Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SUP...I don't know if you guys know it or not, but James Billy Watson and I have been working together on SUP's for the last 5 years or so. Here are the latest two that I've made for him. The pintail is 8'6'' x 27'' x 4'. The flyer swallow is 9'4'' x 271/2'' x 4''. The litreage on the 8'6'' is 106 and the 9'4'' is 113. Both these boards have step decks that provide superior stability whilst paddling. More importantly, they allow the rails to be sensitive and fine, that way they can be surfed through the rail rather than just turning on the fins. They are both vee double concave and as a thruster set up with a slightly larger tail fin. Bill is stoked with the boards and did really well in the Noosa Festival of Surfing event, coming an impresive first place and a very close second in the recent Malfunction SUP event.
Go Billy, go!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

THE POBBLEBONK....Well it's been a while since I've blogged and I wish I could say that I've been doing nothing, but I have been surfing, shaping and painting heaps .... here are a few I thought you might like to look at.

Both these boards are Pobblebonks. This is a board design that I made years ago in the late 90's to see how short was too short...made a few of them in all shapes and sizes around the 5 foot mark...I only went as short as 4'10''.... that worked OK and never really went any shorter, so I still don't know!....maybe it's time to revisit that again....anyway, the latest one that I modelled these on started out as a thruster and after moving the fins around the board 3 times, it ended up as a quad. Just a crazy thing to ride, with so much planing area, vee double concave and no nose, getting barreled on it was like you were riding the barrel with no board.. just you in the tube!!! ...Rode it in anything up to about 3 feet before another mate of mine Adrian,'had' to have it....anyway... the guy with the black pobblebonk is my good friend Tom's mate from the UK...George....his board is 5'2'' x 21 1/8'' x 2 1/2'' quad fin. He painted it himself and from all reports loves it to death...The blue one is 5'x 21'' x 2 1/2''and is a sample board for Billabong in Japan....and they're frothing!...just wait till they actually ride it!!!

I do like George's skull with the gold tooth ....nice touch mate!!