I took this 6'0" G&S single fin triple fly channel bottom pin tail for a surf today. I love this board for a few reasons-
1) It was free. I found it in a council rubbish throw out.
2) Its width and thickness make it really easy to paddle and catch waves.
3) Its length and channel bottom make it really loose, fast and easy to turn.
4) Its big single fin and pin tail make for beautiful smooth turns with lots of speed and great hold with no side slipping.
5) It was shaped by the late Shark Island legend Greoff Solness.
If I ever shape my own boards, and I will, this will be the first board from my collection I'll try to reproduce.
The humble single fin pin tail is a sorely under rated surfboard design.
Greg Solness, shark Island photo by Darrel Jones.
There was a group of guys flying radio controlled gliders at the top of the cliff above the reef break I was surfing.
I couldn't help but compare the similarities between the two past times.
Surfing and gliding are both weather reliant and take you close to nature.
Every guy was trying out his own hand shaped glider design.
The paint jobs on the planes looked like surfboards sprays.
But mainly the trill is in the the turns, sweeping arcs and the joy of the ride.