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by steve shearer
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel & Health
Topic: Scotland
Replies: 22
Views: 1266

Re: Scotland

get a go out Beany?

Or are you too busy being a baby boomer and obsessing about food?
by steve shearer
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

I've got a feeling this Ghost is going to arrive at the precise moment the last S swell of the season fizzes out and as a prolonged period of shitt surf sets in.


I'm getting fizzy on a high performance shortboard for super shitt waves. NE windswell.

Lost RNF looks fun.
by steve shearer
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?
Replies: 1555
Views: 123033

Re: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?

you edited it ?

It seemed interesting....what is the effect of the smart drumlines?

I think it's too early to tell but I am hugely in favour because it is continually taking the argument away from the anecdotal and towards hard scientific data.
by steve shearer
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

It's going to be interesting, because I am about to get my first off the rack poly board (assume machine shape) from a big manufacturer for years. It'll be interesting to see how durable it is. When was the last time a standardish thruster was in your regular lineup? This is a Pyzel Ghost.....sligh...
by steve shearer
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

It's going to be interesting, because I am about to get my first off the rack poly board (assume machine shape) from a big manufacturer for years.

It'll be interesting to see how durable it is.
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?
Replies: 1555
Views: 123033

Re: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?

sorry, what was the question?
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

I think CAD design is inherently more conservative and less radical than handshaping because it uses less of the available potential of a human being to design something. My turn to say Huh? Shall we agree to file that one away under 'horseshit' and never speak of it again? Well, I presented a work...
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

then we will be designing for extremely consistent, mechanical waves.


Whether that translates into more real world conditions is the key question.

I suspect board design for wavepools will very quickly eliminate the need for paddling.
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

Agreed, I'm not saying CAD doesn't produce consistently higher quality surfboards.

Just that it isn't now, and may never be, as responsible for design progression, breakthroughs etc etc as hand shaping is/was.
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

Huh? I'm not sure what the hell you are saying there. That Tomo's Modern Planing Hulls aren't radically different from either a: the modern pointy nosed shortboard or b: all the flavours of pure retro designs from Fish to MId-lengths. ? Yes, the design is evolving towards more natural looking curves...
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

. Surfboards essentially conform to the norm (surfers are a conservative bunch, no?) and anything that doesn't riff on received wisdom is treated with the utmost suspicion (think meyerhoffer). CAD is obviously the better approach, but shapers who use it battle against nostalgia and misplaced contem...
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?
Replies: 1555
Views: 123033

Re: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?

I'm just at RTA renewing license will try and answer when I get back Muggins. I'd like to hear an in depth review on the RTA and their service, shep. It was actually divine. A touch screen thing to start, with a man serving me. Licence renewal and cancellation of registration......what button do I ...
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?
Replies: 1555
Views: 123033

Re: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?

I'm just at RTA renewing license will try and answer when I get back Muggins.
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

I observe. \ And the last great design breakthrough in terms of the modern shortboard: the Modern Planing Hull from Dan Thomson, was entirely an imaginative (penny drop moment of inspiration) moment coupled with a white hot burst of hand shaping creativity. I haven't seen any equivalent creativity c...
by steve shearer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

I think there is an argument to made, that in terms of understanding the compound curves of a surfboard at a visceral level, a solid foundation in handshaping may be valuable. I really can't see any design breakthroughs that haven't come about from that deep visceral understanding of compound curves...
by steve shearer
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

including several six channel swallows I saw today, just reeked of pure class, I have ogled those 6 channels at the Byron store that stocks his boards. Fair enough, I guess I see him (apart from the guns) as a somewhat derivative shaper/designer.......just about everything I've seen of his seems pr...
by steve shearer
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Just general surfing stuff
Replies: 3043
Views: 190344

Re: Just general surfing stuff

I saw a guy on a new Christenson get so rag-dolled on the rock-off on Sunday.

Why do you think he is the best designer in the world Nick?
by steve shearer
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?
Replies: 1555
Views: 123033

Re: Nth NSW sharks. Can they p!ss off already?

Abe Mcgrath.
Known him since he was a kid. Tough kid and a shit hot surfer.
Lucky escape.