Category Archives: Boards & Shapers

Disrupting The Industry- 3D Printed Surfboards

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Shapers are modern day artists, they take a raw blank and sculpt it into the beautiful piece of art we call a surfboard. Think of Al Merrick as Michelangelo and Matt Biolos as Lorenzo Ghiberti, famous sculptors for those of you who haven’t picked up a book in awhile. It used to be the only way you could get a quality custom board was to surrender your creativity, and a months worth of rent, into the hands of one of the skilled foam sculptors of our time. Not anymore. Disrupt is your chisel, and your mind is the blank marble slate. They are giving you the ability to become Donatello and create your own version of David.

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Based out of Bondi, Disrupt is focused on 3 main ideas: educating people about the construction of surfboards, creativity, and innovation. They’re currently using a combination of 3D printing and CNC shaping to help you create the perfect custom board at a fraction of the cost. At the moment, full-scale 3D printing is still too costly due to a lack in commercial materials, hence the CNC shaping. To help improve 3D printing Disrupt is working with Australias largest 3D printing company researching and experimenting with different materials to lead the revolution of the surf industry.

How it works

If you have your dimensions dialed in on your magic stick and a 3D printer you can design your own 3d modeled shred sled. Then, when you’re finished digitally shaping the perfect board, Disrupt will print out a scaled version so you can physically see your masterpiece and edit your board if need be. Cool right? If you don’t trust yourself to create your own board without any help, have no fear. You can chat with the crew and give them an idea of what you want and they’ll do the dirty work. Once they’re finished, they’ll print you a scaled version and have you ok it, before moving on to full scale shaping.

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Using 3D modeling software creates the opportunity for virtually unlimited creativity. Disrupt encourages you to be as creative as you can be with designing your board. Whether it’s putting some abstract art on the deck of your board or something really weird, like embedding someone’s ashes into a board or putting in an ipad with inductive charging. Yes, they’ve done both.

 

SmartSurfAs for innovation they have developed an app that can be paired with sensors placed inside the board to help you progress. The sensors include: pressure, accelerometer and gyro. After a surf you can download the data to your phone via Bluetooth and see if your rail to rail transition is harder and faster than the session before. These sensors could also have professional surfing implications. Instead of subjectivejudging through the eyes of the judges, objective data could be used to reveal which surfers are really turning harder and surfing faster. Lastly, envision a transition like the music industry has made. Hardly anyone buys CD’s anymore, it’s all about digital files. Using 3D modelling software the idea is that shapers all over the world can put their shapes onto the internet to be purchased. Say you want a board from a shaper in Australia but you’re in Canada; it’d be as simple as going on their website, buying and downloading the file, then printing it out.

Currently they are accepting orders in Australia and Europe, but hope to establish a presence in other international markets soon!

 

Firewire continuing a good thing – Linear Flex Technology (LFT)!!!

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FirewireSurfboardsFollowing on the heels of the introduction of the new LFT construction in 2013, Firewire has expanded the LFT models to include all the Firewire/TOMO colabs, as well as top selling models such as the Unibrow, Dominator and Spitfire. (See our past Dailystoke Reviews on the Unibrow and Dominator)

Recently there have been comments made about the performance potential of composite stringers”, said Firewire CEO Mark Price, ”Firewire has once again helped lead the charge with the introduction of LFT almost 9 months ago, and the expanded models now offered in that tech”.

technology_linear-flex-technologyLFT incorporates Firewire’s new SPRINGER HD, a 0.75” (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board.

Inserting a high-density material down the center of the board does create engineering hurdles. For example, time the SPRINGER HD will compress far less than the surrounding EPS core, creating the ‘ridging’ effect often seem on a PU surfboard as the surrounding foam collapses on either side of the stringer.

LFT-Cross-Section-sWe prevented this by stopping the SPRINGER HD approx.10mm below the top deck, and we added a durable top deck skin to board. This durable material adds structural integrity while simultaneously working in tandem with the SPRINGER HD to optimize the overall flex pattern. The end result is a durable surfboard with lively flex that will maintain its hi-performance characteristics over time.

The Dailystoke will hopefully get our hands on a LFT model soon so we can give you our first hand read on the tech…if it performs as well as the other Firewire technologies, we’re sure it will be a winner!  As always, thanks for reading…and be sure to tell a friend.

