Monday, October 31, 2011

Future and Present Design Details

The new Sharp Eye in the planning stages (dimension visibility off)

The Sharp Eye with dimensions

The Sharp Eye traced. This design is for my buddy, not me!

My current 7'8 Dumpster Diver thickness and rocker

The 7'8 Dumpster Diver

7'8 Dumpster Diver dimensions

The Channel Islands Dumpster Diver traced

My rail shape and deck flat zone at the mid point

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The new board gets WET

We went down to Oak Island to escape the wind and test the new board's float, stability and paddling. So far, it's awesome!
Options forming.....
1) When a board is 6 lbs lighter, it accelerates so fast with each stroke, it takes half the effort to catch a wave. The old Naish feels like I'm pulling a tanker with my paddle blade.
2) Lighter boards float better. The new board is 3 liters less, but still floats me better.
3) The balanced template (wide point in the middle) paddles straighter.
4) The new board is so easy and stable (30% more stable than the Naish) that it just made the old 7'10 Dumpster Diver obsolete.
5) SUP may never be the same again! Woohoo.

Floats just right........

Only with a 14.5 lb board can you get excited over 6" surf 

Comparing the Naish stability. It feels like the bottom is round.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The NEW 7'8 Dumpster Diver is Done!

2 layers 4oz S bottom, 3 full layers 4oz S deck, plus 6oz E under deck pad. Finished weight with deck pad 14.5 lbs. Designed 3 liters less than my 7'8 Naish. 11 liters less than my 7'10 Dumpster Diver.
Photo by Jacky with her new iPhone 4S

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Post Curing the New Board

Baking in the laundry room at 100 degrees

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How I designed my 7'10

There are 2 basic rocker types used in surfboards. The red markings show accelerating curve type rocker. I know Angulo uses this type

This shows the constant curve type rocker. This is the fastest type. The 7'8 Hokua rocker is shown here.
The 7'8 Hokua template (image hidden)

An image of the Hokua is inserted into my CAD file to confirm the measurements taken in my garage. Perfect match.

The 7'10 template I built

The 7'10 template traced from a Dumpster Diver image.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7'10 Surfing Tonight at the House

 The surf is crap, but I'm putting my time in learning the new board. Jacky thinks I look better surfing it. To me, I just feel weird. Such a different feel after being on a fish template the last 11 months.
Volume Check Photo

Floatation Look

Fin out

That was easier!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The 7'10 finished photos - Updated

Finally a photo that isn't washed out by all the white

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Build Update

1) hot coat sanded
2) pin holes filled
3) handle installed
4) finished weight 13 lbs without pad and fins

7'8 Hokua weighs 20.5 lbs

Yikes 7.5 lbs lighter than the Naish!

Friday, October 7, 2011

7'10 Sneak Peak

Check back this weekend for the finished board

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bombs Away!

Bombs Away pretty much describes the surf this morning

All photos are Brad on one wave. That's all I took. Too cold to sit and take photos. Burrr!