NC Paddle Surfer

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Posted 4 years ago

Move over to my new Blog site here SUP SURF MACHINES

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Board For Sale

Posted 4 years ago

Hunter's board. Contact him at hcbrown1@gmail.com

This is a 10'6" Bic Sports Ace Tec Board. It's a great all round board that
is very stable. It's in very good condition. No dings or damage of any kind.
You can see some marks where the rack straps ran across it but there is no
damage from it. Board was not used more than a dozen times and has been
garage kept. It is 31.5" wide and weighs approx 26lbs and sells for over
$1100 new.

This board does not include a paddle or leash. It comes with board, fins
and deck pad.


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CB Inlet Goes Off

Posted 4 years ago





Beginning of a 100 yard long wave ride.














Wow, endless wave
Surf Machine testing Jacky's new 7'8 W.R.




























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A Few Shots Found in the Camera

Posted 4 years ago

Z surfing Jacky's 9'9 two weeks ago. (I was in Mexico that weekend)



Jacky at the inlet Saturday






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Hanging with my Buds

Posted 4 years ago

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Jacky's First Surf on Her New Board

Posted 4 years ago








She likes it
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Jacky's New Board is Here

Posted 4 years ago

7'8 long 3 3/4 thick


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Incredible Morning of Surf

Posted 4 years ago

Waves that went on forever and ever. The waves held throughout the deep high tide. An amazing morning.
















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Logo Work in Progress

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky's new board. ETA Tuesday
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Board For Sale——-SOLD

Posted 4 years ago

The 8'2 x 30 Funboard is back For Sale again. It was too small for the original buyer, so I took it back and gave him my 9'9 Longboard. Price is $750. Call me 910-297-4567.
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Amazing Video

Posted 4 years ago

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More Contest Photos

Posted 4 years ago

WB Loop Gallery HERE
Experts only type conditions for SUP on Saturday
Jacky on the new 7'8 board
Saturday
Sunday on the 9'9 longboard
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Wahine Surf Contest

Posted 4 years ago

The 2013 WB Wahine Contest ran Saturday and Sunday. Jacky won her heat Saturday and won the final on Sunday in the over 16 SUP Surf division. Saturday's conditions were on shore wind and a rainy mess. I did not go Saturday. These photos were taken Sunday. Low tide, breaking in 1 ft of water, is what they had to work with.



















Photo that appeared in the Sunday newspaper here
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Board FOR SALE

Posted 4 years ago

8'2 x 30 Funboard $750 with fins 910-297-4567 [Link]

Everybody Tries the New 7'8

Posted 4 years ago

The best 7'8 yet. A clear advancement over the original design. It does the impossible. Faster. Looser. More hold.
My first surf on it, about 7:00 AM


Brad's turn on it.




























Surf Machine finally shows up and takes a crack at it








Jacky gets her shot at it.









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The NEW 7'8 Shape is Done

Posted 4 years ago

First surf tomorrow morning.
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Tons of Photos Today

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky on her 9'9 longboard


Jacky on her 7'3 Manatee

Scott on my 9'9 LB

Brad on Jacky's 9'9 LB






Jacky on the 7'3
























Brad likes Jacky's longboard
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Shaped a Sexy One this Afternoon

Posted 4 years ago

105 liters

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Jacky Rips this Morning on Her Longboard

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9'9 x 29 x 4


Double carbon tape on the bottom



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Sunday Fun at the Inlet

Posted 4 years ago

Hunter on his 7'8 and Jacky on the 8'2 Funboard
Jacky



Hunter







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The New 8'2 Funboard Gets Wet

Posted 4 years ago

It's a total mess in the ocean, but the new board must get wet. Stability is the best I have ever experienced in a 112 liter board. It seems to catch everything. So far, I think its performing as I had hoped. E wind please go away.














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Fun Longboard Waves Tonight

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Post Curing at 110 Degrees

Posted 4 years ago

Sanding tomorrow

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Here it is….the New Funboard

Posted 4 years ago

Finished weight 14 lbs with heavy duty glass job. Hot coat on. Proboxes set to McKee. Headed to the bake room.
8'2 x 30
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Sneak Peak

Posted 4 years ago

Nose of the 8'2 Funboard
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Jacky's New Board is Done.

Posted 4 years ago

9'9 x 29 148 L
First Surf Tomorrow Morning
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Another Idea Taking Shape

Posted 4 years ago

8'2 Funboard
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Board FOR SALE

Posted 4 years ago

Z's Manatee For Sale. Call him at 919-667-6036 $750

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The New Board Gets Tested by Brad

Posted 4 years ago

It passed the test! Brad liked it. Brad is a nose riding SURF machine. The surf was a wind blown mess this morning

























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39 Photos of the New Board in Action

Posted 4 years ago

Z and Jacky try my new 9'10 Classic LB. Z didn't want to try it. But after some teasing he did. Now he wants it. It's my best board. The fastest, easiest, and most fun big SUP I have ever surfed.
Jacky










Z up next



























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Surfing Photos of the New Board

Posted 4 years ago

Not sure its called surfing in this mess. The board feels great.















Never mind





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Complete Photo of my New Board

Posted 4 years ago

9'10 x 30 x 4.25 161 liters 18 lbs
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My new 9'10 x 30 Classic LB 161 Liters

Posted 4 years ago

Glassed heavy for lots of walking the deck. Amazingly only 18.0 lbs. It's a resin tint job.
Freshly wet sanded. It still has some sanding dust streaks on the nose.
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4.5 Strapless Wave Sailing Today

Posted 4 years ago


Kook








Kook
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Almost

Posted 4 years ago

It gets wet July 4th.
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Sneak Peak

Posted 4 years ago

Can you guess the inspiration for this board? My deck pad template for the new board in the shaping room now
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New Ideas in the Works

Posted 4 years ago

A huge block of foam arrived today
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Fun at Corncake Sunday

Posted 4 years ago

Hunting for something. Give me anything!
Not much there

Looking better, but beach coming up quick!




Bam, the beach. Steep and deadly here. Not like Cocoa Beach :-(
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Boards FOR SALE

Posted 4 years ago

Time to clear out space in the garage so I can shape up some new ideas
11'3 windSUP $800 SOLD
11'3 windSUP $800 This 7'8 x 28.5 rocket. 13.5 lbs. $650 SOLD
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Awesome Saturday Morning in Cocoa Beach

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Cocoa Beach Strapless Wave Sailing Today

Posted 4 years ago

Side Off wind. Just like home

A few powered moments
Mostly light wind strapless wave sailing






Cocoa Pier
Local, Dave
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Where is Everybody?

Posted 4 years ago

More crowded in NC than here
Surfed every morning. Sorry no photos.
Looking for food
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Good Surf, Poor Cameraman

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky in Cocoa Beach











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It's good to be back in Florida

Posted 4 years ago

The whitecaps vanish when I rig up!
The local crew chillin………this will be us someday
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Wow, Great Waves

Posted 4 years ago


Curtis on my 7'8 design on the south shore of Oahu
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These People Get It!

Posted 4 years ago

It might be an ugly tail, but it works. It looks like they used a real windsurf rocker. I'd love to measure one and see if I'm correct.
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Never Skunked when Strapless

Posted 4 years ago

It works with a paddle
Brian giving it a try
No wind required




It flies on a wave



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4.0 Strapless Wednesday

Posted 4 years ago



Jacky trying to get home after getting swatted like a bug by the honking wind
Must be my turn on the 4.0


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5.0 – 5.5 Strapless Sunday

Posted 4 years ago

The wind switch flipped on at 1 PM









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Good Surf this Morning

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky's on her 7'3 Manatee





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4.5 Strapless Wave Sailing Today

Posted 4 years ago

11 AM Jacky on 4.5m





1 PM my turn on the 4.5m [Link]

Vac Bagging Jacky's Deck Pad

Posted 4 years ago



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Getting Closer! Jacky's Strapless Machine

Posted 4 years ago

Mast track and FCS handle
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Jacky's Board is Shaped

Posted 4 years ago

Strapless Windsurfer
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Your Carolina Cup Winners Here

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky stopped by the race and took these. I was busy shaping her new board







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The Best Down-the-Line Surfing Windsurfer EVER

Posted 4 years ago

All true, for my local conditions. Blowing 12 mph and getting long, multi-turn down the line wave rides. So many, Jacky had to follow me in the truck. Downwinding on a windsurfer now rivals doing it with a kite and surfboard. For me, it feels better. More like SURFING with sail, and less like KITING with a surfboard. More of a surfing feel in my opinion. Really fun. Disclaimer, this not Hookipa. This is a more fun combination for here. I think it would probably be fun for most places. Not counting the known epic windsurfing places around the world.

The board just flies when a swell rolls up behind you. Unlike a windsurfing SUP, which dogs. Rocker is everything.
134 L Strapless ONLY twin fin windsurfer



Sorry, everything shot with an iPhone today


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The New Board Curse

Posted 4 years ago

The wind keeps trying to kill me. Rigged the 4.5. Way over-powered. Weather stations nearby report gusts to 36. Off shore buoy reporting gusts to 56. I just want a normal day to confirm the board is dialed in perfect, before I shape a second one for Jacky. The board does feel great so far.

On Beach Reading
Off Shore Reading
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Epic Fail

Posted 4 years ago

Hit Corncake this afternoon. Blowing sand like I haven't seen in years. Easily 3.7 to 4.2 sailing. Dummy me, shows up with 5m. So mad I haven't been able to connect with the right wind and sail to test this board.
Can't sheet in. The wind is trying to kill me.
I know this is going to be a disaster, but have to try anyway.

Yeah right, no way I can jibe this over-powered.


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Strapless Tonight

Posted 4 years ago

The new board continues to exceed expectations.

This board wave-sails, so much better in typical summer conditions, than a true windsurf wave board, or a windSUP. Imagine the typical SW conditions at Corncake. Light on the inside, honking outside. Side off wind. You come smoking in toward the beach. Searching for a wave, find one, and try to surf it. It turns into a lame ride, as the sail power goes away, and the true wave board, bogs like a dog.

This is where this new board kicks ass. It doesn't bog on the inside. The tail floats and flies. I could get on the tail, spin without bogging, flip the sail, sail clew first out of the bottom turn, smack the lip and redirect and the board takes off again. Repeat, again and again. Jibe in light wind right in front of a set, and still not bogging down. Just effortless and fun. So ideal for our summer conditions. This is not Hawaii. I don't need no stinking straps. I don't need a tiny 7'6 windsurf wave board.

I think a lot of industry have been puzzled by the flop of the windSUP. Most thought it would be a big hit. Now most brands have dropped the windsurf option from their SUPs. Well its the rocker folks. Change the rocker to a windsurf rocker and strapless rocks.

FYI, the board is 15.5 lbs without pad.

The twin fins feel so good!

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Strapless Windsurfing Done Right?

Posted 4 years ago

That is the question. So far, I think I'm onto something. Windsurfing SUPs are OK, but not really right for windsurfing. Pretty lame actually. So this looks like a SUP, but instead of a SUP rocker, it has a real windsurf rocker. This board flies. It has the get up and go typical of a real windsurfer, while having the width and volume of a SUP. So it jibes and tacks in no wind, like a dream. It goes upwind in a northeaster like a kiter. Look out you kiters. I just made kitesurfing obsolete. haha!

Unfortunately the side-on wind of a northeaster isn't a good test for down the line surfing, so we didn't get a good feel for that.

The wind started out 11-13 mph. So I rigged the 6.9m Ezzy Tiger. Then the wind built to 20-23, so trying to actually surf became impossible. A 5.5m would have been ideal to try. But it was home in the garage. Stoked for an awesome summer of windsurfing strapless in the SW winds of corncake.
134 L 8'9 x 30
Dwight


Unweight, stay attached.


Brian McKenzie trying my board


He made it


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My Deck Pad Design – Vac Bagging it Down

Posted 4 years ago

Anybody want to clean my garage :-)
Notice the toe kicks for strapless windsurfing
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windSURFmachines

Posted 4 years ago

Post Cure in the laundry room at 110 degrees
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Windsurf Progress

Posted 4 years ago

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The Twins are Here

Posted 4 years ago

They look small…….
Hope they work
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Shaping Finished

Posted 4 years ago

8'9 134 Liters pure strapless wave sailing
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Putting the SURF back into windsurfing

Posted 4 years ago

This is my attempt to change the game for me. Putting some stoke in wind-SURF-ing. This will be a strapless only wave board. Inspired by the CI Fred Rubble. With a true windsurf waveboard rocker, thickness flow, and deck shape. So it won't work for SUP. It's getting MFC twinzer 17cm fins. It will be a flop, or a blast. It's going to be interesting!
Hot wired and waiting to be shaped.
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Almost like Summer

Posted 4 years ago

Just board shorts and a top………woohoo My 7'4 Manatee [Link]

Here it is, Jacky's New Board…..Finished

Posted 4 years ago

10.75 lbs finished weight. 12 lbs with pad.
7'3 Manatee 102 Liters

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Jacky's board is 11 lbs

Posted 4 years ago

Pre-sanded weight shown. It should be 10.5 lbs sanded. Add deck pad and fins, 12.5 lbs is probably a safe final estimate.
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Jacky's New Wardrobe

Posted 4 years ago


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TIGHT

Posted 4 years ago

Deck lamination under vacuum
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My Tuesday Morning

Posted 4 years ago

The vacuum bag. My vacuum manifold. Lots of breather fabric.
Removed from the bag, release ply still in-place
Release ply getting pulled Board flipped and deck ready for lamination tonight
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Jacky's 7'3 Shaped. Spackle Tomorrow

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Jacky's 7'3 Manatee

Posted 4 years ago

Windsurfer cut on the top rack. Below that is my final piece of foam. Board TBD.
Jacky's 7'3 Manatee after all hotwire cuts
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FOAM !!!

Posted 4 years ago

Next in the shaping room, Jacky's Manatee. Then my strapless windsurfer

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FOR SALE – My personal 7'8 (the original)

Posted 4 years ago

The original that started it all. Weight with pad and fins 14.8. Tough as hell. $650 without fins (Firm)

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Real Waves Saturday

Posted 4 years ago

Brad


Surf Machine



Jacky
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The new 7'4 ready to surf

Posted 4 years ago

Weight Update- After getting some inconsistent weights, I gave in and bought a postal scale and reweighed all my boards.

Weights complete with pad and quad fins installed are:

13.8 lbs 7'4 Manatee 110L "Vacuum Bagged" 2×4oz deck 2×4oz bottom, 1x carbon deck
14.4 lbs 7'8 Jacky Model 90L "table lam, not bagged" 3×4oz deck 2×4oz bottom 2×6oz deck patch
14.8 lbs 7'8 Dwight Model 100L "table lam, not bagged" 3×4oz deck 2×4oz bottom 1×6oz deck patch
15.5 lbs 7'4 Manatee 110L "table lam, not bagged" 2×4oz deck 2×4oz bottom 1x carbon deck
16.5 lbs 8'5 Inlet Runner "table lam, not bagged" 2×4oz deck 2×4oz bottom 1x carbon deck
7'4 Manatee – Vacuum Bagged Original Manatee
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9.5 lb 7'4 Manatee

Posted 4 years ago

9.5 lbs is the final laminated weight. Today it gets hot coated. Using calculated poured hot coat weight, this step adds 2.0 lbs. Sanding may remove 0.5 lbs. Finished estimated weight = 11 lbs bare board. With pad and fins 12.5 lbs. After seeing all the guys vacuum bagging custom SUPs in Florida, I was motivated to bag all my boards, not just my wind-SUPs.