– Shaper

The (D)evolution of the West Coast Quiver

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It is with great pride that I can stand at the door of my board room and know that I can choose the right equipment for the forecast.  San Diego’s diverse surf conditions and breaks necessitate an equally diverse quiver and mine has been carefully pieced together over the years.  You wouldn’t go golfing with just a pitching wedge, right?

The Board Room

I have spent vast fortunes and stressed finances buying off the rack, ordering custom, trading with friends and enemies, and scouring Craigslist for deals. I have experimented with radical board outlines, fin setups, channels, concave, rails, and rocker.  I didn’t always have a curiosity for equipment though.

As a younger surfer, I was terribly unoriginal.  After I switched from sponge to surf in 1995 as a frothing middle schooler, I surfed for almost over 15 years on nothing but standard shortboards.  Lotsa rocker, no foam, hard rails, and glassed-in fins.  I typically rode the board that was the least waterlogged, and for a long time, I was happy.

I went to LA for school, traveled for a few years after that (read: ski-bum), and came back to my roots to rekindle my relationship with the ocean.  In the years I was away, my quiver had all but dissolved, having been borrowed, broken and gifted from my parents garage.  I was broke, and would be starting from scratch.  All that was left was my Pop’s old Velzy single fin log, which was fortuitous, because that summer the surf was miserably small.  It was this summer that I fell in love with The Glide.  After a summer on the noserider, I was no longer obsessed with getting above the lip, blowing the fins out the back, and pretending I was Dane Reynolds.  I wanted to catch more waves, and ride more of the waves that I caught.

From there, as my finances improved and the real swell returned, my quiver grew.  In my search for speed, flow, and style, I tried all sorts of boards.  Being in Encinitas, there is no shortage of shapers to argue with over a coffee (read: beers) about what I should be riding.  Everything from the old school to the dangerously progressive and the inevitable combination of the two (dare I say hipster?).  What has resulted is a wide range of boards, and a new obsession with heavy glass, resin tint, and gloss and polish finishes.

23 Fins, Only One Thruster

FYI I’m 6’0″, 160 lbs.  Here’s a quick synopsis of what I ride (for now):

  • Chris Slick 9’0″ Noserider: Classic shape, spoon nose, 50/50 rails up front to progressive in the tail, V-Channel under tail for drive, noserides like a dream but can still dig a turn if surfed from the tail.
  • Purefun 5’6″ Single Fin Fish: No rocker, soft rails, lots of foam, tons of small wave fun.
  • Maurice Cole 5’8″ Metro3 : Super deep single concave, ample entry rocker, deep half moon resin-reinforced tail, very hard rails, good in 4-8 ft surf
  • Rainbow 5’8″ Pavel Speeddialer Quad Fish:  Double to single barrel concave, contemporary rocker, sloped rails, turbo speeddialer cutaway quad, fastest board in the quiver, flies down the line, holds a bottom turn in up to about 8 ft pumping surf.
  • Keis 5’10” Twinzer Fish: Traditional fish outline, flat rocker, double concave  out the back, more drive and hold than a keel twinnie, great for smaller days at points, good from ankle high to about 6 ft.
  • Channel Islands 5’10” Machado Single Fin: Narrow classic Lopez outline, flattish rocker, plenty of foam under chest, sloped rails, pin tail, mellow concave, draws beautiful lines and can get barreled, good up to about head high then washes out on the bottom turns.
  • Rainbow 6’2″ Pavel Bonzer 5:  Pumpkin seed outline, some rocker, single to deep double bonzer concave, thin and pinned tail, draws the same lines as the Machado, but more drive in big surf, great for 6 ft+.
  • JS 6’3″ Quad Stepup: Progressive shortboard outline, plenty of rocker, single to double v, pinned tail, hard rails, very thin, the obligatory Mexico stepup, only comes out in 8 ft+ surf.

Ultimately, this list is dynamic.  There really could not be an ultimate quiver, as shapers and designers will always experiment with new methods, and I’ll always be open to trying them. I guess I’m only limited by shapers’ imaginations and my budget.

If anyone would like more information on any board, including more photos or detailed dimensions, I would be happy to help.

If you need some clothing to go with the board, there are some Animal Clothing Sale happening from time to time-check them out to get some good quality casual surfwear.

Global Surf Industries Goes Coconuts!

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Ya see that board over there that looks like it’s made of brown marble?

Yeah?

 

 

Coconut.

 

Coconut? No shit!

