the wedgie twin fin co-lab

wedgie

wedgie

wedgie

wedgie

wedgie

wedgie

Gary and I did the finish shaping on this “new – old” design.  The wedgie is a modernized version of the 70’s twin fins.  Certain elements are retained such as the 2:1 aspect ratio of the tail block width to swallow, the beaked nose and down rails.  Other elements of the board have been refined and modernized; rocker, foil, subtlety and transition of bottom contours and of course materials (Marko recycled EPS foam and Entropy Bio Resin).   We have some reclaimed redwood fins in progress that are a blend of classic keel and modern raked fins.  Since redwood is so soft, we started thin and did some preglassing on these to ensure their strength once glassed to the board.  Board dims at 5’8″ x 21.5″ x 36cuL.  Credit to Larry Mable of Kane Garden for inspiration on modernization of classic twin fins.

James of Sunset Shapers is going to glass this board since it will be an ECO BOARD (sustainablesurf.org).

Pics are taken during shaping.  Check back for a future post for finished project.

The finer details

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the big niblick

the big niblick

the 9 iron fin cluster

the 9 iron fin cluster

LAMS

Glassing lams

The “CL” mark reflects the process of collaboration and well thought out design and manufacturing qualities.  CL riders have more control of the shaping and manufacturing process and the results are outstanding.  Its a collaborative process that brings value and performance qualities to your surfboards.  Don’t buy rack boards – they will not help you improve your surfing.  This is why every pro surfer has a relationship with their shaper (or shapers) and the best pros in the world have amazing relationships with their shapers.  These guys actually TALK and exchange feedback but every pro’s shaper guards their CAD/CAM files and will not share them with their customers, which detracts from the process of improvement.

We take the the same collaboration process for pro surfers to everyday surfers by leveraging the same technology.  You’ll find that by giving and sharing feedback, each board improves and improvements become more and more subtle between boards.  This is the type of evolution and refinement of equipment that pro surfers enjoy.  The MAJOR DIFFERENCE is that  when you work with Co-Lab, you have access to all your cad/cam files so that if you find your needs change or you move to another country, or you want to share with a buddy, you have your history of board files and can go in whatever direction you’d like.  There is nothing proprietary about our board files – they are ours to share.  It is the collaborative process that is truly of value.  Welcome to Collaborative Laboratories.

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the 8iron

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Its a high performance California board.  A little wider and flatter in the nose than an indo glass slipper.  Made for 3′-7″ surf being very versatile for beach/point/reef. Handles crud well, the board can be a little too fast for surf heading well over head high.

Nose rocker is 5.2″ and tail is 2.45″. Moderately progressive meaning that it does carry a bit of a flat spot and accelerating rocker toward nose and tail.  Standard dimensional ratios are 6’3″ x 19.5″ x 33.50cuL volume.  Board scales well down to a 5’11 and up to 6’6″ depending upon your size and weight.

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