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The Grovel Guide

by Ben Preston on September 19, 2017[edit]


Time to dust off those short, stubby summer wave slayers, the attack of the fat and average summer swells is here! While most brands have their go to grovelers, we decided to pull together 4 new board models you will want to get your hands on.

A punchy little ripper new to the Stacey Surfboards range. The Wave Slave will rip everything from soft burger beachies, wedgie rip bowls to small fun points. Like most small wave assault sleds, it features a stubby outline, wide tail for stability and a single concave. However the entry rocker has been extended down to the mid section and the exit rocker has been kept low. Now usually this is the part where we talk about how it kills fat sections, and it does don’t you worry. But say for instance, you’ve been having a ball on this all summer and the waves turn on, yet you don’t want to ride your normal board. No problem, what’s handy to this little number is its versatility in waves up to 4ft. This is because it carries more volume than most small wave boards, but it still maintains its performance from the rocker and pulled in tail. This means you can ride it true to volume or go slightly bigger in volume if you’re after a higher volume performance board. The incredibly user friendly nature of the Wave Slave will add some kick to your quiver this summer! Check out their promotional video below.



Not to be confused with the decadent fried doughy pastry, the Churro by Chilli is a little beast with hidden talent. Designed for small waves under the guidance of Mitch Coleborn, it features a wide outline without being too wide, maintaining its performance orientation. Being a performance style board it’s surprising how much paddle power is gained from the gentle rocker outline. It has just the right amount of lift to help propel through fatter sections allowing it to fit into the curve of the wave for aggressively attacking the lip. One unique feature in this model is the thick tail block. Normally in performance style boards, the tails are foiled out and kept nice and thin for response. However the Churros thick tail helps create stability needed in summer conditions. If you’re chasing a summer board without having it look like a summer board, you’re in luck!

The DHD XRS is one summer vehicle that will be the envy of everyone in the water. The fuller nose is complimented by a wider middle and thick tail block to help get through the flat sections. The best part is the low to flat rocker and deep single to double concaves. These are key to have when looking for a summer style groveler. Fortunately, the XRS has both which will help you excel across soft fat sections while maintaining speed to execute those tight turns you dream of in the summer.

Last but not least, and a new release too. The JS Industries Psycho Nitro Hyfi makes one lively and fun board. The unique design to place the extra foam under your chest, acts as the axis for the flat continuous rocker. What this means is that where your front foot lands, it is right on the gas pedal for easy acceleration when up and riding. The inclusion of fuller rails helps to avoid catching in less through turns, yet they are not too fat like a traditional groveler. What’s cool is how the tail is pulled in so it separates the thickness in the centre. By doing this it allows you to go rail-to-rail freely in average waves that your everyday performance board won’t allow you’re to do. Whilst you can still get the Psycho Nitro in PU the inclusion of Hyfi allows for added flex and pop which is perfect for summer softness.



Pama Davies in Dabble

by Ben Preston on September 12, 2017[edit]

While the soft summer waves we love to hate are only a few months off. Seeing footage come out now of guys ripping on twin fins and summer style boards reminds us what fun we are install for. Rusty’s latest clip of Pama Davies shows his insane skill set in everything from South Oz slab navigation, punchy beach break wedges right through to riffling Fijian reef pass tunnels. It’s hard for most surfers to transition across all wave styles this effortlessly but Pama does it on The Model 8, Traveler and Twin Fin boards by Rusty in effortless style. Check the clip below to see what we are talking about.



So what boards is he riding? Well starting with the Model 8 as the thruster he rides for the majority of the clip. Being a high performance model, and a progressive version of the Sista Brotha you can see how the moderate rocker helps him fit into those steep South Oz slabs and Fijian tunnels. Having this much rocker in a board is great if you’re after something to help you commit to steeper take offs and generate easy speed. The two other key features of the model 8 is the pulled in tail and the foam pushed out to the rails. The pulled in tail helps for control in bigger waves and the rails however have the extra foam kicked out a fraction to help throw buckets. For a high performance board, it really lends itself to being a great all rounder yet keeping you on your toes in progression.

The Traveler is just like the name says. The board to bring when the waves go big and hollow, but need some push to get into them. If you skip through to 2:20 you can see it in action. The round pin allows for speed and control while the medium rocker lets him slide into the curve of the wave with ease. You can’t say much else on step up boards other than they are as essential in your quiver as your everyday board.. if you want to charge!

