I'm closing in on 70 and my knees refused to cooperate quite some years ago. Short of knee replacement or extensive effective physical rehab, I'm pondering getting on a paipo again. I had a variety (mostly kneeboards) in 1970-1974 and rode much of the North Shore with them. Imagine a clean head high day at Pipe with less than 15 guys in the water...
But nowadays, I mostly don't miss it UNTIL there's a nice swell in Town, and it's been quite the summer with among other things, the biggest swell in some 15 years. I'm getting antsy and with retirement looming I need something to occupy the mind and body. Maybe even the soul.
So I'm disturbing the electrons on AutoCAD but 3D is beyond me. I remember and dabbled with akushaper, but really all I need is a planshape (which I have) and I'm good to go. Result of which is that I have something that embodies my recall of my first reshape of a broken Surfboards Makaha. Kind of a thumb planshape, with wide and thickest points aft of center. I've made the mistake of putting the center of buoyancy too far forward: it plows badly when you're paddling.
All of which leads to the question: where's the best source for a slab of foam 5'x22", EPS or PU, in Honolulu? Stringerless okay, I have a bandsaw and two hands. I'm aware of Ted Wilson's shop in Kalihi (Fiberglass Hawaii) and in Wahiawa (US Blanks), and am looking at the 5'10" RP in their catalog. Then there's Pacific Allied Products for EPS foam billets, much larger than I want to get into. Anyone got another source, or a billet you could hotwire from?
I'm glassed dozens of boards from minis to tandems with poly, but would be okay using epoxy on EPS. Still have a partial roll of 6 oz x 27" Hexcell glass. I'll cut and insert my own stringers to create custom rocker if need be, might actually prefer that.
I'd prefer to avoid the pink stuff at Home Despot/Lowes and local availability requires it would have to be pieced together.
so let's hear it.... TIA