10 Questions with Andre Derizans | Surfing in Hawaii

Pro surfer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor and musician, Andre Derizans is one talented human. Currently prepping for the WSL Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships, I thought I’d ask Andre a quick 10 questions about his surfing, surfboards, the surfing culture in Hawaii and competing.

When did you first start surfing? Do you remember your first wave?

I started surfing with other peoples boards around 8 years old. My first wave was just a small white water, but it changed my world. I knew I found myself doing what gave me the best feeling ever.  I felt integrated to the planet. I felt hugged by Mother Nature.
The feeling became the reason of my existence, I felt so good that since then my days are not completed without a surfing session.

How would you describe the surf culture in your home town?

Living on the North Shore of Oahu, sharing the line up with the biggest legends of our sport provides great inspiration to evolve in the sport. Surfing is a big part of our culture as a natural healthy lifestyle. Staying salty with sand in between your toes keeps you strong and healthy, fulfilling your heart with happiness.

What’s your favourite board to ride short or long, why?

I grew up on a shortboard but now I prefer longboarding.
I enjoy the challenge of radical maneuvers on a longboard and having the option of nose riding because it gives you the complete feeling of surfing as a whole.
You can only experience this feeling to the max with a top of the line high performance longboard. This can only be properly constructed by an expert, thats why after I went to Australia and surfed on a Classic Malibu a new concept of shape, speed and flow was magically installed in my brain, revealing new lines and making what was impossible before, my routine. I could do things never done before.

Tell us more about your Spydah Model Longboard…where did this name come from?

I have learned a lot about boards after I met Peter White and became dependable on my Spydah models to be happy, lol.
When I started surfing for Classic Malibu I felt blessed because I felt like I was adopted by a legendary family with knowledge, wisdom and much aloha.
The Spydah model originated after I surfed for several months on 2 boards I brought back from Australia. One was made for Peter and the other made for me, it was a copy of a Brett White model with a little more volume. Those 2 boards helped me understand the performance concept and surfing on a CM became a necessity for my personal satisfaction, comfort and success.
Having a dedicated model made for me by Peter is an honour and helps perpetuate radical longboarding, providing a great board for people who like to rip and push the limits.
About my knick name Spydah:
I am known on the island as a spider on the mats due to statements by people that felt like I have multiple legs and arms when they grapple with me.
One of the WSL (ASP at the time) announcers Kaipo Guerreiro, one day during the Dukes fest, as he was calling me to my heat said: ‘In the red jersey Andre Derizans the spider man.’  He brought up my spider skills and called me the spider man, your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. The kids loved it so I decided to register the name and it was taken, so I registered with a hawaiian accent: ‘Spydah’.

Where is your favourite place to surf in the world?

North Shore of Oahu

Do you ever get nervous before competitions and what do you like about the competition side of surfing?

I get nervous, yes I am human, but competing keeps me sharp and I’m always looking to evolve.
It’s amazing how much competition pushes you to surf so much harder, but the great aspect of it is that as an artist you can draw your own lines, producing your signature in the waves. It’s like doing a performance show to the public and to top it off I get to meet all the world class people that share my same passion.

In your opinion what is your best competitive achievement in surfing to date?

Keeping my name up there with the best as part of the WSL Pro Longboard Championship Tour and also placing good in Hawaii and Tahiti last year.

5th place 2017 WSL LQS Tahiti
7th place 2017 WSL
Hawaii/Tahiti region

2nd Hawaii States 2017
4th Nationals 2017

30th place WSL WLC 2017
25th  place WSL WLC 2013
17th place WSL WLC 2011

Who has the biggest inspiration on your surfing?

When you live in Hawaii your friends are your idols hahaha
Larry Bertleman, Buttons, Johnny boy, Sunny Garcia, Bonga Perkins, Dino Miranda and last but not least Lance Ho’okano.

I understand you practice Jiu-jitsu too, what level are you at with this and how hard was it to get there? How does this help your surfing?

