 3, 4 or even MORE on their boards. It is impossible to know everything about them but the better your knowledge, the better you can tune in your boards. They come in all shapes and sizes. Today with fin plugs, we can interchange and try just about any one or any combinations. Every surfer has his own preference and what works for one, doesnt mean it works for another. Trying different ones can be extremely fun. Changing them can allow 1 board to be way MORE versatile. Removing them is something all surfers should try at least once. Without them, surfing is extremely challenging. I love them and they all can go well in the right board, in the right place for the right surfer. I want MORE of them.....
SWINGIN IS FUN! - words by Surfer in pics, Alex ( Bonzie ) . Pics by Don Norris
The Swinger is one of those boards you just cant get your head around when you look at it, but believe me it is a huge performance advancement on the quad-fin semi-fish design. Its more complex than just two boards stuck together, its a clever combination of design elements and reconfiguring of volume. You have all of the flat planing area, volume up front, and quad fins for stacks of drive and glide over flat spots. You also have all of the curves and tail release to surf it hard and tight to the pocket, giving you the best blend of a semi-fish and a high performance board. This board absolutely loves long fast walls or a punchy point wave, but will keep its flow through weaker sections and smaller beach waves as well. I have been surfing this board 80-90% of the time since I've had it. I reckon anyone that likes surfing shorter wider quads who also like to surf tight to the pocket will absolutely love this board. I'll be getting this board copied exactly when it dies (god forbid), I haven't surfed any board like it.-
BOARD TESTING DAY
MORE Surfboards are having a morning where you can trial many different surfboards for free. It will be at Maroochydore on Australia Day. It will most likely be around Pierce Park but weather may force a move but a board will be there to notify any change of venue. We'll be there at 7.30 - 8.00 am and should be there til luch time depending on weather and waves. There'll be approximately a dozen boards of varying designs from mini-simmons, quads, semi-finless and hybrid shapes to trial so come on down and have a look and a chat about boards, it'll be a very relaxed and friendly morning, no ego's or bad attitudes are welcome, just a fun morning to get a few waves and talk surfboards, hope to see you there. Feel free to call me with any questions, cheers,
This MP3 was raffled to raise funds for North Shore Boardriders 41st Anniversary. My Dad ( Bob Pridmore ) was a founding member and my kids and I now make it 3 generations in the club.
Fat Bat Story in Telegraph...