From Orion


I was given a transition board that was beat recently from someone’s backyard they were gonna toss. Ripped the glass off and have been refining it with my friend Steve. 
It had the right low tail rocker and a ton of foam to work with.  The tail was surprisingly thin and well refined for how old it was. 
Still need to fill the gaps and refine the rails. Here are a few pics. 

"The Rails Are Crazy!"

This is an interesting and well-presented piece on a collection of transition boards from the Summer of 1969.

With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and Woodstock, the summer of '69 keeps giving in terms of cultural touchstones.

Read the full article and see the video here ...

A few minor quibbles...

The G&S Magic was designed by Dennis Benedum, not Skip Frye.  Also, the Morey/Pope Camel was designed by Tom Morey, not Bob McTavish.


From Tristan

Hello Paul,

Just for let you know I have been surfing my Extremely foiled Hull last week, and I moved back my fin at 1/4'', did not change the rails catching, moved it at 1/2'' it was even worst, but then I tried to move the fin up, 1/2'' forward and it changed everything! So you were right, there was nothing to do with the rails… I thought it was because the super thin rails were catching everywhere, but finally it was a fin problem like you told me.

I think it’s because I use to surf my hulls super far forward, so the ratio between my feet position on the board and the fin placement were not good.

So I ended up at having my 9’75 fin (super narrow tip) at 13 1/2 inches from the tail (at trailing edge)

Thank you so much for your advice, help and for sharing your knowledge !

Here is some photos with the board


Tristan Mausse

August 11, 1934

Today would have been Miki Dora's 85th birthday...although I doubt he would give a hoot if he were still alive. (Not the most sentimental guy!)

Dora's star -- in term of his personality --  has risen and fallen many times over the years. Some see him as a noble rebel. Others as a two bit grifter. Probably a large measure of both. 

But, his incredible wave riding has remained a constant. Thankfully, we have a pretty good record of his talents on film. Because of that, surfers who were as yet unborn when he passed away in 2002 hold him in the highest regard as a waterman.

That said, I'm not sure how we made the transition from his standards in the water to where we're at today...

WTF ???