So, I have been developing the Corktop™ steadily learning the pros and cons , trying to get a really great finish and really enjoying the benefits.
Jason Blewitt our longboard team rider with 3 Aussie titles and tonnes of experience on the world longboard tour has been Hassling me to get the longboard build process dialled. Well, i made him one and a second one to do some testing with other guys like Dane Pioli and Oliver Shaw. Jason called me after the first couple days riding it and said ” that board is amazing, it goes unreal, its the best longboard i have ever had.. Full stop!” nice I’m happy, So i finished the second one and took it in to the shop, it was constantly being mauled by eager beavers.. Oli Shaw doing some time next door at IRA shit
hot coffee took it for a couple sessions.. he came back in going on and on .. “thats the best high performance longboard i have ever ridden!, it did vert snaps, it nose rode it did everything i wanted a short board and a longboard to do… i haven’t competed for 5 years but now i want to go in the Aussie titles comp and Kingscliff!, Can i borrow it for a few days”
I’m starting of think the guys are just buttering me up, you see, making the shaper feel good is an important psychological tool if you want good boards. Righto, i think I’m going to try it out. off to green mount with the family sunday morning, Send out the misses on the new cork top first, she is nervous, as she has only been riding longboards for a year. after a few waves she comes in Glowing, “that boards good, better than all the other ones i have been on, its so light and easy, the winds a bit strong but its fun” Cmon, even my misses is on this act…?
Ok My go.. Short story now… it goes amazing.. smooth, fast, loose, light, stable… i am stoked. I’m not even supposed to be surfing with my knee injury.. I’m in pain now, but damn it was worth it, those cork top™ longboards are the best thing ever…. got to get it back to Oli for the comp…