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Our 86th subscriber board winner Dave Carniel: “Jye really does quality work. Can’t wait to get it in the water!”

Our 86th giveaway - the Jye Byrnes V-Wizard - lands at a happy home

27 May 20

“Arrived home from work to find my new board, got shivers up my spine! Looks and feels sensational!” That’s Dave Carniel our 86th Aussie subscriber board winner. 

A lifetime surfer from the Goldie (born in the old Southport Hospital as true locals must be apparently), Dave is the hardworking man behind Gold Coast Tiling Service. He’s also a forever member of the Narrowneck Longboard Club. 

Surfer/shaper Jye Byrnes meanwhile has been featuring in PLB since Chris Bystrom’s early mags and movies in the late ’90s, when he was the hairy grom out of Newcastle already riding all his own shapes. 

Through the 2000s Jye consistently ranked in the top five on the world longboard tour, and travelled Indo and Hawaii where he had a hard-earned rep for taking the drop. It’s a unique grounding for a shaper and designer, and he’s still in the water and the shaping bay every day, and loving it.

The V-Wizard’s outline is inspired by classic mid ’60s longboards, but with some modern tweaks. “It’s got a flatter rocker, so it’s an exceptional paddler and trim queen, but with a refined vee though the tail so that it’s still a functional turner,” says Jye. “It was designed with feedback from customers and teamriders wanting a traditional-styled board for all conditions. It noserides easy on steeper walls and through the flat bits on a long drawn-out concave, so its basically a modern log and a go-to board for small days.” 

And quite a statement at Narrowneck Dave. Go rip!


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