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Ode to Shaper Craig Ludlow . Early 2015 I attended a Tree To Sea timber surfboard building workshop on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria where I built a 6’4” fish. I was inspired to continue building boards with the knowledge I gained from the worksop. Mini-Simmons designs appealed to me, and after downloading the cad file from the Mini Simmons website I decided to turn my hand at building the 5’ 8” design.
The board is hollow with a plywood frame and Paulownia timber deck and base, including a cedar racing stripe. The finish is a satin marine varnish.
Still waiting to give the board a proper go, the first go last week was gutless point style waves breaking directly onto rocks on the high tide. Hopefully this week I’ll give it a crack.
I’ve now got the hang of board-cad and have two more Mini-Simmons designs ready to build but the next project is a 5’10” inspired from a Jeff McCallum Quagg II.
Shaper: Craig Ludlow (Hobart, Tasmania)
Thought I would keep you up to date with board #2.
The first board was really good in down the line fast waves but was a bit difficult on my backhand and when the waves got a bit of a pocket on them.
The aim was to shape a board that still had the glide of the original but could turn in the pocket a little better. Increased the rocker just a little and moved the concave towards the nose so I could get some vee out the tail, narrowed it a little and replaced the keel with close clustered split keel.
The result is a lot more squirt and control through turns, still really good glide and hold.
Kirill Beznosikov. I don’t remember how I came with idea of shaping a mini, it’s my first board and somehow I visited your site, and i got deeper and deeper in mini simms world. Got sucked in, I would say.
I live in Russia, Kaliningrad, Baltic Sea coast . Have some good windy swells, but “mushy waves” is what we surf here.
This board is made of eps beaded foam, cut from a cube of material, and glued to a stringer. It’s 6oz +4oz deck, 6 oz bottom with fins reinforcement patch, Epoxy resin. Size is 5″5′, and it has 50 liters of volume.
Best wishes, Kirill Beznosikov
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What did you think, interesting huh?
The Mini Simmons history is super fascinating and boards keep changing. It is amazing to me that these boards went unnoticed for so long and now they are becoming a big hit.
I have been riding a mini for several years now, when the conditions call for it, of course.
We have been collecting tons of Mini Simmons surfing videos and we are stoked to share them with you.
I’d love to know what you thought and if you got one of these. There is a lot of good info on that site if you are thinking about trying one of these boards.
And if you already have one or have shaped one, I’d love to see a photo and a little write-up on the shaping process and your design ideas and strategy.
Have an awesome day,
~ Derek, Mini Simmons Surfboards Freak
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