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Shaping Mini Simmons Rails

Shaping Mini Simmons Rails

I love every aspect of shaping except turning the rails.

Not only are they tedious, but you got to do them twice and try and get them symmetrical.

A buddy of mine once told me to take a finished board with rails that I like and use them as a template. He recommended cutting out some foam and shaping the rail into the foam and then to use that foam template to guide the shaping process. I thought it was great advice, but three years later I still haven’t done it.

Rails, I really dislike them.

http://www.makeasurfboardblog.com/5-shaping-rails/

I still use the same technique that I leaned about a decade ago in JC’s shaping DVD. I make two rail bands, one 2 inches from the edge and another 4 inches. Then I mark three spots on the rail itself, all between 1 and 1.25 inches from the bottom. Then I use my planner to shape those bands into the deck.

Scientific? Hardly.

I wish they had a CNC machine just for the rails, I would buy it for sure.

Or even better, I wish there were dudes that just did rails and you could open up the yellow pages and look for them just like you look for a plumber. For $40 you could call them up and they would come over and finish your rails.

But no such luck, just me and my tools and those damn rails.

I did some research on rails, surfline says, “visualize and plan how much of the middle part of the rail you will leave untouched.”

How about the whole rail?

I should try that, make a board with no rails . . . I wonder?

Ok, that is a ridiculous idea but I had to say it.

Back to visualizing I guess, here is the surfline article if you want to check it. (http://www.surfline.com/gear/how-to-shape/turning-rails.cfm)

In another article Greenlight  Surf  Supply has decided to just simplify rails and suggests that there are only two: boxy and knifey.

Dudes, I wish it were that simple.

But I get where they are coming from, essentially what they are saying is that a knify rail cuts into the wave and a boxy rail floats on top of the wave. Ok, I get that and agree.

http://greenlightsurfsupply.com/surfboard-building-guide—shaping-rails.aspx

Rusty also breaks rails down into two types, 50/50 and down-turned.

Finally, someone gives some riding advice.

Rusty says about the 50/50, “this type of rail lacks a sharp edge on the bottom, water can more freely flow out from the bottom of the board as you plane down the face of the wave. This buoyancy and a lack of edge make a board with rounder (50/50) rails much harder to maneuver.”

He goes on to talk about the down-turn’s sharp edge, “holds through into the tail and helps to capture the flow of water from the nose and keep it underneath the board so that it creates lift as it runs against the fins in a tighter manner.”

Bravo Rusty, you-da man.

http://www.rustysurfboards.com/academy/board-fundamentals/rails/

Watch this video as he schools us on tail shapes and rail design.

Rail Design Pictures here https://www.google.com/search?q=shaping+rails&safe=off&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Mrh3Ur31A6iqiQL64IHgCA&ved=0CEIQsAQ&biw=1826&bih=908#q=shaping+surfboard+rails&safe=off&tbm=isch

Ok that it for now, go get yourself a blank and try one yourself.

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Video: Carrozza Surfboards El Stumpo Mini Simmons

Video: Carrozza Surfboards El Stumpo Mini Simmons. Drawing off of the current Mini Simmons surfboard revolution we came up with this Mini Simmons inspired surfboard design. Very low rocker, very wide template throughout the nose to tail, and some solid double concave make this board very fast and loose, the tail has a nice wide V for responsiveness.

Designed for ankle to head high surf that is sloppy and/or mushy. Our Mini Simmons surfboard design blazes in mushy and soft waves. (Pictured 5’5’x 22”x 2 3/8 ”) Recommended Dimensions 4’10”- 5’10” tall, 20”- 22 ½” wide, and 2 ¼” – 3 ¼” thick. This mini Simmons surfboard inspired design will get you out having fun on the smallest, weakest of days.

Video: The Birth of a Mini Simmons – Tore Surfboards

Video: The Birth of a Mini Simmons – Tore Surfboards

Tore Surfboards. I imagine it starts the same way for every shaper, you just want to be able to make yourself a board… and that’s exactly how it all started for me almost 30 years ago. Back then, there were no shaping machines, and there was no internet, well it was there but still in its infancy. It was the era of the “shaper-guru” a time when you got what your shaper told you to get, no questions asked. I had several bad experiences with shapers of this nature and never forgot how unpleasant it felt to be let down when the board I had envisioned ended up looking like the board my shaper had envisioned instead.