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Luxe with a twist

Hi there twin fin lovers! sorry to disappoint you today but it's another twist on the Luxe design...this time Shaun wanted a thruster and like old mate ...loved the Luxe-twin shape but wan't keen on two fins. I have no fixed ideas on how people should relate to the waves ...I'm just the facilitator that makes sense of what you are trying to achieve in the ocean.... and then make it happen. The great thing about this twin fin design is that it's so incredibly versatile and with a few tweaks here and there, can morph into almost anything. This one was hand painted by me, glassed by Yuki and I and was fitted with a system. Of course I shaped it as well but you probably guessed that already. Sorry for the lack of pics....just the one but sometimes it's worth a thousand words....and that's all I'm going to say today ...Yew 

             ....this machine is 5'5'' x 191/4'' x 23/8'' and Shaun is 5'7'' and weighs 70 kgs....

GO GO fish for Evan

 Hi there, this is a little video of a GoGo fish I made for Evan in W.A.  It's pretty well a standard GoGo-fish but with a little more volume in the nose as requested by Evan. The deck is quite flat which helps distribute the volume evenly. With the rails low and foiled and a generous curve in the plan shape, the board will feel fresh and sparky throughout the turns and will perform well in a variety of wave conditions.The tape up, cut lap and custom tinted glass job was done by Yuki and I, and the sweet timber fins made by me. The bespoke leggy loop in the tail is a lovely addition to free the deck space of a leg rope plug so you can get your foot right back if you need to. This forward feeling volume board will paddle in early, catch the waves easily and with the lower rails, surf well off the nose.   

 

                       

         ....the dims on the board are 5'7'' x 201/2'' x 25/8'' and about 35 litres....

 ....the bespoke tail loop.....

Harmony Hull for Ryan

Hi there surfboard lovers!....just another tweak to my popular micro mal called the Harmony Hull. Basically it's the same concept however Ryan wanted a mid length feel to this board.....some thing to cruise on but still have a bit of performance in it despite it's length and nest between his short boards and his logs. Relaxed flatter rocker with a triplane hull in the nose allowing for cheater nose rides. A bit of tail lift providing release in the tail and with the down foiled rails keeping you alive and sensitive on edge, puts you in tight in the pocket when you need it. All this coupled with my own uniquely designed harmony fin templates for maximum performance. Yummo 

As always, Yuki and I did the glassing, so we were able to thoughtfully use cut fibreglass patches for an aesthetic and functional appeal. I feel privileged to create surfboards for individuals and I really like the boards I make. To be honest, I'm pretty sorry to see this one leave the factory but I guess, it's on to the next one !!  

   

                        

      .... the dimensions...7'2'' x 213/4'' x 23/4'' .... Ryan is 5' 8'' and weighs 70 kgs ....

tug deluxe for Martin

Hi there again....just want to show you a custom Tug-deluxe that I made for Martin. This one is a pretty basic board that he will use for those bigger days. There's plenty of thickness in this one for the paddle but I kept it out of the rails so it's stills maintains  sensitivity and bight in the waves face. A single to double concave with flat out of the tail when you need to step on the gas. The rounded pin makes the board feel shorter than it is. A nice even rocker with a little accelerated tail lift gives you a broad sweet spot so your never out of footing and don't have to think about your board. Free and effortless to enjoy the waves with out the hangups. This is just one of the many features that come standard with my boards. :-) 

 

                            tug deluxe

The dims on this Tug-deluxe is 6'3'' x 191/2'' x 25/8''... 33.6 litres... Martin is 5'11'' and weighs 78kgs 

 

Luxe with a tweak

So I have this awesome design that I've been riding for a while now...the Luxe-twin....it's the Ross inspired twinny that I can't seem to ride enough of...well Dan loved the shape but was not so sure of the twin fin thing. After a chat we arrived at the five fin option, something that I initially hadn't considered for this design, though not without merit. I did a similar thing to a Rocket fish design which was originally a twin fin shape back in the day when Rasta was riding for me. I digress...Dan was looking for something that would ham it up on the less than favourable days but would still serve it up when the waves were ideal. Custom shaped, hand painted and glassed by Yuki and I.... bespoke leggy loop and all. 

 ......... the dims on this puppy...5'5'' x 19'' x 21/4'' ..Dan is 66kgs and about 5'9''.....

 ...earlier on I made Dan a tug deluxe for the step up days....here he is in Fiji giving it some stick

 

Welcome Beau Nixon to the Phanteam

Most of you know me by now and realise that I am not your conventional shaper/board builder. I love design and using my skills to help people achieve their goals no matter what their craft.....I guess I embrace the multicultural aspect of surfing, and anyone who loves the ocean. One thing that I enjoy is working closely with individuals who are passionate about their boards, want to surf better and have fun doing it... Beau Nixon is one such fellow who I have been making boards together with  on and off for the past 5 years. He is a super talented longboarder and in the last few years he has been a top competitor on the professional world SUP tour.... a true champion and 2014 Tweed Coasts sportsman of the year. Recently he decided to reconnect with me with the SUP's and have me exclusively shape them for him...working closely together we have refined some nice boards together and already Beau is seeing the results. This past weekend saw him just get piped into second place in the state titles in atrocious surfing conditions but according to Beau, 'the boards are awesome!' ...Here are a few links to what Beau is up to and some of his achievements thus far.....;link1 link2 link3  

stoked with the quiver before heading off....

laying into the rail during the finals of the state titles last weekend....

                           

the dims on this one are 7'10'' x 26'' x 33/4'' and 78 litres

 

                           

the dims on this are 7'4'' x 26'' x 37/8'' and 80 litres

                           

the dims on this are 8' x 26'' x 37/8'' and 83.4litres

A tale of two beauties....

After a fantastic weekends event at Saltfest, I unloaded a few new stock boards into the racks at the Sunhouse, my new shaping digs.  Two boards that stood out in particular as really nice ones ...An XU-1 and the other, a Flow.

The XU-1 is the high performance keel fin that I have been frothing on the last few months or so ....it was hand-painted and then resin tinted,  then a one off custom  set of my keels were glassed on....set and forget....I really liked this board.

The other was a Flow...a 6'5'' that I kinda made for myself...hand painted and put a single fin box in it so I can play around with the many fins that I have.....She looked  pretty sweet and I was looking forward to having some fun with it. 

I don't usually  make many stock boards as I really like to make customs for individuals....so any stock boards tend to be super tuned, and mindfully shaped custom boards...but on the rack.....They didn't last long, a total of 4 days, before these boards were in the ocean!!...sad to say ..I didn't really get the chance to photograph them, let alone ride one of them!! but I did manage to get a few dodgy pics on the I-phone before they walked out the door.....Two beautiful boards and two very stoked girls in the line up.