26 February 2005

Surfboard Envy

I've got it bad. Maybe that's yet another reason why I've been through so many boards in the relatively short time that I've been surfing. Today, one of the women in our crew showed up with her new board—a 9'6" pintail Con. As soon as she started pulling it out of the bag, I was chomping at the bit. It was truly a thing to behold. I already have a board on order. Why am I now longing for yet another board? It happens every time I see a board I like. It might help to know that I absolutely will not ride a board without some color in it. Thus, the more color a board has, the more interest I'll have in it. (The board I have coming will be yellow. It will be one of the loudest sticks in the water. Thankfully, it's only 7'. I don't know if I would have gotten yellow had it been a longboard. That might have been too much color for me.) My longboard doesn't even have as much color as I would have liked. I had some fabric I wanted on it, but Tyler couldn't make it work. The dye kept running. When he called to give me that news and asked what I wanted done instead, I told him to do whatever he wanted. "I trust your judgment." The board I got back from him is truly gorgeous (both in its looks and its ride). Still, when I see other boards with color, I start thinking about building a quiver of colorful boards. Whatever happened to the stereotype of women liking to shop for shoes, clothes, and handbags? I can't think of any of my female surfing buddies who fit that stereotype. I do, however, like to shop for boards. Thankfully, I don't usually see anything that appeals to me. Or if it does, it's too long or too heavy or too damn expensive. The thing about longboards, for me at least, is that they're works of art. You can see the detail that's gone into the shaping of the thing. And once you throw some color on there, you've really gotten my attention. I just sold a 9' performance longboard. Now all I have is a big-ass single fin and the other single fin that's coming. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and get another performance longboard that's a little longer than what I had. You'd think I had money to burn, wouldn't you? I can't even pay my bills. But if I die tomorrow, I'll die knowing I've had a hell of a good time while I was here.


At 2/27/05, 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Con surfboards are works of art. I say this because of who shapes them. The gentlemans name is Bruce
Grant and he is truly an origional. If you ever get a chance to have him shape a board for you, do it! He is totally into giving you a shape that matches your thoughts and desires as is humanly possible.
In my case, he let me watch him shape the boards I ordered. Very educational. Meet Bruce, you wont' be sorry,

Maybe he will play his coronet for you, if your lucky.

At 2/28/05, 7:07 AM, Blogger beachgirl said...

Surfsister, I like your posts. I've started blogging my surfing "ordeals" for now. They're ordeals right now since I'm a COMPLETE beginner. I do have the bug though, so even when I end up getting pummeled by the waves, I'm having fun.

Pray for surf and adventure...


At 3/1/05, 11:49 AM, Blogger RuggerJay said...

Hey Surfsister,

Found you via Whiffleboy's blog. I have a custom shaped by Craig Hollingsworth (9'2", modeled on the Wingnut template but with 2 side finboxes and a bit more rocker); he's a great shaper down here in San Diego and I highly recommend him. That being said, I've found that the board rocks in the heavier days of winter - but in summer surf, well...Right now I dream of a 9'6" Dewey Weber Performer. The trick is convincing my wife that the $800 would be better spent on that then, say, a new house, car, or the myriad of things that my one year son needs...


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