Ode to Shaper Mike Trip
Ode to Pierre Both Paulownia Mini
Grab Original Bob Simmons Board
Seminal post-World War II surfboard designer and shaper from Pasadena, California; a primary architect of the modern surfboard who almost singlehandedly brought into play the now-fundamental principles of nose-lift, foil, and finely sculpted rails.
Simmons was born (1919) in Los Angeles, the son of a postman, and raised in the Los Angeles communities of Silverlake and Pasadena. He developed a cancerous tumor in his left ankle at age 16, and nearly had the limb amputated before the growth went into remission. Bicycling to rehabilitate his leg, Simmons was hit by a car and broke his left elbow, and the joint had to be fused at a 45-degree angle. While in the hospital recuperating, he was advised by another patient to take up surfing to help strengthen his arm. Simmons eventually became a skilled if ungainly surfer, limited somewhat by his bad limb, and riding in a straight-backed legs-together goofyfoot stance. Malibu was his favorite break, as it was with virtually all Southern California surfers in the ’40s and ’50s. A high school dropout, Simmons nevertheless passed the admittance test to the California Institute of Technology, and was a part-time engineering student for nearly five years, earning straight As. When America entered the war in 1941, he quit school and became a machinist, and for two years after the war he worked on and off as a mathematician for Douglas Aircraft. He later attended San Diego State College for one semester and earned a B.S. in mathematics.
Ode To Shaper Grant Newby. Grant has been building Mini Simmons for 8 years since Ian Zamora brought the first Mini Simmons to Australia in 2007 to the Alley Fish Fry that I used to run for 7 years down here.
I love my surfing and to be able to spend my time at the beach, out among the waves is one of lifes true pleasures. To now be building boards of my own to ride is such a great experience for me. I love to feel what the wave is doing , what the board is doing and being able to design boards that bring the whole experience together.
More on Grant here: www.SurfboardsByGrantNewby.
Ode to Shaper Nate Grey
Bottom shape: Subtle displacement hull through nose, blending into a single concave between fins with a bevelled rail.
Hollow construction, made out of balsa wood, glassed with entropy resin, 4oz bottom, 4oz deck with 4oz deck patch.
Weighs in under 3kg.
Grain Surfboards Wood Mini Simmons. Grain Surfboards are hand-built using time honored woodworking techniques and local, sustainable softwoods that naturally produce artful grain patterns on every board. Our itch for surfing and our passion for working wood inspire us to create beautiful and functional surfboards designed to last forever.
Our board-building workshops offer surfers a chance to get their hands dirty and to become part of a community of like-minded individuals – from all over the world – who think the status quo’s gotta go. Work side by side with Grain’s builders to create the board of your dreams – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
We’ve trucked our workshops all over the country (and still do) but in the process, we’ve also found a second home on Long Island. With classes most weekends through the summer and fall, our new permanent workshop we call “Grain–NY” will be close at hand with three-and four-day workshops in dream-board construction.
More info at Grain Surfboards
5’0″ Hollow Plywood Mini Simmons No Glass….
MSS Shaper’s Interview Dhiya Md, Welcome to our Mini Simmons shaper’s interview with Dhiya.
Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Alex Knost, and Tyler Warren.
Fast, fast, and fast.
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?
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.
MSS: Do you have any shaping tips?
Take your time and have fun doing it.
For more on Dhiya see his blog http://mdrnst.tumblr.com/
Wow, love the result.
some cut turkey, I cut wood!
Very beautiful work on this chambered Mini Simmons by Valerio Gennari in Italy.
He writes, “The various phases of construction are an example of how the structure is built and modeled using dexterity and precision, and if something turns bad, well is in you to fix it … life teaches us this and we must respect it because that’s how works always, is going just fine.”
Great attitude and I love the name too!
See his website here.
I have been interested in the idea of making a Mini Simmons without a foam core for a while now.
Foam has many qualities but the idea of creating a wood Mini is very appealing.
I’ll be making a hollow wood Mini this fall using a wood frame from crooked blanks.
Stoked about that.
Here is a great post I found from the Grain crew detailing a Chambered Mini Simmons.