Tuesday, April 8, 2008

RECLAIMED REDWOOD

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Inspired, most notably, by Tom Wegener's knack for reminding us all of surfing's roots, Copper Dove has been waiting a while now for a chance to shape an Alaia for himself. Some time ago he acquired just enough reclaimed redwood to shape one in the range of 6'2" tall x 15" wide x 1/2" thick. He finally found the window to shape it last Friday, showed up at the beach to ride it first thing Saturday morning, and has been giving it a go everyday since.
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Session 1, Saturday, April 5th: Maiden trimming voyage.
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Session 2, Sunday, April 6th: Flushed.
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Session 3, Monday, April 7th: Back in the saddle.
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Session 1 & 3 photos by Christina Beck, Session 2 photos by Charlie Grahamson.
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5 comments:

Mick said...

Seems like it's game on in the alaia stakes.

23 Breaths said...

always good to see shapers experiencing new shapes and rocker combinations. It will be interesting to see how this affects his next project boards.

twinfin said...

Jeff will have this thing wired before we know it.. The fact that he has been able to make it kinda work in these conditions is testament to that.

brownfish said...

I watched Christenson and Scott Bass try em after they got back from from Australia Fish Fry a year and some ago. Wegener stuffed em it into Chris's bag before they left. So they paddled out at Cardiff on day and both pretty much sucked. I figured since they were having such a problem on it, then it wasn't for me. Then at the AB3, same thing for Sean Mattison. So, my buddy Justin picks it up (he'd done it once just recently in Australia) and was killing it at the AB3. Still, I don't see it for me.

copperdove said...

I guess the learning curve is different for some people. I know Christenson, Bass, and Mattison are all ridiculously good surfers. I saw Scott doing his signature cross step sweeper hacks and Sean surfing like a 17 year old ripper at AB3. I suppose the Alaia is just one type of craft in a long list that proves how individualized waveriding is.