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Re: The new Portal Phantom
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2018, 05:01:10 PM »
Erik did it in a new and unique way. The thin edge is not just at the rail.

As he said he laminated a trimmed funboard to a short board.

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Re: The new Portal Phantom
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2018, 09:04:49 AM »
Guys like Dave Daum have been doing step rails for quite awhile with Daniel Hughes boards. I've only tried and angled rail i like the looks of the step. Both Riviera and Infinity used to make a mid length kinda board i think that NUGG was 8' x 28" similar shape you could nose ride it and rip it off the tail fun board!

Yep...Bill Stewart popularized the beveled S-rail back in the early 80's...

I incorporated stepped rails into my Jammer design several years ago...
I think the first SUPs to use it were the Bonga Perkins line...
There are others that use variations of it in SUP design...Skip Smith...Kirk McGinty...etc...however, stepped rails are not a panacea for SUP design(s)...just as they are not a panacea for surfboard design(s)...


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Re: The new Portal Phantom
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2018, 07:50:42 PM »
wow- i didnt know Erik moved to RI (explains the ME boats in the video)- Im up there all the time for work from NJ.

I've admired his boards, thinking and podcast for quite some time.   My quiver is full- but my daily driver is a  Craigslist board currently....and it keeps doing too good of a job to entertain a full custom.   But its silly my big wave/ Choppy board and my low volume ultra clean (no wetsuit) board sit on the racks for a craiglist pickup!

been thinking about throwing the ol bonus check to swap in  a custom daily driver with Portal and unload my big wave board as i almost always prone surf in those conditions.

I wish i could get my wife on board with the Blue Zone $500 of custom promotion!  Unfortunatley the next vacation days are slated for Disney....