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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Most Important Part.

There are many people building wood surfboards that don't know or don't regularly surf.  That creates a dangerous situation.  Wood surfboards are no joke in some hefty surf.

It's my opinion that wood boards can be very dangerous.  Builder's with little or no experience surfing.  They should learn on a soft top or a regular surfboard first.

There are really exceptional days when I take out my homemade boards  I love riding my own boards.  It's very special.   I do have fun riding a soft top on the small days.

The soft top is slower than a regular board and it doesn't turn all that great.  The plus side is it doesn't beat you up.  Be safe for yourself and others.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lighter is better.

I got the idea of using a small luggage scale to weigh my boards.  The scales are inexpensive and fairly accurate.  One of the nice features is the zero button and it also has metric.  The sling I made is just some loops of nylon rope.

I did a comparison between my new build and my board the plans were made from.  The Torq weighed 9.9 lbs and my project weighed 9.6 lbs.  That's better than I expected.

There has been a couple of days of small fun waves and they say there will be some for the weekend.

Nothing to get very excited about.

Friday, May 6, 2016

6'7" Quad Fish is Done.

This one is done.  Next step is wax it and paddle out.  Should be a fun one.

Special thanks to Lance Carstens and Randy Bogardus for providing fins and paulownia.

This board feels the same weight as the epoxy board I copied.  It feels strong and the rails are my favorite part along with the fin set.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Simple math

After sanding the bottom lap, tail and nose.  My next step is layout for the fins.  For my project board the set-up is simple.  It's copying the board that I made my plans from.

My 6' 6" Torq is a really fun board.  The Punt fins make it turn with ease and hold when they have to.  

Once I determine my center-line the set-up is simple math.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Laminated 6'7" Fish

A couple days ago the bottom got laminated.  For this board I used 4 oz. S-2 glass with Suncure Polyester resin.  This afternoon, I sanded the lap and glassed the top.

Next, I have to prep the fins.  I just got a quad set from my fin guy Lance.  He makes them nicer than I would.