The first surf with the Hanalei Split Keels was all about having fun and it was!
The first surf with the Hanalei Split Keels was all about having fun and it was!
The length of my KB… how long?
This is the question we no doubt all ponder when shaping or getting a board shaped. Perhaps you just buy one from wherever you can: eBay, mates, or the underground word of mouth movement. What length?
As a disciple of kneeboard surfing, don’t you just love how faaast you can go? The late drop that you make….then driving into your bottom turn, flying down the line… Continue reading The Need For Speed
You would probably all agree that a flowing style not only looks good but it certainly feels good. A stop start style isn’t really what we want in our surfing. So how do we go thru our various turns without losing speed? Reading the wave by eye and feel is the key that opens up the flow. You must stay in the groove, so tap in… Continue reading “flow gotta go with the flow”
The maneuver that can keep you going at full pace and drive you forward at increased momentum, all of us love the feeling of the full rail roundhouse rooster tail rebound of the foam cutback, yeewww!! Just saying it gives you goose bumps…
The take off, is it the most important part of your ride on a wave? Well position means possession so when you get that wave you have been waiting for, don’t blow the take off… Continue reading 5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off!!!
As you progress through your surfing journey you will without doubt try many combinations of plan shapes and rail and bottom combos. Finally you may settle on something that suits your style and wave choice… Continue reading Combinations
So good today to have such an abundance of fins, absolute smorgasboard, fantastic to have so much variety. Like different tyres on your car they make a super difference to performance and sometimes without the correct balance of fins u can suffer the beatings of a big wave if she didn’t hold in that critical turn or section… Continue reading FINS FINS FINS
Stay on the rails ….an obvious but sometimes overlooked component of ur kneeboard. The rail shape comes in a variety of choices egg, blocky, blade, chine, foiled, even thru out. Time and thought has been put in with hours of research and development to come to a good all-round rail. Today’s surfers are spoilt, the hard work has been done – can a rail get any better? So what u can do is use it to ur advantage. Bury it, roll it and release it with a fury to set ur whole ride up. Drive off it, feel it, understand what happens if u shift ur weight forward or back, use ur rail to stall and then lean forward to release…. Continue reading Stay on the rails
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Isn’t it great to be satisfied with what you have. In the journey we tried so many things that didn’t work with design, well they did but not completely, some were like crash and burn… Continue reading What goes around comes around
Captivated by her charms, looking into one as you paddle out, thinking of where you want to be, we have always been drawn to the tube as kneeboard surfers… Continue reading Tube Allurance
As a pendulum swings, so does the off the bottom off the top momentum of the kneeboard rider. We take off as late as possible (normally) to gain momentum off the bottom… Continue reading Off the Top
If you like the feeling of the “Fish” as I do, then you will certainly relate. I make one, I dubbed the “Fresh Fish” as different from the “Freak” plan shape wise but with exactly the same rails and bottom contour… Continue reading Fresh Fish
The one major turn that sets your whole ride up. The spring board into attack, the Bottom turn. It projects you straight up or down the line. If you take a late drop on a large wave and then just lean over into your turn its a wonderful feeling driving off the bottom… Continue reading The Bottom turn
Music brings so much back to the memory I heard “Who’s that lady?” by the Isley brothers recently and it took me back to 74 driving into my first view of Burleigh Heads, Queensland. It was 4′ to 6′ and I had never seen anything as beautiful as this before, no wind, green water, back lit from the sunrise… Awesome. Continue reading Inspiration
Hope you enjoy this little bit of history with more to come, always open to hear your comments!
Foiling the thickness of your board by layering the foam, is an art form that takes time to learn. Making sure you get it just right for the weight of the surfer is all important. Let’s face it we all like a blade through the tail so it will sit well in the tube and not float around… Continue reading Foil Fabulous Foil
Length and width has been major train of thought for all of us shaping or ordering a kneeboard. Why go long? Times have changed so has our concept of volume. Thickness, where will I put it? Kneeboarding has an ageing population and unless you surf everyday, have a really good diet, stretching and exercising regime you will put on weight… Continue reading Volume, how much is enough?
I have picked out several different tail shapes to chat about, mainly from my own personal experiences in riding them. Also I will add what is in the bottom going out from all these different tails… Continue reading to tell the tale of tails
I got some great questions from my last blog so I’m going to answer them. You could write ‘War and Peace’ about concaves, chines and bevels but I’m going to try and condense it here as best I can… Continue reading Concaves, Chines, and Bevels
Sometimes you just got to go and leap into the unknown, at least you can say you had a go. Whilst spending lots of years in the surf trying out new designs in boards and different fins and their configurations, one has all sorts of thrills and spills… Continue reading The great unknown
Yes, shaped into the bottom of the KB is something that I have reckoned to be the most important.
