I think I’ve been in the sun too long!!
Having mulled most of the summer on three ideas that are somewhere out there where the air is rare, I have shoehorned them all into one design.
Let’s begin at the beginning, a very good place to begin. (Julie Andrews moment)
I’ve had an old longboard up in the shed rafters for over a year, semi stripped; and have wanted to knock a fish out of it for a while. I took the Stev Lis 5’ 5" fish plans and stretched it to 6’ 6" (my regular shortboard is 7’ 4"). It was gonna be so trad an’ all; but then I was seduced by those aforementioned ideas.
Firstly, I was seduced by Steve Morgan’s long channelled Converter,
Always been a fan of hard channels
Then, I was tickled by the polarised views, expressed here, about Jeff Alexander’s Pickleforks,
I reasoned that I was happy to ride chisel/snub nosed boards (often 6" wide snubs) and reap the benefits of more parallel forward rails, so it was only a short journey down ridicule street to a picklenose.
Finally, someone posted up this pic of a board by Randy Walker of Pearson Surfboards, Santa Cruz
I became fixated with the idea of the keel fins becoming an extension of the hard channels.
So, the ideas festered in the back of my mind until they burst forth as this god-awful thing
It’s 6’ 06", 18x22.5x19, 2.75 thick.
Comments please… bring me to my senses!
Roll-mop herring anyone?