Okay Dan Hess... being that we are all still trying to pick our jaws up off the floor, can we PLEASE see how they are built?

Play by play…

Step by step…

Pic by pic…

Can we have a gander inside of one of those beauties?



good luck.

i am a friend of both him and his wife and he wouldn’t let me in his shop…

smart he is…

I’ve been, I’ve seen, we’ve compared, I’m sworn to secrecy…

I can say. that it’s complete opposite of the way I do it…

I hope that helps…


BTW: Danny really is the nicest guy in the world…!!!..

The downside of the net? Every once in a while you gotta say no…so that the chinese version doesn’t up on the docks in long beach getting the “made in china” sticker peeled off before it’s off to the shop to be sold for a few hundred dollars less than your original version…yikes

Its all there, check out the pictures of his boards, and the interview with business week, pretty much clears everything up. Take what you know from Bert, from Jensen, and for those of you that are carpenters…what you know about finish carpentry. It is definitely all there.

Its just a hollow core board capped with 1/8" door skin er something right? 1/8" plywood cap of some sort I’m sure.

Forget learning how to copy 'em, I WANT ONE!!! I’m sure this thread will get his attention. Trade? Let’s see, $1,200. Two boards and a couple blanks or what???

Is it hollow or is it compsand? on his site he says he uses eps so I am guessing there is some compsand goin round in there somewhere… bloody beautiful boards…

they do look great

i would like to see the flex video

i have a feeling they would be stiff

there doesnt seem to be any mysteries there though

eps core ply skins and multi layers rails and end blocks

following berts info would get you most the way there if you were keen

talked to a guy yesterday at a beach just south of Pacifica.

board looked beautiful. the guy said that it was eps core.

cork and poplar rails. they looked similar to Mr. Jensen’s rails.

the guy went on about how hard it was to ding 'em (he has 2).

the one that he had yesterday was a quad with a wing and

swallow tail. it looked to be about 6’0". seemed to go pretty

good in the really messy waves that we had.

From Danny’s site -

Wood: Each board is built using Amapola, Cork and Poplar. Danny prefers to work with Amapola and Poplar because of their high tensile strength to weight ratio.

Perimeter Frame: Each perimeter frame is constructed using a system of molds and templates, which creates the board’s rail outline, foil, and rocker.

Interior EPS Frame: The interior EPS frame is installed within the perimeter frame and shaped to create the deck and bottom contours.

Wood Skin for Deck and Bottom: The wood skin bonds the EPS and perimeter frame to create a strong, unified structure.

Epoxy Glassing Schedule: The boards are glassed using Resin Research Epoxy and a single layer of 4 oz. S-cloth on the deck and bottom.

The Perimeter Stringer:

  • Each surfboard is engineered to provide a specific and predictable amount of flex/ return spring projection along the perimeter stringer/ rail line

  • The perimeter stringer eliminates the twisting characteristics that can be found in foam center stringer surfboards in which speed and forward projection are lost

  • Moves the controlled flex of the surfboard from the center of the board to the rail line which creates a more efficient and responsive transfer of energy from the surfer, to the surfboard, to the wave

  • Transfers the weight of the surfboard to the perimeter which creates a more positive rail to rail feeling

  • Boards have enhanced projection due to the return flex characteristics of Poplar and Amapola wood under tension


There’s a new Hess “shaper video” on Mollusk’s website.



talked to a guy yesterday at a beach just south of Pacifica.

board looked beautiful. the guy said that it was eps core.

cork and poplar rails. they looked similar to Mr. Jensen’s rails.

the guy went on about how hard it was to ding 'em (he has 2).

the one that he had yesterday was a quad with a wing and

swallow tail. it looked to be about 6’0". seemed to go pretty

good in the really messy waves that we had.

Danny spent a lot of time developing those methods…first ones were HEAVY and SLOW…he got his builds done faster and lighter with time…

The rails are heavily derived from Jensen’s methods. The internal frame is EPS (but there is no core). And he does do it sorta opposite of what I’ve seen of Jensen’s builds.

