Symmetry has very little to do with a surfboard working well. How often are you ever going perfectly straight on a wave?
It probably has NOTHING to do with how well a surfboard works, really. But as part of the Discipline of Craftsmanship & Handshaping, we pay great heed to it nonetheless.
DEREK THOMAS 5'6" NEW MACHINE.
Adds new meaning to "lightning bolt".
Derek Thomas on his BF New Machine.
Shaped a mini twin we are calling "Echo" for Derek Thomas. Dropping into glassing today for colorwork & glassing then if the plan goes right he is on a plane to Costa Rica to hook up with Robbie @ Olo Alaia in Nosara to share some music & promo the new BF sleds hitting Olo Alaia Surf & Brew. Should be a fun time for tunes, surf 7 fondling new sleds.
"Echo" is 5'3"x19-7/8"x2-1/8". Single concave 1/4' deep runs thru bottom feeding into a double concave with vee at the split tail tips 9" apart tip to tip. My guess is about 27 liters. Derek is a fit, strong paddler at 160 lbs. The twon Futures boxes will be set at 6-1/4" up from the tail. DT likes twinnies and the rails & bottom should allow him to do some deep barrel carving.
Here's a few snapshots b4 i misplaced my phone & the battery went dead.......... tried google's "find my device" and it beeped loudly for 30 seconds before the battery gave out......... now dead silence! Gonna have to scour the place to find it. In the meantime the board got finish shaped and its off to Haakenson's to get her done and onto the silver bird for tropicana.
Here is my platypus pig...
Sold my vbowls....and never looked back after getting this!
Thanks for representing...................... V8, New Machine, & the Platty. Greatly appreciated the feedback!
I haven't posted in awhile, so here's an update. Derek was intrigued with the Stinger I had done as part of the model line up for Aviator Nation. He told me there was a 6-10 ft. swell forecast for Mexico hitting Monday and lasting thru Wednesday.
His 6'8" had been heavily surfed when he went down for the BF launch of sleds at Olo Alaia in Nosara, costa Rica. It was a great promo and owner Robbie & Derek connected, represented, & had a grat time. Derek has a clinic centered around Yoga, Breathing & Health and Nosara is very much a Yoga, Health, & Surfing community. He also performed his special brand of music at Robbie's shop as well as a few gigs Robbie got lined up for him.
Then it was off to Nicaragua where he put his sleds thru their paces. The 6'8" got buckled & repaired a couple times and he had guys down there that wanted to buy it, so one lucky soul picked it up for chump change. That left him with his 5'3" twinny that we call "Echo", his 5'6" & 6'0" New Machines.
In anticipation of this Mex swell, I jumped in the shaping room & cranked out a 6'6" New Machine, then on a lark, decided to add a 6'10" Stinger to his quiver.
Haakenson & the crew were great, cranking the boards out in two days giving me time to pack them up, sick them on Amtrak Saturday to Anaheim were Derek picked them up and jumped on a plane for Oaxaca this morning. The photogs are lined up, and were praying the surf forecast hits the nail on the head.
The 6'10" Stinger is 21-3/4"x3". A bit more float for DT, but he handles volume well and can surf anything imagineable. The bottom configs have vee in the nose entry followed by single to double concave near the fin area couple with a peaked vee that transitions to a flat bottom at the tailblock. Rails are full up front, no pinch.
Both boards were glassed with Modified-Poly-Acrylic (MAP) resin in a UV cure. Double 4 oz bottoms using S Glass & Warp Cloth. Don't want these puppies buckling or worse, snapping in big thick Mexi barrels.
To be continued when we get some surfing visuals.......
P.S. Last pic is of the 6'6" New Machine
Is that bottom one a cloth inlay?
all the best
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill
Kinda funny, I was talking to a guy at Haakenson's a couple weeks ago, another shaper w/20 yrs. into it. The board was sitting on the rack and he looked right at it and said "ah, fabric inlay, nice."
BF art, no two exactly alike. Spray can & hand paint, then overlay using doilies & other stencil type stuff.
Some new ones of Derek riding his 6'8" in some hefty Nicaraguan vibrations.
Let's see if this work:
Let's see if this cut n paste works in lieu of a share option: https://www.facebook.com/derekthomasofficial/videos/10156780977723409/