We are always stoked on the news we get about how hard Ryland Rubens is charging in the water and with life in general. The above photo shows Ryland who recently graduated with a 4.0 GPA which is a very commendable task. Congrats man!
The great news about Ryland never ends he was recently featured on Rusty’s DRY DOCKED with his brand spanking new WEBSITE, yes you heard right, this 12 year old grom has his own website.
Head on over and check out the official Ryland Rubens website here:
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 : )
Ryland Rubens pulls off his first Open victory of the season at the Seaside Reef Open Boys division.
He also advanced all the way to the semi finals of the difficultly contested Juniors U16. Rubens, currently 12 years old, enjoys stepping up a bracket because he says it pushes him harder and he can learn from the older surfers which makes him surf better. Ryland has also had three strait victories in the Explorer Menehuenes to top it off.
A Pacific Beach San Diego local, Rubens 6th grade, maintains a 3.6 GPA which makes this well-rounded surfer a true role model for all young surfers with a great future. Awesome work Ryland.
Ryland’s Sponsors: Billabong, Headhunter, Dakine, FCS, Sector 9, Rusty Surfboards, GromBomb, and South Coast Surf Shops.
Happiness and solitude can be found in the busiest of places. All it takes is an open mind to get away. Go Explore. -Cory
Last Friday South Coast Shop Rider Cory Edging and friends Louis White and Trevor Wageman took an adventure kayak day mission towards the boarder. They brought along Cory’s new GoPro with ultra high tech hat mount to capture the action. Here is what entailed on their journey to no mans land.