Sunday, July 18, 2010
Some Light Reading
This is Ol' Yellar...at least that's what I am calling her until I come up with a better name (feel free to offer up some suggestions btw). Isn't she gorgeous! 10 feet long, almost 2 feet wide, 3 inches thick and I'm not kidding you, she weighs about 3 and half pounds.
Dan Mann, of the Mannkine Surfboard Company, designed it, shaped it, and developed the technology that makes it the lightest and strongest surfboard I have ever owned. He also figured out how to make the wait between sets a little less boring by covering the deck with newspaper. Nice touch if you ask me.
I picked Ol' Yellar up yesterday, but had to work so I didn't get to surf her until this morning. The waves weren't very good but there was no way I wasn't going to paddle out, and I learned a couple things about my new board pretty quickly.
First, it paddles like a speed boat. I mean there isn't a wave you can't catch on that thing...which is exactly what I wanted for a "summer" board. After all, catching waves equals lot's of fun.
Second, she is a big girl. In fact it is the biggest board I have ever surfed. I mean look at it, you walk to the nose and back a couple of times and you're going to need a hit off the oxygen machine. The good news is there's room for one on this beast...you could put it right next to the mini bar.
Even better news...it looks like there is a little swell headed our way so hopefully in the next few days I'll get a chance to see what she can do in some decent surf. The bottom line is that I have been waiting my whole life to ride a legit nose-rider and I am so excited to have one this impressive.
Now all I need is an impressive name for it.