Thursday, May 30, 2013

It just keeps coming...

The waves just keep coming...last night was bigger and really fun out here at Kako, but this morning there were still fun waves on a dropping swell. The left stayed open all the way across, nice rights too. I had it for an hour all to myself this morning, and will hit it again after work. Hokkaido at its finest... 
 Wakuwaku, waves crashing over the tetras
 Clean peaks
The left

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mini Noserider Update

Been really busy lately, lots of work and writing, but also enjoying some good surf...been out 10 times in the last 9 days...and it's supposed to pick up again tomorrow...Ooohah, to quote Pacino. I've made some progress on the mini noserider, it's coming together nicely. The rails and rocker are getting better than previous boards. That said, the 6'6", my most recent, has become my daily driver...it's been a blast riding the single fin.

 I'm putting the fin box in before glassing this time, it's made the whole procedure much easier.

My shaping shed's back in action after a long cold winter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

6'7" Mini Noserider

Been busy riding the new board and am now working on yet another...just can't stop making these things. The one underway now is a 6'7" mini noserider. I've been looking long and hard at Linden's Compressor Model and wanted to make something similar for myself. The "blank" is done (framed and hollow like the last one), so now it's time to smooth things out and shape the rails. I'll post more pics when it's shaped and ready to glass.
The 6'6" diamond tail has been working well, it goes surprisingly good in the small surf considering it's size. Width and thickness appears to be the way go. It has been my go to board for the last few weeks. 
It's been cool here in Hokkaido, and the surf not so great recently...that said, still got out four times last week and am just super happy that the snow is gone. Next week we should get our cherry blossoms here in Noboribetsu.  
Pics of the new project: