Belinda Baggs or “Bindy” is one of the worlds most graceful and stylish surfers, she is originally from the working class city of Newcastle, where she spent her formative years travelling the longboard comp circuit with dad Phil.
Bindy competed on the longboard circuit doing very well winning the Australian womens longboard circuit in 2000 and also placing third in the womens world championship. Until she rode a traditionally shaped Anderson Brand longboard at Malibu in 2001 and fell in love with the glide and style of surfing.
Since then she has been a prominent fixture In the movement of the rebirth of loggin’.
With many sections in most of the best long boarding/surfing movies of the last 18 years.
A seeker of wild places and warm blue water,Belindas heart has always been set in the ocean. A passionate all-round surfer, she’s perhaps best known for her graceful and technically accomplished longboard style. Bindy has a wondering spirit, having lived in some amazing spots like Malibu california, Byron bay , noosa and Aireys inlet on the great ocean road on the rugged victorian coast, where you’ll see her out in the middle of winter with booties, hood and gloves loving every minute of it.er best to educate others in ways to keep the planet beautiful for future generations, which ties in well with her role as a Patagonia ambassador.
Also know as the elegant giraffe. Jaya is originally from Valla Beach on the mid north coast of Australia from a beach loving family where his love for the ocean first began, riding a bodyboard first, but that quickly changed when his brother said he wouldn’t take him with him unless he surfed.
Now residing in Talofa out the back of Byron Bay for the last few years and riding for Nettleton for the last two years Jaya has a super graceful and flowing style, with the less is more approach. Think a tall Joel Tudor. Jaya is a great kid with a positive nature and is happy just chilling on his farm with his girl Eb and dog jack and surfing as much as possible.
Reed smith started logging the local waves of Byron bay when he was 14. Kinda late but he wasted no time refining the talent for riding big Ol boards. He was offered a range of modern logs, old mals and retros , collecting some true classics along the way like a 67 Dewey weber performer , a 62 scott Dillon D fin and a 69 Len dibben transitional before stepping onto his 9’5 Nettleton ‘multiply’!
All his previous boards prepared him for a truly classic outline and weight of the multiply , on which he rode to a win in last years old mal nationals in crescent head with true style. And More recently cruising the southern island of New Zealand on his third board by Sean Nettleton at the invitation only traditional longboard event ‘the single fin mingle’ !
“Sean’s boards are silky smooth and pure quality”
Reed is now one of the guys you watch weaving through the heavy traffic of ‘the pass’ or ‘Wategos’ with classic ease and 60’s style, putting his multiply into Gravity challenging noserides and tight drop knee carves.
Pleasure to share waves with!
Chad is the Big Brother of the Nettleton Family. At 6’4 and 114kg he’s a logger stuck in a front rowers body. He lives in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road and surfs anything from outside bombies to peeling points.
Chad always gives me a challenge when shaping and over the years we have perfected his craft to suit him. He loves a big drop knee turn and often you’ll find him riding oldmals, trackers, bodyboards and his beloved 10’6 quad stringer “Multiply”. His favorite surfers are Mike Doyle and his good mate Tim Edwards.
Tim is a ghost.
He’s that guy you always hear about but never see. He grew up riding a shortboard in the big barreling waves at “Beacon” thirteenth beach. As years went on, he gravitated more towards old style longboards and riding old mals. Quite simply, he is now one of, if not, the best logger in Victoria.
A violet belt in Jiu-Jitsu you can tell Joel Tudor has had an influence on Tim. Quiet in style, quiet in the water and quiet on land, Tim is as humble as they come and the small fraternity of people that know him say that he’s just one of those guys that could have been good at anything. Tim loves a latte, and exploring the intricacy of a nose ride. You’ll find Tim riding the cold, lesser known waves of Victoria.
Tim rides a knifey 9’4 Multiply that has plenty of flex although give him a shortboard, his 67 Wallace or a foamie and he’d probably tear on that too.
BUJI ‘brown legs’
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but grew up in the Philippines. When I saw Endless Summer on TV for the first time, I fell in love with surfing right away even if it was almost a decade after until I actually got the chance to try surfing. When I first started, the surf scene in La Union, which I consider my beloved home break, was predominantly all about high pro surfing and longboarding but with a very progressive short board style. All along in my brain, I had Endless Summer on repeat and I knew that I wanted to surf like Robert August and Mike Hynson who 4 decades ago, were already both surfing with such high performance and high level of style on their heavy logs. Back in 2000, I knew that theirs was the style of surfing that I wanted and just stuck to it through the years.
My passion for the good ol’ years is reflected in my architectural design of houses and structures such as Vessel Hostel in La Union, the rusty old cars I keep, and overall outlook in life. To me those were the happy days and I find comfort in trying to relive them, drawing inspiration from the time when life was simple and people were happy surfing, sharing waves, and simply enjoying a good day at the beach.
I was born and raised in the Mid North Coast town of Port Macquarie. Being the Bodyboarding capital of Australia, longboarding was not the norm. I mainly rode bodyboards through my teens but on small days I loved taking my old man’s Mal and heading up the dirt track to Point Plomer.
It wasn’t until the age of 19, after watching Jason Baffa’sOne California Day that my passion for longboardingbegun. The Alex Knost and Tyler Warren sections blew my mind, it was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I hung up the flippers and had my uncle shape me my first log, Point Plomer became my local and I never looked back.
In 2011, my wife and I relocated to the Lennox Head for work. It wasn’t until around 3 years ago I contacted Sean to make me a log, the best decision I could have possibly made. I felt a change in my surfing. His board gave me confidence to push through critical sections on the nose as well as turning on a dime.
I have recently become a father and surfing at the moment is not the main priority in my life. Although having a quiver of Sean’s boards, I know that no matter how the conditions are, I’ll still be getting fun waves.
When surfing in South Africa was young and so was I, I first got onto a (large, heavy, locally made) board in the summer of 1964/65. I was born in March 1947, in Cape Town – I was 17 years old, and up until that summer I had not even seen or heard of a surfboard.
Fast forward to 2017: at 70 years of age, I read about Nettleton’s Multiply, and here I am, 71 years old and owning and loving the most stylish beautiful longboard in South Africa. The craftsmanship is exquisite: scarcely a day goes by that someone does not admire and ask me about my Multiply and I always say that Belinda Baggs rides one so I’m expecting to ride like her. And on the right wave, I imagine I do. Kidding!!! It’s just the joy this beautiful board brings me that makes me feel like an ocean goddess.
Multiply is so special and enabling. The subtle concave that aids my nose riding, the pinched rails that give a cutting edge (literally) the imperceptible little lift in the nose, the wide bum and narrowing nose, the tiny roll around the fin. The perfect weight – a compromise of heavy for glide and light enough to turn easily. The ethereal volan tint, and lustrous finish for pleasing aesthetics.
For many years I competed in local surf contests, but the tides have washed away those times. Now I simply enjoy the infinite variety of the ocean’s soul – and because the ocean lives within me, and within my Multiply, I not only enjoy an inexpressively precious craft, but another -optimistic – state of mind.