Jiu-jitsu and surfing is the best crossfit training that there is, one art complements the other.
The black belt is just the white belt that didn’t quit. My level just reflects a life dedicated to the art. I feel comfortable to say that I can make it easier to learn then it was for me. Hard? No nothing is hard when you have pleasure passion and so much satisfaction doing it, but its time consuming yes like everything in life you need time to learn and evolve.

What are your ‘words to live by’?

You are here to fulfill your true desires. To live up to that you must know which of all your desires are really true and that takes time until your desires become a necessity and become true. Be true to yourself, accept yourself and choose your work with your heart so you can go to work to have fun.
Helping others as much as possible is the only way to help yourself.
Live to serve and servants souls will always find you too.
Eat right, cause you are what you eat! Learn yoga so you know how to breathe and keep your mind busy with good and positive thoughts, happiness is a choice.

Andre Derizans

Author: Kirra Molnar

Charlotte Bayliss and the Crew From St Ouens

Charlotte Bayliss
Pic: Sam Hanks,

A little while back we sent a few longboards over to surfers living on a small Island off the coast of France called Jersey. Not somewhere I’d heard of before meeting Charlotte Bayliss and Ben Haworth who visit Noosa to compete in the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Charlotte is a great surfer on both long and shortboards so I thought I’d get in contact with her to find out more about her surfing and the surfing community in Jersey.

Where are you from and what’s the surf like there?

“I’m from Jersey which is a small 9 x 5 mile island off the coast of France. We often get confused for our neighbors in New Jersey and we definitley don’t speak French, although all of the road names are in French which get’s confusing! 

“With it being a small island, everyone tends to know each other which is really nice and you always know that you’ll bump into a friend in the water. The majority of our waves break along a long 5 mile bay called St Ouens. There are loads of different peaks all along the bay and because of its horseshoe shape you can normally find an end that is clean when the winds are anything other than straight westerlies. Like all places there is some localism, but if you know about this and take it with a pinch of salt it can be quite funny! We also have a few small bays on the North coast which break on a big swell and are normally sheltered from the wind. There is then St Brelades bay on the south west coast with the famous ‘pole rock’, loved by longboarders for it’s perfect shape. We do have a few other waves but these are all kept secret by those who know them!”

What is the surfing community like in Jersey?

“The surf community here has people from all walks of life and of all ages. It is awesome to see some of the old boys who were here before surfing became such a main stream sport. They are brilliant fun and have loads of stories to tell about the good old days of quiet waves. The beach can get busy especially during the summer holidays, however, if you are able to surf during the day or early mornings you can usually score somewhere quiet or even find empty waves.  Through the winter it also get’s quieter as we have to don thick 5mm/6mm suits, boots, gloves and hoods, so only the dedicated surfers stick it out. It is so worth it though as Jersey comes to life over the winter.”

What is your favourite longboard model?

“At the moment I am in love with my newest board which is a 9’6 Lightweight Log. It is perfect for our beach breaks as it turns fast and is forgiving in choppy waves or through steeper sections. It also noserides like a dream and once it’s locked it you’re flying! I also have a Noserider which is brilliant for those cleaner, peeling days.”

“There are quite a few Classic Mal’s on the island now and everyone is in love with the boards. We will often all be out in the water together on them and people are always commenting on how well they go and how nice they look.”

Where is your favourite surf break?

“As a whole, I love the coast of California from Encinitas up to Rincon and we are heading back there in January for 3 weeks. There is such a range of waves and the power and shape is incredible. You can always find somewhere to surf and the locals were really friendly.”
“I also loved my time at Raglan (NZ). Being a goofy footer, there is nothing better than a perfect left hand point. When we were there we only had shortboards but were lucky that the swell was a decent size the whole time. I would love to go back one day with a longboard, hopefully next year.”

Do you remember the first time you caught a wave and what the experience was like?

