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My model is a 5.3 “. 22 7/16. 2 3/4
with rails 50/50. tail diamonds and mild concave between the fins.
I read the story of bob simmons, and also Mr. Bugges.
but my surfing I switch to see tyler warren surfing, so fluides, that is the reality.
So passionate about their stability, fluidity of the turns, ease of catching waves, and well I am passionate about being true to what I do retro wooden keels hand around a traditional process, that’s what excites me more.
make a mini simmon is all a ceremony for me, because it is outside the normal parameters of a conventional table, both measures rail cuts, rockers, placement of keels everything in general
Now the range is very wide, I’ll keep evolving as far as I am able, I will continue testing and experimenting in this type of shortboard.
Juan Ma Bernal
I meet Joe Alphabet that is what they call him. Well, he needed unloading some Balsa wood boards which He had 6 or 7 ft Bob Simmons board. He had it in storage for 30 years and it was his first time showing it… I was amazed…. I was next door showing off my collection but everyone wanted to see the Bob Simmons board….. Some people didn’t know who he was and Joe Talked story about Velzy and Simmons… I had a great day….. Learned alot…..
My camera Battery were dead, but if anyone took picture of the event please look for the Bob Simmons board…….
Downey, ca 1-562-896-9546
Joe Alphabet is our national treasure love this man…. Thanks again Everyone, we need to interview him more, Lets get some Media guy do a documentry.. He goes to Austriallia and knew all the legends in shaping and surfers….. Great man….
The square taill
I have been taking longboards that were broken and shaped them like mini simmons and staying with in 5’10 and 3 3/4 thick for float…Ferreri boards.. My glasser would do the glassing working work. Everytime I take them out, I have someone wanting to buy it. I have sold three sold far, but I ride and next thing I have offers for the boards.. Well, I do this for a hobbie not for the money….. Still learning planning on buying an infinity tombstone today and learning more about the shape…. Well, still learning..
I will be building some new boards which at HB woody and Longboard show, I meet rep from U.S. blanks which I plan on buying their planks and start modifieying my ideas…. or email me when next project is done. Frank Martinez email@example.com or 1-562-896-9546
Broken longboard surfboards.
9 ft Becker
9 ft stick man
9 ft infinity
Now, I will start using U.S. blanks in Gardena for next projects.
I love living here, I have been here since 1972. My Dad like HB because back in the day there wasn’t to many people due to oil wells which Longbeach had to many people.. Well, as I became older he would say, “were you guys good this week?” If, yes we go to HB if not we go to longbeach.. Man did we learn to shape up… HB has always had waves……..
Tell us about your Mini Simmons
Self shaped and glassed mini. Super deep double concave down the center with extra channels out the back. I get the weirdest looks when riding it but this thing screams down the line and holds like nobody’s business. It’s pure blank with two layers of 4oz. On each side And epoxy resin. Also attempted my first epoxy resin pin line…..blah. First epoxy board as well so the quality definitely has room for improvement. Well in the end the ride is all that matters and this thing rides like a stick of butter down scorching metal half pipe. Excuse all the pics but it’s hard to show the ridiculous bottom contours in just one photo. Dimensions are 5’6″ x 22 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.
If you shaped your own board- Shaper Kyle?
It’s only the third board I’ve shaped and my first.
Kyle West Fall
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Hey cheers for the invite to chat about my Simmons that i shaped under my logo of VEPO SURFBORDS @Facebook .I live in Guernsey channel islands and we get ok waves but sometimes lack power n push so shaped my 1st mini about 6 years ago and that was that ! I cant stop using it ” be it 2ft or 6/8ft .the board is 5,7, 22, 2 1/2 full Carbon wrap but i glassed using poly resin as didn’t want it a feel stiff . it paddles so so well around the line up . when I catch a wave its 1 pump and it just goes to overdrive having the slight roll in the nose chest area just gives you lift n speed then when you want to burn speed off adjust your feet sink that edge and it turns on a dime
Ryan Burch for radness , seeing him rip Mundaka apart on hes asymmetrical antic’s is mind blowing , My Mum is a sick cook and gran
The sassiness of it and the ability of the design to hold its ground when things go well over head
since shaping my 1st simms at 5,7 23,3 found it a little corky so just refined it down in volume , you see lots of variants of the simms , I do like what Mandala are doing but not sure on the quad vibe , suppose im a purest and like a glass on . the fins I make , i get 1/2 ” window cut outs from a boat building mate and foil the down to 7.5 x 5.5 and 1/4 “thickness foiled out so have flex
I got my first Mini-Simmons from Ian Zamora. 5’10” x 23″ x3″. I am around 5′ 9″ and 215 lbs. board was amazing! The more I rode it, the more I wondered if I could get away with less volume. Decided to try to shape 1 myself. Changed the outline a bit. Moved the wide point, adjusted the curve a bit. Went 5’8″ x 22″ x 3″.
