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The Grovel Guide

by Ben P on September 20, 2017


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 3 board models you will want to get your hands on.

Short, wide, playful and forgiving – That’s the best way to describe the Chemistry 4 x 4. Inspired and modified off the Wide 6, the 4×4 has a straighter outline to create a natural speed feel while the subtle hip bumps in the tail increase stability and manoeuvrability. The moderate low rocker keeps the paddle power high on this little weapon while adding to the straight outline for easy drive. The key differentiation between this and the other models featured is the incorporation of four channels. Doing so helps to boost the board down the line. Although it isn’t something you would clearly associate with small wave boards, it surprisingly helps with maintaining speed to attack the lip whilst keeping it forgiving through initiation and release of turns. We recommend riding this as a quad to truly see the 4 x 4 shine.

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.



Volcom Team in Indo

by Ben P on September 5, 2017

The weird and wonderful minds of Volcom never disappoint with their latest video release. The lo-fi narrative of Noa Deane, Mitch Coleborn and Ozzie Wright has them in search of a remote and mystic Indo island. What was set to be a fun trip turns into a strange rumbling of events as torrential rain, the voodoo of a rainbow and the ever eccentric Ozzie set the tone for weird and wonderful time. A soundtrack you’ve come to expect from the stone, fun looking waves and a good crew give you a decent reason to throw this on during your lunch break.



The boards ridden throughout the clip are very unique and true to each surfer’s ability. Mitch on an all rounder, Noa riding a small conditions model and Ozzie.. Well Ozzie is Ozzie. And as Ozzie does, he rides weird boards that are designed for god knows what. However he makes them look fun and easy to ride!

For Mitch, the all rounder of the Chilli Spawn suits his powerful and aggressive style. If you fast-forward to 4:27 the fine example of both drive and response are on show. Starting out the gates with instant drive down the line, the board grips at high speed for plenty of hold on rail in that manly slash before sending it skyward.

Noa however is in a league of his own. Any section throughout the vid you’ll see his speed is generated literally from the tiniest of twitches. Riding a board designed for smaller conditions the LSD Double Dish’s ability for easy speed generation comes from the overall low rocker that gives out insane control and responsiveness.

Ozzie being Ozzie is having the time of his life on the boards he is riding. The Vampirate models of the Batmoboard and Dead Sled compliment Ozzie’s style big time. The hybrid design of the Batmoboard incorporates bevelled rails that produce natural speed and planing, perfect for small conditions. While the Dead Sled’s progressive performance design features a flatter rocker that allows for quick entry into waves that he rides in the final tube-fest section of the vid.



The One Board Quiver

by Tommy Barrels on August 23, 2017

The one board quiver. As unlikely as it seems, we are here to show you that a single surfboard can have the versatility to perform well in pretty much all conditions. The following is a description of attributes that these boards possess, as well as a range of boards available on Boardcave that have been designed to be your perfect travel or everyday companions.

New to the scene, The Faded model by Chilli is their latest all round travel surfboard. Adapted from their popular Fader model the construction of this board features heavy duty glassing and more foam in the centre to increase paddle power. Tune in to the video below to see team rider Lee Wilson put it through its paces.



As you may know there’s 3 distict features that most shapers consider whilst making an “all-rounder” or “traveller” surfboard. The first is extra foam allocated in particular to the centre of the board. The added volume and thickness isn’t so much visible as it is noticeable when paddling into fatter sections.

The 2 last features vary on your decision when ordering a board and they are the tail shape and glassing. Generally speaking a rounded more pulled in tail is suited for hollow waves and is a popular choice for surfers travelling to destinations like Indo. In difference to the round tail a wider squash tail will have you making the most of your everyday home conditions. This type of tail shape is more popular for people who are going to experience a contrasting difference in swell conditions.

Lastly, it’s often a great idea to go with thicker glassing for a travel board especially if you only have room for one. The end purpose of stronger glassing is to make your board tougher and last longer against the stresses of travelling or the likely encounter of heavy waves.

Here is a list of more boards we think could potentially end your quest for the mystical one board quiver:

DHD Surfboards – Sweet Spot 2.0
Pyzel Surfboards – Pyzalien
Haydenshapes – Hypto Krypto
Gary McNeill Concepts – Entity
Chemistry Surfboards – R2
Emery Surfboards – The Shadow
Panda Surfboards – The Goose
Album Surfboards – The Destroyer

There is loads of boards out there that could potentially fit this category and with consideration of your location and the types of waves you will experience the one board quiver is more than possible. For any extra info on these models or any other model on Boardcave, hit the Chat button on the bottom left corner of the page.



