Monday, May 29, 2017

Plans are done of 7' funboard.

It's nice to have a mini longboard for those small days.  Small surf happens a lot here in central Florida.  I'm excited about building a copy of one of my favorites.  I start with making a full scale drawing and from that create the ribs and spar.

Once I have the rib patterns the notches for the spar and stringers are added.  This board has 13 ribs spaced at 6" intervals.

The spar and ribs are made from the luana door skin found at Lowe's.  I use a bandsaw to cut those out.  Most of the interior material is remove from the spar and ribs to save weight.  The engineering I use on my ribs and spar are I beam designs.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In With the New.

For the past 2 months I've been doing a lot of work on my house.  On those rare occasions when we have surf I try to get out.  The few days ago we had the grooming wind with a little swell.  That made it fun.

My next hollow wood surfboard project is on hold.  It's going to be a while before I can get back to it.  Life goes on.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

What's Next ?

For the last couple of months I've been asking myself, what should I build next.  I'd like to build something that I can use on smaller days.  About a year ago I bought a used 7' funboard from a young man that was attending college in the area.  After fixing the dings and making it water tight.  It cleaned up nice.  I've surfed it many times on small days.

There are couple of little things that I don't like about it. First, the trifin set-up feels a little slow compared to the quads I usually ride.  I will be making mine a quad with glass on fins.  The other thing I probably will do is pull in the nose a little bit.  Otherwise, I think it will be prefect to copy for my hollow woody project.  My next step is draw up full size plans and make patterns.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Test riding Woody Logic 6' 7" Quad Fish.

  • I've been wanting to ride this board for a while.  This morning I decided that today would be the day.  The waves where chest high on the sets.  A beautiful day with a light off shore breeze.

The board paddles good and is easy to duck dive.  It's very similar to boards I ride most of the time.  

The first thing I noticed was how fast it is.  That's important here.  I'm looking forward to riding it more when we get some fun waves.  Thanks to my girlfriend Julie for the pics.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Matthew after shock.

Looking around the beachside you can still see natural and man made debris from Matthew's strong winds.  A lot of plants are still suffering from wind burn and there are still lots of traps on roofs  The beach has changed a lot.  The dunes got mowed down by the swell.  The lifeguard station lost about 3-4 feet of beach sand from under it.

The public beaches parks like the one by my house are still a mess.  It's a work in progress for the county.

Now that the dunes are gone.  The water comes much closer to the road at high tide.  A lot has changed since Matthew.  It's still a great place to live and enjoy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Need for Balance.

There are times when nature seems to throw everything it can at you.  Hurricane Matthew looked like it just might do that.  It looked like Matthew was going to hit Ormond Beach really hard and lay waste to this place.  For some reason the hurricane took a little jog to the east on that Friday night and spared the area from it's full force.

There were some houses and businesses that had roofs torn off and broken windows.  The coastal road A1A was undercut and parts of it washed away.  I feel fortunate because my house only had minor damage to my fences and a little roof damage.  The worst part of the event was being without power for 4 days.  Anyways, I did get lucky and even got a chance to surf on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to my neighbors and family for helping Julie and I make it thru some stressful times.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Building What I Like.

Summers in Florida can be a lot of fun when a little swell comes up.  We have been getting a few every now and then.  Otherwise, it's riding boogie boards.  That's good fun too.  I'm taking a little break from building.

If anyone out there is interested I have several boards for sale.  Shipping is not an option for me.  Local pick-up is best.  Any interest email me:

With some luck we might get a hurricane or two.  Enjoy the summer.