Aw Dan, ya let me down. I was thinking you might really be a freak. And remember the difference between freakdom and genius/insight is often just persistence.
On the dry-land-crossstepping sub-topic, I suggest putting the board on top of a stack of sofa pillows so the board moves in all directions while you're practicing. What? Thug?
This isn`t just about surfboards and youth... I worked for years pinstriping and airbrushing custom, high end motorcycles. A number of my most ardent clients regularly parked their rides in the living room... now these were married, hard-working, middle-aged men, often with families. They loved their wives, BUT... they just couldn`t stop looking at their beautiful machines, and dreaming of the next one. If they could`ve parked their cars in the living room, they`d have done that, too!
about a year ago they had the surf art exhibit at my local museum. being one of the local shapers i figured i should at least check it out. well i saw the most beautiful mickey da cat models which i have only seen pictures of(age is a factor)i was so close to just picking off the rack and checking it out, but the security guard saw my googling eyes and stood close by. everytime i reached out hed say "sir dont touch"....i had to ya know? http://members.cox.net/austinsurfboards
we had the Surf Culture Show at the San Jose Museum of Art- there was Velo- I was at the museum 5 or 6 times, each time I touched Velo as many times as I could. My wife kept telling to stop it, my son just laughed. One of the artist took Velo off the wall and had someone snap his photo with it.
Cmon PC The pillows are way to high..and there is no way they would all fit on that little couch.Besides that you would bust your ass if the lip knocks you off the board.Also that board has too much rocker for cross stepping.Nice acid splash fabric though. and the fin looks unreal.The world famous cartoon surfer "Murphy" had one just like it.
Austin, That reminded me.... In '93 I was in Hawaii and trolling through the Bishop Museum when I saw the ancient surfboards displayed. I was there right before closing and there was no one around and I was just stuck in the moment of looking at the boards. I reached in and touched the Duke model, solid Koa I believe, felt up and down the rail, got the other hand on the opposite rail and picked it up. - before even thinking that I could be arrested the board was in my hands and I turned it to look at the foil and bottom. then I remembered what the hell I was doing and put it back. I looked behind me and a guard walked around the corner and towards me. I figured I was toast, but he walked by and said that they were closing down soon so I'd have to leave. Innocent interest overcomes common sense. For those who want to know - belly throughout the nose, flat in the mids and tail - as I remember - and this was way before I tried to shape my first board. They oughta have a shapers tour of that place every now and then. Eric J
I was at the SJ Art Museum show that Steiny mentioned. I didn't hesitate to measure the Mickey Dora 9-8 (??) with my hands. On leaving the museum a nice woman sitting at a desk asked me if I enjoyed the exhibit. I told her that surfers really need to be able to appreciate a board not just by looking at it but my measuring it with their hands (and holding it in all the ways we like to but I didn't have the guts to do that). Her eyes got wide a few times but I guess she figured she hadn't heard anything crash to the floor so I probably hadn't wrecked anything. Museums should maybe provide tape measures and calipers.
Good eyes on the pillow count.
Hey thats better.Your shaping has improved...looks like a Step Deck.I presume the nose fin is an advanced design beyond my learning curve so I will let it go.I still like that fabric though.