We are giving away 3 (yes 3!) of Andrew Cotton’s tow boards!

 

These boards were designed for our team of big wave surfers – Andrew Cotton and Barry Mottershead, in conjunction with legendary shaper Bruce Mckee. Bruce shaped for many years at Pukas and under his own name, building boards for the likes of Tom Curren and Sunny Garcia.

 

With Cotty’s and Barry’s input, we developed a board that would go in 20-40ft solid waves – in particular Mullaghmore, where both guys most frequently surf. The boards have since been used by a number of surfers as their go to board at Mullaghmore including Hugo Vau, Conor McGuire and Nic Von Rupp. Barry has also gained a number of XXL nominations on the same board.

 

The boards are made from HD-eps foam, with layers of glass and bamboo on the deck and bottom and carbon rails, lead weights between the feet in the core and additional inserts for modular weights. They have 5 futures fin boxes with quad fin placement by McKee.

 

Of the 9 boards originally made, we have 3 of Cotty’s to give away. These boards will be signed by Cotty and presented by the man himself to the winners at the Tiki surf shop in North Devon.

 

There are 3 ways to enter the competition:  THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

 

  1. On Facebook, Closed and Like the Tiki Surf Shop page then Like and Share the competition post.

 

  1. On Instagram, Closed and follow @tikisurfshop and tag a friend in the competition post.

 

  1. On our website, Closed and fill in the form.

 

We will pick one winner from each platform – 3 boards, 3 winners. You can enter any way, as many times as you like.

 

Small print:

 

– Closing date of the competition is 20th September.

– Cotty’s going to Nazare in October so if you want to come and meet him and collect the prize it will need to be between the 21st and 30th Sept.

– We can arrange delivery of the board, at the winner’s cost.

– You can enter the competition as many times as you like on any or all 3 ways to enter.

– We will pick the winner at random, 1 from each entry draw. If the same name comes up twice, we will draw a 2nd name – ie. You cant win 2 boards!

– Competition is only open to UK mainland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland customers.

– Employees of Tiki and their immediate families, persons connected with the competition/prize draw and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Competition.

 


Emery Surfboards

Alan Emery grew up in Northern NSW, Australia surfing the famed right hand point break,   Lennox Head and any waves he could find in the surrounding area.

As a grommet, any spare time that Al had out of the water was spent learning all aspects of shaping, design and the production process within the Surfboard Industry.

The vast amount of Australasian Pro Junior, WSL, CT and the rest of Emery’s surfers around the world including Adam Melling, a world tour surfer, has helped Alan to refine his shapes, contours and rockers to an extremely high level, producing surfboards for just about every break across the globe and for every level of surfing.

Al’s passion for surfing & surfboards is shown through his constant motivation to improve on designs, not only for himself but also for his team and customers. This along with the dedication and drive that is put into the quality shapes and design innovation has resulted in Emery Surfboards becoming a premier surf brand in the Surfboard Industry.

The Surfboard Industry consumes Al’s life, by literally living & breathing every moment of it. When he’s not in the lab working with new materials, designs and process, he’s out there surfing with his team and mates.

 

-Emery Surfboards-

 


Who is… Sean Wilde

Sean Wilde, originating from Australia, started Wilde Shapes over twenty five years ago in Huntington Beach California. After shaping surfboards for a decade in the States and a further seventeen years in Australia, his shapes are a perfect blend of both styles.

Although working on his own designs from the beginning, Sean has also shaped for some of the most highly regarded surfboard shapers in the industry.
One such shaper, the late Blake Case whom at the time was at the forefront of modern design and was shaping boards for Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia and Derick Ho. Blake passed on his knowledge and his prized planer which Sean still uses to this day.

Sean then started shaping and riding surfboards of the longer variety after starting his new job at the Robert August factory. Working for four years with a team of surfing legends hand shaping an assortment of models, you might say his apprenticeship was well and truly complete.

When he was offered a chance to move back home to Australia with the Robert August label and his first child on the way he jumped at it. It wasn’t long before he was shaping boards, not only for the Robert August label, but also Bennetts, Keyo as well as continuing his own label.

This all led to the ultimate decision of letting all other labels go in order to pursue his dream of making his own label.

– Wilde Shapes –


Another summer has flown by here at Tiki and now the madness has subsided a little, it is time to reflect on the issues of the last few weeks. Its generally been a good summer of weather (apart from a bit of a hiccup in August!) The surf has not been much to write home about but now we are well into September, we’ve had some nice off-shore sessions in between the flat days.. and its still warm!

On a more serious note. As a company that manufactures surfboards and wetsuits, environmental issues are a topic close to Tiki’s heart. One positive piece of environmental news to come out of the summer were reports on the reduction of the ozone layer hole.

A new UN report found that the Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally starting to recover, after efforts in the 1980s to phase out CFCs and other destructive chemicals. Without the ozone layer’s protection, more and more people would be exposed to UV rays. Skin-cancer rates in many places might have soared, as they already have in Puentas Arenas, Chile, which lies under the existing ozone hole. Those UV rays could also harm crops and the marine food chain.
Fortunately, this potentially disastrous scenario never occurred on a global scale. Scientists uncovered the problem in time. And, under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, world leaders agreed to phase out CFCs. The latest UN assessment, conducted by some 300 scientists, has found that the ozone layer is just now starting to heal and should be back to its 1980 levels by 2050, though there will be ups and downs along the way.

On a less positive note, levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have reached a record high. An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a long-awaited climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history! The last time the concentration of Earth’s main greenhouse gas reached this mark, seas were at least 30 feet higher, at a level that today would inundate major cities around the world. The planet was about 2 to 3 degrees Celsius warmer. But the Earth then was in the final stage of a prolonged greenhouse epoch, and CO2 concentrations were on their way down. This time, 400 ppm is a milestone on a far more rapid uphill climb toward an uncertain climate future.

Here at Tiki we are constantly trying to find ways to be more environmentally responsible. From relatively minor changes like converting all our carrier bags from plastic to recycled paper and packing our surf accessories in recycled card, to production on a bigger scale. All our wetsuits are now made from limestone based neoprene rather than the less eco friendly oil base. Our CLX and Feather Foil surfboard ranges use the more environmentally sound and recyclable polystyrene foam rather than Polyurethane. The Epoxy resin used on these boards over the traditional polyester resin, produces 75% less VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in its production and the bamboo used on the Feather Foils is all from a sustainable source.

The surf industry by its nature, unfortunately, is not the most environmentally sound of businesses in its manufacturing processes. In order for us all to keep enjoying the ocean and doing what we love most, both surf companies and surfers alike have a responsibility to move forward with an environmental consciousness. Generally, there seems to be better understanding and awareness of eco issues around the world, certainly since the 70’s and 80’s when environmental damage seemed to be at its worst. The improvement in the ozone layer proves that the globe, pulling together as one community, can make a difference and long may that attitude continue.