G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Andy's SUP Gets Wet

Andy launched the WaveYarder, his hand built and crafted wood SUP, Saturday morning into a smooth, jade green sea, in perfect NorCal weather conditions. It was a beautiful day, made for a beautiful board. And lest I forget to mention, Andy made his paddle too!

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to document the event, after shooting a series of GQ mag style photos of this stunning board at Natural Bridges State Park last Wednesday evening. Today's shots were taken from the vantage point of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, and the waters off Cowell's Beach and Steamer Lane.

Andy's family joined him for the launch, and although pretty much beach bound, Nancy (Andy's wife and an excellent surfer in her own right) was giving the WaveYarder a pretty good once over for her own future uses. And although they're still a little too young, I would guess that Andy's kids, Jillian and Bobby, will get plenty of SUP "ride-along" training in the coming months and years.

Perhaps there is a WaveYarder II in the Gere family future, but probably not for a while. Andy definitely needs a break from working on it, to having fun on it. And by the way he took to it, paddling well and catching a few small inside rollers, Andy is well into the fun stage of post-construction.

For those who want to know more about Andy's SUP building adventure, you can read about the whole thing from A to Z on the Grain Surf Forum.

Thanks again Andy for letting me be a part of this. Stoked can't possibly cover it, but it comes close.

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