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Ode to Shaper Peru Izeta

Ode to Shaper Peru Izeta

Peru lives in the basque country (San Sebastian, North Spain). He has been surfing longboards since about 10 years ago, when he returned to the surf (abandoned for several years). And he has always found the Mini Simmons interesting, but hasen’t gotten a chance to test one.

There is also another circumstance: He had some fiber glass and polyester surplus from another past project, so this summer he decided to build his own Simmons.

The idea was to do something fast, with surplus or waste materials: a kind of ‘trashy simmons’ (board decorated in the same idea, attempt to seem a Koi Carp in five minutes).

As he didn’t have a blank foam, he used cheap 5mm wood. So he took the board template, and simplified it, leaving only the top and bottom lids and three longitudinal dividing walls.

To form the edges, he used wasted surf foam that had to plaster to close the holes. Now he is finally glassing it, and -you know- can’t wait to try it. It was born to be his favorite, for all its faults 🙂

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Slater on Stu Kennedys TOMO Planing Hull Design

Slater on Stu Kennedys TOMO Planing Hull Design

It’s no secret that Kelly Slater is a board design freak. Since the ’90s, he’s been on the forefront of board trends–possibly because the guy can ride pretty much anything, and lots of people want to surf like Kelly. But the board doesn’t make the surfer, and Kelly’s boards aren’t right for everyone.

Unlike a lot of surfers, though, Slater’s not stuck on one design. Quite the opposite, in fact; he’s been trying out new things for ages. Case in point: Tomo’s widely acclaimed, albeit strange designs. The 11 time world champion recently stuck his fingers in the Firewire honey pot, reportedly purchasing the lion’s share of the company, which works extensively with Tomo Surfboards. Of course, when a guy like Kelly buys into the surfboard making game, you’ve got a perfect test driver–and that’s exactly what he did in some perfect Australian point break waves. When Kelly and Tomo himself try out a few new sleds, it’ll make you want to take one for a test drive yourself.

 

David Carson on Design

David Carson on Design

David Carson is perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the 1990’s. He has done work for the likes of Levi’s, Quicksilver, Nike, Yale University and more recently Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. However Carson did not set out in life wanting to be a graphic designer.

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In his early twenties, Carson was very in tune with the surfing sub-culture of southern california and throughout his life has remained an avid surfer, ranking 9th best in the world some years later in 1989. As well as surfing, he studied sociology at San Diego State University where he graduated ‘with honours and distinction’ in 1977. It wasn’t until 1980 that he had his first taste of graphic design, when he took part in a two week graphic design workshop which led him to re-enrol at San Diego State University to study graphic design. This was just the beginning of what would be an amazing career.

 

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MSS Shaper’s Interview Dhiya Md

MSS Shaper’s Interview Dhiya Md

 

MSS Shaper’s Interview Dhiya Md, Welcome to our Mini Simmons shaper’s interview with Dhiya.

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MSS: Who inspires you? Shapers? Riders? Mom?

Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Alex Knost, and Tyler Warren.

MSS: What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

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Fast, fast, and fast.

MSS: Who rides your boards and why do they like the Mini Simmons?

Just me.

I like it because it’s small, it’s fast, it’s loose, catches waves easily and tons of fun.

MSS: What is your opinion on rails, deck, bottom and fin design?

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Nice foiled out rails would be good, if you can afford it go thinner on them rails.

Step deck is nice other than that a scoop nose is also good, i call it the magic nose, pops out of the water when you think you’re about to pearl.

Single throughout or a slight double on the back.

Classic keels!

MSS: Do you have any shaping tips?

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Take your time and have fun doing it.

For more on Dhiya see his blog http://mdrnst.tumblr.com/

Wow, love the result.

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MSS Shaper’s Interview With Oscar

MSS Shaper’s Interview With Oscar

Welcome to our Mini Simmons shaper’s interview with Oscar.

He has some great resources on his blog that show his complete shaping experience, see link below.

I love the fact that this was his first board and that the youth of today are saying and thinking things like, ” it defies those companies who bring out new shapes year after year.”

