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Show & Tell Shaper Frank

Tell Us About Your Mini Simmons.

I meet Joe Alphabet that is what they call him. Well, he needed unloading some Balsa wood boards which He had 6 or 7 ft Bob Simmons board. He had it in storage for 30 years and it was his first time showing it… I was amazed…. I was next door showing off my collection but everyone wanted to see the Bob Simmons board….. Some people didn’t know who he was and Joe Talked story about Velzy and Simmons… I had a great day….. Learned alot…..

My camera Battery were dead, but if anyone took picture of the event please look for the Bob Simmons board…….

Big Frank
Downey, ca 1-562-896-9546

Who inspires you?

Joe Alphabet is our national treasure love this man…. Thanks again Everyone, we need to interview him more, Lets get some Media guy do a documentry.. He goes to Austriallia and knew all the legends in shaping and surfers….. Great man….

What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

The square taill

If you shaped your own board

I have been taking longboards that were broken and shaped them like mini simmons and staying with in 5’10 and 3 3/4 thick for float…Ferreri boards.. My glasser would  do the glassing working work. Everytime I take them out, I have  someone wanting to buy it. I have sold three sold far, but I ride and next thing I have offers for the boards.. Well, I do this for a hobbie not for the money….. Still  learning planning on buying an infinity tombstone today and learning more about the shape…. Well, still learning..

Where can we see more or follow future shapes?

I will be building some new boards which at HB woody and Longboard show, I meet rep from U.S. blanks which I plan on buying their planks and start modifieying my ideas…. or email me when next project is done. Frank Martinez or 1-562-896-9546

What blank did you use?

Broken longboard surfboards.
9 ft Becker
9 ft stick man
9 ft infinity
Now, I will start using U.S. blanks in Gardena for next projects.

Where you at?

Downey Ca
I love living here, I have been here since 1972. My Dad like HB because back in the day there wasn’t to many people due to oil wells which Longbeach had to many people.. Well, as I became older he would say, “were you guys good this week?” If, yes we go to HB if not we go to longbeach.. Man did we learn to shape up… HB has always had waves……..






For Sale: 9’6″ Longboard – $300 (Tierrasanta)

For Sale: 9’6″ Longboard – $300 (Tierrasanta)

Condition: Very good, watertight and only about 1.5 years old
Dimensions: 9’6″ x 22 3/4 x 3 1/4
Brand: SR Surfboard
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Construction: Traditional Fiberglass

Great all around Noserider longboard. I have taken this thing out in waves from 2 ft to 10 ft and it performs great.
Asking $300


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Show & Tell Shaper Kyle

Tell us about your Mini Simmons

Self shaped and glassed mini.  Super deep double concave down the center with extra channels out the back. I get the weirdest looks when riding it but this thing screams down the line and holds like nobody’s business. It’s pure blank with two layers of 4oz. On each side And epoxy resin. Also attempted my first epoxy resin pin line…..blah. First epoxy board as well so the quality definitely has room for improvement. Well in the end the ride is all that matters and this thing rides like a stick of butter down scorching metal half pipe. Excuse all the pics but it’s hard to show the ridiculous bottom contours in just one photo. Dimensions are 5’6″ x 22 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.

If you shaped your own board- Shaper Kyle?

It’s only the third board I’ve shaped and my first.


Kyle West Fall

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Show & Tell Shaper Paul

Tell Us About Your Mini Simmons.

Hey cheers for the invite to chat about my Simmons that i shaped under my logo of VEPO SURFBORDS @Facebook .I live in Guernsey channel islands and we get ok waves but sometimes lack power n push so shaped my 1st mini about 6 years ago and that was that ! I cant stop using it ” be it 2ft or 6/8ft .the board is 5,7, 22, 2 1/2 full Carbon wrap but i glassed using poly resin as didn’t want it a feel stiff . it paddles so so well around the line up . when I catch a wave its 1 pump and it just goes to overdrive having the slight roll in the nose chest area just gives you lift n speed then when you want to burn speed off adjust your feet sink that edge and it turns on a dime

Who inspires you?

Ryan Burch for radness , seeing him rip Mundaka apart on hes asymmetrical antic’s is mind blowing , My Mum is a sick cook and gran

What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

The sassiness of it and the ability of the design to hold its ground when things go well over head

If you shaped your own board – Shaper Paul?

since shaping my 1st simms at 5,7 23,3 found it a little corky so just refined it down in volume , you see lots of variants of the simms , I do like what Mandala are doing but not sure on the quad vibe , suppose im a purest and like a glass on . the fins I make , i get 1/2 ” window cut outs from a boat building mate and foil the down to 7.5 x 5.5 and 1/4 “thickness foiled out so have flex

Where can we see more or follow future shapes?


paul machon


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For Sale: 5’5 mini simmons surfboard – $480 (Whittier)

For Sale: 5’5 mini simmons surfboard – $480 (Whittier).)Got a 5’5 snub nose mini Simmons quad for sale, great board few pressure dings, bought from Russell surf shop in Newport for 520 selling because just more of a single fin guy, open to trade, single fin or fish twin fin under 6ft interested email me plz, can meet in Whittier or near Monterey park
Do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers
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For Sale: Mini Simmons Surfboard – $350 (eureka)

For Sale: Mini Simmons Surfboard – $350 (eureka). Mini-Simmons style surfboard for sale. Board measures in @ 6’4″x22″x2 7/8″. Template is off a Vernor Mini-Simmons and will work well for the larger-sized surfer.
Board is in mint condition and comes with fins (Futures Controller). $350/will sell for less minus the fins. Thanks.
Please text to view.
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For Sale: Mini Simmons 5.4 quads fins + Barr 6.2 truster – $150 (Wind and Sea)

