The New South Wales Surf Life Saving Championships begin this weekend, running from Saturday 24th February to Sunday 11th March at Blacksmiths Beach. Coinciding with the event, an exhibition is being held at SEEN@Swansea, Living Cultures, showing the history of Swansea-Belmont, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and Redhead Surf Life Saving Clubs.Read More
HAPPIE SURF CRAFT IS THE BRAINCHILD OF LOCAL NEWCASTLE SUFRER, DANIEL LOBB. BUT IF YOU HAD READ THIS INTERVIEW, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT ALREADY. YOU WOULD ALSO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT HE DOES, AND WHAT HE'S PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. READ THIS INTERVIEW.
With Ryan Williams
Is there a philosophy behind what you do? I just love to make people happy. Recycling old surfboards and transforming them into a totally new surf craft that people can re-use over and over gives me such a thrill. Seeing how interested and supportive people are of my work is inspiring and I’m always so stoked to hear good feedback from my customers.
Tell us about the handplanes. The hand planes take bodysurfing to a new level, giving you more drive and speed whilst allowing a lot more control on a wave. They’re compact, lightweight and great to keep in the car or throw in a backpack when you stroll down for a swim.
Is that all you do? I design all my logos and make custom fit covers for every hand plane and surfboard. I like to create a whole product and give people something they will love for a lifetime.
What else are you working on at the moment? I’m always designing and trying to think up new ideas and ways to improve my products where possible. I’m shaping a few surfboards at the moment and have a couple of old boards that will become hand planes in the near future.
What have you got coming up? I’ve recently started to sell my products at some local markets. I love the vibe and atmosphere that markets bring. Being able to chat to the people who buy your products and knowing they are walking away just as stoked as I am is great.
Where can we get this stuff? You can find me at Olive Tree markets on the 7th June and the Hunt and Gather Markets on the 21st June. You can also get in contact with me on facebook at Happie Surf Craft and on my instagram @lobby1.
Anything else you'd like to add? I’m having a lot of fun creating and I’m stoked that people are interested. Come and see me at the markets and have a chat. I’m always keen to know what people think and I’m super excited to see what the future might bring.