Here's a classic shot of a "Hot Curl" board in action. Looks like a real trim master.....
The New Std. is a design tweak offering a similar, yet different ride from the Plain Jane/VM matrix. A smidge more rocker is carved into each end of the board with additional design modifications. The tail section still has vee but it is advanced, meaning. more vee is placed at the side fins transitioning to a flatter bottomed tail block with a nudge of rocker. What this tweak does is reduce the amount of "resistance" that is incorporated into the v machines for a more definitive long railed turning experience. The flattened tail block allows the rider to swing or pivot more vertically up or off the wave face.
The other modification is reduced deck & rail volume akin to what I have previously termed "Winter Foil". This modification in foil reduces the amount of bulk fore and aft of the rider's stance. The reduction in bulk creates more lift while reducing the amount of resistance a rider experiences when applying weight in turns and cutbacks or while making subtle weight changes when trimming on the wave face.
The most obvious visual difference is in the aft section of the outline aka planshape: the tail area has increased curve while reducing the tailblock width allowing for easier turning. This reduction in tail area reduces tracking and increases overall quickness in rail to rail maneuverability
The end result is a quick, lively, more vertically inclined board that still paddles well, trims fast, and has increased lift more like a flyer than a bottom driver.
At the time of this writing the boards pictured here are available at Mollusk Venice in a variety of sizes with some others available at Wave Front Ventura. One new 6'10" Standard was included in the shipment headed to France for Pierre Lespes, who has been riding my PJ/VM's for the last couple of years. The aqua resin tint board pictured here is 7'4". There are also clear models in 7'6" and 7'9".
The bottom pix is your typical Plain Jane aka V Machine.
Coming soon: the return of "The Original" (Fountain of Youth). The design that ended up launching the label of today. A full blown high performance surfboard scaled up for experienced surfers that don't want to be relegated to a funshape or longboard...... this is THE ONE. Even your dog will love it!
Tod Diamond enjoying retirement on his 7'2" BF East Cape, Baja del Sur.
How things start - usually just a pile of blanks, a planer, some hand tools.......... and an idea.
Outlines cut out & trued after careful scaling using a combo of templates ranging from 10 to 45 years old.
Then shape them up while respecting the history.
What is that history?
Santa Barbara surfers have long been known for our "spears" ridden @ Rincon & other local spots along our coast. Being born & raised here, I grew up in that tradition from the 1st time I climbed on a surfboard in 1959. What many surfers from other areas don't realize, is that the boards developed here ride looser, & are far more maneuverable than what they appear to be. These cut outlines aka "planshapes" are steeped in that tradition. "IT'S NOT ABOUT THE NUMBERS, IT'S ABOUT THE CURVE" - I said that....
Shaper pictured: the L8, Gr8, John Bradbury, friend & my strongest influence for what a magic surfboard should be. His "Creative Freedom" label said it all!
Everything comes around and goes arounds and comes around and...
There are many creative and/or imaginative things created in this world, but at the end of the day, most of life is a "re-run".... very FEW things are truly original or firsts.....
Surf Line Hawaii by Randy Rarick 5’9 | All Original (1973)
man I wish I was on a board like this in 1973!! Cool find, I did not know Randy Rarick was a shaper. What is the fin setup?
"It ain't a race... it takes as long as it takes to be right." -Jim Philips
No kidding... looks like a Stoker V Machine well b4 they came onto the scene., esp. the last pic on the bottom looking from the nose toward the tail. I shaped stuff like this in '72, 73" but they were single fins and a bout 1" less wide. During these years I'd go to Hawaii and drool at Buddy Dumphy and Dennis Pang's shapes, then go check out the Lightning Bolts with the same result. And of course all the Brewer's and Brewer disciples of which, like Bolt there were many. 20+ shapers paying $5 bucks for a one color Brewer lei label - Bolt was kinda something like that too...... many, many, many shapers: Eberley, Barry K. Lopez, Tom Parrish, Reno Abellira, our fellow Swaylockian Barnfield, Chuck Vinson, there was a cast of a thousand in those days. Hawaiian boards had SO MUCH mystique back then! Those were the days...... today can't hold a candle to then.
Randy Rarick is famous for his faithful restorations.
Check these fotos out! :-)
Some history with Randy Rarick's recollections .....http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/shaper%27s-alley:-the-craftsmen-buildi...
Greetings! I am a new member and this is my first Sways post. I ordered and took delivery of a V8 and wanted to provide a review.
8'2", 10.5 single fin, cut lap Volan.
First and foremost, I love this board! Love it! I bombarded Bruce with a ton of questions about the board, sizing, etc. and he patiently answered all my questions and provided so much additional information. As I told Bruce in our email exchange, he is a true professional.
Due to some sickness, vacation time, and other circumstances I haven't had a lot of time on the V8 but the sessions I have surfed I can say this board is fun and fast. I completely agree with Cyril Huddy's review that it paddles like a longbard. My other ride is a 9'6" log and the V8 glides beautifully. I have the fin placed completely forward and consciously told myself to pop up in a more centered position with no issues. The V8 jumps into the wave like a hot rod, its awesome. Step back just a bit and she will give you a shapely turn but also trim with soul. For me, surfing is encapsulated in Shawn Tracht's 'Soul V8 Style' pic sequence on page 20 and this board is all that. I like my lb, but I love my V8. If anything happened to it I would immediately be on the phone with BF for another one.
I am not a great surfer, but an athletically strong, decent intermediate. I can't provide nuanced details about board design like many of you, but with the V8 I have found the board I've been dreaming about. Its has glide, speed, rocking trim, with the true 1960s era vee bottom. Classic!
Thank you Midget, and Thank you BF!
P.S. Australian Open and Indian Wells - Well done Roger.