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Offline Mark E

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"Performance Pig"
« on: April 10, 2009, 02:04:05 PM »
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  • So lately I have been really enjoying my old school pig in all kinds of conditions. I took it out in head high groundswell a few weeks ago and had fun. I can take off late despite the low nose rocker because the nose is pulled and it paddles well and gets in early because there is no concave.

    Problem is it is very slow and unresponsive when the waves get over chest high. Lots of belly and kick in the tail suck water over the deck which is good for noseriding but not good if you want to go fast.

    Anyway I decided to make another pig but with a flatter bottom, lower rails and less tail kick. I also thinned out the nose and tail as well as reducing the thickness to 2 3/4".
     It's 4" shorter and 1/2" narrower too.

    I am hoping to learn something from this experiment even it "Performance Pig" turns out to be a contradiction in terms.







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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 02:15:48 PM »
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  • that fin is sick.i always thought a ''pig" was under 7' though. that looks like a longboard from the pics.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 03:12:25 PM »
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  • HHHmm I wonder where you got the blank..maybe someone just left it at your pad??  ...hhhmmm...Nice work once again.


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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 11:24:25 PM »
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  • that fin is sick.i always thought a ''pig" was under 7' though. that looks like a longboard from the pics.


    Velzy Pig shape was the inspiration. He said his pig shaped boards got their name from the shape of your average barnyard pig if you looked at it from above while it was walking away from you.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 11:25:23 PM »
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  • And that thing looks Bitchin Mark!
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 04:40:11 AM »
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  • Bitchin' indeed.Hmmm...didn't know that about the "pig". Seems like nowadays everyonehas some form of wide, low rocker small wave board they call a "pig".
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 07:08:03 AM »
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  • Experimenting is where it's at, Mark - love the fin - lots of rake. Can't wait to hear what you think of it on a decent day!
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 07:37:09 PM »
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  • K, took it out in some shoulder high stuff at my usual spot.
    Doesn't paddle as well as the original. That is no surprise since it is 1/2" thinner and a lot more foiled.Gets into waves just as well with the 3 1/4" nose rocker but not so sure about the late take offs, need more waves and I'll get back to you on that.
    Definitely much faster and a lot more responsive down the line. Didn't need to step on the tail to get out on the flats and then back up the wave face.
    I don't think I would want to try and nose ride this thing, it doesn't have that locked in feeling that you get with a board that has a lot of belly.
    Oh, I have to foil the fin more because it hums when I make a turn.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #8 on: April 12, 2009, 12:15:39 AM »
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    HHHmm I wonder where you got the blank..maybe someone just left it at your pad??  ...hhhmmm...Nice work once again.
    Hey, now.  We worked out a deal.  As it is, I already own too many boards for my level of surfing.Mark, remember, I get a couple of rides on it.BTW, perfect day for the Andreini.  Had a minor mishap, but great rides on it today.  Gotta get you back on that board on a good day.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #9 on: April 12, 2009, 06:56:16 AM »
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  • is that one vacuum bagged also ? I take it you sand and polish your own boards as well ?..... NIce work , I gotta get some real skills going ... nobody respects turtle

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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #10 on: April 12, 2009, 07:00:13 AM »
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  • back in my day a pigboard was a longboard just like you've got there, but snapped or cut in half and then reshaped into a "performance" board - kinda as Ed was suggesting.  We've had quite a number of them - we usually left the foil, rails, etc.  Most of the creativity was expressed on the new nose and some tail modifications as well as skeg(s).  Some of my all-time favorite boards were those pigs - and really for me when it comes down to it - how i learned to get in a tube.
     
    Really sweet job as usual Mark.  I'm gussing you must learn a lot from shaping the longboards.
    « Last Edit: April 12, 2009, 07:04:24 AM by little_nasty »

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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #11 on: April 12, 2009, 10:10:19 AM »
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  • is that one vacuum bagged also ? I take it you sand and polish your own boards as well ?..... NIce work , I gotta get some real skills going ... nobody respects turtle

    No, not vacuum bagged, this one is a pu blank with volan and epoxy.

    I had a nightmare with this glass job. Dust and dirt fell down from the ceiling of my shop while the bottom lay up was drying. Then when I tried to sand it off and with volan it turns from light green to white where you hit the weave.

    That is why I put the pattern of volan off cuts on the bottom.

    This one didn't feel pretty enough to sand up through the grits and polish so I
    went with a sanded finish.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #12 on: April 12, 2009, 03:53:29 PM »
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  • mark, sick one.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #13 on: April 16, 2009, 08:30:08 PM »
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  • Well I learned something about foiling fins. I left the bead fat on the back of the fin and when I surfed it Saturday it hummed when I made a turn.
    Did a little research on sway's and then sanded the trailing edge nice and sharp. Now there is no hum.
    I guess that is why they foil fins so sharp they slice your skin.
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    Re: "Performance Pig"
    « Reply #14 on: April 17, 2009, 10:49:59 AM »
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  • More beautiful work Mark.  Love that fin.  More photos, please.