- BOARDS -
With Chippa Wilson
Two boards come to mind when I think back to my first board. The first one I got was from Robbie Johnson, a surfer from back in the day. He was sponsored by Rip Curl and a good family friend. He snapped it in half and my old man put it back together. I was down in the shed watching him and I was blown away. It was broken in two and he put it back together and the next morning it was all fixed. He sanded it and off I went and shredded. But it was a 6’5” and I was probably three foot tall.
My first real board was a Venom surfboard, and it was maybe 5’0” or 4’9”. It was blue with aqua flames on it and so trippy [laughs]. It was a full 80s board. That was the best board I ever had. I wish I still had it. There’s something about getting a board your size when you’re four foot. It’s the best thing on earth and it feels like a little skateboard.
Me and my little brother Nathan got them on Christmas morning. His was orange, with flames on it too. We walked down stairs and were like, ‘Holy smokes two new boards!’ We were blown away. Within half an hour of getting them we were already running down the track to the point and going for a surf. I was so hyped. You couldn’t have got me out there quicker. Getting a tiny board like that and being able to actually do turns and maybe a cutback was fucking cool [laughs].
With Wade Goodall
I pretty much rode $75 boards and Dad’s boards until I was 10. I remember having a big turnover of the cheapest boards you could buy in the second-hand rack. Anywhere we’d go we’d find one and it would always be a piece of crap. They’d die pretty quickly and I remember going through a few of them. Then I got my first ever custom surfboard.
I pretty much asked this dude around the corner if I could be sponsored by him. Greg Scarlett was his name. He had this brand called ‘Filthy Surf Co.’ and I thought it was so cool. He made it out of his garage [laughs]. He sponsored me then introduced me to this surf shop in Maroochydore called XL run by Robbie Sherwell. Those guys got me onto a custom surfboard from Murray Bourton, which had a blue fade with a red XL logo on it and I just remember freaking out that I had a five foot surfboard with my name on it.
I remember I got full deck grip on it. I was hell stoked because I only had to use half of the front pad because my board was so little, so I cut in half and on my next board I used the other half [laughs]. So my first two boards were front-deckies. It was ‘Get A Grip’ and that brand was so core. They were from New Zealand. All the new grip companies that are making the thin corduroy stuff, those guys were the originators of that style.
That’s when I was first into surfing and starting to surf a little bit better. I started doing boardriders on those little boards. I was getting super hooked and the boards were actually my size. I got one a year over two years. It was a huge deal for me because I had only been getting $75 beaters. I thought it was so cool too, because I was sponsored by a surf shop. I was always in there sweeping the floor just to say thanks, like a regular stoked out little grom.
Chippa Wilson and Wade Goodall, the Test-Pilots for the 2017 Tracks Ride Guide.