Sunday, November 12, 2006

Big Blue Coop

Oh, r-i-i-ght. THAT'S why I loved my Big Blue Cooperfish so much. Saturday, I kept thinking how much more fun I'd be having if I'd brought Weirdo (who's on the rack while I figure out what to do about the dings opening up and glass issues). I traded boards with Riab who looked miserable on my board, but her Chris Slick board was fun for me! Makes me remember why I like performance longboards. Back on my Cooperfish, I couldn't turn it and bunked some decent shoulders. I knew what I had to do... step back on the tail (way back), pivot, walk... I just couldn't get my body to do it.

Today, my body and Coop started remembering how to work together again. I started finding that sweet spot where I could turn the board without effort. I'm pretty sure I look like an idiot on take-off with my arms flailing and my hips jutting to catch up to the board, but it sure was FUN remembering how tenuous a thing balance can be when you stand on different parts of the board.

I came home and finally took the wax off the two halves of Doc. I have some idea about taking it to Aquatech and getting it fixed as a beater board for visitors, but I'm slightly afraid Ken et. al. are going to start laughing the second I take one half of it out of the car. As I rubbed the remaining film of wax off the board with citrus oil, I couldn't help but think that THIS was exactly the performance longboard I've been idly looking for since I broke it a few months ago. I love the big rocker. I love the shape of the nose (pulled in a little so it doesn't look like a giant gangplank). I love love LOVE the transition of the rails from the middle to the tail.

I don't know. After all the idle distractions and considerations of other boards over the past few months, I might be making a visit to Huntington to have Doc III made.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I’m finding that I have to learn to surf all over again after my lay off during my pregnancy. I went out Friday and jeeze am I sore now.

Anonymous said...

I saw a bonzer LB driving by Cardifff the other day! Based on what the Campbell Bros siad in their presentation, the concept would work for a performance stule LB. That being said, there is a 8'6" Patagonia for sale in OC:
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/spo/233867595.html

Anonymous said...

All I know is they are like other epoxy boards, they are glassed the same way, but epoxy resin instead of polyester resin is used. Same fibergalss cloth and process. Epoxy is stronger and lighter, but hard to work with (IMHO). Shape - wise, I wouldn't know. I suppose they are probably good. It may have even been shaped the campbell bros...

clayfin said...

I hear voices.... "order a custom board, order a custom board.... from Contraband in San Diego....."

riab said...

I thought I was going to kill someone with your board b/c I couldn't for the life of me turn that sucker.