speedneedle wrote:My very first exposure to composites in surfboards was while working with Frank McWilliams at Bamboo Surfboards Australia - I know exactly how they **** up.
I've been circling on your fringes for a long time Josh.
I bought a bamboo many years ago, whey they were first starting out. It snapped in about the third surf, and it would have been lucky to be 2'.
Wrote to them to tell them I had ordered a custom over their website, and after hearing nothing had decided to buy from a shop the one that snapped. They got back to me and offered a custom at cost, which I took up.
It was shaped by Frank McWilliam, who just happened to have trained up a mate through a CES training scheme. He built me a bamboo based on a design I worked out with my mate, who I had got to do a custom for me.
I still have that bamboo board. Recently resurrected for a trip away, with a certain amount of ding repair for little cracks etc, it still goes well. I have largely kept it as a collectors item, must be close to 13 or 14 years old now (how long ago was it that they started up in Byron?) but it still goes well.
And so, I planned to return it to the collector's museum, the only board I have kept for purely aesthetic and historical reasons, and the Sunova board is my 'actual riding' board to allow me to put the bamboo back in the rack.
Interesting to read others comments about volume, and eventually going lighter with your board. The sunova is light on for volume for plan shape, with extremely fine rails, but I'm willing to try it out, and push myself.
Seems like our paths are destined to cross Josh.
Till then, take care of yourself.