I like it even more! It’s not a real mini-Simmons. Flat bottom, swallow tail and quad set up, but I really like it. Going to make more and experiment with design.
Tyler Hatzikisn, Lance Carson, Jeff Biggs, Phil Edwards, Buttons, Rasta
I am a bigger guy and enjoy being able to ride a shorter board. It paddles well, catches waves easy, and is really responsive. Helps an old guy like me compete in the line up on a short board with the younger generation.
I was inspired by the Zamora I was riding so I tried to keep it close with few changes. It was hard to find the right curves with my existing templates. I just tried to keep it simple. It was a lot of fun and came out pretty good.
Somers Surfboards on Facebook. Or El Porto.
Show & Tell Shaper- Javier
Tell us about your Mini Simmons
I researched the whole planning hull idea since a while back and it had been impossible for me to get something along those lines.
I had ridden a twin keel fish and really enjoyed it but I felt it was missing something or something was not right.
The whole bottom contour and rail types became my new interest me and spent a couple years trying to get one.
Then I stumbled onto Wave Tribe page and further read more and found that this new mini Simmons board I found exactly what I had been looking for. It is a 5’5″ Mini Simmons shaped by Valaric Surfboards. Low rocker, hull entry to V out the back with two wooden keels and 60/40 rails and a small step deck.
The board rides real fast and holds all the way up to 6 foot down the line point break surf.
Been getting barreled in the fast sections because of its speed making them real easy as well as riding the nose and doing cutbacks. It has become my favorite board for sure.
I recently also purchased a Tomo Vader and am going to give that a shot when I need a more high performance board. I am attaching a couple pictures of the board and me riding it.
Good vibes from El Salvador brother keep riding Minis!
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First, this is 100% scratch built from 5 mm ply and 1/4″ Western Cedar planks, along with Balsa for additional internal supports. Each is hand cut and fitted using hand tools when possible. Working with wood is not a quick and profitable way to make surfboards, but is much more enjoyable than hacking through foam blanks and much quieter.
I love Simmons shape. After all the years of different board designs the Simmons still works. To me, they just look fun.
Inspiration…something old and with craftsmanship that is from someone’s hands. A gift of nature, from Tree to Sea kind of thing. It is about hand crafting that will live long after I am gone. It will not yellow with age, not be tossed around like an old foamy. It is surfable art.
How the planing hull is so simple and so effective. The challenge is to get the rails to work in such a short distance.
Working with wood is hard to explain. First one needs good tools that are razor sharp. There is no sound like a Jack plane cutting wood curls. Unlike foam that you will know what the board looks like before it is glassed, with wood it gets better after each sanding from 80 grit up to 220. Then the first fill coat, the wood starts to show. Glass adds more depth to each piece of wood planking. Another fill coat then gloss coat and the wood if finished. Amazing what you didn’t see in the beginning and yet shows at the end.
You can follow my work at: www.BlindDogSurfboards,blogspot.com And yes, there was a blind dog, Spanky. The most happy dog who never realized he was blind. 🙂
DIY 5’6 x 22 x 23/4
Flat bottom with a touch of concave in the back, twin keel that’s been nicknamed the Tooth.
It’s the fastest board in the quiver.
It’s the ultimate slop killer but will surprise you on the good days too.
Tyler Warren, Matt Calvani and Ryan Burch
I’d been obsessed with the Mini Simmons for a long time and always thought it’s simple shape would be perfect for a garage shaper’s first attempt at mowing foam.
I had so much fun using new tools to shape the board and it was totally satisfying experience.
It still has a lot of foam left in the nose and tail—despite my nervousness she handled the bottoms turns and loved the high line.
Nothing beats riding something you’ve spent hours making yourself.