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Shaping Hong Kong

I had the pleasure of doing a little project with Joel Roche from Australia in June. He put together this little piece on my surfboard shaping and focus on eco-friendly surfboard production methods. Joel did an awesome job with the shooting and editing. Later Matt Gaw jumped in for the…

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Learning Curve

Woke up early this morning all fired up to deliver three awesome fishes for three very important birthdays. So important that the riders were actually departing today back to the States for the holidays. Was placing the surfboards on the roof rack at 07:00 to drive from one side of…

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s block…Serious writer’s block for months. February came and I was sitting on a boat with my favourite man to share waves with. We were heading out to his most loved and most frequented spot. Guess it is also my fav now, although friend tends to ensure I get smashed…

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Shapers’ Challenge

Surfboard shaping room

It’s all fine and dandy for me to be going off about waste in the world and Hong Kong’s dismal record of waste management. But as the saying goes, you “gotta walk the talk”. So a few weeks ago I started scheming about a system for materials and waste management…

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To Toe or Not to Toe

To tell you straight off, yes you need “to Toe”. That is have Toe-in to a certain degree. What is that? Flip your surfboard over and look at the side fins. Most likely they are pointing towards the centre line of the surfboard if you were to draw a line…

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Field Fixes

I posted a shot like this on Instagram earlier this week about DIY fixes to your surfboard. A lot of people make the mistake of just dropping some resin into a fracture without sanding the area first. But the problem is that it is not going to stick and won’t…

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Getting to the Green

Found myself on a plane yesterday and so got some more disconnect time. One of main themes that I have always thought for Makara is that everything that is done, the activities, the beliefs, the products, my production techniques, etc. are not about benefiting me in the long-run. It’s not…

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Finish Coat for Durability

Finish coating a surfboard

Finish Coat for Durability When talking about the final finish of your surfboard, people talk about a “sand finish” (Matt Finish as I call it) and a Gloss Finish. If you search around you’ll see that usually when people talk about a Matt Finish they are referring to your shaper…

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Shaping the Shaper

Surfboard Shaper

Took a break from writing for a few weeks to focus on planning and building the shaping bubble. So, here’s a little story… 15 years ago after I completed university I turned down interview opportunities at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Instead I decided I would make my…

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Where’s the green?

Air pollution in Yiwu, Zhejiang, China

This week I had more staring out of the airplane window instead of out to sea from my surfboard. I was thinking about how I want to mould Makara right from the start to custom shaping and building Makara surfboards out of 100% sustainable material. I like to say that…

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