Actual Numbers
2-layer 3.6 oz S Aerialite bottom
2-layer 3.6 oz S Aerialite deck + 3.74 oz 1K full carbon coverage under the deck pad.
1.35 lb EPS – stringerless
Volume 110 liters
7'4 Manatee in the vacuum bag
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A New Shape Done

Posted 4 years ago

7'4 Manatee with rounded squash tail

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My Spring Project

Posted 4 years ago

I'm addicted to being strapless. My own take on this coming this Spring.
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Lady Surf Machine

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky surfs the 8'5 Inlet Runner






















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Flying Manatee

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky wins today. She was a down-the-line rocket on the 7'4 Manatee

























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Wind-SUP Paradise

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky








First session with our ocean going friends





Second session with our flat water friends
Kelly Park
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Like Summer!

Posted 4 years ago

Dwight now wears an orange hat

A big mess out there


If it wasn't for the summer like weather, would I really be out in this mess?
Dave's new 8'8 Cannibal
Mark kiting. Yes, it was windy enough to kite. But who kites anymore? Haha
Jacky on the 8'5. We shared this board today. It was the golden ticket. Loved it.


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Cocoa Beach, Sunday Morning

Posted 4 years ago

In the photo below, notice the guy outside with a floaty on his hat. He's maybe 85 years old and surfing a PSH Hull Ripper 8'11 wearing a coat, wetsuit, and booties. There is hope for all of us.
7'4 Manatee







Jacky's addicted to the 8'5 Inlet Runner





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70 Degree Water!

Posted 4 years ago

Home Sweet Home for the week
Our Hotel View
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Spectacular Sunday

Posted 4 years ago

Jacky's new favorite board. The 8'5 Inlet Runner. It doubles her wave count and it turns great



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7'4 Manatee in Action

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Target Spotted

Target Hit


Surf Machine said its my best board
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7'4 vs 8'5 vs 11'3

Posted 4 years ago

How the 3 boards rank in knee high surf.

Stability-
1) 7'4 Manatee
2) 11'3 windSUP
3) 8'5 Inlet Runner

Catching Mush-
1) 11'3 windSUP
2) 7'4 Manatee
3) 8'5 Inlet Runner

Speed-
1) 11'3 windSUP
2) 7'4 Manatee
3) 8'5 Inlet Runner

Most Fun in knee high surf-
1) 11'3 windSUP…….I could surf this board for hours. It just puts a dopey smile on your face

I think the 3 boards fit their design intent. The 8'5 Inlet Runner for moving around the inlet, tracking down quality surf. The 11'3 for turning nothing into endless fun. A must have board for us. The 7'4 Manatee, for turning less-than-epic days at the pier into something a little more spicy. The Manatee is a good choice for someone wanting to go short, without needing the skills required by the 7'8 Dumpster Diver. The 7'8 is still going to be the ruler, when surf is epic.
7'4 Manatee

Jacky



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7'4 Manatee First Surf Test

Posted 4 years ago

Easy, super stable, catches everything. Paddles straight. Paddles fast and glides better than expected.


Stupid EASY. Rider weight 204 this morning.



I caught this wave




In front of Linter's Winter pad.
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Saturday, Near the House

Posted 4 years ago

Zo

Brad on his 7'8
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Almost Done

Posted 4 years ago

In the water New Years Day
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The 7'4 Manatee

Posted 4 years ago

The paper template. Hot wire next.

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Another one in Progress

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Tons of Photos Today

Posted 5 years ago


Surf Machine


Dwight


Love the 8'5


Surf Machine

She looks good from the bottom
Brad




Surf Machine


Brad
Surf Machine



Brad

Surf Machine
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8'5 version 2 paddle test

Posted 5 years ago






I like it
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The Fin Stash

Posted 5 years ago

The tool box can tumble in the bed of my truck and every fin stays in place. My demo fin collection. For shaking down my shapes.
Mounted in their new home. Homer's Tool Box from Home Depot. Complete with foam lid and key holder
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Another Inlet Runner Almost Done

Posted 5 years ago

8'5 x 31
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Action shots of the new 8'5

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The 8'5 Inlet Runner

Posted 5 years ago

Surfed the inlet today. Sorry no action photos.
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My New 7'8 is FOR SALE

Posted 5 years ago

$775 without fins. I'm too heavy for it at 195 lbs. Max weight for this board is 185. 910-297-4567. You must pick up.
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The 8'5 Inlet Runner is shaped

Posted 5 years ago

Hot wired and ready for shaping
Hot wired
Shaped and spackle applied
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My New Board

Posted 5 years ago

Stability of the new board is less than the original. I call this the Dwight Model Version 2. To compensate for reducing the thickness by 1/4" and shaping the rails ultra thin. (matching a prone fun board rail size), I increased the width by 7/8". I'm a bit surprised the stability is a lot less. About mid way between the Jacky Model and Dwight Model in stability at my current weight of 195 lbs. For Scott, who weighs only 175 lbs, he found the V2 model more stable. The difference being he rides high and dry on the original. Placing his CG too high above the water. You want the deck flush with the water. For how it surfs……sporty! With the tail being 3/4" wider, it actually feels way sportier and feels SMALLER. Much snappier. Going back to the original board, it feels a bit like a caddy. When we get some real waves again, I expect it will take my surfing to another level.
The waves have departed. The new board curse.




Here she is. 7'8 x 30.38 x 4.25 with ultra thin rails.


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Laminating the Bottom

Posted 5 years ago

Dennis came by today to watch my methods. Dennis has built some beautiful vacuum bagged bamboo skinned surfboards. After watching me, he said he's never laminating the old way again.
Deck laminated yesterday. Notice the pencil line marking the deck pad location
Wetting the cloth
Rolling it up

Unrolling
Squeegee as you unroll

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Fun Thanksgiving Day

Posted 5 years ago

I love glassing more than I love shaping. Probably because of the way I laminate. I'm using white pigment on this one. A brilliant idea I got from Neilson Surfboards.
The wet out table AFTER the cloth has been removed. Look at amount of resin pulled out of the cloth on roll up. Light weight!
Deck with 1st layer on.
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Fin Boxes Set Tonight

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Back in the shaping room

Posted 5 years ago

The hot wire template
The new board is shaped. It's a sexy looking one
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Another Fantastic Morning at Jetty Park

Posted 5 years ago

Another amazing morning
SUPed all morning, then switched to wind SUP when wind hit 20-25





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As Good as it Gets

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky at Jetty Park


Dave, the rookie

James MacLaren of www.16streets.com
Jacky
Jacky…….Surf Machine would have been in the curl
James


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Cocoa Beach Surfing Wednesday

Posted 5 years ago

Dave, the rookie. Jacky laughed so hard when she took this photo
Dwight







Dave, the rookie. Jacky took the photos, blame her Dave!




Dave, the rookie
I tried Dave's board. A Neilson with some interesting construction. It has white pigment in the resin. No yellowing and no rail shatter marks. None in the shop rental either.
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Daytona Pier Surfing Tuesday Morning

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky
Jacky on her 7'8




Rita


Rita of Mad Dog surf shop on her 8'5 Hokua

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Windsurfing is NOT dead in the Cocoa Beach area

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Dwight

Dwight

Jacky with that sinking feeling!

Jacky


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CB Surf Thursday – Forecast was FLAT

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Beware Florida!

Posted 5 years ago

Truck overloaded for a road trip. 6 boards on board.
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Time to shape something new

Posted 5 years ago

The foam has arrived. Enough for many new boards.

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A 7'8 hits the water in Ventura CA.

Posted 5 years ago

Mark's new board made to my design drawings
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New Board in the Planning

Posted 5 years ago

Vote for your favorite. 2 votes cast for this one
Leave a comment please
2 votes for this one
Length will be 7'8
We have 1 vote for Option B
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Monday – Hurricane Sandy

Posted 5 years ago

Justin on his 7'8


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More Hurricane Sandy

Posted 5 years ago

The boys in Florida have big ones!. This is about what it looked like at our house Saturday around 4pm.
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Hurricane Sandy Swell Friday

Posted 5 years ago

Brad at Oak Island


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Interesting Fin Developments

Posted 5 years ago

I'm going to try this. I'm pretty sure I can modify some fin tabs to get the same adjustments. It should be close enough for testing.

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Sketchy but Fun

Posted 5 years ago

I think you have to be a windsurfer to understand how sketchy a northeaster can be in light wind. We need more windSUPs at the north end. Too good to miss.







After the session. 10-12 at the start.
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Waves, then Wind! A Long Day of Fun

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky
Brad and Surf Machine
Brad
Brad
Brad
Jacky
Jacky
Dwight
Love the 6.9 sail
Jacky

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More Horsepower

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Wind Sports Rule the Day

Posted 5 years ago

First up, the kite and my Firewire. Next, my 11'3 wind SUP. The wind SUP was my favorite today.
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Jacky
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Z and Dwight
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Sunday Morning

Posted 5 years ago

She loves the board
Out there pretty far
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Wind's UP

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Fun at the Inlet

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky and Meghan way out there. Inlet was good early, way out there.
The herd is moving closer to shore as the tide comes up.
Jacky
Ian
Ian

Do you know this guy?
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Sail Time

Posted 5 years ago


Dear Wave, are you hiding from me?

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Fun with longboards at the inlet

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky on her new board
Brad
Brian (CB1) on my board








Ian
Brian's dog



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Beautiful Waves at #15

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky on her new board

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Jacky's New Board

Posted 5 years ago

Weight before pad and fin = 20.5 lbs. With pad and fin 23.5 lbs. It has a 5 layer deck. 3 carbon patches, plus 2 full layers 4oz S.
11'3 wind SUP machine
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Fun Morning

Posted 5 years ago

Surf Machine
Jacky
Scott
Brad
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Jacky's New Board – in Progress

Posted 5 years ago

Shot with my new toy below

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Doubleheader at Oak Island

Posted 5 years ago

Endless rides at the inlet

Long rides. Jacky loves it here. The wind kicks in and we add a sail.





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The Green Machine is Done

Posted 5 years ago

Ready to challenge the north end northeasters
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Bake Time

Posted 5 years ago

Baking in the laundry room. Sanding starts Tuesday evening. In the water by the weekend!

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Fresh from the Bag

Posted 5 years ago

A busy weekend of board building.
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Sunrise at Carolina Beach Inlet Today

Posted 5 years ago






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wind SUP the south end

Posted 5 years ago

The 11'3 windsurfs great. Faster at all times and just wants to get up and go Jacky on a 5.5m

Dwight on a 6.3m



Z
Jacky's head dip
Everybody wants to sail the blue board
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Fun with the new board

Posted 5 years ago


Z surfing my new board
Z likes my new board a lot.


Jacky trying the new board
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My real cost to build an 11'3 wind-SUP

Posted 5 years ago

blank $293 epoxy 2 gallons $148 S cloth 20 yards $160 carbon tape 24 ft $36 carbon sheet 3 yd $90 fin box $15 mast track $15 handle $15 divinycell $30 vent $25 deck pad $100 fin $90 micro-balloons $25 squeegees $12 tape $10 sandpaper $20 mix cups $20 stir sticks $6 pad glue $12 pad spreaders $5 paint brushes $6 tyvek suits $22 plastic sheeting $30 plastic gloves $6 disposable scissors $10 pigment $6 Total $1,207
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Jacky's board For Sale

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky's board for sale here
The 10'6 on the right
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The new board surfs GREAT

Posted 5 years ago

I surfed my new 11'3 in a light on shore wind with some chest high sets coming through this afternoon. The boards surfs great. The rocker has the same total lift, nose and tail, as my Amundson, but the way my rocker "curves" is very different. My rocker does what I like in a board. I'm stoked. Now I just need some wind so I can windsurf it.

The photo shows a deck pad feature I created. A very long arch bump placed for windsurfing foot support. I wanted to stay with the strapless theme. It turns out this arch bump is awesome surfing. It falls under my front foot surfing a wave. It definitely helps with board control surfing.
Mast track, handle, and a long arch bump located for windsurfing
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My New 11'3 wind SUP Board is Done

Posted 5 years ago

I started sanding at 7am this morning. Finished and surfing in front of the house at 3pm. Exhausted! The rocker is performing exactly like I expected. The stability is better than the Amundson. Now I just need to test it with a sail.
The weight is a disappointment at 27 lbs with pad and big fin. These 1.5# Marko blanks are heavy. The bare 12 foot blank weighed 17.5 lbs before I shaped it. After shaping it was 8 lbs. The board has a full triple layer S top, plus 2 layers carbon under the pad, plus full length carbon tape top and bottom. I wanted it to survive windsurfing a northeaster. For Jacky's board I'll have to drop a layer of S glass to get the weight down. I may end up shaping 3 boards and keeping the 2 lightest ones and selling the other one. BTW, I'm still working on ideas for dealing with the ragged edges of the carbon tape on the next one. I've seen some big name brands leave the ragged edges. There has to be a better way to use this tape.


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Tight Fit

Posted 5 years ago

The 11'3 was a tight fit in my board baking room!
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Igor's Daughter Sydney and her Friend Erin

Posted 5 years ago

Sydney and Erin



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The bag is sucking hard.

Posted 5 years ago

11'3 windSUP in production.
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More 7'8s

Posted 5 years ago

Ian Smith's new 7'8 below. Dave Cavanaugh also picked up his 7'8 today (no photo). So many 7'8s now it's hard to keep track of them all. I think, the Greenroom is somewhere north of 10 7'8s built now.

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Follow Surf Machine in Costa Rica

Posted 5 years ago

Follow Butch, Brian, and Justin in Costa Rica over at Brian's blog here
Brian on his 7'8 in Costa Rica now
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My Life Last Week

Posted 5 years ago

Food supplied at the factory.
Pollo Enchiladas
Real Gorditas
Dangerous job for these guys
My Lunch, the day I got sick. Driving and vomiting all the way from the plant to the hotel
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My Mexican Adventure

Posted 5 years ago

Photos of:
A day at work
An off day at the beach. No surfboards! Bummer
The meal that made me sick. From a high end restaurant.
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Erik's 7'8 from Holland is Done

Posted 5 years ago

Amazing job for his first board build. This is the board shaped in his house! Remember those amazing photos of Erik's room all sheeted up in plastic I posted earlier!
Hi Dwight, First of all, thanks by making this possible. Putting those drawings on the web was the coolest thing to do. It made me venture into the world of lines and shaping once again. In a modern way. With the best result yet. Thanks for the tips and the advice, that really helped a lot. I finished the board just yesterday evening by cutting up a deckpad, half of it anyway, and sticking my "bag-o-pads" traction on the deck. Turned out pretty cool I think. It should give killer traction. I got the fins from Australia, they were sold out all over Europe. They were pretty quick though, like 5 workdays. Pete Casica contacted me on Swaylock's and I bought five plugs from him. Really nice and helpful, great. The final sand was hard as ever and on some spots I hit the glass slightly, especially the rails. But I don't want to put more epoxy on and sand again… Maybe I will anyway. I had a custom bag made by a Dutch guy (Patrick at supsurfing.nl) and it came out great for 150 euros. Nice bag. It has been a great journey so far with magical moments and hard work the like. I'm still learning. Here's a couple of pics, hope you enjoy them as much as I was taking them . I can't wait for some swell to arrive so I can surf it! Mahalo Erik
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Guess where I am

Posted 5 years ago

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Good Wind SUP Conditions Today

Posted 5 years ago






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Shaped

Posted 5 years ago


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Wind SUP blanks are here

Posted 5 years ago


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Bonus Photos

Posted 5 years ago

Taken with the waterproof camera today [Link]

More Time Travel

Posted 5 years ago

Today from Taughannock Falls State Park on Cayuga Lake. Soooo Fun! [Link]

We entered a Time Machine Today

Posted 5 years ago

We returned to the birthplace of windsurfing for us. Myers Point on Cayuga Lake near Ithaca NY. Back in 1980 this beach would have been lined with 20 Windsurfer One Designs. It was amazing to see a mint condition Wayler windsurfer on the water from that era. [Link]

Some Topsail Island wind SUP today

Posted 5 years ago

Chuck on his Kona and 7.5
Jacky's new friend
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The Wind Keeps Blowing

Posted 5 years ago



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Nukin Again

Posted 5 years ago

The fastest I've ever gone on the 11'3 today. On the verge of catapulting.
Who needs straps!

