I have been out of town for the past 2 weeks. I have been mentally surfing this board that entire time. My first session today was like a theoretical math problem. I was so psyched to surf the board I forgot my wet suit. I would have been arrested for sure had I not had a pair of trunks with me. My guess is the boys at trestles wouldn’t take kindly to a naked pig rider sharing their waves. My first wave felt super awkward. I am used to surfing a pig. I thought I kind of knew how this board was going to go. Perhaps it was my time out of the water, or perhaps it was the design of the board. Whatever the case, it felt like the board was pushing water. My second wave wasn’t much better. I still couldn’t find the sweet spot and I corked the rail so bad I had to swim! By now I was getting up in my head. I just sat around looking at all the bobbers that wish they had the courage to ride the proper board for the day. On my 3rd wave something clicked. Finally in the following waves I felt all the nuances that contribute to that glide that makes the pig the functional surf craft it is. I think the key to my breakthrough was kicking back and listening to the board instead of trying to push my expectations on it. This board RULES!! I am so psyched!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
craigslist has some nice pigs every now and again. I just wish people would take proper pictures!
60s CLASSIC HOBIE SURFBOARD
"Here is a classic original owner 9' 4" HOBIE longboard. Last used around 1980. Has 1" single redwood stringer and tail block. Sloid wood original skeg. Early Dana Point decal. Purchased around 1963-1965 if my memory serves me right. Seems like cost was around $100 - $125! Serial number is 19617, which I think is a fairly early number. Has the usual dings some of which need to be repaired, but it's in better shape than most I have seen from this era. The blank has yellowed, but it's a nice mellow yellow! This was my second surfboard, the first one my dad and I made in our garage in 1961 with a clark foam blank from Abe Schuster Fiberglass in Oakland. I sold my woodie wagon, some years ago, but could not part with this great old board at the time. Now it's time to set it free!"
60's Vintage Hobie longboard Surfboard
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here is what Paulo Jacinto sent me via firstname.lastname@example.org:
"Hello mr black I´m a shaper and a log rider from Costa de Caparica, Portugal. Congratulations for the blog, i´m a pig addicted to.I´m send you some pictures of my pig to you, if you want to post on your blog is ok. I´m gonna link your blog in my, i think that´s ok for you.Take care and surf a pig ;)Paulo Jacinto"
"nose 16" wide point 22" tail 15" , 3" thick ,9'8"
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Velzy Surfboards - $1 (Mililani)
I have two Velzy surfboards for sale. The first on is 9' 11" with a squash tail and a wood tail block. I have surfed this board at Sunset (only 4' but the bowl was working) as well as Canoes and Bowls. Super great paddling board. It is signed by Dale Velzy on the stringer. Very good condition. The second board is 9' 5" 'Flying V'. It is a squash tail and has a wood tail block and is signed by Dale Velzy on the stringer too. This board is in very good condition too. I am asking $750.00 per board. The photos are of the orange 9' 11' Velzy (the other longboard next to the Velzy is a 1969 Bunger in which I might consider selling for an offer I can't refuse). I also have a couple of Skip Frye boards for sale but I think they will be sold shortly.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"Diagonal angled stripes with color matching fin.This pig oinks with every head dip"
"Hey Mike,here are some shots of the 9'6 Hobie my friend Will Tucker and I are redoing right now. She was whooped on but is now brought back to life. After this project is done we will start on another 9'6 I just picked up. Jamie (Smokey on LB.net)"
THANK YOU!! LOOKS GREAT! Keep us updated on your projects!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"otto's board rental/surf shop across from cowell's. after otto passed away jeanie sold all the boards- check how many d-fins! i think that is bob pearson and ward coffey on the far left checking boards."
tsimpson from swaylocks said the following after checking this picture out:
"I hate to admit it, but I think I might have rented a board or two from Otto in 1961-62 or so when I was learning to surf. Some of the worst boards you could imagine. You would get cut up from the unsanded glass threads hanging off the boards which were made by local kids that Otto hired."
steiny also posted the picture below. here are the descriptions:
"from a board swap in santa cruz 2001. clockwise from the top left a yount (santa cruz), pop out, g&s, homemade kid sized pig, unknown, chuck dent, surfboards hawaii, owl and ????"