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Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:51:41 AM »
This board has been a year in the making. Mixing features from 5 different boards including my own custom shape which served me really well until few days ago when I buckled it in rough surf after a good ocean run.
So many moving parts to a shape it is apparent why many shapers like to stick with their own shapes, it could be emotionally draining. I once had a shaper quit on me because he was so stressed out getting it right, can't blame him.
Thankfully, programs like shape3D X probably takes 70% out of the guesswork when giving it to someone else to build, the rest of it I attribute to the build itself. Unfortunately the learning curve for the right build is just as steep as shaping it if not more and I don't think there's an App for that :o

With that in mind, big shoutout to Tino and Sunova for making it so easy and affordable to work with them while they are taking on a custom shape. Tino based the pricing on the Sunova Search since this shape dimensions is between the search 12 and the 14 plus 10% extra they charge for custom. I then upgraded from TR3 to XXX construction but keeping the Paulownia wood VS Balsa making the rails carbon/wood sandwich and adding solid wood Nose/Tail blocks which they usually don't include on SUPs.

This board is my Downwind/Outer bar surf board for Long Island, NY conditions. Here we go
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2020, 10:15:10 AM »
That's F'n awsome. Why 13 ft ?
I built a board that is a similar shape,looks similar to me but I'm sure it's very different but 11ft. With the intention of making a bigger one.
 Are they grooves in the nose? If so what for.
Please keep the pics coming.

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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2020, 11:19:51 AM »
Hi Gwynt! Tino's youngest son standing with the board.  :)

burchas, very cool you are feeding the industry some business at this time!

I am very interested to see the finished product.

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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2020, 03:53:33 PM »
Thx Creek. I'll keep feeding pics into this thread as soon as they become available from Tino.

Tarquin, I have an 11.11, 13 14 and 15 foot versions of this board. Based on the comparisons I made with all the other version along with assessing our local conditions I thought the 13' should work best.
It fits better than the longer versions in the short period bumps and it will be easier to surf than my previous 15'. As for the grooves, they do help releasing the nose when digging into a bump. I adopted it from a fellow zoner supuk.
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 07:21:39 PM »
I guess the grooves break the water flow when. Interesting.

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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2020, 05:06:23 AM »
I love the the sight of a clean carbon rails in the morning :D
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2020, 05:48:32 AM »
Beautiful bottom shape, eh?  The other cool part -even tho' a zillion miles away- you are still 'dealing direct' as you would with a local shaper/finisher. Cool.

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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2020, 07:28:14 AM »
Beautiful indeed. And yes, Sunova is most easy to deal with and very responsive by far. Even though zillion miles away.
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2020, 05:09:14 AM »
Starting to look the part. Love those Nose/Tail blocks
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 08:17:14 AM »
Now getting to the bottom of it
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2020, 03:52:49 PM »
Now fresh coat of paint. I can almost smell it.
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2020, 04:17:06 PM »
Are you going to have it painted over the beautiful wood!!!!!!
I am still waiting to see a Torpedo in teh flesh.....it did not made teh last container to Canada.
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2020, 05:28:15 PM »
Are you going to have it painted over the beautiful wood!!!!!!
I am still waiting to see a Torpedo in teh flesh.....it did not made teh last container to Canada.

That's post paint job, No Yellow this time ;)
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2020, 05:37:22 PM »
Are you going to have it painted over the beautiful wood!!!!!!
I am still waiting to see a Torpedo in teh flesh.....it did not made teh last container to Canada.

That's post paint job, No Yellow this time ;)

Well the Paulonia looks so nice that you don't really need the yellow.....I have been really enjoying my Sunova Allround during teh winter. I am just starting to switch back to yellow.
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Naish Maliko 14' x 26" 264L
Sunova Allround 14'x27" 319L
Naish Nalu 11'4" x 30" 180L
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Re: Sunova Driftwood - Build project
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2020, 05:46:32 PM »
Are you going to have it painted over the beautiful wood!!!!!!
I am still waiting to see a Torpedo in teh flesh.....it did not made teh last container to Canada.

That's post paint job, No Yellow this time ;)

Well the Paulonia looks so nice that you don't really need the yellow.....I have been really enjoying my Sunova Allround during teh winter. I am just starting to switch back to yellow.

Future might hold some interesting mix ;)
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