Tuesday, June 19, 2007

7'6" Super Egg (aka Aquapussy)

Glassing: Epoxy, Bottom 6+4, Deck 6+6 +4oz Deck Patch
Deck Art: Rey

Had fun shaping this one. A big guys' funshape, or a mini-longboard for the smaller guy.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Feedback from Oz Dude, 6'6" Shortboard

I had the 6'6 in Australia. I only rode it on the 3 or 4 days that it was overhead (kind of a step-up board for me) but it worked great. I need to ride it a bit more in some decent size surf to get a feel for it... feedback to come.

I leant the board to a ripper in Australia. He really liked the board and got some good barrels. His criticism was that the front rails were a bit unforgiving.

My little bro is going to surf it a bit... I'll let you know what he thinks...


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

6'8" Shortboard (aka Riki Pro)

Core: EPS
Glassing Schedule for LT Version: Carbon-Fuzed Epoxy, Bottom 6, Deck 6+6
Glassing Schedule for XT Version: Carbon-Fuzed Epoxy, Bottom 6+6, Deck 6+6+4

Board was designed to be a big man's all around shortboard for small to OH conditions ala Clarke Tamariki, hence the name. This board was glassed in both a heavy (XT) and lighter (LT) schedule to see how the 2 extremes held up under Clarke's feet. Clarke was an All-American water polo player at Cal, and is now a regular at Ocean Beach. Clarke lives to surf, and the combination of him ( 6'4" 225+ lbs) surfing heavy Ocean Beach makes for a good test pilot for our durability.

Light (LT) version made it to Chile w/ Suneil Thomas. See link to Shayne Ferber's photos.


Here's Suneil's quote: "Those photos are great. Such an amazing story too. Vasco hadn't really surfed in like 5 years (he grew up in Marin and used to be pretty good). He was totally struggling on these crappy Surftechs and then got on the Riki Pro and started crushing it. He can be Entropy's "Jarred" from Subway story."

6'6" Shortboard

Glassing: Carbon-Fuzed Epoxy, Bottom 6, Deck 6+4

This board was a featured product at the 2007 JEC composites show and was a hit w/ all the materials geeks. More importantly, another copy of this board was handed off to Aidan for an Oz trip. Here's his initial feedback:

Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 15:29:46 -0700
From: "Aidan Raney"
To: "Desi Banatao"
Subject: OzFest

Yo Team ERL,

Hope all is well up there... things couldn't be better down here. Oz has been a great - I've gotten some great surf, probably the best surf trip I've ever been on. I rode the "black beauty" ERL at Lennox Point in solid 6' surf the last couple days. Lennox is such a freaking good wave, long right hander with really big barrels. The board worked great... it's especially useful to have a strong board the wave is heavy and the paddle out is crazy. It's all rocks with no easy way out, and I lose some serious flesh out there every time I surf.

I've been hanging out with this guy who used to be a pro surfer, and now makes surf films and documentaries. Really good guy and ripper surfer, knows everyone down here. He's been riding the ERL board and loves it... he got a huge barrel on it yesterday at this beachbreak nearby. He would be a good guy to know for your australia connection. I tried explaining that the resin uses carbon to make it stronger... he shows it to some other guy and is like "hey, check out this carbon fiber board." I don't think they got it...

I'll try to get some pics going...


6'6" Hybrid Fish

Core: Austin Foam EPS
Glassing Schedule: Bottom 6+4, Deck 6+6+4

Easy paddling, maneuverable fish hybrid.

This is the first prototype we built using a new epoxy resin. The resin has some cosmetic issues that need to be worked out.
This is Suneil's feedback after a recent Costa Rica trip.
Hey man. I just got back from costa and am checking this...despite the looks, the board is f#%*ing sick! Total hit. Costa dream board. Me and my two friends (big, decent surfers) basically fought over that thing. I ran into a guy who had a quiver of similar boards. He was amped on the thing too.

Even with the heavy glass job it flies! Can't wait to try it with a quad and lighter glass. The shape is a winner though. I rode it everything from mushy point waves to heavy overhead beach break pits. It never bogged which is pretty amazing for a fish.



A.S. 6'0" Shorty V2

Dims: 5' 11 3/4" x 18 5/16" x 2 3/16"
Glassing Schedule: Carbon-Fuzed Epoxy, Bottom 6+4, Deck 6+6+4
Rider: Aron, 6'0", 180 lbs.
Skill: Advanced

Another shortboard for Aron. Fuller shape than version 1.0. More volume where it counts to ideally paddle better. Full template for smooth carving. Designed for summer time So Cal surf. This one was glassed "XT" (Xtra Tuff) to see how far we can go with durability and stiffness.