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Nano Planning Hull

Nano Planning Hull. 2013 was a big year for Firewire and Daniel Thomson, of Tomo Surfboards, and 2014 looks to be the same.

The 2014 Nano plays off the strength of the Modern Planing Hull (MPH) seen in the Vanguard and has a clean, foiled shape that allows for a smooth and effortless ride.

With a wide and rounded square tail, the NANO offers exceptional speed while the orientation and shape of the rails offer reliable edge control in steep sections.


The original MPH (Modern Planing Hull). The NANO is the stock MPH and a true example of a 21st century modern thruster. It is a user friendly all around board but a radical performer with free flowing speed and a very natural controlled ride. Effortlessly fast and loose, yet predictable and drivey, the NANO ticks all the boxes. The rider really feels as though they can pull off any maneuver and it rides with a very pure sensation of flow.

The NANO features a clean, foiled shape, a wide point forward of center, a round nose for smooth turns and a wide chopped tail with soft corners for exceptional speed and glide. The straight rail line through the back end of the board will provide the necessary control through turns. The Nano has a surprising range with good edge control in bigger punchy waves.

Ride this one in the middle to the performance end of your preferred volume range in thigh to slightly overhead surf. Ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers.


For Sale: 5’4 Stoker V Machine Mini Max Surfboard

For Sale: 5’4 Stoker V Machine Mini Max Surfboard

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5’4″ Fowler Stoker V Machine “mini max” model surfboard for sale

5’4″x 22 1/4″x 2 11/16″

Good condition, just standard pressure dents on deck and one small cosmetic crack on bottom by fins (covered by orange sticker in picture)

Sells new for $700+


Board flies in tiny surf and works well in good waves too.

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The Fish Surfboard – A Short History

In the late Sixties and early Seventies two young Hawaiians named Reno Abellira and Jeff Ching recognized the potential of the fish design as a means to fulfill their boyhood dreams of mastering the art of stand up paipo riding. Both Reno and Jeff grew up riding paipos at the Wall at Kuhio beach, and both were spellbound by the amazing stand up paipo style of Valentine Ching, though they found it too difficult to stand up on a paipo themselves. Jeff moved from Oahu to San Diego in 1966 to attend Cal Western University in Point Loma. After arriving there he befriended a local teenage kneeboarder named Steve Lis, who, in January of 1967 created a tiny split tailed kneeboard design he dubbed the “fish”.

With it’s unprecedented speed and traction the fish was the most progressive surfboard to emerge from the 1960s shortboard revolution. Coming from a background of bodysurfing and bellyboarding Lis had intuitively arrived at some of the same design solutions as Bob Simmons had 15 years earlier, but in a much smaller, refined, and more maneuverable package. What he had created was essentially a buoyant paipo board souped up with elements of Simmons’ basic planing hull design. Lis was a phenomenal kneeboard surfer, and he rode in a manner that conventional surfers would not equal for decades. Inspired by watching Lis ride and by his memories of Valentine Ching’s paipo riding in Hawaii, Jeff Ching decided to try riding Lis’s tiny, paipo-like kneeboard as a stand up board. The result was a hyper-leap forward in stand up surfing performance. From that point on the San Diego fish cult rapidly evolved in almost total obscurity at the reef breaks of San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs area.This was one of the most dynamic and creative scenes in the history of modern surfing, and it all went down under the radar, intentionally.

Creativity fueled by regular doses of psychedelic drugs, the fish crew surfed Lis’s little aquatic skateboard in a style that foreshadowed the coming revolution in skateboarding soon to be ignited by Frank Nasworthy’s release of the urethane wheel in 1973. Nasworthy himself is a life long fish devotee. Meanwhile, Reno Abellira evolved as one of Dick Brewer’s mini-gun test pilots in the late Sixties. In 1972 he witnessed Jimmy Blears and David Nuuhiwa ripping trashy waves on very short fish boards during the finals of the World Contest in San Diego. Reno went on to make himself a fish-like twin fin to deal with trashy surf at the Coke Contest at Narrabeen in Australia in 1977. Mark Richards was inspired by Reno’s board, which led to him to create the MR twin fin in the late 70s. A few years later Simon Anderson took the multi-finned board a step further with his Thruster design and the modern “shortboard” was born.

*source hydrodynamica

Lis Fish from Hydrodynamica on Vimeo.