 

 

Yep. Coconut.

 

Why didn’t I think of that?

 

 

Cause you keep yapping on about hemp boards, then smoke all the materials.

Global Surf International dreamed up coconut mat boards and brought their patent pending idea from concept through production. As coconut water has rapidly become the new water, we’re left with mountains of empty coconut husks itching for a second life. This waste was a daily reality for the Thailand based GSI employees on their daily treks past coconut fields to the GSI factory. The question was, what could be done with all those shells? A little creative thinking and testing had GSI turning them into eco-friendly surfboard materials.

The final product looks like a standard PU board with brown marble paint jobs on top and bottom. The coloring is not paint at all, but is actually brown coconut husk strips from a loose shake that are patted flat and glassed onto the board. This is no woven fabric, nor synthesized product. It’s just 100% pure coconut goodness spread around the top and bottom of the board. Why do this, you ask? A) it looks cool as shit; and B) the coconut strips offer a stronger, lighter alternative to even carbon fiber cloth, giving the board a super-natural strength.

I’m sold on the concept and I’m sure it won’t be very long before other shapers start incorporating some type of coconut mash into their designs. Check the coconut mat boards out at GSI’s website and stay tuned for more coconutty concoctions in the near future.

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SURFBOARD GIVEAWAY!!! GSI Seaglass Project 6’2″ Tuna, Designed by Tom Wegener!!

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seaglass project tuna surfboardDailystoke is giving away a Seaglass Project 6’2″ Tuna Surfboard, designed by Tom Wegener.  This board would cost you more than $500 retail, but one lucky dailystoke community member will get it for free!!!

This is the same board that just won the coveted 2011 Australian Best Surfboard Design Award.  Read more about the award here, and check out the specs on the board at the Global Surf Industries site.

Go to dailystoke now and enter to win now!

 

 

2011 Noosa Festival of Surfing – The Seaglass Project Finless Pro from GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing on Vimeo.

Epoxy Versus Fiberglass Tufflite Sucks etc. etc.

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Yes, we all know that Tufflite sucks etc. etc. because all of our friends say so. But if you’re not sure on whether to stick to a traditional glass board or the ceramic-feeling Tufflite, then you should definitely check out this video. Once you get over the crazy Australian accents, it’s actually pretty useful to see what these surfers say about surfboard materials and choice translated into boards. As you may know, Tufflite gets props for being super-floaty and easy to paddle, but not great if there is any kind of wind, as they tend to bob around in the water. Anyway, check for yourself here.

Day 3: Building a Wooden Surfboard with Tree to Sea

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By Day 3 everyone was a bit worn out but our excitement kept us going.  The boards were freed up from their rocker tables and the final shaping could begin!  I was surprised how light my little fish was and I have to say that the Palowina wood is just amazing stuff to work with.

Rich gave some instruction on traditional hand planes and how to use them properly and Mark showed everyone the modern power plane and its benefits.  By dusk pretty much everyone had their boards rough shaped and looking great!  Some fine tuning still needed to be done but there was no question what you had in your hands.  

After 3 long days we were all walking away with ridable art; hand made hollow wood surfboards and the life long knowledge of how to make them whenever we want!

Personally, I took a lot away from the class and feel that there is no price tag too large for the knowledge you get in those 3 days.  We started with flat stock and ended up turning it into a smooth, hydrodynamic shape that we can ride for a lifetime.  I also walked away with a bunch of new friends that I know live locally, are into surfing, and building wooden surfboards.

With this first Tree to Sea workshop beta test complete and under their belts, Mark and Rich are busy refining and organizing new workshops as well as updating the Tree to Sea sites.

Below are some options they plan on offering and I would highly suggest reaching out to see how you can get involved.

Artwork, glassing, and an open water test are still in the works for my little 5’11” fish and I will continue to update you guys on the journey of the Vola!

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to tell a friend…

– Shaper

Tree to Sea Happenings:

Wandering Workshops: Going ‘glocal‘ with weekend-long Strip and Feather workshops. In other words, using locals, globally, to “host” workshops that Rich would teach just like the one highlighted in this article. T2S “Hosts” will attend the workshop for free in exchange for specific duties. In general, hosts are expected to organize a workshop in their local communities Like Mark did for this workshop; Rich will provide all they need to get started.
“Workshops in Warm-n-Wavy Places”: This is the idea for doing extended workshops in exotic locals and allowing indigenous locals to participate for free. Then those locals can use Rich’s method, plus their own indigenous wisdom on local materials and techniques, to craft destination specific boards for sale to surf tourists. The goal is that they can make a living and support themselves off of the surf industry.

