After lurking on here for some time, ive been inspired to start shaping my own boards.
Ive done some repair work to my own boards, and got a cut off of foam which i made some hand planes from. They came out nice, i used 6oz glass and epoxy resin, put a bat tail on one and a swallow on the other. It all went pretty smoothly (apart from the bat tail which i had to reglass) and i learnt a lot in regards to working the foam and keeping things even. By day i restor classic cars and do auto electrical work ao im used to hands on work.
Last week i picked up a 6’9 bennet fish blank to shape. But since then i just keeo looking at it wondering what to shape!
Currently i ride 2 boards. A 7’x23"x3" and 50litres custard point fun board whith 4+1 fins and soft rails. Ill ride it as a single in anything but its quite fun as a quad in smaller and faster waves. I can bottom turn, trim, get on the nose and link the odd cutback
I also ride a 9’1 performance bilbo single fin. Love this but tend to surf it in bigger waves, it goes great in 3-6’ thick waves and turns really well off the tail.
Ive only surfed for a few years regularly so i didnt want to build something that hindered my progression. Im 29, 5’9"1/2 and weigh about 80kg
With this next board id like something that has lowish rocker to assist with early take offs and paddle speed and is fairly cruisy. But i do want to be able to surf top to bottom and get back up to the lip which my 7’ doesnt really like.
So far im thinking of 6’7 long 21.5 wide, perhaps 22" and keeping the volume in the thickness at 2.8-3"
What i cant decide on is the general outline! Im not looking for shotboard style of performance, but something i can surf in most conditions through out North cornwall.
Id like 4+1 just for versatility and perhaps a diamond or squash tail for easy catching.
I like the look of the album social, greedy beaver, almond butter (oerhaos to narrown in the bose for me) and the devon howard mini special
Any suggestions would he great and i will start a thread for the board