Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Yep, 19-year-old Kiah Taylor from Bulli is our 75th PLB subscriber board winner, and she’d only recently taken out a subscription for herself. “I love the mag, and your online feed . . . and I just can’t believe I’ve won this board! Oh my goodness! I am so stoked . . . I was reading the piece in the mag on the last guy who won the board and he waited like 70 issues  . . . and this is my first!”

Kiah was on her way to uni when we phoned, she’s doing a nursing degree and also works at the beaches as a lifeguard. “I’ve got a 9’4” secondhand single-fin but it’s too thin and I was working on getting the funds together for a new longboard . . . (much giddy laughter).

“Sandon Point Bombie is a quick ride down the street from my home, picking up a couple of girls on the way. Love that left, it’s our favourite spot of late.”

Well, you’ve got some goodness to show the girls now Kiah.

Shaped by Eden Saul and designed with Sean Tully, the 9'7” Dead Kooks Summer Babe evolved over a year-long summer between East Coast Oz and West Coast USA.
A full-time shaper out of Lennox and the Goldie for over 10 years, Eden now spends a lot of time in California. “I've been lucky to be surfing and working with some insanely talented people. Been making boards for a lot of girls . . . I've got a model with Erin “Worm” Ashley, and done shapes with Kassia Meador and Kelia Moniz, Victoria Vergara, Jen Smith and Leah Dawson, also young Ivy Thomas on the Gold Coast.

“On the guys side, Devon Howard has a couple, Sean Tully, Lachlan Leckie, and been doing some fun boards for Owen Wright, Matty Wilko, Mitch Colebourne and crew. 

“The Summer Babe is built for critical noserides, it’s fast and drivey from the front third yet still loose for plenty of jive and smooth arcs off the back. With a long blended concave up front and a scoop in the tail on the deck it’s versatile and just keeps giving.”

And she’s all yours Kiah!

Dead Kooks Webby HERE

Shaper Eden Saul on the Dead Kooks Summer Babe. Pic: Michael Assim


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