I asked myself, what would I shape into the bottom? After having all sorts of different contours, I am a great believer in the complex workings to keep the water flowing fast. Therefore, the combination of rocker, concave, vee is all-important… Continue reading And shaped into the bottom is ?
I was 18 and on my way to Queensland with my self-shaped kneeboards, they ranged between 5’7″ – 5’10”, as you can see no legropes ( they were not permitted in contests) and I didn’t like them, I felt more freedom without… Continue reading 1974 Quiver
In the late 70s I shaped a lot of these types of Kneeboards, round square tails, round tails and rounded pin tails ( all single fins ). The one pictured had 6 curved channels. The boards were 5’7″ – 5’8″ long 22 ½” – 23″ wide… Continue reading Blast from the Past
Tenerife in Canary islands Spain has some excellent waves as indeed does the whole of the Canaries, they call it the Hawaii of Europe. La Derecha in Tenerife wasn’t far from little village Tijoco Bajo where we lived, so I surfed there most of the time (we spent 16 months there)… Continue reading Canary Islands, Spain
My first shapers decal was the boy on the dolphin in the crest of a wave. I always felt what a great experience it would be to kneel on our dolphin friends back and fly through the waves, or shape kb’s that would do what a dolphin does. So dreams are for free. I had a model called the dolphin drive (The dolphin board)… And years later I lived in a street called “Dolphin Drive… Continue reading story behind my decal
This photo was taken in 1976, this is my faithful old dog Katie who lived till she was 17. My EJ in the background with Aloha roof racks, they were excellent. The boards all Stingers with the classic concave V chine rails no step bottoms on these (I kept breaking them in half). The outside boards were mine. The one in the middle I shaped for Dallas Smith who was a member of the QLD state team in 1975… Continue reading Stinger Era
Forty-six years ago I endeavoured to try and shape my first surfboard out of an old one I had peeled the glass off. This was a common practice in those days. I didn't realise then that all these years later I would still be doing what I fell in love with way back then. To shape a board, then actually ride it in the surf to me was, and still is, a fantastic feeling. I'm glad to say I still enjoy it now as much as I did then. I didn't really know what I was doing when I first started, I just tried. And I learnt...or basically felt my way through it. It was a time of trial and error and thinking 'I wonder if this would work', 'I wonder if that will work' and it was exciting, thinking and waiting and then feeling those new sensations as you finally got your craft into the water. For me, shaping is all about sharing. "You received free...give free..." I love sharing my knowledge and if I can inspire the love of kneeboarding I'm stoked. For this first blog post I couldn't say it better than an email I received today from a friend, Denis...
…this is an example of my personal fins which I use. RastaKeels and Scimitar Pivots in my Fresh Fish 4-Fin have proved to be a fantastic combo. Recently FutureFins discontinued the Scimatar Pivots which they had with a curl at the top or just straight up. So now I use a small nurse fin that compliments the Rastas for the Fresh Fish. (If you have a set of these pivots hang on to them, as they are like hens’ teeth)… Continue reading a sample of my fins…
I am very happy with this setup pictured the Rasta Keel and the scimitar pivots (curl or straight)… Continue reading fresh fish fin systems
This model I have dubbed the ‘Feral Mick’ after my mate I shaped the the original one for. 5´10″ x 23 1/4″ x 2 5/8″ it has the ´Freak´bottom and rails and is set up to be surfed as a 5, 4 or tri fin ( future fin set up). Fantastic board from 2 to 10 ft… excellent in the tube! The 5 fin set up gives you a lot of scope.
5’10” x 23″ x 2 1/2″ this classic plan shape has a slight double-concave that starts at the front of the knee, runs length of shin and then forms a vee through the tail. It has fixed fins, with flexi tips but also can be just as happy with FCS or Future Fin Systems. Glassed with a 6 oz bottom and 6 x 4 oz deck for strength and durability also glossed and pollished.
‘THE FRESH FISH FREAK‘ has a wider nose which helps in small surf. No wings and full fish tail. Bottom contour, single to double concave to vee (quite pronounced) bevel/chine rails… Continue reading ‘the fresh fish freak’
‘THE FREAK’ is a Double Flyer Swallow Tail. Single to double concave to vee. Beveled bottom with chine rails. My personal board pictured is 6’2 x 24 x 2+3/4 that I ride in medium-large to large surf in 6-10′ range… Continue reading ‘the freak’
5’10 x 23+1/2 x 2+1/2 Full Concave bottom Tri-Fin. Great tube riding board, tried and true. Can do in a variety of lengths and widths according to your height, weight and type of waves you would like… Continue reading rounded pin