One of my favorite characteristics of the Bluegill design is it's speed. No roller coasters, pumps, jumping up and down needed. They go fast automatically. It is up to you what you want to do with the speed. This board is 6'2'' made with recycled polyester foam and glassed with regular polyester resin.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Summer is here, and the waves have been good for at least a week. I am wearing a spring suit, which is already better than last summer. After a evening session, we decided to barbecue and camp in the back yard. Hot dogs cooking on Mesquite coals.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This board is made with the Entpropy bio resin. It is clear and will remain clear. It is 35 percent organic compared to the 75 percent organic of the amber tinted resin. So if you have to have a clear board you can still support the organic movement. The blank is recycled foam.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I brought a new alaia to Patagonia, Cardiff for demos. It is 6'8'' and wider by a inch then the board in the photo. The board pictured was there for over two years. It is time for a change and this one needs a tune up. I will take pictures along the way to show how I do it. A lot of people have tried out the board over time and it is still very sturdy, and once re -oiled wii look new.
Friday, June 17, 2011
This one is for Tim. The board is shaped witha recycled foam blank and glassed glassed with 75% organic epoxy resin. The deck is a 1/8th inch wood veneer. The board weighs the same as a polyester board with the same dimensions. This board is really strong. With the wood deck and wood rails, like I put on the bluegills, this board will have a nice positive flex that will create speed and momentum that only wood can provide. Tim will also have the bonus knowing he is using the most environmental conscious products in the surf industry.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This was not easy. I did not use a vacuum bag. Luckily, Carl Ekstrom was at the factory one day, and I asked for advice he had on attaching the wood. One great thing about being in SD is the knowledge walking around at any moment. Carl told me he just had a conversation with Tom Morey who is doing something similar. Well, I took the advice and it worked. Still it was not easy, but I am happy with the outcome. I am sending the board to Central Coast Fiberglassing for the rest of the glassing. They are really good with epoxy.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Mike had a 8'6'' Yater that he grew up riding and learn to surf on. He wanted something similar to the old board, but wanted a a edgy rail in the tail. The Yater is a round 50/50 nose to tail. The board is not a noserider, so he wanted some edge so he could do some tail surfing. I shaped it he glassed and finished it. I am sure we will have some video soon.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Check this video out. It is from 2009, when we went to New England to give alaia demonstrations. This was the smallest day of the trip. The rest of the time the waves were good from a hurricane swell, Bill. Unfortunately, no one was there to make a video.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
We have been harvesting swiss chard and some turnips.