We thought we’d share a draft of a design by one of our readers Jake B and his dad Jim. The father and son team will be working on this, their first wakesurf board this summer. As we understand it, Jake will be doing the graphics for the wakesurf board when it’s ready for paint and he is the lead designer.
Remember Jake, folks, because he’s on the fast track for becoming a major shaping label! Great work guys and thanks for sharing, we hope you’ll send in periodic updates.
We love to see a genuine father and son bonding project!
The squashtail shape of Jake’s wakesurf board reminded us of the design elements from the ocean. Boards in the ocean are so much more varied in shape and style, they may not be popular, but you can find resources and various folks riding different shapes all over. As an example, on any given day at a local break you’d find squashtails like Jake’s and very possibly very straight outlined boards like the two Tomo’s below.
Part of that has to be that there is greater acceptance or tolerance of different opinions and a willingness to experiment with design. Plus it’s much easier to try one of your buddies boards out, surf shops are probably within a few miles of where you ride, so the diversity is easily spread.
But also, like young Jake here, it’s pretty easy to design your own board and have that dream or thought transferred to paper and eventually to reality. It’s just one more way to enjoy wakesurfing.
We’d like to plant a tiny seed in your mind. If you’re looking for that board or shape that does something different, why not design it yourself? Don’t see the magic stick that does just what you want? Why not put pencil to paper and think through the design elements, the way water flows on your wake? Even if you don’t wind up with the best wakesurf board ever, you’ll develop a much greater understanding of how your wakesurf board and wake interact and the next board you go buy, you’ll be much better informed.
We hope everyone had a great weekend and that your season is already started!