Getting ready for Longboard Season 2018

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The Summer still seams a long way off, BUT….. if you want to be ready to surf that special small clean day when it comes, we need to get ready now.

Whether that is de-wax your board, get those dings fixed… or even a new board…. it all takes time.

I have had a few orders lately, which is unusual in Feb…. maybe because I am usually “Away” at this time of the year. Even in the winter, it takes 4 weeks from order to collection for a new Longboard. I do not like to “Rush” the factory, better to let the board take it’s usual time to go through each proceedure, this way…No Mistakes and a fully cured board, ready to ride when you collect it.CIMG6139

Most discussions I have from customers is about the “Performance Nose Rider Model” Nothing much changes, fads come and go, but most guys including me, just want a board that turns well off the tail and still allows you to Noseride.

I have done a more “Performance” tweek to my Old Favourite Model…. same template but a revised rocker.CIMG6052

The New Performance Noserider has more general rocker especially in the tail…. BUT be aware…. this board is better for some guys,. but not everyone. It requires a little more effort to catch waves, or a later take off, and it likes to be “Surfed”. By this I mean it does not Glide quite so well. It is also glassed “Lighter”, so more “Feel” to the board, but it will not be so strong.

So…. if you are the type of guy who values putting in more effort and getting more rewards, this is the one for you. However, if you like your surfing a little more on the mellow side, go for the Older Model.

I spend much time with each and every new customer to make sure that they get the board best suited to them…..so don’t panic about “Which One” just drop me an e mail or make that call.

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UK Winter….. More Dreaming

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I find myself in unfamiliar territory this winter….. I am here in the UK!

I usually close down my Board Shaping Operation after Christmas and travel to the sun…. usually South Africa. It is cold here, and warm there, PLUS the amount of business that I do is very spasmodic between Christmas and Easter… so it is a Win Win.

This year was different, a family matter has kept me in the UK, and I had forgotten just how Cold and Miserable the UK winters can be.

I have been surfing, but only on the good days, when the waves are “Just So”. I do not like the Ice Cream headaches, nor the serious punishment that one can get in the “Stormy” conditions that we have been having since the start of 2018…. so I have only ventured into the ocean a couple of times, most of my time is spent….DREAMING.

Dreaming of my favorite surf spot in the World “The Point” in Jeffreys Bay (See photo above, sent to me by my friend Kristian, who was there a few weeks ago).

I will still be going, but not for a little while, and not for “The Whole Winter”. So Dreaming it is, and the purchase of a new Winter Wetsuit.

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Back Home, and straight into the “Shaping Pit”

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Back home in Newquay, and straight to work… well almost!

I did this one before I left for my Morocco Sojourn, a 10′ 1″ BIG BOY Longboard, with Nose and Tail “Woodies”.

For “Steve” who has had a Bike Accident and is still recovering, he needs just a little more time to get to his feet. I will ride my Bikes more cautiously from now on!!

Back to work….

“The Shaping Pit”, as I like to call it is like a 2nd home for me, I can relax there, put those “New Ideas” that I have had on the trip into practice, or at least into “Foam”. Talk with the Factory Crew, about waves I have scored, and days I had missed here…..etc. etc.

It is a place where I can express myself, and in my work…. how good is that!

I like my life, and I feel it shows in my product.

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I did finally “Break out” the new Longboard that I had shaped for myself, I was not too sure about it, mainlty as it was “Off the machine”…. sadly I felt little or no connection to it, but after the 1st wave…. WOW.

I had 2 guys try to buy the board after my 1st session…. I told them… “no way”, this one is a “Keeper”, it is that good. I did take an order or 2 though!!

It is The Best Performance Mal I have every ridden…. and it is on a Computer File….. So if you want one, let me know. It will be easy to “Adjust” it for size, and keep all the dimension relationships true! Am I entering the “Computer Age”?

No I am not, I still intend to Hand Shape most of my boards, but I had been struggling to get a replacement for my Go To trusty Old Yellow Mal…. now I have one, so I am really a “Happy Bunny”

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Almost time to come home!

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Life is good in Morocco.

