Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stanley's: A Lost Treasure

Surf breaks eliminated then, and many still at risk today. Yvon Chouinard is spot on in describing how surf breaks are irreplaceable resources on our coastlines. My dad remembers surfing Stanley's before its demise. He also remembers surfing Killer Dana before the Dana Point Harbor was constructed with breakwater jetties in the late 60s. These are, unfortunately, surf spots that no longer exist and can only be preserved in memory and by those who were lucky enough to surf them. Considering the past and what once was, it becomes even more relevant to protect what still remains as our invaluable and irreplaceable surf spots.

Update: Grain Fish...Time to Glass!

So I've had so much fun shaping Grain lately that I've neglected to post pics and bring everyone up to speed. Rather than explaining details for building this kit board, I'll skip straight to the glassing part and what's next. Thanks to Jim Moriarty, CEO, of the Surfrider Foundation, this is officially an office board. Originally, the guys at Grain donated the kit board to our office, which I took on solely ... up until Jim volunteered to shape the fins recently. Glad to have someone else from our team contribute to the project so it's officially a Surfrider board.

As you can see from the photo, the fins have already been glassed and look really nice. Redwood, which gives it a distinct look from the rest of the board, which is white cedar. Since I've never glassed a board before, I decided to first glass the fins for practice. I'm glad I did because I think I've figured out how to avoid air bubbles drying in the process. So the fins have been sanded down again, air bubbles corrected, and ready for another coat. In order to avoid air bubbles while glassing the board, I've decided to first coat the board with a dry coat of epoxy, and then lay down the decals with a thicker coat of epoxy and fiberglass. To be continued...