Bending the plank

Video of Cyrus Sutton at Cardiff on 7’ alaia showing us all the true art of trim:

janklow posted that vid on the ‘‘non-thruster video’’ thread.

The ‘‘connecting’’ ability and velocity are just plain cool.

Makes my ‘‘finless’’ adventures look stupid. Never underestimate today’s kids!

and the children shall lead.

the logic of no fin

is irrefutable.

the combination of applied talent and

alternative wave riding tools

will surely yeild the next


100years down 100years to go

what is the potential of suwring waves?


read in fin ite.

thanks cyrus.

What kind of wood are these boards made of???


What kind of wood are these boards made of???

I think that one is made from a genetic engineered cross of magic beans and bamboo, organically grown, of course. It has some

kind of mojo going there, doesn’t it? If you or I tried to ride it, I doubt it would come out quite the same in the video.

Of course, all this makes me want to go over to the Coil lab and get Kirk to whip up an end-grain balsa and uni-carbon version.

(don’t anybody take any of this seriously)

Well after the second day of knee high but perfect waves I was getting bored on the fish and long board.

I got (Bending The Plank) stuck in my head and started thinking what if instead of you have got to be joking.

So far I have spent $9.57 on a pine board, but I had to use my rocker measuring stick to get the 7’4"x3/4 by 16" wide.

I made some dots at 13.7/8"N &16"W &14.1/8"T then did the template free hand then cleaned it up and re-eye balled it.

May as well keep it old school and it is not like any of my old templates would work.

This has been very fun to make so far and the no glass approach takes the stress out of rainy cold winter time board making.

Next week the surf is going to be 9-20ft so it my be a while before I get to make a fool of my self on it.

so sorry

I dropped an 0

100 years down

1000 years to go.

reverse engineers

in the sedan back window

oversize heads bobbling

making faces for the

photojournalist elite.

did I make the cover

did I win the E-prise

what will come of it

will be a superprize.

deminsional lumber

will next be trancended

only after

the planks

are steam bended.

dear SSanta

whad eye wan for christmas

aint in a big box

not a neck tie

or argyle sox

just time alone

with a real

piece of wood

the results revealed

a change for the good

take it to the sand

or into the snow

learn hard to stand

trifecta win place and show.

as the days grow longer from this day forward

merry christmas all holidays rejoice together

this surfing will last from now toward

our colective forever.


aloha from waipouli

Growing up here in a beach community on Oahu in the mid 60’s, we all had access to a plywood paipo. Those things were about 1/2 thick about 3 feet long and finless. Quite a few of us got to standing up on them and in a low crouch, you could do endless 360s as you slid across the the wave. Riding them prone, you could carve up a wave with the thin rails and flat but flexible bottom.

It’s interesting that we never pursued trying to make the boards longer and use them for standing. Seemed like that was going in the wrong direction from an evolutionary perspective.

I guess we’ve hit the end of the road in board development. Now the new thing is actually millenia old.

It would be interesting to find an old Kahuna who specialized in making surfboards. There must be some interesting design secrets that this generation has not been privy to.

Too bad the colonization of the pacific cultures has destroyed so much of the knowledge of ways of old.

That video is awesome. I was down in Australia recently and picked up a 5’9" alaia from Tom Wegener (who is one of the nicer and more generous people I’ve met, took much time out of his day showing my girlfriend and I around his shop and property; we even got to watch him build the fire and brand my new alaia).

Although I only ride it prone, I am getting to the point where I can take off deep and outrun sections most finned boards would never make it past. The speed on these things once you pick up on them is amazing. I’ll post photos soon, maybe a video if lucky. For now, it’s offshore and I’ve got to go get in the water.