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Nuclear Wind SUP

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky on a 4.5 at the North End of CB

Dwight's turn on the 4.5 sail

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Getting Serious

Posted 5 years ago

I bought a full roll of 4 oz S cloth from the Greenroom today.
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Fun Wind SUP Sunday

Posted 5 years ago

The NO harness session. Wind so light I never hooked in. Stayed upwind easy.









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Z grounds the lawn mover :-)

Posted 5 years ago

Z loves high performance……. :-) 11'3 wind SUP Zs lawn mower, getting no love
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No Crowds Here!

Posted 5 years ago

Fort Fisher Recreation Area
Just us…..


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Wind-SUP Sunday

Posted 5 years ago

A kiter, a Hobie, and Jacky


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Made me smile

Posted 5 years ago

12'6 SUP 34 knots no straps [Link]

Beach Party

Posted 5 years ago

Our parking spot came with a DJ and beach party
Some fun surfing by paddle and sail today
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Hunter's GoPro Shots from CB Pier

Posted 5 years ago

Hunter's new 7'8



With HILife decal picked up during his Hawaiian vacation



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The Waves Have Returned!

Posted 5 years ago

All Jacky








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Video from the Inlet this Morning

Posted 5 years ago

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Beautiful Day for Wind-SUP

Posted 5 years ago





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High Wind-SUP 20-25 SW

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Wind-SUP in the evening and Surf-SUP at sunrise

Posted 5 years ago

Fun Day

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Wind-SUP and Kiting the North End Today

Posted 5 years ago




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Hunter's New 7'8

Posted 5 years ago

The Jacky Size
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North End Wind-SUPing Tonight

Posted 5 years ago

SORRY to all those that posted comments or questions and never received answers. I found 6 comments stuck in a blogger black hole. No idea why so many comments didn't post. You can always email your questions. Just look at my profile for contact info.

BAM

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Erik's 7'8 in Holland

Posted 5 years ago

Erik is shaping this board in his house! Amazing job. Excellent symmetry. The shape looks like a pro did it, not a first timer! Very impressive job.
Finish shaped
Rail bands done. Ready for scrubbing round.
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SUP and Sail Weekend

Posted 5 years ago



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FOR SALE – Naish 7'3 Hokua – $799

Posted 5 years ago

Contact Hunter: hcbrown1-at-gmail.com
Like NEW condition






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Jacky SUPs her longboard

Posted 5 years ago

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Wind-SUPing CB Inlet Tonight

Posted 5 years ago




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7'8 Jacky Model in Holland

Posted 5 years ago

Erik's 7'8 fresh off the hot-wire in Holland
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Silly Fun at the Inlet Today

Posted 5 years ago

One endless ride








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Oak Island Goes Off Today

Posted 5 years ago






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Another Photo from Oahu

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis on his 7'8.
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Another 7'8 ready to surf

Posted 5 years ago

Brian picked up his new 7'8 at the Greenroom today

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Update from Oahu

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis on his 7'8. It has become his go to board for all conditions.
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WINDY Masonboro Morning

Posted 5 years ago

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It Sails!

Posted 5 years ago

It sails well. 11'3 SUP with 6.3 sail


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Playing at CB Inlet

Posted 5 years ago

11'3 and 10'6

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Finally, the Perfect Quiver

Posted 5 years ago

After surfing nothing but a 7'8 the last 18 months, no other board seemed fun anymore. Our 9'0 collect dust. We finally sold it. 9'5's didn't cut it either. Then we bought this 11'3 to windsurf. But, as usual, when you buy new windsurf gear the wind doesn't cooperate. So we SUPed this monster at the inlet. It was crazy fun. We felt silly and were grinning like fools out there. So much fun. I think we found the perfect quiver.
11'3 and 7'8
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Our Downwind Raceboards are FOR SALE cheap – one sold, one left

Posted 5 years ago

$895 each. The fastest boards I've done. Long glides.
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Beautiful Day for Windsurfing

Posted 5 years ago

A big thanks to Igor today. He loaned us his two Mistral windsurfing SUPs. Wind was 10 mph. So much fun. I'm thinking it might be time to put the downwind race SUPs on Craig's List and get a couple of old school longboard SUP/windsurfers. No point in having beautiful weather and not be able to get in the ocean. With no waves, and light wind, we're stuck on land with our current gear. That's not acceptable anymore.
Caught it

Jacky
The boards hang off the back of the truck a lot, but it works.
The simple things are fun again. A tack!

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Action Sports Doubleheader. (SUP morning, Kite afternoon)

Posted 5 years ago

Dwight
Dwight
Jacky
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7'8 in Oahu

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis, yesterday in Waikiki
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6.2 ft @ 7 sec Awesome Day

Posted 5 years ago

Surf Machine on his 7'8 Jacky Model


Dwight. Many close calls with the pilings today for everyone


My best photo of Z today


Z
KaBoom…..right over the pilings
Z
Surf Machine heading for the pilings
Dwight, aborting ride to avoid pilings. I still got sucked into them after I went down.
Heavy…..Surf Machine

Surf Machine
Dwight

Surf Machine












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Newbie on Jacky's 7'8

Posted 5 years ago

Scott Burnside tried my board and Jacky's board this morning. He liked Jacky's board more, even though it was twice as hard to stand on. Scott has only SUPed 3 days in his life. The last time was 2 years ago. Pretty amazing to see a 170 lb guy with no SUP skill do this! Scott's a shortboarder. We've been trying for a long time to bring him to the dark side. Scott thought the board was fast.
Scott on Jacky's board – all photos of the same wave





Pumping the inside




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the new 7'8 on the rack at the Greenroom

Posted 5 years ago

The Dwight model with custom paint – for showroom stock
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Strong Wind, Fun Kiting

Posted 5 years ago

I took the straps off my surfboard today and left them home.
Lots of crashing today as I try to make the switch to strapless
Scott is making the transition to no hands kiting! :-)
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Only the Bad Today

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky
Jacky
Z
Z
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What it's like to downsize from 9'3 to 7'8

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis (~200 lbs) is surfing my 7'8 Design in Oahu. Below are some of his comments to me (spanning 9 days) as he makes the courageous drop in board size from 9'3 to 7'8 all at once.
—————I used the board on Wed and Thurs and I got such a great work out, I was spent the whole day and thirsty as hell. I had to use all of my resources to work this board, it reminds me of when I first got on a SUBoard, Kooking out!
…..it is stable too. It rides like a short board, you got to pump it down the line. When I hit certain sections of the wave the board just takes off. I want to try it on a nice head high wave.
I had all weekend to think about how I was going to adjust to make my life easier in the break since I didnt get wet at all on Sat or Sun. This morning was nice, paddled out in the line up as the morning sky started to rid of its darkness, my friend and I were met with a empty line up with shoulder to head high glassy sets rolling in. the board works great, a real short board feel. I was using a SF4 quad set that came with the board, my friend let me borrow his K2.1 quad set, I will try it tomorrow. I didnt want to use the K2's until I figured out the wave catching part. I pretty much got it down now, I really get a good work out and am all sore now but, it is a good kind of sore.
One problem I had was my nose going under water while standing, now I understand why, also my nose digging in while I am catching the wave.
I used the board Mon – Thurs, each day wave catching got easier. The biggest problem is still front to back rocking instead of side to side tippyness, I guess I am leaning forward, that's why. I will prep my new longer paddle and use it next week. ……..my whole body is sore from using the shorter SUB, I lost 2 lbs too.
I love the board, everybody is eyeing it up. Nobody has anything close to this. I already had a offer to buy it. My friend thought there is no way in hell that I would be able to ride that, to be honest, I had my doubts too. Everybody wants to try it, but they are afraid to ask. Once I get it dialed in, I will share the fun. Jay Richardson did a great job building this board, it is light weight and solid. I really like the xTrak pads too.—————–
Curtis is now trying to make the transition away from a short (6" over) paddle for surf. We all thought super short paddles were the hot shit for wave ripping back in the day. With the progression of paddle technique through racing, we know better today. An efficient paddle length, closer to what we race with, will get you into more waves. Ditch digging is so yesterday. As a bonus, standing more upright, improves balance when standing outside waiting on waves. It also keeps your board trimmed properly. On short SUPs, there is no margin for error in trim lengthwise. Just bending at the waist, like a ditch digger, throws your C.G. forward several inches and instantly screws your board trim. 8" over is the new 6". Some are even doing 10" over on these 7'8s and catching anything and everything. Curtis's experience is pretty typical. Once you adjust to the board length, it becomes so easy and fun. The stability is already there via the width. Curtis's 7'8

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Glassy Clean Fun this Morning

Posted 5 years ago

Surf Machine – the setup
the payoff





Surf Machine is human!
Bam!




CB1 (the other Brian) demos my board
CB1's best imitation of Surf Machine
Welcome back from rotator cuff surgery
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My Board Design in Oahu

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis in his 7'8 at Waikiki
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Fun Surf Today

Posted 5 years ago

East coast surf isn't half bad. I had a fun, dropping into some big steep bombs early this morning. I never really found any steep drops in California. Maybe next trip.
Jacky
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Back in the land of 6 sec tiny waves

Posted 5 years ago

Surf Machine
Jacky
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Made in Oahu Reproduction

Posted 5 years ago

Curtis in Oahu had my design reproduced
7'8 x 30


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How we Traveled

Posted 5 years ago

We flew Southwest to San Diego. They charge $50 each way for SUPs. Hassle free and no damage. Near impossible to damage when the board is wrapped in a near hard case of foam, then slipped into our board bags. Here are photos of the foam case. It's split at the middle. This makes it easy to remove the board at the hotel, then repack for the trip back home. No need to rewrap or re-tape anything. Total cost of foam about $30.
I created a split hard case using sheet foam from Lowes and foam tubes from Wings
Slide this half over the board tail
Slide this half over the board nose. Then slide it into the board bag.
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Pipe, Swamis, and Beacons

Posted 5 years ago

Swamis around 3pm. Much bigger earlier today
Jacky's last wave of the day. Getting small. Between Pipe and Swamis


Beacons about 4 pm. Getting windy by then.
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Fun in Encinitas Today

Posted 5 years ago

Today we met our old friend Brendan, a life long surfer who grew up in Southern California. His dad was a lifeguard at Swamis in the 50s, surfing redwood boards back in the day. We know Brendan from the few years he lived in North Carolina, windsurfing and kite surfing Carolina Beach. All the old wind crew know Brendan. It was great to see him again.
Brendan making fun of us :-) Jacky made him do it
Brendan showing us the best place for lunch
Brendan showing us the best places to surf
Looking down the cliff
Reef break
Brendan's favorite break, near his house too!
At the bottom of the stairs. Jacky testing her Surf-Fur coat.

The entrance to his home spot.
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Road Trip Today

Posted 5 years ago

Large crew of kite surfers out today in horrible weather. They must be desperate for wind, compared to the spoiled NC kiters.
Jacky scored this sick after surf / kiting coat by Surf-Fur
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Cardiff Reef Today

Posted 5 years ago

We surfed Tourmaline this morning. It was small, and strangely crowded. So we made a run to the Wahoo Taco Shop, then drove up the coast. We discovered Cardiff Reef looking fun with only 3 people out! Tip, watch out for the $71.00 parking ticket. The ticket booth was closed. In Florida, that means free access. In California, it means you're bait for the parking police.
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Another Terrific Day of Surfing San Diego

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky All the following are one wave ride
This wave was typical of most waves today











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Jacky Surfing Tourmaline St San Diego

Posted 5 years ago

It takes a brave woman to turn and paddle into that
Here she goes……

Should I keep paddling?
Maybe not a good idea after all!

Lets try a smaller one

Oh yeah


End of the ride
Bam!
Another biggie aborted

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In San Diego Now

Posted 5 years ago

Kitersurfers means bad news. WIND……boo
Tourmaline Street


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Surf Trip

Posted 5 years ago

Check back Tuesday for the first photos from our trip
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Enhanced Weekend Bonus Photos

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Best Surf in Weeks! Woohoo

Posted 5 years ago

Brad


Surf Machine




Brad

Fearless Todd



Jacky gives right of way to the dolphin

Surf Machine





Surf Machine

Where's that barrel?

Brad

Surf Machine
Looking for that barrel again



Jacky






Brad

Surf Machine


Come on…………… cover me!
So close!


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Surprise Surf this Morning

Posted 5 years ago

Brian




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Saturday Morning Surf Session

Posted 5 years ago

Surf Machine





Jacky
Surf Machine





Jacky
Jacky
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Steve's First Session on his Dumpster Diver UK Edition

Posted 5 years ago

http://www.csx355.blogspot.com/2012/02/hot-january-cold-february-dws-710.html

Steve has fun sense of humor. Especially with his imaginary conversation with me! [Link]

Hunter's at the Sunset Pro Right Now

Posted 5 years ago

Sent from his phone


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Fun Surf Today

Posted 5 years ago

Brad

Jacky
Jacky falling off a cliff
Boom!

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Jacky Surfing Oak Island Today

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Bonus Vacation Photos

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky at Ponce
Daytona (Ponce Inlet)
Wave Jet
Jacky at New Smyrna
Jacky at New Smyrna
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Daytona Beach Today

Posted 5 years ago

Side off winds in Daytona made it the place today



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Jacky Charging New Smyrna Inlet

Posted 5 years ago

Jacky
Jacky
Jacky
Jacky

Jacky
Jacky
Capt Ron
Jacky










Awesome Day!
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Jacky Surfing Ponce Inlet

Posted 5 years ago

Ponce Inlet is Daytona Beach Florida for those non east coaster's.

Jacky

Jacky



Wave Jet people were doing demos and photo shoot.


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Beautiful Day of Kitesurfing

Posted 5 years ago

We kitesurfed Cherrie Downs Park today. Sorry about the lack of photos. By the time I grabbed the camera, everyone was done kiting.


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Tiny Surf in Florida

Posted 5 years ago

Surfed New Smyrna today after the surf contest ended. Bummer they had to compete in knee high surf.

Then headed over to Steve's shop/warehouse to pick up 3 board bags for 7'8 supSURFmachines. We are in the ideal size range for windsurf bags at 7'8. These have the right space for padding up for our fly away surf trip in March.


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Z's board ready to go!

