I'm stoked with this guy. It's a modded MP template, full front-end hull, same tail rail play as the MP. I added a tad more tail rocker than normal- after all, thrusters do really thrust, so I'm letting the fins give the drive. Same hull-friendly entry rocker. Clocks in at 16 1/4 x 21 x 15.
Waterman's Guild drop-off and pickup days are always hectic, but also satisfying. Always a lot of eye-candy, a lot of touchy-feely, and the conscience-clean freedom to go surf the building south swell. Work's done! At least, for a couple of days. BJ
This is my new personal basier-wave equalizer. Biggest thing in my quiver below bona-fide longboard status.The color job has a history all it's own- get me drunk enough and it's a good story. Andreini claims the Vs are "no-noses"; he's sorta right, I guess; This guy sits on a 15 7/8" tail, with an inch narrower nose and a 21 1/2" base width. I like the widowmaker setup on these guys- it helps to drive the thicker/wider tail. Duck-divable with real hull swoop on the right-place turn. BJ
Johnny Goss has gone into the home brew business. Shown here is the proud father with two of his children at the Beanhead house. They went down right smooth, and some more bottles helped to assuage our grief over the terrible surf at the Rincon do a couple of weekends back. After a couple of Johnyy's smooth draughts at 9:30 in the morning, even the Tecates tasted good.
PHd- Putnam/Hilbers Designs, that is, is up and going at last, and we're ready to spring some evil hulls onto an unsuspecting world. The Story: over the years and years of riding hulls, Kirk, myself, and our hull-riding hardcore cronies, have ended up having "keepers" in our quivers- boards that just seemed to do things different, or better, or were just plain fun in a lot of conditions. Most by now aren't even in ridable condition- they're more like heirlooms. So KP and I decided to crack a few out and replicate them before they turned into dust. Basically, I start by cloning an old board, then KP and I go over it, amend what we feel to be flaws, glass the sucker, test ride it to see if it really works the way it's supposed to, then make it available on a limited basis. Over the next few weeks either Kirk or myself will be posting models, with the usual ramble as to pedigree and ride.
Well, I'm ready to unleash this critter. Since the Shelter dudes threw in their two cents worth, I've tweaked the template a tad. I'll be making both arctails and swallowtails- as you might predict, the arcs are better at driving a hard line, but the swallows definitely respond better to any tail move. The overall concept has a pile of potential; I'll be very willing to narrow out the whole program, but it charges as is, with a lotta glide without a lotta length. This is a 5'9; I have four 5'6s on order, and the little details that make a board really work well are falling into place. It's going to be a real gas to play with the concept: namely, a real hull-turn front combined with the firmness of a twin/fish for tail-weighted moves. So far, it's doing both well; the front end seems to be pretty dialed. With a lot of options on the rear end depending on rider preference,and open to be explored, some more fun stuff should show up. But it seems plenty fun as is, right now. Hilbean3K