Board is all finished & "ready to go". Can't wait to try it out.
My final thoughts on the board? I'm very happy with the shape. Considering that I haven't built a board in over 2 years, I think this is my best shape(accuracy & symmetry). I know theres' still room to improve, but I'm "stoked" to see if it surfs as I designed it.
Finish wise, I'm not that happy. I hadn't used that carbon veil before & didn't like its "transparency" & then I compounded the problem with a tinted hot coat which made the bottom look "streaky". We'll do it different next time. My sanding skills also need "alot of work".
looks nice Chris. That would make a good wind wing board too. Do you switch stance when you jibe or tack or stay in one stance?
Charlie-I'm not really sure about it for wing foiling as I don't do that (yet).The wing foil boards I see at my local break appear to be shorter & wider (they almost look like body boards). As for switching stance - sometimes yes & sometimes no. Since it takes slightly longer to switch stance with footstraps I don't always.If its a fairly big day (overhead +) sometimes I have to do a "chicken jibe" in front of the wave going out to avoid it dumping on my head then I won't change stance. Most other times I do change so that my feet are "regular" for dropping in on rights..
It turned out nice Chris! Don't worry about minor cosmetics and don't bother pointing out booboos that only you will notice. (Tip from famous guy Paul Jensen) Also, check out this high tech composite board - they make 'em look streaky on purpose. https://www.hawaiiansouthshore.com/collections/kai-sallas-longboards/pro...
Light Winds came up yesterday & it gave me a chance to test the board out. When I designed this board, I was thinking of days when the wind was blowing 12 to 15 mph with waves.
When I arrived yesterday, it was blowing ~ 7-9mph. Not quite enough but I wanted to see what the "low end" of the board was so I rigged my largest kite & went out. Not enough so I slogged out & back in. At least I didn't "sink. Later the winds built up to ~ 12-14mph & I went back out. Man -this things a "rocketship". Once on a plane it also pointed higher upwind than any board I've previously had. Coming back in i caught a little waist-high wave. I've never surfed a quad before. This thing was far looser than I expected. I'm going to need some time to get used to it. I'm really excited & looking forward to the challenge. Overall, I think the board "works" as I designed it.
Fantastic! Love the sweet smell of success!