Billabong rider Will Bailey’s contest performances speak for themselves, however after talking at length with Andrew, Will’s dad, we decided to come up with something new to enhance his free surfing. I am particularly drawn to this style of board as it offers the best of both worlds.
We spent a morning at my workshop checking out Will’s current shortboard, checking his stance and what he hoped to get out of a new board. He rides a 5’1″ x 17″ normally, so we went 4’10″ with the straighter outline replacing the volume elsewhere.
The straighter outline should give less drag and a very deep single concave really flattens the rocker, also adding speed. We put a hip at the back to break the rail line to help him turn & release the tail and put extra conceives between the fins to:
1 – lose some volume where it’s not need
2 – channel the water flow cleanly between the fins.
The wider nose is to make up volume and to help him landing backwards on air reverses and other tricks.
The board is yet to be tested and Will is eagerly awaiting a small swell forecast for next week.
It is really exciting to get to work with someone like Will, whose progressive surfing is right up there.
The design may need some tweaking, maybe not – I can’t wait for the feedback!
Chris Robertson – Cowshed Shapes
(Glassing & artwork ℅ Paul Blacker, Blacker Surf Designs)