Saturday, March 28, 2015

New 9-8 Nova for Scott...

Man, I love "Pick-up Day", the day the customer first lays eyes on his/her new board; the smiles, the high-fives, brings out the kid in everyone. Its one of the things I like most about building surfboards. This day it was Scot and his new 9-8 Nova.

This Nova is 9'8" 17-1/2" x 23" x 14" x 3-1/8" It was glassed with double 6oz deck and single 6oz bottom, and finished clear, sanded gloss-coat, with black pinline. And just for a little pizzaz, we added a wooden tailblock. The 2+1 fin set-up adds to the versatility of this shape. I recommend 9-1/2" single-fin for waves 4ft or smaller, and 7-1/2" center fin with 3.7" side-bites for waves 5ft or larger.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Getting ready for summer...

This winter, in Ventura County, we had lots of great surf, but Spring is here and with Summer just around the corner it was time to build a small-wave longboard.

This is my Classic Model, at least its the latest iteration of the Classic. For 2015 I've moved the widepoint behind center, giving the shape a more "Pig-ish" look and feel. The rails are pinched 60/40 with no tucked edge. The bottom has a blended, half-length nose concave that becomes slightly convex in the middle, and then transitions into a rolled panel-V in the tail. The rocker is fairly flat to match up with the small flat waves we have here in the summer. The NR is 4" and the TR is 3-5/8"

This blank had a couple of tiny surface holes caused by air bubbles, so my first choice of a resin tint color was not to be. Instead< we went with this "Dejon" yellow opaques, with red and black pinlines. Glassing schedule was 6oz + 6oz deck, and 6oz bottom.

The board's dimensions are 9'6" 17-1/4" x 23" x 15-5/8"  3" 79L. At 19lbs the board has the heft of a proper noserider to it, largely due to the 3/8" redwood stringer. Finished off with a through fin-box leash loop and True Ames 9.5" Velzy Nose Rider fin, the board performs as as well as it looks.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kirt's Classic...

I really enjoy being challenged by my customers. It gets me out of my comfort zone, and spices things up. As much as I appreciate the classic look of a coke-bottle-green noserider, you can only do so many solid resin tints before it gets, well, boring. I can always rely upon customer Kirt to stir things up, and his request for this 9-3 Classic Model was no exception.

This 9-3 x 23" x 3-1/8" round-pin single-fin, has 50/50 rails, half-length nose concave and extraordinary resin work by Ray Lucke. The board was done with a multi-colored, reversed-lap deck and solid blue tint bottom inlay. A double pinline on the bottom neatly cleans things up.

To get a glimpse of the complicated process required to produce this very special lamination work go here. Ray and I have been building boards together for over 4yrs and I think this definitely one of the best that we've done. We'd love to build your next board. Challenge us!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Getting social...

Social networking is a great tool for a shaper (me) to communicate news, ideas, thoughts, photos' etc.with fellow surfers. You can now follow Thomas Patrick Surfboards on Facebook , Twitter (@tp4surf) and Instagram (#tp4surf)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The T-Belly saga continues...

Here's the latest iteration of my "T-Belly" belly board. With stringer-less EPS/Epoxy construction, and quad fins, this board is fast and responsive. 

The dimensions are 48" x 22-1/4" x 2" 23L. You can read all the technical stuff  HERE  These little gems are a blast to ride, and excel in marginal conditions. Plus they fit easily into the trunk of your car or the back of your truck. Don't leave home without never know when an unexpected surf opportunity will present itself. Also, if physical ailments are keeping you from other forms of surfing, this is your ticket back into the lineup. Plus, a lot more soul than an SUP. Prices start at $299+tx

Sunday, March 1, 2015

And now, for a little color...

In case you haven't noticed, surfboards, especially longboards and alternative shapes, have become multi-colored works of art. A case in point is this new custom Thomas Patrick Classic model being built for Kirt (seen in the previous post riding his Nova). Done all in resin tints, this board is a true one-of-a-kind custom.
Starting with a hand-shaped 9-3 noserider, Master Glasser Ray Lucke applied streaks of white opaque resin on the double layer of 6oz cloth on the  deck.
Applying white stripes
This was followed immediately by a coat of  light-grey resin tint. Clearly a two-man job, Ray is joined by glasser protege Mike.

Nearly finished

After the the main deck lamination hardened or "kicked", the board was flipped, the reversed lap trimmed and a blue tint inlay was applied to the bottom. Next, thin black stripes were added to the deck. This was left to harden overnight, and then lightly sanded the next day. In the next step, patches of color were added, again using tinted resin. These were also allowed to kick, and then the entire deck received a clear "hot coat".
Taping-off for the hot coat
Logo placed

My Grandson Kyle and his dad Bruce watch Ray applying hot-coat

This board will be a stunner when its completed next week. Be sure to check back....