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Hey guys any info on the fireball fish tom curren rode in those big waves??. Dims etc??

 

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Used to be an interesting thread on here about it. Disappeared into the search function abyss I suppose.

Curren made the incredibly difficult look relatively easy at Hinakos.

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Hey Beery, I can only try...

Not much in the way of Dims...Shaped by Tom Petersen. The actual one was on display at one point in "Surf-Dive'n-Ski"...not alot different to the stock ones I felt up. Six channels stopping like a second tail outline just before the swallow was an interesting concept...keep the tail looser than a six channel by rights...

Scant I know, but...

Josh

www.joshdowlingshape.com

 

 

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Hey guys any info on the fireball fish tom curren rode in those big waves??. Dims etc??

 

Cheers

 

Try sfsurf.com's contact email. The shaper grabbed a template from the original.

 

It may be difficult to get him to respond...

 

 

 

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Thanks for the help guys, i'll follow them up.

 

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The fireball fish was shaped by Dennis Jarvis (SPYDER SURFBOARDS) HERMOSA BEACH. SEND HIM AN EMAIL AND ASK HIM. ALWAYS ASK FOR PERMISSON FIRST IF THE SHAPER IS ALIVE. DENNIS IS SUPER NICE SO I'M SURE HE WILL HELP YOU OUT! DENNIS IS AN AMAZING SHAPER.

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Redundant comment removed. Why can't we delete our own posts?

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

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Beerfan the original "Fireball" or "Fireballs" by Tommy Peterson as they were customely called had a few variations to them ,namely deck designs and rocker as well as where the step is placed according to the board shape.Tommy had 2 different outlines that he did as well and these corresponded with his placement of the step..I've shaped hundreds of these boards over the years and am very familiar with the designs.The particular board TC rode in that clip was actually a friend of mine's board which TC borrowed and he liked it so much and was given the board.At the time he had 3 in his quiver,but if memory serves me correct that was either a 5'6" or the 5'8".

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Please go on .......

We're freaks for details here - what step ? how about the channels ? how wide mid tail and nose ?

and ......  wait for it ............. got any pics ?!

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Not to divulge all industry trade secrets but this is a 6'0 x 19 1/4 x 21/4"

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Yeah man that's the stuff ! Cool.

Beery did you ever get on to Oneula about that ( I think ) Fireball inspired Bushman he had ?

I think there's a couple shots of it on his suffermag photo file

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This is a 5'7 x 19" x 2.18" with different step and nose.Luckily with the right tools developed just for these types of boards,i can get the channels done accurately in around 15 - 20 mins.The step is pre-determined for each customers/shops needs and is pre-cut on a cnc machine to save time by hand and for highest consistency.I design in shape 3-d and then re-edit the program for the step.When i have the time i will re write the program to do the channels as well.

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Hey Beerfan, cool name by the way.  Arent we all  (fans of beer, that is!)

The actual board Tom rode is at the BASE factory in Burleigh.  It was also at Kirra Surf on sale for a while many years back for around $4000.

I don't know how it got to BASE, but geez it's a weird little thing.  Very flippy nose and thin, mere mortal men could not ride this design in big waves like Tom.  That movie Searching for Tom Curren has the best bit of him on it at Bawa in Indo and it's luck for me on DVD as that part would have had the old worn out video scratches.  By all reports that waves is also much heavier than it looks in that movie also.....

Cool post and topic.

 

Chris

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Thanx for all the photos , ihonis.

It's nice when you pro guys take the time to share.

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Hey guys thanks a lot for the info. Been busy but its much appreciated. And those pics are sweeet!!!. I posted for someone who was interested in this board, and will probably shape one, knowing him!!.

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ihonis wrote:

Not to divulge all industry trade secrets but this is a 6'0 x 19 1/4 x 21/4"

Amazing!

