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 : )
Recently South Coast Surf Shops acquired new GoPro cameras and displays for our shops. They have been stirring up quite the buzz around the floor with customers amazed by the video quality and pint of view. South Coast is one of the few distributors of the popular POV cameras by GoPro and down at the beach the GoPro Surf Hero is making a huge splash. People of all ages are strapping one of these almost indestructible cameras on and going for it. Never has documenting your most extreme adventures been so easy.
There are a couple different POV cameras on the market today but people are by far most familiar with the GoPro HD Hero. These powerful little cameras can shoot up to 30fps at 1080p resolution although GoPro recommends shooting at 720p at 60fps for action sports where you plan to slow down the footage for smooth playback. The sound on this camera isn’t bad until it goes in the waterproof housing then everything gets underwater sounding. But most people eliminate this problem by editing their footage to their own personal soundtrack. Besides voice-overs are the way to go and have become really simple in the new iMovie. It is also important to adjust the lighting settings on the camera in order to get the best image from the camera which makes going from light to dark places difficult for the small camera. Of course as with most cameras they will always perform better with more light than less.
South Coast first featured the GoPro in a few videos created by South Coast Surf Shop rider Cory Edging who has taken a big interest in documenting his surf chronicles. Although GoPro makes a mount for just about anywhere you would want to put the camera Cory still came up with his own method of capturing his point of view. He uses the headstrap mount then pulls his wetsuit hood over the top of that to ensure the camera is secure when duck diving waves. As summer came around the hood had to go so Cory engineered a hat mount that allowed the camera to sit on the bill of an old hat. The POV that Cory is able to get while surfing with the GoPro strapped to his head is like nothing we’ve seen before and truly puts you on the board barefoot on the wax.
Using these cameras in the surf can present other problems like water-spots that ruin your shot. An old trick is using saliva or spit on the lens. This of course is not the best or only solution and we recommend using a water-displacement product like Rain-X on the case lens if you really want to capture spot free surf footage.
All the small issues aside this tiny camera is modern technology that continues to impress everyone who comes across the cameras. You’ll be surprised at all the footage you capture when you own one of these. You might even be surprised to know a camera was rolling when you didn’t even know it so keep an eye out for your buddies trying to play a trick on you on film. These tiny cameras can be used for many other purposes than showing how hard you shred.
Available online at SouthCoast.com with free shipping or at any of our five retail locations in OB and PB. Pick one up today and show your grandparents how that first surfboard they bought you allows you to drop in on kooks all summer long!
Airplane about to land powering down all electronic devices. Few more quick facts before I start getting glared at by the uncomfortable passengers around me.
Professional Quality, Shoots 5MP photos every 2 seconds, Lots of modes, Batteries last 2.5 hours up to 32gb SD card supported, Adhesive surfboard mount proven in the most heavy surf by pro surfers who say they don’t hardly notice it’s even there. Waterproof case up to 180′ or 60m, Replaceable parts. Bam!
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
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.
Forgot my goon cord the first session and all I did for water spots was spit I need to get some RainX.
I’m lucky enough to have a buddy that makes some music that is absolutely perfect for surf edits. Stoked he let me use any of his beats. Thank you Seiji! Here is one of many to come. And here is a link to some of his music: http://soundcloud.com/sagewisdom
We just got word from our team rider Cory Edging. You remember him being featured in Surfer Magazine (May 2010 issue, page 20 of the Hot 100 section) well since then he has recovered from some injuries and is now back in action. He wrote us with a few words about his recovery and also provided us with a video edit he threw together on his personal computer. Looks to us like injury hasn’t set this guy back one bit! Check out his commentary below along with the video. Best wishes on your continued recovery and staying healthy so you can continue doing what you love.
Hey every at SC!! Just checkin in. Finally started surfing again a few weeks ago (shoulder popped out in November AFTER surgery). Feels great to get back in the water. Shoulder is def not 100% but I don’t know if it ever will be. I bought this brace that football players wear to keep their arms from popping out. It has this vest harness then another strap that goes around your arm so it kinda put your arm on a leash and prevents the motion that causes it to pop out. So far so good.
Surf has been super fun up here. Had like a 3 week period of offshores and waves the whole time. Went up to Santa Cruz last weekend and scored some super fun surf at Moss Landing considering the weather. We were just on it at the right times.
Anyways, here is a little video I made today. I just found out that my computer came with a video editing program. I only had a total of 7 clips so its nothing special and it’s my first edit ever, but I am satisfied. This was the first session back after surgery. Out of the water for 17 weeks. I really prob shouldnt have got in the water then, but my buddy Max (that shot the Surfer Mag photo) just got a new housing for his 7d camera, so….haha. It shoots 60 frames per second so you can go super slow mo. I was boggin left and right, but it never felt so good to get wet again.