Watch: Downsizing with Mitchell Rae

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

He twigged to concave long before other shapers and pushed flex experimentation beyond Greenough's orbit. For a softly spoken fella, there's been a lot of lightbulbs flashing inside Mitchell Rae's head. The one that burned brightest, however, was that which beckoned him to slow down, pull back from a big operation, make fewer surfboards but invest more of himself into each one of them.

It's only a short vid, a simple message, but a good reminder about priorities.

A reminder also that Mitchell is still there in his Urunga factory assembling his immaculate Outer Island boards.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 1:14pm

That was wonderful.

He has obviously made lots of good decisions, and has ended up happy and content, as opposed to jaded and bitter. Bravo!

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bishmann commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 1:20pm

he makes some REALLY good surfboards , and is a top bloke to boot a real Aussie legend .

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sanded commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 3:43pm

He's a legend! Been working with him with some of our alternative materials and also some new carbons so he could "keep up with the young kids" ( his words). The new boards coming out from him are looking Epic!

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Spuddups commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 4:25pm

That’s pretty much a template for happiness right there.

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freddieffer commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 4:42pm

As a long time Outer man, it's true there's a part of Mitchell 'soul' in his boards, each one is something special and rides beautifully - that's it for me; it doesn't get any better than that.

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zenagain commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 4:44pm

refreshing.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 5:54pm

I really like the look of his boards and the different ideas V stringer, flex tails etc and they are like works of arts, but I've always been disappointed and find it even strange that he hasn't experimented more with materials (or at least offer different builds)

Ada gula, ada semut!

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philosurphizing... commented Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 8:21am

Back in 2011 he brought a quiver of balsa boards to the Currumbin wooden surfboard day.
http://woodensurfboards.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/wooden-board-day-2011.html

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udo commented Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 8:43am

Flextail Balsa thats a interesting build.

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dandandan commented Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 9:34am

Great little video. Mitchell has made me a couple of boards and it's always such an enjoyable process; very personal, a keen listener, an intuitive understanding of what I need based on the feelings and wave I describe to him. A funny bloke too!

The moments I get to ride his boards in good waves do, to use his words, resonate. On those days I feel I'm surfing in a different space - faster, more powerful, more connected to the wave. Just somehow different. Still haven't put the 8'0 I just got in the water, but it'll undoubtedly be a special moment paddling it into the first big one in Indo this year.

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tsunalu commented Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 8:37pm

Mitchell is a top craftsman, had a blizzard night in Japan with him. He made me this magic board that had speed fins in it. Had some epic sessions on it, took off back side near launching pads late, tail slid but the ship steadied, me or Mitch? When the fins fell out in Hawaii, Mitch organised a re fit from Gerry cousin. Shoots Buddha is well hooked up.
Aloha Nui Loa,
Goggo

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Elliedog commented Monday, 21 May 2018 at 10:53am

This is fantastic. I recently had a nag and a beer with Sam Egan. Another legend of our community/lifestyle. Not as out there as Mitchell's designs but a deep thinker. Handshaping everything. doing a fair amount of boards for large surf. Would be another great article subject i'm sure Stu.

Luba

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stunet commented Monday, 21 May 2018 at 1:27pm

Sure would be. I gotta put aside a few days and head north with my tape recorder.

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sanded commented Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 12:32am

If you are coming north you should drop in on the way Stu!

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stunet commented Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 9:03am

Totally.

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the-u-turn commented Monday, 21 May 2018 at 1:25pm

No that's refreshing. What a great little vignette and a great story. Much enjoyed.

The U Turn
...a little Aloha goes a long way.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 7:15pm

Nice guy , great surfboards.

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udo commented Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 7:36pm

Fucking Hell Albertinelli are you in a Coma Mate ?

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 12:45pm

Who’s Albertinelli?

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udo commented Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 2:30pm

A racehorse -
owned by Kerry1....a great Fan of Mitchells but dont post much anymore
come back Kezza/ Albertinelli we love your work..

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GM commented Thursday, 24 May 2018 at 5:38pm

Russell Crowe has to play Mitchell in the movie

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