I then figured I could bust another design out while I was feeling inspired, so I took my fish template and traced it onto another block. Instead of doing the fish tail I wanted to do a half-moon so I pulled out a 5 gallon bucket lid, got it lined up and traced it. Then on to cutting the outline: IMAG0119.jpg IMAG0120.jpg
I wanted to try something different again, so I decided to put some nose rocker into this one. After some reference lines and fervent stroking of the Sure Form: IMAG0121.jpg
Since I was "doing something different," I decided to put a forward vee on the nose that carries to the rocker's entry point then dug out a large concave in the middle with slightly smaller ones going to the rails. IMAG0123.jpg IMAG0122.jpg
Again, I put some serious knifing into the rail foils: IMAG0124.jpg
I'm not sure when I'm going to end up glassing these, but I think I'm going to try and shape a couple more designs while I'm at it then glass them all at the same time. I'm thinking I should try some of that bedazzled artsy fartsy chitt and do some experimenting with cloth underlays, resin tints and the like. We'll see.
I'll post up the other shapes as I make them. It's time for dinner now.
Well, I shaped out another wooden one... this one is going to be auctioned off on Friday (12-6) at the Hope From Helen Benefit... Blockade Runner, WB 6:30-9:30 for those in the area interested in attending.
I used my same old fish template but widened it out by about 1/2" at the widest point as well as lengthening by around 1". I was aiming to make something with more planing surface to use in more mushy waves. I also added a concave deck, more overall concave on the bottom with more flowing transitions, an 80/20 knifed rail at the front entry going to a harder square rail pretty quickly at the mid point and holding through the tail. I also gave it more rocker in the nose. Too bad I will probably never get a chance to see how this one works....
I also modified my strap design. The eyelets I used in the first prototype are nice and sturdy, but they hold the strap so high off the board that it doesn't allow the strap to really contour over my hand. I decided it was time to invoke the grommets--what a time saver over sewing those damned things!
To top it off, I cut some neoprene off an old wetsuit to sheathe the adjustable strap.
Nice work Erock! I am a good bodysurfer and can do torpedo spins and I use my inside hand to plane with, and I very seldom use fins on my feet. If I need fins for my feet to catch them, I usually paddle out on my surfboard. My question is do you need fins on your feet for these hand planes to work optimum? I have never used them before and have never seen any one use them, and am curious to their advantages, riding characteristics, and if you can swim into a wave easier. Do you use one or two at a time? Thanks.
I only use one and switch hands depending on what direction I'm going to go on a wave. In general, hand boards give you something to really push against to get your body contoured and pull your chest out of the water so there is less drag. I can tell a huge difference in mushier waves and they seem to help me hold better in the pocket in hollow waves--I can make way more barrel sections. I still like bodysurfing without a hand board, I just like hand boards more. However, they will make your arms sore after a long session pushing against them.
They can be somewhat of an advantage swimming into a wave, but it takes the balance out of your paddling so there is some increased effort associated with it. You can use this to your advantage hooking into waves and setting your line once you get familiar with it.
I like using fins but they are by no means necessary. I use the Voit Duckfeet V-7's. I like being able to get into waves earlier and the extra control you get while riding the wave... it's all about maximizing the SLIDE!
I am stoked to try one out. I'll PM you next payday to find out prices. I usually like the minimilist approach to body surfing ( baggies are very necessary!) but you are 100% right - it's all about maximizing the Slide!