Water Over Sand – Asher Pacey and the DHD Mini Twin

by Leigh Agius on August 16, 2017



Water over Sand, a pairing of words so simple yet so appealing to all surfers. If you’re not already, get familiar with the silky smooth surfing of Asher Pacey.

This film by Matt Kleiner successfully depicts an adventure we all desire, a remote stretch of coastline accompanied by good waves and the freedom that comes with being out of reception and off the grid. A perfect scenario and the seemingly natural habitat for the surfing style and grace of our long haired protagonist.

Asher Pacey is part of a handful of surfers who have revived the surfing worlds love for Twin fins. His signature model the DHD Mini Twin refined closely with shaper Darren Handley is his trusty companion in all his films. With displays of surfing like this it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular boards on Boardcave.



Crusty Classics ~ Doped Youth

by Ben P on August 1, 2017



Taking a surf mag to school is still the coolest thing in surf media. Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s there was a brilliant magazine by the name of “Waves”. Annually they would produce a feature film and the cult classic of Doped Youth is up there amongst the best of them.

Illustrating the cast as a bunch of rambunctious individuals featuring Chris Davidson, Luke Stedman, Ozzie, James Catto, Dingo, Slater, Kong, Parko and Mick. The storyline centres around Ozzie and crew pitting their band, Doped Youth, up against Slaters bohemian Groovey Avalon outfit. Tension between the two bands in the story sparks some good rivalry, subtle dry humour and raw punchy surfing to tie it all together.

The super raw footage and the comical soundtrack evokes a style in surfing you don’t see anymore. At the time Dope Youth was released, Poor Specimen Productions were producing movies like Campaign, Loose Change, Hit and Run. All had a very similar feel to Doped Youth which is something that you don’t see in today’s movies.

Sit back and have a laugh at this classic surf movie and remind yourself – its just surfing, its just fun.



Boardcave x Pavati Wake Boats

by tward on July 27, 2017



When the ocean gives you lemons, you call your buddy with a boat and make your own waves. Which is exactly what we did on this sub-par day back in April, unleashing good times with Asher Wales and Pavati wake boats.

Surfing behind a boat is one of those fun occasions that every surfer should experience. On the right size wake you can surf forever or until your legs give out. Throwing fins, poping fun little airs on either side of the wake. Rest assured the whole day will have you laughing and stoked to be surfing during those flat periods.

With Winter fast coming to a close and Spring upon us shortly, the dreaded flat spells are on the way. It’s time to start hitting up your mate with boats and get yourself a fun hybrid style board or a Beater Board and keep the stoke alive.



Nick Vasicek all time Indo!

by tward on July 14, 2017



At his hometown on the Gold Coast Nick Vasicek is known for his backhand attack and tube riding skills, especially at waves like Snapper and Kirra when they’re on. That being said, he’s no stranger to a solid forehand tube either as seen above!

Boards of choice for Vassa in this clip are the Burnside and Magic Mix models which he rode at big Desert Point and in smaller playful Mentawais.

Music: “Eyeline” by Kut U Up
Footage courtesy @HappilyStoked
Edit by Bryce Frees



Gary McNeill’s Sustainable Surfboards

by Leigh Agius on July 11, 2017



It makes sense that a Surfer and Environmental Activist like Dave Rastovich in a world of mass production would strive towards a more sustainable answer to meet his surfing needs. Gary McNeill and “Rasta” have worked closely for 10 years designing left of field high performance boards tailored to his skill and style. Now with the right resources the two have come up with seemingly the world’s most eco-friendly surfboard construction. The end result is a perfect balance between strength, flex and sustainability.

Tune in as Gary talks with Magic Seaweed with exclusive footage of Rasta surfing the Rasta Torus Twin as one of the first flax board prototypes.

The Flax and Bio Resin construction is now available on all Gary McNeill Concepts across the Boardcave network.

Selecting the Right Tail Pad

by Ben P on June 21, 2017

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The amount of tail pads out on the market is crazy! And with more brands coming out daily, the options are endless. What’s funny however, is when we treat ourselves to a new board, we revert to the “yeah that will do..” attitude. In-fact there’s actually more to it. Each pad has its own purpose, and the intricate design of them aims to benefit your surfing

Unfortunately with tail pads we don’t have the liberty like fins to change them regularly. So we’ve compiled some insights on what to look for when buying a new grip.