 

I remember being in the Beach Beat shop in Maroochydore one day in 1998 and noticed a whole load of Fireball-inspired step-bottom sticks ranging from 5'6" up to 6'4", but against my better judgement I didn't buy one. They were not Peterson's, but were shaped by Neal Purchase Sr, I believe (but I may be wrong). The guy in the shop said they were templated from Tommy's boards and he was singing their praises. It may still be possible to get hold of Neal who may then be able to help further.

 

I'm also aware that Frankie Oberholzer is shaping full-time in Natal, South Africa at present. Again, I may be wrong, but I think that Curren borrowed the board from Frankie and 'forgot' to give it back! I'm guessing that Frankie would have a good idea about how to shape one now.

 

I think the board in question was 5'7" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/8". TC also rode it to good effect at Log Cabins, amongst other places.

 

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Beery here's a slight variation off the original design with the channels flowing off the step to "wet your whistle".Unfortunately i've caused  the laminators and sanders at the factory to have endless nightmares about this specific design.

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very interested in this design but have only heard a few reports about their performance and they havent been great, they have said that the board has alot goin on and not an easy board to master...and lets face it, Tommy could ride anything at all...so can you guys who shape and ride them please give me some honest info on how they perform and why ? also a little bit of theory about the design would be much appreciated...I have plans to shape one one day but just wanna get more info so I can shape with a little more confidence and belief in the functional benefits of this design....I can never shape something with passion unless I truly believe it has some real benefits to performance... lookin forward to hearing any info from you guys....MP

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I got one 2nd hand ( thanks BF for the tip ) but havent ridden it yet, got a few other new shapes but plan on surfing it real soon...anyone got any info on the theory behind the design ???


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...yes, crew still have to use their hands to work...

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[img_assist|nid=1045095|title=sick surf fireball bottom|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=0|height=0]always wished I bought this Gordon Gaspar Sick Surf RhinoChasers experimental longboard Roy Vierra was selling at RVs.


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a minimum of 120 degrees of motion in 6 weeks and I'll be back
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hi mark 

 

  i just noticed this thread 

 

  5'7 x 19 -20 x 2 1/4 rings a bell

 

  there is footage on either "beyond the boundaries and /or "feral kingdom " of the boards in question [as well as 

'searching for tom curren" too, from memory ??

 

     hope this helps ?

 

  a mate of mine brought one from ross quite a few years ago , i'll see if i can get in touch with him for you 

 

    cheers

 

  ben 

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Yep, Beyond the Boundaries has the best footage of that session.

I would imagine there's a clip on youtube somewhere if you can't find the VHS version.

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cheers guys... will do a bit of a search...my interest is still there but just got a few other designs on the go ATM so just doin a bit of research before possibly dabbling with my version of this design...not to copy but to quench my own warped curiosity in all things alternative and different in board design...

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Dude I have a crew of guys that only ride these things.They all live in CostaRica they ride INSANE who said they don't??? Someone who has never ridden probably!!!! Its morning I'll post one after I have my Kona Coffee.

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THe water flows off the step creating an air pocket under your center of gravity .It shortens your board the channels put the drive back in.I have made over 50 of them if not more. Don't put the step too close to the fins.22" up is the go for the 6'0" range and 21 " up for 5'8" is what I have found that works.

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Are you from the Gong?I spent a month down there in 1987 and stayed with Terry Richardson    RICHO.I beat your beer drinking champion in a showdown made him barf and fall.We whipped out the beer bong and that did him in.The Gong is sooooo cool.I'll post my fireball soon I make them all the time.

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This is a 5'2" x 20" x 2 3/8" looks a bit stubby..the guys in Costa Rica can't get enough of them.Gotta have V in the tail it's a must!!!!!!

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Your gonna get the step cut on a computer??????? I can bust out a step bottom in less than 15 minutes.WITH 6 channels.LAZY!

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So funny you rip on our Gemini yet you make a step bottom.Let me tell you something your a copier you have no Imagination get some!!!Make your own designs then you can attack me.Until then STFU bitch

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Awesome pics mate. Not sure what the last post means, but those boards look sweet!

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