The Pipeline Challenge board has landed on the mainland

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 who the f&ck are you again, and who the f&ck is stretch

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I'm the guy who never pays any attention to your long winded bull shit.

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Well I have been working to much but I have ridden the 13'er a few more times and got some friends togther for a test ride today. The surf was a bit funky looking this morning, but the sun came out and the swell picked up after we paddled out.

I had a hard time paddling out because my leash wrapped knotted around the fin.The board would work much better without a leash, but not an option at large OB. After I fixed this I got right out but had to paddle back the 3-4 blocks I had drifted south to meet up with my friends. By then the sun came out with glassy waves that were head1/2 with some 2x overhead sets.

I caught a few good ones and was getting comfortable with the board. When I was sitting on the outside the wave of the day came and I was square-- deep on the A-frame peak. My friend with the Gopro camera was 20' infront of me and lined up just right. I threw the board over the ledge and aired out most of the 13ft board. On bigger boards with some weight to them this works if you can get the nose to hang up in the offshores just enough to set the rail 1/2 way down on a big face. After I landed the drop it felt like cutting butter on the bottom turn and I blew by my friend and made the next two sections. When I hit the innerbar it closed out and I jumped off and got rolled over the falls a few times and bumped the board once. When I came up the board was in pieces. My friends said it was solid double overhead+ but the cameras batteries had died. 

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lavarat wrote:


 When I came up the board was in pieces. My friends said it was solid double overhead+ but the cameras batteries had died. 



No Shit?


 

No; It's not an ironing board.

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Boy howdy, what a mess.


1)  I sure would have liked to been invited when you surfed it.


2)  So.....I guess this means my plan to get back all my shipping costs by lending it out to riders has come up $31.00 short. 


3)  You are braver* man than I for wanting to ride it from the outerbar to inside.  I only do that when it is time to go in.  Let me guess, it closed out before you could get the board to react.  Or?


4)  I am sure Roy has seen this by now, but if not, have you contacted him?


5)  I am bummed out about this.  A terrible end for any board, moreso for a board to die in cruddy (large) surf. 


6)  That inner bar can be extremely unfriendly and I don't think I want to try and ride a board that could survive every inside close-out at this weekend's size. 


7)  Who get the remains now?      "You break it, you buy it"  :)


 


 * - I am sure others will say other words are more appropriate, but I'm thinking you had a reason for taking it to the inside.

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duncan wrote:

Boy howdy, what a mess.

1)  I sure would have liked to been invited when you surfed it.

2)  So.....I guess this means my plan to get back all my shipping costs by lending it out to riders has come up $31.00 short. 

3)  You are braver* man than I for wanting to ride it from the outerbar to inside.  I only do that when it is time to go in.  Let me guess, it closed out before you could get the board to react.  Or?

4)  I am sure Roy has seen this by now, but if not, have you contacted him?

5)  I am bummed out about this.  A terrible end for any board, moreso for a board to die in cruddy (large) surf. 

6)  That inner bar can be extremely unfriendly and I don't think I want to try and ride a board that could survive every inside close-out at this weekend's size. 

7)  Who get the remains now?      "You break it, you buy it"  :)

 * - I am sure others will say other words are more appropriate, but I'm thinking you had a reason for taking it to the inside.

Boards are meant to be ridden - especially the "world's greatest surfboard".  Boards break.  At least this one had a more exciting life than most others.  More people are aware of the PCB than my magic longboard for instance.  

Most surfers don't paddle out thinking they're gonna be bringing toothpicks back to the beach.  Stuff just happens.  

Roy may want the peices back... or they might make their way into the "world's greatest surfboards" exibit at some museum ;)  From my understanding, the boardbag it travels in has written observations from some of the people who rode it.  Whatever your thoughts are about the design, construction, shaper, etc... you can't deny the attention it's received.  

I'll kick in $10 to ease your financial burden if that helps.  Woulda done a lot more if I actually had the chance to paddle it out.

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1)  If you want to pay me $10 to ease my $31 shortfall, well, $10 is $10.   Got paypal?  Would much rather to have had you ride it and then donate though (like Lavarat did, and the two fellows from Sonoma county who rode it). 


2)  I know boards are meant to be ridden and that boards die, doesn't mean I (and others?) can't be a little bummed out. 


3) The writing I put on the boardbag from 2008 has mostly worn out.


4) Does this mean I get my leash back?

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The red dot on the buoy report is where I live, I break a lot of boards every year and was very bummed out to see this one go. I am sorry that the guys in Southern California didn't get a chance to ride it in lined up waves. The challenge was about it working in solid surf so that is what I took it out in. 

My take on the board is that you have to know how to ride large boards or it is going to take you a while to adjust and figure out how to make it work. The board was a work of art and it must have taken a lot of time and skill to make it. It has a cool flexy ride that I have never felt before and does work well in clean surf. The paddle speed is very good and it connects sections well- twangs through the flat spots. On the drops it goes very fast and feels like the tail planes up out of the water the faster you go. When the wave slows down the tail goes down in the water and you slow back down. The over all effect is that the board self regulates the speed and wants to be slotted all the time.

On one of the big nasty bumpy days at OB I did max out the flex after the whole board was planing out of the water and I hit some bumps. On junky big waves you need a stiffer board. I think this board was very fun to ride and could see a place in my quiver for it.

I am sorry but I think it is beyond repair so the test may be over.

<p>Ian</p>

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lavarat wrote:

I am sorry but I think it is beyond repair so the test may be over.

You think?

:-)

Well, it was fun while it lasted, thanks for the photos and story and ride report!

Any warranty with that thing?  (just kidding Roy)

"The first six finner I made...I felt it would be really good or really bad no middle ground...Unfortunately it worked really good" - ACE

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Feels like half of the crew is breathing a sigh of relief ..

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