Posted 5 years ago

There is a fire sale of boards made obsolete by these customs. If you know someone looking for deal, here is the list of boards. Contact me and I'll put you in contact with the owners.

1) 9'2 PSH WR
2) 8'6 PSH WR (several)
3) 8'0 PSH R
4) 9'2 C4 custom sub vector
5) 7'8 Naish Hokua (like new)
7'8 x 29.5 x 4.5
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Surf Update

Posted 5 years ago

I just received a text from Surf Machine. The new board surfs exactly like the original. Kudos to the Greenroom for nailing it! [Link]

We Padded Surf Machine's Board Tonight

Posted 5 years ago

It looks awesome
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The Greenroom Reproductions are Here

Posted 5 years ago

If you want one too, it's as simple as calling David at the Greenroom and ordering the Dwight size or Jacky size. The price is $885 plus the shipping cost on the blank. The Greenroom number is 910-799-2772.
Z's board


Surf Machine's Board (H. Bones is his daughters name)




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Slide Show of Surf Machine

Posted 5 years ago

No surf this weekend, so I threw together this slide show from some shots about a month ago of Brian surfing my 7'8 x 29.5 board
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Steve's UK made Dumpster Diver

Posted 5 years ago

Head over to Steve's blog to see more of his UK made Dumpster Diver http://www.csx355.blogspot.com/2011/12/custom-nc-dumpster-almost.html

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Jacky rips the pier for Christmas

Posted 5 years ago

3 shot sequence


She likes it
Santa brought Jacky a KeNalu paddle with flex 60 shaft
The following all from the same wave





The next wave sequence










It's not over yet



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My big boy 7'10 completed in the UK

Posted 6 years ago

Head over to Steve's blog in the UK to read all about it HERE

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Greenroom Progress Day 2

Posted 6 years ago

Surf Machine's board 95% shaped

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The Greenroom Copies of my Shape in Production

Posted 6 years ago

Rough blank and Jacky's board side by side

Rough cut blank
Jacky's board at the factory to help with duplication


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7'10 big boy Surf Machine FOR SALE

Posted 6 years ago

The original board is for sale. This one is too big for me. It needs someone in the 200-220 lb range.
Giving it away for $400. Available for demo. 14 lbs,
SOLD


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CAD drawings for the Jacky and Dwight model 7'8s

Posted 6 years ago

The Dwight size is good for up to 200 lbs. The Jacky size is good up to 175 lbs.
Posted here in case any back yard builders want to try one, or anyone wants to take one to their local shaper to start a dialog. There are already 2 readers of this blog, in other parts of the world, getting them made. You can read about Steve's adventure in getting one made in the UK here.

I have no finanical interest in this. I only make them for the wife and I. The Greenroom has offered to duplicate them for the local guys.


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Surf Machine Surfs Jacky's Board for the First Time

Posted 6 years ago

Brian (177 lbs) loves it. No changes. The Greenroom will be making a copy of the "Jacky" model for him. Z is getting a copy of the "Dwight" model done by the Greenroom.
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Jacky the Surf Machine at Ponce Inlet

Posted 6 years ago

The following shots are all the same wave

Multiple turns down the line for Jacky






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Rocket to Mars

Posted 6 years ago

A big crowd watches the launch



Jacky today

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Update from Florida

Posted 6 years ago

Longboard House adds Paddleboard House next door
How they teach windsurfing now

Jacky

The gangs all here
Inside the Paddleboard House [Link]

Jacky at Satellite Beach Florida

Posted 6 years ago



She loves the speed


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"that is the most fun SUP I have ever surfed" – Brad Jones

Posted 6 years ago

My opinions so far, a short board bottom (no V) requires more toe pressure to lean into a turn, but the reward is crazy amounts of explosive power and speed. With a V bottom you can roll into a turn without much effort, but then the speed is gone on exit, with pumping your ass off to recover the lost speed. We just don't have many days with power in our wind driven waves. This short board bottom changes everything. Not only do you explode off the bottom, but you rip the inside wave remnants most boards just coast and cruise on.

Brad said the board rewards those who know how to surf. Translation "surf the tail" and you shall terrorize the waves.

Jacky did surf her board today! I just didn't get any great photos.
Brad on the wider, thicker one (mine)







Brad on the thinner narrower one (Jacky's)



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Jacky's Lean Mean Surfing Machine

Posted 6 years ago

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First Look, Jacky's Board (7'8 x 28.5)

Posted 6 years ago

My 100 degree post cure room. Sanding it Saturday morning, [Link]

Hot Coat Done. Post Curing Tonight

Posted 6 years ago

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Jacky picks blue for her board

Posted 6 years ago

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The 7'3 Hokua's new owners Jace and Amy

Posted 6 years ago

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Jacky's Board is Shaped

Posted 6 years ago

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7'3 Naish Hokua FOR SALE $599 firm

Posted 6 years ago

SOLD
Priced dirt cheap because of limited customer pool of light people. under (150 lbs) [Link]

Surf Machine demos my 7'8 shape

Posted 6 years ago








He lands it







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Jacky's board got hot wired tonight

Posted 6 years ago

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Jacky Surfs the New 7'8 at Oak Island

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Wind Junkies Swarm the North End

Posted 6 years ago

4m sails and 7, 8, 9m kites
Windy walk of shame
Large crew turned out today [Link]

7'8 Naish Hokua FOR SALE $799 Firm

Posted 6 years ago

SOLD

Flawless, with improved deck pad and McKee quads [Link]

Future and Present Design Details

Posted 6 years ago

The new Sharp Eye in the planning stages (dimension visibility off)
The Sharp Eye with dimensions
The Sharp Eye traced. This design is for my buddy, not me!
My current 7'8 Dumpster Diver thickness and rocker
The 7'8 Dumpster Diver
7'8 Dumpster Diver dimensions
The Channel Islands Dumpster Diver traced
My rail shape and deck flat zone at the mid point [Link]

The new board gets WET

Posted 6 years ago

We went down to Oak Island to escape the wind and test the new board's float, stability and paddling. So far, it's awesome!
Options forming…..
1) When a board is 6 lbs lighter, it accelerates so fast with each stroke, it takes half the effort to catch a wave. The old Naish feels like I'm pulling a tanker with my paddle blade.
2) Lighter boards float better. The new board is 3 liters less, but still floats me better.
3) The balanced template (wide point in the middle) paddles straighter.
4) The new board is so easy and stable (30% more stable than the Naish) that it just made the old 7'10 Dumpster Diver obsolete.
5) SUP may never be the same again! Woohoo.



Floats just right……..

Only with a 14.5 lb board can you get excited over 6" surf

Comparing the Naish stability. It feels like the bottom is round.
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The NEW 7'8 Dumpster Diver is Done!

Posted 6 years ago

2 layers 4oz S bottom, 3 full layers 4oz S deck, plus 6oz E under deck pad. Finished weight with deck pad 14.5 lbs. Designed 3 liters less than my 7'8 Naish. 11 liters less than my 7'10 Dumpster Diver.
Photo by Jacky with her new iPhone 4S [Link]

Post Curing the New Board

Posted 6 years ago

Baking in the laundry room at 100 degrees
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Shaped my 7'8 x 29.5 Dumpster Diver today

Posted 6 years ago




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Capt Ron's new paddles

Posted 6 years ago

Ron’s web site
fresh from his new mold

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How I designed my 7'10

Posted 6 years ago

There are 2 basic rocker types used in surfboards. The red markings show accelerating curve type rocker. I know Angulo uses this type
This shows the constant curve type rocker. This is the fastest type. The 7'8 Hokua rocker is shown here. The 7'8 Hokua template (image hidden)
An image of the Hokua is inserted into my CAD file to confirm the measurements taken in my garage. Perfect match.
The 7'10 template I built
The 7'10 template traced from a Dumpster Diver image.
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Another Blank in the House

Posted 6 years ago

Can't wait to shape more!
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7'10 Surfing Tonight at the House

Posted 6 years ago

The surf is crap, but I'm putting my time in learning the new board. Jacky thinks I look better surfing it. To me, I just feel weird. Such a different feel after being on a fish template the last 11 months.
Volume Check Photo


Floatation Look
Fin out

That was easier!
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The 7'10 finished photos – Updated

Posted 6 years ago

Finally a photo that isn't washed out by all the white

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Build Update

Posted 6 years ago

1) hot coat sanded
2) pin holes filled
3) handle installed
4) finished weight 13 lbs without pad and fins

7′8 Hokua weighs 20.5 lbs

Yikes 7.5 lbs lighter than the Naish! [Link]

7'10 Sneak Peak

Posted 6 years ago

Check back this weekend for the finished board
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Glassing my 7'10 now

Posted 6 years ago

1st layer of 4oz S glass is down
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Andy's new 2012 7'8 Hokua

Posted 6 years ago

Andy got one without shipping damage!
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Bombs Away!

Posted 6 years ago

Bombs Away pretty much describes the surf this morning
All photos are Brad on one wave. That's all I took. Too cold to sit and take photos. Burrr!



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Shaped and ready for spackle tomorrow

Posted 6 years ago

So much easier than shaping a 14 footer!

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Shaping my 7'10 has started

Posted 6 years ago

It feels very odd shaping something so tiny compared to all my 14 footers. The foam is tough as nails compared to the cheap-o light foam used in race boards. Rocker and template hot wired today
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Shaping a New Board

Posted 6 years ago

7′10x 30 C.I. Dumpster Diver shaped by DW coming soon My first real SUP blank. High quality foam. 1.5-lb stringerless. This will be my 10th board built.
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Enjoy!

Posted 6 years ago

Notice the clown at 2:07 with a leash. I'm shocked. For those that don't kite, leashes kill kite surfers. We never ever wear leashes.
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A look at Kelly Slater's quad placement guy, Bruce McKee

Posted 6 years ago

MCKEE’s look in detail at the NITTY GRITTY of quad fin technicalities. How quads work & How quads differ from thrusters Quads give more drive, speed, security, climb the foam better, let you drop in and drive without nursing the bottom turn. They can drive everywhere with a greater boost than a thruster so sometimes you must adjust your technique to cater for this new boost of energy. By knowing how to fine tune them they can be adjusted to perform in practically any way you desire. Quads are faster due to having all fins driving through turns, or even just running across a wave face. All fins are propelling the board forward much like sails or propeller blades. This is because a board in these situations, is in a constant lateral drift and the water passing under the board, divides between the fins to pass out both sides of the tail while redirecting off the fins, rearward, to form thrust. The back fin of a thruster generally sits in the dividing line of this displaced water so provides no added speed but gives direction and control with a dragging effect. Depending on your fin positioning or ‘cluster’, your quad can be as pivotal as you want. The goal is, though, to select a fin positioning formula that provides a balance of looseness, drive and security, a happy medium you might say. Like cars, you can have a long wheel-base or a short wheel-base, or something in the middle. It’s the same with fin positioning on surfboards. The McKee Multisystem formula is a good choice for that ‘happy medium’. Comparing quad fins to car wheels is a simplified way of imagining the corresponding affects of changing fins. Big stiff fins= Big grippy tyres. Flexy fins= Soft low air tyres. Thus big stiff wheels on the front plus Soft or small low air tyres on the back gives a car with a lot of oversteer. Bigger rear tyres than front = like a formula one race car. Pivot can also be adjusted depending on your fin selection. Rear double-foiled fins, compared to flat-faced fins of the same size, will pivot more. Larger proportioned front fins than rear fins will also pivot more. Fins that have less rake are more pivotal. The fins should be balanced around what is called the ‘sweet spot’. The sweet spot is generally the position of the back foot when performing a cutback or top turn. Boards will ‘over-steer’,’ under-steer’, or feel neutral depending on all these factors of rake, size and foil and how they relate to the location of the ‘sweet spot’. The sweet spot is determined by the tail area, plan-shape and length of the board. If one side of the board has different fins to the other side, it will be like two different boards when turning right or left. Asymmetric mixes are another way to ultra fine tuning a board for point break conditions. Control Control comes from the correct choice of fins for the surf conditions. Depending on the type of board and size of the wave, a different turning arc and amount of hold are needed. Quads with the correct fin choice have much more hold than ‘Thrusters’. The worry of the Thruster’s central tail fin leaving the water is eliminated with a quad. No more ’nursing’ the turn.DragToo much toe-in of the fins can create a quick accelerating, loose but ultimately draggy board as the fins start to wedge-up at high speeds. Increased Vee will reduce the effect as it ‘feeds’ the fins. Low speeds More ‘toe in’ as with three-fins and twin -fins loosens up boards for small waves and low speeds. This is generally determined as the shaper’s choice. Choosing a quad Different shapes for different waves: My shapes for quads are exactly the same as I would shape for three fins, though obviously for those wide tailed fish or with any wide tailed board, if you want them to hang-in in bigger waves, then a quad setup is the best choice. VEE tails do ‘feed’ a quad’s two back fins by dividing the water between the fins thus reducing the possibility of a wedging effect, though with the correct ‘toe-in’ angle this should not be a problem when a concave tail is required. Quad fin selection The mentality that quads are for small waves and three fins are for power waves is still promoted by some die-hards. I would suggest that they actually try a quad in power waves and thus this incorrect fallacy would be instantly extinguished The addition of an extra fin on the tail will obviously add to the total fin surface area thus providing more hold. The addition of the fourth fin leads many to reduce the size of the back fins in relation to what would have been used if the board were a thruster. A heavy back-footed surfer will relish in the extra hold of an extra back fin of equal size to that out of their thruster set. This requires a new full-powered approach to surfing and the only limit will be your own leg strength and talent. ‘Front-foot’ surfers or those needing a less demanding effort to turn will benefit from reduced size back fins of double foil and or all fins of reduced size.Fin placement & rear fin choice? In the past l have placed fins in hundreds of different positions all over the tail. For the ‘M4Quattro’ purist, the ‘Mckee M5 Multisystem’ is just a security blanket or like training wheels because for them the ‘Thruster’s’ central fin is obsolete. The quad cluster can be moved forward to loosen up a board and for shapers of custom boards, many compensations can be made for weaker riders or for special needs such as looser guns but with the advantage of not losing drive. Although taken off the current formula there is the shapers option to move the cluster at any amount not exceeding the stupidity level. I personally had great results on pintails by moving the positions forward up to 2cm or ¾” forward. The videos of Tom Carroll in Hawaii are examples of the result of these positions — The variations are limitless!With the rear fin positions, the closer they get to the rails the more hold, yet the greater the time delay in re-centering the board in preparation for the next turn. You also produce a greater ‘twin-fin’ effect, with the board feeling like it is staying on one tack, needing you to throw it across between turns. Also you increase the risk of ‘rail-grabbing’. There is a correct distance between the back fins correlated to the tail width at 12” up. Fins close to the rail mean that they have to be reduced in size or toed-in more than fins placed closer to the stringer. There is a happy medium that provides a ‘thruster-like’ re-centering with the correct amount of drive. This also allows for the use of larger rear fins, still providing looseness but without having any rail grab to worry about. Choice of rear fin should be determined by your weight, power, wave size and type of board, say shortboard or gun. Guns and boards for waves with push, generally need more control than drive and a more forgiving lateral movement when riding forward on the board, so double foiled back fins are my choice here. Fish and guns over 6’8” generally gave a greater difference in size between the front and rear fins. Shortboards under 6’8” for power waves can have fins of a closer size depending on the looseness required. The further forward they are on the board The looser and more pivotal a board will become. Overdoing it, and you enter into a situation of over-steer. You are moving the fin positions forward of the ‘sweet-spot’ so the board can become unbalanced.On guns and long-boards, this is can be an added benefit. If you forget about the ‘Multisystem’ concept (the option of a central ‘Thruster’ tail fin), the cluster can be moved forward to leave those guns and longboards as loose as you like without the worry, as in three fins, of the tail fins leaving the water. I recommend a maximum of an extra 2cm further forward on the McKee formula so as to not get too crazy. On shortboards big movements forward are not so advisable as there is not as much nose length and weight to counterbalance the oversteer…Though if you like 360s..
If you use the McKee Quattro & Multisystem formula the size ratio between the front and back fins can become a lot closer, even to the point where a strong surfer in power waves may choose to have bigger back fins than front for full directional drive. Distance from the tail and the location of the cluster in relation to the sweet spot will be a determining factor on choice of front and rear fin size correct for your weight and ability. Tuning your quad fin setup to work best for you. Is the tail sliding too easily? Go with a larger rear fin setIs the tail too tight? Go with a slightly smaller rear fin setIs the board lacking drive? Go with slightly larger front fins. Is the board too hard to turn? Go with slightly smaller front fins and rear fins. Does the board feel out of control? Try a rear fin with a symmetrical or 80/20 foilWanting drive off the bottom and loose of the top? Place a flatter foil or bigger rear fin for the bottom turn side and a smaller double foiled rear fin on the off the top side.. note that this will also be the cutback side so study your choices.
Well have fun and I look forward to some feedback! McKee.

