stationed at the Submarine Base Pearl Harbor in68/69. Shortly after I
arrived, I ordered the Phil from the Hobie shop on Kapiolani, I remember
at the time thinking, I didn’t know if I wanted to go that short (8'10'') . The short board revolution was underway. I surfed that board all over
Oahu, even small back door.
Brought the Phil home, by then it was a long
board. Found out later that Bosco Burns did the fin.
I picked it up from Spence a week and a half ago. I rode
it at Malibu several times since then, at a really good low-tide
evening at Rincon, at Lefts-and-Rights, and at Church down at Trestles. I
did some adjustments on the PG fin and think I have that dialed in now.
My first notes on the board are it is beautifully shaped and glassed,
what a stunner! The board trims very well down the line, exactly what
I'd want in a longer hull. It is a little heavy and hard to turn into a
big carving cutback but I'm trying to figure out the perfect spot on the
board to maybe get that figured out. So give me some more time to keep
riding it and hopefully get some more good point surf.
I brought the 8-4 PG Simmons square
tail down to Mexico some years ago. Mostly ride it on tiny sand spit kinda
low tide waves....a few times a year.
About 6 or 8 months ago, I lent
it to a fellow old guy from Carp named Bert. I think he is in his 70's
and was mostly doing a bit of SUP surfing and he had shown some
curiosity about the board so I told him to give it a go....I think he
mostly let it sit and I got no feedback and I was going to get it back
I ran into him in the Cantina restaurant and he immediately
started enthusiastically ranting about the board and how fast and fun
it was and the feelings of speed while prone surfing. He also said he
lent it to some young guy who was stand up surfing the board and came
back to the beach and wanted to buy it!! I told Bert to hang onto it for
now and that every now and then I might want to borrow it. I think you
shaped it in 2006 or 2007 and thought you might want to know, it is
still in action!!