Saturday, November 30, 2013

Narabeen to New York

Simon Anderson from Ether
Dicko from Ether
Pat Curren from Ether
Dave Parmenter from Ether

Young A. N. Kidman is with the family doing a bit of a recharge in his favourite city, and in his usual manner of keeping things moving, he's not only shaping a few boards (more on that later) but has an event or two happening. If you are in range of NYC,  Andrew will have a collection of images from his most recent and excellent book 'Single- Studies Of Movement' on show at the Crumpler Space from December 12, and if you're not in range of NYC we have copies of Andrew's books & movies available at a very reasonable rate, all you need to do is email info @
Here's links to a great 2 part interview with the man on the Pilgrim Surf site,
And here's a really quite excellent piece from the Coastalwatch site written by Andrew's better half on shaping her first surfboard- why the dearth of female shaper's out there? Hopefully Michelle is on the path to changing that.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Neal Purchase Jnr | Indonesia from Rhythm Livin on Vimeo.
I'm a little slow off the mark with this one, so you may have seen this clip, but it's well worth another viewing. Neal Purchase Jnr. killing it on his own shapes in Indonesia. He's a monster in the surf is Purcho, and his boards are looking very clean indeed. NPJ took serious notice of the Parmenter widows and the classic singles he was riding some years back, and has used the ideas found there on boards built for more everyday surf, and done well with it by all accounts.
Purcho also features strongly in 'Glass Love', the very excellent Kiddman film. If you don't have it, you should get it- email info @ and for $15 we'll mail you one anywhere you are in the world.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Michael Mackie of Ulladulla, NSW Australia delivers once again. Both in the 7' neighbourhood, both feel like they'll be rockets.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Surfboards Pt. 9- Barry Snyder

The great thing about this whole surfboards lark is there are days where you look at the pile on the front porch and think 'this is all complete madness' , then you discover someone who's not only there but pushing it further out. Cas in point, Mr. B. Snyder of Oceanside. Can't tell you much other than I saw his work at the Sacred Craft show and was very, very clean and functional looking while playing with some oddball concepts like asymmetry. He hand shapes everything which is righteous and is playing with materials like Agave. Lovely stuff, and you can see more at his website.

Friday, November 08, 2013


You know the situation- stories coming indirectly of sightings in the far north, blurry pictures that might or might not be what they purport to be and hardy locals who just move away from you if the subject is bought up. In this case it's something at the low end of the 5' range, tweaked for performance either stand up or prone on the zippy insiders but of course it may all be faked and that's actually Bali in the picture......

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Mackie Flex!

Some of the surfboards you see in these pictures are going to be making their way to sunny California soon, and better yet that's just part of the Australian invasion as it were, as there's some other seriously good stuff coming this way. Absolute bloody magic!