Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nose Rider for Sale.

This is my personal board built in 2010.  It's 9'6" long, 22 1/2" wide, 18" nose, 16" tail and 3" thick.  The rails are pinched.  It's in like new condition.  If you're interested it's at the Dawn Patrol Surf Shop in Ormond Beach, FL.

The price is $750.

Friday, April 11, 2014

One of the Best.

Every once in a while there is someone that sets the standard for good shaping.  For me living in Imperial Beach it was David Craig and Mike Richardson.  Those were the guys that made the sweetest most beautiful boards.  My first board was a Craig fish.  I wish I still had it.  A few years later I got an Electric Duck.  It was a beauty and worked great in the IB beach break.  Mike shares a little bit of history and humor.

Electric Duck shaper Mike Richardson

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My noserider and why it works.

It was a while back that I built my evolution noserider.  There was a lot of thought that went into that board and I'm please with how it turned out and how it works.  It wasn't my first noserider.  The first one didn't have the pinched rails and it sold before it every got tested.  It wound up in a fancy restaurant as a wall hanger.  When I built my next one it was shortly after building my first evolution longboard.  I wanted to understand all the design elements and differences.  Fortunately, I came across these youtube videos that explained it in a way I could understand.




I still have my noserider and love to get it out when the conditions are right.  It's a lot of fun and noserides great.  Thanks to all the people that figure out how to apply Bernoulli's principle to a surfboard.


I'll try to get some pictures of my next session on it.  If anyone is interested in the patterns let me know.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fix with balsa.

The surf hasn't been happening for a couple weeks now, so it's a good time to do some board repairs.  A few weeks ago I paddled out.  The waves were about 2' and closing out for the most part.  The swell was crossed up.  If you waited long enough a decent set wave would come thru that wasn't a close out.  Anyways, I was a bit impatient that day.  A good looking wall came in and I was on it.  It closed out and put me and my board in the washing machine.  It's usually no big deal.  This time however I was surprised when I didn't feel that tug on my leash.  There was my board floating toward the beach.  I was out on the outer sandbar, so I had to swim for it.  When I finally caught up with my board I saw that the leash plug had torn off and it took a large chunk of foam with it.  That's not good.

Yesterday, I got around to cutting the ripped out section and epoxied in a piece of balsa.  Today I shaped it which didn't take long at all.  It's real nice working with balsa compared to foam.  It'll all get glassed in with a new leash plug in a few days.  Just in time for a swell and some off shore winds expected later in the week.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Another summer has passed.

September is probably my favorite month.  The water is warm, the kids are in school and the tourist aren't here.  About the only thing that makes me a little sad is that another summer has passed.  For the most part the waves this summer pretty much sucked with the exception of a few days.  There is still a chance that a hurricane will come.  The good news is my girlfriend Julie has gotten the surf bug and is progressing nicely.

Probably the second best thing to come out of the summer is that I got more use to my fish.  I started with a 7' and my favorite is a 6' 8".  They are much better suited to the waves here.  There are certain times when the longboard works well, usually going to a high tide.  Anyways, I haven't built anything new.  I'm just enjoying getting out as much as I can.  The beach house got painted outside and backyard is getting squared away.  Still living the dream.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to the mini Simmons.

This is a board that was finished 3 months ago.  After riding it several times I modified the fins, so they didn't cut my feet.  Every once in awhile when I popped up the top of my toes would catch the back edge of the fin.  I'd placed the fins as far back as possible to add stability.  Since I cut the fins down there hasn't been a problem.  The board works good and it's a lot of fun.