T2S Instructor Certification: Upon successful completion of the first workshop, qualified hosts may become eligible for T2S instructor certification and then be able to run their own workshops using the T2S brand and proprietary Strip & Feather method. The T2S instructor certification is in place to ensure woodworking and educational quality are there as well as the shared environmental philosophies Rich hopes to relay via T2S.
T2S in Schools Springback: This workshop idea should work well in high school woodshop settings. The idea is that a woodshop teacher hosts the workshop with Rich and then use the Strip and feather know-how to get kids interested in building during the school year. It is a free educational program to offer to underfunded schools.

Day 2: Building a Wooden Surfboard with Tree to Sea

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Day 2 was another early start but the momentum from the day before just kept building.  The flow was similar to the first day and everyone eventually found their own groove and more or less kept pace with each other.  Since I was building the smallest board I made it through some of the checkpoints a bit quicker than those with 10 foot logs but the process and methodology is pretty much the same for all of Rich’s designs so I could help others when I had a free hand.  Day 2 is also when the shortcuts Rich has implemented into the assembly process really pay off.

The modified Blundell Strip and Feather technique uses a square cut ¼ inch strip opposed to Rich’s original Grain design which incorporates bead and cove rail strips that interlock around the radius of the frame.  It also introduces CA Glue (Cyanoacrylate Glue) and using it’s near instant bonding attributes to assemble the rails in a fraction of the time it would take to glue each bead and cove strip individually and wait for it to dry.

Just be sure to “mind the gap” as Rich would say!

This method does require that the back side of the rails and outside edges are coated in an epoxy and sawdust mix.  This method actually creates a structural I-Beam of epoxy between the ¼ inch strips and adds strength all around the rail structure.  The majority of the rest of the day was spent prepping the rails for the deck, sanding and plaining, and ultimately trying to create as flat of a surface as possible.  The last step for Day 2 was to glue the top deck onto the frame and secure tail blocks if needed.  At this point it really starts to look like a surfboard!  We left the boards in the rocker tables over night to dry and anxiously waited for the next morning.

At this point, those making their own fins were instructed on using the excess deck and hull material to create fins that would be glassed on later.

Day 1: Building a Wooden Surfboard with Tree to Sea

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Day 1 started early and began with getting everyone acquainted, signing release forms, and a rough overview of what we needed to accomplish on each of the days to complete the build in 3 days.  Each day’s lessons were conveniently laid out on a near by concrete wall; I referred to it as the Fred Flintstone chalk board.  Rich would explain the upcoming task and follow it up with a hands on tutorial on a demo board he was constructing to the side.  He and Mark would then circulate and consult with each student individually, making sure everyone was on par.

We were also lucky enough to have access to a few different wood species but I was most impressed with the Paulownia Mark had ordered from a plantation in South Carolina.

All of the stock had been milled to perfection beforehand and all we had to do was pick colors and patterns. (Note: It is definitely worth highlighting the extra effort and personal sacrifice Mark put in to mill up all of the wood himself. He even cut his hand on the tablesaw and received a few stitches before the class started but it didn’t slow him down all weekend! Thanks again Mark, you’re a trooper brother!!!).

By the end of day 1 we had our top and bottom panels glued up and our internal rib structure cut out, assembled, and glued to the bottom panel.  This was a long first day full of splinters but we made a lot of headway and the stoke was in full force.

Building a Wooden Surfboard with Tree to Sea & Rich Blundell (the co-founder of Grain)

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An opportunity to build a wooden surfboard, with Rich Blundell, one of the co-founders of Grain Surfboards in York, ME…count me in!

So I hooked up with Mark Cruickshank, Mark was part of the Tree to Sea board builders forum started by Rich Blundell.  Grain has made hollow wooden boards trendy and once again part of the mainstream. I’d always dreamed of having my own wood board but I could never afford one, nor did I have the time to put into a kit. Mark said that he and Rich were going to be hosting a 3 day class together and I’d be leaving with a board ready to be glassed…I couldn’t say no!

