The next model to come out of the Wood Foot shed is a collaborative between my life long friend to bring him into a new surf dimension. We took his favorite Wood Foot shape, the "Orion" and refined the outline to create a more high performance version. A couple other boards that brought inspiration into this shape were the TC red beauty and Daniels weathered Vernor that featured a torsional drive system. Taking the Orion out-line, we first started narrowing the tail through a pronounced hip, pulling the nose in, and adding rocker for visions of future barrel rides in his eyes. After a couple sessions of beer, pizza, and scribbling of pencils we were both ready and I began to glean this shape.
A special attribute in this construction, as you may notice is the v shape around the fins on the tail. This is the Vernor v-drive system, but by Dan's request ours is old growth redwood. Daniel works at a sash and door workshop with his Uncle where they use old growth redwood exclusively. It was only natural that we try to incorporate some redwood in his custom surfboard.
After studying the Vernor's v-drive system I noticed that the carbon insert goes partially through followed by carbon fiber strips on top creating an i-beam. In our construction redwood goes through the deck in hopes to create a strong bond between top and bottom. The strips of redwood Dan provided had a strong grain pattern, were light, and a beautiful deep red.
What the addition of redwood or any other composite will do is essentially stiffen the board under the toe and heel during bottom turns. This stiffening stops torsional twist, thus providing positive drive propelling you through the turn. Once the strips of redwood were glued in, I could instantly notice a difference. The difference that makes me think all boards should feature some kind of stiffening to prevent torsional twist.
Another new venture for me was to get my airbrush working so I could do a nice red beauty inspired wide pinstripe. I can tell that messing around with this new medium will be fun. Once I found the perfect balance in the gun I faded a rich black into a redwood color to complete the theme. The bottom was done in a mixed dark olive tint but, I learned epoxy can be slightly finicky opposed to poly in dark tint application, in regards to evenness of color, but it still looks nice in person.
Before laminating the top, I carefully stained the bass stringer to resemble redwood matching the wood in the drive system. As a special touch I put his company logo on the tail. A while back I had silk screened some t-shirts for him. The screen was just laying around so I thought, "Why not."
After all this attention to making the most custom surf craft for my best mate, we are left with the beautiful Olive Pit. Pulled from my oven like a hot olive pizza the board was ready, and luckily the swell provided us with some surf. We can both say this is a very functional design after riding it on some juice. With the volume pushed out even through the rails from the slight dome of the deck it feels confident under the chest, for small and bigger waves, a quiver killer of sorts.
Dims 6'2" x 12.5" x 19.5" x 14" x 2.5" polyurethane blank, with resin research epoxy, and a vented leash plug. Glassed to Last!