21 November 18
We really have given away 80 top-end longboards to our Australian magazine subscribers - and number 81 is some Cadillac.
Matt Wilkerson hand-shapes and glasses all his boards himself, and has real pedigree as a surfboard builder, via California, Hawaii, Brookvale and now Noosa.
Short version: Started young with Rusty in San Diego “where I worked with some incredible craftsmen” and was particularly inspired by Pat Rawson and his techniques and theories. “Working with Donald Takayama was one of the high points of my life and I’ve never looked at surfboards the same.
"I lived on the North Shore, made longboards and short for locals and legends, but it was never about the money, it was about the waves. I moved west to Makaha and the community, the history, and the waves there showed me a whole new life. And that’s where my own label grew.
“I met my wife, who’s an Aussie, and moved to Sydney where I worked with Bennetts and Channel Islands. We fell in love with the Sunshine Coast, and I worked out of Beach Beat for a couple of years until deciding to go back to what I love best – making my own boards from start to finish.
"I prefer that entirely manual process as it gives you a much better connection and feel for the board.”
The Mojo: from 9’2” to 10’0”, with a wide parallel outline for maximum trim and stability, single nose concave, rolled vee bottom, 50/50 classic rails, balanced rocker, 10” hatchet fin, full resin tint, and heavy traditional 7.5oz Volan glass to ensure the smoothest ride possible.
And some Australian subscriber is going to own one by next issue!
* Yes it’s a shame for our overseas readers that shipping restricts the board giveaway to Aussies only (we've heard you!), so next issue we’ll be sending 6 pairs of Barz Optics brilliant new floating polarised Kiama models to you guys – more on that in the new issue, back from the printer mid December.