Friday, 24 October 2014
The bottom board is a 9'0" Speedster built for exactly that, speed and versatility. For anyone wanting to gradually come down of their 9'6" heavy single fins and begin to feel a little more agile on the wave. Hard in the tail for speed and bite.
Both these boards are beautifully finished by Jools and his team in Devon and they will happily have a chat about any of these designs. If your a larger guy then these boards are a happy solution to feeling frustrated in not having the right board. These boards can be custom ordered to suit your weight and needs. These boards can not be found on the website but are in the mind of a master shaper working out of Woolacoombe. Voted the best Fish Shaper in Europe Jools knows what he's doing so go and support a great UK Shaper. www.gulfstreamsurfboards.co.uk
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Friday, 10 October 2014
Beautifully had shaped Wild West Shooter by Jools @gulfstreamsurfboards for good friend Simon Hann. He wanted something a little shorter, sleeker and more refined than his log. This single fin beauty is 9'0 x 22.75 x 3 and is built for speed and versatility. If your a Longboarder and want to start moving down in size or need a little MPH under your feet this is just the trick for your winter sessions.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
This is the new 7'4" Wild West Shooter Single Fin 'Traveller' Model (working title). This has been beautifully hand shaped by Jools and finished in white opaque resin at Gulfstream surfboards. This is a perfect example of custom craftsmanship, it's super fast, super responsive, it likes a bit if size, paddles with ease and overall, right now, I'm stoked.
The idea has alway been to add a really refined midlength singlefin to the existing Wild West Shooters like the 9'8" and the 8'2" Models. The 8'2" is a solid bundle of fun and those that have ridden one, swear by its versatility and function, but there was room for a slightly shorter, possibly perfect travel board for those of us wanting a little more length and float, lets be honest here, the Chunky Brother!!
I personally wanted a board to put on the racks of the Suzuki Van Van and travel a little bit of France, knowing that one simple board could pretty much surf everything I would likely encounter within reason. I had planned on heading off later this month it looks more likely to be Spring 2015 due to my Fathers 90th Birthday getting in the way( so selfish Dad!!) but it will happen.
As a man of the larger variety (read: Chunky Brother) I wanted a board to feel comfortable, stable and fun, a board I can run into the garage grab and know that I'm going not going to struggle on when trying out paddle frothing grommets when the waves get a little punchy. Having surfed the board last weekend in some overhead beach break conditions here at Sennen, comfort is what I got.
On a personal board gatherers note, having a slightly transitional look, when I put the 'Traveller' in my racks in the garage it fits perfectly amongst my other boards in what is essentially a timeline quiver of shapes from mid 60's style logs to 70's twinnie, eggs, and down railed single fin. Basically, it fits perfectly.
I'll keep you posted the more its ridden but so far so good and feels like a real bundle of fun under my feet. When I spoke to Jools a couple of days ago to give him some initial feedback he was stoked and thinking of doing some more. I can see this board working in all sizes and sub 7' would be great fun too. If you like what you see give Jools a shout or drop me a line. Also keep your eye peeled for a new log coming soon, and this is really exciting. Thanks Jools for another beauty.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Yesterday was Jago's first day of Novice coaching at Cornwall BMX Racing Club. He did really well and considering his second week on the track he's getting quicker and more confident with every lap he does. I forgot how much fun BMX Racing is, but considering that 1984 was probably the last time I raced, then a 30 year anniversary is not a bad time to get back into it. In terms of complimenting surfing, well there's no better way to keep fit that doing sprints and BMX is all sprinting, jumping, coordination, and focus; if you don't focus you fall off...hard!!! Thanks Jago.
We're also working hard to get a BMX Track in Penzance. There's so many great riders in the Penzance area it would be great for the town and Cycling as a whole. Please take a look at our Facebook page 'a BMX track in Penzance' and please like it.