I'm pleased to share with you my 6'0" single fly, swallow tail South Shore twin fin. Shaped in 1980 in Costa Mesa by Jim Fuller who originally started shaping with Herbie Fletcher. An interesting board, unlike anything I've ridden before primarily due to double concave to deep Vee that extends almost the entire length of the board. Clearly designed for summer time fun it uses all the tricks of the trade to make the most of mushy waves. Its close to 3" thick, very boxy with the flattest deck that I've ever seen on a contemporary short board. The deep long convaves were designed to capture and harness all the power of a small wave. It also features short, keel shape fibreglass laminate fins. I find shorter fins to be very interesting. They go fine down the line and are quick to pick up speed and drive but spin out really easy in the turns once the board gets going. The board felt so wide and boxy and the fins so short, I felt like I was Ryan Birch riding a finless square piece of polystyrene foam. Its probably the most fun board I've ridden in 1'-2' waves.
|shaped by Jim Fuller, glassed at South Shore glassing.|
|examples of South Shore twin fins from the same period|
at one stage the board was sprayed with flouro pink slashes with the black paint splatters but they have faded with time.
short fibreglass fin template
I took it out for a run on a nice 1'-2'ft day
In the sunshine you can really see the deep long concaves,
and the flat deck and boxy rails.
I got a couple of rights
got dropped in on by a donkey on a longboard
here you can see how high out of the water the whole board rides once it gets going
and how much of the rail gets used in a turn
this is the beginning of a cut back, see ya later donkey,
and this is the end.
Awesome find Damo.ReplyDelete