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How To Ride a Mini Simmons

How To Ride a Mini Simmons

Location: Trail1 just south of SanO.
Time: Early am – it was jumbled peaks – low tide drainers –  sets were solid HH-OH.

A little bigger than what i was hoping with the 1st session – but i was so psyched there was no way i wasn’t going.  I can tell you it paddles well – wasn’t sure if i was going to even make it out to the lineup but did so with not too much difficulty.  First wave – i took backside – initially felt a little squirrelly but managed to get it on rail – then tried to hang on for dear life – (insanely fast) and crashed spectacularly.

The first session – i managed to catch at least 6-7 set waves – making all of the drops except one (the board decided to ride that one without me) – after the drop was for the most part trying to adjust to the speed of it while trying to find the sweet spot on the board – i felt like i was out of control for the most part but managed a few turns.  I was amazed at how easy it was catching waves and how well it did dropping in on steep waves – considering it has literally no rocker.

The biggest thing for me was trying to adjust to the speed – i’ve owned 5-6 different “fish” shaped boards and nothing i had previously ridden compared to the speed of this board.  Friday night – i re-watched video of Tyler Warren, RK, etc and did a little poking around for mini-simmons forums on the web – and the best tip i found was “stay low with a narrow stance”.  The first session i was using a pretty wide stance.

Saturday – was session #2 – again at Trails – the conditions were chest high glassy peaks – low tide.  I keep repeating the mantra “stay low stay low”  and  tried putting the tips to use – got back on the tail – stayed low and kept my feet closer to together and i think i was also a little more prepared for the speed.  I think it was about the 2nd or 3rd wave – it just clicked – frontside bottom turn – felt like i was in control and driving it through the turn – instead of just riding it.  After that – I had soooo much fun – catching a lot of waves and had a couple of really late takeoffs that had some of the guys in the lineup were trippin on.

What i noticed is that it loves a steeper wave – usually this location gets walled up pretty good on a south swell – which would be perfect for this board – but this weekend it was short jumbled peaks.  Sunday – the swell dropped off considerably – waist high – jumbled peaks – but not nearly as much energy behind as Fri/Sat.  I caught a lot waves – just trying to get as much board time as i could.

Overall – the first weekend on it was a success – i love the board – definitely a learning curve – but i think i am off to a really good start with it.   One thing i noticed today is that my legs are more sore than my arms – with each session it seemed easier to paddle.  I think riding it is all about body position and really using your legs (more than just your feet) to put it on the rail.  The first session was a little intense having never ridden a mini-simmons – much less in pumping surf – but i have enough of a feel for it now – that i’ll definitely be ready for the next swell.

~Greg, First Time On A Mini Simmons

Joel Tudor on a 5’11″ Kookbox

Joel Tudor on a 5’11″ Kookbox

Joel Tudor’s surfboard quiver is a lesson in modern board philosophy: the magic lies not necessarily in what you ride, but in how well you know each surfboard, trusting the details that will suit a variety of wave conditions. “I was lucky as a kid because I got to hang with surfers who clued me in early, teaching me the value of all these different designs,” Tudor once wrote. “Today, it seems like everybody understands that value, which is really cool. Surfing is in a brilliant spot where people ride whatever they want and there’s no stigma.” We met with Joel and toured his expansive quiver at his Southern California home, where he showed us his philosophy in designs that are as iconically timeless as his style.

Swami’s Mini Simmons

Swami’s Mini Simmons

Swami’s Mini Simmons….

 

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Focusing on the iconic board shapes that defined the modern era of surfing through 50s – 70s. Hand made in England with a back-to-basics celebration of classic board building technicians; double wrapped patched decks, tail blocks, split gloss/wet n’ dry finishes all in deep resin colored tints shaped with premium modern materials and processes.

Harking back to surfing’s Golden Ages.

More info here