February 11, 2010


Filed under: Owen Wright — wpssuperblog @ 5:51 pm

Yamba! © Shield

G’day everyone, it’s Owen Wright, and this is what’s been happening …

Well, I’ve been surfing so much over the past two weeks with this swell that’s been hitting the east coast! Lennox and Boulders have been so fun, have only been going right, getting ready for Snapper.

There hasn’t been much time for training since the swell started but before that I was doing a fair few squat thrusts, haha. Have been hangin’ in Bondi a fair bit chilling with Wilko and Dom. It’s been so fun just going out and appreciating all the gorgeous women that flock to Bondi!

Just did the ASL qualifiers trip to Yamba with Wilko, Melling, Blake and Munro … then Rossy came down and got all local on us! Haha.

We got really fun waves, Melling was going mad out the point (good to see!) and
just some real fun beachies that everyone was ripping on! I’ve been trying out some new Byrne boards as well, they’ve been going pretty good, breaking a few but got a few golden ones for the event comin’ up.

I’m moving to the Gold Coast in the next couple of days, got a unit between D’Bah and Snapper I’m goin’ to live there with my older brother Tim. It’s just closer to everything like training, and the comps that are coming up. Got a new car which I’m frothing about as well! Woo.

– Owen

Takin’ a break at Pippies. © Shield


February 8, 2010


Filed under: Bede Durbidge — wpssuperblog @ 8:47 pm

Fresh Bullet out of the Mt Woodgee chamber.

Ever since Simon Anderson’s breakthrough with the thruster, surfers on the pro tour have looked for any design edge they can get. Board design is a constant evolution and if there’s any way for those of us on the Pro Tour to improve our performance, we’ll go looking for it.

My break since Hawaii has revolved around my fitness regime and some
board experimentation. Kelly is a guy who in the past 12 months has shown the courage and innovation to experiment with design.  More and more guys on the tour are doing the same.

I’m not going to be wheeling out anything radical but my long-time shaper at Mt Woodgee, Wayne McKewen, and I have been playing around with our smaller wave equipment over the past month or so.

The catalyst was Dane Reynolds’ outstanding surfing at last year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles and in Europe. Wayne and I are both on the same wavelength and when I got back he said outloud what I was already thinking: “Did you see that board
Dane was riding? We gotta take a look at that.”

A few Spanish Mackerel me and my mate caught last weekend.

My brother caught this one, I think his is a little bigger.

Dane called the board design something like a “dumpster diver”. We like to call them “Bullets”. Wayne, myself and Woody (a cool guy who owns the shaping machine we use if I get pre-shapes) started working on a couple of our own
designs similar to what Dane has been riding.

The concept works best for me in the 5’7 to 5’10 range and I’ve had some amazing boards off it! I’ll still be taking on tour and using my normal handcrafted 6’2s off Wayne but if it’s around two or three foot, the ‘Bullets’ just go so good.  I’ll definitely have a couple in my board bag on tour this year.

I had plenty of opportunity to test the boards over January on the Gold Coast. It was a poor month of waves but with it being so small I’ve been able to work on the repertoire you need nowadays for anything under head height.

The Bullet has definitely helped me there. They just fly and are so good for airs.
The swell finally kicked up recently and we had some fun waves at Kirra the other day where I rode a 5’8 out there that just went insane. I still think they work best in beachies around two or three foot but there are also possibilities there in slightly bigger surf too. What I like about the Bullet design is not only is it great for airs, it does really good carves too. Surfing is just getting more and more radical every year, so riding these boards will help me with my airs and other new school stuff.

Just got the best present ever off my wife. A Queensland jersey personally signed by my hero Wally Lewis.

With the calendar ticking into February, we’ve moving into cyclone season here on the Gold Coast and there has been some good swell which is a positive sign ahead of the Quikkie Pro.

I’ve had a solid training month through January.  With no decent surf at all really for the whole of the month, other than testing the Bullet, I’ve been ripping into training with Gary “Kong” Elkerton. I love how ‘Elko’ always pushes me to my limits. It’s comforting to know you have a really good fitness base at the start off the year to set yourself up for the whole tour.

From here, it’s just a matter of topping up that fitness base as necessary throughout the season. With the opening event here at home just around the corner, I’m feeling good and itching to get that competition singlet on again.

– Bede

February 3, 2010


Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 12:40 pm

Mick Fanning Surfing Snapper

Snapper this morning. © Shieid

Had a fun surf out Snapper with DH. Just laughing at each other getting worked.

– Mick

Mick Fanning Surfing Snapper with DH

Surfed D-Bah with DH and Kerrzy yesterday was a couple of fun sections and no one out. Love it like that!! © Shield

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