The Lunch Tray is a short, fat, stubby vehicle for summertime fun. It's called the Lunch Tray because it pretty much has the same amount of rocker as a school cafeteria tray. Just a little nose flip is all you need to get you going. Ride it short...like 6" shorter. Fun with a single fin, but faster with a quad set up.
The Lunch Tray
Short and stubby. Easy to toss around in playful summertime surf.
The Snub Bullet was my first "alternative" shape years ago. Each Snub has its own characteristics and flavor. Quad set-up or glass-ons, single concave or double, beveled or contoured rails, etc. The constant though is SPEED and serious fun-factor. It's hard to not have fun on a Snub. Like playing with a fun-loving puppy, kinda fun.
Snub Bullet for Holly Beck
Made this for Holly Beck and her surf camp in Nicaragua, surfwithamigas.com. It's a modified Snub for Holly and her crew. I was curious to test the Snub in the more powerful, hollower waves of central and southern Nicaragua. The feedback I got has been excellent and if you are a chica looking for an amazing surf retreat, the Amigas camp would be a fantastic experience for you and when you are down there ask them to let you take out the orange board with the sacuanjoches (national flower of Nicaragua).
Single fins are fun. They let you flow more from turn to turn and carve a graceful line on the wave. Call it a retro board if you so choose. I guess you could say the SSF is a blend of old and new. Modern rail profile and rocker template with a deep single to double concave for the bottom. It's a great board to turn to when you want to add some extra soul to your riding.
The Family Fish
This board was created for my great friend and team rider John Jankowski. He wanted a fish to celebrate his two sons. Hopefully they won't ding this up when they get old enough to ride it. The fins are zebrawood that I roughed out of solid .5" stock.
We called this board "The Family Fish" for obvious reasons. It flies and hopefully his boys will have just as much fun riding it one day as he does.
Everyone needs a fish. They make people happy.
The fish has gotten a bad rap of late as a "small, mushy wave" specialty board reserved for the less critical days of of your averagely inconsistent summertime. This is simply not true. The speed and drive you can generate when you understand the dynamics of the fish and how to ride one is incredible and makes them a viable alternative for all but the largest, most critical, hollow waves.
I don't lock into any one style of fish. I shape everything from the traditional Steve Lis style to a more refined modern rocket fish and pretty much anything in between. Fishes allow for a wide variety of riding styles so that should be met with a wide variety of shaping style to match.
Not quite a log. Not quite a an egg or funshape. Somewhere in between lies an ideal blend of diverse board types and riding characteristics. If you want to do some cross-stepping then that's cool. If you want some down the line speed and maneuverability then that;s cool too. Actually everything is kinda cool on a midrange.
There was a time when "longboards" were called "surfboards". Then the 70s happened and overnight, guys starting chopping off foot after foot of foam in search of a new way of surfing. The longboard more or less disappeared until the early 90s, or at least until middle aged men with a few too many Hi Life 30 packs in their guts figured out they could not ride 19" wide, by 2.5" inch potato chips.
The "log" came back in favor.
Longboards were the first board that I started shaping. I figured that their size would minimize any "irregularities". I actually still have the first log I ever shaped and take it out once a year or so. It worked 20 years ago, and still works today. I do think I have cut down on the "irregularities" though.
My longboards range from a traditional noserider to what I like to refer to as a cruiser. It's a refined outline and rocker profile that will get you on the nose, but will let you take a steeper drop without burying the nose.