Well as you guys know, I’ve tried my hand at shaping over the past few months. Â Made about four or five alaia’s and one solid wood single fin. Â This past holiday weekend I took the solid wood single fin out and christened it in some of the best surf I’ve had in a long time. Â I don’t have any photos to share just yet, but I will say it was reef, clear water, and I got there by boat. Â Nothing short of epic as we timed the journey perfectly to coincide with Independence day and a big south swell.
Yeah the curves aren’t perfect and the glass job is a bit wonky to say the least, hell the skeg may even be a bit crooked, but when I took off on that first wave it sure was magic.
Being that it was solid wood, it took a bit of effort to get up the speed to catch a wave, but once you get it moving it moves. Â I was even able to throw in a couple carves here and there. Â When we pulled up at the spot and I tossed it in the water the fact that it didn’t sink was pretty encouraging. Â The fact that I was able to paddle it, catch waves and turn it and even carve was amazing. Â I’m hooked and can’t wait to make my next one. Â I think I’ll study up on a few glassing techniques first though.