October 17, 2019

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Save Our Spit

Another Offshore Cruise Ship Terminal proposal is on the table !

The Mayor of the Gold Coast  Tom Tate , again is spearheading a development that would drastically change and essential destroy a pristine part of the Northern Gold Coast . One of the last open spaces , with picture postcard waterways on one side and world class surf beaches on the other . 

Edge of the City , Straddie

Once its gone its gone ! And the fight to hold onto one of the last open spaces on the much developed Northern Gold Coast has been ongoing for over 15 years .

The wider community concerns are not only about the environmental impacts but the lack of thought about infrastructure  to support this narrow peninsula  serviced by one road that often grid locks .

It also happens to have a world class waves , South Stradbroke on its day can produce beach breaks that are the envied all over the world, and the Spit also has been known to fire up every now and then !

Groups like Save Our Spit and Gecko have been vocal about the detrimental effect of building a Cruise  Ship Terminal in such a pristine waterway as of course the local community of Surfers , Boat owners and others that regularly use the area. 

Much has been written on social media, motives implying the obvious land grab of crown land ,but this article by the Liquify Team on the latest proposal by Mayor Tom Tate really explains some hard facts about how "left field" this plan really is and the real motives behind this development !

Jump over to the Liquify Web Site its a dam good read !

Refreshing read by surfers for surfers ! 

February 18, 2016

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Mentawai Dreaming

Natsuko blasting on her USC BLEND!

Well actually that is her partners surfboard Dave Mathew.  Both of them are building  a new resort in the Mentawais called Alaia , the resort website is currently under construction but you can get daily updates on the progress on they FACEBOOK page. 

Its based in the surf rich Playgrounds area , Dave has been based up there for a long time and sure he is dialled into the conditions ! He loves getting barrelled .. So if you are dreaming of the Mentawais or a little Indonesian surf trip contact Dave and Natsuko.

Natsuko also runs a cool Swimear company for the girls. Check it out here ,its called LANIAZUL Swimwear .

December 09, 2015

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The Hype

Surf Forecasting sites like Coastalwatch hype went into overdrive ,over ten days before the first major swell event for the 2015 / 2016 Summer and it did not disappoint . 

Cyclone "Tuni" delivered pumping waves for almost a week on East Coast of Australia, in particular the South East Queensland points were all time . But the crowds were also at a hectic level.

We decided to hit the road with Aidyn , the filmer and his top the range Red Camera , which is one of the best sports action cameras, shooting in high definition and try and find some waves away from the crowded Gold Coast , hoping to bag some good footage .

Here are some photos from one session . Hi Def video coming soon  from the DCD , USC and Premium Ranges of Surfboards.

 Brent Savage , made the most of the first swell event !

Everywhere that was good was crowded, but Brent has surfed this wave many times prior and with a little bit of knowledge and patience ,  he scored some bombs. 

Sunny Skies ,warm and super clear water, for the first swell of summer. Brent chatting with North Coast charger Laurie Towner.

Brent Savage Formula Energy

At some stages the swell really jacked , and there were some good solid 6ft sets ,overall though it was good 4ft to 5ft for a couple of days straight on the points.

Will the swell getting cleaner and cleaner as the weekend progressed. Sunday and Monday saw some of the cleanest and best conditions of late . 

Lets hope more of this for 2016 !

Premium Alien

Like the USC Alien however not into hemp decks or black rails ,colour /artwork on surfboards .

Just like your plain white boards and perhaps looking for a more price friendly version? 

Now the Alien is available in two different construction technologies .

Pictured here, your hemp deck , black rails , stringerless blank with carbon rails ....

Below, check out the refined and much improved Premium Alien , better price point but all the good performance characteristics of the original USC Alien model.

Construction is a central wooden stringer Premium Range with high quality PU blank . All the speed and flow of a high performance modern day fish surfboard . 

The Alien , the must have addition to the quiver ! 

Why Carbon

Why Parabolic Carbon Rails over central wooden stringer ? 

Moments like these the technology really comes into its own . The flex ,the drive and speed generated is unique and superior .

Delivering you to sections quicker allowing you to turn tighter with no lag and an instantaneous reaction and an overall better feeling of connection to your surfboard . Its called the 

USC Technology click here for more information . 

Photo by Ryan Robson Images

Carbon Creation

USC Alien 6'4 by 19 1/4 by 2 5/8 , 

32.65 litres .

Nick's new go to step up board with black Flower Of Life deck art . 


Pacific Lights Up


If the Pacific lights up in 2015 will you be ready ? Early indications are looking good with super storm cells already forming , ealrly season Hawaii is pumping , dream location like perhaps P-Pass or other destinations ?

The Premium Performance V , is what you need for those days that get etched in the history books !

Proper performance gun available in the Premium range for the bigger days !


Performance V channel

Premium Performance V Model , custom with six channel bottom . Ultimate good wave board for pumping waves !

This one headed over to Indoneisa and scored epic late season conditions !


6'5 by 19 1/2 by 2 5/8 (33 litres).