Randy's had quite a few reputible local shapers build them for him. Now I believe Bruce is doing them in Santa Ynez, near Santa Barbara.
My friend Josh rides them exclusivly in all kinds of surf. You should buy one, then you can measure it yourself and build one. Honor the lineage.
Randy (Stoker) worked out this design with Jeff Kruthers over a decade. The design was inspired by Greenough's kneeboard and the stuff that Ted Spencer & Michael Peterson surfed in Oz.
Some of the other notable shapers that have done these boards previous to me are Craig Hollingsworth, Brad Johnson and Wayne Rich.
Over the last 3 years I've done the lion's share of them, refining and focusing on the key points of why people are attracted to them. They join a family of board designs I term "HPD's" or High Performance Drivers. Over the last couple years I've boosted the horsepower for more speed and tweaked the planing profile to be more efficient.
"SVM's", as I call them for short, paddle like a longboard but surf like a shortboard. Unlike most fish, they surf 3D vs 2D. They S turn and carve beautiful roundhouse cutbacks with ease. Fish surf flat & skatey. These crap all over (most) fish.
They go Mach 2 in gutless slop leaving most other boards of equal size in their track. You ride these boards 8" to 10" shorter than your glass slippers. But some people are going a lot shorter than that. I've worked on more templates offering them in the 4'6" to 8'6" size range. An 8'6" will float a 350 lb NFL linebacker.
These are currently availble at Backdoor Boardshop in Solvang, Anacapa Surf n Sport (Oxnard), also Lavellette NJ. Just PM me for more information. I've receivedsome inquiry from the UK, and we are currently working on supplying Europe. For the DIY'ers on Sway's I can do you a shaped blank that you can finish off yourself if you are so inclined. Shipping is available on a quote basis for finished or shaped blanks.
Here's some eye candy. You can see more on Bruce Fowler deadshaper Facebook which I update regularly. The other FB site listed on this thread is a fan site only but if you look under discussions, there is more info about the designs.
I just got this email:
I hope all is well.
we recently returned from Mexico where we have our property. The first is a photo taken from just below our landin El Mojon. The second is a shot of Rob Machado and I at Bara De La Cruz, just down the road.
I love the board and so did Rob, Taylor Knox, and Heath Walker. We spent the week down there with those guys doing a Reef shoot. They know who you are now.
Nice to know you're not dead, dead.
Snowman has been trying to get me on one for at least 5 years....and recently he did......Some overhead waves at Topanga and I found it easy to ride....makes the drops and squirts off the bottom and goes.....
I just retreated up to Oaxaca after surfing Barra de la Cruz for 5 days or so.....I think a V machine would have been a nice option to at least one of the two boards I am lugging around. Every person I have talked to who has ridden one.....has been positive about the experience....
Probable be ordering one through Snowman......
I like the outlines on these. Are they typically single fins, or something else?
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SammyA wrote: I like the outlines on these. Are they typically single fins, or something else?
agreed, and would like to hear about the fin set up as well
very versatile looking shape
SammyA wrote: I like the outlines on these. Are they typically single fins, or something else?[IMG]http://www2.swaylocks.com/files/DSCN2220.JPG[/IMG]
As I was walking up the beach after surfing Haleiwa one morning a few weeks ago, I was drawn toward a board with a distinctive wide tailed shape. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the Stoker logo which I had seen on the net somewhere. The owner sitting next to the board turned out to be Randall Stoker and he told me the whole stoker story. The board had a really wide tail, a wide semi pointed nose and a thruster set up. I could barely hold the board under my arm, but I really liked the shape. Kinda conicidentally I have a shorter, 5'8" cut out blank sitting in my shaping room that has a similar outline. I was gonna make a twin out of it, but after seeing the stoker machine, I'm leaning toward a similar thruster set up. Nice meeting you Randy.
"Its not rocket science..."
Stoker V Machines work best as dedciated tri fins. Different guys have tried to 'bastardize' the design over the years. The most common change is to make it a 2+1. Everyone I know that did this ended back up on the tri fin set up.
There are some pretty shoddy knockoffs of these out there. One comment was the board was so stiff a longtime lady friend of mine (and accomplished surfer) couldn't turn it. I know who shaped it and won't name names, but it illustrates my point. The ones I do are loose with a high performance rear end and a quick planing longboard kinda front. There are many subtleties that make for magic ones and it took me a good amount of time to dial stuff in. No wonder I won't share what blanks I use and private rockers on file.
They don't like chop, but then who really does? For rough water and bigger waves I'll be developing the next generation called "The Ultimate V Machine".
That's a teaser........... more later.
For now, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
P.S. PM me if ya want.
When I look at these boards it looks a lot like my Xtra Wide x Xtra Thick build I posted a few months back.
This was the first of this type of board that I have made or ridden. I have been shocked with the fun factor of riding this board. Its the same length as my typical HP shortboards but the combination of extra width, thickness, concave under front foot to V in the tail and a relatively flat rocker makes for a board that catches waves like a dream. The board also carries speed, turns and accellerates out of turns like nothing else. Definately the ultimate type of board for average surfers in less than ideal surf.