Friday, June 28, 2013

Ant times two

Yeah, Tim. Yeah, Aaron (the original- the namesake- Aaron's New Toy- A.N.T.).
     I'm back on an Ant; but this time, times two:
     This ANT is just an as-usual Ant; 9'3, 22 1/4 (wide for me!), a taste under 3" thick. Typical.
The other Ant is, actually, a MicroAnt- the MicroAnt as it should have been, but for which the world was not yet prepared when I shaped the first MicroAnt. Think about a Hot Generation with less nose width, the same tail-friendly hull-to-vee bottom, with more curves and corners to turn off of:
This board is a 7'3 morph of a board I've been playing with for over a year now- Called, initially,
the EV: I'm thinking of it as the MA III, or the MA-EV, or the EV, for short. It carries the mass distribution and bottom contour of the Hot Generation, as well as some of the pertinent template, but, as said before, it has more curves to turn off of.
I'm anticipating duck-dive-ability with the narrower nose:
This board is weighing in at:
7'3; 16 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 16 1/8, 1.5" nose, 3.15", 3" back, 1.9" tail in thickness. The template is prettier with  a wider wide-point, but I'm conscious of my foot size, and I didn't want to push wider, personally, past 21 3/4".
     There isn't a board made under 8' that I can't duck-dive with this nose. I came really close to duck-diving
my 8'0 Hot Generation!
     But, as Darth Vader always says: "We'll see!".
This board has had great reviews in Hot Gen sizes for over a year- i.e., between 8'0 and 8'6. A lot like the PHd Puerto Rico, but it is stronger off the tail in an aggressive turn. Like the HotGen- the harder you push it, the stronger it will reward you. I'm seeing that this template will go to original MicroAnt sizes, 7'0 to 7'6, sizes that the Hot Gen won't easily go. I'm excited.
     The Ant:
9'3. Sooo Tim Elsner, that I blush, but I've been 8 years without an Ant ( I've been riding an Avenger, but the last two seasons of "longboard" go-outs have been on an 8'0 Hot Generation- it doesn't count).
Just an average, dime-store Ant, but it's mine!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

3-Dimensional Shaping

Something I Noticed This Week

      A typical Waterman's week, in summer. Making my garage's sides bulge with shaped blanks, while I'm praying The Big One (earthquake) will wait a day. Daylight didn't reveal this other three-dimensional shaper, but happily (or, unhappily, for me- I was still working), I caught this set of 3-D curves right at the doorway last night.
The pic doesn't do it justice. Too much is going on. Neither Leibnitz nor Newton invented calculus (or, as Newton called it, rather poetically, Fluxions). Little Spidey Man knows it in his exoskeleton; has known it for a helluva longer than I have, even if I had to learn it... maybe from him?