This kayak was completed months ago, but has been stranded in the rafters. Conditions look great for a launch tomorrow morning. I’m excited! Hopefully I’ll have a good paddle report to check in with tomorrow afternoon.
Yesterday I pulled out my old prototype bent-wood outrigger surfboard racks and sanded them and bat sauced them and lashed them to my bike. They are nice, usable, attractive, imperfect prototypes; built stronger than they need to be, with one arm too long and one bent end too tight. They work great.
I’m prepping more white oak for a new set that should be completely dialed. I’ll give those to my work/shop partner, Tris. I’m pretty stoked!
Unfortunately, I will never surf Teahupo’o. But perhaps something I carve from wood will. That’s a pretty great consolation prize. I hope it happens.
Andy Irons - i surf because short film
There’s no surf today, but J and I are headed to the beach to look at the ocean, to keep from tipping into oblivion.
Headed south to San Clemente (by way of Manhattan Beach) for the Handplane Hoedown— which is tomorrow morning, the 5th. Wish us good Whomp : ).
Our neighbors at Santa Barbara Hackerspace laser engraved some western red cedar for us. Stoked! Tris is going to frame it up and we’ll put it outside to see how it weathers.