TEAM AND MODEL DEVELOPMENTS
In the process of developing team boards some of the young guys have been ordering same dimension, but different models.
Which is interesting, I’m forced to manipulate the existing model features and blend them to the required length, width, thickness and/or literage. This has been a fun exercise for me working on the program and the results have been encouraging. It is hard to come up with magic boards that are sick !!
But working in this way with the next generation is producing good results. And I know when I’ve got it right because that’s when the term sick or even fully sick comes out.
Jake Sylvester from Merewether is liking the Early Bird in 6’0 18¾ 2⅛ thick in the concave.
These dimensions are pretty wide for a board 6’0 in length, and pretty thin for a board 18¾ wide.
I made him 3 boards XFC, Fusion and the Early Bird, the EB was the favourite.
Mikey Wright tried 6’0½ 18⅝ 2¼ in XFC and Early Bird round tails, he favoured the EB.
Austin Ware WQS aspirant from California tried Fusion and XFC boards at 6’0 18⅝ 2 5/16 RSQ, he liked the XFC.
With Austin we talked about previous boards and what he was lacking in the feel coming from those boards. And what he was lacking and needed in the new ones was basically what I was feeling in my own XFC 6’6 board. He needed more drive and wanted to hold the turn on the rail a little more.
That was what felt so good for me in my 6’6 20¼ 2⅝ RSQ XFC board in good waves.
So I took my 6’6 XFC file and generated it down to 6’0 18⅝ 2 5/16, which is quite a stretch and something that I normally wouldn’t attempt. Usually I will try and source a file closer to the target dimensions from another surfer with a landmark magic board.
For Austin that would be maybe Rob Hazelwood who is raving about his current 5’11 18 3/8 2 3/16 XFC RSQ, so I would generate a board for Austin from that file. But in this case it seemed like the right way to go and it did work, now Austin has the feel he was after in the new generated XFC 6’0.
Quite often it’s not evident by watching someone surf these days as to how the board is going. Generally team riders will generate a lot of speed and perform numerous radical manoeuvres that look great, but the drive going into turns or the transition between manoeuvres is just not feeling spot on. You can’t really see this and an average board will look good.
Riley Cadman, North Narrabeen club champion 2013, is surfing XFC 5’8 18 2 single concave with a round tail. I have only just started working with Riley he is a talented kid and I like the fact that he is happy with my oldest high performance model in XFC.
It goes to show that reworked designs can remain cutting edge.
Cooper is in the same vein as Riley, we have only been working together for a short time and basically have been going thru the range trying everything on for size.
Cooper is on 5’11 18⅝ 2 3/16 as a basic small wave all-rounder. Then going either side of this for smaller or stronger conditions.
We have had success with everything pretty much so far and I’ve been able make him good 5’11 XFC’s, Early Bird and Face Dancer boards.
We have also dabbled in development boards like a couple of 5’10 18⅝ 2 3/16 RSQ shorter short boards and a round nose wide tail 5’5. Cooper surfed the 5’10 board in the small waves at Manly during the Hurley Australian Open and has generally been flying around the small Alley waves at Narrabeen for most of the summer on the round nose 5’5.
It is a good thing to go to the library and draw from the range and create something slightly different with potential for the next generation.