HERE'S A SWEET DEAL for someone in Florida or thereabouts.
I mistakenly shipped a tri fin 6'3" V Machine to a customer that was supposed to be a 5 fin. It's a brand new stick and I'm asking $600 with fins included. It's better for me to offer a deal @ $600/OBO than to have the board shipped back. His new one went out today and he will be posting this on Craigs List for the Jupiter FL. area. This is from my files, and board has the same layout as this one.
You can email Sal at: [email protected]
Johann wants a V8 with gray resin tint, cut lap Volan Cloth, deck and fin box patches and full gloss & polish...... he had seen an SVM I had done awhile back and sent this nifty piece of foto work over to me so I would get it right for him.
Board is going thru glass and should turn out a real beaut....
Deadshaper, your boards could not stay any better!!! Amazing art job also!!
Obrigado irmão.......... ;)
Just gotta tell you I love your shapes- can just SEE how functional they are; the eye knows- and while graphics are a matter of taste, you consistantly do exactly what I like best on a surfboard (especially the "v" shape. it's just right). Love it.
Hope I can get one of your boards someday. Keep the photos coming!
Currently shaping a whole group of V8 'Lean Machines'....... these are the deep deep deep vee bottoms meant to be ridden far forward toward the middle of the board. You fudge your foot back a little at a time for a looser ride until they go squirrley then finally spin out if you are too far back....
I tell people I intentionally designed the boards that way to offer up something enitrely different for more creative surfers. The old vee bottoms would spin out which ushered in that era of huge ass wide based fins as deep as 13". Some of those fins were full twanger flex fins.... it would feel like a dog wagging his tail when you were hitting the lip or in other dicey wave positions, esp. when using one of those Greenough Stage 3 polypropelene fins! G&S came out with their Hy (Hynson) Performance high aspect fin, Wilderness in SB would layup 30 or 32 layers of volan glass and foil them out by hand saying that the perfect flex was attained when you could flex the fin tip 1/8" or so using only your little finger.
Everyone was turning on, tuning in, dropping out... or dropping in on their latest vee bottom concoction... those were the days I remember!
Retro ain't retro if you were there!
Chris, Lockerbie, Randall Rostoker & myself circa 1972. During that period, I revived Jeff White's (rip) 1960's "Owl" label eventually handing it off to Marc Andreini when I expanded the store to a 4 store chain and no longer had time to exclusively do all the boards. Marc and I collaborated on the boards thereafter and he was making some terrific stuff. It was a great time that will always be fondly remembered!
OK back to positive energy and the task at hand. This is an email I rec'd yesterday from Tod D. who is living & loving the dream down in Todos Santos. He's surfing so much that I told him I'd beef up his glass jobs to keep his boards more durable for all that enviable surfing he gets to do! He's one of a few ex-pats that I'm supplying with equipment down in Baja. Feedback is always critical and very much appreciated. ----------------------------------------------------
"NW swells have given way to SW swells down here and given me some time to think about the 7' FOY I've had the pleasure to ride this season. Got lots of comments saying that I was riding the best guys here had seen. I chalk it up to having more movement with the smaller, rounder tail. I can still catch the waves but unlike on the Stoker I have so much more powerful movement. I can drive the board rather than ride the board. So, thanks for a great FOY. I have watched the good, older, respected crew here and while they all have their tried and true boards they all ride longer in order to get into the wave easier and quicker....especially on the big and more critical days. On those days my 7' was more challenging to get into the faster/bigger swell and has me contemplating something to complement the 7' by going as long as 7'8" and maybe also get a 7"4" to cover all options. I would be able on bigger days to get in quicker but would still have a board with drive. I am 61 and the small crew I reference above range up to almost 70 are committed. I'd like to keep it going as long as possible and think the longer FOY's might do that with the 7' as my daily go-to. Let me know what you think". Thanks... TD
Here's my thinking on this: You gotta catch 'em to ride em, and not just catch them BUT CATCH THEM WITH CONFIDENCE. I know personally from my own past history of riding and 'conquering' respectable Sunset Beach, it was ALL ABOUT THE TAKE OFF.. If you get in early & with confidence, you stand to shine rather than whine. I had a guy say "you must be local?" and I responded "nah, I'm JOJ" (just off jet).... for all my humility, the guy dropped me on the very next wave! He was a haole too! Faced with the choice of "the older I get, the better I wuz"... you have to adjust your surfing equipment accordingly. To do otherwise is basically..... d-e-n-i-a-l, and that is not going to work to your advantage.
I'm ON YOUR SIDE.
Bottom line, how you ride is more important than what looks good under your arm or on top of your car. If that's all you care about, get a drill and bolt the board down to your car racks. My job is to be your "shaper shrink", make you a hero rather than a zero and get you to embrace it. ;)
Tip: Laugh at life, we all f-ck up, and the more you realize it the better friend & more lovable you become!
Yesterday was the annual fundraiser for the Wildlife Care Network held at the Montecito Country Club. WCN worked hard with other agencies to balance the complex and fragile ecosystem while preserving the island fox species on our nearby Channel Islands. They rescue over 3,000 animals of many different species each & every year. Here are some pix of the event which included many vacation getaways, the surfboard I donated (my wife and I have donated our Cabo timeshare & other surfboards in the past) and some other silent auction items along with pix depicting the overall feel of the event. It's a worthy cause and well worth supporting.
We are on the cusp of summer. The V8 'lean machines' are starting to catch fire with orders coming from NY, Florida, Oregon & Japan .... as well as Cali.
I'm currently shaping about 20 of these ranging from 6'6" to 8'6" in length. The ones shown here in front of the glass shop are 7'2" & 7'4" they run 23-1/2" x 2-5/8".
Here are some pix of Hawk laying up one with Vinylester resin before & after the resin cures. Efrain is also shown working on another batch of regular UV polyesters. The cured Vinylester has that 1960's longboard look to it and the stuff is really strong. Renny (Yater) has been doing quite a few of his Spoons with the stuff.
These boards go really good and absolutely haul ass in 1 to 5 ft. crap soft surf and can ride even bigger facey waves with no push. I'm supplying Volan Hand Foiled Greenough fins with these boards.