Running a business is hard. Running a varied manufacturing business with limited time is hard. Spearfishing is hard.
Luckily for you and something that isn’t hard is buying and using one of my off the shelf Spearguns. I have finally managed to get some items ready to buy on the online shop in the most popular set up to date. The Aupo model in 110 with twin rubbers and a 7.5mm shaft has been by far the most popular set up and that’s exactly what these are made in. Dig into the video below for a look.
And your gallery.
If these or a custom sounds like a bit of you then feel free to get in touch.
Spearguns are no use without rubber. Rubber is the power behind the gun so with some tight, well set up rubbers and good looking rubbers it’s a fantastic way to tie it all together.
I bought a fair bit of the stuff a little while ago to service my own product and now have it up for sale via the online store. Think importing it at a surprisingly large cost.
So far I only have the ever popular black but would like to think I’ll be able to get colours in the future. 14mm and 16mm options are available now by clicking here.
I can also set you up with some full Dyneema tied bands. These have a serviceable wishbone meaning you don’t have to take the entire rubber apart, look great with the rounded tips on the rubber and customizable Dyneema colours. All sent to you at a pretty reasonable cost. You can shop rubbers here.
When I set out making Spearguns all I really wanted for myself was to have a powerful, well performing, good looking package that felt nice to shoot.
For everyday use that was a 110, twin 16mm rubbers and a good, hefty shaft at 7.5mm. More powerful than a standard railgun package, better feeling and still fairly compact. I completely underestimated how popular this particular set up would be with this particular fresh build set up to that exact spec. You can watch the video to find out everything about it
So there we have it, another look at a crisp and clean weapon. You can view the blog post with all Speargun updates here.
Holy heck these little pieces of composite are intricate little pieces of kit. I’m really not sure how many sets I made, made really wrong, tested, broke and tinkered with until I made some that were really, really good. And these are them
Here’s a look at some in Pathos pockets
$320 sent to you nationwide is a pretty sweet price to pay for more pedal power, lower levels of energy consumption and more bottom time. I usually have a pair or two available for purchase on the online store or feel free to get in touch.
I’ve always been proud of NZ made goods and when I set out making Spearguns I had that pretty firmly in mind.
Fist up I went straight to getting parts I could actually get and over time I have transitioned to a New Zealand timber in the form of Matai and a NZ made trigger mec. I’ve done a fair bit of digging for the rest of the parts and was really hoping to get a NZ made shaft to complete the guns. After much digging around it turns out that was to be placed in the too hard basket, so they come from Italy.
In short, requirements for my Spearguns were to be
Powerful for their size
Simple & uncomplicated
The amount of tinkering involved has been considerably more than you’d think so lets take a look at a few in video form
Now the Aupo model is made to fit all of the above criteria. Colour customization was quite important to me which is somethibg a little different to wood guns and the composite sides increase durability substantially.
To wrap this blog post up I’ll finish with pricing and process. These aren’t cheap guns. Hell I’m pretty sure you can buy a gun for what one of the shafts cost. At the time of writing my pricing is set at $750NZ for a custom item. Most guys want to choose colours and things so I have to make it all for you which takes a little time but I’m working hard on some stock items as hinted in one of the pics.
Feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for something for yourself.
Almost a year ago I had a few ideas bouncing around in my head about what I wanted to produce. My Alive in New Zealand series has always been something that I wanted to change and grow with ideas that came along.
Dealing with some pretty cool people I put the word out in video form of course about featuring people and a select skill set. No limiting it to one thing I started the filming process. It was hard, quite hard. Some things go according to plans, some things don’t.
In my first episode of this format I feature my friend Garry who I met through Thundercats. We then spent some time in the water as it quickly got cod for Winter and threw some ideas (and sticks for his dogs) around and came out with what I feel is a pretty good result.
The video below has the usual wrap up footage from a little while then Thundercat, Crayfish, diving, filleting and food chat. Check it below
As mentioned filming these has been surprisingly difficult and time consuming but I’m feeling charge to do more so if this sounds like you or someone you may know then get in touch.
Every month I try to produce a wrap up video of the month. I don’t usually achieve this and get considerably behind. Case in point, the latest episode that is finally live and is a bit of a stunner. Here you goooo
The segment this episode is named after doesn’t do New Zealand justice. Video never really does but we had a lot of chat in amazement about what we have on our doorsteps.
Over the last couple of years I’ve had an idea with Thundercat Racing. An idea to grow what is arguably one of the coolest sports in the world by showing it to people. Not on TV, not flashing my phone in front of you, not telling you about it but by documenting it with a vision and putting it on the internet.
The vision was to showcase the people, the sport, the good and bad and make some fun to watch videos. In short, it has worked. During the 2017 Nationals all I really wanted to do was work out what was going on. During the 2018 Nationals I felt I had it somewhat worked out. Over 750,000 YouTube views from this years Nationals alone. Not counting the Tutorial series. I am stoked with this!
Where to from here? Well as usual in my leaving it to last minute fashion I want to build it from here so lets break a few things down in a very simple form.
I don’t get paid by anyone to produce this series.
I would like to get paid to produce this series.
I have a lot of ideas to increase the quality of this series but I can’t do it alone.
There’s one big thing missing when it comes to producing this series and that’s more entertaining Long Haul coverage.
A Helicopter would fix this.
Imagine if someone would sponsor this and we could cover it properly.
The return on sponsors investment would be fantastic when you’re working with the media company.
To film and edit this series takes a lot of my time. The obvious travel and film time then an estimated 20 hours per video and photo set.. Per round.
To date I feel this is the best Long Haul video I’ve produced
Entertaining yes but it’s on another level to the Surf Cross events due to the difficulty of covering the race.
So what am I looking for?
A sponsor or sponsors that can get on board with this and provide some funding for the minimum of Helicopter hire to cover the Long Haul events this Nationals. See dates in the video below
So the events I need the Chopper for is Matakana Island on the 4th of Jan and Mayor Island on the 7th.
What is in it for sponsors? A huge return on your investment. I can provide you with media rights, logos in sponsored media, shared links to your business, far more exposure than you would ever get sponsoring a boat, a company video and involvement in this incredible sport. I can guarantee I will work hard on making sure your investment doesn’t go to waste!
There’s so many possibilities here that I can’t list them here but the options are almost unlimited.
So please to you readers, racers, potential sponsors and enthusiasts, share this blog post to someone you may know who can help out here. You can get in touch with me in many ways but phone or email is probably the easiest at 0211297511 or firstname.lastname@example.org