Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Darren's WN-WT back from Oceanworks

Dave's custom "New" Galaxy Twin in EPS / Epoxy

The original Galaxy Twin is a slightly modern version of the twins from the 80's. This "New" Galaxy Twin is a contemporary take of the 80's version, much more honed and refined. Overall template has been narrowed, wings have been modified, rails are much more tapered and thinned out. Still maintains a nose beak with down rails up towards the tip.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Images of the Galaxy Twin per Dave's request

Dave, I couldn't find a rocker profile image. Here are a few versions of the Galaxy's, most of these are slightly long and thicker than a version that would be ideal for you. Hope this helps... Hollar if you have more questions

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mush Buster / Grovelor II / LeR WN-WT Rocker Profile Comparo


Grovelor II

Mush Buster 5'6"

XXL Mush Buster 6'11"

Lately I have been asked what the difference between the Grovelor II and the Mush Buster to the LeR WN-WT. The main difference is the rockers and foils between all the models, they may look similar from the outline profile but they are worlds apart from each other due to the thickness flow and foils along with differing amounts of concaves and vee. All version will complement each other in a quiver. Not much overlap.

Wellsy's custom Grovelor II NN-WTB

Chad's custom XXL Mush Buster

Wanders custom LeR WN-WT subtle tweaks

Wander, wanted some slight changes from his last years model. This version is good ol poly, last year he wanted to try EPS/Epoxy version. 1" longer 1/8" wider and .13" thicker.
6'0" x 18.8" x 2.35"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Frank's Le Machine 6+1 HPLB glassed

Rick Karen airbrush

Quad fin set-up

McKee fin set-up

Quad set-up with Futures box fillers
McKee set up

Insert your fav 2+1 single fin

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Darren's WN-WT with some subtle tweaks

Darren's Ol Favorite from the past couple years. This is his third version on this shape with some subtle tweaking from the 2 earlier version. The last one being EPS/epoxy, Darren wanted to go back to good ol' poly. This version is 1" shorter and 1/16" thinner than his previous version. 6'2" x 19.75" x 2.6" finished foam thickness.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Welly's custom Grovelor I WTB

Wells requested this Grovelor slightly modified with a new wider tail block, he wanted it exactly as his orginal Grovelor I but with slightly "wider tail block". New Grovelor I WTB, The Grovelor is morphing into so many different versions it is becoming one of the more popular all around HPSB in varying formulas.

Chad's custom XXL Mush Buster

6'11" x 22.75" x 3.35" shaped foam thickness.

Chad's Mush Buster is largest one I have shaped to date. USBlanks 82A to the rescue again!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Balsa Salsa

I love the look of the tiger striped graining, but these areas can be tricky, the density is much heavier than the other areas of normal grains of balsa. These areas require extra attention.
I started this balsa project on Friday 10/8 and just finished shaping. This is for another shaper and he supplied the blank. It has taken twice as long as normal. This blank was one of the most challenging balsa blanks I have shaped. Not sure why the quality of the balsa has dropped off in recent years, but seems like it has been getting worse year after year. Not only the quality of the wood but the quality of the glued ups.
This blank had a 5/8" twist and the planks were not centered also, one side had a 3/4" bow. If I did the outline layout by the center of the plank in the center plank I would not have enough width on oneside to accomodate the template and outline. I had to shift the outline to one side off center of the center plank to be able to be get the desired numbers.
Also the density of each plank were extremely different and slightly on the "wet" side after cutting into the blank. This causes the blank to shrink as the new "wet" areas continue to dry out. Everyday I come into the shop I have had to reblock the areas that have either swelled or shrank over night...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Casey's custom XL Grovelor II glassed

Update from Casey 1/8/11

Hey Wayne,
Thank you for the Groveler II that you shaped me back in October. I finally got that thing out in some A+ waves recently and the the way it picks up speed while bottom turning is crazy. This board has been so different and so much fun for me to surf. I hope you had a great New Year and look forward to ordering a summer board from you.

Thanks Again,

Casey J

Kei's Custom XL Grovelor II glassed

Kawika's custom XL Grovelor II / Convertible 5-Fin glassed

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Preview of Frank's custom Le Machine 6 + 1

The Le Machine has a 6 + 1 fin box configuration, the 6 fin box allows for different quad fin set ups for different conditions.
For smaller surf the quad fin set up can be set up with the 4 fin boxes up front. With the cluster close together this allows for quicker rail to rail transition and for an overall looser feel/release.
For overhead and juicier faced or, for hollow surf the quad 4 fins can be set with the 2 boxes upfront and the two rear boxes. With the splay farther apart it will increase hold and draw out turns for control at higher speed.
Or, it can be set up as a 2 + 1 for all around performance. More choices, more fun!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Franks custom rocker and t-band glue up.


Rocker check

All time magic rocker for modern hp 2 + 1 modern longboard. An oldie but a goodie. Thanks to Bill Stewart for the classic Clark Foam 95S.