This board is a pretty cool one. A very high performance SUP Noserider! that is named “ALGIE”. It has been a dream of mine for 15yrs to have a SUP Nose rider. I actually had one about 10yrs ago for about 40min, but then it broke in half in a 1ft wave. 😒 Ooops! This board was very challenging to shape, because I just didn’t want it to nose ride, I also wanted to step back on the tail and carve some waves up. The specs sum up to 10′ x 30″ x 3 5/8″ 136L 19LB. The bottom shape has some concave up front in the nose for hanging ten, which flows into a double V in the mid-section for speed, then into a slight V in the tail for carvy carvy. The fins are a neat 4 +1 fin combination for max speed and grip. I added a Lift sup Handle for easy carrying and finished off the hole deck with RSPro hexagon grip for maximum surfboard feel but without the wax.👌
So how did this board get named Algie.? nop it’s not named after seaweed. 😆 It got its name from one of my favorite music bands Pink Floyd. They have an iconic inflatable Pig that they use in their shows and was even on one of there album covers called “Animals”. Yes, and the name of that Inflatable pig is called “ALGIE”. So that is where the theme of the artwork of this board came from. The nice piggy pink color to the Reef Warriors logo done up like “another brick in the wall”. When I make a surfboard, not only do I want it to perform at the highest level, I also want it to tell a story. 😜🤙
I finally got around to building two Kite surf boards this year. I actually shaped them up 3 years ago and they have been sitting on my rack ever since. I have never been happy with kite surf boards over the years they either feel like a wake board or a slow surfboard. It is challenging to make a kite surfboard that can handle the power and speed of a kite, yet still have that feel of a smooth surfy/carvy surfboard. Good thing I am always up for a challenge. 😉
First up is the “Pickle Slicer”. This board is designed to ride the biggest waves that the Great lakes can throw at us. The specs come in at 5’10” x 18 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ 23L Quad fin. This board has the speed and ultimate control of a gun, but yet its sooo smooth to ride. It likes to make big sweeping carves like butter all day long. A perfect big wave board for all, plus a great all-around board for lighter weights. This board even got some special artwork by the infamous “Big Z”. Its a must see and ride.
Next up is the “Guacamole” sizing comes in at 5’x20″x2 1/4″ 26L Quad fin. This is targeted as a Lighter wind/wave board. It is Rocket fast, goes upwind even faster and is very lively on a wave. I designed this board to have a fast squrity style were you can run down a wave, step on the tail and Hit the Lip as many times as you want. Everyone who has tried this board seems to really like it. here’s a quote from one tester. “Light on the feet, planes instantly, goes up wind like a rocket and rides the wave with no power needed from the kite and Top notch workmanship!” Well after comments like that I think I am on to something. 🤔 hahahaha.
I am proud to introduce to you the all new TopGun “GOOSE”. This is a High performance WWF/Sup surf Foilboard for the big guys. I had a lot of passion for developing this board, cause I didn’t want to leave the “big guy” behind like the general surf industry does time and time again. (they think everyone is 150Lbs and uber talented)😆 Arhhh. Well now the 200lb+ can out shred those annoying little surfers all day long. 🤙 and man dose this board shred. It took a lot of R&D and time but I couldn’t be happier with the results.👌 It must be another winner cause the orders are already coming in and riders who demoed it, keep saying “its perfect”. 😆 (anybody want to work for free and build boards) hahaha.
The final stats come in at 144L 7’x31″ but as I try to always remind everyone specs for foil boards don’t mean the same like they do for surfboards so don’t get stuck on them.
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Here at the Reef we were blessed this week to have a few tall ships anchor just off shore.
These ship were on the way to Buffalo for a stop during this summers 2019 Great Lakes Tall ship challenge. https://tallshipsnetwork.com/series/tall-ships-challenge-great-lakes-2019/
The few of us that were here this week had an opportunity to sail out to these ships while they were underway during crew training sessions.
Thursday morning Gidget paddled out to the ship while they lay at anchor.
Here are a few photos from this adventure.
Click the link above to see where they are headed next.