Photo: Nick Lavecchia
1. The little fish on the far left was shaped by me with a lot of influence from Rich Pavel, hence the logo. It’s a 4’11” and it was a board I made for G-Land and West Oz. The year before I had a 5’10” fish at G-Land and it was amazing in the tube but really hard to slow down. so I made this board with all the same elements to keep it going fast but made it so small that I could overpower it and get it to fit deeper and slow down. It was also sort of an experiment in how big I could ride with a tiny board… and it worked as long as I could catch them.
2. The bigger single fin is a board I shaped with Rich Pavel. it is 8’9” and it has a round bottom like a displacement hull but has a little different rocker and rails. It was made for surfing big clean waves that aren’t really hollow.
3. The board in the middle is the 6’5” I rode at Mundaka at the beginning of this year. This board was amazing, you can draw long lines and get a lot of speed out of the bottom turns but it also comes around so quick off the top. This board closely resembles all the other high performance asyms that I’m doing now with the narrow straight rail line and wider ends.
4. The board second to the right is a 6’7” that I made just recently and have only been able to get one session on it but it was quick and more sensitive than I thought it would be because I pulled the tail in quite a bit on this board. I can’t wait to get more waves on it.
5. The big pink on the far right is a 7’6” that I built at Peta’s in Spain. I made this board right when I got to Spain because there was a massive swell on the maps. I had one session on it at Mundaka when it was washing out and really junky. The board felt fine, until my last wave which was a big double up. That wave made me rethink the wide tails for big waves because I felt out of control.