The Stradivarius ...

 
 

Humility-wise, Tom Morey broke the mold when he named the 1969 Morey Pope pintail the "Stradivarius." 

After the McTavish Tracker model of 1968, Tom took a hold of the MP design reins and developed the Camel series of shortboards. Since the ease of longboard paddling was still a recent memory, the idea behind the severely hump-decked boards was to pack as much volume into a small board as possible. The decks of the Camels were so radical, they had to be shaped out of custom blanks. 

In a less extreme form, the concept of an s-deck proved to be valid, and builders utilized the concept for a number of years.


 Of course, Bob Simmons was using S-decks as far back as the late 40's...


But that's not why we're here today... 

At least one aspect of a recent explanation for the reverence of the Stradivarius violin involves flex:

"Dr. Tai’s team also found a property in the Stradivari violin samples but not the cellos: When they heated the wood shavings of the violins, they found an extra peak in oxidation, which implies a detachment between wood fibers. This detachment, possibly the result of centuries of vibrations from playing, may give the instruments greater expressiveness, Dr. Tai said, adding, “Top violinists often feel like these old violins vibrate more freely, which allows them to express a wider set of emotions.”

So, it would appear that the sound of the violins build by Stradivari may be, in part, due to the fact that the body flexes more than modern violins because they've been "broken in." 


(Another perspective of the same discussion involves what is known as the "halo effect." )

Anyway, this is kind of a tangential post...but hey, if surfboard flex can be justified by the flex of a 17th century musical instrument, why the hell not?

Contemporary Lynchian Moment ...


It's hard to imagine a transition era hull handling this kind of wave, but this shot of Craig Anderson in Fiji echoes the aesthetic that made the late 60's so engaging...the rider trimming over the center of his board, and a long, clean track.

More Anderson...



Another '68 Puerto Rico Vid ...




The footage from Evolution tends to dominate our memories of this event, but the US television coverage on ABC was more thorough. It shows some neat hull surfing here and there.

The waves were atrocious for the boards they were riding -- or vice versa -- and a lot of credit has to be given to the riders as they soldier on in the face of some shapeless, warbly junk.

This is Part One of the coverage. Not sure if Part Two is online...I can't find it.

Even though Nat Young and Wayne Lynch were riding first-gen, pulled-in roundtails, their boards still had V in the back half. You can see the V of Nat's board parting the water in the middle shot below...

 
 


From Spence ...

 
A brand new 6 foot Spencer Kellogg hull...right out of the Richie West/George Greenough era Wilderness mold (c 1970.)

From The Net ....


A couple of on-line stirrings regarding modern surfboard design, found on the World Wide Web...

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Roger Kelly forwarded this treatise on the shortcomings of contemporary big wave design.

It's a long read -- and pretty technical -- but that allows author Donn Ito gets to the heart of the flaws of flat bottom surfboards in big surf.

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Glenn Sakamoto also turned up this short piece from the Surfer Magazine site on the fading grandeur of thrusters in everyday surfing.

 It's interesting that it took so long -- over 3 decades -- for the media to catch up!

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From Roger ...

Friday at Rincon....knee to shoulder high waves with low tide, warm water and air. Moderate crowd with lots of kids due to holiday.

Nice glide in take off....



Just after take off...

 


Last photo in series..... still long way to go...ended up past the pit