Saturday, December 5, 2009

Very Small, and not so Very Small

This is a new ride for Tim Caton, down SD way- a 4'11 Paipo, shown here on top of a GeeBee for scale. It's around 21 1/2" wide, 1 3/4" thick. More or less a Velo tail- I used a GeeBee nose template, rather than the rounder Velo, to reduce spray flying into his prone mug. In spite of the thinness, we'll just have to wait and see if it flexes much- it's mighty short.

This is Eric's 8'0 Microant- it's going back home with him to Byron Bay. Nick's authentic GeeBee-looking GeeBee is in the background.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bamboo Flexies Ready to Roll

Marlin's fine work at 101 fins is just about ready to roll. True to PHD philosophy, we wanted to give these fins a thorough test before letting them out.
The overall vibe is a smoother turn, that's really easy to initiate. Above are two shorter fins, pretty much designed for shorter hull hybrids, such as LS Eggs, MPs, and Little Bastards. On shorter boards, the lack of fin weight is really noteable. The fin on the left is the BJ-Foley 8.25. I based this off a Jay Foley template from Yater Pocket Rocket days. Doesn't feel as extreme as it looks-
nothing like a Norm-Flex. The fin on the right is a 8.5 MP. Both these fins utilize a "hinge flex", with
the last 1/4 of the fin designed to flex like a paddle. The zing this gives the fin on hard turns and,
when pumping down the line, is really noticeable. We're also putting out the PHD-1, shown below
in fiberglass, with a conventional taper flex.

This is a Volan in the PHD-1 template. 9.1". Notice the foil- the pivot is moved forward on the fin,
compared to Greg's templates, obviously a different template, the same flex pattern as the L-Flexes.
This is proving to be a killer fin in hardman hulls, but really shines in the more steerable hulls. It's a perfect Egg fin, and worth a checkout in Marc Andrieni's Vaqueros.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


My son Dustin's new 7'8'' PHD EGG

People really like these, good all around board.


Deck. I tried the 101 bamboo flexfin this week and it works great.

Monday, October 12, 2009


7'0'' Jaws parabolic and 8'4'' V

Had these at Sacred Craft. The fin on the Jaws is a prototype 101 bamboo flexfin.

Bottoms Up!!


Foil, about 2.25 thick, super thin tail, these fins came out sooo nice they weigh almost nothing and flex unreal, more later on these, BIG THANX to Marlin at 101.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Brian and I have talked about this one for awhile, influenced by the film The Hot Generation and surfing of Ted Spencer and Nat Young. This era went by so fast its fun to redo these designs but with better rockers, foils and fins, this one is a Putnam/Hilbers 8'4'' lots of hip in the back and a nice straight spot on the trim sweet spot

Better foil than the old ones thinner tail and S-deck

Velo- influenced tail. Think wipit like Ted off that tail curve and step up to sweet spot and burn.

This little beast is a Fineline model of Brians , a Zombie 8'0'' like the early V-bottoms, but with better rocker and foil, this stuff should be at Sacred Craft show

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Brian and I are workin on some new Fins for different shapes from Putnam/Hilburs and Fineline

Lots of nice old curves to work with with Props to all the Flexfin Gods over the years.

Brian !!! wheres my 9.25 , 40 layer volan Tim Bowler foiled special ??????

A few Tecates later and we have 3 or 4 new templates and foils to try.......... more later.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Acula Parabolic Hull

Nice 6'8'' Acula


Deck, this ones for sale, contact Brian or KP for info.

Monday, August 10, 2009

RT P-38 #1

RT test riding P-38 #1

Friday, August 7, 2009

P-38 demo in the North County woods...

