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Benefit for South Coast Surfboard Shaper Larry Ricci at Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach

Benefit Larry Ricci South Coast Raglan Public House

Benefit for South Coast Surfboard Shaper Larry Ricci

Please join us at Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach on Tuesday, August 7th from 5pm-close!

 

There will be drink specials & raffles all night! All donations will go to benefit our dear friend, Larry Ricci, who is recovering from neck surgery.

Don’t miss out on raffle prizes that include a Rip Curl gift certificate, a beach cruiser, Smith & Sun Cloud sunglasses, Wine Tasting gift certificates, Hodad’s gift certificates and much more!

Raglan Public House is located at:
1851 Bacon St.
San Diego, CA 92107

For questions call South Coast Surf Shop Ocean Beach: 619-223-7017

Yucca Mofucca Hemp Agave Eco-Surfboard Video Review by Cory Edging

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

New South Coast Larry Ricci Surfboard ‘Oompa’ Fabiano Sarmento Shop Rider Review

New South Coast Larry Ricci Surfboard

The Oompa was designed start to finish between one shaper’s desire to experiment with new templates and one rider’s frustrations.

First thing you should know is why this board was designed the way it was. I was tired of these oversized groveller boards that created tons of speed in average waves but refuse to snap a lip without having to throw out my back or pull a groin to do so. They tended to get stuck on a rail, so when the occasional section would steepen up there was too much delay to get the board to snap off the bottom in time for a tight top turn. I was also disappointed when in the presence of bowled out sections I’d have to wheelie my way down the face with flapping arms to stay centered over the low rocker deck. This effect was due to the tail and nose being too flat to allow a proper re-entry into the wave’s transition, rather than fit the curve of the wave’s pocket the board would stick out and force you to ride with all your weight shifted back or on your neck after pearling down into the flats. There were far too many cons than pros for me to ride these alternative boards much longer. Larry Ricci (South Coast Shaper and Shaper of my boards for over 3 years now) wanted to try and make something new so I shared my frustrations of current models with him in hopes of getting a more refined version of these trendy boards. We worked together on this one design for over a year doing our best to try and bridge the gap between the alternative weird shortboard and are typical fun-day ripstick.

My typical performance thruster is
5’10 x 2 1/8 x 18 ¼.

I wanted less swing weight in the nose so we chopped it down 3 inches. To compensate floatation we went 1/8 of an inch thicker at center and about 1/4 of an inch wider but left the rails thin to allow bite and precision in turns. This new design was 5’7 x 2 ¼ 18 ½. I didn’t want a flatter rocker; this board was meant to be surfed vertical in the pocket, not down a mushy line for a cutback. Waves, big or small, have a vertical pocket where a shortboard is meant to be surfed and this board was to be no different. The tail and nose are considered neutral in rocker compared to most boards but when you ride the same profile you’ve been riding with 3 less inches in-between the result is a highly responsive alternative shape.

The Oompa runs a fuller rail at the midpoint then tapers down to a knifed performance shortboard tail thickness. This allows you to flow the board through flat or racy sections with ease by having a high concentration of foam under the front foot. The harder you push down on the front foot, the more the board wants to squirt forward and ideally bounce off the bottom. The difference between the Oompa and these other alternative board shapes is the foil in the tail. The tail is just as thin as any performance shortboard. You can stomp your backfoot, submerge the squash with ease and pivot tight off the bottom to go for the sneaker lip that comes out of nowhere. The nose and tail kick eliminate having to wheelie back into sections or pearling down a hollow face. The shorter rail line lets you fit into corners your normal board might feel too long and clunky for during waist high windswell. The Oompa runs a very mild triple concave (A double concave between the fins which lies within a larger single concave through the majority of the board).

The template for the tail is slightly wider so adding that little spine between the fins lets the board transition more fluidly rail to rail; say goodbye to “sticky rails” and start nailing that last second closeout hit from each wave.

I’ll ride this board almost the same way I ride my shortboard. Let the wave build up to a wall in front of me, take a high line then drop it straight down using my front foot to force the thicker deck down the face. You can drive this board around a long section with a lot of pumping but it’s much more suited to straightening out into the flats and snapping off the bottom at a 180 for a quick lip slap. Don’t fret about getting stuck behind the section; the extra volume keeps you a bit higher above the water so upon reentry the Oompa can glide right around most sections that would otherwise cripple your length of ride. For the more progressive guys this shape has an insane amount of release, the shorter rail line translates to blowing out the tail and reversing turns your with the same effort of normal turns on a standard shortboard. Less mass to push around means less resistance, so start trying to surf above the lip since your rotations are going to spin a lot faster. If you surf with more power than tech start your turn a little sooner take some pressure off the tail in order draw the turn out from as much rail as possible.

Fin choice for any board is a very personal choice. It’s dependent on style, ability and wave condition.

My general rule of thumb with these smaller high volume boards has been to run bigger fins at the rail. There’s already less board in the water and without a bigger fin you’ll most likely feel a bit squirrelly when you try and hit the gas. I prefer the K2.1 setup in most beach breaks; the larger rail fins have extra surface area for more hold as you drive down the line while their lack of rake creates tight arced turns. The center fin is a bit smaller and balances out the extra hold with quick release at the lip, other fins that are of similar style from F.C.S. GAMs, AM-2s, and the newly released JW-1s.

