Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kook on parade...



I finally glassed on the fin to this old log and it's seen the water a bit recently. Kind of a Piggy outline straight from '63. My reluctance to drive anywhere but my parking- lot-friendly beach (doesn't get much south) and a smashed toe on a rock scramble have been relegating(gifting?) me to a bunch of longboarding time. I am a kook. I wobble, I stumble, I flail. Still, it is fun and interesting putting your mind and body through the paces of a new challenge.

I'm out on this log and I'm doing okay. Trim and some cross stepping. I'm chatting about how the board is soooo hard to noseride. No concave, narrow nose, convex bottom. The whole nine- yards. Well, out comes Shredder R., who happens to ride for Josh Hall longboards. We trade boards. He gets a nice little five through the pocket on his first wave. What's that old saying, "It's the archer, not the arrow."

One nice thing about surfing: It's not a contest. Instead of being defeated, I am inspired. The next couple of days I worked on getting to the nose in the pocket. I'm proud to say I've hung my first real, true, no cheatsy five. Well, pass me my beavertail and grow me a beard. So now I'm thinking of ordering a true noserider for next summer. Please help me choose.

Finish this statement in the comments section and help me choose my first custom log*:

"Asmith, you would totally get rad noserides on an effing perfect log by ___________. I recommend ____________."

*Any and all recommendations suggesting machine shaped boards will be swiftly mocked.

10 comments:

mike@waveridersgallery.net said...

jm model from your pal jhall. Cooper mali foil maybe, shit get em both. enjoy the glide.

pushingtide said...

"Asmith, you would totally get rad noserides on an effing perfect log shaped by yourself. I recommend yourself."

There is NO better feelin' than one of your own....

HeadHighGlassy said...

Effing agreed. Design it. Shape it. Dig it.

Danny said...

Asmith, you would get totally rad noserides on an effing perfect 9'7" log shaped by Josh Hall that you beat up Brownfish for......

kidding. I agree if you have the means DYI.

asmith said...

All good suggestions, keep them coming. The long lines of a log are too intimidating for a self-shape. I have an eggy outline in the works for a friend, though.

clayfin said...

Asmith, you would totally get rad noserides on an effing perfect log by Rich Harbour. I recommend the one you have.

And don't be intimidated by shaping a log. I find them easier because you have more length to blend out all the oops moves. Jim Phillips makes Thee Best how to shape DVD.

Lee said...

yep harbours rule my 19 noserides forever

Surfsister said...

Asmith, you would totally get rad noserides on an effing log by Tyler (length of your choosing) or Clayfin (who happens to have recently shaped one). I recommend both shapers (since both of them have shaped boards for me).

Ryan said...

I've never been into longboards much but I had a Takayama noserider that rode like a dream. That board did it all. This one was made by his brother and was a classic but i think it was along the lines of the NR2 model he has now.

nm said...

Asmith, you would get totally rad noserides on an effing perfect log shaped by....

Finclay & Sistersurf both nailed it:

Jim Phillips.
Tyler Hatzikian.

I've had the pleasure of owning, riding & walking both.

(I'm a sucker for the Genius.)

Of course....I've recently found a Stewart Hydrohull to my liking, as well.

Good luck...