Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Smooth Gliders


Some of my smooth gliders pictured above, Squiz Stick ( paipo) Ecto Handplane, 75 Customline Kneeboard and a Krypto Surfmat.

Smooth Glider

Phil Harper pictured below


fellow SCUMM , Paul Newman and Eric Bridges …Lick it Frenchy!


Paul looking for some shade!


Last Saturday we scored some small but uncrowded waves to our selves at a local reef, and with the 4 of us on mats it was fun while the tide was high, but as the tide  was getting lower and more hollow, it was time to mix it up and break out my paipo and hand plane.


So by the time I had surfed both my mat and paipo, I was fairly tired and starting to cramp in the legs, but scored a few runners with the hand plane, which I reckon gives your body the most work out in the water .


TRILOGY from adam williams on Vimeo.

Pictures below by Eric Bridges , many thanks for getting out of the water and shooting these.



Slideshow from Eric

paipo power from adam williams on Vimeo.



Sweet little Smooth Runners!




Smooth Gliders


May the Force be with You


Some excellent footage from Phil Harper’s Go Pro camera


After surfing my wooden paipo yesterday and noticing the speed difference between it and my surf mat, I am reposting this great article from

''A Paipo Interview with Paul Lindbergh''


Keeping the lineage going
February 25, 2010. Big Island, Hawaii
Phone interview and questions by Bob Green

‘’19. What makes a paipo go fast in your view?

the other thing is this, basically the board is working on surface tension. The actual top layer of the water is different to under water. You see these guys riding the sand-slide boards. Basically paipo boards work the same way as they do, in that it adheres to the surface of the water. The only time it penetrates is when you turn and you cut your rail into it and your rail just becomes a skeg. And then if you need flat-out speed you are basically riding a sand-slide board. It is only the surface tension of the water, you are not digging in, there’s no skeg to hold you back

and it’s stiff enough to not give you any chatter on a wave. You can’t skim board with a boogie board, can you?

You just penetrate into the water, even though the thing is buoyant. Our boards work have always on the surface tension. It’s not something we invented or anything. It’s just kinda one of these things, we are just on the end of a long lineage here. Guys ask me that and I try to explain it. I never did try to explain when I was a little kid, I just wanted to get on it and go like hell.''

I don’t really know how to explain it in technically, in a scientific manner, but the way I view it. Have you heard of the Venturi effect? Working on a flat surface, the nose of the board is small and the back of the board is wide. So you have X amount of wave coming under the board, a small amount of water coming under the nose and then it hits a wider surface. What you do is you get lift from that, you get aqua lift from the back of the board. The board actually wants to ram forward, once the water is coming in under the board. That’s what basically makes it really rocket. If you were to take your feet out of the water and just kinda be a ball of wake on it, the board would spin around backwards. Because the back wants to get ahead of the front. It will spin around. If you are riding on it, laying on it properly, it accelerates like crazy, on it’s own. The back wants to get ahead of the front. That’s an over simplification.’’



Mats & Paipo

This was from the other week, while our little Mat Cove had about 12 guys on it, I surfed this adjacent point break to myself, with riding my mat first up , then swimming in and swapping for the paipo. I fairly knackered by the end of the morning and when I walked past the other crew on the beach they yelled out that I had missed it…I just smiled and kept on walking!

mats & paipo from adam williams on Vimeo.

Johnny Tofu

Smooth Glider


Johnny Tofu

The Most Sexiest Mat Man / Log Rider Ever ?



Log & Mat Rider






“The Bonzer Experience”


My good friend from Sothern California, Wayne Kopit has taken the plunge and bought not one , but two new boards from the Campbell Bros


Wayne has promised to send me some pictures of the finished boards when completed ( that 4 finner looks killer) so here is some words from the website below

This revolution, “The Bonzer Experience”, is about evolution: evolving ones thoughts, experiences and consciousness. It’s about dynamic changes that produce quantum shifts in understanding and performance.

J.G. Bennett, describing Gurdjieff’s concept of evolution, states, “Evolution is the production of high level energy from a lower level source.This requires an apparatus of a different kind; for the “upgrading” of energy is improbable and cannot occur at all unless some high level energy is present. Life is an evolutionary process that goes against the direction of probability. The work by which Mankind is transformed is evolutionary.”

This quote sums up in a nutshell, more than 30 years of some pretty intense work. In 1970 the 3 fin Bonzer represented a quantum leap in possibilities, and in late 1982 the 5 fin Bonzer presented another tremendous shift in design and performance potential.

Maybe it was pure naiveté or a misguided sense of mission, but whatever it was, ever since the first wave we rode on a Bonzer we have felt an obligation to continue refining the design in order to keep possibilities open. We have wanted to give something back to surfing, which has so greatly enriched our lives.

Against all probability the Bonzer stands here today as a symbol of the open-ended nature of evolutionary potential and performance capabilities.

Thanks for checking in,

Malcolm Campbell Duncan Campbell

Campbell Brothers Surfboards | © 2015


This old board was going to the tip .
A good friend saved it for me, and with a little bit of TLC
I made it water tight and rideable
Such a fun, flighty little 5’6” Smooth Glider




  View Down the Line


Yesterday morning with just myself and Paul Hughes, who was riding a Smooth Glider from

Smooth Gliders from adam williams on Vimeo.


