Friday, July 31, 2009

I Miss You

Dear Old Purple Hull, 
I miss "us".
I'm sorry that I sold were magic, and the single best board I have ever owned.  I hope you have a good family, and are getting the waves you deserve.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Going Home

My Dad, from a PBS special in 1982.
Heading back to Seattle soon, for some past due family time...beyond excited.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Burly Maple keels for the 5'5 velosim a few posts below...this stuff was pretty resistant to foiling....but with enough love and a few choice caresses with a 36 grit disc @ 3,000 rpm, things have a way of falling into slip with that same grinder, and my fingernail has a way of getting sanded off :(

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Flex Spoon Offer

Okay, let's get right into it.
After building and riding my first spoon (and after years of waiting), I am way too excited to build another...but, therein lies my problem, I don't personally need another. 
These guys cost a lot in materials, and the labor involved is tremendous (I think that why I like it so much...I'm a glutton for board-building punishment), which is why the very few people that do make them charge upwards of $2,000.00.

Heres the deal, if a couple people want to fund another few spoons, I want to make them.  I won't charge full price, since they are experiments and learning opportunities for all involved.  I've been bitten by the spoon bug, and I want the poison to spread.  These are not easy to surf, or even paddle in flat water, they are not for the faint of heart...but with that warning, it up to you as to how far you're willing to push yourself to expand your surfing spirituality.

If you're SERIOUSLY interested in doing this with me, send me an email and I'll talk price and details with you from there.  


Keith Novosel's new stick, measuing out at 6'9, it's got a tad more rail curve than the hullibut or she hull. the tail is a soft diamond a-la Murray, rocker is extra flat as per usual, rails are bladed for ridiculous trim-time as usual.

Keith is a talented photographer and will be taking the board on a tour of Australia in a few weeks as a water-time companion. Here are a few sweet photos he has sent me of Albers on his Vampire:

Monday, July 27, 2009

@ Work

Morg and Brandon playing tag friday morning.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

5'5 Sim

5'5" Velo Tailed Sim.

Of All Sizes

Trevor Gordon, saturday morning at Secrets (top; from Brandon D.), and friday morning at Zommers (bottom; from Morgan).  

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Too Many Ways to Be Immature

Albers' 6'6" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2" oldschool 3 fin bonzer mini gun for Bali.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Shouldn't you be surfing?

Brandon Smith, from this morning's session.  
photo: Jon Shafer

Be careful...there are Mimmons afoot.

5'7 For Josh.
Belly to tri-plane w/light double ahead of the back foot to vee off the never tell the whole story :(

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wish I Wasn't A Loner

Custom fins from the last few days at the shop; 
The problem with making odd/'different' designs is that nobody makes fins for them...therefore...custom fins end up getting designed and foiled regularly.

Top to bottom, Murray fins for Morgan, and double foiled twin/keel fins for Josh's Mimmons.

Twin Hull For Sale

Selling a used 6' stringerless hull/fish hybrid.  Volume rich, about 21" wide and 2 7/8" thick; flat rocker, hulled entry/belly and a light single out the tail.  
Very very fun for staying on rail and carving up a face!
no open dings (ever) and light pressures, asking $280.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wayback Machine

Hiten riding a 6'4 carbon flextail hull...summertime fun last year.  

After the sun set that evening, the moon lit up the wave's faces like I've never seen, we surfed well into the night in silence with only a general idea of which peak the other was surfing.
I'll never forget the howl and hiss that board made as I caught a moonlit right into the inside section...pure, blind, oily glass bliss.

Mysteries From the Deep

Knee candy to consider.....left to right; 5'6 wilderness triplane, 5' Hollow Railed carbon velo, my 5' newbie, edgeboard, real hollow molded standup velo:

from a quick visit to an old friend yesterday afternoon...

Much knowledge to acquire, and many projects to ponder...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

You're Next.

On my days off I fly around and steal Labrador retrievers from small children.

I Ate It All :(

70's Parrish sunset gun re-fin jobber...

 and jonny's Othello got a tail ding that turned into a flex-panel...

Oh the magic of ding repair...its a love/hate relationship...

Flex Spoon Finished

Here she is, 10+ layers of 6oz glass, and a wee bit of foam...all for the purpose of carving the f* out of a solid wave.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I Don't Recall

Spoon Worky Spoon Worky Worky

Fin base-tuneage.

Plenty of this goin' on...

Tuning the flex a tad, just ahead of the fin is a soft area known to create a hinge kinda effect, this idea is to stiffen that particular area with different glass layups and get the hinge to turn into a working part in the gradual flex towards the tip of the tail.

1/2" thick fin glassed on with some hefty layering.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I've waited 4 years to build this board for myself

Continued work from yesterday.

Came up on a 1/2" thick fin panel at the True Ames warehouse, Chuck let me take it off his hands for my kneelo I got to grinding this afternoon for a bit...the panel is a friggin BEAST compared to a normal one!

The foil is pushed up towards the leading edge quite a bit more than a 'normal' fin, the flex is more of a downward sweep from the center than a wagging tip like most flex fins...if that makes any sense.

More to come.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Divinely Strange Refrain

Lady on the water, make me rich or make me poor; 
Lay your flowers at my door.

Share my bread and share my drink; pay no mind what others think.

Place your thumb upon my tongue; weave a song no one has sung.

My lady on the water, whip this wind into a flame; with your grapes and bottled rain, make your wine of my worship a divinely strange refrain.

.5' to fit.