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Monday, July 23, 2007

Board Fund

With all my excitement of getting a new board I almost forgot the original source of inspiration. Gotta give a big thanks to my lady, McVeigh for starting the board fund. Instead of buying birthday gifts for the people in our little surf crew, we all chip in for a new board. I was the inaugural recipient of the board fund, and I'm stoked beyond belief to have gotten my new board. So thanks to everyone who chipped in, and if anyone else wants to join the fund just drop a check in the mail to me...just joking. But, if you surly NWers want in on the deal, we could just start implementing a standard $25 or more donation to each others board fund come b-day time.

From the board fund to the board shaper to the glassers, the whole process was flawless. I ordered my 5'9" diamond tail quad from Erik Olson with the idea of being able to get into waves early, but also avoid the stubbed toe effect of my flat-as-a-pancake KG. So I worked with Erik to pull in the nose for a bit more slashability (I can dream can't I) and gave it a bit more entry rocker to keep from face planting on the steeper beach breakers.

The result is even better than I could have imagined. Last week I got four sessions in - not all of them in remarkable conditions, but each one a great testament to the board's ability. In some very lumpy surf it held speed through the flats and connected the sections like dots. In some glassy, shoulder high dawn patrollers it dug its rail in deep and help all the way to the sand. The only set back was a user error when I came popping up after crashing - the board was right above me and I planted my head directly into it, giving the board it's first blemish. Nothing major, just a little acne scar.

I also wanted to mention a couple San Diego spots that I hit, while Erik led me on a phone tour of his fair city. He was stuck in traffic on his way back from Moonlight, so he suggested I check outDG Wills - an amazing new and used bookstore. I did, and was greeted to some amazing vintage air brushed boards hanging from the rafters. I ended up getting Jon Fante's "Dreams from Bunker Hill" and a Norton Anthology of Poetry (so I can read Prufrock when ever I need to). I don't get to read nearly as much as I used to, but still like to support the dying art.

Thanks to everyone who helped me get this board. It's the first custom board I've ever gotten, and I couldn't imagine a better process. What other sport do you collaborate with the people handcrafting your gear? None that I've played. I can tell you that. Already day dreaming of my next stick....

Young Gunning


Blogger Nash said...

Oct 24. Rounded pin. 6'8", 19" 2.5". Please send check payable to Nash.

9:17 AM  
Blogger G said...

I can't contribute money to something that might lead to your demise.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

new board and a glam photo shoot to boot?!? socal is so sick.

nice stick, g.

4:21 PM  
Blogger OS said...

She's a beauty G.

I too would like to thank Ms. McVeigh for getting the board fund off the ground, especially considering August 22 seems to be the next birthday on the horizon. Can't let a good thing stop now.

7:46 AM  
Blogger G said...

I was thinking the board fund might be your b-day choice this year. I could see you on a Shrub-like board in the 6'2" - 6'5"

Do you think Jas wants to do the same?

9:42 AM  
Blogger Chum said...

Dude. That board looks so fun. The color reminds me of the rental boats at Howard Prarie. Glad I could contribute to the fund - Looking forward to November...

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