All my experience up until just recently had been with edge quads, not McKee. I'm liking McKee better at the moment. A lot more drive and still I can tune it loose.
Dwight

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Saturday Morning Zippers

Posted 6 years ago

Brad on his 8'0 PSH Ripper


Brian on his 8'0 PSH WR
Brad
Brian
Jacky on her fresh set of McKee quads

Jacky made the turn and rode it out!
Jacky was fast today

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Having Fun with Jacky's 7'3

Posted 6 years ago

This is the 5th board I've quaded. I'm getting efficient. I love doing them. Look close and you can see the divinycell block the stock Naish fins were set in.
Looks asymmetric, but it's not. Factory boxes are off. Typical of many boards.

Lazy man vacuum bagging glass over step
7'3 finished and looking perfect [Link]

Jacky Thursday Morning

Posted 6 years ago

A really fun morning. It got better as the tide went up. I had one dream wave almost in the pit. The lip was licking the side of my head. Fast and fun wave!
7am
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Sunrise Surf was Good Wednesday

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky shot these. My first wave of the morning.

I love the speed of this thing.



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Waves Every Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Brian

Butch

Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Jacky
Jacky
Hunter
Butch
Brian
Brian [Link]

The Waves are Still Good!

Posted 6 years ago

Thin crowd this morning



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Like a Dream – Hurricane Swell this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Surf Machine Drooling
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Having Fun with Quads Again

Posted 6 years ago

Ready for a long winded tale about quads?

There are 2 quad standards in the surf industry. Edge quad (Stretch) and McKee. Shapers often tweak these standards to suit their own styles, but in general terms, these are about as close to a standard as you're ever going to get in surfing.

Companies doing Edge quads: Stretch, PSH, C4.
Companies doing McKee quads: Channel Islands, Rusty, Naish

My Naish came with the rear fin locations tweaked from the published standard for McKee. The board never quite felt as good quad as it did thruster, so I decided to move the rear fin boxes to match McKee specs exactly. Presto, the board now rocks quad and thruster. I can have fun with both.

The day after I performed the fin box surgery on my 7'8, I get this tweet from FCS telling me Kelly Slater had just won Teahupoo on a McKee quad. Kelly actually gave props to McKee for the fin placement. That made me feel a little better about the surgery I had just performed on my board!

If you're wondering what the difference between the 2 systems is all about, the more you move the fins from the rail and toward the middle, the more you pick up some of the benefits of thruster, while still holding onto some of the advantages of quad.
Slater's quiver with quads located per McKee specs The red dots indicate the factory fin box location Freshly re-quaded to McKee specs
On the beach this morning
I like it!
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Kitesurfing Hurricane Irene at Bald Head Friday

Posted 6 years ago

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Too much fun for photos

Posted 6 years ago

Sorry, only took 6 photos today. This was the only decent shot. Way too good to be wasting time shooting. Last evening and this morning were like a dream. You should have seen Jacky. I've never seen her surf so good. The new tail pad bump is helping a lot.
Jacky on her 7'3
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The Morning after Hurricane Irene

Posted 6 years ago

We lost power at 2:30 am. It came back on at 8:30 this morning. Wave size already down to chest to head high due to off shore winds in the 30-50 range
2 levels of the walkway buried

I think that was the keep off the dune sign
The steep beach is gone. Nice and gradual now.

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Beaches Gone, Walkways Next

Posted 6 years ago




Walkway to beach. Beach gone, walkway likely gone by morning
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Hurricane Irene at 3pm Today

Posted 6 years ago

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Boo

Posted 6 years ago

Depressing from the inside

I haven't done this in years
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Hurricane Swell Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Z on his 7'8 Naish
Gotcha!
Surf Machine on his 8'0 PSH
Surf Machine

The inside reform spanks him! It got me today too!
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How I Increased my Surfing Performance

Posted 6 years ago

Ever hear about people who can't chew gum and walk at the same time? Well maybe I'm one of those. I've been putting Dakine tail pads on my SUPs in a failed attempt to get better feel for the tail of the board. It just wasn't working for me. I'd surf a wave and still wouldn't know "exactly" where my rear foot had been when it was over. I think the paddle caused enough of a mental distraction, that I was not aware of where my rear foot was. Other that what I'd feel in the way the board performed on the wave. I wanted more.

So I built my own tail pad with a double height arch bump. A bump so high, it feels slightly uncomfortable testing it on the beach.

But on the water, WOW. The pad felt fantastic and I was "fully" aware of my exact foot position on every wave. I felt empowered and my surfing felt better than ever. Maybe SUPs need bigger arch bumps.

Jacky loves it too!
7'3 Hokua
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7'3 and 7'8 Hokua's with new deck pads

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky's board weight 7.72 kg

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The Deck Pad Work has Begun

Posted 6 years ago

I vacuum bagged my custom tail pad tonight

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9'0 Naish Mana FOR SALE

Posted 6 years ago

It still looks like this…….like new $1549 retail asking $999
[Link]

Caught a couple on Jacky's board this morning

Posted 6 years ago

Autry on Justin's 8'6
Brad on his 8'0 narrow

190 lbs on Jacky's 7'3
Brad
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Redecking my Naish 7'8 Hokua

Posted 6 years ago

Knowing that I was going to remove the Naish deck pad, I decided to experiment with color accents by washing away some of the factory silk screen. Then using a magic marker I filled in other areas. This gives a hint about what the new deck pad will look like using white and black/white marble pads to make my own pad design. Stay tuned for part 2 when the new pad is installed in a few days. The old pad was getting slippery. Time to freshen things up with new grip.
Deck pad getting pulled off
Pulls right off. No mess, no fuss. Naish uses some kind of cement to adhere the pad. None of that messy gooey 3M film.
Fresh razor blade with points sanded round to prevent cutting the glass deck.

As stripped
The weight? Converts to 17.5 lbs. Sounds about right.
Cement remnants sanded off.

Paper template made for cutting the new pad. The green tape is 3 layers thick to make tracing the paper template easy.
[Link]

New Mystery Naish

Posted 6 years ago

This one looks sweet. Swallow winged quad. I wonder what the dimensions are. It wasn't in the leaked Naish specs we've seen so far. UPDATE. It is a kite surfboard.

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Marker 9-10 at 11am this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky on her 7'3

Dwight on the 7'8

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What is it?

Posted 6 years ago

Is this a 7'3 or 7'8 Soft Top Naish Hokua? Who is this market to?
Is it marketed toward kids? [Link]

Surf Videos are Back

Posted 6 years ago

Video shot this morning at the North End
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Cabrinha Demo at WB

Posted 6 years ago

Video by Z. Damien of Cabrinha in the video.
[Link]

Cabrinha 2012 Gear Demo this Saturday Only

Posted 6 years ago

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Nuclear Butter at 10am

Posted 6 years ago

We rolled at 9am, to beat the heat. The Basin was blowing WSW 25-30, super low tide, and the best fun you could possibly have down there. At 11:20 am, the wind started the SSW shift and dropped below 20. The wind was returning at noon, but the sweet WSW was gone.
Z you call that a jibe? haha. Z tried my windsurfer today. He's getting closer to joining the windsurfers.
Twisted to the max and pulled flat, yet insanely balanced. Sick!
Now this is a jibe!
Jacky
Dwight on Zs kite [Link]

Honkin Windy

Posted 6 years ago

We hit the south end at noon. Wind was SSW at 20-25. The best side shore wind we've seen in awhile. By 2pm it was 25-30. Butt kicking good wind! Sail flatten to the max
Jacky
Z jumping his new 2012 Switchblade and Jacky on her windsurfer
Hiroshi, Jacky, and Z


Jacky's rig
Dwight trying Zs new kite [Link]

Morning Surf was Fun

Posted 6 years ago

It looks like Stan has got some "Brad style" in his bottom turn. We all learn a lot surfing with Brad and Surf Machine. Thanks guys!
Stan looking good on his new 8'6 PSH WR. [Link]

Another Beautiful Morning

Posted 6 years ago

This was taken Sunday between 9 and 11am. Saturday was the same, although we windsurfed here Saturday morning.
Acres of butter
So fun…..
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A Great Day for Kiting with a Surfboard

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky getting some tips from Z on using the surfboard with a kite
Z on my 5'11 Firewire
Z on my Firewire
Scott
Jacky getting some air time
Scott
[Link]

Having Fun with Quads Again

Posted 6 years ago

Ready for a long winded tale about quads?

There are 2 quad standards in the surf industry. Edge quad (Stretch) and McKee. Shapers often tweak these standards to suit their own styles, but in general terms, these are about as close to a standard as you're ever going to get in surfing.

Companies doing Edge quads: Stretch, PSH, C4.
Companies doing McKee quads: Channel Islands, Rusty, Naish

My Naish came with the rear fin locations tweaked from the published standard for McKee. The board never quite felt as good quad as it did thruster, so I decided to move the rear fin boxes to match McKee specs exactly. Presto, the board now rocks quad and thruster. I can have fun with both.

The day after I performed the fin box surgery on my 7'8, I get this tweet from FCS telling me Kelly Slater had just won Teahupoo on a McKee quad. Kelly actually gave props to McKee for the fin placement. That made me feel a little better about the surgery I had just performed on my board!

If you're wondering what the difference between the 2 systems is all about, the more you move the fins from the rail and toward the middle, the more you pick up some of the benefits of thruster, while still holding onto some of the advantages of quad.
Slater's quiver with quads located per McKee specs The red dots indicate the factory fin box location Freshly re-quaded to McKee specs
On the beach this morning
I like it!
[Link]

Kitesurfing Hurricane Irene at Bald Head Friday

Posted 6 years ago

[Link]

Too much fun for photos

Posted 6 years ago

Sorry, only took 6 photos today. This was the only decent shot. Way too good to be wasting time shooting. Last evening and this morning were like a dream. You should have seen Jacky. I've never seen her surf so good. The new tail pad bump is helping a lot.
Jacky on her 7'3
[Link]

The Morning after Hurricane Irene

Posted 6 years ago

We lost power at 2:30 am. It came back on at 8:30 this morning. Wave size already down to chest to head high due to off shore winds in the 30-50 range
2 levels of the walkway buried

I think that was the keep off the dune sign
The steep beach is gone. Nice and gradual now.

[Link]

Beaches Gone, Walkways Next

Posted 6 years ago




Walkway to beach. Beach gone, walkway likely gone by morning
[Link]

Hurricane Irene at 3pm Today

Posted 6 years ago

[Link]

Boo

Posted 6 years ago

Depressing from the inside

I haven't done this in years
[Link]

Hurricane Swell Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Z on his 7'8 Naish
Gotcha!
Surf Machine on his 8'0 PSH
Surf Machine

The inside reform spanks him! It got me today too!
[Link]

How I Increased my Surfing Performance

Posted 6 years ago

Ever hear about people who can't chew gum and walk at the same time? Well maybe I'm one of those. I've been putting Dakine tail pads on my SUPs in a failed attempt to get better feel for the tail of the board. It just wasn't working for me. I'd surf a wave and still wouldn't know "exactly" where my rear foot had been when it was over. I think the paddle caused enough of a mental distraction, that I was not aware of where my rear foot was. Other that what I'd feel in the way the board performed on the wave. I wanted more.

So I built my own tail pad with a double height arch bump. A bump so high, it feels slightly uncomfortable testing it on the beach.

But on the water, WOW. The pad felt fantastic and I was "fully" aware of my exact foot position on every wave. I felt empowered and my surfing felt better than ever. Maybe SUPs need bigger arch bumps.

Jacky loves it too!
7'3 Hokua
[Link]

7'3 and 7'8 Hokua's with new deck pads

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky's board weight 7.72 kg

[Link]

The Deck Pad Work has Begun

Posted 6 years ago

I vacuum bagged my custom tail pad tonight

[Link]

9'0 Naish Mana FOR SALE

Posted 6 years ago

It still looks like this…….like new $1549 retail asking $999
[Link]

Caught a couple on Jacky's board this morning

Posted 6 years ago

Autry on Justin's 8'6
Brad on his 8'0 narrow

190 lbs on Jacky's 7'3
Brad
[Link]

Redecking my Naish 7'8 Hokua

Posted 6 years ago

Knowing that I was going to remove the Naish deck pad, I decided to experiment with color accents by washing away some of the factory silk screen. Then using a magic marker I filled in other areas. This gives a hint about what the new deck pad will look like using white and black/white marble pads to make my own pad design. Stay tuned for part 2 when the new pad is installed in a few days. The old pad was getting slippery. Time to freshen things up with new grip.
Deck pad getting pulled off
Pulls right off. No mess, no fuss. Naish uses some kind of cement to adhere the pad. None of that messy gooey 3M film.
Fresh razor blade with points sanded round to prevent cutting the glass deck.

As stripped
The weight? Converts to 17.5 lbs. Sounds about right.
Cement remnants sanded off.

Paper template made for cutting the new pad. The green tape is 3 layers thick to make tracing the paper template easy.
[Link]

New Mystery Naish

Posted 6 years ago

This one looks sweet. Swallow winged quad. I wonder what the dimensions are. It wasn't in the leaked Naish specs we've seen so far. UPDATE. It is a kite surfboard.

[Link]

Marker 9-10 at 11am this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky on her 7'3

Dwight on the 7'8

[Link]

What is it?