Ode to Felix Dickson

Felix Dickson from Otago Penisula, grew up surfing the amazing variety of cold waves at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island and completed internationally collecting  1st under 18 New Zealand National Scholastic 2000: 9th Open Mens ISA World Surfing Games, Equador, 2004.

Felix Dickson started shaping in 2005 on the Gold Coast  shaping at D’arcy’s factory in Currumbin and moved back to New Zealand at the end of 2005 and worked for hismain sponsor Billabong, as Team Manager and events co-ordinator, and started Feestix Surfboards in 2009.

Felix Dickson collaborated with Quiver Surfboards in 2011 and now working out of the UK, based at the Seabase/Quiver factory in Newquay, Cornwall.

Contact Felix at for a board.

Thanks to reader Rob for the pictures and stoke.

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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.



For Sale: 5’10” Mini Simmons (San Diego, California)

For Sale: 5’10” Mini Simmons (San Diego, California)

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LENGTH – 5’10”
WIDTH – 22″
THICKNESS – 2 3/4″


$425 without fins OR $475 WITH FINS…!!


Greg’s 6’6 Mini Simmons Quad

Greg’s 6’6 Mini Simmons Quad



Richard Kenvin on Monday- taking it out for 1st session tomorrow.   Dims- 6’6″ x 22″ x 2 3/8″.

Has glassed on Gephart keel fins & a very cool looking channel through the tail.

This is the Hydrodynamica Fourke model- based on Bob Simmon’s design theory with some obvious modern updates.

I didn’t ask RK who shaped it but it has a small “Built by Penda” label on the tail.

Ode to Tore Surfboards

Ode to Tore Surfboards. Tore shows Bob Simmons some respect on his page, I like that:

“This is my homage to a fallen pioneer of surfboard design… Mr. Bob Simmons left us in Sept. of 1954 but he has not been forgotten.”


He goes on to remind us about the surf boards characteristics and show us a thing or two about his shaping chops:

“Bobs’ original design featured a few firsts, one being concave and the other being a hard down rail on the back third of the board. Bob’s design also featured an S-deck. For those of you who don’t know, this is when the deck sweeps downward on the tail of the board. Bob’s intention was to thin the tail allowing it to sink more easily when turning.”


Tore doesn’t like the S-deck so he has eliminated this ‘feature on his version of the Mini Simmons.

He has also redesigned the leash plug, which I personally love as those retro loops should be lost in the retro-land dump, I have seriously injured my foot on those things.


Order one today for $600 in Hawaii.

Grain Surfboards Wood Mini Simmons

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

Mini Simmons PU Surfboard Blank

Mini Simmons PU Surfboard Blank

It’s about time someone started making Mini Simmons blanks.

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6’4” Mini Simmons PU surfboard blank








Tail Rocker


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6ft 4in 20 22 24 22 1/2 20 2 3 1/4  2


191.8 50.8 55.9 61 57 50.8 5.1 7.6 5.1


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For Sale: 5′ Mini Simmons by Eric Christenson

For Sale: 5′ Mini Simmons by Eric Christenson

5′ Mini Simmons by Eric Christenson

TAIL: Large square/squash
COLOR: Tri-tone resin tint lamination: opaque navy nose, opaque red middle, opaque yellow tail; top+bottom
FINISH: Sanded gloss
FIN: Glass on fiberglass quads
EXTRA: 4+4 oz. deck/ 4 oz. bottom

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Flat rocker / pinched rails / spoon entry w/ single concave through fins/ rail to rail surfing when driven to the limit / perfect for waist high and up wave conditions.

Eric Christenson, working for and shaping side by side with Dick Brewer and Skip Frye. Greg Long winning the Eddie and Waterman of the Year, 5 XXL winners awarded on my boards, Tribute to the Masters contestant, 2 second place finishes in Reef Board Build Offs’,

More information at Icon of Surf

For Sale: 5’0 Mini Simmons 1954 model by Jeff McCallum

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5’0″x 24″ x 2 3/8″ Mini Simmons ” 5’0 1954 model by Jeff McCallum of San Diego, Ca

-Opaque White resin tint
-Easily floats me at 160 and can float somebody up to 200lbs because of the planing surface/volume
-Glides and slides like nothing else
-Board is in excellent condition with just standard and light pressure dents on deck.
-Glass on bamboo 101 fins
-Jeff’s infamous dollar bill glassed under the deck with signature/logo
-Sells new for $800+

SOLD (more here)