The Four Essential Components to Tail Pads

Kick – The degrees in the kick range from a mellow 20 degrees right up to vertical. The steeper the kick the more secure your foot is to blow out the back of waves. If its performance surfing you like, a kick between 45 degrees to vertical is the perfect all rounder. If it’s a pad you need for a fish/retro board, a mellow flat tail pad is your answer for down the line surfing.

Arch – Arch design alone is incredibly broad. However it all comes down to the size of your foot and how much movement you like to have. If you’ve got smaller feet, the need for a pad with a small to minimal arch would be best. Although if you’ve got a bigfoot, then look for something with a longer, higher arch that nearly runs the length of the tail pad.

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Pieces – From one piece to five piece, they’re designed to effectively be usable on most boards. One piece pads aren’t as common nowadays as they were a good 10+ years ago however they have made a comeback recently for their durability. For a while the two piece pads were seen as the weird uncle to the three pieces. Typically featuring no arch and a mellow kick, these pads are great if you’re throwing something down on the rear of your fish. 3 pieces are the most common grips, allowing for an even spread of grip and versatility for all board models. Five pieces are effectively the three piece grip but with two tabs that sit above the main area of the tail pad adding extra grip in bigger swell.

Traction – The grooves themselves are more often than not shaped like diamonds, some feature multi layered grooves, others a single layer groove. Circular designed traction is also starting to make an appearance amongst some manufactures. However, the basic rule of thumb is the rougher the grooves, the greater the traction. This provides maximum resistance against slipping and extra grip, but will still allow you to move your foot about when needed. A single layer groove generally is a straightforward design that allows both grip and movement. A multi layered groove looks like a diamond with another diamond on top. These are the grippiest of the grippy. Once your foots down it isn’t moving anytime soon. And if it does, it’s against its own free will..

So What’s The Best Tail Pad For Me?

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More often than not it’s personal preference of what works best for you. However, consider the board you’re applying it to as the basis for your decision. From there;

  • How many pieces do I need?
  • Does the kick have a high enough support or do I need something with less kick?
  • Consider the arch and how your foot would relate to it
  • What kind of waves are you looking to use your new board in?
  • Do I need something with ultimate traction? or something that lets me shift around freely


Once you’ve answered these problems apply the pad and your good to go. Just remember you don’t want to be playing around with them too much or you’ll lose your sticky adhesive. The unfortunate thing is once its down, leave it.

To find out if you’re riding the right board, CLICK HERE



Crusty Classics ~ Shelter

by Ben P on June 8, 2017

Ever watched a movie and have been so inspired to venture out into the wild, Shelter effectively does just that. The production house behind Shelter, The Moonshine Conspiracy formed around 1998 and collectively produced 6 films in total. All movies had a very melancholy feel which took a grassroots approach to surfing, enlightening a different perspective. Everything from filming on 16mm film, which really suits surf films due to the dull colours and soft appearance it achieves. To the base cast in their movies which mostly consisted of Kelly, Rob, The Malloys, Taylor Knox and Shane Dorian. And then adding complementing surfers to the roster of each movie produced. Hatched out of the retro-sensible mind of Emmett Malloy, the Malloy Brothers and Jack Johnson, Shelter was produced by The Moonshine Conspiracy in 2001. The concept was a throwback and somewhat of a homage to Morning Of The Earth, and they definitely achieved it by basing the crew in a house in farmland Byron Bay. The approach to basically banish any form of competitive or commercial components of surfing from the house to soak up and throw back to what surfing is all about. Surfing, shaping boards, making music all out of a house that really sets a humbling melody tone throughout the whole movie. Whats even cooler is watching the boards they’re riding, how different they have changed to what we know and ride today. Even filming the movie has a different feel which really isolates the distinct separation of yesteryear and modern surfing films. Overall the movie instills some sort of drive to want to get a group of buddies together, find a beach shack and hold up in it for a few weeks, surfing, hanging out and just creating good times. The one thing that these style of films did really well was cross over different disciplines of surfing from shortboards and logs to retro throw backs to show that as long as your a surfer it doesn’t matter. Having fun and doing it in style is the most important part of being a surfer. Some interesting stories pop up through the movie which opens your eyes to some things you may not be aware of. Remember this is now 16 years old and all the surfers featured in it include the likes of Rob, Taylor Knox, Joel Tudor, Mick Fanning, Dingo, Jack Johnson, The Malloys, Slater, Conan Hayes, Nathan Webster, Nat Young (OG Nat Young), Brad Gerlach, Donavon F., Shane Dorian. All of whom are still incredibly relevant in modern surfing today. Sit back and enjoy this classic, you’ll be humbled by how good it is.