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.
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.
When 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. 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.
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!!
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.
This board catches waves exceptionally well, Trims and Glides to perfection, but is just not as performance minded as I want personally.
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.
What a great Summer Surf.
Warm and Sunny, Head high and Glassy, just what the doctor ordered.
Decided to get the 6′ 4″ wet, surprising how unfit you become in such a short space of time, not really been in that much since my Big Trip.
Let’s hope it is a Good Summer
This magnificent Retro Nose Rider is now For Sale.
At 9′ 8″ x 24 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ She is a Big Board.
Using the magnificent Burford 9′ 8″ Triple Stringer blank, this board was a “Joy” to shape.
I have crafted my own Nose and Tail “Wioodies” and as you can see…. fully “Mitred” into the stringer at the nose.
It has a “deck” Patch and a “fin” patch, and with the wide laps give the board its Retro Flavour.
Combined with the Hint of Blue Resin Tint both sides, this board looks the “Dogs B&^*%ocks”.
Finished with the lightweight Matte Lacquer (this is a big board and heavy enough without the extra weight of a Gloss coat.
It come with a 10″ Centre box (but no centre fin) and side FCS system (with fins).
Contact me for a price. on 01637 852653 or email@example.com
The guys at the factory did a great job in getting my new board ready in “Double Quick” time.
All I need now is some surf to test ride it in.
The dimensions do not sound spectacular, at 9′ 0″ x 22 7/8″ x 2 7/8″, but the size is not the real story, it is all about the subtle blending of the volume. I did a “Magical Job” when I shaped the Original, and I have tried to replicate it a few times but without total success…. hopefully this time I have got it right. (Even though I have used the “Hi Tech” approach of the CAD machine.)
The glassing is on the lighter side too, which goes against what I usually preach, but I am really keen to replace my Old Faithful, which also ended up lighter than I usually have.
Roll on the head high and clean days.
As most of you guys will probably know, I do most (99%) of my shaping by hand. Even if that means that I use my Variable Cut CLARK FOAM planner for most of the work.
Hand shaping is in my opinion the best way to get your thoughts and ideas into the the board, the subtle bottom contours, and the curves that make a Longboard actually “go” in the waves that it was intended to. It is the best way to “feel” the board while you are creating it…. I like to think that you are putting “Soul” into the shape…..
BUT….there is a problem with “Hand Shaping”. It is very difficult to “Copy” an Existing Board.
To shape a board very similar to you Old Fave Board, you need to use the “Computer”. First the board needs to be accurately measured, many, many measurements that are put into the shaping software program to make your shape “digital” it can then be checked to make sure that there are no obvious anomalies…. and then press that button.
Hey presto, a shaped board, there is still a little hand finishing to do, the exact shaping of the rails and then the final “Fine Sanding” to get the board ready for lamination.
I have been trying to “Copy” my Old Faithful” longboard for a couple of years…. and to my disappointment, without success… hopefully I have now cracked it. We will see.
The 1st board out of the shaping bay this year is a stunning 9′ 8″ triple with “ALL” the trimmings…..including Nose and Tail Woodies. This beauty will be finished off with some paintwork, a Resin Tint and a full Gloss and Polish. Some one is going to be very happy.
Back in the “Pit” creating wave riding equipment, I love my “Job”. I actually miss the work when I am away on a trip.
I have enjoyed shaping this “Big Un” so much, I am locating a Super Big Long Board Blank right now, for my “Summer Cruiser”…. I feel it is going to be a summer of small waves, so I need to prepare.
Nose and Tail woodies are a pain to do…. measuring, cutting, gluing and re-shaping. It is a stressfull time, the wood is so hard compared to the foam, a slight slip and that is hours of effort wasted….. but WOW do they look good.
Appologies for little or no “Posts” over the past few months, been away…. Morocco, the land of right hand point breaks (with 1 particularly good left point) and very slow internet!! I tried many times to get stuff uploaded, and finally just gave up.
The “Trip” was close to epic, not super big, but loads of medium quality surf, long boards and short boards were in operation, and I even took a few orders while I was away, guys in Morocco and UK travelling surfers, I need to get some waterproof business cards printed.
Anyway…. I am back. In the shaping bay next week, (after my excess of Chocolate eggs has settled down) and keen to create more fine wave riding equipment.
I have a few “Custom Order Longboards” to shape, I will do a couple for stock…. and I might just do another one for myself…. Rude not to really!! I am still after that replacement for my “Go To” 9′ 0″. It is getting very beaten up now. I seam to be making great boards for others, but have yet to make a “Perfect” board for my replacement…. maybe I am trying too hard!!
It is that time of year again.
The Late Autumn and early Winter of 2016 have been very good, surfwise, but it is deffo getting colder now, so I am off…My Old Age just does not agree with the cold and wet weather that is prevalent at this time of the year.
J Bay in South Africa is my usual “Escape”, but it will have to wait this time, I had such a great trip last year, I felt anything less would be a disappointment, so a new Winter Hideout was needed, and after much due diligence, (A quick trip to Agadir and a 2 weeks recky), I have decided that “Morocco in the Camper Van” would be the perfect way to spend the “Cold Months” this year.
So I am loading up the trusty Iveco with “ALL” the toys….. Shortboards, a selection of Longboards (Off Course), Kite Surf Kit and my new Dirt Bike…. I am even taking “The Wife”…. I will still be contactable, internet allowing, so board discussions and enquiries are welcome…. I will be back just before Easter 2017, so plenty of time to get a few boards shaped ready for Summer.