It's about life - not "lifestyle"
|From John Mellor:
Also read your thing on recycling boards. I don't remember if I sent you a photo of this one...a broken Pearson longboard that I scavanged out of the dumpster at Morro Strand State Beach in Morro Bay.
Here's the rough shape I've managed from the broken Pearson. I haven't fine tuned the template or anything - I just hacked out one side from what was left of the foam and crudely measured to the other side to try and get some symmetry. It still needs some work but I'm hoping that I can finish it off with some hooked twin fins and use it as a bellyboard. It has a slightly concave deck.
Dimensions: 5' x 22 1/2" x 16 1/2" (N) x 22" (T) - tail tips are 20 1/2" apart.
Rocker is pretty flat but I don't have the numbers. As I mentioned, I just winged it by hacking out one side after I stripped off the old glass. After smoothing it out with a long flexible sanding block, I measured across to fill in the template on the other side. With my angled rectangular hook fins, I think it will be a screaming bellyboard.
|Okay now, Buckeroos, how much fun is John going to have with that? Art supplies and glasing will be his only cost, and what he'll wind up with you can't really buy in any surfshop on earth.
Will it work? I hope so, but if it doesn't he's had fun, possibly kept something out of the landfill, and added to his already well-stocked board building experience (you should see the garbage I make out of garbage - what John has done here looks like it came out of a fresh blank). I can just imagine this with a blazing 60's style acid splash glass job...
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