Off the Shelf to Out the Back

You're bound to attract some attention when you show up to Rocky Point on a board like this.
You’re bound to attract some attention when you show up to Rocky Point on a board like this.

US Blanks surfboard blanks are designed to be “close tolerance” which means they have various rockers, thicknesses, shapes, and lengths which closely resemble those of a finished shaped board. This wasn’t always the case. Early board builders had to shape rocker into a blank and many shaped on rectangular blocks of foam (think massive ice carvings with a chainsaw-style). With so many options from US Blanks, we’ve even heard “you can just grab one of these new blanks, glass it and ride it.” But could it be done?

Oahu based surfboard shaper, Matty Raynor, had this same idea in his head for several years. He proposed that the 5’9”P was the perfect candidate to be glassed and ridden without being shaped because the 32.02 liters of foam volume can be ridden by smaller and larger surfers alike.  After a brainstorming session with Fiberglass Hawaii to discuss concept and purchase supplies, he was ready to recruit a few pro surfers and get the experiment into the water. This project confirms the importance of surfboard design, high quality materials and how both contribute to the finished product. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that these guys are pros! Watch the video and see for yourself how the pros put the close tolerance blank and exceptional materials to the test on the North Shore of Oahu.

Have a wild idea or a cool project that you want to share? Unsure of how to start of what materials to use? We’re here to provide all the technical advice necessary to make your passion come to life. Maybe we’ll even help document it for you! Make sure to visit shop.fiberglasshawaii.com to check out all of the products used in building this board. Don’t forget to tag #fiberglasshawaii in your social media posts so we can see all of the cool projects you’re working on.

Written by Jeff Mull for Surfermag.com

Earlier this winter, North Shore shaper Matty Raynor took an unorthodox approach to cutting a blank. Where as he would normally mow through the foam, finely sand the rails, and take the utmost precaution to ensure that he had dialed in the shape perfectly, Matty opted to just glass the damn thing. Yep, he just glassed a blank. “I’d been looking at this style of blank at Fiberglass Hawaii for a while, and every time I saw it I would think to myself: Ya know, I bet you could surf this blank pretty much as it is,” says Raynor. “And you pretty much could. I may sound like the anti-shaper here, and by no means am I taking anything away from what we do as a profession, but it just goes to show that no matter how much care and creativity we put into new design, if you’re a good surfer and have the basic template underneath your feet, you can still rip,” adds Raynor with a laugh. “That being said, I promise the boards we shape are still infinitely better than if you were to just glass a blank.” In the clip above, Daniel Jones, Ulu boy, and Andrew Jacobson prove Matty’s theory holds water.

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