Just a quick note, with no eye candy...
I just dropped off an arctail, 5'8, P-38 at Mitch's in Solana Beach as a general rider/demo. I dropped off a number of sellers, also, including a 7'0 Finequero, a couple of GeeBees, a Dirty Sanchez P-38,
as well as a board I'm riding myself: a hulled quadfish- quad hull? No, I think a hulled QF is a better description, even if it's a roundtail, and not a fishtail. Sorry, my personal 5'11 already got borrowed, so, again, no eye candy. Check out Shelter's site- I customed one for Josh with those guys' input, and I think it's posted.
I've gotten so much: "Where can I try one?", about the P-38; here's a southern answer. A northern answer would be to contact Mike Adams at Val Surf in humble, inland NoHo, Ca.; he has a 5'7 that we
agreed could possibly go elsewhere, although you have to negotiate with him, not me. H3K.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Marlin and 101 Fins Rule!

Fins, as a rule, get seriously taken for granted. Hull goons, among others, have always paid attention- shape, flex, placement. In the on-going tune of the P-38, and its morphing side project, the Dirty Sanchez, I've been looking at fins to complete the tune of these sleds. On hearing that some slide was happening on some P-38s, I looked at lack of flex as a possible answer. In a long phone jive with Marlin at 101 Fin Co., he helped me sort out some issues, suggested other solutions, and generally expressed an interest in what was going on with my boards that normally only I and the owner would be expected to have. Combined with a touchy-feely session at last May's Sacred Craft show, my concepts of flex foiling combined with
some great template ideas from Marlin to produce some fins I'm really jazzed about. The above is
a DU fin, modded over the phone, for the Dirty Sanchez. Higher, tighter, way more flex.
These suckers will give the D.S. both more fish pivot
as well as more hull spring and drive.
On the arctailed, true blue P-38, I'd initially foiled my own fins from a birchply/fiberglass laminate. These rocked on my board, and on others. Marlin came up with a mod that virtually
imitates how my birchply fins behave.

It's amazing how much more flex and punch we can put into a fin with a seedy extra quarter inch, but that's what's going down, and it's all on Marlin. Thanks, Dude!

Check out this yellowfin nugget. I'm seeing a personal parabolic in this fin's future. The flex is immaculate.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

2 new Liddle Designs

This ones a 8'5'' KP/ SK
Larry is doin a nice job on Gregs fins!
Malibu Sam, with his new 9'6'' L-Spoon, Sams been a loyal Liddle customer for as long as I can remember.
Fiberglass Fin co. 9.5 wide base , just looked right
Props to Brian on this one , if you see Sam at BU, check it out.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Some Fun New Crap From The Room

I'm calling this the SYT. It's a Quigg hotcurl template, hulled and foiled into
a mini carver and glider. It should have plenty of both, so it's set up with a real comfy rocker. Think small longboard, rather than big hull. This one is 8'6, 16 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 16, 2 7/8 thick. A bit o' spoon, and a softer hull rail for ease of steering and a more neutral feel.

A 9'4 SOS. This one is Brooklyn bound.

A skinnier Dirty Sanchez. Ramped hull to concave tail, a bit more pivotal tail rail to coordinate with the twin fin. 5'9, 18 1/4 x 22 x 18. I know the hull part works; this guy carries a bit more curve into the tail
to give it a bit fishier aspect. No rocker mods- if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

9'4'' SOS-PHD

This ones a is a copy of my best longboard ever, its got a sweet spot about foot and a half back from the nose , when you hit that spot you better get ready, it will just take off without you, Very true to Nat Youngs 66 Gordon/Woods world contest board, Sam, but just tweeked here and there where Brian and I thought we could improve it, PROPS to Yater, Liddle and Paul Gross for the refining of this design over the years .

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cornwall Calling- Hulls from the wrong side of the tracks

The Canaries totally remind me of southern Baja- just as Portugal reminds me of north Baja.

And Cornwall reminds me of here, during the spring.
But that doesn't keep this from being a fine, swoopy carving turn.

My bud Alex lives in Devon, Cornwall; he got bit by the Humm Bug around a year and a half ago.
These guys evade the stormy winter blues with trips to the Canaries- apparently worthwhile, as the photos show. But back at home and back in the wetties, it looks like the Humm is still there. Hey, Alex- what fin did you put in you Geebee after the first one snapped? Geebee in the gloom, MP in the glory.