Surfboard shaping

Episode 83: Mick Slattery

Mick Slattery -- SureFire boards, surfing, SUP, water life in Sydney

In episode 83 we hear the stories of Mick Slattery around his world of surfing and running SureFire Boards in his home waters of Sydney, Australia. Mick takes us through his time as a grom being in the Nipper program (Jr Lifeguard), moving from the bodyboard to surfboard, leading to hollow barrels and epic waves in the Mentawis. We hear of Mick’s first SUP session way back in 2009 that brought him to experimenting with SUP shaping and design which ultimately brought him to building his SureFire Board company. Mick talks philosophy behind his board design and the importance of delivering high quality to his customers. We hear stories of Mick interviewing and surfing with some of the biggest legends of the sport like Kai Lenny and Gerry Lopez and a fun tale of beating a brand new rental truck in the sand dunes with Laird Hamilton.

Thanks for sharing Mick’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Mick on Instagram and Facebook. Vote for SureFire Boards to be SUP Brand of the Year!!

This Ocean Life Podcast Mick Slattery

Episode 60: Tom Wegener

Tom Wegener - surfer, master shaper, surfboard artisan, PhD

In Episode 60 we speak with Tom Wegener, a legend in the world of surfboard shaping who has spent the last 4 decades building and riding boards. Tom takes us through the story of his youth surfing and shaping in Southern California, the influence of Donald Takayama that helped guide Tom to pursue the art of shaping and find the spirit of “ohana”, or family, that is a key part of longboard surfing culture. Tom describes the evolution of his shaping from fiberglass and foam into wooden boards and his shares his passion for the traditional “Olo” and “Alaia” wooden boards that he continues to focus on building, and teaching others how to build, today. We hear Tom’s perspective and excitement for a transformation happening in longboarding with a convergence of high performance and traditional riding he recently witnessed at the famous Noosa Festival of Surfing. A ton of great history and perspective on longboard surfing culture from a man who has been front and center within it for decades. 

Thanks for sharing Tom’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Facebook, his website, and Instagram.

Episode 1: Nick Franco

Nick Franco and Molokai 2 Oahu on His Own Hand-shaped Paddle Boards

In both 2016 and 2017 Nick Franco won his division in the Molokai 2 Oahu world paddleboarding championships on prone boards that he made himself. In this inaugural podcast episode, Nick Franco shares his stories about becoming a world class athlete in the cold waters of Northern California (where very few paddle seriously), his drive to build the next generation of paddleboards with his Shearwater Paddleboards company, and general passion for surfing, diving, and family. Thanks for sharing Nick’s ocean life with us — we hope you go out and live your ocean life to its fullest. 

You can find pictures and video of Nick on the ShearwaterPaddleboards Instagram and website.

Nick Franco shaping paddleboards

Nick Franco in the lab