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fishing with Ernie in the high sierras some how inspired me.
I had a vision for surfboard design and scratched it down on
paper. Maybe it was watching my Grandma ironing while visiting
I don't know but simple appealed to me. I shaped and glassed
an experimental 6' parallel hard rail board. 1/2 moon nose,
flat bottom, 3" thick from nose to tail. Upon seeing it
Ernie said "Looks just like the wierd sketch". I tested
the design in healthy Jalama lefts. Every time I went right
I spun out. Lefts were a dream. The bite I got off my weighted
heals sunk that tail and made that thing fly, had to ease into
cutbacks. The wilderness guys were interested until they heard
I designed it myself. They mumbled, looked at me like I was
from outer space and walked off.
I reshaped the thing losing about 1' in length, pulled the tail
in, but kept the thick hard 90 degee edge. Went to 3M's in mexico,
rights, on a good 6'+ day. Same trouble. I solved it by taking
off at angle, cheater 5, no bottom turn, fly out onto flat and
cranked it over. The speed of backside bite on all that foam
and edge was unreal. The board was a popular loaner. Guys who
wanted to go to the beach with their parents could put the board
in the trunk. Called it what else "The Ironing Board".