For as long as I’ve surfed I’ve been fascinated by surfboards, and as a grommet one of the things I always dreamed of, was the day that I could have a “Quiver” of multiple surfboards for different conditions. Most of these boards are basic stock models from within Costa Rica, but I’ve also been using the AKU software to design some boards with Paul Waters of Black & White Surfboards back in the UK, as well as building and riding a replica of Tom Blake’s 1930’s “Cigar Box” surfboards. As you can see, ?I like to have a little colour on my boards, which I do either with Posca Pens or spray paint, and the mounts that you can see on some of the boards are for a Trace GPS tracking device that I’ve been using to monitor my surfing.Boards from left to right are:
- 5’6 x 18.5 x 2.75 x 36.6L: Seaglass Project Albacore. Finless foam creation from Tom Wegner who spearheaded the re-emergence of the Hawaiian Alaia. This is a really fun board to surf on small clean days, and really teaches you about using your rail. I’m really looking forward to taking this board out to Chicama in Peru later this year?
- 5’7 x 21.25 x 2.38 x 34L: Small wave board based on a Lost Bottom Feeder. Being so short and fat, this board takes a bit of getting used to, but is so much fun on small, soft waves. I normally ride it as a quad with Controller fins and the board is insanely fast, but can get a bit skatey if you don’t really dig the rail on turns.
- 5’10 x 20.25 x 2.62 x 33.8L: Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto. This is my newest board and I’ve been having a lot of fun getting to know it. I keep this board at work as I live a few miles back from the beach, and this board is such a great all-rounder that I know I can grab it whatever the conditions are. I really like how much grip this board has, which allows me to really lean onto my rail and draw my turns out.
- 6’0 x 20 x 2.5 x 32L: This has been my “go-to” shortboard for Guiones over the last year or so, so it’s a bit dinged up now. It’s based on a Lost V2 Shortboard, and the wider outline works well on the softer waves, as it allows the board to create a little more speed so that I can link my turns more cleanly.
- 6’1 x 19.25 x 2.44 x 30.25L: This is also based on a Lost V2 Shortboard,? but with a slimmer set of dimensions.? ?This is my “good wave” board?, so? I’ll pull this out if the waves are steeper or overhead. I normally ride it as a Thruster, but it goes great as a Quad at some of the more powerful beaches to the North of Nosara.
- 6’2 x 19.5 x 2.44 x 32L: This is the oldest of my boards, and is probably a little small for me now. It’s based on a Lost Rock Upand it’s the board I use in serious waves. It’s been to France, Nicaragua?
and Indo, and has never let me down. I’ve had my best waves and my worst wipe-outs on this board, so I’ll be a little sad when I do replace it?.
- 7’0 x 21.25 x 2.5 x 40L (approx): This board always puts a smile on my face, it’s a pretty standard Mini-Mal shape, with maybe a little more curve to the outline and a little more rocker, so you can throw it around if you want to. I use this a lot in the Dry Season (Dec-April) when the waves are smaller, and I don’t feel like working too hard?, but it’s also a good board for me to work on my technique? with, as riding a bigger board slows everything down a little and gives you more time to think about what you’re doing.