Thursday, June 28, 2007
Photo by Colvin - Summer 1997, Topanga Canyon
One my favorite feelings in surfing is the drive down the line on a sizeable wave, flying past or over a section. The board above drove well, and I miss it (cracked in two after about ten years of abuse). It was an off-the-shelf custom that somebody changed their mind on, an 8'6" Stewart thruster pintail with a concave nose, wings, and double channels. I've thought about having a copy shaped because it was just so damn FUN and versatile, and I never see boards quite like it. I occasionally took it out on head high to DOH waves and it almost performed like a shortboard when given some speed. It handled beach break barrels, floaters, gouging cutbacks, even cross-stepping nose rides - it would make a fine one-and-only desert island board.