Keep it up mate, i feel like noone cares and then you say thanks for the post some times and it makes me stoked!
BTW moving house this friday, and i wont be getting the boards finished before i go which is sad. and just life.
Love your work
@reclaim_surf formerly Skatement
(Adam) Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia
I´ll second that. Keep it up. Even if there are no answers sometimes, I bet there are a lot of silent followers out there.
I´ve always followed this thread with great joy as a silent unregistered guest.
Thanks for the encouragement! Here's what I'm thinking for my next board...
A tangent off the Gordita, probably using the same big boy blank, which worked really well for the Gordita. This one more shortboard oriented in shape, whereas the Gordita was more fish or stubby oriented. An inch narrower, with a pulled in nose, thruster fin setup, and single concave. But similar foil, rails, and rocker to the Gordita.
Check this out, from the General Discussion page, 7'10" x 23 1/2" x 3 7/8"
So almost 8' long by 4" thick, by a little over 23" wide.
Michael Junod is an established shaper with a reputation, cool for me to see that he's working in the same general dimensions that I have been exploring as well, The Joe Blair zone haha! This has to have been a custom for a big guy (or old guy).
The sketch of your outline looks nice an clean. Are you planning to do railchannels again ? (I guess thats what the stripes are for in your sketch).
22x3.1/4 would suit me well, too.
I noticed (since I started reading here in 2015) you like a little more volume in most of your boards. Thats why I´m always curious when you tell about your boards and your shapes and why I´m following this thread closely.
Beeing a big guy and on top of that landlocked, I like to have a little more foam as well. I never felt a 22 (or even 22.1/2) wide board would hold me back or be a disadvantage, and I feel like everything under 3 is simply to thin for me.
That Michael Junod outline is pretty sexy.
23.1/2 and 3.7/8 are quite "remarkable", but hidden well in that shape.
I will keep this as a good example next time my "98 pund weakling" buddies tell me my 22 wide / 3 thick boards are tankships.
That bit of extra volume takes a little getting used to, but comes in handy in a crowded lineup with no consideration for age. I have also seen Stretch boards in this same general size.
Yes it is planned to have rail channels like the gordita. I am not a large surfer, but age and aggressive crowds have pushed me into riding these. "big boy" boards, and it's been working pretty well for me.
Currently I've been dialing back the volume a little to see if I can keep my advantages but get just a tiny bit more performance.
Nice picture !
(I know all the other pictures of you surfing, nice to watch everytime)
"I am not a large surfer, but age and aggressive crowds have pushed me into riding these."
I know, I´ve read every single page of this thread. :-)
By far I neither got your surfing- and shaping- experience/knowledge, nor do I have your surfing skills. I´m only 37, so quite young.
But: I get a lot of inspiration and ideas from your concepts and all the thoughts in this thread.
If you ask "Why?". I´m struggling with arthritis since I´m a boy, the doctors always estimate me 20 years older judging by my x-rays. Which means I´m simply not as elastic as most of the other guys in the water.
That plus beeing big guy, plus beeing landlocked and only surfing sporadic means I´m looking for some "advantages" here and there as well.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your experience. It´s a good source for inspiration for me.
Glad to hear I could be of some positive good here, sorry to hear about the arthritis but lack of flexibility comes with age too as you say.
In this regard, the bigger boards also make a stable platform for pop-up, which has proven beneficial as well.
As far as a prevailing prejudice against these larger boards, I encounter this too, but take my solace in my wave count and fun factor.