Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Blue Diamond Is Forever







A person I know who used to spend a lot of time with Yvonne Chouinard told me they were together once when he received a custom surfboard he'd ordered. As Yvonne opened the box with the biggest Cheshire grin his face, he said: "Every man should know the feeling of having a new surfboard on the way."

Without further ado: my winged diamond tail 2+1, shaped by Manuel Caro of Mandala. It has fluted wings, glass-on bamboo side fins from 101 Fin Company, and a semi-opaque blue resin tint from the Moonlight Glassing crew. Dimensions: 5'11 x 20.5 x 2.625 (or somthing). Skip Frye Flex Fin finds the path of least resistance through the water, allowing for speed and snap.

You'll get a better report once I ride the thing. Manny is putting it in the mail tomorrow.

The Mountain Goats - This Year

20 comments:

surf98/dgeorge said...

I have to say it looks a special board, I hope it works as good as it looks, best wishes, dg

Nash said...

Wow, those colors are sick! I can't wait to check that thing out.

Nuno said...

Nice blog, nice blue! mine is masking tape color... same batch, i believe.

best

Kirk said...

Many sure as hell knows how to make a surfboard! That looks really nice, love the subtle wing/bump. What are the bottom contours like? Going to be fun trying some fins in that too I bet.

Chum said...

Nuno - did you get a Winged-D as well?

Kirk - Bottom has a single to double concave out the tail to channel the water around the big fin. I think so, at least...

Gazelle said...

Sick! That flex fin is perfect for that board - you're going to have a lot of fun.

Nuno said...

I get a double wing quad fish, is at the moonbase waiting for J.Cherry fins. I'm sure that will be a very special board.

braised shortribs said...

enjoy that board now because accelerating onto the 405 onramp and seeing that board soar in your rear view mirror instantly realizing you forgot to fasten your rack straps while asking that hottie what kind of dog she's walking will break the spell pretty quick

G said...

Blue Birds. She looks real pretty like. Have yourself lots of fun on that there board.

striegs said...

Looks like magic

Whiffleboy said...

Looks like fun, dude. :-) From the pictures, it looks like some super thick glass on it.

Gaz said...

Looks sweet! I picked up a board from Manny this time a year ago...............the worst week of my life was the week it was going unridden while under the knife for ding repair.......wax her well!

Chum said...

Gaz, I remember surfing Gas Chambers with you and asking about the Mandala. It was only days after I ordered mine. Now I think there are maybe three in Oregon.

Doc said...

The problem with giving yourself a diamond is the obligatory sex afterwards...so lonely.

JP said...

Score!

Chum said...

I guess I finally scored!

Totor said...

I don't know if you can read french, but anyway, you can still look at the pictures of the "UK Fish Fry" report a friend of mine wrote lately.
Mani Caro, Rich Pavel and Chris Christenson were there, among other fish shapers...
http://www.surf4all.net/article1083.html

fireman said...

can u tell me more about the blue diamond a guy i no selllin same board 6.5 x 20 same fin set up get back to me please doug at firebaseball593@aol.com u like the board how float / hold up / best in what type wave etc

kimberly said...

I can´t hear about diamond word even if you mean anything else. But the true is that i would like to have bracelet, rings and necklace with diamond everywhere. This gemstone shouldn´t be sold too expensive. that is why i prefer to buy viagra for my husband at a good price and the result is wonderful.

xanax said...

Thanks mate... just dropped by. Will look for BIKE STN when we get to Seattle. Still in Buenos Airies.