A little speed egg 6'3 x 20 1/2 x 2 5/8.
New projects, new slab!!!
A few new achievements...
Just finished up my first board - a 5'7" x 21" x 3" mini simmons. I used a 6-5 fish blank (eps) and chopped about 6" off the nose and 3" off the tail to arrive at a board with a ~2.5" nose rocker and 1.5" tail rocker. I know mini's are meant to be very low rocker - but surfing on the east coast requires a bit of rocker if you plan on catching waves. I made plenty of mistakes but overall I'm pretty stoked on it. It catches just about ANY wave. I've taken it out twice in soupy garbage waves so I don't really know how well it surfs - excited for decent swell/wind.
About the board:
The board has a belly in the nose to shallow concave to double concave out the tail. My biggest mistake was leaving a lot of volume in the nose - it's thick and rounded (on the rail, not plane shape) so whenever I paddle it has a tendency to want to get sucked into the water. Once under the water it actually paddles decently well (almost like an underwater torpedo). The other flaw in the nose is that while paddling for waves, when I push down on my hands to stand up, the nose sinks (thanks to the roundness of the nose rail) under and slows the board down a bit. It's kind of an interesting phenomenon, in bigger soupy waves the nose sinks under and then almost immediately pops up perfectly as I'm standing up. I think it's the board transitioning to planing speed as I'm standing up - it's kind of cool. In smaller weaker waves this phenomenon can put me behind the wave. I've found I can avoid it pushing down a little closer to my hips - no big deal.
Because I chopped 6" off in the tail and 3" in the nose I was left with a foil with too much volume closer to my waist rather than my chest. I should have thinned out the middle of the board a little to shift the rocker profile and foil of the board forward a bit.
The rails are a bit too round/full. I think next time I'll turn them down a bit and tuck them.
Cosmetically I'm stoked with the color. I need to properly sand it - I just gave it a quick job to get it in the water. It has a leopard gloss print because I was too excited to try it. I also had a major issue with fisheyes on the deck hotcoat. I had to sand the entire hotcoat off and retry. During sanding I went completely through to foam (on the nose). I ended up using extra fiberglass to do another nose/deck layup (and try a cutlass for the first time). So i ended up with three layers of 6oz on the deck (although in places it drops as 1 layer due to sanding) and 1 layer of 6 oz cloth on the bottom. I also put in a center fcs-2 finbox for a trailer. I started another thread on my inbox install woes but managed to get them straightened out. In the future I might properly sand it, pin stripe it, and gloss coat it (but probably not).
Like I said earlier this is my first build. I've only been surfing for a year (albeit twice a week minimum through all seasons) so I'm trying to balance a lack of surfing ability and a lack of board building ability. It's been a fun experiment and I'm already thinking about the next one (It'll probably be inspired by the Roberts dreamcatcher - a higher performance shortboard with more volume to get into waves sooner). Part of me thinks I should be spending time on professionally built boards but this is way more fun. I'm open to critiques and advice. A HUGE THANKS to everyone who contributes on this site and the guys at green light surf supply. I couldn't have done it without y'all!
longboard to 6'8" fish rebuild
Scrub it kook
A little slider for Aussie spring waves... Inspiration 'Mandala'
"If it wasn't for the ocean, I wouldn't be here"
love it buddy, where are you getting your blanks these days, you still on the goldy?
i remember you were moving but you mentioned the alley somewhere?
Sunshine Coast (hoax) Queensland Australia
Hey mate I'm at Palm beach and working out of Tweed heads. The blank is pretty cool, it's like a table ha. I think it's call the m2 (but the boys there know it as the table)
well here's the blank, took this just before shaping.
I like that. Maybe a looser mini sim? Bottom contours? Dims?
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