Monday, December 17, 2007

Flatter, Fatter, Faster

Casper Jr., the Friendly Hull.


I just received this great video link from Kirk at Consafos Press: Richard Kenvin ripping Rincon last week on a hull/fish hybrid based on scaled down version of the Simmons dual-keeled planing hull. I believe the first version of this board, the original Casper, was called "The Pocket Protector" and you can see why in this video. The board is short and square-tailed, but -- like I discovered in my own limited way on a traditional hull -- moves in perfect synch with the wave's sweet spot. Unlike classic hulls though, I hear that these boards work in a wider range of conditions... Shaped by Joe Bauguess and Larry Mabile, there may (or may not) be some of these in the works through the Swift Movement. All I know for sure is that it looks one "hull" of a good time!





P.S. Fsacto, long lost director of my five minutes of fame, proved how small a world it truly is by sending me the above photos he shot the same day. Is that Joe Curren or Kenvin again?
Carla Bruni - Quelqu'un m'a dit

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chum,
I want to email you some pics, how and where
to?
fsacto

Chum said...

sissyfish at gmail dot com... fire away!

Nash said...

Wow, sick vid.

Anonymous said...

how long is that board? do you know....

Anonymous said...

Didn't get the dims but it looked
just a smidgen under mid lenght-ish.
That wednesday was all time, hey
Happy Holidays to you and yours
"slumber party hero"...
fsacto

Kirk said...

It looks like the 5'5" (or thereabouts) and sure surfs like it. Can I just say that the music is Joshua Tree's finest, earthlings?, and all their music is that damn good. So worth checking out.

Anonymous said...

Come to think of it, i think it maybe closer
to your 5'5 estimation, there was also a
"bojoroquez" hull there which I might have
gotten it confused with.
fsacto

Chum said...

As seems to happen with many of the RK videos on myspace and youtube, they tend to exist for only long enough to wet your whistle.

Keep on the lookout for Hydrodynamica (due out ???), which will connect all the dots, so to speak.

Thanks to Kirk and fsacto's pics, this post isn't completely irrelevant...

Chum said...

Looks like I fixed it, though! Sorry for the temporarily busted video link.

slim said...

Looks like it would be a bitch to turn. The guy has to nearly do a drop-knee cutting back. whatever floats your boats, or hull-ish.

brownfish said...

I think there are alot of designs that still haven't been tried yet that would work well. Look at some of the super wide tailed boards Sarlo has been riding over the past 10+ years. There is another guy down here in SD that rides em as well. Both surf extremely well on em. The experimentation is the expensive part. Alot of times you tell your shaper, hey lets leave this tail a little wider and tweak this or that. They just give you that look, then, well, yea, I don't think that'll work too well. The good thing about Joe Buegess is that he takes your input incredibly well and will pretty much make you anything you want. Then say, well you can put this guys lam on it, or I've got this lam i've used in the past, or nothing if you want. Nobody knows who the guy is cause he never seems to push his own work. He's truly a brilliant craftsman. A couple of the long Simmons Balsa Replicas that were shaped for Hydrodynamica were by Joe. Oh yea, he's a good guy to.

Porky said...

Oh, man. Richard Kenvin is, arguably, the best surfboarder on the West Coast — if there is such a thing. So if it looks difficult to him, everyman should multiply that factor by about 100.

That stub board looks fun, but some of his experiments, like riding that Simmons that re-creation at the namesake reef, should not be tried at home.

Anonymous said...

That's not actually Kenvin surfing in that video. It's that bearded dude (whoever that may be) at the beginning of the clip. You can hear Kenvin speaking to him breifly regarding the construction of the board.

slim said...

Maybe I should have clarified. It looks like it would be a bitch to turn for a mortal surfer. Plus, with the general suckage of surf quality in oregon, it's hard to take the time to experiment when the windows to even find good waves are so small. It breeds the "ride what you know" mentality quite well, but can you blame a guy for just wanting to make the most of an opportunity?

Pushing Tide said...

Hey it is good to see rippers riding what I have been kookily ridin' for the last several years. Short fat ugly speeders.

Great vid!

Anonymous said...

RK definitely is one of California's best. Such a great combo of smooth stylish power. Would love to see him and Tom Curren trading waves on an empty point with some non-traditional equipment. Would blow minds about the performance potential of some of these outside the mainstream boards.

Chum said...

On second (or fifth, actually) viewing, it appears that it isn't RK riding after all... Looks like the board was passed around for a couple days, judging by the other pics that fsacto sent over... Joe Curren may have been on it as well.

On the subject of experimentation and "ride what you know" in Oregon, a quote from Socrates comes to mind: "All I know is that I know nothing."


I love the fact that these crazy experiments may either wind up on the scrap heap or, perhaps, open people's minds to new ways of enjoying the surf.

Porky said...

"RK definitely is one of California's best. Such a great combo of smooth stylish power. Would love to see him and Tom Curren trading waves on an empty point with some non-traditional equipment. Would blow minds about the performance potential of some of these outside the mainstream boards."

Tom Curren? Oh, yeah. Forgot all about him. Shoots my theory straight to hell.

Anonymous said...

Richard was here in SF last week with his Simmons boards, it was double to triple over, he passed.

Hehas an article out in the new TSJ.