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My Handshaped Mini Simmons

My Handshaped Mini Simmons

Hi Derek !
Here are some pics of my mini Simmons I have shaped recently.
I wanted to do something like a traditional old school board with the fiberglass leash loop and the wood keels , but with some of modern shapes that I like with diamond tail and the edged rails … I have tried to keep all the shaping details that you described in your book to make it works like a good mini Simmons.
I really enjoyed shaping that board and I really like the look of it .
In the water it works pretty as I expected, and I really like that kind of surf !
I just have a problem : it’s very hard to catch a wave with that board… paddling is really comfortable in general but when I try to catch a wave , I paddle everything I can until I feel the wave pushing me but it is very hard compared to other boards I have with less volume … strange.
I have tried just 2 times for now so maybe I’m not well placed on the board and on the waves, I think that kind of boards you have to ride for a long time to know it well.
I read on some shaping forums that some guys tell that the board is going from the same point as some log but it’s not at all the same with mine ! 🙂
Any advice on the way to catch a wave and ride it ? Or on the shaping mistake I have maybe done ?
Anyway I still love my mini Simmons.
Thanks for your book and giving me want to shape a mini Simmons !
Cheers !
JB
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Jean-Baptiste Casini
Skype: jbcasini
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D.L.I.D / Dick Laurent Is Dead 
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Waves On The Wall Studio 
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Agave Mini Sim

Agave Mini Sim

After finding your website and reading the history of the shape, I knew my next board had to be a mini. I found your site super accessible and really helpful for almost every step from AKU file to final fin placement. Thanks for sharing!

Here are some pics of my agave mini sim. It’s  5’5″ x 22 1/8 x 2 7/8. It has a 3/4″ chambered old growth redwood stringer. Also my first pair of 3/8″ plywood single foil keel fins.

 

Agave Mini Sim

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Thanks again for sharing your website! It was truly an inspiration.
Best,
Michael Hilburn
San Diego, CA

 

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