Monday, June 25, 2012

Dennis Ryder Displacement Hull history

The story and knowledge I have about the displacement hull design comes from George Greenough, which he introduced to a small group of people around 1967-68.  I made my first Greenough type board for myself in 1968, and if memory serves me well, it was 7'2".  At the time, Mike Cunduth who moved to Australia some 35 years ago, lived on a avocado ranch in the Rincon Valley and had a little back yard type surfboard thing going there which he named Wilderness Surfboards.  His regular job was sanding surfboards for the Morey-Pope Company where I was a shaper.

In the spring of 1969 Mike Cundith decided to quit his job at Morey-Pope and go full time with Wilderness Surfboards.  The shop was opened in the old ice plant building that was down by the beach in Santa Barbara.  I signed on as his shaper and worked at Wilderness Surfboards/Greenough Desingns for their first season and into early winter of 1970.

The hulls I make now are refinements of boards from that period.

Dennis Ryder 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pat's new 4065

SUP team rider Pat Calimpong has joined the Davenport Surfboard team with his new 40/65.  Pat had Adam pinch the rails a little for his custom board.  After a few sessions, Pat has got the log stoke back with his new board.

More Stokers on the way

I was told today the new orders of Stokers are in glass and should be here soon.  Who would of guessed the first 2 that came in sold with in one hour.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New SUP designs

Had a half hour talk with Clyde in China yesterday, and we are in the process of designing new SUP models for the upcoming winter season.  Clyde being the top builder of SUP's in the world has some great ideas on where the sport is going as well as some very good design ideas.  I'll keep you posted what's on tap for the future.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Stoker's are coming

The Stoker's are coming in this week.  Bruce Fowler is producing the Stoker V Bottom for us with a 7'6" and 8'0" showing up this week.  UPDATE: Both boards sold right more on the way.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

From the shaping room to your body

Together with shaper Dennis Ryder and a local manufacturer, Donna of Betty Belts found a highly innovative way to capture and repurpose excess resin left over from the surfboard-building process. They turned it it into very wearable, very durable jewelry instead of letting it end up in a landfill. It's not easy, but it is SO worth it! The story: Each color stripe is from a surfboard made here in California. The boards are out there, riding waves, and each piece is connected to that. How cool is that?
  • Upcycled, made from waste byproduct
  • Highly durable
  • No two alike, truly authentic
  • Mostly hand made in Ventura, California
  • Always made with dignity
  • Free stoke included
In December I asked Gary if he had any ideas on what to get my wife for Christmas.  He told me about Betty Belts and away I went.  It was so easy to choose because the jewelry was so close to home for me.  Always worried about getting my wife any kind of gift like this was heavy on my mind.  What a surprise, she said it was her favorite gift.  She is always telling me how many compliments she gets wearing the set I got her, even to the point she is thinking of selling it in her Pilates Studio. 

We now carry the a full line of up cycled resin and sea glass jewelry from Betty belts.  Come on by and take a look, your sure to find some great pieces to your liking.