Blondie Vs. The Doors - Rapture Riders

Saturday, 14 March 2015



Kneeboarding (surfsport)

From Wakapedia, the free encyclopedia for emotional kneeboarders!


Kneeboarding is a discipline of surfing where the rider paddles on his or her belly into a wave on a kneeboard, then rides the wave face typically on both knees. The typical kneeboard is between five and six and a half feet in length, with a wide round nose and constructed of Glassfibre over a polyurethane foam core. Kneeboard designers however are known for their wild experimental excess and so most modern materials including various aerospace elements such as Titanium alloys (for fins), carbon fibre and kevlar in epoxy matrices are not unusual. Modern kneeboards may have a rubber pad for the rider's knees, preventing undue wear of the knees, also preventing slipping to help the rider maintain control. Kneeboarders also typically use swimfins and an ankle surfleash.
Kneeboarding popularity increased markedly with the release of the surf movie "Crystal Voyager" by the most prominent of kneeboard riders, Californian, George Greenough. The music of Pink Floyd's "Meddle" combined with spectacular slow-motion images by Mr. Greenough, filming inside the tube whilst surfing a "spoon" kneeboard, changed surfing's direction, influenced board and fin design and earned him a Palme d'Or for short film at the Cannes film festival in the late 1960s.
The advantage of kneeboarding is the ability it gives the rider to deal with tube rides that might require too quick of a take off for a standup surfer or bodyboarder to get into and might get too tight or steep for a stand-up board surfer to deal with. Being closer to the Face of the wave, the feeling of speed is more enhanced, with a resulting increase in excitement. It seems that kneeboarding is where the best of the skill sets unique to each of the surfing disciplines "comes together".


Brendan's new Ride


Mark Rabbidge designed and shaped quad fin kneeboard.


Below is some kneeboard surfing from a few Fridays ago. I actually broke the gopro mount on my helmet, but was lucky enough to have the camera tethered and attached via a strap, so no camera loss!

kneemo's from adam williams on Vimeo.




Paul Newman below



Body Surfer pictured below

This guy could surf, no hand plane , just a pair of flippers and the ability to ride the wave, he was rolling on his back to his front, all while travelling along the wave face , so cool to see and meet! You see me riding up and over on wave in the video above.



Eric Bridges

Mat Rider Extraordinaire and Highly Paid Photographer


Love at first sight

we walked into the Coffee Garage in Wandy..all of a sudden Waka starts to drool uncontrollably…..this little board is why

Paul Newman


Albert Whiteman designed , Friar Tuck Kneeboard

‘’Hey baby you come here often!!’’


Speed Panel


It has  ‘John ‘ pencilled on the tail , AW for Albert Whiteman and its length is 5 ‘6 “. I can remember Albert calling into my old place back at Dunmore and showing me these boards, but was never interested with experimenting with different designs back in a day, so when I spotted this in the Cafe , I was able to buy this from the owner. I was able to contact John Foster, who was the original owner and he passed on these comments


“ They were called 'speed panel' and they went ok and I never had any problems with nose diving with them. I think the idea was that when you were racing down the line the rocker was flatter and when you turned you had a curvy rail - it seemed to work. It was basically a twinny with a hook fin in the middle. This is the 3rd one like it Bert shaped me. This one was a replacement for a magic board I snapped and I just asked for the same again. I got this one in January 1990 and I just couldn't get this particular one to work how I wanted. I won the Jnrs at the 1990 North side contest on it (and I was using one of Bert's boards) - finals were at South Narrabeen. I went nose first into a rock at Bunga, which is why its smashed in. After I fixed it I ended up giving it back to Bert and borrowed a board then attacked him until I got a new one (a double concave bat tail)


water was also supposed to get shunted down the channel and then squirted down the sides of the 'panel'. Corban Pollard was riding them too and I think Parksey made them for him before he went OS in '88 ‘’


Albert made me this one back in 91 before he died, so to score this little speed panel board was fairly epic .My one is a 6’0 and was a copy of one of the boards he took to Hawaii, I rode my one on many a surf trip to G Land and Indonesia, with the last time I surfed it was back in 1995, GLAND EAST JAVA. Looking forward to restoring and riding this little board in the future.



Raft Riders

Saturday Afternoon fun away from the crowds, with just Paul and myself riding surfmats.

raft riders from adam williams on Vimeo.


Last Monday

Just Paul and myself surfing for over 2 hours , nice clean 3-4ft waves and the ocean was like bath water . We were wondering where everyone was , but by mid morning a few more bodies started to join us. Below is the vision from both cameras and you can see how the waves were.

Vision from Paul Newman

Kneelo's from Bulkheads Stuff on Vimeo.

and from my camera. There was so many clean waves, with nobody around. With Easter approaching, this should be the last of the major tourist visitors and hopefully we will swing into our quiet, crowd free winter hibernation.

Glory from adam williams on Vimeo.