My first shaping/glassing. I wanted to do something I had in my mind to see how it feels/rides differently. I wanted to at least achieve the big picture in my mind, I wasn’t focused on aesthetics or total attention to detail, I thought that would be too much for a first shot and too much like work when I need to surf on me days off (been workin a lot)
I didn’t want to post it here really, but hope you guys get a kick/laugh out of it. Thanks to all for ideas and teachings. (especially you greenough disciples)
The outline is ci single based- 6-0 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/2 ish. I foiled the nose and tail (and especially rails) noticably thinner than the original. It has a single concave (1/2" deepest at center) starting at 10" back from nose and blending about 20 " from the tail into flat/vee out the back. The way I glassed/reinforced and sanded the fin on gives hints of a center mound masquerading as a double concave before and throught the fin.
I’m actually stoked with the concave, I took a scrap wood board and trued it up radiused 1/2 deep at center point etc really nice then put sand paper on it.
The rails are 50/50, maybe a little hullish upturned and very almondy symmetrical (at least thats what I shot for) and very straight but pinched like mad, originally intended to be edgish but are more like crappy bodyboard rails, heh. I scribed a line 2 1/4" in from the rails, I ran it until the curve reached the point where it would start running back in towards the stringer. I squared the remainder off parallel to the stringer until it neared the rails, ended, and blended into the squarish tail.
The board paddles great though I have only surfed it in weakness so far. Could do no or 1 or 2 paddle takeoffs in absolute garbage no problem. Originally had the 9" stage 6 glassed on a 14.5" to leading edge, the thing tracked like crazy, so went nuts hacked it off and glassed it on at 19.5" (!) leading edge up from tail, works great no hint of sliding out, we will see in bigger surf.
So far have had only one semi-hollow shorebreak wave where the thing felt really cool, it accelerates great if there is any push to the wave Holds sweet in the pocket. I have been able to do weak frontside pivotty snaps and slowish cutbacks so far, backside feels like a dog though and ‘pumping’ for speed is a very difficult/strange feeling.
My apologies for ignoring true craftsmanship in that aesthetically my board is downright scary. Bumps, pinholes filled with surfwax just so I could get it out there and baptize it, hell I surfed it when the hotcoat was sandable but still a little clammy man I was stoked! Hope you find it interesting if not for a good chuckle. Thanks again to all you guys for sharing your knowledge and stoke on this great site.