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Our 99th subscriber board winner, Ben Thompson from Camden Head, North Coast NSW.

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Carabine teamrider Nick Farrago testing the Shakey.

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Mick Carabine, Wollongong, 1964. Pic: Dave Milnes

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Carabine honcho Shane Hornby.

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Shaper Terry Bishop with Ian Cairns. “The Snake” got his first electric planner as a 16-year-old. Still mowing.

BEN FROM CAMDEN HEAD WINS THE CARABINE

28 June 23


When we rang Ben Thompson on a Saturday arvo to tell him he’d won the Carabine Shakey he was at the Sip & Savour Festival in Port Macquarie, and think maybe he’d been sipping a couple. “Like . . . I never win things!” he yelled over the top of a rocking band. “You’re kidding me . . . hang on I’ve got to find a quiet spot. Wow! What a day!”. 

Anyway, once a shortboarder, turns out Ben started riding longboards in his teens, and says, “It wasn't until I'd been a paramedic for more than a decade that I realised just how much I fully appreciated surfing. It’s been a great outlet for me. I ride an old 9’6” G&S I’ve had since I was 16.  And now our 4-year-old daughter Iluka is getting interested and wants to get out there. Love that! And we love the mag, thank you, and Carabine Surfboards!”

Well we love you too Ben, and no doubt you and Iluka are going to love the Shakey!

Carabine Surfboards have been building boards of all sorts out of Wollongong for 53 years, and says owner Shane Hornby, “The Shakey is a modern log and well-balanced in every sense and it’s easy to turn when you need it - classic lines, hard arcs and easy noserides, and it comes custom from 9’0 to 9’10.”

And one is heading your way now Ben. Rock on! 

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