Monday, May 14, 2012

Keepin' busy...

One of the advantages of sharing space in a surfboard factory is that there's always something surfboard-related that needs to be done. Today I finish-sanded a couple of mini-simmons shapes for my buddy Ray. Last week I finished a 10-6 SUP and another mini-sims for him. Its a cool arrangement; he can keep up with his glassing and ding repair orders, and I get to finish-shape a few boards while waiting for new orders. Plus, I'll bank some glassing IOUs.

The mini-sim in the photo is a 5-11, and after my experience with the 5-6, I think I could actually surf this one.
All three mini-sims are for sale, or at least will be once they've been glassed and finned. If you're interested, contact Ray at for pricing.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Red Stripe for Summer....

This “Classic” model is a great summer board, built for gliding and noseriding in knee- to waist-high waves. Dimensions are 9’4”  18-3/4” x 23-1/2” x 16”  3-1/8”. While only 9-4, the board has a very full outline to maximize planing surface. It has all the features of a classic noserider; wide tip with half-length nose concave, 50/50 egg rails, and moderate tail “V” for smooth turns and flowing cutbacks. Traditionalists will love the low nose rocker and the kicked tail rocker. The reduced area of the crescent tail, aka “moon tail”, functions a lot like a swallow tail, allowing the tail to be sunk more easily.

 The blank was ordered with a 3/8” basswood stringer and two “glue” cuts, with red glue.
Colored glue is an inexpensive way to add a little custom detail to any board. Most of the basic colors are available and there’s no extra charge. With glue cuts, the blank is cut as specified by the shaper and then glued back together. The end result is a very thin pinline in the color of choice. Glue cuts are $15 per cut.

I ordered this board with the tougher, but more expensive Silane cloth, double 6-oz deck and single 6-oz bottom. Finished with gloss and polish, and my favorite noseriding fin, a 9.5” Velzy NR by True Ames. Glass work by Lucke Glassing.   
Retail price = $760 including fin
Water temps are starting to warm up and south-west swells have started to make their way up the coast. Current delivery time is only 3 weeks. Time to order that new summer board before the June rush.

Room with a view...

Wife and I just got back from an 18-day trip to Italy. What a beautiful country! Here's one of the places we stayed...
And here's the view from that room...
Locals say that  waves sometimes break over the jetty and into the harbor, but not in springtime. Just my luck...Wife called it a great surf vacation, as in "vacation from surf-related activities". Good to be back in the good ol' USA.