Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - Posted by Roger at 7:29 pm
The Ace of Diamonds
A Self Indulgent Moment . . . . rewind to 1973 and a 15 year old kid sits in class fiddling with what looks like a rock hard meringue.
It was actually an overflow of polyurethane foam from a do it yourself blank mold. The fibreglass mold had breather holes from which escaping foam would form perfectly shaped meringues!
Objects of great amusement and wonder to this particular teenager- They looked exactly the same as the tasty treats his Mother used to make.
The real excitement however lay in what was inside the blank mold: a freshly blown blank canvas from which to create his next surfboard. This time around the board turned out to be a rather special Diamond Tail Single Fin and while there is alot more to this story, the guts of it is in hyndsight the board turned out to be an elusively magic shape. It seemed easy to ride and the older crew like Mike and Greg insisted that he was surfing better on that board.
Somehow it all just seemed to come together on that Diamond Tail Single Fin and the wise one’s confirmed it with their encouraging words.
I have been thinking about that board for quite awhile and lately it has been calling my name!
While well overdue and in the spirit of “it’s never too late” and a full 43 years later DA DA! The Ace of Diamonds is reborn to ride again.
Dimensions are: 5’11” x 19 3/4″ x 2 13/16″ and 37 litres.
The first of many me thinks.