Sunday, 23 December 2012

Some footage from Bali

In the depths of the miserable, cold, windy and horrendously wet winter, Bali now seems a long, long time ago but somehow I've managed to pull together some footage I took on probably my most enjoyable session of the trip. Waves were only head high but very fun on the 7'6" I'd borrowed for the occasion, even managed to clock one of the rides at 25 seconds which has to be close to a personal best! I suspect the session was made more memorable thanks to it coinciding with one of the numerous spectacular sunsets I witnessed during my two weeks at Canggu.

At any rate the music to the video is 'Gold Fever' by 'The Wind Whistles'. The whole album can be hear here: Window Sills and advice you to check it out, great little band.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Allow me to introduce The Coffee Table

Well after far more many months than I originally anticipated and well past the late autumn surf I promised her, The Coffee Table is now complete. I've only given her one coat of oil so far, there will be many more to come before I'll take her out but it's just nice to see her in all her glory and finally see the grain pop out. I like to think this is my prettiest board yet though with the absence of fibreglass and a healthy dose of air inside, possibly also my least sea worthy. With that in mind I've decided to wait until we get some small, perfect summer waves, to catch her at her best and lets me enjoy the ride in my summer suit. You know, just in case she pulls a Titanic on her maiden voyage. At least that gives me the winter to stare longingly at her!

Once she's been oiled up a bit more I'll get some nicer photos and also pull together a full build entry for her but until then here's some snaps I took this morning.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

I Wanted a Really Shiny Board

Well my reason for making this board was two-fold, firstly I wasn't particularly happy with the board I made with the crow design previously and wanted a design with an autumn theme and secondly I wanted a really shiny board. Unfortunately you can't really tell from these photos but honestly it is a really shiny board! 

The board design is pretty standard for me being a solid paulownia wood bodyboard, 150cm long with a large single concave but to finish it this time I used a clear spray on lacquer. First tried the spray lacquer on baby Kaelon's board but wasn't as nice as I was expecting however after watching an episode of 'How it's Made' on Discovery (they were making a banjo) I found out where I went wrong, the banjo had 17 layers of lacquer and I had 6. This time though I used two cans of the stuff and after a couple of hours of polishing I now have a really shiny bodyboard that I can't take a good photo of!

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Anybody who fancies a spot of film making should check out the IFLOW, impressive looking toy and it need's to make its $50,000 target because I really want one!