What works for me however doesn’t work for everyone, so don’t be afraid to toss my advice out and try something completely different. Make yours a swallow tail, add a Vee at the tail, do a double barrel concave, toss some channels on and make it glow in the dark. That’s part of what the Oompa’s entire creation was about, stepping outside of what you’re told is possible and going for something you’re not even sure is there. Most importantly really talk with your shapers. There are a lot of untapped ideas that never get put into action as too few are willing to experiment, so next time you want to ride something different ask your favorite foam mower what they’ve been waitng to shape.

New South Coast Larry Ricci Surfboard Oompa Fabiano Sarmento

New South Coast Larry Ricci Surfboard

New South Coast Larry Ricci Surfboard

The Chub

The Chub is a performance short board built to tackle small and weak waves. The fish was thought to be the ultimate combination of paddle power and turning ability but now modern surfing has a new board type that has been refined to claim the title of grovler board. The Chub is our version of that board. Much like a fish the Chub has a foil(placement of volume) that holds its thickness through the majority of the outline. Thanks to our lack of Northwest power this year all California shapers have begun to tinker with volume placement in hopes of maintaining a snappy board without sacrificing glide for mushy sections. Slater decided to take it a step farther by braving a 5’3 in overhead Indo but he’s Slater so that’s another story all together. The point is the new mode is to take your board, scrunch it down and fatten it up. The Chub is the final product of our own desires to still be able to do snaps and throw some buckets on gutless waves.
The Chub’s oval outline gives the board a lot of curvature in the rails. The curve allows the board to scoop from a bottom turn more easily than a parallel railed board (most high-performance short boards) . Think of a bottom turn like scooping out ice cream. If you use a knife(straight with little curvature), the scoop is more drawn out and ends up looking more like a long shaving. Now do the same with a spoon (lots of curve) and you’ll notice the distance it took to displace the same amount of ice cream is much shorter. Now before you stop reading and ditch this article for a pint at Bud’s Ice Cream the important thing to remember is how this affects the boards surf-ability. In small waves we need to be able to perform turns within a shorter distance because the lack of wave face (the height)  keeps us from generating the power we normally produce from our turns.  The curve helps the board come off the bottom sooner so you end up hitting the lip more vertically. This allows you to get more aggressive and perform the same big wave hits on smaller wave faces.
The Chub has low rocker and lots of thickness to get you in and flying through mush sections as fast as you can bottom turn. In a small wave board the last thing you want is to lose your speed between your turns. The extra float will help you maintain that speed while you draw your lines so you can really make the most out of the crumby days summer sticks us with. Where a normal short board fails to perform a vertical snap, the Chub can outrun the section, cutback, and finish with a stylish roundhouse. Rob Machado introduced the biscuit with the tagline “foam is your friend…” and if there’s anyone to take small wave style tips from its Mr. Smoothy himself, no afro required.
The Chub comes standard as a 5-fin option surfboard so you can adjust the turning as you feel required for the waves of the day. You can play with the fins however you like, be it thruster, quad, twin or our personal favorite at the shop the MR-TX. The MR-TX setup is a twin fin setup with a tiny trailer fin to help reduce slide on turns. This setup allows the board to skate up and down the wave smoothly while still maintaining all the traction on the bottom turns. The result is a very snappy board with tons of drive to plow through the most racy of avalanching sections which is why the Chub comes standard with this set up, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative with your own fins.
Sizing of this board is crucial because of all the volume. You’ll know you’re riding it too large when it takes you more than 5 seconds to be able to change direction or that its too short if one foot is on the nose while the other is on the tail. Treat the order like a fish, you don’t want to go too big or you’ll lose the turning abilities, don’t go too short either or you’ll lose out on the glide in weak surf. Try 4-6 inches shorter than your typical board, we have many demos available at our shops ranging from 5’2, 5’7. 5’10, 6’1 and possibly more to come. We encourage you to try them to better suit your surfing needs.

“Shaper Series” #6, The Chub

 

No, I’m not making up some weird name for a surfboard just to get your attention.  There is definitely nothing strange about the performance of this baby.  We continue our shaper series with one of South Coast’s newest board creations, the Chub.  Summer is upon us and shaper Larry Ricci has given us all a treat with this new design.  A board that will give one more performance than what you may be getting from your small wave shredder.

The Chub, as it is affectionately known, is designed for those surfers in mind that like a little more manueverability and speed than they may get from the traditional egg or longboard shape without sacrificing wave catching ability.  This board can also take the place of the fish, which also offers those elements as well.  The difference being, with the Chub, there isn’t as much volume as with a fish and can be a great transition from the short board design you might be currently riding.  It’s best heard from shaper Larry Ricci himself, so check out the video that goes along with this post. 

As with all of our South Coast shaped boards, you can demo the Chub at our South Coast Shops, free of charge.  A great way to test out a board before making the investment.  On June 20th, at Crystal Pier, all boards including the Chub, will be on display to demo.  To pick up the Chub, or any other surfboard that South Coast has to offer, stop by any of our five location in San Diego or shop online at southcoast.com.