Saturday, September 27, 2008
Here's a nice oddity- my friends Andy & Kristina had this beauty made by Bauguess and picked it up while I was away. (Technically, it's Kristina's board but knowing Andy it'll have his knee prints firmly imbedded in the deck.) Took the codger a while to finish and there's some tweaking needed with the deck pad, but early reports are that it's a mighty fun chunk of styro. Not too many seriously channeled kneeboards being made nowadays, so it was a cool thing to shepherd into being and I'm claiming a session once they've had a good run at it. 3 days back from Aotearoa and it's all on, there's an epic Derek Hynd piece completed for the intro to Joe's book and Joe himself is off in Alaska with camera and surfboard. The new batch of Mackies are at the glasser this week and Mick says he has a bunch of new ideas going, so hopefully we'll see some mindtwisting prototypes very soon. 2 weeks surfless so I'm looking forward to a go-out no matter what the conditions, and although the flextail is still with Ryan (who is well pleased with it) I have my Casper back so will continue ruining myself for normal surfboards.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Ekstrom, Kenvin, Asymmetrical.
This is the past and the future at the same time, the sort of thing Einstein was blowing people's minds with when he was proving the 'time is not relative' stuff. He had a lovely little thought experiment involving two lightning strikes, two observers and a train, and I bet he would have dug this. There's the story behind this over on the Hydrodynamica blog which RK has been updating like a champ of late. Please visit. Also visit the warbles blog as RT came by, dropped some serious science on me, collected the Mackie flextail and went home. He'll have it for the next couple of weeks while I'm in the homeland and hopefully will be posting a few ride reports. I rode it this AM and was utterly stoked- the waves were LA- mostly closeouts and a few little short peaks, but there was some push and the board felt GREAT. Couple of screamers in chest to head closeout lefts, one with a railgrab and down-the-line run after whipping through a bottom turn I didn't think I could do any more. It axed me, but I got further than I thought I would. Quoth the older gent paddling out: 'Shit, that little thing flies doesn't it?' Yes sir, it does. Still buzzing on what should have been a marginal session and best of all Mick is back in the shaping bay. There'll be new boards soon, and a 5'10" sidecut fish and a 5'9" flextail fish will be up for grabs I hope. If you're interested email me at consafos at earthlink.net. The other Mick in Australia is on it too- Mick Waters has a new short promo for the upcoming 'Little Black Wheels' film at http://www.littlehouseproductions.com.au/little-black-wheels.html
It's going to be a good one. Sometimes I look at all the awesome stuff going on around me and I can't believe my luck. I'll be surf free in Aotearoa so go catch a few for me.