Growing up in New England I certainly knew of Rich and his history with Grain. Rich Blundell and Mike LaVecchia started Grain Surfboards out of their basement; designing and experimenting and defining the best building practices as they went. Once they had the process down they decided to make a real go of things to see how people reacted to surfboards made of wood. Fast forward to today and you can see that it was certainly a good choice to make. Grain is leading the industry in the wood board movement and they are making quite the impact in surfing communities around the world. Rich ended up parting with Grain for a number of reasons and although he has moments when he wishes he was still designing and sanding boards in Maine, he believes everything happens for a reason and it was the best decision in the end.

Reflecting on Grain as it is today, Rich speaks highly of them and what they are doing. “I’m really stoked at with what they’ve done with it. They have really built a great brand and business based on those early methods and designs; it’s wonderful to see guys like Rastovich tearing it up on them and I love knowing many other people around the world are riding and enjoying them as well”. Ultimately, Rich’s real passion is environmentalism and getting the word out there about building HWS and using sustainable materials and resources to do so. Grain’s efforts have only helped educate and expose more people to that idea, so for that he is most grateful.

You can tell Rich is not the type of person that can be held down. Creative, intelligent, and eager to experience new things, he is a jack of all trades and after spending a few days with him, I can honestly say that I have never met anyone else with as much of an appetite for life. He is beyond dedicated to environmental awareness and truly loves to travel, educate, and share with others. He is also passionate about his T2S planting fund; for every $1.00 raised via T2S, Rich has vowed to plant a cedar tree! These Tree to Sea workshops seem to be the perfect outlet for him, allowing Rich to make a positive impact and spread the stoke globally. Rich is also heavily involved with his production company Omniscopic Productions www.omniscopic.com which allows him to explore science, outdoor education, and filmmaking. He has produced science and nature films for ABC, NBC, National Geographic etc. and he is always looking for new projects and people around the globe to partner with. Do I smell a wooden surfboard documentary in the works????

Mark Cruickshank is one of the nicest and most genuine people I have met.

Aside from being a good guy, he is a gifted craftsman and what Rich considers to be the best example of how he wants the Tree to Sea forum to educate, encourage, and help people around the world build their own boards. By day, Mark is a SW Engineer and busy Dad that caught the HWS bug after visiting Rich’s original build forum. He is mostly self taught and he has added his own ingenuity to the board building process, creating some unique approaches and innovative short cuts that have helped improve and streamline the HWS construction process. Mark and Rich originally met through the forum and have become close friends since, building boards and surfing together whenever possible. Mark also helps manage the Tree to Sea sites grainsurf.com treetosea.org and he is always looking for new ways to make them better and more user friendly. When it comes to building HWS, they are two peas in a pod as they share a common passion for surfing, board building, block plains, and sawdust!

The class was Tree to Sea’s first attempt at hosting a homegrown course and it was condensed into a 3 day Strip and Feather workshop. “Strip and Feather” is the name of a technique based on Rich’s original HWS construction method which has been slightly modified to improve the construction process for novices and allow for everything to be done in two or three days. As Rich states “The Strip and Feather technique allows me to do what used to take me a week or more in just a few days” The strip in strip and feather stands for the ¼” wood strips used to construct the rails and the feather relates to the sanding and blending method used to fair everything together. I was hoping to build a fish under 6 ft. and Rich had a custom template he had designed that he had not yet built. The plans detailed a seamless little 5’11” fish which he had titled the “Vola” or flying fish. Without question I knew it was the board for me and I was honored to be the first to build it.

How to Recycle a Surfboard & Save the Enviroment

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This is a great video, reminding us of an ugly truth: that surfboards aren’t environmentally friendly at all.  So recycle your boards!  or leave behind 4 tons of toxic waste over your lifetime, according to Burt.

Isle Surfboards: An interview with DailyStoke.com

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If you go to Google, and type in the word surfboard, you’d be surprised at what you’ll find. The usual suspects won’t show up. Channel Islands? Lost? Rusty? No, the winner is Isle Surfboards, a company you may never have heard of, but your local beginner surfer will have. They’ve been pioneers in selling boards online and have been at it since 2004. Beginners surfer will find refuge in their product offerings; purists will call them out for putting more boards in the water.

The San Diego-based company has been very successful at serving the market they’ve targeted – surfers who want a decent quality board without blowing a ton of coin. They’ve got ten models, ranging from chip to tanker and a lot in between. Perhaps predictably, Isle Surfboards sells a lot to beginner surfers.

