Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We have been having a decent run of surf over the last several days. Hopefully the swell hangs on for a few more days. Waters warming up- the gloves are off and moving towards the three-two. This saturday at MolluskNYC Andy Kessler Foundation BBQ and movie screening. Should be a good time!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It was a pleasure to meet Steve and Cher Pendarvis at the Fry(e). So cool that they thought the event was worthwhile enough to travel from the epicenter of the fish to this lowly east coast outpost. Awesome to make a connection with a couple that are part of the early lineage of the fish platform. Such down to earth, stoked people.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Now that its getting light at 4:45 AM, I have been able to dawn patrol during the week. So appreciative of starting the day this way. Absolutely beautiful morning today and the wave was actually okay-- a rarity around these parts!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
and the greenroomGood times on Saturday at the fish fry(e). Very mellow crowd with some beautiful surfboards on display. Unfortunately, Lake Atlantic was doing her thing... Funny the cops showed thinking that there was really gonna be a fish fry (deep fried fish with accompanied kegs). They were stoked to get some free tee's and see that the fry(e) was really just a very small gathering of people talking about surfboards. The cops were actually kinda annoyed to be bothered by such a trivial call- good thing they were not taken away from more pressing matters of crime.
I believe the line-up at the given spot will be safe from a new influx of crowds. Everyone take a deep breathe.
I shot a test roll with my new albeit very old Zeiss Contaflex 35 mm(gotta love German glass). I inadvertently over-exposed a good portion of the roll, due to some glitches with my hand held Gossen light meter. Cross processing the over exposed film- really bumped up the contrast and grain. I'll post up a few over the next couple of days
Friday, May 14, 2010
I am looking forward to my upcoming show at Empire State Studios. I will be showing a bunch of new photos along with fellow photographers, Matt Clark and Loreto Caceres. The opening reception is Saturday, June 5th at 7PM.
Fish Frye tomorrow- hopefully a little wave and some good light
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Congratulations…I’m stoked that you are looking forward to having the board. A lot of aloha went into it when it was made. Based on what you are used to riding and checking out your fish quiver on your blog, I think you will really like it. Yours was #3 in production, Morgan’s was #2, my brother Frank’s was #4. I’m shaping #14 tomorrow, another 6-3.
I hadn’t planned on the shape becoming a series model when I dreamed up #1 for myself. I just wanted to take some of the characteristics that I liked about the 10-0 reproduction Simmons that I ride and combine them with some of the modern fish/quad performance characteristics that work so well.
What is similar to the Original Simmons is the wide template, nose-to-tail, the subtle step-deck and the transitional rail. Transitional rail just means that the rail transitions evenly from a hard up rail at the nose to a hard down rail at the tail.
The original Simmons boards are wave catching machines because of their wide template. The center concave gives them great down-the-line speed. But they are heavy (32lbs) and the long center concave combined with the fins anchored on the end of the tail make them very difficult to turn.
The Simm 21’s are of course very light. I pulled the tail in just a tad and gave it a soft diamond outline instead of a squared off tailblock. I moved the twin keels from off of the corners of the tail to a modern fish position. Instead of a long parallel concave down the center of the bottom, like the original Simmons, I shaped a very subtle single into double concave bottom. It has a modern rail profile. It has a low, progressive rocker.
The end result is another wave-catching machine. The Simm-21’s paddle and catch waves like boards that are a foot or two longer. The low rocker combined with the modern concave set-up gives it superb hull speed. The twin-fish fin set-up combined with the soft diamond tail make the board as maneuverable as a modern fish. The trailer fin was added to provide a bit of tail drive that the fish don’t have.
The Simm-21’s would be another great desert-island board. Because of the increased bottom area they perform very well in mediocre or minimal surf conditions and they absolutely RIP in good surf...
Your new Simm 21 should last a long time. It is glassed with two layers of 6oz on the deck and single 6oz on the bottom. When I shape the boards to their thickness dimensions, it all comes off of the bottom, very little from the deck. This makes for a stronger deck under the glass. They are very sturdy. The t-band stringer is cedar and basswood……super sturdy.
Your fins are of course custom made. The twin template is one that Rich Pavel and I designed together.
I laminated African mahogany, white maple and lace sycamore to build your fin blanks, then templated, foiled and glassed them. Your board is 100% hand shaped, nose to fins, laminated by Gary Stuber at Moonlight Glassing.
I hope it puts you right where you like to be, many times over.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A nice write up about the UnsOund Surf Art Show and Benefit Auction was done at Eastern Surf Magazine. Check out the article here . Thanks again to UnsOund and all the artists who made the auction a success and helped the Tommy Brull Foundation out!!