Friday, March 16, 2018

WL 6'8" Superfish Project

One of my friends is making a copy of a board.  It got me thinking.  I need to make a copy of one of my favorite boards.  It's a 6'8" S7 SuperFish.  I've had this board for 4 years and have used it a lot.  It has been a good board for the wave here. 

When there is some fun surf I usually ride this one for a couple reasons.  It's fast and has a good displacement (42 liters) for me.  The quad fins set-up works nicely.  I love it.

I'm going to start by making a full size drawing.  From that I'll be able to develop the spar and ribs.  It's not as easy as using a computer program but, it's a lot of fun for me.  If anyone has questions please send me an email or post a comment.  Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Epic Day Here

There is the usual.  Which is not very good surf.  Yesterday was an exceptionally good day for surf.  The wind was right the swell direction was good and there were some nuggets.

Probably the most important element was the tide was right.  I'm happy to say, the sandbars are working as good as ever.  The water has warmed up and that's also a plus.  Love the glassy conditions we get sometimes.  It was an exceptional day.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Down Time.

When the surf isn't happening there are lots of other activities to keep me occupied.  I feel fortunate to live in Florida.  The winters are mild and short.  That makes it a lot easier to do outside projects and enjoy leisure time.  My favorite thing is hanging out and doing things with my girlfriend Julie.

She's a lot of fun and a beautiful person.  One of her many talents is photography.  Her eye for detail and composition is amazing.  All my friends and family love to see the pictures she takes.  When it comes to cooking.  She is incredible.  I'm crazy about this women.

My other favorite thing to do is play guitar.  It's a lot of fun to play some classic rock and jam out.  My buddy David E.  helped me a lot when I lived in CA.  I try to play at least an hour everyday.

Life is good for me.  I'm still living the dream.  Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to enjoy your surfing more.

I'm an old guy and being fit for surfing is important.  There are some simple things that you can do to keep in reasonable shape.   First, make a commitment to do some basic stretches and exercises everyday.   My routine starts with arm and shoulder rotations.  Followed by knee and back stretches.  Finally, I do squats type exercises and push-ups.

The other things I do are fairly simple also.  I stretch a lot and recently started using a foam roller.  It's helping me regain and maintain flexibility.  My diet is vegetarian.  I feel healthy and strong as ever.  The last thing was giving up beer.  I don't miss it anymore.  There was a time when I lived an unhealthy life.  Now that I'm much older.  I'm keeping fit the best ways I know how.  I hope this helps anyone looking to have more fun in their sessions.  Thanks for your support.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Experience matters.

There is one thing you learn as a surfer over time.  You have to spend a lot of time watching for waves.    Where I live the number of days of good waves are few.  You have to watch the conditions closely and maybe it will reward you with something.

There are lots of guys that build wood boards.  There are few guys that ride 'em.  I'm happy to be out surfing and if it's on a wood board.  That's even better.  The water has cooled to the 50's.  Winter is upon us and it's different wearing all the rubber.  It's not going to slow me down.  Keep surfing as long as you can.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Making what works for me.

When it comes to determining what board to build I have a simple approach.  The first requirement is being a competent surfer.  That is a big barrier for many people.  Once you have a board that you can surf.  Try other boards and find one or two that work for you. 

It makes more sense to me to make a copy of those boards.  That starts with making a full size drawing of the copy board.  Another way is to use a computer program.  Once you have the drawing it's easy to develop the spar and ribs.  The materials you select for the outside skin needs to be as light as you can afford.  Balsa and Paulownia are good choices.

It's vital to save weight and make the board strong.  Some builders glass the inside or do a coating of resin.  I've never done that.  It's more important for me to save weight.  The one thing that will ruin any board is excessive weight.  I try every trick and technique to save weight during construction.

It takes practice to be a good glasser.  This step can make or ruin a board.  It needs to be tight, light and strong.  I use a vent port on all my boards.  It's a simple screw with an electrical grommet.  I haven't found anything better.  With practice your boards will come out very similar to the ones that you copied.  It's a really good feeling when you surf your creation.  Good luck.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's been a long time.

We haven't had clean decent surf for over a month.  Today, the waves were small and a nice off shore breeze cleaned it up.  The tide was low and I'm surfing the outside sandbar.  It's the only place it breaks since the bottom was rearranged by the hurricanes.

There were lots of good ones to be had.  The 7' funboard is working well and it took a beating a few times.  It felt really good to get back in the water after such a long time away.