Thinking differently is so important—being original in thought and design is an essential part of surfing, shaping and living.

Big ups to Oscar for shaping his first board and for breaking out of the box of ‘conditioned’ shaping.

MSS: Who inspires you? Shapers? Riders? Mom?

I was inspired to go shorter than the minimal I was riding and thought the Simmons would enable that.

Loved the retro design.

MSS: What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

It has a really pure hull feel to it and doesn’t follow the trends that we are supposed to conform to in the surfing world.

Along side this it defies those companies who bring out new shapes year after year that do not change at all.

MSS: Who rides your boards and why do they like the Mini Simmons?

I am the only person who has ridden my board so far….my friends think it looks like a body board.

MSS: What is your opinion on rails, deck, bottom and fin design?

I rode mine as a quad with a single to double concave, my rails were a bit too boxy but I love the quad setup.

MSS: Do you have any shaping tips?

Don’t rush and keep to your design.

Have fun

See Oscar’s blog.

 

MSS Shaper’s Interview With James Samaha

MSS Shaper’s Interview With James Samaha

Welcome to our Mini Simmons shaper’s interview with James Samaha from South Carolina.

He has some great resources on his blog, see link below.

We also like the fact that he made his Mini Simmons from a broken longboard and he calls it, “reclaiming the stoke.”

MSS: Who inspires you? Shapers? Riders? Mom?

  • Chris del Maro
  •  Jon Wegener
  • Tom Wegener
  • Donavon Frankenrieter
  • Derek Hynd.

MSS: What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

Their ability to perform well in small waves, which I have plenty of here in Cherry Grove, SC.

MSS: Who rides your boards and why do they like the Mini Simmons?

So far I have only had one friend try it out briefly (I am new at this) but he likes ii.

MSS: What is your opinion on rails, deck, bottom and fin design?

I like the single concave idea that the Wegener brothers seem to have perfected, and a more flat rocker with a spooned out nose.

As far as fins go, I like a quad with a little “nubster” fin added in the middle.

Works good for me

MSS: Do you have any shaping tips?

Still learning myself, maybe one day I will be able to impart some wisdom. =D

Stay stoked!

L- 5′ 4′,  W- 21.5″, Thickness – 2.25″

See James blog check that out here.

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MSS Shapers Interview: The Blinky ‘Plastic Chair Paint’ Mini Simmons With Brian Hill

MSS Shapers Interview: The Blinky ‘Plastic Chair Paint’ Mini Simmons With Brian Hill

Welcome to our Mini Simmons shaper’s interview with Brian Hill from Hawaii. (Yes, they even surf the Mini Simmons on the north shore of Hawaii now).

Mini Simmons boards are not seen on the north shore of Oahu much, but Brain Hill sure likes his Mini and we interviewed him about his ride and slide.

He say the question he get most is “can you turn it?”

He has been riding the one posted here at Chuns and Jockos and all reports are super positive.

When asked if he could go off the top Brain says,

“I don’t know why people are saying you can’t go off the top well, cause it does fine. You just have to put it up there.”

MSS: Who inspires you? Shapers? Riders? Mom?

The waves on the north shore of Oahu.

MSS: What interests you about the Mini Simmons shape?

Short length and width.

Also glide on small waves.

I just wanted to try a board with fins so far back and on the rail, just to see if it worked.

Curiosity got the best of me.

MSS: Who rides your boards and why do they like the Mini Simmons?

I only shape for my self.

Because I have my own ideas that I incorporate into my boards and my regular job pays way more.

MSS: What is your opinion on rails, deck, bottom and fin design?

I like domed deck.

Low volume rails so they don’t fight back when turning.

Single concave from the tail all the way up past the 1′ mark at the nose.

Fins should match the board and the rider.

Cut always at the base of the fin for looseness, no epoxy, I used plastic chair spray paint.

MSS: Do you have any shaping tips?

Get her done.

L- 5′ 4′,  W- 22.5″, Thickness – 2.875″

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Blink & Brain Hill

Thanks to Brain for taking the time to share his photos and stoke.