The weather is mild, if not hot and sunny some days. The waves are generally “Cooking”…. and, if you know where to go, the crowds are not excessive.
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I have been up and down the “Central Coast” checking out the obvious, and not so obvious spots…. and scoring all manor of good waves. Beachies, reefs, and of course the Points that this part of the world is famous for.CIMG6953

I have ridden small waves, big waves and all that is in between, whilst riding shortboards…. and my trusty mal….

It is all Good in Morocco…. but now it is almost time to come home….. and plan my next adventure….I cannot wait!

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Morocco …Again!

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This place always delivers the goods.

The right hand point breaks of Morocco are legendary, and you know why when a decent size swell, with a good period hits the coastline.

The winds are pretty calm, offshore in the mornings and light cross in the afternoon….. it is the crowds that are the new problem….. just so many guys want a slice of the Moroccan Pie!CIMG6866

On the bigger days I am “Shortboard” but by way of a crowd equaliser I often ride my new Performance Longboard, which I have to say is going really well.CIMG6875

The shots above are just a Slice of the “Moroccan Pie” action…. a true reflection of how the waves are if you can be bothered to look, it needs a little “Whats around that next headland” approach, and you do not always score it good, nor alone…. but as I said…. the sun is always shinning.

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Resin Tints…. just love ‘em.

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Another Resin Tint, with Nose and Tail Woodies.

This is the Performance Board to go to Morocco, I have checked with the couriers and they will not take it…. Oh No, this means that I will have to take it myself… the things I do for my customers!CIMG6589

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Back in “Blighty”… for a while?

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Back at home, and another Nose and Tail woody is well on the way.

This one is off to Morocco, might even consider delivering this one…. the “Personal Touch” you know!

Karim is a Moroccan Surfer who lives near Essouirra, I met him on my last trip there in Jan/Feb. We became surfing friends, and when he found out I was a shaper, he ordered a new board…. nice one Karim.

Slightly different…. in so much as it is the full retro look, but with a modern performance shape and and modern Resin Tint Colour scheme.

Pictures soon.

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Not another “Jolly” this is work!

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This may seem like I am on holiday…. Wrong. I am Product Testing!

I am in the Philippines, on Siargao Island, and the photo is the famous break…Cloud 9

Apart from the odd day, the waves have not been up to this sort of standard, which is a little disappointing as this is the “Season” for swell and good winds. I have been “Testing” my new shortboard range…. smaller boards for older….and bigger surfers.

So if you fancy moving over to the “Dark Side” and getting back on a Shorter Board…. give me a call, or send me an e mail.

I will be home very soon.

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What a “different” Summer

What can I say, it has been a very different summer for me this year. Surf has been poor, even by UK standards, so alternative therapies have been sought.

CIMG6519When the wind has been up…. kitesurfing is a “Go To” for me, especially getting there on the bike…. easier through the summer traffic, and no car park charges…. A win win!

The weather has been pretty good, so general summer fun has been high on the list…. Beach Time, Eating Out… even long walks. CIMG6134 Work has helped me keep occupied, shaping boards is almost therapy, especially as I get uinvolved with the nice bits like Nose and tail woodies and Resin Tints etc.etc.

I have done much “thinking and planning”, mainly surf trip related, and as a result….. I will be doing a few trips at the end of the summer.

Shaping boards is still a priority for me, so if you too are planning a surf trip, or just hoping for the local surf to get good… AND you need a new board….just get in touch.

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FOR SALE

FOR SALE… my own board, I took it to Morocco on my last trip, as the replacement for my “Go To” Old Favourite, but it is just a little too “Retro” in the way it surfs for me. It is less than 6 month old, and surfed only 10 times or so…. I did have other boards with me in Morocco!!CIMG6137

The board is just over 9 foot long, and 23 1/4″ wide and 3″ thick…. but is has more volume than the dimensions would suggest. It was shaped out of a “Lower Rocker” blank.

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It has a bright yellow Resin Tint glass job, with wide “Cut Laps” and “Fin and Deck” patches. Full Gloss and Polish Finish, with Box and Side FCS 1 System…. all fins included.

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