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    Clemsonsurf after Sandy post some updates with your glassing? I made a few longboard design sketches thanks to this thread. It'll be a nice winter project.

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    Resin Research is the stuff most hws builders use. i've glassed with polyester with success.

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    Just a heads up for future wood board builds we carry wood kits from a california builder. The guys at Grain sell great kits too and a nice bunch of guys.

    Clemsonsurf, how do you like riding your wood build?

    ~Brian
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenlight View Post
    Just a heads up for future wood board builds we carry wood kits from a california builder. The guys at Grain sell great kits too and a nice bunch of guys.

    Clemsonsurf, how do you like riding your wood build?

    ~Brian
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    Shape Your Surfing Experience

    Man I wish I could tell you differently but the board is kinda a dog... Pretty heavy and it has too much rocker in the nose for the shape. It all started with the frame. I used 3/4" poplar and not enough lightening holes. The sapelle was beautiful but I think I'll use it as an accent next time, it's pretty heavy too. The nose block has more in common with a battering ram, it's about 4" thick red cedar. Looks cool though.

    The glassing went pretty well. I used solarez and it was pretty straight forward and quick. Unfortunately I did most of my glassing at night so i had to make it kick with the mekp. So much for the UV catalyst. I want to try epoxy next time... Less fumes. I got the weave from fiberglass supply Florida and they were great. I'll use them again.

    I had to get creative with the vent plugs. Finally went with brass plumbing fittings to fit the theme of the board. HEAVY.

    With all that said, the board floats and it'll catch waves all day. And to be honest we haven't had a good day to really give it a good work out (I finished it up maybe a month ago).

    Like I said earlier, I'm going cheap and light for the next one or two before I spend money on good wood again.

    Lastly, it's on sale for $299,999.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    Lastly, it's on sale for $299,999.99.
    SOLD! Does it come with a free orange prison jumpsuit and white astronaut helmet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    Man I wish I could tell you differently but the board is kinda a dog... Pretty heavy and it has too much rocker in the nose for the shape.
    Out of curiousity, had you ridden any wooden boards before?. Ive never ridden anything but poly and EPS boards, and except for twice at Grain Surfboards demos in some fun sized waves The extra weight was definately noticable, jumping off a poly board right onto same sized Grain board.

    About the nose rocker - when you trim it out does its feel like its pushing some water under your front foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    Out of curiousity, had you ridden any wooden boards before?. Ive never ridden anything but poly and EPS boards, and except for twice at Grain Surfboards demos in some fun sized waves The extra weight was definately noticable, jumping off a poly board right onto same sized Grain board.

    About the nose rocker - when you trim it out does its feel like its pushing some water under your front foot?

    Well, when i was designing the board I wanted to make a "medium-simmons" and I put in too much rocker in the nose from the beginning. Then while building the board I had to add in a little more rocker in the nose to make up for some mistakes. The extra rocker was noticeable for me when I was higher up on the wave and needed to drop down again to make the next section. I think if there was less nose rocker I could have made those sections easier, I mean I was nearly noseriding this thing and it didn't drop in.

    As far as trimming I don't feel it pushing water but I know what you're talking about, I have a fun shape that pushes water at lower speeds. The board is very wide so it planes really easily. I also incorporated a single concave so that may reduce pushing water.HWS1.jpgHWS2.jpgHWS3.jpg

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    Oh yeah, this is the only HWS I've ridden. We don't get too many board demos other than SUPs in Charleston.

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    Yea... by the looks of it, you're describing exactly what one might expect regarding that nose rocker. You can actually get away with some added nose rocker if you keep it up near the tip... some "flip" is ok, and it works well on those short, flat, wide shapes.

    Still a beauty, though... nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    The extra rocker was noticeable for me when I was higher up on the wave and needed to drop down again to make the next section. I think if there was less nose rocker I could have made those sections easier, I mean I was nearly noseriding this thing and it didn't drop in.
    Interesting. It does seem to have a good bit of continuous nose rocker in the front 18-24 inches.
    As wide as the tail is, and looking like its pretty flat rockered back there, i would think shifting your weight to your back foot thats planted right over those fins and that big flat rear end would produce a nice burst of speed once your line is set.

    Nice job by the way.