Monday, August 30, 2010

move on up

stay tuned people the new black apache surfboards website will be running in all its glory in the next few weeks... watch this space... do it...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

the growlers - sea lion goth blues

ive been listening to these guys for a while now and they blow me away, i dont normally post this stuff but these guys are hepcats, and theres always space for hepcats

Saturday, August 21, 2010

this months title screen by the talented kerry down
his stuff always makes me so homesick. check him out at

its not easy being green

here it is my new simmons, i got rid of my last one about 2 weeks ago
and the last 2 weeks without a simmons have been some of the hardest of my life
i do love these little boards..

this one is kermit the frog fluro green.
this is from my "simmons dynamica" template. it has
an S Deck. hull entry that rolls in to a single concave slot
through the fins, with the rails tucked/chined up from the fin outwards
like a hydro hull. very similar to the original 40's bob simmons bottom
but much more blended and subtle.

the fins are pushed up and sit at 2" from the tail.
i find this gives me a larger sweet spot the board works from. this photo does exagerate
the distance and the toe in... its only toed 1/16"

the "brown dog" gives his all knowing nod of approval in the background
he knows a good foil when he see's one.
hows the S Deck on that monster?, and the foil?, i really bladed this one out.
those of you that know me, surely know by now
that i love to blend retro with performance

heres another example instead of the old simmons disc fins, i've been experimenting
with my own template, its a hybrid of the disc and the keel fin. its single foiled for bite
and im getting amazing feedback from it. all the fun of the keel with the
surface area and drive you get from the disc fin.

old skool glass on leash loop to keep the vibe 
6+4oz deck 6oz bottom, built to last
but surprisingly very light...

measures in at 5'7" x 21 1/4" x 2 5/8"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

simmons gets some colour

she's gettin some colour

its kermit the frog fluro green

the best part is... this is MY board oh yeah...
more pics next week when its finished

another happy customer

Last week i was lucky enough to land one of these finely tuned, hand crafted fishes shaped by Jesse Watson of Black Apache Surfboards and boy do they go good... from hollow little tubes to fast down the line walls, this board takes off like a bullet and lets you throw it around like it's one of your thrusters...

It's going to be very hard to get off this board!.... 
All surf shots taken by the very talented surfer/photographer Jughead

check out kerry's blog and his wicked new video teaser at

by the way thats kerry in the barrel at the top of the black apache title page.
the kid knows how to thread the tube.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

my new board

its finally here, MY new board, i've been waiting for this one for a while
i've been so busy its been hard to get my own quiver organised.
i got rid of all of my quiver from last year and MY new boards are finally trickling in.

this one is my hullabaloo its a hull/stubbie hybrid.
this one blends a rolled front with a slightly
double concaved rolled vee in the tail.
its one im experimenting with at the moment...

5.5 oz volan top and bottom with a deck patch and tail patch
i love the greenish tint that you get with volan, its so simple
but sooooo old school, and the fins become the highlight

hand layed glass on sides are slightly larger but have the same base as my smaller    
side fin, so as i refine the fin placement i can sand down the sides as well
which lets me do some real experimenting. the center fin is a 7 1/2"
hand made flex fin by my man wiz.

hows the flex in that bad boy... good flex too, you really want a full flex
 from the midpoint up, not just in the tip, this one came out great
this board is just screaming to be rideen
6'1" x 21" x 2 1/2"

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

damo's new mini simmons

i dropped off a new simmons for my man damo the other day

this one was a 5'6" done in a blue pigment
with white stripes on the nose for that "nautical" theme that
is quite popular with the cool kids at the moment

damo works at the cooly board store (the old base surfshop at cooly)
he usually has the board with him so go in and check it out if your in the area and say hi
damo is the man... thats what he'll tell ya anyway..

this one has the traitional simmons slot/single concave through the rear
with a hulled entry.. i got to ride this board the other day and it flies,
i liked it so much i went straight back in the bay
to shape myself one on the same day that i finished this one.

i've been making mini simmons as long as anyone in australia,
and i'm glad to see they are finally starting to get the attention they deserve
i have been singing their praises to anyone who will listen for a long time now
if i could have only one board the simmons would be the board.
if your thinking about getting one do it.. you'll never look back.

Friday, July 23, 2010

the scrambled egg

here's one for all you single lovers out there,
this is "the scrambled egg", it combines an egg style template 
with a modern foil. hull front that rolls into a hydro hull style rear.


i got the opportunity to have a go at this little board,
and i loved it! i want it back! it works best with a larger flex fin
purple tint, with purple sparay panels over the top

this one measured in at 5'11" x 20" x 2 7/16
low rails hard edged tail, get your old skool freak on.

