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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

INDO GUNS FOR TONS OF FUN.....

I like to shape all sorts of stuff for all kinds of places and Mick here is no exception. Mick spends a fair bit of time in Indo each year ...about 4-6 months of it.....hunting waves and generally just hanging out. Last year he got me to make him a gun for the bigger days...a board that he went to town on and pushed himself into some crazy situations ....Mick lasted OK however the "best board he's had in a long time" didn't do so well.  So this year we remade it , put a tree in the middle, upped the glassing, gave it a nice paint job similar to an earlier favourite and then made a smaller version for the "not so bigger days". Here is what will go in the board bag this week....lucky bugger!!! 

                     

the dims on this board....73 x 193/4 x 23/4  glassed to last ...6 bottom and double 6 deck 10.5 mm stringer

                      

the dims on this one...82 x 203/4 x 3.....6&4 bottom and 6&6 deck   21mm stringer

 with the 8'4" ......and feeling pretty stoked with the old one on the wave below from last year

 

Nick and his Friendly Fish

Hello out there in cyber world!...this is a new custom Friendly Fish for Nick who likes surfing smaller boards in all kinds of waves. 

 

He was chasing something with a bit of volume but didn't want to compromise the performance and when he saw the Friendly Fish....well he was hooked. 

The Friendly Fish has a flat deck but the rails are still low and foiled and typical of high performance boards. This gives Nick the advantage of being able to bust out the moves while maintaining the luxury qualities of a fish.... the Fouruster fin configuration for optimum functionality.

I custom hand-painted this board for Nick ....something  green and blue and up to you is what he said...This board features a poly propylene tail pad on the deck for added strength and the blue stripe on the bottom is actually high tenacity poly ethylene...we just call it blue nylon.

Nick is about 6' 1'' tall and weighs 92 kgs.

This board is  5'9" x 201/2" x 25/8" and is 35.5 litres. 

               

 

Scott and the new Shovelhead

I met Scott a while back while surfing the local on a less that average day and couldn't help but wonder how such a big guy (95kgs) went in the less than ideal conditions....It was knee high and gutless.... He had mals for the paddle and float but really missed the maneuverability of the shorter boards

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