1. There were a lot of good waves in the bay over the past week. I was only able to capture a few waves on both the Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons; this is the pick of them.

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  2. Experienced surfboard shaper Ed Sinnot takes us through a brief history of his career and then describes the inspiration for his latest design, The Vortex.

    ESP team riders Josh Sleep and Jy Johannesen take their respective new boards for a crack at some Byron Bay point and beach setups.

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  3. Heath Joske, One session riding a Valla 5'8 single fin.
    Filmed and Edited by Harry Triglone
    Music: The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Ballad of Jim Jones

    "My brother, Sage made me this 5'8" x 20" x 2 3/8" round nose, round tail single fin about a month ago. It's modelled on a couple of smaller double ender looking single fins Dad shaped at the end of the 1970's. Boards were continually getting shorter, in the search for the perfect length, long enough for plenty of drive, yet short enough to surf tighter and deeper in the pocket of the wave.
    I had been watching Morning of the Earth a fair bit in the weeks prior to getting my singley and was especially inspired with Nat's flying highlines and Terry Fitz's epic mop. My first surf was so much fun. It felt so refreshing to draw some different lines, especially trying out a few soul arches flying along the top of 2 footers. I've been riding this little board for about 75% of my surfs and it is always so much fun. I'm surfing by myself most of the time and am enjoying not worrying about ripping waves to shreds, it's all about going fast and drawing longer, different lines."
    Heath Joske

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Board Stories

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Boards are shaped by shapers, boards are then ridden by surfers, eventually finding their way into a garage, buried by newer and more cherished craft. Occasionally palmed off for a case of beer or a days labour, boards are a commodity among frugal surfers.…


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Boards are shaped by shapers, boards are then ridden by surfers, eventually finding their way into a garage, buried by newer and more cherished craft. Occasionally palmed off for a case of beer or a days labour, boards are a commodity among frugal surfers.

They all have their time, ridden and goaded over, receiving that first and crucial wax job on the day of purchase. Handed around for mates to hold, not ride mind you, and to give their opinion on shape, length and rail curvature. The honeymoon period doesn’t last forever of course, the board gets a few minor dings, hastily repaired if it’s a month out from the shapers. Any longer and the ding stays. The board begins to fade in colour, yet it rides so well now! Worked in and foot marks appear in the wax. This is the hay day of that board buddy, enjoy it while it lasts!

Although some boards are destined to stay atop the pile, ridden on particularly suited occasions, most fall by the wayside like fallen Hollywood stars, washed up, yet still capable of playing a minor role.

What many forget, throughout the lifetime of their board, is the knowledge and determined skills that have shaped that craft underfoot. Years spent in the bay shaping and refining designs, putting boards out for your disposal, only to be left for dead when the next five foot nothing square tail Reynolds/Andino colab appears on the market.

Board Stories on Vimeo takes an intriguing and informative look at the narratives behind different boards, shapers and quivers from all around the world.

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