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I guess I need a late pass! haha


It was honestly a real pleasure shaping this board. I forgot how well Clark foam shapes. Its like a weird cross between US Blanks and Biofoam. It has great density but the foam comes off like butter with any heavier grit.


This board has been inspired by the Lost Rocket from its birth as an idea in my head. I like the Rocket tail but I wanted to steer away from keeping it as wide as the actual Rocket itself. Juan did too. Being as though Juan aka Quevz (thats pronounced: Ke-vez) is used to riding ordinary thrusters I didn't want him to feel like he had to transition from on to the other. He took about 5 minutes to figure out how to surf the board and now we've got it all worked out. The kinks have been finessed out and the board is now how its should be. The only thing that I took exactly from the Rocket is the tail. I'm working on another tail now just so the board can be 100% my design but I'm not sweating it too much because in all of its other subtleties the board is completely different.


The board has a healthy distribution of foam for a thruster. Its not a chip, as for foam though, its hidden well. Although the board thickness in the center falls just around 2.25 I carried most of the volume through the nose and tail. The rail is a slight bit larger then a typical thruster but Frok was there when I was cutting the rails and I got the "OK" from him on the thickness as he wanted me to go a little more foiled. The rail features a harder edge on it then the last time because Quevz surfed it in Puerto Escondido and said that all it needed in a hollow wave was a bit more bite.....problem solved. The width of the board is 19.25" and as we all know 19.25" has been proven to work on sub 6' thusters.


Although Frok and Gorkin different in surfing abilities their size and weight remain similar and Aaron Cormican rides a 5'1 lost Rocket at the moment and usually rides a 5'3 or a 5'2. The size was fitting.

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LGC chris? Does that stand for Little Guinea Chris? hahaha aka Knuckle Head C, aka The Mini Guinea


I'm allowed to say guinea because I'm an italian american. I reserve the right.

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I got the text too!!! Someone follow those suckers! I want to fish where ever they're feeding. They have to be chasing some larger sized fish no?

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Thanks guys. The art work is all Juan. His art is ridiculous. His art inspires my shaping so we kinda feed off each other. Juan had a lot to do with the shape too. We worked closely on this board and he sat through the whole shaping process. Everyone who is seriously interested in ordering a board can email me at [email protected] My list is almost full right now and I'm working on another board for Juan and possibly a quad fish for Mikey DeTemple but we haven't settled on a shape yet. I want to make him a smaller version of the blue quad fish that I ride all the time. That board is magic.

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Unfortunately I only work at Mollusk on Saturdays and Mondays so I wasn't able to make it to the event. However I heard it was rad. Juan told me that he won the contest on the board I shaped him. He and I would love to see some photos did anyone happen to snap off any? Check my blog if you haven't seen his board up close and personal. It came out pretty sweet.


My blog: Throughtheeyesofaghost.blogspot.com


Juans board link: Here and Here


please email me the photos at my blog email. I would like some material for the next post. where the photo cred!

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This board, in my opinion, is the perfect all around board. I've surfed this board in dicey bombing surf and the smallest little fart ripples. Its super smooth yet turns when you need it to. Surfs backside as well as front. I shaped this board in collaboration with my buddy Josh Hall. I owe a lot to this design. Please click the link below to read all about the board and see the photos


GREY GHOST X J. HALL


(This is the board I'm usually riding)

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I'm really diggin where this thread is going. No more animosity or unpleasantness. Its not worth it. Surfing is such a pure fun thing. The bottom line is that we're all privileged to be a part of it. In a way we're all part of an unspoken family. Its that feeling you get when you're surfing on the bigger days and you become a little more attentive to the people around you and them to you.  Thats what its all about....I think sometimes a lot of people forget about that.

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HAHAHAHA THATS EXACTLY WHAT THIS THREAD NEEDS!!! HAHA THIS IS AWESOME. I HAVE LAUGHTER PAINS FROM THIS!!!! AWESOME!

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Why are people hating on the shop? I think everyone should just have an open mind. Bobby is a pretty good friend of mine and hangs at my house quite a bit. I think all of you guys who know me know that I only keep good company. Bobby is a good guy and he can definitely surf.
His intentions for the shop was to originally be "a surf based clothing store with basic surf stuff". I think the extent of his surf stuff is JS boards (ONLY) and probably wax. Everyone should be stoked because what other surf shop in R0ckaway other that Boarders do you know that is going to be hosting events and getting the kids into stuff that will keep them out of trouble. I can't think of any... As far as I know Boarders is the only R0ckaway shop thus far that is generally concerned with the community. With FTW that will make 2.

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Ok so I finally got to personally baptize the Mackie this morning at the nearest right point break. From the start the board seemed a little squishy in the tail. Almost like it was wiggling to get deeper. Kind of insane. I then caught a couple waves that were a bit faster, forcing me to drive it down the line. Here is where the board began to take on a more aggressive and even more fluid/graceful side. I have to say I would not have made "some" of the drops I attempted with a stiffer board. I paddled into a couple waves and waited to pop up until it was more of a critical drop. With the tail of the board being so lively and flexy I felt that it really adjusted itself nicely to the steepest of wave faces that I happened to encounter. Driving off the bottom and engaging the flex in the tail and fins, I felt the board want to carry out a shorter turning radius and almost naturally wanted to head toward the lip of the wave. Once fully projected off the bottom and traveling along the face of the wave the board felt like it had a more subtle turning radius and began to feel more like a traditional keel fish (Drivey and Tracky). As soon as I put any type of pressure and weight on the tail it turned into that other board again. I wasn't able to make a good solid cut back on any of the waves i got because they were too fast for me, but basically whenever I applied pressure to the tail of the board it took on a personality closer to that of a thruster or some sort of high performance quad fish. All the while maintaining the benefits of a twin keel (Speed, Trim and Drive).

Although I feel like I need a couple more sessions to fully assess this design, all of the above attributes above were highly evident.

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So here is my latest purchase. I have to say its probably the most innovative and impressive flex characteristics I've ever seen. Obviously well crafted. It has the unmodified rasta keels. I'm going to purchase another set and modify them with band saw cuts starting from the trailing edge of the fin to near center. This will make little rudders that will act on their own to compliment the flex.

I also had a set of K1 keels from future fins that I've already begun to modify into two boomerang style fins with relief cuts out the back for individual flexing properties. Like a swimming fin. I will move to foil the fins out further giving them new life. I'll report back with what I discover....

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I felt like giving this board its own review page due to its complexities. Here are the two photos of it.                     ...

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Meeeeeeeeee 2........Look at the way that carbon fiber just glistens in the sun

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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4zG_umDEcTk/SZRt1RmwnNI/AAAAAAAAGpU/SXKYS6W9DIo/s1600-h/P1100674.JPG

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4zG_umDEcTk/SZNTZw0FbjI/AAAAAAAAGok/KjAdtjsjn2Q/s1600-h/P1100677.JPG

So here is my latest purchase. I have to say its probably the most innovative and impressive flex characteristics I've ever seen. Obviously well crafted. It has the unmodified rasta keels. I'm going to purchase another set and modify them with band saw cuts starting from the trailing edge of the fin to near center. This will make little rudders that will act on their own to compliment the flex.
I also had a set of K1 keels from future fins that I've already begun to modify into two boomerang style fins with relief cuts out the back for individual flexing properties. I will move to foil the fins out further giving them new life. I'll report back with what I discover....

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That Haut is money! That thing probably shreds

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