Coming soon. 5’4 1/2″ unfish HPH. True Ames bamboo keels, concave deck, clear, satin gloss.
working at the factory now:
7’2″ HPH speedster (hydrodynamic planing hull/Simmons), done in 6oz volan, with Calvani/Bing keels
9’1″ EDB (every day board), done in 6oz volan with a single box
and for my own enjoyment and education a mildly asymmetric HPH at 6’8″ (plus or minus) with Mitsven keels and a special “fatigued” resin job by Bing/Adam
contact me for availability and prices, or look for them at Surfindian when they’re ready.
Coming soon to Surfindian! Get it before Chris decides to keep it. This board will be built by Bing using 6oz Volan top and bottom, polished gloss top, satin gloss bottom, with Geppy #2’s glassed on.
Great trip. Got a lot of tattooing in at Avalon Tattoo, almost finishing two ongoing projects and meeting some nice new folks.
The interview with Takashi and Junko from Blue Magazine in Japan went very well I think. They were very professional and nice folks. I’m looking forward to their interview in an upcoming issue. Unfortunately Blue is not published in English at this time so I’ll be hitting up one of my Japanese friends for translation.
I’ve got boards working up on the hill at Bing (formerly Channin) and at Michael Miller’s. Here’s the line up of new stock on the way:
6’2″ arctail quad downrailer: insane Mexican blanket resin top in fall colors, Fins 101 bamboo canard quads glassed on, resin leash loop.
6’7″ HPH Speedster: cool aqua/smoke stripe over tail, Geppy #1 keels, glass leash loop.
7’6″ hillbilly quad round tail: light olive tint bottom, Geppy/Frye quads glassed on, satin gloss finish.
9’7″ HPH: “beetlejuice” smoke/opaque white jailbreak stripes top and bottom, Geppy #2 keels glassed on, resin leash loop.
Thanks to Larry and Robert for their orders. They’ll be done soon fella’s
I see a lot of traffic on the net these days looking for hulls. I’m am by no means an expert on surfboard design, but I am an avid student of design and have researched a fair amount. Here is some of what I’ve learned.
Although the recent fascination with hulls has centered around the Greg Liddle “modified transitional displacement hulls”, any surfboard can be considered a hull. There are displacement hulls, planing hulls and as usually is the case, some variant of the two.
As soon as you put an edge at the tail of your board you have created a planing hull. The very nature of the release provided by that edge, by definition puts that board into planing mode. It the edge were left soft and round, you still have a displacement hull. Now whether it is a good one of either type is another matter.
Have you ever seen the old footage of guys towing behind motor boats on their logs? As soon as they get going, the tail end of the board starts submarining and they can literally walk to the nose and go. This demonstrates a the principle of displacement hull theory. A displacement hull has a theoretical hull speed, above which the water actually sucks the hull deeper into the water (I’m simplifying here). Take a sailboat or any other displacement hull and tow it. At anything above the theoretical hull speed, the boat begins to submarine, actually being pulled deeper into the water. Old, soft edged boards are the same, as are any true displacement hulls being produced today. As soon as you put an edge at the tail, you release the water and the board begins to plane. The modern surfboard, most “hulls” included, balance these principles to achieve the desired effect or feel.
Now I’m sure I’ll get some flak for this, but displacement hulls, by their very nature, are not as fast as planing hulls. They may “feel” faster in a section, but without the release, they are constantly dragging more than a sharp edged board would. Now this is not a bad thing. The feeling of a well balance hull is one of the great pleasures of surfing that most people fail to credit. Surfing one well takes a different approach, especially if you are stepping off a thruster. Single fin riders tend to have an easier time.
Another thing I’ll take flak for, and I’m saying it anyway, Greg Liddle did not invent the displacement hull surfboard. He refined it to an amazing degree, made it work in a short package, championing it when it was completely against the trends of the time, but have you ever seen a Weber Foil? Have you ever really looked at almost any board before the mid sixties? All displacement hulls, although arguably not “modified transitional displacement hulls”, whatever that means. Please don’t take this as me dissing Greg Liddle. On the contrary, I think his boards are brilliant and have been a huge design influence for me. It’s just I get a little frustrated when I here people talk about hull this and hull that, without any understanding of what a hull is.
Thanks John for the kind words and amazing woodwork. And thank you holly for the lovely photos.
Now available at Surfindian in beautiful Pacific Beach, CA
Received this forward from Tyler and Jim at Corduroy Surf Boutique in Portland, Maine. They sold this 5’7″ HPH speedster for me last week. Always a treat to get positive feedback. Of course the East Coast has been going off so they’re all smiling.
Dear Tyler and team-
My brother Kevin, who picked up the mini-simmons from you last week, is still at the coast . . . and absolutely loving the MS. I got a couple days in with him, and it was amazing to watch the board’s versatility! Sometimes he was paddling in and meandering lines like a longboarder, other times tucking right into steep ones with speed! I might take the next one you get in… I have to admit– I was skeptical– a bizarre looking board– that appears to be pretty incredible. Kevin is grinning.