Ok, this board was mentioned in another thread and L.I.T. asked some questions about it... I figured it should get it's own thread.
To start off, I am a hack shaper at best. I am also a hack glasser at best. I have only built about a dozen boards total. If at any time during this thread you think to yourself "geeze, what an ass, chrisp is totally full of himself" please know that I am not. I totally lucked out with this board. Any positive qualities that this board has are due to outright luck, and luckily applying what I have learned from others.
That said, this board totally rocks and is the best board I've ever ridden.
Here is my initial review of the board on the ERBB:
Still buzzing from my session this morning.
Third session on the twinzer. First in halfway decent waves. HH glassy with some texture wonky beachbreak some OH sets on the outside bar that were really walled and funky. Really started backing off with the incoming tide but the inside bars were still good. The best waves were about HH and would just run on the lefts. Had to pick 'em though.
I am totally drinking the twinzer Cool Aid!!!
The gas pedal on this board is amazing! Just stomp it and GO! And it eats up the flat spots like no other board I have ever surfed. But it will also go on rail with ease. The mythical "fast and loose".
A couple of turns I thought were gonna be throwaways but the board would wrap all the way and end up back under my feet like I meant to do it. This board is gonna force me to surf better! SO STOKED!
Took a really late freefall with the lip drop on one OH set wave. Didn't expect anything but was happily surprised to stick the drop and project way around the section.
Super duper stoked on this board. So glad I read all the twinzer reviews on this thread. I am hooked... Can't wait 'til tomorrow morning!!!
This review was after just a few sessions. Now, 4 months later, all I can say is "even more so". This is my goto, everyday board and it still surprises me.
Fast, loose, drivey, nimble, solid. From waist high barely surfable to well overhead and thumpy beachbreak.
Those guys over at the ERBB (especially Ghostshaper) were really helpful with placement numbers and fin sizes. Everybody that sees this board says "that's a lot of fin". That was my initial thought too. But, there are none of the drawbacks from big fins. This board has improved my surfing immensily and I can't wait to get it back in the water. Did I mention I blew out my toeside main fin and box. Grumble grumble...
The build was super simple. USBlanks 6'2"A. Final dimensions are 6'0" x 15 3/8T x 20 5/16 x 14N x 2 1/4. There is a slight single concave that is deepest between the feet and fades to flat at the rear of the main fins. The rails are kinda average. Not thin and not thick. Sharp in the tail and tucked edge runs up to about the halfway point before going round. I used Robin Mair's Gearboxes and love them! This board happens to be my first attempt at colored resin work. On the bottom you can see my "anti-shark stripes" (patent pending). I glassed this one 2x4 deck 1x4 bottom with a fin patch. I was shooting for light and snappy...
Fin placement is different from a lot of twins and twinzers. I went with placements more towards the tail.
Main fins are at 8 1/4" and 1 1/4" off the rail toed 1/4" over 4 1/2". With the Gearboxes, I have adjustability too.
The canards are set parrallel to the mains and there is a 1 3/8" gap between the fin lines. The rear dot of the canard is exactly 1 3/8" over at 90* to the front dot of the main fins. Hope that makes sense.
The fins are handfoiled (by me) G10 in Greg Griffins template. I make my tabs slightly undersized so I get extra adjustability. If the mains are all the way forward in the boxes, they end up exactly on the rear dots. So, from there I have 3/8" of rearward adjustability... As for the canards, they are the opposite. If they are all the way BACK in the boxes, they are on the rear dot and that gives 1/2" of overlap with the main fin. If I move them all the way forward, there is only about 1/8" of overlap... I run the fins on the dots. But plan to play with moving them around. Honestly, the board goes so good that up until now, I have just left them alone... The main fins are 5 3/4" tall and the canards are 3 1/2" tall. The main boxes have 2* cant and the canards have 6*.