Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Get your handplanes here! You can get these through me or at http://www.korduroy.tv.com/ . We can custom make you one if you want to try something different. See Cyrus Sutten in his new film "Stoked and Broke" getting great bodysurfing rides. He worked on these handplane designs and like boards, the designs are being updated after being tested in the water.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Lallut is surfer artist from Tahiti. He has been coming buy and picking up some boards from my workshop for several years now. If you go to Tahiti you may see some of my weird boards there. Philppe, like me and other blogger types, like to try different boards. Over the years he has picked up stand ups, fish, thrusters, agave boards I dabbled in, weggs, and lately alaias and bluegills. Riding finless has inspired him to do a series of pieces dedicated to alaia surfing. He had these on display at the Sacred Craft in San Diego. Also take a look at his blog http://philippelallut.blogspot.com/
Monday, August 23, 2010
WOW…..I mean WOW! My friend and i surfed our bluegills yesterday in a 2-3 ft. dumpy fast beach break and then again today in a clean, waist high (somewhat soft) beautiful waves and I can’t tell you how incredibly stoked I am. I was surprised how easily it paddles into waves. I am just starting to work through the intricacies of the board, but I got some of the most fun waves I have had in some time. So fast, so fun….i was planning on bringing my log and quad to California but now I am not sure what to do! Thank you! I look very forward to meeting you.
If your board doesn't make you feel like your hair is on fire...then it may be time to try a bluegill!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Taken from my conversation with my shaper (and husband) Jon Wegener...
I know you've been wanting a shorter board, and you are going to need a smaller board for steeper drops and hollower waves, and I've been thinking about a board that my brother Tom handed down to me. It was a Rick Surfboard shaped by Phil Becker...I kind of based it off that a little bit. That was a great board, me and about half my friends learned to surf on that board.
The nose of your board is semi-full...I wanted to keep it kind of full to help with your paddling. The width is carried farther back into the hips to keep it volumous. But then the board has a bump winger on the tail to use as a pivot point. You tend to surf from the middle of the board so that long straight rail will let you turn from the middle of the board like you do on your longboard, but the bump wing will act as a pivot point so that when you do learn to step back and turn with your back foot you will be able to do a tighter turn. It will loosen it up and make the board feel like a short board.
Why a single-fin? Your surfing lends itself to a single-fin...single-fins generate speed by moving up the board, and by trimming...not from doing roller coaster etc.
Tom told me I couldn't get a new board until I tube-rode that old Rick. (Do you think Jon was trying to give me a hint with that comment???-r)
Now, most of you will never have a shaper that knows you as intimately as my shaper knows me;) but the idea is still valid. If the person that makes your boards knows you and how you surf, and you give them the creative freedom to make you what you need, not just the board you want...you will be a better surfer for it.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
http://www.fotosinnoosa.com/component/content/article/34-daily-shoots/155-tw.html These are a few pictures of the new 8' tuna. And Tom's new facial hair.
http://www.driftsurfing.eu/index.php/archives/6242 I think that these are some of the same pics as above but with a little article that Tom wrote. (Thanks Glen for sending us the link.)
http://vimeo.com/14191290 This is a board that Tom made on his European tour last summer. Looks like a 10' tuna heavily influenced by the great Bill Wallace who has been making boards like this for the last 60 years. We love this style of board. It's a great way to go finless...yes it's challenging at first, but you will be as stoked as this guy!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Richard Kenvin, John Elwell, and Carl Ekstom talking design and story...Thanks to Richard for putting this together and reintroducing the world to Bob Simmons and his designs.
Bing Copeland and Carl Ekstrom catching up... and talking about surfboard design...how'd ya guess?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
alaias. 5'10 Peanuts to 7'6'' Anchovies. Above, 6'7'' with really nice grain.
4'0'' Belly board. I will have a couple of blanks and some some hand planes, and the hollow redwood board from a post a couple of weeks ago. I kind of made these boards for myself and would like to keep them all, but it is hard to make a living that way.
This is my first chambered board. I thought would try a alaia template with some bluegill dynamics. I screwed together some est. 2 by 4s, shaped it until I hit some screws, unscrewed it and chambered the pieces, glued it back together and cleaned it up. The pictures are in various stages. I finished in time to take it to the Sacred Craft show this weekend. Come check it out. It came out 6'0''. It has some weight, but this could be good. If I do another this way, I think more wood can be chambered away.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I made these boards for the LA Times. The Times has a booth at the US Open, and is there to demonstrate new graphic abilities for the paper. The surfboard are new examples of these graphics. Michael Persichina designed the layout and AOSA Image printed it out in a laminatable form. Besides the boards the booth has a photographic history of the US open. If you are in the area check it out. Also, you may have a chance to win the boards in a sweepstakes drawing
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thanks, r and j W
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This was a fun day at Malibu. Everyone was out, but their were a few waves to catch. All boards are fun at Malibu, but I was enjoying the speed of the Bluegills and the Wood longboard for the speed and momentum.