Thursday, 8 March 2012

5'8 Chambered timber fish - make an offer!

5'8 by 20 & 1/2' by 2 & 1/3' Chambered Timber Twin Keel Fish with 4oz glass top and bottom.
SOLD To make an offer  - Leave a comment for JAMES on this page or call 0417 106 480

Up for grabs is the original Kiri Surfcraft. This board was made a few years ago and has been surfed regularily since then, its been such a great board and has drawn so much attention from other surfers that it inspired me to start Kiri Surfcrafts. Now it is up for sale to make way for new and innovative models.

This is a chambered surfboard, each of piece of timber that make this board have been painstakingly hollowed out. The brass vent is to allow the board to breath, unscrew it when you are not in the water and screw it in tight just before a surf (a 5c coin works well in place of a screw driver(!)).

The light coloured timber is Paulownia – an amazing, fast growing timber originating in South East Asia and now sustainably grown and harvested in plantations throughout eastern Australia. The Japanese word for Paulownia is KIRI, which is where the brand name comes from. The unique thing about this wood is that it is almost as light as balsa wood, but it is much more durable and is resistant to water logging. This board is lightly glassed with 4oz cloth by Jade from DSN Surfboards in Gerringong, NSW (Jade has glassed a few woodies in his time and did a really good job with this one).

 The low entry rocker, planning hull and sharp rails are also all designed to give the board more speed down the line. You will also notice the rails of this board are quite sharp, combine this with small timber twin keel fins and the board’s responsiveness is greatly improved. A chambered timber board is much more lively underfoot than foam and fiberglass boards (especially when the surf has a bit of power), it will flex a bit and bounce in and out of turns, the resonance of timber means you will “feel” the way the wave and the board interact. The feeling is hard to explain, suffice to say it’s a great ride!

This board surfs great off the front foot, is super fast and as with most hollow timber boards, it lends itself to huge arcing cut backs, super human floaters and drawn out top-to -bottom ‘figure 8’ turns. This board feels a little slow to paddle, but due to the simmons planning hull design as soon as you catch the wave this board will have almost instant speed, you can relax and just enjoy the speed and energy of the surf and I'm sure you will be able to make sections that you once thought were impossible.

This board is made to bring the fun back into your surfing, no matter what the conditions are like. I've surfed this board comfortably in anything from knee high to well overhead, the bigger the surf gets the livelier the board feels.

The ideal wave for this board is a long peeling break with a variety of fast hollow sections and slow shoulders that break anywhere from knee high to a couple of feet overhead. Since surfing this, my first timber surfboard, I have only gone back to my regular foam and glass thruster for two sessions (when the swell was 6-8ft+).

Surfing wood is addictive!

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