At the beach end of Point Leo road the salty air fills with aromas of surfboard wax and suntan oil and in an old-fashion surf shop, floorboards groan under racks of wetsuits and bristle with surfboards stacked to the ceiling.
Trigger Brothers surf shop is a place for surfers who follow a lifelong pursuit of the perfect wave. This Western Port outpost once bore witness to surfing’s most exciting evolutionary period, the wondrous transition from longboards to short. Now, you squeeze past beachwear and historic photographs to get to the backroom shaping bay. Only a hard-bitten sea dog could enter here without humility. In a corner, Phil Trigger wears a protective mask while circling with a sander that belches white powder while in the adjoining shaping bay, surfing maverick, John Jolly is stooped over a freshly minted surfboard, a pot of resin in hand.
In this cramped, industrious space, the human element is the dominating factor. Thirty years of glassing has dripped resin into colourful anthills, speakers blare songs from the anti-establishment hymn-book and against the wall, broken boards await repair. Each ding is a tale of anguish- an errant kook or a close encounter with the reef. Shattered glass is patched to a lustre as 'ding master', Al applies his polished finish.
Phil and Paul Trigger’s store holds a special place in the hearts of many Peninsula board-riders. This is not just a surf shop, it’s a sacred site where skilled craftsmen and design innovation fuse for aquatic liberation. It's for surfers who invest in hand-shaped, high-quality fibreglass and resist cheap, mass-produced, pop-out rubbish.
Literally, thousands of local surfers have, over decades, paddled out on a Trigger Brothers’ surfboard. They have spent some of the most delirious moments of their lives looking down at a Trigger Brothers’ logo, surfing waves as diverse as Gunnamatta, big Cactus or perfect Kirra. Today in the line-up there are two generations whose daily stoke still rests in the brothers’ capable hands.
The ultimate Locals, the Triggers are the very best sort of surfers; surfers for their family, their friends, their beaches. They continue to give back to the local community, (footy clubs, charities, schools) because that—not simply the next wave—is what really matters to them. Any surfing safari on the Mornington Peninsula should always include time spent inside their wondrous store.