Tuesday, December 18, 2007

In the Works: What's Going On?

I've got something I'm working on, it won't be finished until spring. Here's an excerpt:

"Surfing a stand up board is like driving your grandpa’s Caddy, it’s big, plush and a lot more fun than you thought it would be. It’s never going to replace a hard-core, nitro-burning, short board, slash-fest but, then again, it was never meant to. The best stand up surfers seem to realize that in this sport, less is more. Stand up paddle surfing is all about doing it clean."

Tim Stamps has got something he's working on, and it's for me. I think it may be the agony of waiting and the anticipation of the final product that keeps bringing us back to custom made boards. There really is a bit of magic in something handmade just for you. If you haven't had a board made, and you want to get back to that pure "kid at Christmas", gnawing at your gut, feeling of anxiousness- then you should go order one up. It's beautiful pain.

Andy Gere has got something he's working on and it's taking form in Giapetto's workshop. Remember the Waveyarder, hand made, all wood, hollow board project? Well, Andy sent in these photos of his progress. In Giapetto's own words:
"I've also drilled 146 holes in the fishbone parts, shedding a
critical pound or so in the process. This took forever, since the
location of each had to be carefully laid out, and the hole saw had
to be run slowly to keep from setting things on fire. I had it
literally smoking on more than one occasion. I'm now in the process
of dry fitting everything, and getting ready to start gluing the ribs
to the planks. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks."
I'm sure Andy's dreaming of how the final board will look and surf in its final form. His anticipation-meter must be slowly rising.

That's what we've got going on, what are you working on?


Jim Brewer said...

Sounds like you are doing a SUP book or mag!? Cool. I am flying to Maui in a couple of weeks on a SUP "Business" trip and if all works out this SUP thing might just become a job for me. I'll keep you posted.


John Ashley said...

A little bit of this and that! Can't wait to hear what you've got going on!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ashley i get what you mean about u write every day :) its pretty cool
i wanna try paddle boarding but for now ill stick to whenever i can borrow a long board :)
well ill make a blog with some of my work so you can check it out
well ill keep up with ur writings and hopefully ill get on the water soon its been a little while hahaha - Gus C.

John Ashley said...

I'll put you on one this summer, when the water's warm. You'll love it! Now go do your homework.