Tomo Shaper Dan Thomson splits his time between San Diego, California, and Lennox Head, Australia (nice mixture of venues bro). His mission is to create the most advanced high performance surf crafts ever built.
18 months of rigorous development and testing since his first MPH concept in April 2009, Dan has achieved a harmonious balance in hull craft following design properties that decrease drag and increase thrust (that’s what we all look for, right?)
Some of the design principles he uses include:
*SIMMONS FORMULA: Efficient planing surface provide effective lift to counteract the riders weight. Therefore a reduction of physical length, area and volume is necessary.
He goes on to say about his designs:
Naturally, the lower drag and higher degrees of dynamic surface planing lift result in increased speed. Both acceleration and top-end. With an increase of the potential speed of a surfboard design requires equal degrees of control. The balance of these two aspects is crucial to a successful surfboard design.
This guy is a freaking scientist and goes on to reveal more of his formula here:
Ok, here is the visual of this mini artist extraordinaire:
More info on Tomo Surfboards—order one today!
TOKEN Surfboards met up with Chris Leidy in Nicaragua as he was homeward bound after touring the Pacific Islands.
He spent two months in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Kauai surfing and shooting underwater photographs.
TOKEN caught up with him and spent a few days surfing and filming him on his 5′ Token mini Simmons.
You can view his photographs at leidyimages.com
Bright, clean, fluid, sensual.
These are the words that describe the Mini Simmons surfboards from De La Luz which means from the light in Spanish.
Mini Simmons Swallow tail. 5´2″ x 22 3/4″ x 3″
Mini Simmons rounded square. 5´4″ x 22 1/4″ x 2 7/8″
Mini Simmons. 5´4″ x 22 1/2 ” x 2 3/4″
Mini Simmons Quad 5´4″ x 22 1/4″ x 2 5/8″
Contact them here http://delauzsurfboards.com/
Mast Surfboards. The shaper says about this board, “Down the line it feels like a displacement hull but when you step back turns with the ferocity of a fish, without the wiggle.”
The result was 6’7″ with nice hips toward the tail, perfect and a lot curvier that any replica would be and how we love those lines.
Beautiful tapered nose, not too much width . . . just enough.
Big hips with slight bulge in tail, this tail is very unique and the lines are epic.
Thin light nose with harmonious rail line.
Here is where it gets really good, look at that single concave sculpture—love it.
For more info see Mast Surfboards here.
Mason Surfboards…..Really beautiful shapes coming out of UK.
Big step in front, look at the extended rail lines toward deck.
Big full nose, looks like a nice gradual rocker entry.
Lots of foam in the deck, not sure about the nose to deck foam ratio here (might work better for UK surf though).
Interesting fin placement. I’d have put them a bit further back.
Overall an awesome shape, see here for more info on Mason Surfboard.
Bird talks with shaper Bob Mitsven from San Diego about his ‘nameless’ Mini Inspired surfboard.
More on Mitsven here.
Ah, yes . . . returning to to the simplicity of riding waves on great and unique surfcraft.
Migration . . .
They write on their site:
“Migration Surfboards are built on the concept of returning your surfing experience to the moment you were hooked on riding waves and experiencing something new in the process.”
This Mini is a migration in itself:
Dimensions: 5’5″ x 19 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ (me like)
Let the picture speak . . .
Get One Yourself at Migration
Fins are way over rated—especially on a Mini Simmons.
My take has always been smaller and lower with fins on the Mini but Tom Wegener has taken the ‘less fin argument’ a few steps forward in his almost fin-less chinned vacuum creation.
Tom Wegener, shaper of the year in Australia, says he got the idea from the rails on a boogie board with “chinned vacuum rails.” He then accentuated the fin set-up with tiny little pegs—forget the keels on this design.
Essentially the idea is that the built-in chinned rail acts as a fin through the length of the board giving some stability through turns and maneuvers.
In fact, this rail replaces the necessity for the traditional keel fin set-up and allows the surfer to pull off radical 360 style maneuvers with ease (see video below).
More on Tom Wegener here.
The word on the street for these surfboards is “simmons inspired designs.”
The exciting thing happening in the Mini Simmons world (or in any creative shaping bay) is that the evolution of the original Mini Simmons design concept is manifesting into unique interpretations.
Matt Calvani, currently shaping for Bing, has done some interesting tweaking on his Mini Simmons designs and we are going to examine his work in the article.
Adopting Simmons’ relatively flat rocker and S-deck design, Matt’s Bing Simmons design has a slight displacement and belly in the nose that goes into a flat and slight concave in the tail—we see a lot of guys doing this.
However, instead of following the traditional short length design, Matt found that by keeping the rails thin he could accomplish two critical design features:
Here are Matt’s dems:
|5’2″||18 3/4″||21 1/2″||18 3/4″”||2 1/2″|
|5’4″||18 3/4″”||21 3/4″||18 3/4″”||2 1/2″|
|5’6″||18 3/4″”||22″||18 3/4″”||2 5/8″|
|5’8″||18 3/4″||22 1/8″||18 3/4″||2 5/8″|
|5’10”||18 3/4″”||22 1/4″||18 3/4″||2 3/4″|
|6’0″||18 3/4″”||22 1/2″||18 3/4″||2 7/8″|
|6’2″||18 3/4″||22 9/16″||18 3/4″||2 15/16″|
|6’4″||18 3/4″”||22 3/4″||18 3/4″||3″|
|6’6″||18 3/4″”||23″||18 3/4″||3″|
I would go one step further than just thinner rails as Matt suggests, I’ve been making my rails with hard angles in the rear (traditional shortboard style) for explosive turns and deep carving. I start them just above the forward keel line and find this type of rail excellent for the Mini Simmons.
The other change Matt made is in the tail design. Matt adopted an arc tail making the board looser and more responsive (but most likely slower down the line).
For fins, instead of trying to use more fin surface area like the traditional half-moon templates to turn the board, he discovered that the smaller base and straightness of the Gephart template allowed the board to release a lot more off each turn.
Interesting changes, but not sure if I agree.
The wide square tail gives the Mini such a unique ride and not only allows for greater speed and surface area through turns but it also plays an important structural role in fin placement—that wide ass tail allows the shaper to place those keels far apart and gives the water a nice exit stage as it flies down the face.
More on fins here, but essentially less is better in my opinion. The same desired improvements Matt talks about with the Gephart template can be made with traditional keels by making them lower and wider. But try it and see how you like it.
You want a board that is right for your individual surfing style, not what is right for the shaper. The fun thing about shaping is learning what tweaks lead to a better surfing experience for you and your customers.
Nocean. Agave between two pieces of Paulownia (we love Paulownia at MSS).
I have ridden a few ALL wood Minis and I find them heavy and stiff.
I like the idea more and more of using wood and foam.
I know a lot of guys either lean one way or the other but I think using a combination of these two materials might create the right mixture for an exceptional Mini Simmons.
Next month I’ll be shaping my first chambered Mini via Mark from Crooked Blanks—-we’ll all get some first hand experience (via this blog).
The big question for me is:
Oh yea, Ode to Nocean for this beautiful shape.