Thursday, July 28, 2011

7-2 Single Fin...

"Morning of the Earth" is one of my favorite surf flicks. The 7'-8' single-fins were state of the art at the time, and the smooth, flowing lines being drawn by the riders inspired me to shape one for myself.
 This board is 7'2" 13-1/2 x 21-1/2 x 14-1/4 2-3/4"  Rocker is pretty flat throughout with a little V in the tail. Tucked 60/40 rail turning down hard in the last 16".
I love yellow surfboards with red fins....reminds me of summer.

Fin choice is critical on these. I chose the Skip Frye Flex because its a little more upright and a little stiffer than the L-Flex.
I like to do my pinlines in any color but boring black. A color that contrast with or compliments the primary color really "pops". For an extra bit of detail, ask your shaper to order a stringer glue color that again, contrasts with or compliments the primary color. Unlike pinlines, stringer glue color is a freebie on my shapes.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Keeping it in the family...

This 10-0 Nova is headed for my son-in-law. The Nova is a very versatile shape and can easily be fine-tuned to meet the needs of its intended rider. In this case I kept the design very simple and straight-forward shape-wise to make it more "user-friendly". Overall dimensions are slightly fuller than normal plus a little extra thickness and some nose kick to compensate for the late take-offs that sometimes plague beginners. The single-fin set-up with the 10" TA Farberow Flex is a forgiving fin, providing good stability at slow speeds, but responding well when pushed. The aesthetics of this board are classic "longboard" with triple 1/8" cedar stringers, airspray rails and red pinlines. And a tailblock (of course!)
Dimensions: 10'0" 18-1/2" x 23-1/4" x 14-1/2" 3-3/8"

I build and shape all of my own tailblocks. No two are exactly alike.

Most glass shops will run the pinstripe over  the stringer(s) because its easier, less work. Ray and I think it just looks better if the stringers are taped-off, so we take the time to do it that way. Sure its more work and most people wouldn't even notice this little detail...but we do.

Summer rush has died down, wait-time for new boards is down to just over three weeks.  Order your new board now!

Another "mini"...

Surfers everywhere are moving away from conventional shapes in an effort to enhance and expand their surfing experience. Some shapes are completely new while others are size-variations of more traditional shapes, e.g. "big fish", "mini-longboard", etc. Here's a prime example of the latter.
The owner of this new board would normally ride a 9-6 to 10-0 LB based upon his size and experience. But he has begun to discover the fun to be had in sub-9' shapes. He wanted to try a classic noserider outline in shorter length, complemented by the old-school aesthetic of resin tint, pinline and multiple-stringers.
Dimensions: 8-6 18-1/2" x 22-1/2" x 15-5/8  3".

Friday, July 1, 2011

TP Gromster

This little nugget is going to Grandson #2. Its 5-2 x 18-1/2 x 2-1/4". I kept the outline full and the widepoint behind center since this is where he'll be paddling and standingThe board is outfitted with ProTek fins, which have a composite core with soft-rubber edges. Lucke's air spray and pinline work really pop on this little stick.