first stock board in a while; 7’2″ hillbilly hull, us blanks green density. Holler at me or see it at birD’s when it’s built.
This past week I had the privilege of witnessing some of the best craftsmen in the surfboard industry practice their skills up on “the hill”. I feel very fortunate to get a glimpse into this world that is completely invisible to most. One of these craftsmen was Sam Cody. A veteran color guy, both resin and airbrush, Sam has worked for some of the greatest labels in surfing.
I completed a shape that a good client of mine requested and was very stoked that he decided to splurge for one of Sam’s “falsa” jobs. Not even remotely cheap, but you have to see one to believe it. Seriously, he recently did some falsa stringers in a board for Jim Phillips that even the veteran sander at Bing didn’t recognise for a good portion of the job, and this is a guys that knows! Here is the man at work and just a taste of the beginning of the project.
Sam not only makes it look like a traditional balsa glue up, but on this particular board, he decided on making it look like high quality, carefully chosen lumber. His skill and attention to detail is unsurpassed and often underappreciated.
The guys up on the hill are really moving these along. Look for them at Mitch’s North soon. HPH’s (hydrodynamic planing hull/Simmons) in 5’6″ clear, 5’10” light olive, and 6’4″ caramel.
In the works is a new birthday board for Holly. I shaped a refined, slightly piggish nose rider for her and then delivered it into the hands of Sam Cody. He occupies a space up on the hill in the former Channin factory, currently Bing and Jacobs. Sam is truly a master of the craft and art of surfboard color. Whether resin or paint, Sam’s bag of tricks is bursting at the seams.
Here is what he has done for Holly’s nose rider. Remember this board is foam.
I’m very pleased to announce that Mitch’s North will soon have a selection of my HPH/Simmons boards. If I could pick one shop in San Diego to place my boards, it would be Mitch’s. When I started shaping, it was Mitch that supplied everything I needed, no judgement, no hassles, no industry insider shenanigans. I’ll forever be grateful.
So stop in to Mitch’s North and see Loraine, Micah, Tony and the rest of the crew, for a legitimate old school surf shop experience.
I was reminded Wednesday, why a keep a hull in the bus, even though I surf in San Diego. I got to Tourmaline kind of late (9:30 a.m.). There was no swell called. The line up was textured and uncrowded. The sets were, however, coming in about waist high and although sectiony, ran on through to the inside. I pulled out my 6’7″ HPH, mid Simmons for my nephew, and my 7’3″ Malibu/SD hull for myself.
The feeling of carving down the line and cutting back with your feet about ten inches apart is nothing short of sublime. Lean it over, and it turns. Bury the rail, and it flows on through. It’s like that favorite 70’s slalom board, no kicktail, just carving. It makes all the other days of moving it around and out of the way in the bus totally worthwhile.
7’2 1/2″ volan, sage tint, g&p
NOW AVAILABLE AT BIRD’s SURF SHED
A couple boards are in the works up on the hill right now. Both will have a single box, nice earth-tone resin tints, and full gloss and polish.
7’6″ hillbilly hull