Mele Saili in Australia
Story by: Mele Saili
Although California has a lot to offer I love searching for new places to get my feet wet.
The way I like to surf is by navigating the wave with smooth, almost slowed down transitional movements while at the same time moving at a high speed across the face. It’s like going slow motion at a high speed if that makes any sense. That’s why I’m drawn to Noosa because it has the potential to provide that speed with a long open face.
In Australia, the waves break faster than California typically does. So you’ll notice how most longboards there have a more slender nose that allows them to fit in the pocket while keeping their speed on the nose. These concepts are what inspired The Pocket knife design. Personally I like maneuvering a more slender board anyway because rather than feeling my board is too wide and stiff, I prefer it to move with my body. I also think that wider boards are great for learning to walk the nose but if you come to a place in your surfing where you feel comfortable in your nose riding abilities, a wide nose may not be necessary.
This last visit to Oz, we found ourselves in the Sunshine Coast then eventually ended up down in the Gold Coast in search of waves. I was so thankful for such a versatile board this trip since we got all sorts of conditions. Whether it was smaller one day or a bit choppy I can count on my board to perform.
Huge thank you to Bing for providing such great equipment!
For more info about the Pocket Knife Model, click here.