The Twin Fin however, is a newer model developed by Josh Kerr. The cool thing about this new model is the homage to the 70’s and 80’s templates developed with Shaun Tomson back in the day. The outline is similar to those times, but this is where the modern twist is thrown in for good measure. Refined concave’s with a shallow single moving into double between the fins before a vee that feeds the tail. It’s full rails help it to work with the concave’s for smooth rail to rail transition. The hard wing in the tail helps for effortless pivot while the modern performance rail line lets it ride like a performance board without the limitations of a twin fin. Just watch the airs he pulls on this thing and you’ll understand what we are talking about. For a board that can be ridden anywhere from waist to 1.5x overhead, you don’t need much more convincing than what it is capable of in this clip.



Volcom Team in Indo

by Ben Preston on September 5, 2017[edit]

The weird and wonderful minds of Volcom never disappoint with their latest video release. The lo-fi narrative of Noa Deane, Mitch Coleborn and Ozzie Wright has them in search of a remote and mystic Indo island. What was set to be a fun trip turns into a strange rumbling of events as torrential rain, the voodoo of a rainbow and the ever eccentric Ozzie set the tone for weird and wonderful time. A soundtrack you’ve come to expect from the stone, fun looking waves and a good crew give you a decent reason to throw this on during your lunch break.



The boards ridden throughout the clip are very unique and true to each surfer’s ability. Mitch on an all rounder, Noa riding a small conditions model and Ozzie.. Well Ozzie is Ozzie. And as Ozzie does, he rides weird boards that are designed for god knows what. However he makes them look fun and easy to ride!

For Mitch, the all rounder of the Chilli Spawn suits his powerful and aggressive style. If you fast-forward to 4:27 the fine example of both drive and response are on show. Starting out the gates with instant drive down the line, the board grips at high speed for plenty of hold on rail in that manly slash before sending it skyward.

Noa however is in a league of his own. Any section throughout the vid you’ll see his speed is generated literally from the tiniest of twitches. Riding a board designed for smaller conditions the LSD Double Dish’s ability for easy speed generation comes from the overall low rocker that gives out insane control and responsiveness.

Ozzie being Ozzie is having the time of his life on the boards he is riding. The Vampirate models of the Batmoboard and Dead Sled compliment Ozzie’s style big time. The hybrid design of the Batmoboard incorporates bevelled rails that produce natural speed and planing, perfect for small conditions. While the Dead Sled’s progressive performance design features a flatter rocker that allows for quick entry into waves that he rides in the final tube-fest section of the vid.



Taj Burrow and his Dad rip in the South Pacific

by Tommy Barrels on August 29, 2017[edit]

IN CELEBRATION OF FATHER’S DAY

Let us throw back to a tad earlier in the year when Taj Burrow and his Dad shared waves in South Pacific paradise. Looks like a hell of a time and undoubtedly something everyone would love to be doing this Father’s Day.



You may not be able to treat your Dad to a trip with waves like these this Father’s Day but you can certainly make him stoked with our Special Father’s Day pack or Gift Vouchers.

Taj is riding the Lost Surfboards V3 Rocket and his signature model The Taj Baby Buggy. Available on Boardcave!

The One Board Quiver

by Tommy Barrels on August 23, 2017[edit]

The one board quiver. As unlikely as it seems, we are here to show you that a single surfboard can have the versatility to perform well in pretty much all conditions. The following is a description of attributes that these boards possess, as well as a range of boards available on Boardcave that have been designed to be your perfect travel or everyday companions.

New to the scene, The Faded model by Chilli is their latest all round travel surfboard. Adapted from their popular Fader model the construction of this board features heavy duty glassing and more foam in the centre to increase paddle power. Tune in to the video below to see team rider Lee Wilson put it through its paces.



Another new “all-rounder” surfboard is The Black Bear by Stacey. The Black Bear is a close relative to their high performance Grizzly model. It works well in hollow conditions and the generous foam distribution also makes it a very appealing choice for smaller days. Watch the promotional video below.



As you may know there’s 3 distict features that most shapers consider whilst making an “all-rounder” or “traveller” surfboard. The first is extra foam allocated in particular to the centre of the board. The added volume and thickness isn’t so much visible as it is noticeable when paddling into fatter sections.

The 2 last features vary on your decision when ordering a board and they are the tail shape and glassing. Generally speaking a rounded more pulled in tail is suited for hollow waves and is a popular choice for surfers travelling to destinations like Indo. In difference to the round tail a wider squash tail will have you making the most of your everyday home conditions. This type of tail shape is more popular for people who are going to experience a contrasting difference in swell conditions.

Lastly, it’s often a great idea to go with thicker glassing for a travel board especially if you only have room for one. The end purpose of stronger glassing is to make your board tougher and last longer against the stresses of travelling or the likely encounter of heavy waves.

