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

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More of the Same Wind Swell and GB

Today was just another round of what I've been doing for the last three days, having fun surfing the Ghost Buster in lackluster surf. Also, I've been reading a lot on Sways re the mini-Simmons and the many iterations of that design that have happened in the last two or three years. There are at least five pages of comments that are fascinating, but it takes a while to get through it. Some of it is highly technical math stuff which is way over my head, but most of the info is understandable and relevant to the layman.

I'm thinking that when John shapes mine I'll come down an inch in size to 5'11" with the rest of the dims something like 18.75 X 22.75 X 18.5 X 2 5/8 X a 14-16" tailblock. Keel fins right on the rail and maybe thin the tail out so there's not as much float back there. The rest of the shape will stay pretty much as John already has it. The board will be designed for what I want to use it for, i.e. small mushy or walled up waves where the board can just up and go fast. It doesn't have to turn all that well, long arcing turns will do fine. The board isn't going to be designed for good waves, but to have fun in junk waves.

I really love this part of surfing, exploring new things, checking out new ways of riding surf on wave craft. What a pity it would be to be stuck in one genre, there is so much more to be learned and lived.
July 30, 2009 (Th)
In: 0817
Out: 0947
AT= 57.4F to 58.3F
WT= 55.8F
Wx: Marine inversion overcast, low clouds and light drizzle
Tide: 3.4'Falling to 3.1'
Wind: Light to semi-moderate onshore
Sea Surface: Glassy to light wind chop
6-0 Freeline (Mini-Simmons) Ghost Buster with twin glassed on keel fins
Bathymetry: Sand bars
Deep Water Swell and Wave Face Heights CDIP Archive
Buoy: NWS (Farshore*)
Time NDBC Data (approx.) CDIP Data
0700: 3.9 feet @ 14.8 S (305 and 205) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
0800: 3.9 feet @ 14.8 S (300 and 200) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
0900: 3.9 feet @ 14.8 S (310 and 205) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
1000: 4.3 feet @ 9.1 WNW (310 and 205) (1-3 ft. wave faces)

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