From our Friends at Pacific Longboarder
Q: You and your dad surfed together in the 2010 Noosa Festival family event . . . and he snapped your board. Has he fixed it yet?
Surfing Noosa's Family challenge was great fun. We scored a win together which was great to do with dad. I got into longboarding because of the family atmosphere, so to see events like this was great. Long story short, the board is now a permanent fixture in my garage rafters and is still most definitely in 2 pieces. Dad did shape all my surfboards until I became sponsored and has fixed all the dings along the way, so I'll call it even.
Q: Contest vs Freesurfing?
18 months ago I would have said contests for sure, but since the 2010 Malfunction I’ve been working more on R&D with Shapers on my fins - www.shapers.com.au, Steve on my surfboards – www.clearwatersurf.com.au, artwork and my blog – www.ruben roxburgh.blogspot.com. Free surfing has become much more the avenue I am following with my surfing, exploring the road less traveled that I never get to experience when focusing on contests. Plus I get to share the lifestyle working with photographers, videographers, magazines and television.
Q: What superpower would you like to have?
I would love to have the power to look at the washing up pile in the kitchen and it just be done. Flying and supersonic hearing are over rated. It's all about the household chores!
Q: Your proudest moment?
Seeing my daughter enter this world, most amazing and proudest moment by a mile. Kylie you’re amazing!
Q: Worst food you've ever tasted?
Stinky tofu in Taiwan. Actually to be honest, I didn't eat it but the smell* driving past at 60 klms was enough to make me run.
*If Chernobyl was a 10/10 for nuclear accidents stinky tofu is a 9/10 assault on your sense of smell - it has to be experienced to be believed. Actually it doesn’t taste that bad, you just have to get past the smell. But that’s what travel’s all about Ruben!
Q: You're working on your own pro model at the moment, what makes a perfect board for you?
For the past 4-5 years Steve at Clearwater Surfboards and I have been working on tuning up my boards to suit the places I travel and the way I surf. Since Steve has moved his operation to the Gold Coast we have worked closely on my boards, there is a high performance and nose rider model coming out soon.
My HP is designed to surf powerfully and progressively, it suits my local breaks like Lennox Point and punchy beach breaks. It has a good rocker plan, a single concave through the nose into a flat and a V through the fins with a rounded square-tail. The board is a tri-fin using S5 sides and the Ruben Roxburgh 5.5” centre fin.
My noserider has a flatter rocker, is wider, has a round tail, plains through sections and is perfect for nose riding and the good old drop knee cut back. The board has been designed for the points on the far north coast of NSW like the Pass and some of my local home break point set-ups. The board is a single fin using the Ruben Roxburgh 8.5” centre fin.
Q: What's your idea of surf porn?
SURF PORN? Wow what a question, could lead to some compromising surf positions and images (hahaha). I guess my idea of surf porn is some deserted island, lefts and right peeling of endlessly and no one around, so seductive . . .
Q: Favourite place you've surfed?
I’ve been very fortunate to have the support from my family and opportunities from sponsors to surf many amazing places around the world, but the most memorable so far would have to be J-Bay - shoulder to head high and only four guys in the line up . . . Epic.