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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycrab View Post
    thanks for the feedback. think im gonna go 5'6" with a twinzer set up!
    Talk to mgarbutt about having one shaped! He's great at what he does...

  2. #22
    where are you guys sourcing your blanks for mini-simms?

  3. #23
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    dude. dont get it shaped. just shape it yourself. Probably one of the easiest shapes ever done. You can even use block foam instead of a blank.

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeman View Post
    dude. dont get it shaped. just shape it yourself. Probably one of the easiest shapes ever done. You can even use block foam instead of a blank.
    Yep..second that. I shaped mine out of block foam. never bother putting in a stringer either.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandbar18
    where are you guys sourcing your blanks for mini-simms?
    If you are anywhere near ocean city maryland, there is a place in west OC called coastal surf supplies that had at least 50-75 blanks in stock when i stopped by the other day. The short, wide Marko Foam egg blanks that would be ideal for a Mini Simmons were about $70/ea. Thinking about making a couple myself when this spring.
    Last edited by mitchell; Feb 8, 2012 at 03:16 PM.

  5. #25
    Take some time to go through the blog page supporting the Simmons exhibit at, Loft 9 Gallery / Hydrodynamica, at
    http://loft9gallery.wordpress.com/. Especially when you get down to the "bar of soap" section. Contrast those boards to the original design Simmons long boards. Altogether this can be a guide to where you are headed with a Mini Simmons design. The guys at the Surfy Surfy surf shop might answer some of your questions if you give them a phone call.

  6. #26
    mitchel is spot on. that board flies

  7. #27
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    thanks mitchell, always wanted to shape my own board, i am close to o.c. i will swing by and check them out. doesent hurt to give it a try, glassing might be an issue thou. killer website rodndtbue. thanks

  8. #28
    ordered a 4'11x22x2 5/8, i'm 5'8 and weigh 150. its supposed to be really small thats why its called a mini simmons

  9. #29
    the size strongly depends on your ability as well.
    Telling someone who is a beginner to intermediate to by a 4'10 is setting them up for a world of frustration and disappointment.
    Let's face it there aren't alot of Dane Renolyds in the mid atlantic.

  10. #30
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    I have a "super groveler" inspired by the full nose, straight rail, super wide tail of a Mini Sims.
    I am 5'-8" 160 lbs and found my typcial board (round nose fish, stubby shortboard , etc) works best for me at around 26.5 L in volume.
    I ride a winter shortboard at about 28 l in volume based on the 20lbs of additional weight once wet.

    But I have a super groveler I ride in anything thigh high and under that catches small waves really early, carries tons of speed, but still manuevers well. I find that the MIni Simms gets into waves early due to volume and since its so short can turn ok, but it doesnt respond as quickly to rider input as some other designs.

    This is my super grovel board.
    Its 5'6 x 22 x 2-3/8 EPS/Epoxy . Love it, gets on waves super early, tons of speed and turns so quick. rail to rail is great.

    slop rod by jblacks, on Flickr

    Lots of great new alt shapes for small surf. Stretch has some sick new boards!!!!