Swaylock's Digest - March 2023
Build of the Month, Swaylocks School of Surfcraft & AkuShaper!
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For the launch of SSOS, I’ve teamed up with veteran film maker Carl Ackerman to offer up his full suite of shaping and glassing videos featuring Greg Loehr (available now) and John Carper (coming soon).
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Swaylocks BOTM winner for February, 2023
#18 / FlatDeck Retro Fish by Félix Bousquet
Congratulations Félix!! You’re getting a new Swaylocks T-Shirt, a Tool Pack from Greenlight Surf Supply and entry into the year end vote for a chance to win $1000!
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Build of the Month - March 2023
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#22 Flextail Displacement Hull by Rian Davidson
Dimensions: 6’0” x 22.25” x 3”
This new flextail prototype features a fully rounded and aggressive displacement hull which has its wide point foreword. The rails are 50/50 flowing down into two flexible marbled panels. The board is glassed with Volan and S-weave 6oz fiberglass and Silmar Resin. Pigments supplied by Viral Surf in France. The glassed on single fin has a gradient from black to clear and is designed to also flex at the tip.
The board was shaped and glassed at my workshop in Barcelona.
Since 2019, Rian Davidson shapes and glasses surfboards under the name of Apollonia surfboards in Barcelona, Spain. He's currently focused on creating and experimenting with displacement hulls, flextails, and longboards.
#23 Full Re-Creation Restoration by Dick Gregory
This build was requested by my daughter for a friend who wanted to surprise her surfer husband with a wall hanger. She wanted to capture night and day; sunrise/sunset. I sacrificed a badly dinged and water damaged Petrillo that I’d intended to restore, but had been told had little value. The old foam was 4” thick and had enough nose rocker to accommodate the dims of a 7’6” Pat Rawson gun.
For the deck I re-sawed and book matched a parota plank that I purchased locally at Tropical Exotic Hardwoods. Parota, also known as guanacaste, is related to acacia and grown in Mexico. It is surprisingly light weight, and has beautiful figuring. The nose detail is parota and western cedar dyed black with India ink. The rails are paulownia with a redwood trim line.
The bottom is also western cedar dyed with India ink. I’d originally thought that I could incorporate a traditional Japanese charred wood technique (Shou Sugi Ban) for the black. Unfortunately, it resulted in a less than even surface with the cedar grain burning out unevenly. An additional problem turned out to be adding the quarter moon, inlay and rails. I couldn’t figure out how to achieve a clean line when blending the rails and inlay to the char, nor could I cleanly re-char the edges of the bottom. I ended up sanding all the char to a flat surface, and inking the bottom. This resulted in an interesting affect. Outdoors in full spectrum light, the bottom looked midnight blue. Indoors in artificial light, it remained black. Fortunately, the new owner liked the effect.
#24 Medium Performance Planing Hull by Óscar Gómez
Dimensions: 5’7” x 20.25” x 2.375”
My name is Óscar Gómez and I am from Basque Country, Spain. I am a garage shaper that loves surfboards and fins and make them from start to finish by hand.
This board is an evolution of a performance mini-simmons, similar speed and drive but more control and performance in small to medium waves.
Polynt Norsedine Resin
Bottom: 6oz. White off pigmented with fins patch
Deck : 2oz grey pigmented inlay and 4+4oz.clear with cutlap
Fins: Twin+2. Birch plywood hand foiled.
#25 Brownie by Stephan Saint-Louis
Dimensions: 9’6” x 24” x 3.25”
It is around 90 liters of volume. This board is made with Resin Research epoxy. It has 1 layer of 6 oz cloth on bottom and 2 layers of 6 oz on top, with an inlay fabric on the nose. I made a wood tail with laminated cedar. The resin is tinted in light brown, orange, and dark blue, with black pin lines.
The blank is from Shaper Supply and all the other materials are from Alchimie Surfboards Montreal.
#26 Bommie Torcher by Lightwave Surf
Dimensions: 7’8” x 20.375” x 2.75”
Materials & Construction
PU blank from PSISurfBlanks New Zealand
Polyester resin construction.
Vee bottom 6 channel 70/30 rails
Customer wanted a fast, in early bigger wave 6 channel quad. It goes under the torch tomorrow in big south swell conditions.
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