Gibber's compsand build thread.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:33 pm

Did I say moderate success with the veneer wrap? :roll:

Probably limited success would be more apt. It had a fair few crinkles and puckers on the underside of the rail, but I was able to fair them out pretty well. I was pretty dissapointed when I pulled it out of the bag, but it's actually created an interesting effect, so all is not lost.

Where it has wrapped right around to meet the bottom side looks great. Learnt a lot from this 1st attempt, and had a few avoidable niggling problems whilst doing it. So hopefully can iron out the bugs on my next attempt.

Here it is getting nose and tail blocks.

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Also here's my board that I made 6+mths ago. I have been riding it exclusively during this time and it has copped a good pummeling in that time. Lots of solid hollow surf, and the accompanying wipeouts and body blows. It's even been washed up on the rocks at Platties when my leggy broke one day.

Cleaned the wax off it and there is 2 small dents in it from me landing on it in a violent wipeout in draining rivermouth surf. And 1 scratch on the rail from the broken leggy incident (admittedly I got lucky there). Pretty happy with the durability, my PUPE resemble the surface of the moon after the treatment this ones had.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:27 pm

Here 'tis. 6' X 19 1/4" X 2 1/4".

Weights good, but doesn't have the compression strength of a d-cell skin (the veneer is <1mm thick). I'm still expecting it to be more durable than a PU of comparable weight.

Will get it wet later in the week :D .

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by Quangers » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:30 pm

That is awesome.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by ric_vidal » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:24 pm

tiger wrote:What's your take on compsand performance Ric? I think they behave more like PU/PE than straight out epoxy/styro, cos the skins kinda absorb some of the corkiness. How you rating the JD?

Loving it more and more, TT and on a recent trip it supplanted a previous go to… a Surftech that has significantly more volume and I thought best for small stuff. Rode the Surftech the first two days, then the JD came out and that was that. I say that as I always thought I would struggle more on the JD in small waves as I'm not exactly a light weight. Certainly was not the case though it was in reef conditions.

Think a lot of it is also where your head is at, least it is for me.

I have struggled a bit more with the JD in faster moving reef waves, just the catching, but it is early days for that and I wasn't the only one. On the trip, small guys were grabbing 6'6" s and there I was on my 6'3" albeit of ample proportions. I told JD I want another bigger one but that wasn't going to happen in the available time frame. Once I could catch the buggers I didn't encounter a problem, other than the normal skill set. :?

JD's rails on my board are quite fine compared to what I would do for myself and it just feels right. Once you are riding it's pretty effortless to steer it to where you want. That said, I feel quite comfortable on the Surftech too, but its volume can present some issues and they are not for comparison as they are 2 very different boards.

The JD itself is light and floats me like a much larger PU/PE. I think I'm encountering some deck compression under my front foot but nothing of significance and it has seen a fair bit of work already.

Must admit I have put the JD in some pressure situations too, and it keeps popping up.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by RichQ » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:24 am

Where are you off to this time?!

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by Beerfan » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:31 pm

Firstly, sick looking boards mate!. I agree with ric v about jd (rhymes y'all haha) boards. Mine is a keel fish, very wide, but I,tell ya what, the performance due to the light weight, the thinned rails, and josh' wizardry is ridiculous. I never cared for light weight, and mine is his heaviest glass schedule, and i've gone 180degrees. Im capable of some pretty bloody good turns on it, considering my skill level, and the fact its a keel fish.

For me, the paddle is like a nice light poly, not corky, just right. Once up n going, faaark, fast n responsive as hell. The rail twang too, im not good enough to always utilise it, but when im on my game, faark, the projection and speed out of a hard compressed turn is just ridiculous. Definately want another!!.
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:06 pm

That's cool Beerfan. JD's boards look incredible. Doing similar construction, I have massive respect for his ability. Craftmanship is a dying commodity in the modern world, be it of surfboards or furniture, or whatever. It is less rewarded than ever before.

In regards to compsand performance, I'm beginning to understand more about it as I make more boards. I think I have been over engineering mine a little. And have room to adjust some of the schedules to get a bit more flex, without compromising strength.

The round tail with the blue spray deck is a bit too rigid, but there is a lot going on with it. Being a step up board that is ridden in better waves means it's not really a problem. But with high perf style boards for experienced surfers, a little more flex would be desirable.

I've had 2 surfs on the new timber veneered board in small, fun beachies, and it feels much better flex wise. Thinner skin, with lighter glass schedule seems to help. I'll do a more detailed ride report after a few more surfs, but feels good so far and no denting apparent yet.
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by rmb » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:15 pm

Tiger are these boards you are shaping the same compound and make up as fire wires?

If so firewires have that pressure vent yours don't what is the reason?

Awesome looking boards by the way.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:21 pm

Been a while since I looked on this thread, so thought I'd put up a few pics of what I've been up to.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:40 pm

And rmb if you're still out there, (it's only been 2 1/2 yrs since your post).

I've put vents in a few that have had a lot of volume, but generally don't bother on more regular boards of say less then 35 litres.

Had no probs yet, just tell people to make sure they don't leave them baking in the sun. Like you probably shouldn't do with any boards really.
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:48 pm

5'10" HP

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by diggerdickson » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:11 pm

Nice work tiger. Good to see you posting in this section again. Have you ever thought of a cork top build
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by saltman » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:38 pm

Great work tiger. Ment to post almost 2 years ago .....had 3 great successive mid week sessions at cartys ...an a bloke on one of your boards was beaching same time. He was totAly wrapt on your gear
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:29 am

Thanks guys. Hey digger, how are you mate? Hope you're enjoying your travels. I haven't done anything with cork yet, but will give it a go at some stage. I'm going to make my daughter a little board, and use cork rails on it. I'll maybe do a deck at some stage too, but think they look a bit ugly.

Hey Saltman, Carties is one of those spots you can get a sneaky little run on, especially during winter. Was the board you saw an older poly one, or one of the newer compsand?
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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:23 am

6'3" kinda refined version of a 7S superfish thing.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:29 am

6'3" smallrounder.

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by tiger » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:36 am

6'0" twinzer

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Re: Gibber's compsand build thread.

Post by saltman » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:11 am

Definitely a compsand
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