Posted 6 years ago

Is this a 7'3 or 7'8 Soft Top Naish Hokua? Who is this market to?
Is it marketed toward kids? [Link]

Surf Videos are Back

Posted 6 years ago

Video shot this morning at the North End
[Link]

Cabrinha Demo at WB

Posted 6 years ago

Video by Z. Damien of Cabrinha in the video.
[Link]

Cabrinha 2012 Gear Demo this Saturday Only

Posted 6 years ago

[Link]

Nuclear Butter at 10am

Posted 6 years ago

We rolled at 9am, to beat the heat. The Basin was blowing WSW 25-30, super low tide, and the best fun you could possibly have down there. At 11:20 am, the wind started the SSW shift and dropped below 20. The wind was returning at noon, but the sweet WSW was gone.
Z you call that a jibe? haha. Z tried my windsurfer today. He's getting closer to joining the windsurfers.
Twisted to the max and pulled flat, yet insanely balanced. Sick!
Now this is a jibe!
Jacky
Dwight on Zs kite [Link]

Honkin Windy

Posted 6 years ago

We hit the south end at noon. Wind was SSW at 20-25. The best side shore wind we've seen in awhile. By 2pm it was 25-30. Butt kicking good wind! Sail flatten to the max
Jacky
Z jumping his new 2012 Switchblade and Jacky on her windsurfer
Hiroshi, Jacky, and Z


Jacky's rig
Dwight trying Zs new kite [Link]

Morning Surf was Fun

Posted 6 years ago

It looks like Stan has got some "Brad style" in his bottom turn. We all learn a lot surfing with Brad and Surf Machine. Thanks guys!
Stan looking good on his new 8'6 PSH WR. [Link]

Another Beautiful Morning

Posted 6 years ago

This was taken Sunday between 9 and 11am. Saturday was the same, although we windsurfed here Saturday morning.
Acres of butter
So fun…..
[Link]

Lion on the Beach

Posted 6 years ago

Dog shaved like a lion
South End [Link]

More 2012 Naish info

Posted 6 years ago

Most interesting in this video to me, is the black area is not black paint, but unpainted, showing the carbon underneath. So maybe I was correct in my earlier speculation that all the black nose cones seen on Hokua's, is actually carbon to make them ding proof. The new dual density deck pad sounds appealing.
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Basin Parking Situation

Posted 6 years ago

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Hello Mr. Fisher,Thank you for your comments and I apologize for any inconvenience you have encountered. The Ft. Fisher boat ramp renovations were performed using Coastal Recreation Fishing License (CRFL)funds, Motorboat Registration funds and Division of Coastal Management funds. Due to the variety of funding sources we included facilities for all types of users.
Included at the site is a temporary offloading parking space for single vehicles near the ramp and beach area for the kayak and canoe user. Also at the site is approximately 15 single vehicle spaces and 26 vehicles with trailer spaces. Single vehicle spaces being almost 40% of the parking, which is substantially more than any of our other 207 free sites. I have also witnessed on several occasions quite a few folks parked at the site with trailers full of canoes and kayaks that can also utilize the trailer spaces. Pic attached. I have also included aerial photography from October of 2010 that shows 22 trailer boats at the site.
Currently, the site is managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission and I'm afraid if you are not parked in an appropriately marked spot for the type vehicle you have you could be subject to ticketing or towing. It is an extremely busy site and unfortunately we didn't have an unlimited amount of property to accommodate all of the users all of the time. I would suggest getting there early in the morning on the busy weekends or holidays to reserve your parking space. I hope you continue to enjoy our access areas provided free of charge and again apologize for any inconvenience.
Sincerely,
Erik D. Christofferson Division Chief of Engineering ServicesNC Wildlife Resources CommissionDivision of Engineering Services http://www.ncwildlife.orgMailing Address: 1720 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, North Carolina 27699-1720919-707-0153
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Basin blowing 20-27 tonight

Posted 6 years ago

New wave sail tested tonight. It passed! [Link]

The Waves are Back! Woohoo

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I only had time to snap a few this morning
Justin is today's Surf Machine on his new 8'6 PSH WR
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Igor and his daughter Skye, kite the Basin

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Windsurfing a Long Left, so jealous

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Another Robby Video worth a look

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Alexa Goes Surfing

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Jacky's niece from Atlanta, goes surfing at CB inlet on Jacky's 9'0 Mana
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For Surf Machine

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I know you dream about this place. The video must be fresh because he's got the 2012 graphics.
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Naish Fanboy Finds 2012 Photos

Posted 6 years ago

Robby with new graphics. Color on rails reversed from 2011 scheme. New deck pad look. Black nose on all 2012s
Kai Lenny
Robby. Looks like 8'5 Hokua to me
It looks like Kai replaced his tail pad
Race boards, all with black nose cone. Could the nose be carbon reinforced to make it ding proof?
New bottom design on the windsurf boards. Photo from the distributors meeting on Maui.
Carbon nose, or just black paint to make ding repair paint matching easy? Carbon rail or just paint?

Carbon rails, or just black paint? Less wood decking? [Link]

Scary Stuff

Posted 6 years ago

Naish surfer Vetea Poto David. Naish lists his quiver as 8'5 and 7'8 Hokua. Wonder if that's the 8'5 way up there? [Link]

Drift Surfing

Posted 6 years ago

The wind has been relentless, so we went back to something we did a lot when we were newbies. Drive 3 miles upwind, launch, then relax, drift, and surf!

Back then, a 3 mile surf session would kick our butts. Today it was awesome fun. These new short SUPs make this wind blown shore break so much more fun. Our balance in the wild and wooly seas was easy-peeze. Wind at your back sure makes you stable! We could actually do something with those crap waves on these boards. [Link]

Finally-we see another girl on the 7'3

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Jacky Flying

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5.0 tonight in the Basin [Link]

CB1 got it again in Hatteras

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CB1 is killing it in Hatteras

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Brian McKenzie on his 9'0 Naish Mana
CB1 reporting on his 3rd straight day of fun surf [Link]

Fun down winder today

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Awesome 5.0-5.5 Day

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Jacky on her 5.0
Mike and Jacky (Mike's an Apache pilot and so is his girlfriend!)
Jacky, Z and Mike
Jacky and Z
Unknown kiter way down there
Our rigs today (5.5 for me and 5.0 for Jacky)
Z shakes off the rust and tries windsurfing again
Zs walk of shame
Z gets me back. Wind was killer from 1:30 to 3:30, then lulled a bit. [Link]

An Evening of Kitesurfing

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Z kiting on his 12m
Just Z and I tonight at the Basin. Wind 16-20 [Link]

The Basin Magic Strikes!

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Forecast was zip, actual was 20-22 SW
Jacky
Dave
Jacky
Jacky and Dave
Jacky

Jacky showing off for the camera

First duck jibe in 11 years. Not bad!
The ham doing a head dip
She's still got her hat after the head dip



She likes the cameraman
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Surprising Fun Surf this Morning

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Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua

Justin on his 8'6 PSH WR


Will Jacky make this drop?
Yes, she made the drop! The 7'3 is upping her game.
Brad with his pretty new narrow 8'0 ripper.
Jacky

Surf Machine on his old C4. The PSH is in the shop for ding repair.
Z doing his Surf Machine imitation.
Surf Machine
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The New North End Rippers

Posted 6 years ago

Head high Bomb for Ian
Hold on tight!
Like a pro at age 9
The new rippers in town, Joey and Ian
Joey (hope I got the name right) [Link]

Channel Bottom…..Zoom-Zoom

Posted 6 years ago

Recently I was surfing and noticed how cool the water looked flowing off the tail when it was laying upside down in the water. It made me wonder, is this the source of the rocket propulsion I feel when surfing it.

Jacky's 7'3 [Link]

Sunday Morning Glass

Posted 6 years ago

Ian, the newest and youngest north end ripper
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua

Lots of long fun waves this morning
Brad on his NEW narrower 8'0 PSH ripper
Brad

Surf Machine and Jacky
Ian on the 9'0 Mana
Jacky
Jacky
Jacky
Jacky
Brad
Surf Machine on his 8'0 PSH WR
Butch cruising on his 9'5 Mana



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Beautiful Photos from Last Night at the Basin

Posted 6 years ago

All photos thanks to Kevin and Vincent who stood out there with Kevin's camera.
Vincent
Dwight
Dwight
Vincent…..offering windsurf lessons in the Basin
Vincent
Oops, a kiter caught trying to windsurf. Come to the dark side, the force is with you
Kevin
Kevin
Jacky in yellow, Oliver in blue
Kevin
Jacky
Jacky
Jacky
Oliver
Jacky
Kevin
I won't even try to spell your name :-) [Link]

Speechless

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Another Good Day at the Basin

Posted 6 years ago

Last night nobody was at the Basin, tonight it was a full house. Lots of kites and sails. My wind meter showed gusts to 25.
Jacky on 5.5 sail and Oliver on blue sail
Jacky
Only 29.7 mph tonight. [Link]

31.1 mph on GPS tonight

Posted 6 years ago

Last time I was a windsurfer, GPS didn't exist. It was fun tonight trying it out
On a 6.5 Ezzy and JP Freestyle Wave 101 [Link]

Fun Morning….surfed the 7'3 Hokua too, Woohoo!

Posted 6 years ago

8 SUPs out this morning at Sea Watch
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
A lot of pretty waves like this at Sea Watch this morning
Jacky at high tide
Awesome morning of surfing from 8 to 11 am
CB1 on his 9'0 Mana. [Link]

Kai Lenny's new video

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Hit 13.9 mph Downwinding Tonight

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I'm a lazy downwinder, so my average speeds are always low.
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Just a Few Photos this Morning

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Jacky on her 7'3
Jacky
Jacky
Dwight on the 7'8
Dennis on his 9'0 Mana [Link]

Friday Morning Surfing Fun

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Surf Machine
Jacky, oops!
The 6 AM crew
Surf Machine
Jacky
Oops
Brad
Brad
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The Windsurfers Win!

Posted 6 years ago

Fun at the Basin today. Z trying to jump over me with his kite, and me trying to blow his doors off with my windsurfer. I win! haha
The 6.5 that smoked Z haha
Jacky flying! [Link]

Sunday Morning Surf, just a few out this morning

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Z on his 8'6 PSH WR
Z
Dwight on my 7'8 Hokua
Rocketman on his 8'0 PSH WR
Dwight, thinking, can I make it around this and be like Surf Machine
Can I…..
Nope, total kook
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
Brad showing me what my board can do in the hands of a real surfer
Brad
Sequence shot from above hit
Brad
Lip smackin mad man. [Link]

Sick Morning. Even Sicker before 7am. Photos taken after 8am

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Z
Z on his 8'6 PSH WR
Jacky
Jacky
Jacky and the barrel that got away
Brad
Jacky, Brad, and Surf Machine
Jacky
Jacky
Surf Machine
Who else, but Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
Surf Machine on his 8'0 PSH WR
Brad on his 8'0 PSH WR
Brad
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Can you duck dive like this?

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The Basin Blows Tonight

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky sailing 6.0 and Ryan kiting on 11m
Wind averaging 20 with higher gusts. She loves this 6.0 [Link]

Camera Setting Screw-up Today

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The surf was excellent from 6:00 to 7:30. Photos taken about 8am.
Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR
Jacky 7'3 Hokua
Surf Machine
Jacky
Jacky

CB1 9'0 Mana
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The Surf is Still out there

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Jacky
Zo's board getting a demo ride
Zo, I don't think you're getting it back!
Jacky
Dwight
Some good size is still out there!
Drake
Dwight
Dwight
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Beautiful Morning of Surfing

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Brad
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Windsurfing Fun Tonight

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Jacky on the 5.0 Ezzy Panther

I used the 5.5 Panther
Vincent is giving lessons. Its been years since lessons were offered locally [Link]

We feel like 30 year old kids again!

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Sometime in the mid 80s we started windsurfing the Basin. We spent 100+ days a year windsurfing there until 1999, when we switched to kitesurfing. It's great to be back. We had a blast today.
Jacky on her 6.0 Ezzy [Link]

Only Snapped a Few this Morning

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CB-1 on his 9'0 Mana
Hunter on his 7'3 Hokua
Butch on his 9'5 Mana [Link]

Rodeo Surf Today

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Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR
Surf Machine
CB1 9'0 Mana
Brad 8'0 PSH WR
Brad
Z on 8'6 PSH WR
Z
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Jacky's new 6.0 sail

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Rigged in the rain [Link]

Windsurfed the Basin

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We windsurfed the Basin tonight on my new 6.5 Ezzy. It worked like I had hoped. The low end matched the 12m kites. The Basin renovation looks complete now, including new parking signs that made ALL the parking spots for boat trailers only. The kitesurfers, windsurfers and kayakers got totally screwed. No parking for us and there are more of us than boat trailers. The Basin is a 3 foot deep mud hole. Hardly the popular boating place it was 20 years ago. There are just a few car parking spots down the road. Not where anyone with recreational gear, kayaks, windsurfers, or kites would want to haul piles of gear to and from the water. Lets hope the parking is policed with some common sense.
12m kites and my 6.5 Ezzy
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Pretty Surf this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky had fun today!
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
Hunter on his 7'3 Hokua
Hunter
Hunter
Hunter
Hunter
Hunter
Hunter
Z on his 8'6 PSH WR
Z
Hunter
Jacky
Surf Machine on his 8'0 PSH WR
Brad on his 8'0 PSH WR
Jacky
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Cute Video

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My Renewed Effort to Windsurf More

Posted 6 years ago

A new and bigger sail arrived today. If this sail is fun, I promise to windsurf more and kite less.
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The Hot New Bamboo PSH Hull Ripper Specs Revealed

Posted 6 years ago

These are the hot NEW shapes coming this Spring to Surf House.

The "Hull" rippers are the shapes Blane created using knowledge gained from raceboard development. The bottoms have a narrow planing surface, blended into an overall wider width at the rail. The result is a board than rips like a narrow surfboard, without being narrow. Better rail to rail surfing and more speed!

We’re not sure why only two colors, but that's what it is.

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8'9” x 30 1/8” x 5 1/4” 8-9 Hull Ripper Color
White

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Red 9'1” x 28 7/8” x 4 1/4” 9-1 Hull Ripper Color
White

Pro

Red 9'2” x 30 3/4” x 4 1/4” 9-2 Hull Ripper Color
White

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Red 9'6” x 28 7/8” x 4 1/4” 9-6 Hull Ripper Color
White

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Red 9'6” x 30 1/2” x 4 3/8” 9-6 Hull Ripper Color
White

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Red 9'11” x 31” x 4 1/4” 9-11 Hull Ripper Color
White

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Red [Link]

Massive and Fantastic Photo Morning by Jacky

Posted 6 years ago

Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR


Dwight 7'8 Hokua

Surf Machine




Dwight on Zs 8'6
Oops, never knew that was behind me
Dawn Patrol this Morning




Z trying my 7'8 Hokua again



Test Results: Go short or go slow. 8'6 is too big and slow.



My Steep drop of the day
Will I survive?
Yes, I lived to surf another day. Heart may have stopped though…..

Holly Smokes this thing is fast. Just got off the 8'6 and wasn't prepared for the speed!
Yeah I'm a Kook, but now I'm a fast and loose Kook!

One happy boy today!


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7am this morning

Posted 6 years ago

Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR
Dwight 7'8 Hokua
Z on his 8'6 PSH WR
Z
Z
Dwight
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Dwight on Zs 8'6 PSH WR
Z on my 7'8 Hokua (the next 5 photos)




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7'8 Hokua at Indo

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Sweet Downwinder Tonight

Posted 6 years ago

SW 15-20 made for a nice downwinder. The new boards are working like a dream. They do everything I dreamed of, when I came up with the shaping changes for this years batch.

