Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WaveGliding


A shot of Nico @ Wavegliders hotcoating the day away on the spoon we built together while I was in Portugal...

I get the sense that shapers don't like to share details of their work and designs for fear of having them copied, i don't understand that so much; if you're reliant on a machine to shape your boards then yes absolutely you should be worried; anything can be duplicated...but it seems to me that if you rely on your hands and  your intuition and design sensibilities as a shaper (or more specifically a hand shaper), nobody can copy your work; it's an extension of your brain and your heart...While I was visiting I spilled my guts about hulls and foils and my theory behind my boards and the couple common threads that link my boards together, flavor-wise, and that definitely isn't color work or a pelican logo.  Knowing full well that no matter what is taken from my school of thought, that Nico will put his own personal touches on it and make a whole different surf-being.

among other things, I taught the guys how to build a proper flex spoon, all my tricks and numbers which are readily available on the net and in person if you look deep enough and far enough into one of Greenough's creations...It was so much fun breathing a little bit of weird and acceptance into the media saturated and mini-pro-surf-team-heavy surf culture that is slowly growing the tumor of alternative surfboards in Portugal;  Wavegliders is going to be a cancer in a few years.  

I wholeheartedly love the people I spent time with there, they could not have been more gracious and willing to share their experiences as well as listen to mine and trade ideas and thoughts, it was a serious 11 day bootcamp in surfboard design, theory and application...so much love!

so much thanks....

4 comments:

El Hefe said...

Does Portugal have pizza?

Vyusher La Kali said...

That's really purity!
My spoon got some south swell yesterday and it's happy. It's gonna get some more next week! Yeah!

o4trix said...

sharing is caring!

Arjan Grooters said...

Thanks for sharing some of your knowledge and ideas with people in Europe. We can use some more skillfull people building alernative boards here.