[Completed in November 2012]
Vitamin Sea model
I have known my friend Tracy for years. We cross path several times a year, usually surfing the same break. She is a really really good surfer. In fact, you know her too... She is the girl who inspired the silhouette on the surfer girl crossing sign (yellow sign). Cool, isn't it?
Last time we met in the line-up she expressed her interest in having a board shaped by me. When we met for the "debriefing" she had a very precise idea about her dream board and that is why I invited her to visit me in the shaping room while the board was in progress. She mentioned a couple of things she wanted me to change, which I did, "live, in front of her. It was the first time ever I let someone in the shaping room while shaping! (I get really shy and goofy when somebody is observing me :)) But it was pretty cool that she was able to witness the nose of her board getting rounder, as she was actually picturing it in her head. I also removed a bit of volume here and there.
We also worked together on the design. She actually sent me a sketch of what she would like (it is a first too!). She insisted on a teal color for the background with large purple orchids. I loved the idea!!!
The board was glassed at Global Glassing with a semi-gloss finish. Special thanks to Marty, owner of Artic Foam for recommending The perfect blank with The perfect rocker!
Again, I wish I could keep this board but it is now Tracy's. My heart melted when I saw Tracy's huge smile when she came to pick it up today! I can't wait to hear some feed-back from her. She promised I could try it next time we go surfing together. See you soon Tracy!
|board#016 with new owner, Tracy|
|love at first sight|
|Tracy and fiance, Bruno|
|When not surfed, board#16 makes a great house decoration :)|
|yep, that is Tracy on the sign! so cool...|
"I surfed until it was pitch dark! Didn't want to get out of the water. Even though the waves were small I was able to catch them easily. Can't wait for a decent day and test again. The board carries a little heavy, but could be from thickness or type of foam used? Super fun!"
12/12/12 update: new text from Tracy:
"Surfed again till dark! This time in P.B. Bit bigger, maybe 1-2', haha, but has nice speed,could not make it around all sections but I think its due to wave size. I had a little ripper kid see a wave I caught and he gave me a big hoot and a 10 score, so funny"