It's been a month and a half since I posted...as Ferris observed, "sometimes life moves pretty fast" (cue the Beat's Rotating Heads, or was that Shoot it Up by Sigue Sigue Sputnik? Hmmm, getting a bit old and am forgetting the important stuff). Anyways, we've had a lot of fun surf in July, and I've been riding by two new wood sticks pretty well exclusively. It's been intersesing, my "short board" is a 6'6", and my "long board" is a 6'7". One inch difference in length, but outline, rocker, and weight differences give me two completely different rides. The 6'7" mini long is really fun in the weaker mushier waves, it picks up momentum well, and lets me go longboarding without packing around a 9 footer. The 6'6" diamond tail has been a real pleasant surprise in all kinds of waves, it's a bit skatey in the bigger stuff with its wide tail, but works good in pretty well everything we get here. Finally, I made myself a ridable daily driver that performs well, yeehah.
Since things are working out well with my two newest boards, I decided to make something completely different next: an SUP. I recycled the decks off of one of the boards I made last year, made the bottom, threw it on my rocker table, and am now in process of framing it and builing up the rails. Oh yeah, and I'm making a paddle for it as well. I don't know how this is all going to work out, but I though it would be fun to give it a go. I wanted something I could fit in my kei van, so it's 8'4". It's about 33' wide and 4.75" thick. It came in at about 160 litres on Aku Shaper, so that should be enough to float my goat. I hope I can have it ready for glassing by the end of August.
I'll try to post more on my progress when I finish up the semester.