Monday, July 19, 2010

kerry's 5'6" apache twin is finished

kerry's new board is finished its a 5'6" apache twin

cream nose dip, black tail dip 
black glass on keels, protec finish
 this is kerry's colour scheme that he devised... i like it.

made for tight turns, fast arcs and those
oh so high lines from the top 
check out the stealth tail... boooyah!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hello Surfrider Foundation Friends,

We had a successful night at our 'How to Fix a Ding Tutorial' with Jesse Watson from Black Apache Surfboards. Thanks to all those who came and gained a plethora knowledge from Jesse.

Click here and check out some of Jesse Watson's sick boards.

Next month 10/8, Surfrider Foundation is laying low with only a committee meeting, that is open to all members, and then in September we are jumping back with an environmental lecture and a dune care in North Kirra. We have also just confirmed that we will be the opening event for Kirra Surf Stock in November. Good times to come.

See you in the water,

Adam Feichtmann
President Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed

Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Monday, July 12, 2010

the best of 2010

this is my faourite board of the year
6'3" pintail quad full polish

just beautiful.... sometimes
i wish i could keep every board for myself



Sunday, 4 July 2010

Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed presents How To Fix A Ding Tutorial

WHEN: Tuesday 13 July 2010

TIME: 7pm - 8.30pm

WHERE: Kirra Surfriders Club (below Kirra SLSC)


Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed is starting to host tutorials on sustainable surfing. On Tuesday 13 July, Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed and Black Apache Surfboards are partnering to present the inaugural DIY tutorial - "How to Fix a Ding Tutorial" at the Kirra Surfriders Club.

Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed desires to present regular gatherings to teach the surfing community how to live and surf sustainably with the resources we have on a daily basis.

"Why would you pay $70 to fix a dinged rail to a local shaper if you had the knowledge to do it yourself? The surfing community has always been a self-sufficient people group, trying to live as simply as they can. Surfrider Foundation wants to keep that mantra at the forefront of our surfing and lifestyle. We are also excited to partner with the up-and-coming Black Apache Surfboards," said Adam Feichtmann, President of Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed.

When surfing was introduced into Australia, surfers were forced to learn and do everything themselves. With the advancement of modern technology and popularity of surfing, the Do It Yourself mindset nearly died. Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed as a surfing environmental organization, wants to bring that attitude back to surfing; one, for the joy it entails, and two, to draw awareness to the damage people can cause to the oceans, beaches, and waves by not being wise about their resources.

damo's new simmons

new simmons for damo
S Deck square tail

tapered tail

soft rolled rails, hullish bottom contour up front

single concave through the tail

tucked under hard edge tail

i moved the fins up to about 5" with almost no toe in...
i have a custom simmons fin template that i've been developing
(not pictured)

this one measures in at 5'6" x 21 1/4" x 2 5/8"

kerry's boards getting some colour

kerry's board is getting some colour

black tail with some black keels to match as well
this is kerry's own design and its one i like a lot.

he should be riding this puppy in about a week.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

slippery fun

this is a little alaia i ,made a while back, but had the photo's lost
from my computer, i was going through some stuff and stumbled across
this one shot that had survived... better late than never
so here she is, my 6'10" alaia, that i shaped from one of
tom wegeners templates that he put me onto, thanks also to tom
for the paulownia blank.... slippery fun....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fish Fry 2010

yeah thats my fat head, its fat isnt it..

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

new boards for ben

2 new boards for ben, the one on the top
is a simmons, which will have hot pink bands on it
 the bottom one is the apache quad keel.
its a blue tint with white pigment tail dip

bens loved the look of the richard simmons i did earlier
(see below) and wanted the same, but his will have
pink bands instead of green, cause "pink is the new black"

ben was frothing to get at these boards
and i delivered them without getting any finished photos, but ben
has promised me some pics soon........

or as soon as he can get off them, all reports are they
FLY and he's stoked... but i still haven't gotten any photos yet...

cmon ben??....more pics to follow?? maybe??

Sunday, June 27, 2010

kerry's new board

kerrys new twin fish is finished
i'm happy with it, lets hope he is too

this one is going to be a cream colored pigment with
a black pigment tail dip

it'll have hand made glass on keels
6/4 oz deck and a 6oz bottom

ready for glassing, kery is the one responsible for all the helmet cam stuff
he's currently sponsored by the critical slide society
check out his blog the black white life, its on the links to the right.

new log for sam

new log finished for sam, its a 9'2" noserider. she had
 a nice fabric inlay on this one. thats vintage norwegian apple leaf fabric
 on the nose, with a beige pigment and dark chocolate pinstripes.

nice board this one
keep an eye out for sam on it at the alley.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ding Tutorial - Surfrider Foundation

thats right im teaching a ding tutorial, .. adam from the surfrider foundation asked me if i'd help out
so clear your schedule i'm about to impart all of my limited wisdom in one sitting.

seriously though come along if your free, and sign up for the surfrider foundation
as surfers these are the guys who have got your back
its a great cause.