Saturday, April 12, 2014

These Will Also Do Nicely...

Yes, I am a sad case. 3/4's of the widowmaker selection, 2/3's of which are Parmenters.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Homeland Bonzer

Maz, from the old country, got in touch and in the course of an email exchange sent these amazing photos. He picked up a Russ Short model bonzer direct from Malcom Campbell not so long ago. Truly an iconic board in my mind, a classic bit of surf design and from the look of Maz's view an excellent tool in the circumstances. Could this be the most southerly Bonzer? Can't be too many further south than 41.34 degrees (roughly).

Friday, April 04, 2014

Garage Score

I love these stories- Rohan in Australia remembered his cousin having a pretty cool old Kryptonics board back in the day, and after a surf one day had a look in Cuz's garage, lo and behold the board is still there. Awesome old complete right down to the Sims wheels and skid plate, bit of grease and maybe some new bushings and you could bomb a hill I'd say. This is super cool, and the board Rohan pulled out of skip is making watertight is not a bad score either- hopefully pictures that when it's done will follow.....

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Stephanie Gilmore by Andrew Kidman

Dave Parmenter made the surfboard, Stephanis Gilmore surfed it and Andrew Kidman conceived of it all and filmed it. Dave will make you one of the boards if you want, he made me one and I won't surf it with anything approaching even a tiny portion of the skill and grace you see Stephanie demonstrate here, but it's still going to give me some peak moments.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Royal Again

Seriously, these boards are looking great. Pared down and functional.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Chilly North

A brief sojourn to the north, but sadly no chance to get near the likes of this. Photo from Pat the happy sidecut owner.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Found this and then realized the always on it Cabinessence blog had not only posted it, but had the style to have also posted an Ian Dury clip?  Well played sir. Some stunning scenery and waves in this, and it's always a treat to watch one of the Fitzgerald clan surf. Derek is brilliant and he goes backwards- according to sources in Australia he recently chatted with Simon Anderson at an event That would have been the conversation to overhear, Derek giving Simon hell for the thruster.....