Friday, February 29, 2008

Boards For Sale

Boards not mine. Just trying to help a friend out that has helped me. Info below.

6-1 x 19 x 2.5 Bonzer 5 , cosmic, for riders under 160lbs, excellent condition. $475
Moonlight Glassing. great ride, just a little thin for me. Im 165 and like em thicker- 80s style.

Parabolic, 6-2 Bessell, hand shape, XTR , ridden 6 times, quad or tri retail on this is $850Selling for $550I ride my fishes more and more.Ian(619) 248-9134

Larry Mabile, 1 of a kind, "Mullet" , hand shaped EPS,carbon fiber-6-0
Had this made in the wake of Clark crisis. Based it off my favorite Larmo poly board that goes unreal. Rode it once and realized that I didnt need a carbon copy of the same board. retail on this is pretty hig + getting Larry to shape one is near impossible. A steal at $550. Does not come with center fin, but I reccommend the R dot 6.5.

Ian(619) 248-9134

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

BFE Part 2

The Brownfish Experiment is now back in my posession. Moonlight performed another great glass job. The shape came out pretty decent, but only time will tell. Will update after a get a chance to give her a go.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2 Newer Blogs I Really Like

The Hole in the Hall, Josh Hall is now tackling the Blogging World. So far his posts are informative, well structured, and somewhat hip. Josh is a good guy with a bright future who probably has a better business and service sense than any other shaper I've delt with in my life. I support him, and so should you.

Head High Glassy, Jamie Murray up in Northern California is spitting out one really quality post a week. Somehow he's usually able to mix the boards that he has shaped into a nice little story that to most, would seem distant. He seems to tie them together like no other and I would have to say, probably delivers the best posts of any Blogger I've read.

You can check them both out by clicking on the links to the side. G

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Making Templates

There is many ways to make a template. You can mark your points out on a board, then use something flexible and connect them, you can trace a template from an existing board, or you can design a board on AKU shaper, then print out the outline, cut it out, tape together, lay it down on a door skin, draw it out and finally, cut it out. Of course the most important part is trueing it up and making sure that there is no humps and bumps. I like using AKU shaper, cause I can tweak things with a click of the mouse until I come up with something I like. Here is a quick photo versioin of how I do it.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

10,000 Hits Today

Just 4 short months ago I published my first post. Today I'm averaging about 135 hits a day and have now reached 10,000 hits. I know to guys like Mr. Surfy Surfy (who get 2000 hits a day) this is pretty minor, but to me, I'm stoked that people take time out of thier day to see what I might have to say. Thanks to everyone. Here is a copy of my very first post in early October 2007.


One nice summer July day, while digging holes in the sand with my 3 kids, one of my friends walked up to me and pointed out that a guy just came out of the water, stuffed an old board into the trashcan, and walked away. When I see boards left laying around broken and battered the first thing I always do is go check the fins. Often the idiot will leave perfectly good fins in the board when throwing it away. So, after about a 1/2 hour, didn't want to seem too anxious, I walked over to the trashcan and took a look. The fin was useless, but in my mindseye, I saw something in that old delaminated board. So, I stripped as much glass off the thing as I could and strapped it to the roof of my truck and took it home. The foam was then cut down to about 6'8" and put up in the rafters to let it dry out for 3 weeks. I never shaped a surfboard, so this was my first attempt. I was always very wary of ruining a perfectly good blank. Plus, I mainly do office type work and my tool schools maxed out in 8th grade shop. Sure I can cut a piece of wood, but, my main worry is that I'm pretty impatient when it comes to projects. I usually start off strong and am very detail oriented for the first 80%, but then somehow lose focus during the most important last 20%. Here are a few pics of the beginning and the finished product. To see the entire step-by-step process you can click on "My August Project" above or cut and paste the URL below:

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Panama Surfing 2003 Part 3

Last segment in the series. I wouldn't trust this guy. He'll say he's goin right, just so you don't go, then go left. He'll spray you just for the sake of it on a crappy wave, then burn you in the barrel on the best wave of the day. He might even ride a longboard on occasion.

Panama Surfing 2003 Part 2

Here's Chucks part. He's a great friend. The kind of guy that will help you build a fence if you need it. The kind of guy you can drink a beer with.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Panama Surfing 2003 Part 1

My two buddies that I grew up with and I went down to Panama for a quick 1 week getaway. The surf was decent, but not phenomenal. It actually looks a little better than it was. It's alot mushier and alot more unpredictable than it looks. It was still pretty fun none the less. This is pretty much right before all 3 of us got our first Fish. Probably the last thruster I used as my daily driver. It was neat to see a different Central American Country after having gone to Costa Rica so many times. Reminded me how CR was when I first went. Heres the only video I've made in my life. Made it on Windows Movie Maker after the trip and just dug it up off our old computer. I had to break it up into three parts cause nobody will let you upload a 12 minute movie. So here is part 1. It's a good friend of mine we'll just call Joey. I've probably surfed with Joey more than anyone else in my life. We went to Australia together when we were 18 (20 years ago) and actually got barreled. If you want to see how poorly I surf then you'll have to wait til part 3.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

BFE #2

I spent some time last night planning out my next shape. A 6'4" Gunfish for Southern California days in DOH range. I put it on paper because it's kinda different than most Fish, plus I can print it out and lay it down on a door skin and make my template. I'm gonna use an Ice-9 6'3" Fish blank. The bottom of the blank measures out to just over 6'4 1/2", so I'll be pushing the length, but it should work out. Plus, I can use the rocker that was designed into the blank, which I feel will work good for this type of board.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Barrel Surfboards - More on the Gunfish

Most of you know that I've been talking about getting a Gunnier type fish for the bigger days around Southern California. Well, Lob over at Barrel Surfboards in France has just shaped and posted exactly what has been going through my mind. This one is a 7'0" x 19"1/2 x 2"3/4. I'm thinking a little less foam, but overall, spot-on. Nice work Lob.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Wood Grain

We are presently working on a project that will soon be revealed. One of tasks I was assigned was to go out to Oceanside Pier and take some pictures of the weathered wood that lines the path to Ruby's. I think a few of the pictures came out pretty neat.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Family in Town - Bertleman's the Man

My sister, her husband and thier 2 kids are visiting for the week. Doubtful If I'll be updating. I found this great clip of Bertleman and Bugs I thought most would enjoy. In my opinion, Bertleman was way beyond his years and was hands down, the standout surfer of the 70's and early 80's.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Believe Trailer

Goldie, on the ERBB turned me onto this. Could be one of the best trailers I've seen. Gonna pick up the movie today.