For Sale: Mini Simmons 5.4 quads fins + Barr 6.2 truster – $150 (Wind and Sea)
Black one
Mini Simmons 5.4 – 23 – 2.3/8
quads fcs fins
Used board in very good shape
Epoxy Vacuum Fusion (super light but strong!)
Comes with Fins but no leash.
BARR 6.2 – 19 – 2.3/8
Thruster futures fins
Used board in good shape
Comes with Fins but no leash.
150$White and red
SoldCall Ben or send an email

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For Sale: Brom Mini Simmons 5’8″ – $400

5’8″x 21.75 x 2.75 
For Sale: Brom Mini Simmons 5’8″ – $400. Steve Brom arc tail mini simmons. Stringerless epoxy construction makes this board light and strong. Fast, drivey, and super fun.
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Do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers.
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Show & Tell Shaper Doug 5’10” x 23″ x3″

Tell Us About Your Mini Simmons.

I got my first Mini-Simmons from Ian Zamora. 5’10” x 23″ x3″. I am around 5′ 9″ and 215 lbs. board was amazing! The more I rode it, the more I wondered if I could get away with less volume. Decided to try to shape 1 myself. Changed the outline a bit. Moved the wide point, adjusted the curve a bit. Went 5’8″ x 22″ x 3″.

I like it even more! It’s not a real mini-Simmons. Flat bottom, swallow tail and quad set up, but I really like it. Going to make more and experiment with design.

Who inspires you?

Tyler Hatzikisn, Lance Carson, Jeff Biggs, Phil Edwards, Buttons, Rasta

What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

I am a bigger guy and enjoy being able to ride a shorter board. It paddles well, catches waves easy, and is really responsive. Helps an old guy like me compete in the line up on a short board with the younger generation.

If you shaped your own board – Shaper Doug?

I was inspired by the Zamora I was riding so I tried to keep it close with few changes. It was hard to find the right curves with my existing templates. I just tried to keep it simple. It was a lot of fun and came out pretty good.

Where can we see more or follow future shapes?

Somers Surfboards on Facebook. Or El Porto.


Doug Somers

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For Sale: Mini Simmons 4’8″ x 22″ (Like New)

For Sale: Mini Simmons

4’8″ x 22″

Like new

Foam core with Paulownia skins on deck, bottom and layers on rails

Beautifully crafted board

No fibreglass or resin = more sustainable board

Sealed with lanolin = no wax needed on deck either

Shaped by Grant Newby on Gold Coast

Floats and rides wonderfully (i’m 170cm⁄72kg) but gotta make room for other boards

Rasta Futures keels included (look brand new)

Paid $800 last year

Looks brand spanking new still and will continue to, due to the hardy Paulownia!

Comes with custom made board cover


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Show & Tell Shaper- Javier

Show & Tell Shaper- Javier

Tell us about your Mini Simmons

I researched the whole planning hull idea since a while back and it had been impossible for me to get something along those lines.

I had ridden a twin keel fish and really enjoyed it but I felt it was missing something or something was not right.

The whole bottom contour and rail types became my new interest me and spent a couple years trying to get one.

Then I stumbled onto Wave Tribe page and further read more and found that this new mini Simmons board I found exactly what I had been looking for. It is a 5’5″ Mini Simmons shaped by Valaric Surfboards. Low rocker, hull entry to V out the back with two wooden keels and 60/40 rails and a small step deck.

The board rides real fast and holds all the way up to 6 foot down the line point break surf.

Been getting barreled in the fast sections because of its speed making them real easy as well as riding the nose and doing cutbacks. It has become my favorite board for sure.

I recently also purchased a Tomo Vader and am going to give that a shot when I need a more high performance board. I am attaching a couple pictures of the board and me riding it.

Good vibes from El Salvador brother keep riding Minis!


Javier Suarez


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Show & Tell Shaper Dan

Tell Us About Your Mini Simmons.

First, this is 100% scratch built from 5 mm ply and 1/4″ Western Cedar planks, along with Balsa for additional internal supports. Each is hand cut and fitted using hand tools when possible. Working with wood is not a quick and profitable way to make surfboards, but is much more enjoyable than hacking through foam blanks and much quieter.

I love Simmons shape. After all the years of different board designs the Simmons still works. To me, they just look fun.

Who inspires you?

Inspiration…something old and with craftsmanship that is from someone’s hands. A gift of nature, from Tree to Sea kind of thing. It is about hand crafting that will live long after I am gone. It will not yellow with age, not be tossed around like an old foamy. It is surfable art.

What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

How the planing hull is so simple and so effective. The challenge is to get the rails to work in such a short distance.

If you shaped your own board – Shaper Dan?

Working with wood is hard to explain. First one needs good tools that are razor sharp. There is no sound like a Jack plane cutting  wood curls. Unlike foam that you will know what the board looks like before it is glassed, with wood it gets better after each sanding from 80 grit up to 220. Then the first fill coat, the wood starts to show. Glass adds more depth to each piece of wood planking. Another fill coat then gloss coat and the wood if finished. Amazing what you didn’t see in the beginning and yet shows at the end.

Where can we see more or follow future shapes?

You can follow my work at: www.BlindDogSurfboards, And yes, there was a blind dog, Spanky. The most happy dog who never realized he was blind. 🙂


Dan Johnston


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