Charlie's build is the first complete prototype of my channel project. Shaped, veneered and glassed with Charlie's "wizardry.” A work of Art!
The CAD and CNC cutting "magic," for the bottom channel as well as planshape and nose-rocker templates, are the work of Jim (jrandy).
The physics, math and design -- bottom channel, planshape, nose rocker -- are my work. I filed a patent application for the bottom-channel design in 2019. I did this to protect myself from the large commercial board manufacturers.
Below are my favorite CAD graphic that Jim created from my design data and me displaying Charlie's sculpture shortly after I received it.
Swaylocks Surfboard Design Forum: thoughts & theories ... practical & theoretical
RAIL PROFILE http://bgboard.blogspot.com/2014/03/march-82014-afterr-seeing-recent.html
Just chuckling- we 'alternative forms' guys do look alike.
And good- while the numbers might not be big enough to pay fpr patent defence in court, still, it'll slow them down some.
Wow, while I'd love to play with it, between the virus and age and infirmity I would be the world's worst test pilot. Plus my access to CAD/CAM equipment is limited, my cousin has a lovely setup but he's working with metal, small production runs of things like firearms parts. Really, really nice firearms parts, though.
In any event, yeah, John Galera- see https://mypaipoboards.org/interviews/JohnGalera/JG_2009-0922.shtml
Doc, I bought this Galera board from Bob Green in Queensland, Australia and rode it until a year ago.The bigger the wave the better it rode as the deep channel needed a lot of water to function.
I expect it will be the same with this cool looking missile from BB30 and Bill.
BB30, that's some great laminate vacuuming !
(chuckling) Bob is on here, he and I have been corresponding for years about paipos, life, the universe and everything. Great guy.
I have always been curious about the Galera model, the very curved bottom always had me wondering how it would hold an edge on a steep section. Could you ( or Bob) chime in on that?
I probably dropped off the latest e-mail chain we had and have been sleeping on the job on this thread (aka my attention has been focussed elsewhere lately).
A word about John Galera - I owe him a debt for sending me one of his paipo boards in 2004 which has sent me on a trajectory of experimenting with all manner of bellyboards.
John's boards are meant to be ridden in Hawaiian surf. Here is some footage of John https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJT3AwuENdg from a small website project: http://home.brisnet.org.au/~bgreen/HawaiiPaipo/HawaiiPaipo.shtml
These boards hold an edge in steep hollow waves. As with the current boards I ride, the single biggest problem is going fast from a hollow section to a full, flatter section where you have to regain an edge. In the footage where John is sliding down the face, this looks more to be a product of being where the lip impacts. The bounce on the first wave is something experienced when riding bellyboards and the shock isn't absorbed in the same way a stand-up surfer can absorb this force.
Regarding the current board, my initial reaction is that the tail channels look too bulky. However, having said that, it depends on what type of wave is intended to be ridden and what experience is sought. I've ridden boards people have raved about and not felt the same way. I also tend to like more curved lines (I can see how this can go wrong as I type) .
However, the only really proof is in how it rides. Great workmanship there.
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Charlie’s skills and craftsmanship are undeniable. I really like Charlie’s interpretation of my suggested rail shape.
I encourage Jim (jrandy) to take a bow. His CAD and computer shaping of the channel and planshape templates were a significant part of the project. Jim was able to do what standard surfboard shaping software/shaping machines could not.
It took 3 people to give this prototype bodyboard its final physical form.
Thanks for the shout-out. I am happy to see the whole thing come together and glad I could be a part of it.
Be safe, have fun. -J
this build thread ans folloing dicussion is rad, make me pumped to get into the two belly boards i have half shapped in the shed, two edge railed beasts, inspired by greenough.
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(Adam) Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia