[Completed in July 2012]
Unusual project for me: shaping a fat short board! I am so used to shape skinny short boards for my husband that this special order give me the opportunity to do the opposite: keep as much volume as possible! Also it is the first board made in my new shaping room!!!
Chris, the new owner of board#013 wanted a 5'10 short board which would have great manoeuvrability in medium sized waves coupled with easy paddling. We both went "shopping" in the local surf shops (I go with a camera, ruler and notepad... and I take lots of measurements). He picked the Motorboat model designed by Rob Machado for Channel Islands. Few weeks later, here is my version of the Motorboat: small rocker for the best water/board contact (for paddling), a lot of volume specially towards the nose with a very very flat deck, double concave and of course, a custom design.
About the design: Chris is a huge fan of Gerry Lopez (who is not a fan of him?). He even talked to him on the phone once :) So I wanted to incorporate the famous Lighting Bolt logo into the design. I came up with the idea of a giant black widow with her characteristic red belly mark being the Lighting bolt. Chris loved the idea. Although I have a big spider phobia, I really like how this one hugs the board (or hangs on tight). Once again, I am sad to say bye-bye to this board. Chris, take good care of it...
(see testimonial below the pictures)
|if this spider was real I would probably faint :)|
|volume:length ratio is the magic recipe of this board|
|"CK" looks familiar to you |
but it actually stands for Caiden and Kona (Chris'kids)
|I told Chris he HAS to buy a black/red pad:|
no other colors allowed!
|board#013 (hiding in the corner like a spider) is actually|
the first one shaped in my shaping room
|Chris picking up his new board|
|Time for me to let go of board#013 :(|
"Okay so at approximately 6.30am today the Mere-Made Black Widow took its Mere Maiden voyage at D Street in knee to waist high slop and after a few false starts and in spite of its slightly overweight owner was able to lift the wobbly bellied surfer (me) into a nice bowly little wave and even shot him out ahead of the foam ball. A feat no other thruster was previously able to accomplish! The session was completed without a ding, pressure mark or scratch. Can't wait to ride it in better waves! I love it! Now we can hook up for a sesh. Thanks"
Chris, I should be the one thanking you for trusting me on this project. Your enthusiasm gave me wings.