Brad has just finished building one of our newest designs to date, and we think it's going to turn some heads. Our friend, who sails as a chief mate on oil tankers, asked us to build him a custom longboard suited for our local conditions and well as to his physical size and style of surfing. Nothing in our current line was really right for him, so a new shape was required.
Developing new shapes for custom orders is a growing part of our custom board building business, but it requires a whole pile of additional steps, the most important of which is getting as much input from the surfer as possible.
For smaller modifications, when we have a current design as a starting point, we can begin the construction process and alter the frame shapes as we go. But for completely new shapes, we draw new designs using a 3D CAD program. This enables us to design boards in 3D space and create the exact shape we're looking for. We can send models to our customers for review and really dial in the shape that our customer has been dreaming of. From there we design the internal structure, create the frames and check them out to be confident that we got it right.
Our new mini-tanker
For this mini-tanker, we chose our 8' Sapling as a starting point, pumping it up to a more classic longboard shape. Brad started by adding width and volume to the nose and tail of the board for more glide and to make it a sure-fire wave-catcher. He rounded out the rails keeping them full to create some suction in the softer, slower waves we get around here, transitioning to a tucked rail toward the tail for speed.
Flat entry, and a gentle belly running to a slight 'V' at the fins should help this board serve surfers of all skill levels. The 2+1 setup allows this mini-tanker to surf as a traditional single-fin or for more control and performance, with sidebites. We designed it to work well in a variety of conditions, but it's definitely intended for the lighter-weight longboarder looking for a classic glide.
This new board's dimensions are 8' x 22 3/8" x 3", 19" nose width and 15.25" tail width.
The current 8' Sapling and 9' Root with the new 8' mini-tanker
Let us know what you think as we're considering adding to our line in the coming weeks, if there is enough good support for this board.