“I remember my first green wave on a ‘proper’ board. I had done my first week of summer camp and I’d been saving up to buy a pony (never did get that pony!), so had some money in my piggy bank. My instructor was selling a lovely ripcurl 6’6′ egg and she let me have a go on it to see if I’d like to buy it. I remember it was really warm in the water and the sun was out, the waves were small and a lovely shape.  I paddled into my first wave of the session from out the back and managed to get up to my feet (I felt like I was on a magic board). I think I poostanced to the beach along the wave but I still remember the feeling to this day and since then I’ve never looked back!”

What words do you live by?

“Treat others the way you wish to be treated!”

Who is your favourite surfer or favourite style?

“From a shortboarding perspective I love Carissa Moore. She is so powerful yet her style is so smooth and flowing. She also seems genuinely down to earth. I watched her at the Margaret River Pro when she was beaten by Tyler Wright in the final. She was obviously gutted and noticeably quite upset but she still stopped to speak to everyone who was waiting along the walkway as she came up.”
“From a longboard point of view I love watching how graceful Kelia Moniz is. She makes everything look so easy and smooth. I definitely aspire to be able to ride a longboard as smoothly as her one day! ”

Now starting to get that autumn feel in Jersey, Charlotte and the crew are hoping for those winter swells to be pushing through before long!

Here’s a few photos of the crew we sent boards over for… what an awesome community of surfers!

Left column from top to bottom
Surfer: Ben Haworth, Photo: Tim Axford
Surfer: Nina Blake, Photo: Tim Axford
Surfer: Phoebe Gould, Photo: Lucy Le Lievre
Surfer: Anders, Photo: Lucy Le Lievre

Right column from top to bottom
Surfer: Ben Haworth, Photo: Tim Axford
Surfer: Nina Blake, Photo: Lucy Le Lievre
Surfer: Charlotte Bayliss, Photo: Tim Axford
Surfer: Charlotte Bayliss, Photo: Lucy Le Lievre

Author: Kirra Molnar

Australian Longboard Open

Honolua Blomfield

 

Last week the Australian Longboard Open was held at Kingscliff. This was also an LQS event for our Australian surfers to gain a few more QS points towards their campaign. With very small conditions making this a challenge, all competitors were able to put on a fantastic display of surfing in all divisions throughout the week.

Huge congratulations to our team riders competing, with Honolua Blomfield taking out the Women’s Pro LQS event in a hotly contested final against Tory Gilkerson. Nic Jones taking third in the Men’s Pro division, Kathryn Hughes making it to the Semi’s and Kirra Molnar into round 2 all to pick up a few QS points for their rankings.

Nic Jones also took 1st in the Logger and Kirra 3rd in the Open Women’s 9ft. Check out the website for more details and action shots from the week.

: AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD OPEN :

Top Left, Right and Bottom Left Images by Andrew Carruthers
Bottom Right Image by Gary McEvoy

HEAD SHAPER – PETER WHITE

PW SHAPING BOARD

Classic Malibu is an iconic local business made up of a small number of key team members, dedicated to manufacturing and suppling our customers with their magic board. From style and shape design right down to the colour patterns we can custom make almost anything your heart desires. With that we thought it would be nice to introduce you to our valuable team members that in fact “make the magic happen”.

Our head shaper and Classic Malibu business owner Peter White is the innovative craftsman behind our surfboard designs and templates. Now having shaped boards for over 50 years, and with a wealth of experience and knowledge is always searching for new innovations in surfboard design. From the latest templates to creative artwork “style is everything” and when it comes to the board for you Peter custom shapes everything from high performance shortboards to 10ft old school logs.

Peter White shaped his first surfboard in 1965 in the garage of his parents house. He has made surfboards ever since, having travelled the world sharing his craft throughout England Spain, Japan, Taiwan and now China. Mainly shaping short-boards during the first 20 years, it wasn’t until he moved to Queensland in 1987, that he concentrated on long-boards and fun-boards.

As well as being a world class shaper Peter has also surfed for most of his life. Some of his favourite hobbies amongst shaping surfboards and surfing include reading and …

With a quality sense of humour Peter is one of the best shapers today,