Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Three Fin Twin Pin

Carl Ekstrom developed the first asymmetrical surfboard in 1965. He was twenty-four years old. Although the concept of asymmetry never really gained traction in the surfing mainstream, sailboards and snowboards have been capitalizing on the design idea for decades.
Re-inspired by fish designs of the last few years, Ekstrom again put planer to foam and has been coming up with some cool asymmetrical stuff. This board is inspired by Ekstrom, a low-rockered EPS blank that I’ve had lying around for years, and a demo fish that was returned to me with one keel fin missing. Not broken, just gone.
When I asked the borrower if the board looked at all off, he took a hard look, scratched his head, and said, “well, the color’s kinda girlie.”
So, what to do with an EPS fish blank and one keel fin?
And this.
And this.
Resin pigment work by Leslie Anderson of Fatty Fiberglass. When I asked her what she thought of the board she said, "who cares? I'm in love."


Kirk said...

Hell yeah. I will go as far as to call that 'epic'. And thanks for being I believe the only shaper currently playing with asyms to give the nod to Ekstrom as the originator.

Steve said...

What are the dimensions of that board?

HeadHighGlassy said...

Thanks much, Kirk. Means a lot from a guy who knows a ton about weird boards. Not giving a nod to Ekstrom for the asym would be like not giving the nod to McConnaughey for shirtlessness--now if I could just find a way to work his headwear into a blog post...

HeadHighGlassy said...

Steve--5'8 on the left, 6'0 on the right.

ridgeback said...

if i shape one of these, my friends will blame it on the grape. but it looks like too much fun to ignore.

MD3 said...

hey guys,

this might sound like a dumb question, but are these boards shaped depending on stance with the shorter rail on the heel side edge?