The changes in this batch are:
Reduced width at the nose.Lower nose rocker. Added some vee under of the nose only.Hold the width behind center, moving back, while reducing the tail block width.The Goal:Eliminate the "boof" when I run into the back of a wave. The boof kills momentum and glide. A pointy nose pierces the back of a wave and doesn't boof, but can submarine and toss you over the bow and can reduce stability. Getting the right compromise is key. I've got it nailed for our SW wind and waves now. The nose rides at the perfect elevation and the boof is gone. It doesn't slow down when it hits the back of a wave.Improve the foot steering (surfability). The narrower tail block has done this. Paddle steering not required.Keep the glide going with less input from the rider. It does this.I used my new extra long Werner Nitro (just purchased for downwinding use only). It felt sooo good!

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Whoop-ass Windy

Posted 6 years ago

The whole Wilmington crew hit Oak Island today. Scott, Brian, Dennis, Mike, James, Tony, Cy, Dwight, Jacky
Scott
my 5.3 on the beach [Link]

Jacky's Week in Cocoa Beach

Posted 6 years ago

She kited too, but don't have any photos of it.
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81 degrees everyday this week

Posted 6 years ago

in Cocoa Beach! Why did we come home? Yuk, get me out of here!
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DW raceboard For Sale

Posted 6 years ago

14'6 x 27 DW raceboard For Sale. I built 3 boards this Winter with identical shapes, but different carbon layups. The first of the three built includes a windsurf sail fitting (removable) and was done using bomber thick full carbon top and bottom. This is the one for sale. Price is $950 firm. This construction would cost over $3000 from a famous shaper. My shape is optimized to excel at downwinding in close spaced ocean wind chop (SW summer wind).
This is the board for sale. The windsurf attachment unscrews if you don't want it.

The DW raceboard being windsurfed [Link]

Itty Bitty Waves on Itty Bitty SUPs

Posted 6 years ago

From Saturday morning
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Sebastian Inlet this Afternoon

Posted 6 years ago

We probably could have kited late this afternoon, but decided rest was the better option. Driving home tired is not fun.



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New Smyrna Beach Today

Posted 6 years ago

The forecast was poor for surf, kite, and windsurf today, so we went on a scouting adventure to New Smyrna Beach, near the inlet. The water was very cold compared to Cocoa Beach. Lots of surfers in full rubber, while nobody in Cocoa is in rubber. We stopped by Steve and Marty's shop (Sandy Point Progressive Sports) and found some nice fins and water shirts.
Elusive waves (I'm very comfortable on the 7'8 in any conditions)
ENE wind less than 10 (7'8 Hokua)
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Smoke on the Water!

Posted 6 years ago

We hit the water in the morning fully lit on a 12m kite. Soon the 12m was fully depowered and I was still on this HUGE Fly Door kiteboard. The board is more comfortable than my 140 Cabrinha. Unreal board. It's flimsy as a noodle. That is likely part of the magic that keeps it from feeling big when the wind goes off. It sure is nice to have a board that goes in light wind, yet doesn't send you racing back to the beach for something smaller when the wind kicks in.

At noon we went windsurfing. Lit out our minds all day. Cocoa Beach is a windsports paradise. Kite, windsurf, or SUP, it has it all and rivals Hatteras for fun. Air temp 85 today!
Worlds Biggest Kiteboard? 163 x 46
Jacky on her 4.7

Jacky……4.7 fully lit [Link]

Another Good Day

Posted 6 years ago

I kited, SUPed, and windsurfed today.
Dwight on David's 13m Crossbow
Dwight on David's 163 Fly Door (awesome board)

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Fantastic Day of Surfing

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky
Jacky, the big wave magnet
Jacky
Jacky ducking again
Jacky
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
Jacky
Dwight on the 7'8 Hokua
A second bottom turn on the same wave as above. Yahoo, lots of turns today.
Dwight
Dwight
Passed right by us surfing
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
No wetsuit required. Locals trunking it too. [Link]

Sex on the Beach

Posted 6 years ago

Jacky and Cindy enjoying the Horseshoe crab show. They are all mating on the beach.
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WooHoo……Kelly Park Goes Off

Posted 6 years ago

80 degree water and 78 degree air greeted us today at Kelly Park. Warmer than last year down here.
We got here at 4 pm and it was still blowing hard!
Jacky on her 5.3 [Link]

Road Trip

Posted 6 years ago

Vacation Starts Tomorrow [Link]

Windsurfers Rule Jaws

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The Downwind Boards are Done…..Yeah

Posted 6 years ago

Windsurfing footstraps have turned out to be the best SUP handle ever! Well not counting the new Naish handles anyway. All stickered up with imaginary sponsors. HARD WORK, but cheaper than spending $5000+ on all carbon boards made by somebody else.
I'm sick of board building again! We'll have to wait until next Winter to see if the shaping bug returns. [Link]

Saturday Morning at CB Pier. Extra Long Period Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Brad Brad 8'0 PSH WR CB1 returns from foot surgery! On his 9'0 Mana CB1 Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR CB1 Brad Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua Surf Machine Brad Todd on his 8'6 PSH WR Brad Todd The Flying Machine Surf Machine The only picture of me and I'm on the wrong wave. Look behind me! [Link]

Does this make you want to Windsurf?

Posted 6 years ago

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Almost Done

Posted 6 years ago

Filled and sanded. The difference between what you see here and what Starboard is doing with their carbon construction, is the thickness of the fill coat. In a production environment you need to apply the filler coat thicker, so the entire board can be finished by power sanding. Since my labor is free and weight is everything, my fill coat is extra thin and requires a lot of hand sanding in addition to some power sanding to avoid sanding through into the weave. Tricky, but worth the hassle to save every ounce of weight. Adding paint could be shooting myself in the foot compared to the way Starboard does it without paint. But it works for me.
Ready for paint [Link]

Windsurfing my Downwind Race Board

Posted 6 years ago

No walk of shame with 14'6 of waterline!


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Surfed at the House this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

It feels like summer. Heavy fog and pretty clean corduroy at sunrise, turning to summertime wind blow surf within an hour. No gloves or hood and burning up in my wool suit. The good times are returning.
Jacky
Jacky 7'3 Hokua
Jacky, another one caught deep
Jacky
Jacky, one that got away
Jacky too deep again. Elusive devils those sets.
Jacky
Dwight 7'8 Hokua
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight

Dwight

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The 14'6 Carbon Twins

Posted 6 years ago

One came out of the bag at 20 lbs. The other at 22 lbs. The 22 lb board has a larger double carbon zone on the deck to handle my lard butt. Jacky gets the 20 pounder. The board will gain about 3 lbs with hot coat, finbox, and deck pad.

FYI, the variations in black color are caused by the peal ply.

If you wonder why 14'6 and not 14', it's for glide. My gliding increased when I added 6 inches. Also, when I swapped between my old 14'6 and a Glide 14, the loss of glide was noticeable. Since I only do downwinders, fitting into racing classes is not a concern.
Identical Shapes [Link]

OMG the 6'4 Naish SUP

Posted 6 years ago

I want it! That looks like a blast.

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Busy Times

Posted 6 years ago

I'm taking 4 straight days off to laminate the twins. Bottom of board one done yesterday. Deck of board one done this morning. Bottom of board two Sunday. Deck of board two Monday. Hot coat, fin boxes, handles, all next week going into the following weekend.
Carbon layer
Glass layer
Peal ply [Link]

Did SUP just go the way of Windsurfing?

Posted 6 years ago

Remember when high performance windsurfing killed the sport….

Are we seeing this issue creep up on SUP surfing?

Take this morning for example. Summertime lame, wind blown surf. Not the sweet Winter surf we've been spoiled by lately.

Break out the longboard SUPs, or stick with the shortboard SUPs. We tried both this morning. Wow, after being spoiled by the 7'3 and 7'8 Hokua's, everything else bores us to death. We all quit after surfing maybe 1 hour at the most.

A reminder of the good old days on the 7'8 in this video.

Jacky this morning on 9'0 Mana
Jacky [Link]

Ideal Weather for Laminating

Posted 6 years ago

Wetting Table
Mixing Resin
6 oz carbon under 4 oz glass
Bagged on the rocker bed, vacuum pump doing its job [Link]

FCS is full of Marketing B.S.

Posted 6 years ago

The FCS Press Release:

FCS introduces an innovative new cord/coil stand up paddle surfing leash. This leash is specifically designed for stand up paddling, which features a short section of coil that will not tangle like a full coil. That coil functions as a shock absorber, reducing the board’s tugging force on your leg and helping to pull the board through the back of the wave quickly and evenly without having it rocketing back at you. The coil also allows you to noseride while minimizing the amount of leash dragging behind the board. This is an exclusive FCS innovation and it comes in calf and ankle cuffs and big and regular wave sizes.

Time for a history lesson folks at FCS. I invented this leash during the summer of 2007.

It took several attempts to convince XM Surfmore to make it for me. I first introduced my design to the SUP world in Oct 2007 on the standup zone click here

I gave up on it simply because the coil wore out too quick and it was a huge pain in the butt to get more made. I had them build two batches for me. 4 leashes in total. Hunter at Blowing in the Wind gets credit for talking XM into doing it for me.


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The Twins

Posted 6 years ago

get their high density foam inserts for the finbox

I'll be doing spackle and sanding all week getting ready for lamination [Link]

Basin Magic Today

Posted 6 years ago

The Basin magic wind went-off this afternoon. All that strong NW wind went SW at 2:30. South of the Kure Pier, the ocean was lit up with whitecaps. I took the board shown below for a quick run. I'm thrilled with the boards performance and behavior. No changes needed for the next two under construction.

I went with my Werner Nitro surf paddle on the run. The previous run about 2 weeks ago, I used my Quickblade Elite (8.3"). The feature that makes the Nitro a great paddle for short SUPs, also makes it ideal for downwinding. The extra narrow width (7 3/8), combined with the tip scoop, make the downwind board accelerate like a top fuel dragster. Downwinding is nothing but a series of hole shots. Burst of acceleration, followed by lots of gliding. The QB Elite is FOR SALE as of now.

The board I used today. The heavy carbon DW/windsurfer board.
2 identical copies of the board used today. Fresh spackle applied. Ready for light carbon glassing next weekend. [Link]

Jacky's Back on the Water!

Posted 6 years ago

I only spent 10 minutes taking photos today, so not much to show you. Today the waves felt weak. A day when the 9'0 Mana would have out-ripped all the little boards. I need to start loading the Mana on the truck too.
Jacky on her 7'3 Hokua
Jacky
Jacky
Found this on the beach
Surf Machine

Surf Machine [Link]

Real Downwinding

Posted 6 years ago

I wish we had wind like this!

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New Downwind Board Gets Wet Tonight

Posted 6 years ago

I blew off work an hour early hoping to catch something before the wind shut down. I found fog thick as pea soup at Fort Fisher. Less than 200 yards visibility. Just up the road at the condos we sometimes launch from, almost clear skies. So I launched there and ended up with a very short run to the house. The wind felt very off shore once on the water. Wind gusts were definitely WSW and very few of them. The wind went from 15, maybe 20, but only brief blasts. Nothing sustained that was worth a hoot. 10 minutes into the run it turned into a leisure run waiting on a miracle return of the wind that never happened.

I was able to confirm in my own mind, the new shape is what I was looking for. Improvements in the function of the nose, just the way I envisioned it when I shaped it. Stability is good. Weight is not. I'm used to lighter boards. I'll be hitting the shaping room this weekend to knock out 2 more identical to this one, minus a few pounds and without the windsurf insert. I have stocked up on the high end light carbon needed to get these right.

Below is the speed data from tonights run. The other charts are some runs from this past summer. The new board has some good speed, even though it felt like I was pulling a truck with the board not being 22 lbs.





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New Google Earth Images Taken Oct 23rd 2010

Posted 6 years ago

Bald Head Island. Great Kite Spot
CB Inlet

Shell Island
Oak Island. The sands bars create good surf, and sick kiting in the slick pond [Link]

The New 9'0 WAA Bamboo PSH has Landed at Surf House

Posted 6 years ago

29 wide

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25 More Photos from the Fantastic Weekend

Posted 6 years ago

Brad
Brad
Dolphin in the background
Oops
Dwight
Brad
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight goes right, Surf Machine goes left
All the following are the same wave



Can I make it around this section?
Can I? Taking bets…..
Not looking good
Don't give up on me
Hell Yeah!
Squeeze a tiny bit more from it
That's what going short does for you. SPEED, a new world for SUP
When it goes wrong! (not from the same wave in sequence above) [Link]

Fantastic Surf at CB Pier this Morning (and 24 degrees)

Posted 6 years ago

Dwight 7'8 Hokua
Justin 9'3 Sub Vector
Brad 8'0 PSH WR
Brad
Brad
Dwight
Dwight
Surf Machine 8'0 PSH WR
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Surf Machine
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight [Link]

My new Downwind and Windsurf Board

Posted 6 years ago

All in one. The original plan was to build a 22 lb ultra light downwind planing board. Then I obtained some military Harrier Jet carbon fiber some guy had stored in his barn for years. The deal was too good to pass up. The carbon was twice the thickness I normally use. The result was a 28 lb board as strong as a Harrier Jet, so why not add the mast insert and sail it too! Of course now I have to build another one with light carbon to get my 22 lb board too.

With Cabrinha handle. Handle works sick, but may be too risky to have there with a sail onboard. A footstrap may replace the handle when sailing.
14'6 x 27 [Link]

Hunter's First Surf on his 7'3 Hokua this Morning

Posted 6 years ago

After 3 or 4 weeks of waiting, some waves finally hit on a day when Hunter is not working. Sorry about the photo quality. Shot with my iphone and cropped heavily.

The following sequence is one wave





Hunter loves the 7'3. Stable! Fast! [Link]

The Crew Hits a Tiny Hamlet Street

Posted 6 years ago

Surf Machine with new miners cap
Todd on his PSH WR
Dwight on the 7'8
Surf Machine gets Wave of the Day
Not – Wave of the Day
Brad
Am I surfing or taking a dump? [Link]

Nice Naish Video

Posted 6 years ago

This little guys board looks like a smaller custom version of Jacky's 7'3 Hokua. It has to be 6' something. Template looks just like the 7'3.

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More New Toys

Posted 6 years ago

The new toy is Aperture 3 from Apple. Their pro photo software. Formerly $199, now $79 thanks to the new App Store for Macs. Woohoo, thanks Steve Jobs! A slide show from old photos of my first days on the 7'8 Hokua. Probably weighing close to 200 lbs in all that rubber. Surf is flat today and I have a head cold. Look for more slide shows this weekend as I get bored being stuck indoors.

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Downwind board pulled from the bag

Posted 6 years ago

Pulling the bag off
Stripping the peal ply and breather
Fresh from the bag, full carbon covered with 4 oz glass [Link]

Baby Sitting the Vacuum Pump Now

Posted 6 years ago

Carbon on the 16 ft long wetting table
Under vacuum and weighted down on the rocker bed [Link]

6'6 SUP

Posted 6 years ago

Click Here for Gong Sups article on how to paddle a 6'6 SUP. My 7'8 Hokua is long to these guys. The 7'8 paddles pretty normal. The only cool tip I picked up in the article is to try a correction stroke on the other side without switching hands with the paddle. That sounds like it could be handy now and then.

Click Here too the guy on the 6'6 is having fun in nothing surf
I'm glad I don't have to do this [Link]

7'3 Hokua – Jacky's Christmas Surprise

Posted 6 years ago

After 3 months off the water to rest an injured back, Jacky finally returns to surfing at 8:00 am this morning in 30 degree weather! That new 7'3 under the tree was all the motivation she needed.


