The Raoulinator (surfboard)

I took a class at 3rd Ward last summer to shape a surfboard – taught by the phenomenal Mr. David Murphy.  He’s a master of surf shaping and I can’t praise his knowledge, teaching skill, and craft enough.  If you haven’t seen his work, go to that first tumblr link or here.

As a total newbie / aspiring surfer I didn’t really know what I wanted or needed, so we came up with this – which Dave christened the Raoulinator.  It’s a 7’3″ beefy, high volume board for a big, slow guy (me).  It has the swallow tail because that’s just an aesthetic I like.  I wanted to be as old-school as possible in the colours and I’m extremely happy with the way it turned out.  Of course, it hasn’t been in the water yet – I’ve been learning with Elliot at Surf2Live since before Memorial Day, and I still suck.  The popup eludes me and then even when I do get up on a super long, super wide board my balance is terrible.

But I never leave without a huge smile and aching muscles and the desire to go back and do better next time.

Finished Raoulinator with tri-fin setup – although I expect to use either single fin or duals (probably the former):

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Details of tail

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Alternate view (which makes it look shorter and wider than it should due to weird perspective)

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About Raoul

With a fairly unusual first name, this is where I have to stress VERY STRONGLY that these posts are my personal opinions and in no way reflect anything at all to do with my employer. For employer-approved content, take a look at my work blog.
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