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Mick Fanning Retires

by Todd Ward on March 9, 2018[edit]

What does retirement look like for Mick Fanning? Well, for an athlete of his stature, initially attention, and lots of it! Follow Mick around for a full day of back to back interviews and media obligations.

Mick has announced his retirement from competitive surfing after the Bells Rip Curl Pro 2018, an event that means a lot to him. Although Mick will be missing from the locker rooms and podiums around the globe, he won’t be disappearing any time soon. With cinematic projects in the pipeline, Balter beers at your local pub plus partnerships with Creatures of Leisure, DHD Surfboards and FCS Fins, we will always be surrounded by Mick Fanning’s presence in one way or another.

Dave Rasta x Gary McNeill quiver

by Todd Ward on February 8, 2018[edit]

What is a torus channel and how does it work?
What is Gary McNeill’s new flax bio resin construction?
Why do Rasta’s boards last far longer than most other professional surfers?
Tune in to find out & get the run down on some of the boards Rasta’s been enjoying over the last year or so. Join us in beautiful northern NSW, where the water is warm and the waves are aplenty, this is where free surfing legend Dave Rastovich calls home.

Shop the Gary McNeill range on Boardcave to organise your next magic carpet.
We’ve also got the Rasta Keel Fins and Rasta Quad Fins from the clip in stock now!

Surfhouse Adventures California

by Todd Ward on October 24, 2017[edit]

Truth is, California boasts some of the worlds best sunsets, burritos, surf spots and beers. Encinitas in So Cal has become a favourite for plenty of surfers and travellers alike looking for a creative and inspirational nook to call home…. or Surfhouse Encinitas.

Southern California has no shortage of activities, fun times and good vibes! At Surfhouse we guarantee you’ll experience all 3 of these no matter the length of your stay! Here’s what a typical day looks like at the Surfhouse.

1. Rise and shine with a coffee and breakfast from the many local cafes nearby. Or simply cross the street to grab delicious food and freshly roasted beans at Coffee Coffee.
2. Score clean, fun waves with plenty of surf spots for surfers of all levels.
3. Cruise into lunch with some of the best cuisine on offer (it’s hard to go past the classic Californian burrito)
4. Keen for an afternoon adventure? Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, brewery tours and hiking are all on offer, just to name a few.
5. Before heading out on the town for some local craft beer and a bite to eat, make sure you catch a world class San Diego sunset and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!

We’ve elaborated on steps 1,2 and 3 above (because we know how much ya’ll love food, beverages and waves)!

Coffee spots: Coffee CoffeeBump Coffee
Eats: Fish 101The Lani
Surf Spots Nearby: Seaside Reef – Cardiff Reef – Pipes – Swami’s – Moonlight – Sunset Cliffs – Oceanside – Blacks Beach – Trestles.

The San Diego International Airport (SAN) is only a 30 minute drive from Surfhouse making things super easy, or you can drive from LAX. Of course airport transfers to Surfhouse are available to make your trip as seamless as possible.

Surf Camp packages are available with Surfhouse Adventures for those looking to stay a week or longer. You can find out more info on these packages here. No board? No worries! Surfhouse supplies all surf equipment for guests traveling without a board! They also offer bikes, wetsuits and a range of surf craft for those smaller days.

For those seeking a short term stay, no problem! They’ve got you covered with a large selection of comfy rooms to settle into and start living like a local.

Surfhouse guests will experience the best surf spots in San Diego and score the funnest waves in town. Remember, Surfhouse surf guides are experienced surfers and will share their favourite local surf spots.


by aido on October 18, 2017[edit]

If you’re a Hypto Krypto lover, and we know there are alot of you out there, this one’s for you. You might have already heard of it, the Holy Grail, Haydenshapes new flagship model. Designed to be a step up from the Hypto in terms of performance and ability to pull off critical movies on more parts of the wave. It has been designed to work perfectly for the average Joe with an intermediate ability that can catch a lot of waves, but when the pro’s get on it, boy do they make it shine. Reduced surface area in the nose and inverted outlines as the side rails progress into the tail allow the board to feel very responsive under-foot later in the turn. The break in the tail is complimented by plenty of foam under your front foot and a flatter rocker allowing mass paddle power and effortless flow and speed across both fat and steep sections. Watch it all come to fruition below.

In the edit, Haydenshapes have swapped out sinister blacks and reds for blues and obscuring hipster music for a high energy soundtrack, this goes hand in hand with the visuals making a very pleasing edit to watch. In the clip you can see Craig Anderson, Creed McTaggart, Dylan Graves, Nate Tyler and Dion Agius ripping some local waves on the Holy Grail. You can see the release through turns helped by the break in the tail outline and instant speed from the takeoff when pulling into a tube.

