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Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:35 pm
by Legion
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Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:37 pm
by Beerfan
Legion wrote:He already tried that years ago.

Buy himself, or are you referring to FireWire? I know about FireWire but didn't think he'd tried to do it buy himself

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:23 pm
by Legion
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Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:27 pm
by Beerfan
Ah ok. Hopefully he lands on his feet either way

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:17 pm
by Slowman
Legion wrote:Timely post, given Josh just quit shaping.
Yes a sad day when a maestro like Josh has to pull up stumps due to health. Because of this thread I ordered 2 boards and couldn't be more chuffed with them. I wished I had more.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:26 pm
by JET01
steve shearer wrote:It's funny, epoxy is supposed to be the less toxic alternative but go into any glassing house and they all hate them because epoxy sensitivity seems to be the norm, rather than the exception.

I guess thats why they outsource the labour to Asia.

I've been watching a lot of doco's on plastic and sustainability lately. I started to think that all my new boards would be Firewire' because of the approach the company has in terms of it's sustainability. And I'm not sure how Firewire boards are made (yet), but I don't think that shifting the toxicity from a shaper to a production line is the answer.

I don't like the idea that anyone would have to go through any kind of pain and suffering for a surfboard. Aussie or Asian.

I do look forward to the day when a viable eco alternative is available to our usual construction.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:31 pm
by Legion
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Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:41 pm
by JET01
Legion wrote:
JET01 wrote:... I'm not sure how Firewire boards are made (yet) ...
Well, Josh was there at the beginning so if you know how Josh made his then you know roughly how FW makes theirs. Or you could search swaylocks for "vacumn forming & sandwich construction" (sic).
What i was referring to was the the production rather than the technique.

If they're using oversea labour then I'm hoping they're taking every precaution to keep their workers as safe and healthy as possible.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:51 pm
by Legion
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Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:08 am
by JET01
Surely i don't need trade secrets to make an ethical buying decision.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:06 pm
by Beerfan
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Playing around in the garage. This coming Autumn I'm going to get this wet in a wave it deserves. Nothing crazy just a little overhead with some push and a fast wall. Thats my goal for next year. Don't care if I just race it down the line with no turn whatsoever, that'll do me

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:37 pm
by diggerdickson
im just hoping to get back in the water beerfan, wether swimming or taking photos, anything will do me.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:44 am
by Beerfan
diggerdickson wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:37 pm
im just hoping to get back in the water beerfan, wether swimming or taking photos, anything will do me.
It's coming good though isn't it? You seemed pretty upbeat about it last i read

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:46 pm
by diggerdickson
My left hand side of my body is weak beerfan, it seems that my muscles cant seem to fire very much at all. They are not wasting but they are very slow to react and switch on. I have poor balance, tire so bloody easy. Im doing my pilates and my swimming and im always hopeful, but Ive also got to face reality as the nerve roots were crushed. Im shaping, waiting for the next swell so I can get down to noosa main beach and sit and watch at the waters edge early in the morning, but i wont be shocked if its over for me. Ive got planned to make a twinzer with a bonzer type contours, another 5'6 twinny, i will always tinker in the bay now, and I will give em away for a song I suppose. Ive always wanted to paint a board with blue rails or red and black and white checkers on the deck so thats the next paint job.

Im hoping im wrong, I truly am mate, as at the moment deep down im absolutely shattered, I thought I would surf till I was to old to stand, not to bow out this way.

Though to put it in perspective, my home has not been devistated by a hurricane, my street is not a river, I have electricity, food and family, plus im partly sane, so all good I suppose.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:28 am
by Beerfan
Keep working through your rehab mate, you had back surgery, pretty serious shock to the body, it might take a while but just keep rehabbing.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:06 am
by Beerfan
Beerfan wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:06 pm
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Playing around in the garage. This coming Autumn I'm going to get this wet in a wave it deserves. Nothing crazy just a little overhead with some push and a fast wall. Thats my goal for next year. Don't care if I just race it down the line with no turn whatsoever, that'll do me
This is now my go to. Had it out at the farm, which it doesn't love, but can manage, and this morning got into some little over head grunty waves this morning. Great to actually come off the bottom with enough speed to really lean into the bottom turn. Got a nice backhand cutback as well. Timing was a little off but the best surf I e had in a long long time. This is my last remaining jd and IMHO the best, the thinnest and narrowest and it's great. Originally going to be 7' but after a few month setback with my knee I went up to 7'4". Love a 7' version as well haha

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:55 am
by JET01
Looks like it would love an overhead wave with all that rocker.

Re: Josh Dowling Designs

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:04 am
by Beerfan
Yeah it likes steep or a bit of push. I definately don't surf big waves but i wanted it for bigger waves ( up to half overhead will do me! ) or just hollow beachies. Feels long through snappy turns as you'd expect for 7'4" but carves beautifully. The rails are on the fine side, and are awesome. And the paddle power is welcome to my weekend warrior shoulders haha. It's got me keen to try a similar wide point forward round tail quad in shorter dims for average waves. My fave board though, all my other boards feel like fat slugs now haha