Nine Lights founder Jeff Beck – improving surfboards by placing the stringer on the outside

Last weekend, while attending the Sunset Beach Handplane Demo Day, I met a fascinating surfboard shaper by the name of Jeff Beck Download slowly in time. Through his company, Nine Lights, Jeff is performing some incredible experiments that could change the surfing industry 다운로드. He had many of his boards on-hand to try for free, which is a regular part of the “demo day” ethos.

The first board that I tried, called the Slipper, perfectly represents Jeff’s unique design sense 윈도우 7 한글 무료 다운로드. The board has no stringer and instead uses a thin piece of wood on top (fiberglass bottom). According to Jeff, “when you remove the stringer it opens up all sorts of design possibilities 덴마 게임 다운로드. You can experiment with different shapes and sizes.” He said the wood top provides as much, or more, strength than the stringer would provide.

I took the board out to try him at his word 다운로드. Now, I’m 6-feet tall and weigh 180+ pounds. I pounded the hell out of that board because it is a modified Alaia, which means no fins, long and real thin (picture below) 다운로드. You have to pop-up quick and immediately start turning. The board never once gave or bent and felt stronger than my classic stringer boards. I definitely think Jeff is on to something, and it was so much fun to ride that it was my favorite of the event 다운로드.

 

The Slipper

 

To give you more insight into Jeff’s innovative thinking I want to tell you about his handplanes made out of aerospace airplane wings 다운로드. Made from the foam in the wings they are super-strong and amazingly lightweight. When you hold it in your hand all the weight you feel is in the leash 무협 소설 txt 다운로드. I tried one out and it definitely feels stronger than regular surfboard EPS foam (I kept smacking it because I couldn’t believe how strong it was) 위자드 오브 레전드 다운로드. An amazing way to recycle old airplanes and turn them into a fun ride.

 

Hand(air)planes

 

Overall, I was truly impressed by Jeff’s deep understanding of surfboard design, experimental concepts, and his environmental focus. The next time I’m in the market for a surfboard I will assuredly be checking out Nine Lights Surfboards.

Here are a few other designs from Jeff, and make sure to visit his website and like him on Facebook.

 

The Mini Bob

The Mini Bob is a super fast, super loose board that paddles and catches waves surprisingly well. It’s the perfect small wave toy, when you’re tired of trying to ‘shred’ mediocre conditions and just want to go fast, glide through turns, and simply have fun.

 

 

FossOdd

The FossOdd is small wave machine…the wider nose provides lift and planing which translates into a faster board that paddles way better than it should. It’s a small wave machine. Comes in tri, quad, or five fin setups and sizes 5′- 6’6″.

 

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