One of the most highly skilled surfers that shapes…Danny takes his 6 foot quads out in well well overhead pounding surf…

And a truly nice guy.

It might be better to be more concerned about this:

"Two Chinese officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning, for the first time, that Beijing may use its $1,330bn (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress. Shifts in Chinese policy are often announced through key think tanks and academies.

Described as China’s “nuclear option” in the state media, such action could trigger a dollar crash at a time when the US currency is breaking down through historic support levels.

It would also cause a spike in US bond yields, hammering the US housing market and perhaps tipping the economy into recession.

It is estimated that China holds more than $900bn in a mix of US bonds.

Xia Bin, finance chief at China’s Development Research Centre (which has cabinet rank), kicked off what appears to be government policy, with a comment last week that Beijing’s foreign reserves should be used as a “bargaining chip” in talks with the US.

“Of course, China doesn’t want any undesirable phenomenon in the global financial order,” he said.

He Fan, an official at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, went further yesterday, letting it be known that Beijing had the power to set off a dollar collapse, if it chose to do so.

“China has accumulated a large sum of US dollars. Such a big sum, of which a considerable portion is in US Treasury bonds, contributes a great deal to maintaining the position of the dollar as a reserve currency,” he told China Daily. "Russia, Switzerland and several other countries have reduced their dollar holdings. China is unlikely to follow suit as long as the yuan’s exchange rate is stable against the dollar.

“The Chinese central bank will be forced to sell dollars once the yuan appreciated dramatically, which might lead to a mass depreciation of the dollar.”

The threats play into the presidential electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton, who has called for restrictive legislation to prevent America being “held hostage to economic decisions being made in Beijing, Shanghai or Tokyo”. She said foreign control over 44pc of the US national debt had left America acutely vulnerable.

Simon Derrick, currency strategist at the Bank of New York Mellon, said the comments were a message to the US Senate as Capitol Hill prepares legislation for the autumn session.

“The words are alarming and unambiguous. This carries a clear political threat and could have very serious consequences at a time when the credit markets are already afraid of contagion from the sub-prime troubles,” he said.

A bill drafted by a group of US senators, and backed by the Senate Finance Committee, calls for trade tariffs against Chinese goods as retaliation for alleged currency manipulation.

The yuan has appreciated 9pc against the dollar over the last two years under a crawling peg but it has failed to halt the rise of China’s trade surplus, which reached $26.9bn in June.

Henry Paulson, the US Treasury secretary, said any such sanctions would undermine US authority and “could trigger a global cycle of protectionist legislation”."

Hess has awesome boards . . . he could easily give FW a run for its money. I like his Pavel collaboration also. nice. NICE!!!

About the China thing . . . what s sad with the US debt was in control close to being paid off years ago 1. . . But China wants #1 status and that unfortunately means taking down #1 title, which US currently holds.

as a people . . . US indepenents vs China follow the l33der? The American’ s chaos theory / butterfly effect vs China’s structured new world order

But for all the speculation, it’ll probably pan out with peace and both sides making compromise and keeping things rational, with a side of terrorism . . .

But imagine if the red white and blue coats combined with the red gold star coats and the ROTW (rest of the world) coats and hunted down the extremists, becareful what you wish for unlimited virgins and boy lovers in their construct of what heavin is, you may get what you want with the consolidated world after you.

and fuck the surftech / import invasion of surfing. its irrelevant when you got dudes like Hess and Swaylocks members.

Thats one thing that I never got with Muslim Fundamentalists. the 40 virgins.

Give me the 40 porn stars anyday. :wink:

Just a bump for Hess. Saw one of his Quad Fish today. So fine looking I wanted to lick it. Really a work of art! Very functional art. About same weight as a solidly glassed foam board of same size. Being ridden as a kneelo and working very well considering the marginal surf.

There's a new Hess "shaper video" on Mollusk's website.

thanks for posting that. nice clip.