Creative, and well executed. I'm sure it generates alot of questions on the beach, eh? That setup must really mess with peoples mind ! That has to be as much fun as riding waves with it. Goodonya.
Is it the photo or do I see the fins toed in slightly?
Sounds like Uncle Bill approves.
Surfboards made by hand. Not machine.
Did you make molds of each half before joining them?
Seems like an easier way of reproducing them.
Been riding singles lately.
Love to try one.
Hi Barry. I built the curved wood cores of each side up separately, foiled them and then stuck a 3mm thick fin base strip onto each one. Glassed over both sides of each one and then joined the halves together. Just have to juggle the number of layers of glass to make sure you end up with a correct fin base thickness once it's all joined together.
You could more easily do it with moulds or patterns to lay up the shapes, but I was trying to minimise the weight by using as much wood core as I could.
Bill, Thought I would share testing your idea on Standups.
Someday we should talk about my ''secret foil'', and putting it into production. Give it some thought.
rode my brother's little 6'4" twin single egg yesterday.
super thick with a hull bottom and fins more aligned like what Neal Purchase Jr is doing.
definitely impressed with the speed and grip
might just be the ticket for us single fin old farts same thruster drive without the hip wiggle no slide out or pivot from the single.
I think my next project will be a flat bottomed lo-rockered egg twin singl with a slight nose flip
"ain't no big ting brudda"
I'm glad you had a good experience with that setup. Several folks have added boxes on my recommended 2 inch centers to an existing board whose ride the ''knew'' quite well, only to be shocked by the dramatic improvement in performance, simply by changing the fin setup. (Frankly, that was exactly my experience.) I hope some of them will post their own experiences in this thread. I'm sure there are many readers who are not familiar with the history on that fin setup. Newer forum members might want to consider reading this thread from the beginning, for some perspective.
I've had a chance to ride the Duo fin board in waves up to 10'+ faces. For my size, the board is a bit too thick for performance surfing, but it catches waves really well. It works really well from under head high to just a little overhead. It's about 6' 7" x 20.5" x 3" and made for easy paddling.
We had a really good south swell a week ago and some waves were just hitting the size where Courts will break between the normal take off and Big Lefts. I've seen 3x OH sets when that happens, but it wasn't that big. Used the blue duo that day and I had a lot of fun, but I wouldn't say that I was real comfortable. I used a thinner board the next day and I was feeling much more in control. Trade off was not catching as many waves.
When I made the board I planned to add side fins and make it a quad if I didn't like it. I may add the side boxes and smaller fins and see how that works on the bigger days. With all that foam it has, I have to push real hard to sink the tail in the hard turns. I think the side fins will add bite and I won't have to think about things as much when I ride the board.