Goodness gracious, that thing looks fast. I can only imagine . . .
Here's a bit of history that just showed up on Facebook. Kind of a cool blast from the past...
John Paul Taylor is with Rob B Woods and Bruce Fowler.
21 hrs · Instagram ·
"Helmet days, 12 years old at the NSSA western championships I got 2nd on a crazy twin fin shaped by Bruce Fowler. Still have the board too. Surf was solid 10-15 feet and myself and a kid who was the nephew of Rob Machado named Jensen Hasset were the only ones to paddle out and get bombs out the back. When I surf silver strand after school pumping with no one out all the time".... no bullshit. Photo uncle Rob Woods
---- I asked him for a pic of the stick and he sent one further down the thread (2nd picture here).
Happy New Year 2018!
Here's a bit of "young stoke".....
Carl Ekstrom would heartily approve.
I've hit the ground running in 2018.
In the wake of the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslide that destroyed 30 square miles of Montecito, that's easier said than done. U.S. Hwy 101 has been closed for over a week and Cal Trans reported today that we are at least one more week with closure of the freeway. 20 deaths to date ranging from 2 to 89 years of age. Very very sad.
In the meantime, the rest of us must go on living and pay the piper. On an up note, I'm incorporating some fresh shapes into the BF product mix. Seen here are the newest stash of BF Mini Longboards & Longboards...... these are versatile, easy paddling & riding surfboards enjoyable for just about anybody.
Our sense of community has been challenged and we are answering with heavy sighs much like the mud sounded when it let go under a freak torrential rain inside of 15 minutes. All the weather experts stated that, even without the fire precluding the rain, this fluke event would have created a serious event taxing the precautions any community could take.
Nature won, we lost.
Man's insignificance was once again proven in juxtaposition with Mother Nature.
The best therapy for a builder to feel hopeful for the future......... is to build.
In this pic, the foreground depicts the newest group of Aviator Nation tri fin fun shapes. Directly behind those is the first group of BF Mini LB and Full LB's.... the four pictured are 7'6", 8'0", 8'6", & 9'0". I'll be adding a 7'0", 9'6", & 10'0" to the group pictured. That should fit just about anybody in that department.
A special custom request for a 10'0" V Machine from a longtime customer.
Perfectly scaled up per my CNC file, milled then handshaped with refinements I have been retrofitting into all the new 2018's versions now commonly known as "Plain Janes".
The decision to no longer offer "Stoker V Machines" was a good decision on my behalf because I would still be expected to be a "robot" doing what I believe is a "dumb downed" version of a good design that I made better over 7 years of ego-less servitude, not unlike "indentured servants" were expected to perform during the middle ages. This was not a period of time in man's history regarded as particularly "progressive" to say the least.
True designers need freedom to look beyond today and bring tomorrow forward......... to have vision is to look forward versus stand mired in some by gone era...... paying homage is legit, but even with my V8 V Bottoms, I have said the idea was to have a time machine to travel back to that bygone era, hang out and absorb the vibe, then, when everyone else moved on in a hurry to have the next big thing, I would just hunker down, stick with the venerable V Bottoms, and continue to develop them, refine them, and see what their full potential is and could be........ rather than running ahead with the maddening crowd.
This one is a 10'0" with special attention to entry points for easy paddling & speed....... the customer will ride this primarily at Topanga Point, and he said "I want to go as fast as possible...... don't forget I'm 6'4", 215 lbs. and like big long boards".
Ok.... you got it........ 10'0"x23-3/4"x3-3/4", 15" center long box with quad Futures rail boxes.
G's Tail rocker/Panel Vee
"The key to understanding any surfboard's ability to achieve velocity is in terms relative to "centerline rocker" and "rail rocker" and the ultimate distribution achieved by deck rocker independent (and not a consequence) of bottom rocker".......... BF
***Props to Bill Barnfield for having the insight to create the methodology to consistently measure surfboards using a "rocker stick" so we shapers could all speak a universal language of design.
Now that we are into the new year, it's time to introduce some new stuff for 2018.
It's no secret that I've made Longboards & Mini Logs for decades. The boards pictured here are a pretty neutral, easy to ride go to design that turns easy, trims well and has the ability to be smooth or snappy depending upon the particular taste of the rider. The design rides Point, Reef and Beach Breaks with equal aplomb. They are available typically with Single and 2+1 fin configurations but ride well and can be optioned with any fin configuration desired. Typical size range runs from 7'0" to 10'0".
Other incarnations will include "the Team Model" which will be lighter, thinner & a bit narrower with or w/o Stepped Decks. What I once called an "idiot proofed nose rider for any kook" aka "Ten Over" that I shaped throngs of under the the Clyde Beatty label is being reincarnated but perhaps a little less derogatory in it's description with the new name "1st Responder."
It's 2018 and we are heading for summer and the water will be crowded with kooks, wannabes, heroes, zeroes, and legends in their own minds. I hope a few responsible riders will be on my surfboards. We can always pray.
Pictured: 9'0 Fowler 2+1 Longboard https://mollusksurfshop.com/collections/surfboards/products/90-fowler-2-...
any ride reports from the owner of this one: BF Stealth Twingle
that thing looks so fun
Board is faster than sh-t........ has ridden it with the 2 single fins and Hobie keel fins all at the same time.
Has hit the lip harder than ever on this board.......... took it out on a bigger day (NJ) and had to take off at an angle then flying down the line at mach whatever.
I'm waiting for pix or preferably vimeo.