Dick Van Straalen is one of the most innovative and creative shapers in Australia. A fine surfer, he started shaping his own boards as a teenager and learn his art on the Northern beaches in Sydney in the 1960’s. It was when he moved to Burleigh Heads and started shaping under his own label in the 70’s that he really blossomed. The hollow sand bottom point breaks on the Gold Coast and his shapes were a perfect match, and his down railed, pintails pioneered riding way back inside the tube at Burleigh and Kirra.
Since then he has progressed into a master shaper who over the last 50 years has hand shaped all different types of ocean going vehicles from Open Ocean Racing Paddleboards, to Longboards, Reef Runners, Guns, Fishes and the many other designs that his fertile imagination comes up with. His combinations of rocker, vee, tail lift and outline templates are unique and produce a smooth, manoeuvrable, fast ride that allows you to maintain a high speed line at all times.
The collection he has produced the Surfboard Agency are reproductions of 4 of the most popular of his “fun” boards. They are constructed using his favoured materials of EPS foam, carbon fibre and expoxy resin.
The Micro has a round nose, pointed round tail combination outline and is flat rockered with a touch of extra tail lift. The bottom configuration is a single concave up front into a double concave Vee with a thruster fin set up. The fuller outline and flat rocker makes catching waves easy and the “Micro” is like a flying sled that fire up in just about all conditions.
The Wasp is a swallow tailed, fish type shape that is quad fined and it has a string in its tail. Its bottom configuration is a single concave in the front, going into a double concave vee in the tail and the deck is concaved in the back half, so you are actually standing in it and not on top of it. It has a flat carbon stringer which gives the board spring and allows the tail to twist under pressure. Very unique
The Q-Skate is a wide square tailed, pointed nose, high volume board with a quad fin set up. It has the signature DVS bottom of a single concave running into a double concave vee and the back half of the deck is concaved, so that your front foot is actually higher than you back foot. The carbon fiber stringer and the concave deck make for a lively tail which responds to your back foot pressure. It‘s ideal for generating speed in small waves.
The Longboard in this quiver is the Allrouder. This is no round nosed log, but a highly responsive surfboard that can handle many conditions from 1ft to 8ft. It has a slightly pointed nose, a fullish pintail outline and the bottom is a single into a double concave vee. It can noseride, trim, as well as pull into the tube in hollow waves. It’s a very versatile design.