The guys over at Local Shapers just came through with another awesome Shaper of the Month feature including video and full interview. They’ve been busy highlighting many of the great local shapers around San Diego and this month they decided to feature newly added South Coast Surfboards shaper Dan O’Hara.
South Coast recently went to Hodad’s new restaurant where to Padres play in Petco Park. They actually featured South Coast to make all their custom boards for them. South Coast Surf Shop in Ocean Beach is right across the street from the original Hodad’s restaurant. This is not the first and won’t be the last time South Coast teams up with Hodad’s and collaborates on something totally cool. It’s a really great honor so check it out!
Hey everyone at South Coast. Sorry it has been a while. Been busy finishing up school. I am finally done with school forever! Like most surfers I have always dreamed about shaping my own board and like most surfers, I never got around to doing it. That was until a few months ago. My last quarter of school I enrolled in a surfboard shaping class. Yes you heard correct, Cal Poly has a surfboard shaping class. I was hesitant at first, but I knew I would have fun.
I had gone to the Sacred Craft in Del Mar honoring Carl Ekstrom. After attending Sacred Craft, I knew I wanted to shape some sort of asymmetrical fish. The theory behind the asymmetrical surfboard justmakes sense to me. Our bodies are not perfectly symmetrical, our balance is not symmetrical, and the way we stand on a surfboard is not symmetrical. So why do our boards have to be symmetrical? We can apply more pressure on our toe side rail than on our heel side, because of the way our bodies are built. We can push harder and have better balance with the balls of our feet than with our heel. It makes perfect sense to shorten your heel side rail and add more curve to make transitions onto your heel side faster and more effortless.
I love the fish design and am inspired by people who are pushing the limits of the design. Daniel Thompson is one of those people. Tomos Hydrofoil range caught my eye years back. I really wanted to get my hands on one but never did. Around the time I was shaping the board, I was on Tomo’s website looking at the Hydrofoils. I noticed that if you combined the jet tail and raptor tail it made a nice clean asymmetrical tail. So I decided to go with it. I originally cut the template out with a full length nose. The board was like 5’10” on the toe side and 5’7″ on the heel. After seeing some Tyler Warren and Ryan Burch’s new shapes I decided to hack off the nose, but keep the same general outline. After all was said and done she came out to 5’61/2″ / 5’4″ x 191/2″ x 21/4″. I though it was gonna paddle like shit, but it paddles like it’s a 5’10”. It just doesn’t have the unnecessary length and weight.
The first session on the board I have never felt more like a grom. I had an ear to ear grin the entire session. I didn’t even care if the board worked considering how bizarre it looks. I was just stoked that I was riding a board my hands shaped. The board ended up working. It had a lot of drive because of the straight outline on the toe side rail and transitioning onto the heel side was so quick and effortless. I have not felt an easier transition from toe side rail to heel side rail. I have ridden the board about 6 times now and every session feels like I have it more dialed. This video is from the second session on her. Surf was pretty small, but I still had that ear to ear grin. Here is the video. Enjoy : )
This board is my new favorite board right now. And that’s saying a lot cause my quiver is pretty solid right now. I have a magic little MR twinny, a magic bonzer that I love, plus all my fishes by Larry Ricci. I haven’t even thought about any of them this past week cause I have been on the Yucca Mofucca.
I was a little worried the board was gonna be too small for me. It is a 5’6″ x 19.5″ X 2.2″ and I am like 6′ 170lbs. I’ve surfed it about 4 or 5 times now and each session I am blown away by its capabilities. It floats different than a normal polyurethane board. Paddling it is more similar to swimming haha. The nose is real full and flat so it still gets into waves pretty easy. Once you get into one, that’s when the magic happens. Once your standing on the board, it feels way different than a standard PU surfboard. It has the glide feeling that people always talk about with wood surfboards.
The thing absolutely hauls ass and it releases off the top real nice with the twin fin setup. I love twins. I really like the twin fin/pin tail setup. I love my fishes (twins and quads) but all of mine have a really wide tail blocks, because they all have a super deep swallow/fish tails. I feel like the pin tail with the twin fin setup, gets rid of a lot of unnecessary foam, but the board still has the flowy glide feeling like the traditional twin fin fishes. Not having that center fin keeps the loose flow feeling fishes have, but adding the pin allows the board to surf more vertical and top to bottom… Then add the yucca aspect you it and you get even more glide and speed.
The Yucca Mofucca was shaped by Chad Jackson of Kaimanu Hemp Surfboards. Surfshot actually did a interview with Chad a few years ago talking about his boards. The board is solid yucca(agave) core, no foam. Instead of using fiberglass, a hemp cloth was used, with an additional hemp cloth deck patch. Instead of using toxic polyester resins, it was glassed using a less toxic epoxy resin. The fins are redwood twin fins handmade by Chad Jackson. I have been in contact with Chad the past few months, just talking about surfing and boards and whatnot. He is a super inspirational dude. He started his own clothing company too that is all eco friendly clothing and every product he sells, he plants a tree. Like I said, pretty inspirational dude. -Cory Edging