Classic Lines with Modern Theory::100% Hand Shaped Surfboards
The Speed Whistle just works. What started as a good all around board I could carry under my arm while riding a bicycle to the beach, quickly became an instant favorite. The speed whistle’s wide point is just in front of center giving it a clean rail arc. It’s a smaller yet speedy and responsive mid-length single fin with a rolled/hullish entry to a soft tri-plain that flows out to a slight V in the tail for quick responsive turns and plenty of power. They paddle like a long board and make sections with ease.
6’2 - 7’0
A classic Southern California style twin fin that seems to work everywhere from San Diego Beach Breaks up to Heavy’s in Northern California. The Zandona twin’s down rails and beaked nose allow me to hide foam where it’s needed for float and paddle to get in earlier which gives that extra moment prior to engaging in the wave. With the wide point forward and a straighter rail line out the tail, these boards have an extra gear. I always recommend a nice set of glassed on marine ply keels. These things also go great stringerless for maximum flex and twist.
These work best from
5’2 - 5’8
It’s tough to keep a secret this good… The Mistress has been my go to board for the last couple of seasons. A 7 to 8 foot single fin (Sometimes side bites) a long slender outline with some hips. Rolled / hullish entry that pushes to the wide point (3-4 inches behind center) with a feathered out V in the tail. Pinched rails and flat deck for quicker response and less foot fatigue. She paddles with speed and surfs much smaller that she looks. The Mistress does the job in surf over head to knee high runners. Quick turns and the trim you’ve been looking for. I can’t say enough about these boards.
My mistress is:
7’11 x 22 x 2 7/8 with a 9” Witch’s Hat Flex
Quite the lil mind melter…A blend between a Mini Simmons and a classic fish, the Glass Onion is the best of both worlds. A fuller outline for float, speed and paddle and the shallower swallow tail for pinner turns and plenty of release. An all around super fun skaty twin fin. I recommend glass on keels with these to keep you from over thinking it.
5’0 - 5’7
A more modern sleeker fish outline with fuller 50/50 rails and more foam from tip to tail, The Frogman excels in speed down the line and paddle power. Enjoy the long arcing turns and an extra gear for making sections. With a rolled entry and a large single concave starting from board center and finishing through the upright keels makes the Frogman quite the burner.
Sometimes you just need that extra something… Stretching my Frogman template past the high 6’s really straightens out the rail line from nose to tail, really upping the trim & speed factor on this twin fin.
6’6 - 7’0
Kneeboard, bodyboard, stand up spoon or surfingboard. This lil racer does it all. A classic Santa Barbara outline with a big arc tail and plenty of foam. A turned up nose with some spoonish characteristics for flex and twist. Run it stringerless for maximum drive and board float.
The Mad King
Do you ever wake up with your sheets stuck to your leg…Well a fever dream is kinda like that::: A wide point waaaay back mid-length twin fin swallowtailed hull-ish thing. The theory of having a 5’6ish fish with the nose stretched past the limits, giving it more paddle power and trim. Pinched rails and that rounded tail zone rail arc keep’s it responsive and quick for it’s size. And sometimes when those keels break free and there’s a moment of slide… they lock back in and Whaaa Whaaa Weeee Waaaa! If you’re looking to open a few more doors….Add one of these to your quiver
6’6 - 8’0
Phil Badone Model
This template was taken from a vintage Yater spoon belonging to a Santa Barbara Legend, Phil Badone. If you’re looking for classic trim and style a Phil Badone will get you there.
Shooting for a blend between my Mistress and Speed whistle models…I wanted the characteristics of the Mistress but in a more compact outline. With it’s wide point pushed back and a good belly that gives it a real lively feeling. I surf mine with a smaller flex fin and some side bites. With the theory of keeping most of the foam under the trunk of your body for paddle. And pulling in the nose tight for less swing weight gives this lil lady a real responsive and fast ride.
6’4 - 7’2
Oh man I can’t say enough about these little burners…the aesthetics are so pleasing and not to mention my first real “light bulb” moment as a shaper came to me while surfing my “Stump” model - A thick and short lil round nose min sims with a shallow swallow tail and a HUGE single concave. These sub 6 foot twins are still some of the fastest, skaty-ish fun boards you can ride. They surf everything! Ride them small.
5’0 - 5’8
A modern take on the classic Simmons theory. A refreshing change from you’re longboard or maybe just a new mindset with your surfing, the Giant is sure to open up some doors. With great down the line trim speed, this beast keeps things loose with that smaller set of Marine ply keels way back on the tail. Glide, paddle power, trim and response are all included. Some details are old, some new, some classic all cool. Stand out in the line up with a GIANT.
Head high and under points, reefs and A-frames
Other Surf Craft
Not all of my shapes become Board Models, but I am still more that happy to shape them. Here are a few “one off’s” that are all available for custom order or conversation. Email me at Koz@kozmcraesurf.com with any questions