Gabe Davies' All-Season Quiver

Gabriel Davies leads a pretty charmed life. He’s got a nice house with novelist wife Lauren about a two-minute drive from the ocean on the golf course in Seignosse, south west France, and when he’s not surfing or hanging out with Kelly Slater on the North Shore or in France, he’s probably towing in to big peaks outside Estagnots or hollow lefts in Ireland, or running his successful surf coaching venture, Surf Solutions. Gabe talked us through some of his current quiver favourites.

6’6" x 18 5/8" x 2 ¼"

Jeff Bushman.

“Class all-round good wave board. I love Jeff’s shapes, he’s a legend and the nicest guy in Hawaii."

7’3" x 18 1/4" x 2 ¼"

K-Board Al Merrick.

“Kelly’s own Pipe board. This is a sick stick that goes unreal in anything big and hollow. You couldn’t get a more quality mid/big wave board."

10 ft BIC Sport Noserider.

“Tiny wave/paddle board for the summer."

8’10" x 19 ¾" x 2 7/8"

Rory (old British shaper from Hawaii).

“Big wave board from pre-jetski era, it’s class in waves like Guethary and Menakoz."

5’9" x 161/2 x 2

Rawson Tow Board.

“Heavy weight solid glassed tow board. Tested in solid French beaches and Irish reefs and it hasn’t spun out yet."

5’8" x 20 x 21/4

Mark Phipps Dish Board

“It’s a retro twinny to have fun in the small stuff. Lush concaved deck at the tail and wickedly large fins."

6’1" x 18 ¼"

Al Merrick Five Model.

“I love this board, it’s the everyday stick that’s super fun. Yep, I even did the DIY 80’s spray."

5’10" x 18 5/8" x 2 ¼"

K-Small Al Merrick.

“This is actually another one of Kelly’s boards. It’s his tiny wave machine, flies super fast, loose and really wide tail. He even coloured it black and white – Newcastle United F.C. colours!"