Local Legends – Coby Perkovich

by aido on October 16, 2017[edit]

Here at Boardcave we’re all about underground shredders that lurk in the darkness with the rest of us mortals in the surfing world, the ones that shy away from the spotlight but truly shine in what they do. Coby is one of these people. Coby is a Gold Coast shaper/surfer who truly embodies the shaper/surfer enigma, he handshapes all his own boards and totally shreds on them. Being an NZ native but growing up in Australia he certainly is no stranger to good waves, this has allowed him to develop his unique style of radical freesurfing on the face and above the lip. Apart from surfing and shaping, this Gold Coast larrikin spends a fair amount of time at the skatepark shredding the concrete gnar.

Learning his handshaping skills from his dad as he was growing up, Coby developed his own brand of surfboards. Sabertooth Surfboards are shaped in a small family run factory alongside his dad in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. The setup is far from hi-tech, taking a more old school approach to board production. Using all hand tools, Coby manufactures the entire board from blank to final glassing. Although far from the waves, the boards are most definitely up to par when is comes to quality and performance as seen in the clip above.

Brixton’s Lee Wilson

by aido on October 11, 2017[edit]

Enjoy Lee Wilson’s latest piece by Alessio Saraifoger. Filmed in Wilson’s hometown of Umalas, Indonesia where waves are plentiful and most certainly not lacking in quality. The film photos and animations by Lee himself make for an interesting mix of winsomeness and mystery, two things Indonesia is very well known for, alongside some genuine shredding makes for an enjoyable 5 minutes of your life. Watch the full clip below.

Lee is surfing on a Chilli surfboards FADED model. Brainchild of Jamie Cheal, this board was designed to perform exactly how Lee demonstrates in the video. The design incorporates an outline that was developed for speed and drive and creates an optimum balance in decent sized swells. The twin carbon strips reinforce the length of the board while still allowing optimum flex throughout a manoeuvre and keeping the board at the highest level of performance.

The Chilli BLACK VULTURE also makes a cameo in this clip, a board that Lee describes as “my favourite, super versatile and holds speed well”. The BLACK VULTURE has been designed for when one is looking for that extra paddle power, the wide point has been placed further forward than a regular shortboard shape make this board into a wave catching machine. The bump swallow tail combined with a single concave to vee out the tail provides you with forgiveness and stability under foot. Perfect for smooth, clean point breaks and beach breaks.

Julian Wilson on a Catch Surf Beater

by Tommy Barrels on October 4, 2017[edit]

When your amongst the top athletes competing for the Surfing World Title life can tend to get a bit stressful… That’s why Julian Wilson is taking a break and unwinding with style on his Signature 5’8 Catch Surf Beater.

More Julian Wilson signature products:
JS Industries Air 17
FCS II Julian Wilson (JW) PG Tri Fin (Medium)

Holy Grail by Dion Agius

by Tommy Barrels on September 27, 2017[edit]

There’s New Blood in the Haydenshapes team and it’s big news.

Dion Agius a man of many talents and a surfer held by no boundaries now rides Haydenshapes. Coinciding with the release of his signature model, Holy Grail is true to Dion’s creative style. Dion is one of the minds behind brands such as Epokhe Eyewear and The Octopus is Real traction brand. While the master shaper behind the brand, Hayden Cox needs no introduction either. Winning back-to-back board of the year awards for innovative design of the Hypto Krypto. Both equally stylish and creatively inclined, it’s going to be an inventive partnership to watch closely. And it is already evident between shaper and surfer after developing a truly creative, performance intended and boundary pushing outline. Watch it in action below.

Alike the Hypto, the Holy Grail can be surfed by any level of surfer but with the added ability to be taken to the next level of performance. Its progressive design is intended to be ridden shorter and wider than a traditional performance model. Adding plenty of volume throughout to ensure it can paddle effortlessly and glide with plenty of flow when surfing off the front foot. Looks can be deceiving and whilst it is shorter, wider and carries more volume, the design does not sacrifice any performance or response off the back foot. The inverted and most obvious break in the outline of the pulled in tail is a feature that has Dion’s influence all over it. The break and reason for this comes into effect while on rail which helps tweak out more stylish release. The contrast with having a flatter rocker profile gives a very fast and continuous speed profile to the board. If your current board is the Hypto, this model will be an easy transition and great progression to help advance your surfing.

The Grovel Guide

by Tommy Barrels 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 Tommy Barrels 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.