The Three Amigos
Surf Machine

Jacky on the 7'3


The Flying Surf Machine
Jacky
Brad
Brad
Surf Machine
Brad
All the following photos are Jacky on one wave, in order










Jacky – like summer inside the R4 wool lined suit
Surf Machine (at 172 lbs) on Jacky's board [Link]

Big Photo Day on the 7'8 Hokua

Posted 7 years ago

The following 5 photos are from the same wave



Chicken Move! Autry would have killed this section
All the remaining photos are the same wave in order









Still trying to be like (Autry) Surf Machine
Still standing! [Link]

Awesome Windsurfing Video

Posted 7 years ago

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Hunter's 7'3 Hokua Arrived Today

Posted 7 years ago

The 7'3 on the rack at Coastal Urge

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Another try on the 7'8 Hokua

Posted 7 years ago

Another bust weekend for surfing the 7'8. The wind was too strong for it to be fun. Strong enough to knock me off balance and double the challenge of surfing the 7'8.
Comfortable flotation
The wind is killing me
Lame stuff near the beach [Link]

2011 PSH Rippers?

Posted 7 years ago

The raceboard inspired Hull Ripper bottom shape

Notice the rail shape and vee bow

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A Little More Downwind Board Progress

Posted 7 years ago

In the time beween my last board construction run, I read somewhere on the web that guys had found sign shops to be a good source for scrap high density foam. I asked my neighbor, who owns a sign shop, if they had any foam like Core Cell (I had one small piece left over to show him). A few days later he brings me this awesome 1.5" thick high density foam perfect for setting fin boxes.

FYI, Bark uses plywood in his custom carbon raceboards. Way heavier that good high density foam, but certainly cheaper. High density foam is expensive and expensive to ship because it comes in 4 x 8 sheets if you buy wholesale.
Hole routed and ready to set high density foam
Foam covered with plastic sheet and weigh applied. Foam is under weight, set in epoxy and filler. [Link]

Paddle Edging Secrets

Posted 7 years ago

There has been some discussion on paddle edging recently on the Zone. I thought it might be time for another blog post on the subject.

I’m approaching 4 years of SUP experience. I have owned some boards that were famous for rail chips! In those years, I've only had 2 rail chips. That is a record that is hard to beat. I always use car door edging on my paddles, except on raceboards. My secret to avoiding the draggy catch and release caused by door edging, is to simply not use it on the bottom edge. All you have to do is tape over the edging with some nice electrical tape in your favorite color and it stays put.



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Kai Lenny's Little Brother

Posted 7 years ago

More Surfing Videos

It looks like he SUPs a Naish prone surfboard. [Link]

Day 3 on the 7'8 Hokua

Posted 7 years ago

My 9'0 Hokua order is CANCELLED. This 7'8 is the best SUP I have ever surfed. It's one of those rare magic sticks that we call a "must have" in the quiver. So much easier to stand on than you could ever imagine possible for a 7'8 and surfs at a whole different level. I'm sure 200 lb guys with good SUP skills could surf this too.

Today I ran the fins I saw in Robby Naish's 7'8 Hokua. The Q1 trailers. Although I had M5s in the front and Robby had M7s. It felt spot on.

After this mornings session, I'm "dreaming" of surfing like Autry (a.k.a Surf Machine).

All photos from the same wave






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A Good Day for Shaping

Posted 7 years ago

Entered the shaping room at 8am. At 3 pm it's finished and ready for spackle tomorrow.



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A Naish Geeks Dream Board Chart

Posted 7 years ago

These boards have all been in my garage and were personally measured in careful detail. Enjoy! (The 7'3 is my estimation…..for Hunter). The nose and tail widths of the 7'8 provide clues about why it is stable.

The shaping room is ready. All I need is motivation [Link]

Day 2 on the 7'8 Hokua

Posted 7 years ago

Hunter takes the 7'8 for a test drive. Hunter weighs 145. The 7'8 was like a Mana to him. Stable as a house boat. He's ordering the 7'3 Monday.
Hunter on my 7'8
Dwight totally defeated by the 8'4. Sitting on it, is about all I can manage today.
Hunter on the 7'8
7'8

Stable [Link]

I Surfed the 7'8 Naish Hokua Tonight!

Posted 7 years ago

Way easier than I thought it would be. Easily handles my 185 lbs. More stable than I remember the 8'0 PSH WR. I think the biggest difference between this and the PSH, is more width carried forward. I can really lean on that extra meat forward of center. It makes paddling into waves much easier, than a board that sinks the nose with the slightest error in fore and aft weight shifting. Well actually not weight shifting, just leaning forward can sink the nose on many boards at my weight and height. This extra meat up front feels like the magic potion for me. Pure shaping genius by Harold Iggy.

As for how it surfs…..FAST as a rocket. Look for me to be firing down the line. This stick is going to help my surfing a lot.

I think the 9'0 Mana and this board might be all the quiver I need. I may have to place my 9'0 Hokua order on HOLD until I get more testing in. Maybe I should order Jacky the 7'3 and take her surfing to the next level.

Tonight we had light offshore wind, with rebound waves coming off the beach making it slightly messed up. I fell once in one hour of surfing. The challenge was about like day one on my 9'3 Hokua. I can see it only getting easier from here on out.
The fins. Notice the tiny rears. Only 3 1/2". A little small for my weight, I think.
The 7'8 Hokua at Coastal Urge
I hear a 7'3 might be coming to Coastal Urge too. [Link]

Who's Going to be the First…

Posted 7 years ago

around here to man-up and ride a 7'3 SUP? This is Jacko in Australia at 165 lbs.
the 7'3 Naish Hokua quad beach break specific model [Link]

Today's Garage Progress

Posted 7 years ago

The hot wire rig for Brian S. It's connected to a variac
Jacky's board roughed out this morning [Link]

Northeaster at the North End this Morning

Posted 7 years ago

Wind averaging 16 mph at 10 am. Gusts to 22, but fading fast, like usual. Not enough to use the 10m Fuse today. I did a shortened downwind surf run due to the fading wind.
Dwight on the Firewire
CB North End [Link]

Hot Wire Work

Posted 7 years ago

Gorilla glued blank extension in place. Rocker already hot wired
Extension piece rough trimmed
People always ask, what are you doing different on this batch? I traced last seasons template design in red, to show the difference with the new shape (in blue)
Comparison of tail template changes. Fuller hip, narrower tail.
Hot wire work done. Ready for the planer. [Link]

It's That Time Again

Posted 7 years ago

The foam for downwind boards number 7 and 8. This foam came from Craft Hardware in Wrightsville Beach. They stock 1 lb EPS for contractors building docks. It's not ideal because it comes 23 1/2 wide, but it's cheaper due to no shipping cost on my part. Shipping doubles the cost of EPS.
The EPS survived the drive home
Safe in my garage [Link]

Just Me and Igor this Morning

Posted 7 years ago

Our new ride

Igor
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New Video of the 64 mph Record Run

Posted 7 years ago

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I Want One……by Christmas Please!

Posted 7 years ago

Photos from Australia. Lucky buggers! (Thanks DJ)

Wow, high quality Naish fins
Note to self, I must not gain weight during the Winter
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Sunday Morning Shots

Posted 7 years ago

Dwight
The 8'0 Twins
Brad
Surf Machine
Don't Look Back!
Surf Machine
The human bullet
Ouch! [Link]

Unbelievable! You have to come see this….

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday Apple released AirPlay for my Apple TV. I just wirelessly streamed Jacky's Movie Trailer video from my Laptop to my big flat screen TV, blasting the full movie surround sound experience through my system. I was shaking the walls. WOW, just like IMAX, well almost. Compared to watching it on my laptop it feels like IMAX.

A steal at $99 [Link]

Oak Island was Fun Today

Posted 7 years ago

Dwight on the 9'0 Mana
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
Dwight
CB1 on his 9'0 Mana
CB1
Alligator by Ian (a.k.a CB2) [Link]

Wild Man Does it Again

Posted 7 years ago

Last year this crazy guy jumped a smaller pier in the UK. Today he jump a bigger pier!


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After Work Sessions are Short!

Posted 7 years ago

Only time for 30 minutes of surfing at the house. I miss daylight savings time already.



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Firewire El Fuego long term report

Posted 7 years ago

Thrusters rule! At least on this stick. It sure is nice to have 5 fin boxes to be able to make your own choice. The 2 lb foam with bamboo deck isn't tough enough to handle the loads a kiter places on it. I never jump my surfboards, so it's just pure surfing loads with the extra drive from the kite. I had to pull up the deck pad and put carbon patches on the deck. I hid the carbon under the pads. It's doing fine now and still looks sexy in bamboo.
9 am this morning at CB north end [Link]

Nitro Wins

Posted 7 years ago

After using the Nitro a few weeks, we decided Jacky had to have one too. The whole package (clever handle design, oval flex shaft, and narrow dihedral blade) works awesome.
Werner's unique handle
The Nitro blade [Link]

Naish Jackpot

Posted 7 years ago

I found some sweet photos of Robby on the new Hokua's in Fiji…..begin drooling now
7'8 Hokua
7'8 Hokua
7'8 Hokua
9'0 Hokua
9'0 Hokua
9'0 Hokua
7'8 Hokua [Link]

Brad's the Surf Machine Today

Posted 7 years ago

The Original Surf Machine is out of town. The camera battery died, so this is all Jacky was able to get this morning. Oops…

Brad on his 8'0 PSH WR


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A Little Morning Video

Posted 7 years ago

CB1 on his 9'0 Mana
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Fun Evening Session at the House

Posted 7 years ago





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Huge Photo Day

Posted 7 years ago

Oak Island 5 mile downwinder


CB1 trying to be like Surf Machine
CB1 stylin that 9'0 Mana
Nobody goes harder than the REAL Surf Machine
CB1
B dog on his 8'0 PSH WR
B dog
Surf Machine, Commited
We see why Surf Machine picked this spot this morning
Surf Machine
The animal a.k.a the Surf Machine
Wimpy DW trying to be like Surf Machine
B dog on his 8'0 PSH WR
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CB1s new Stick

Posted 7 years ago

Stylin on his 9'0 Mana
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Oak Island was HUGE

Posted 7 years ago

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Funny SUP Video

Posted 7 years ago

I love those sandy beaches of the Great Lakes
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A Downwinding iMovie Trailer

Posted 7 years ago

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Fun SUP Videos from Zoner alap (on Vancouver Island)

Posted 7 years ago

Andrew up first on his 9'0 Mana

Andrew’s son Paul up next on the 9'8 Starboard
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New Surf Movie of Jacky (Go Full Volume and Full Screen)

Posted 7 years ago

Made with iMovie 2011 [Link]

The First 9'0 Naish Hokua Reviews are in

Posted 7 years ago

I’m stoked the reviews show it works for big guys!


From Waz in Australia:

I am 92kgs (202 lbs) and was riding the new 9'0 Hokua and swapped down to the new 8'5.

After doubting whether or not I could stand on it, I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought.

A few wobbles later, I caught a nice one and it surfed like a shortboard with a paddle in your hand.

This board is very fast and loose!!

Highly recommend it

I am not normally a big Naish fan, but these 2 boards are defiantly on the money for performance and finish, so much so I bought the 9'0 Hakua!

Both well worth a demo.

From Swanie in Australia:

I am 6' and 95kg (209 lbs)

Surfed it this morning in fairly clean waist high surf. Slight northerly wind.
Loved it!

Don’t let anyone say it won't float you. It floated me fine and paddled well. In the first 15 minutes there were a few mermaids trying to ravage me but after finding the sweet spot on the board any wobbles were gone and it was great.

It is fast! It made sections easily. Basically for a guy my size this is a 6' blown out short board. It turns on a dime. Makes late take offs with ease.

Totally suggest you demo this if you are considering steping down from a larger board or if you are after a more performance type board. The concave deck seems to help with stablity.

From Piros in Australia:

I’m still wet from riding it as I type this , just came in. Wazza my mate (another school teacher) just picked one up he's 92 kg I'm 90 it floats low in the water with us on it BUT that's not a bad thing because it helps with stabilty but you have to work on it as it was pretty choppy this arvo , the concave deck is great really helps with balance. I loved the plane shape it looks the goods.

Surf wise it was great easy to find the sweet spot , plenty of speed. We rode it as a 2+1 I think a quad set up will make flow more through the turns (my opinion)

From shimmyshazbo in Australia:

surfed the 9'0 with the quad setup this morn in 2 ft clean waves with a bit of current and a few cross waves thrown in. been riding the naish 8'10 and im 82kgs (180lbs).
i too loved this board, caught waves so easily, heaps of speed, so much so that i could snap this board around more than the 8'10. really stable and loved the concave deck. this board is worlds apart from the 8'10, i feel i can relax more when paddling through the shore break and i didnt fall off at all while turning to catch waves.
picking one up today! yeeeeew! [Link]

9'0 Naish Hokua……Real Photos!

Posted 7 years ago




Some deck concave
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I guessed it correctly

Posted 7 years ago

The new PSH Hull Rippers have baby race board bows!
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A Google Search on Channel Bottoms Found the Following Goodies

Posted 7 years ago

The greatest thing about the channels is that there is no top end speed limit. They just continually build speed. You're taking the water that would normally run across the board and down the rail and catching it and storing the energy, releasing it at planned locations along the deck, more so the tail though, as opposed to the rail. The only negatives that I have heard from channels is that they're too fast, I can't get in the barrel. I just tell surfers to deal with the speed and surf accordingly. They also hold on the face better because they've got like fingers on the wall. They sit and hold better. Run higher and hold longer in the barrel once the speed is controlled and understood. If you don't outrun it you can stay in it longer. I guarantee that once you get on one and learn it you will always have one in your quiver for the rest of your life.
The 7'8 Hokua Bottom……DROOL……… [Link]

Is there a perfect paddle?

Posted 7 years ago

Not really, because paddle feel is very personal. As of just recently, we've finally reached the point where we've owned paddles from ALL the big brands.

We learned with C4s, moved on to Kialoa, then back to C4, then to Quickblade, and now Werner.
Werner peaked my curiosity with some interesting marketing claims.

1) A palm grip designed to put your wrist in the best ergonomic position. Straight instead of kinked.
2) Narrow paddle blades without loss of area, designed to reduce stress at the catch. Or dig deeper for more power, less deep for less power.

It seems to work as advertised. Especially the blade design. The smaller area Quickblade shown below actually is harder to pull at the catch and more stressful on the body. The larger area Nitro, with narrow width, feels easier on entry, yet doesn't feel gutless as you follow through on the stroke.
Werner Grip Designed to straighten wrist
Generic palm grip with heavy bent wrist
Which one feels more powerful? Not what you might think [Link]

They're Here………..just not here

Posted 7 years ago

The Aussie's beat us. They got ALL the new goodies from Naish today.
9'0 bat tail Hokua on the rack in Australia
Forget the one he's holding, check out the 7'8 Hokua on the floor with bottom channels showing at the tail
The wings of the 9'0 bat tail Hokua [Link]

OMG more Naish Goodies

Posted 7 years ago

The NEW Naish web site has gone live with all kinds of goodies here
OMG…..look at those sexy channels in the bottom of that 7'8 Hokua
The fins I see in Robby's 7'8
Can I have one ASAP?
I'll take one of these too!
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There is a NEW Surf Machine in Town

Posted 7 years ago

the NEW Surf Machine