Here is a list of more boards we think could potentially end your quest for the mystical one board quiver:

DHD Surfboards – Sweet Spot 2.0
Pyzel Surfboards – Pyzalien
Sharpeye Surfboards – Game Changer
Lost / Mayhem Surfboards – Quiver Killer
Haydenshapes – Hypto Krypto
Gary McNeill Concepts – Entity
ASCOD – Ghost
Emery Surfboards – The Shadow
Panda Surfboards – The Goose
Misfit Shapes – The Magic Mule

There is loads of boards out there that could potentially fit this category and with consideration of your location and the types of waves you will experience the one board quiver is more than possible. For any extra info on these models or any other model on Boardcave, hit the Chat button on the bottom left corner of the page.



Water Over Sand – Asher Pacey and the DHD Mini Twin

by Tommy Barrels on August 15, 2017[edit]



Water over Sand, a pairing of words so simple yet so appealing to all surfers. If you’re not already, get familiar with the silky smooth surfing of Asher Pacey.

This film by Matt Kleiner successfully depicts an adventure we all desire, a remote stretch of coastline accompanied by good waves and the freedom that comes with being out of reception and off the grid. A perfect scenario and the seemingly natural habitat for the surfing style and grace of our long haired protagonist.

Asher Pacey is part of a handful of surfers who have revived the surfing worlds love for Twin fins. His signature model the DHD Mini Twin refined closely with shaper Darren Handley is his trusty companion in all his films. With displays of surfing like this it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular boards on Boardcave.



Crusty Classics ~ Doped Youth

by Ben Preston on August 1, 2017[edit]



Taking a surf mag to school is still the coolest thing in surf media. Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s there was a brilliant magazine by the name of “Waves”. Annually they would produce a feature film and the cult classic of Doped Youth is up there amongst the best of them.

Illustrating the cast as a bunch of rambunctious individuals featuring Chris Davidson, Luke Stedman, Ozzie, James Catto, Dingo, Slater, Kong, Parko and Mick. The storyline centres around Ozzie and crew pitting their band, Doped Youth, up against Slaters bohemian Groovey Avalon outfit. Tension between the two bands in the story sparks some good rivalry, subtle dry humour and raw punchy surfing to tie it all together.

The super raw footage and the comical soundtrack evokes a style in surfing you don’t see anymore. At the time Dope Youth was released, Poor Specimen Productions were producing movies like Campaign, Loose Change, Hit and Run. All had a very similar feel to Doped Youth which is something that you don’t see in today’s movies.

Sit back and have a laugh at this classic surf movie and remind yourself – its just surfing, its just fun.



Boardcave x Pavati Wake Boats

by Tommy Barrels on July 27, 2017[edit]



When the ocean gives you lemons, you call your buddy with a boat and make your own waves. Which is exactly what we did on this sub-par day back in April, unleashing good times with Asher Wales and Pavati wake boats.

Surfing behind a boat is one of those fun occasions that every surfer should experience. On the right size wake you can surf forever or until your legs give out. Throwing fins, poping fun little airs on either side of the wake. Rest assured the whole day will have you laughing and stoked to be surfing during those flat periods.

With Winter fast coming to a close and Spring upon us shortly, the dreaded flat spells are on the way. It’s time to start hitting up your mate with boats and get yourself a fun hybrid style board or a Beater Board and keep the stoke alive.



Nick Vasicek all time Indo!

by Todd Ward on July 14, 2017[edit]



At his hometown on the Gold Coast Nick Vasicek is known for his backhand attack and tube riding skills, especially at waves like Snapper and Kirra when they’re on. That being said, he’s no stranger to a solid forehand tube either as seen above!

Boards of choice for Vassa in this clip are the Burnside and Magic Mix models which he rode at big Desert Point and in smaller playful Mentawais.

Music: “Eyeline” by Kut U Up
Footage courtesy @HappilyStoked
Edit by Bryce Frees



Gary McNeill’s Sustainable Surfboards

by Tommy Barrels on July 7, 2017[edit]



It makes sense that a Surfer and Environmental Activist like Dave Rastovich in a world of mass production would strive towards a more sustainable answer to meet his surfing needs. Gary McNeill and “Rasta” have worked closely for 10 years designing left of field high performance boards tailored to his skill and style. Now with the right resources the two have come up with seemingly the world’s most eco-friendly surfboard construction. The end result is a perfect balance between strength, flex and sustainability.

Tune in as Gary talks with Magic Seaweed with exclusive footage of Rasta surfing his Signature Twin Fin as one of the first flax board prototypes.

The Flax and Bio Resin construction is now available on all Gary McNeill Concepts across the Boardcave network.