Monday, September 17, 2012

Post Paipopolis

We had small nicely formed waves, fun for all and with these wooden english style boards we could put ourselves into little tubes. I won't lie it gave me goosebumps walking into the water that morning followed by a bunch of other people carrying wooden boards. I hope this becomes the habit not the exception.  I feel like these boards help everyone realize the stoke of wave riding within minutes of taking them out. New surfers you don't have to feel frustrated, these provide instant gratification.

Thanks Sally for coming out all the way from England and sharing your new line of 2012 boards. Everyone seemed to have a favorite. Mine was the striped "Ferrari." It rode like butter sliding across a hot griddle!

Thanks Matthew, Glenn and David for bringing their quivers and creations. Thanks Christian for filming and thanks to everyone who showed up and had fun!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Paipopolis this Saturday!

Paipopolis, Saturday the 15th!

Waves will be a bit small in the morning and may pick up in the early eve so roll in when you want, I'll be there all day. I'll set up shop east of 67th somewhere before 61st in far rockaway, i'll say around 9.  You can spot me with the green sportbrella, drop off your gear next to it and join me in the water. email me if you want to meet up or need further instruction and for my #. should be fun :) - Justin

A Train to 67th st. in Far Rockaway.

Sally Parkin from Original Surboards Company will be on hand with some boards to test!

A video from last year's World Bellyboarding championship:

Monday, September 10, 2012

ride the wave with class

Raise some money for Waves for Development.

Test Piloting the Squid Bolt

8/31/12 Just finished.  Sort of a Lightning-Bolt inspired single fin with a retro pintail and modern nose.

Wednesday 9/5/12, waxing up for first ride.  First wave was a set wave.  Accelerated nice on the drop, bottom turned, and turned quick off the top again.  And it's fast.  Very, very fast.  Holy cow, I think I have a surfboard.

Sunday 9/9/12 with Albert, Jacob, and Aaron.  Not hollow, but well overhead, some fast walls, and long rides.  So much power to the waves, and the board seemed to eat it up.  It likes to get in late, which is a bit hair raising, but made up for it with the sharp rails, which held on to some really steep walls.  I got pitched off the lip a bunch though, which makes me wonder if a little more volume and less rocker in the nose might help.

Monday 9/10/12.  At dusk, the surf was breaking really fast.  I made an an overhead set wave, stalled, and waited to get pummeled.  Instead, I heard a sound like I was in a blender and a second later the curtain pitched over my head.  Then I was inside for a few moments where it was so dark I could hardly see, before my board seemed to vanish beneath me and I felt myself being transported through an air pocket for several long seconds.  I had never been barreled before.  I can hardly believe this happened riding a single fin made with my own hands.

I have to give huge props to Bradach for pulling together the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, J Scott K and Jeremy for inviting me to join the Shapers Coop, and everyone else who was so supportive and encouraging.  Major thanks to Scott and the guys at Greenlight for helpful pointers and Edgar from Nature's Shapes who taught me how to make those fantastic knifey rails. I'm planning to do more as time permits.