staegermeister wrote: I'm so glad I chose to start shaping. It has totally changed my surfing and my approach to the lifestyle as well.
That statement alone, causes me to give you a point. By the way, OCD isn't all that bad, as it relates to surfboard building. But, you already knew that.
The board looks good and remember; the shape is what really matters and wax covers the deck. Bet it will look Super with a cross coat, hash tagged and combed wax job and a new leash. You have the right attitude. An appreciation of the lifestyle and a respect for what goes into a REAL surfboard and the people who contribute to the hand shaped and laminated surfboard. There is just toooo much leisure activity and sport in Surfing these days. Sprinter Vans stacked high with Costco foamies and stand ups gag a line up. Almost no one who surfs up here in the NW lives on the Coast. It used to be a sacrifice to wash dishes and sleep in a van to be on the Coast and live near your spot. Every "surfer" who sees the "lifestyle" aspect of Surfing should have to build at least one surfboard or quit and take up golf. It's the only way such a person can realize what goes into a surfboard. I certainly understand the statement; "You should have been here yesterday".
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
Man I really like that board. Color, outline... everything. I agree with others that the "imperfect" finish is attractive. You know it wasn't mass produced and thought and care went into its construction.
Part of surfing is mental. If you're emotionally invested in your board that adds to the experience. I positively love seeing someone crank a turn or jet down the line on a board I built. That's a feelz that you can't buy. The next best thing is surfing a board that you had a hand in designing, to the point that it's being set up the way you want it.
I'm on the friends and family program so every board I build involves as much rider input as possible into the design. I want them to own as much of the board as is possible. The only exception is for the noobs whose primary focus is getting any wave.
On Maui years back; I shaped two identical longboards for two brothers. Not twins, but pretty damned close in age. The older bro paid for the boards and I painted them to their specs, then took them up to Dave Gott at Pauwela Cannery to be glassed. Nothing fancy, but very nice. Dave Petersen put a nice pin line around my sloppy panels. The older bro was a better surfer and spent more time in the water,usually out on the North Shore at lesser spots in the Hookipa area. I had told him what I thought the characteristics of the boards ride would be. I told him the board would catch waves easily, turn well, noseride a bit and generally be alot of fun in small surf. Up to 4' or belly high. But I told him; " If you get it into chest, shoulder or head high semi-hollow waves it will blow your mind. Speed, tubes and turns. It will take off". It felt really good when he caught me in town a couple of months later and excitedly told me that I was right! He said it did exactly as I said in small surf, but was completely blown away by the speed and section connecting that occurred in slightly larger surf. Sometimes you never hear or see what a customer does on one of your boards. But when you do get a report like that, it confirms your shaping. Lowel