Wild Things is the Australian Factory Showroom for Gato Heroi, located at 259 Condamine St Manly Vale (Sydney). The different models are broken out into families: Classic Edition, Universal Edition, Progressive Pig, Acid Series and CREME. You can read model descriptions below, or view current stock here
CE - CLASSIC EDITION
This line of boards is the most traditional side of GH with sleek and elegant shapes paying tribute to the masters.
The name sums it up well ... A stable board with slight rocker, a rolled bottom and rails that allow the rider to stay in the pocket. The widepoint is set back slightly for stable noseriding and thin rails facilitate drop-knee turns and manoeuvrability. This is a classic version of its little sister, the Operator, slightly narrower with a little more volume in the rail for smooth, easy glide on smaller days. Also available as a square tail - the Chop Op. The wide point moves back providing more area in the tail, tighter turns and more stability on the nose.
UV - UNIVERSAL EDITION
This collection of longboards is Be Bop 60's, both dynamic, surprising, but with a solid foundation. A combination of Australian and classic Californian style results in the trim, noseriding, wild turns and drive unique to Gato Heroi. These are the longboards we surf in all conditions.
This model is directly inspired by the boards Australians surfed to 66/67 (think Nat Young Hot Generation) with the widepoint set back, pinched rails and strong vee through the tail, it's a rocket, very versatile off the tail and manoeuvrable from the nose. With commitment and dynamic surfing, you will be surprised by the unlimited potential of this board.
The Operator model is like its big sister the Smooth Op, a board for all conditions yet with more focus on wild turns. Ideal for 8'10 / 9'2, with its bottom roll ending with a vee. Manoeuvrable from the tail, generous template with refined rails, this is a demanding board, which accepts all situations with glide and style.
Keeping the spirit of PLAYBOY, we modified this model to make it more accessible. Less pronounced contours, allowing easy noseriding without sacrificing maneuverability, this model is one of those perfect longboards, combining ease of use with performance.
PG - PROGRESSIVE PIG
The Pig is the origin of Hot Doggin and the evolution of contemporary surfing. This range is available in several models of different sizes. Suitable for big turns and surfing in the pocket. These boards will surprise you with their versatility in all types of waves.
Clearly influenced by Wayne Lynch, the space pig is an amazingly versatile mid-length in all conditions - beach-breaks, reefs and points. A generous outline, pinched rails and light vee bottom allows the rider to stay in trim, change direction in a flash and reach the nose in the right sections. Versatile and ideal for travel, but also for those days when changing conditions make for a difficult choice of board.
AD - ACID SERIES
Transition boards, inspired by the late 60s / early 70s and surfers / travelers. These models are sleek and radical.
Board for all conditions, the acid loves surfing with rails engaged, driving you to take different lines than your normal board. The acid will surprise you with its original approach in all situations, in trim as well as through turns and tubing sections. Its ideal size is between 7 and 8 feet, The acid fits well among a quiver of longboards and is a versatile board, great to travel with.
If Gato Heroi was be bop then CREME is the Bossa nova. This label was the first label set up by Robin, more traditional, consisting of generous lines and coloured resins. Inspired by the classic surf spots of California: San O, Malibu and Newport, with the legendary Takayama, Weber and Nuuhiwa in mind. These boards embody the culture of the early 60's during the height of noseriding.
With a generous outline and 50/50 rails, the FATCAT is the perfect compromise. Easy noseriding, manoeuvrable from the tail and fast, forgiving glide. Ideal for all levels.
VIEW CURRENT BOARDS IN STOCK:
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ALSO AVAILABLE AT:
WILD THINGS - NSW
(BYRON BAY, NSW - 0414265202)
SUNBURNT MESS - NSW
(41 GOULD ST, BONDI, 0427403330)
SATURDAYS SURF - NSW/VIC
(PACIFIC BONDI BEACH, BONDI 02-83164518/ ALBERT COATES LANE, QV, MELB 03-96393869)
FINBOX - NSW
(269 LAWRENCE HARGRAVE DR, THIRROUL, NSW 02-42682050)
MORDY'S - VIC
(MORDIALLOC PLAZA, MORDIALLOC, VIC / 03-95801716)
OCEANSTYLE LONGBOARDS - WA
(229B QUEEN VICTORIA ST NORTH FREMANTLE, WA 08-62195189)