surfboard design and const. boards

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LESider's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

EyeSurf has really come through for alot of us here by making a pdf of this book.
I was hoping some of you could share your thoughts on the different boards and if you have actually shaped one of the boards "by the book". I know the fish is the board that interests most people but I was looking at the egg as a good first board to shape.
EyeSurf thanks again

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rooster's picture
Joined: 03/18/2004

Check out Paul Jensen's website and take a look at his fish. Yes!Yes!Yes! Mike

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LeeV's picture
Joined: 03/17/2004

Gotta guy that works with me that does everything by the book. He wanted to learn how to play pool. Spent three weeks reading books on how to play pool. Took him to a bar and after a couple of hours of getting the feel of stuff, he started beating everyone. He also plays guitar. He learned by reading tab (special guitar notation for those who don't read music). He practices a lot and can play some really, really difficult stuff perfectly. "Eruption" note for note...The other day I sat in with him and played some rhythm on some Jimi stuff. After a while I said, "Hey let's just do some jamming, 12 bar shuffle in A. I'll take the boogie line and you do some lead..." He looked at me like I had 3 heads.

"Do you have the music?" he asked.

"No, no. Just play something...you know, improvise."

He started to pack up, "If you tell me the song, I'll download the tab and we can play next week."

"Naaaah, that's ok. Maybe some other time."

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wildy's picture
Joined: 03/19/2004

Interesting analogy, LeeV, very interesting indeed. You can learn many things, but to understand them fully is totally another story. I guess that's where many years of determination and practice could come in handy. To some it just come naturally.

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Bert_Burger's picture
Joined: 03/19/2004

i have a similar experience to lee v ....a few years back the motor blew in my toyota hiace van....any way i didnt wanna fork out 6,000.00 for another gutless peice of crap deisel engine ,so i decided to put a petrol engine in ,no one would do it for me ,as it was a major conversion ....i thought stuff it ill do it myself ,,,found a wrecked late model holden ,with a fully computerised engine & gearbox management system ,most crew thought i was dreaming about putting a high powered modern engine in a hiace van....
anyway 6 months go by , in that time im down the libary getin books on ,welding ,engineering,performance tuning modern engines,automotive engine management systems,automotive electronics,computers,and wiring diagrams....
and while it was a major mindbending exercise,which saw many spanners flying ,and nearly had me in tears when i was connecting the computer and the myriad of sensors and 2 months of just cutting and soldering fine wires,after 6 months of every weekend ,and after work every night till late .
i was driving around in a van that could pull 200 kmh , and stand up on 2 wheels at the launch,,,,,
now i have to admit that even tho i read everything i had to ,to get the job done and i learnt alot and got a good understanding of how to milk more performance out of an engine....
i still knew nothing in comparison to some of the people i went to for guidance,i ended up making good friends with a whole bunch of drag racers none with less than thirty years experience,every time i would make a suggestion like,why dont you make the cam smaller and adjust the length of the rockers to compensate for valve lift? then i would get a clear concise answer as to the fors and againsts of such a change ,from people who had such a good understanding of all the dynamics of performance engines and who could weigh up every subtle change in one aspect of an engine and how it would effect the whole system......
i think its the same with surfboards ,you could learn everything possible all the rules and laws of design ,but there is still no substitute for experience,,,,,
i could read every book possible ,but theres no way i could ever offer the quality of advice that my drag racing buddies could give....
but the information i did access via books was invalueable and it enabled me to step right into the professional level , but not give me the understanding of the masters....which just comes with time....
ok thats me for a while im heading up north for a few weeks ,least those long dessert stretches of endless road are a little more bearable now....

have fun
regards
BERT

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