Approx 3/4" wide by 3/4" deep
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Twingle ride report?
Send me your dinged, damaged, and yellowed.
Nothing new to report on the twin-gle fin setup.
I had ridden the board as a twinglefin and liked it, but never got very comfortable with it. All that volume, and length, and the fat rails made it hard to manhandle the board, so I would pass it over time after time. It almost felt like too much board for me.
Putting in the rail channels, and the quads, was an attempt to make it a bit more user friendly for me, as an incentive to spend some time with it. Like many here, my surfing time is limited, so there is a constant battle between wanting to ride a familiar, comfortable shape, vs a new, different, somewhat uncomfortable board for the sake of exploring new designs.
I have been riding quads, so I thought that might make it feel a bit more familiar. And rail channels were added to make handling it easier.
And those changes have had a big impact for me, I now feel comfortable grabbing the board and paddling out into the little bit bigger south swell stuff we've been getting lately. The quads are working good, I really love the feel and handling of a quad, it suits my style really well. I feel like I'm finally starting to get a handle on riding this one. But I'm talking 4 short sessions in good but very crowded surf.
I have some beautiful twinglefins for this board, and eventually I no doubt will switch back to them, for comparison sake.
If you followed this thread, you know the graphics on this one were designed as a tribute to the hand painted signage of a bygone era. I recently came across a good article on the internet about this subject, and wanted to share a link for anyone interested.
Here's a couple good quotes that I thought were worth sharing...
"...a hand-painted sign tugs at us more than the industrial version, especially in visually chaotic environments. 'There’s something appealing about the human touch, even if it’s subconscious. You take it in.'”
“We’re losing a synapse in our mass consciousness with the computer,” Dewhurst says. “What’s human knowledge if you can’t do something with your hands and understand the process?”
“Everything is so digital and screen-oriented that people need a reprieve,” says Kasabian. “Having something handmade reminds you that you’re a human.”
Made a dawn patrol run up to 3rd point Malibu by way of the new Lagoon park, my photog buddy Randy Wright got a few snapshots of my beachcomber board.
I love the last pic huck!
Sunshine Coast (hoax) Queensland Australia
I would rather be someone's shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea.
thanks guys. It was really kind of a lackluster session, mainly cuz the waves were real section-y, and not peeling like you normally think of Malibu. And the waves were real ledgy, and dumping HARD! These were the smaller waves that day, the set waves were considerably bigger, but no more makeable.
This was 3rd point, at the very top, by the new lagoon park, and it wasn't peeling off like 1st and 2nd point. But man, the crowds were thick at 1st and 2nd, just a handful out here at 3rd. Topanga had been super crowded lately too. Earlier in the week I had gone out at Topanga, sat outside and caught a few set waves, only to have them ruined by the mindless crowds sitting right in the path of travel. One good wave that day, a fluke, my last wave in.
Anyway, whenever I have a build thread, and I get some pics in action, I'm always anxious to post 'em up, cuz to me that's the final icing on the cake of a build thread, some surfing pics of the board.
The board has its good points, primarily which is its a paddling beast, so nice in a crowd when you want to get in early and there are 10 other guys who want it too. It does real well in waves shoulder high, or a little more, but it seems to want clean glassy conditions, it doesn't like wind chop at all. I'm still adjusting to it, as I have so many boards and only get out (for a short session) a few times a week on the good weeks.
But it seems to do well according to what it was designed for. Hopefully my mobility issues will improve and I'll get to retire soon and spend a bit more time out in the water with my many boards :-)