The boards are shaped and glassed in China. As any surfer knows, local shapers are fiercely critical of the practice. “I totally understand the concern, but at the quality and price point we’re trying to achieve, there’s just no choice.” What of putting more surfers in the water because of longboards that can be had for around $400? Doug is unfazed. “The truth is that there will be more people in the water anyways.” Hard to argue. On the lighter side, Doug has surfed China. “We got to this point break called Big Wave Bay in Hong Kong. The water was 80 degrees, and there were 30 not so great surfers in the water. And then the two white guys showed up,” he laughs.

“We’ve really focused on our online strategy,” says Doug. And while a few years ago, you might find dealers carrying Isle boards, a flood of entrants with a similar model has changed the game. “After that, we decided to really just focus on selling directly to our customers.”

http://www.islesurfboards.com/

Intel Shows Off a Web-Surfing Surfboard

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I came across this bizarre display of ridiculous surf consumerism during a random Google search this morning.  The article was originally published by ABC News on Oct 8, 2004 …the headline screaming: “Intel Shows Off a Web-Surfing Surfboard”…a desperate attempt to save the hi-tech company from the dot.com bubble burst.  Because you wouldn’t believe me if I simply summarized what the article is about, I feel that it is necessary to paste the stupidest part of the article:

“Ralph Bond, a spokesman for Intel, says the company has helped designed a surfboard that contains a fully functional wireless laptop that would allow riders to “Surf the surf and surf the Web at the same time.”

Bond says the one-of-a-kind creation is meant “to show how wireless connectivity to the Internet is really permeating every aspect of our lives.” And while mixing the waves with the Web might sound like an ingenious idea, it wasn’t an easy task to accomplish.

Are they on crack?  “Ingenius idea?”  This is possibly the lamest attempt to make a geek brand cool – but please, don’t pull surfing into this one.   It would not have been so outrageous if they had at least used the stand up paddle surfboard as their digital dream quiver.

Time Lapse surfboard shaping is really, really cool

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Watching a surfboard get shaped is pretty fun – it just goes to show you what goes into to making a custom made surfboard. There’s! a! lot! of! flipping!! This time lapse shaping vid is brought to you by Rick Malwitz surfboards.

How to make a longboard – out wood, starring Greg Noll, Doc Ball, LeRoy Grannis and Lorrin Harrison

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Wow. This vid is pretty awesome for those into surfing nostalgia. (And we all are, ain’t we!). Here you’ll see a bunch of old guys (old guys rule blah blah blah) carving, literally, a log out of…a log. They even start the project with a massive chisel. This vid must be from the mid-80s or so, starring Doc Ball, LeRoy Grannis and Lorrin Harrison (and Greg Noll, the big guy.) The music is about as old as the combined age of these guys. Anyway, check it out:

1962-63 Hobie Longboard Possibly Shaped by Mike Hynson

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There’s all sorts of cool shiz on Craigslist this time of year, but this one takes the cake – a very cool story follows. This guy in San Diego is selling a 1962 Hobie Alter Longboard, pictures shown here.

The size is roughly 9″8″. Says our intrepid Craigslist seller: “When I got this board I was just looking for a vintage rider, what I ended up with is likely something else. When I looked at the number on the stringer (as pictured below) I noticed an “H” had been carved in the stringer long with the number. I know a bit about surf history and realized that, as far as I knew, the only person shaping for Hobie at the time with an “H” in his name was Mike Hynson. Is this possible, I thought. To check it out I went to a friend of mine who did a lot of business with Hobie. He arranged for us to go down to the Hobie factory in Dana Point and meet up with Terry Martin who has been working and shaping there since around 1964. Mr. Martin was gracious enough to give us his time and take a look at the board for me. Terry told us that the board was made before he got there in 1964. He said Mike did a lot of shaping there before he left in late 1963 to film the Endless Summer.The fin on the board also seemed to lean a lot more to the style of the board mike surfed in the endless summer. The Lam and the serial number also matched the period. In addition, Hobie Atler himself really was not doing much shaping anymore at the shop and that was the only other “H” he could think of that shaped there from the period. Terry’s final conclusion was that Mike had most likely shaped the board, but there was no real way to be sure. And that’s the story of this board. A vintage 1962-63 Hobie possibly shaped by Mike Hynson.”

All of this to say – no matter who shaped this board, be it Mike Hyson or Hobie himself, this is a pretty damn cool piece of surfing history.