Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010


A small but perfect little swell running for the boards' maiden voyage. They are heavier than foam boards, but paddled easily, were very buoyant and surfed with a momentum I hadn't felt on other boards. Riding something you have made yourself certainly gives the experience of catching waves a whole new dimension.

Thanks to these people, Peter Mo for the amazing job he did with the glassing, Grant Newby for his help, patience and advice throughout this project, and most importantly our wives for their understanding. Peace

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Picked up - Surfing Tomorrow

Picked up the boards this afternoon..!! stoked...!! surfing tomorrow...!! photos to come...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

All but the finish coat...

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
-- Sir Winston Churchill

Well it is almost over... The boards have been glassed and the fins are now on. Logos have been put in under the resin and have come up looking nice. Scotty and I plan to surf these things this Saturday, all things going to plan. More photos then but for now here is a couple of shots of our boards with fins, leash loop and logos glassed on... Stoked!!

Duncs' Board

Scott's Board

With just the finish coat, breather hole plug and final buffing to be done tomorrow we are all set to pick them up Saturday and then see if they float...!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Mo at work

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Pete starting to make progress on the sanding of the board.

sneek peek

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A sneek preview of the boards with their two layers on glass on. Great glossy finish to them, but still plenty of sanding to be done

tools of the trade

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The work area has a fine dust covering almost everything in its path. The tools responsible for this lay close by. I'm sure i came home with some on me. I'm glad we are getting these glassed and sanded by a pro! Pete explained the number of sanding grits he works through and passed on the detail of his special finishing product, which i cant divulge on here. But it gives a a great finish to the board.

Saturday morning at Mo's

Spent a few hours with Peter Mo this morning watching him ply his trade to three freshly shaped Dick van Straalen shapes. Amazing to watch the transformation as he applied the gloss coat. Pete is a perfectionist at his trade and it reallys shows through and results looked amazing. Was a privilege to be able to watch the work done on these boards.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

fins glassed

dropped into Mo's and checked out the fins he had glassed. Impressed with the grain.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Glassing update

Two layers of the glass has been laid with the fins due to go on by early next week. The grain of the timber is starting to show through and this is where the rewards of choosing the ply decks carefully start to pay dividends. Results speak for themselves....

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Glassing "El Viento"

I spent a morning with Peter watching him begin to glass "el viento". The resin is epoxy as it is clearer than polyester resins and has a slower curing time therefore a deeper bond into the wood.

Music from this clip comes from a good mate of mine Ashley Perrow and his band The Lamplights. Check it out here

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

off to the glasser

So we took the boards to the glasser today. Peter Mo, Modecks in Currumbin came highly recommended to us to complete the job. We went with an epoxy resin, with 6 ounce glass on the top and bottom. Peter talked us through the whole process and was great in helping us make the decisions that needed to be made.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Surfrider Foundation Board Swap

Should be a fun day. Not going to be swapping these wooden babies though!! I'll take along something else, great concept.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fins Foiled

Have gone with Rich Pavel Speed Dialer fins for my board and have just finished foiling them from bamboo. I was fortunate enough to meet and have a quick chat with Rich at The Alley Fish Fry a few weeks back, stoked to meet the guy behind the design. The fins in the photo below are not yet attached. They will be attached during the glassing stage in a couple of weeks. Pretty soon Scott and I will actually be surfing these things!!

Also here is a look at the logo that I will put onto the board under the glass job.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

fins are ready

I finished the third and fourth fin in bamboo and happy with the two tone effect. The two larger fins are red cedar. Hopefully they will all be strong enough to lay a carve into the face of the wave without snapping. I hope to get them glassed with 6 or 8 Ounce glass for extra strength. This will add thickness to them, but i dont want to sacrifice the strength. Almost ready to be sent off for glassing. Running my eyes over every edge of the board now to finish any imperfections.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

rail shaping

updated shots of the rails starting to take shape

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Friday, March 19, 2010

almost done!

Started sanding the rails this morning and it the fish is starting to reveal itself. Took the protective plastic off so i could admire it in all it its glory. Still got some finer sanding to complete the rails and then finish off the fins.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

the tail taking shape

Made a start on the tail and its slowly starting to appear. The Journey in-wood is near its end. But got a lot of dust still to come...stay tuned

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