It was great to be invited to attend and be a part of Hillbrook Anglican School's Sustainability Day today. Trent Palmer who is a teacher there runs their wooden surfboard building classes for students, their parents and other teachers. The late Geoff Moase helped Trent start the classes a couple of years ago. Stuart Bywater and myself have both supported Trent, as we think it is a great initiative and learning experience. The Sustainability Day just pulls it all together and gives it greater meaning.
A student and his dad were on hand working on a board
Wiz, I am going to miss you mate. What a great craftsman, fin maker and story teller. A real charater of the surf industry. I am so sorry I didn't know of his passing until recently. I have some great fins he made abd some great memories of our time together.
Brian Punch and his son Josh have been some of my long time test riders and have given me some great feedback over the years. Brian loves all sorts of boards and loves to try something different as he surfs most every day at Currumbin Alley. He doesn't mind glassing his own boards so I shape them and he finishes them. Here are some of the latest ones.
The Simmons may be Josh's 3rd or 4th. 5ft of fun and Josh is around 85kg
Two totally different outlines but share a common bottom design. Single into double and V out through the tail, with a rail chine.
This is a board I built for Peter Redmond and sent to New Zealand for him. He has since moved to the UK after getting married in Anitigua on the way there, as you do.The board is unglassed and finished in Lanolin.
"The board, oh my, the longboard you made me really is something special & I'm so pleased to be able to have & ride it.
In short we just had swell of the year in the UK & I got to take it out at Bournemouth Pier which is my local break with some decent swell.
The soft rails work really really good & it slides in such a nice variable progressive way. With the fin pushed forward turns fantastically too!"
6ft 2" x 21" x 2 3/8" @ 35lt. Cut from a US Blanks 2lb EPS blank with 1/8" Paulownia stringer
Haris liked the outline of this "Stubby" shape but wanted a little more going on, on the bottom, so we added a modified Hydro V bottom to it. Single concave to double to V out the tail and chines down each side to mix it up. It should be a little flyer in the breaks of Cornwall.
The blank is cut 9mm thinner as it will have a 5mm deck and 4mm bottom skin of Paulownia added.
It will be finished, unglassed in Lanolin.
Complete outline prior to me scribing the rails and cutting them off to add the wood to the blank.
Rails off and ready to add first rail bands
5mm rail bands all round
All trimmed up ready to add skins
5mm deack skin and 4mm bottom skin in the bag for 2 hours
Solid as a rock, ready to take off any over hanging skins all round and then to add the actual 5mm rail bands.
2lb EPS US Blanks cuts and finishes up pretty tidy.
We are going with a carbon tape strip down the top and bottom stringer line, nose to tail to stiffen things up. Carbon mesh over the tail area. 4oz cloth with Inegra under 6oz on the deck and 6oz bottom. Bevan is 6ft 3" and 100kg.
"That is sweet, what a fantastic Christmas present. Great job, the plan shape and open tail look very nice. I don't know about you, I buy lots of stuff consumer goods, cars, houses, properties, the latter because there is economic value in it. New surfboard stoke is difficult to beat in terms of excitement and value! "
Now that is a happy customer, thanks Bevan ... Merry Christmas.
First day, fin boxes , Carbon strip 40mm wide and 6 oz.all over.
Next, carbon strip 40mm wide , Carbon Vector net 1inch diamond patch , Quad axial 4oz cloth with Innegra and 6oz all over.