/*23 Breaths: Boards from the rafters*/

Monday, April 22, 2013

Boards from the rafters

I used to do a feature called "Boards from the Rafters" on my old surf blog. I would drag out one of my old logs snap a few pictures and then describe why I liked or didn't like the board. Now I ride mats and a photo of the outside doesn't quite capture the essence of the magic on the inside and you are reshaping the thing constantly as you surf it.

I was sorting thru some things in the garage and snapped some pics of the boards I used to ride before I discovered the surf mats.

Not quiet as "gunny" as this photo makes it look but if the need arises ...

I have certain criteria when I am looking for a board.
Expert craftsmanship and full functionality
over everything else,
no fiberglass slippers for riding the local beachy.
Something that floats, paddles well, turns nicely and can handle a bit of size and some juice
should the opportunity present itself.
The label doesn't say Aleutian Juice for nothing...


Being from the exacting house of Rusty
All the measurements are on  the stringer

Dave Parmenter makes insane boards and I really like this one.
7'2" long and 20 inches wide.
If you only had one board to ride in everything
the good days, the great days, the every days
this is the one


nose to tail shot
unless you are in a shaping bay with lights and can move the board
these pics never really capture the feeling of the rail, the roll and how well it all blends into the rocker.

I remember being really stoked to find this board in a local shop unridden.
This was the Vector-cuda variation of his wildly popular stub-vector model.

Aleutian Juice
Made in California to ride in California

I'm thinning the quiver of some of the better of the standup machines.  I have always thought boards, especially good boards were made to be ridden and not stashed away in someone's collection.

Condition wise this one is a 9 out of ten mostly because of the dust.

If you are interested in purchasing a fine hand crafted surfboard shoot me and email.

3 comments:

pranaglider said...

Someone, more awake than I am this morning wants to know if I am the "Rafter" referred to in the title of this post. Indeed I am

Henry Hester said...

Don't fear the Rafter

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