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    Traditional Surfing Company

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    GRAYMAN

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    Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  GRAYMAN on Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:51 am

    Hello there all.

    I've recently got my hands on a new bellyboard made by Gavin at Traditional Surfing Company. For those who don't know, Traditional Surfing Co make bellyboards using high quality marine ply, making many models including their alaia inspired Da Bomb model.



    The description from Traditional Surfing Co goes like this:

    Traditional Surfing Co wrote:
    Put simply, da BOMB redefines bellyboarding by mixing current alaia design thinking with traditional bellyboard dimensions of 4ft x 12” tapering to 11”.

    The result is a board that rides utterly differently, much looser, even we were surpised by how much. If you are riding green faces you are ready for da BOMB!

    Sounds like just the thing for me as I've developed a growing passion for slipping my wood into glistening tubes of late! (Thank you to Julian Clary for that one).

    So then here's a look at her. I've taken a shot next to my home build "The Chisel" as many have seen that in the flesh so gives a sense of perspective. The shots are from below so the tails look wider than they are. I'm too lazy to take them again (sorry).



    The bag is an added optional extra but a nice touch.

    Nice low nose lift. I'm impressed by flat rocker in prone craft, although The Chisel's square, stumpy nose can sometime case a bit of spray in the face. Da Bomb looks like it might deal with that nicely with a rounded nose and more of it ahead of the rocker point:



    So then... Just need to ride it now!!! I'm really keen to see how the rounded profile feels compared to the Tetris inspired Chisel. My square peg has got me into a few round holes but I'm always keen to play the field.

    Ride report to follow in due course and I'll try to get some footage too.

    To get one yourself you want to CLICK HERE

    Cheers

    G


    Last edited by GRAYMAN on Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:34 am; edited 1 time in total


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    "G" Custom Surfmats:
    G-Mar 13, AKA "Lucky". (70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback Grip)
    G-Mat 12, AKA "Geoffrey". (100x70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 11, AKA "Casper". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 10, AKA "Mr Hankey ". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 7, AKA "Kenneth". (70/70d, 3 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 5, AKA "The Displexperiment". (200/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    4GF Blue Streak Standard (S-FAHT Stippleback grip)
    Traditional Surfing Co "Da Bomb" Bellyboard
    "G" 9mm ply Narrow Guitar Pick Paipo, AKA "Sputnik"
    "G" 9mm ply Paipo, AKA "Jumbo-Belly-Girl"
    "G" 9mm ply Micro-Paipo/Jumbo-Handplane, AKA "The Traipo"



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    jezz harty

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  jezz harty on Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:57 am

    looks nice,
    if i find some more wood il make one
    (i know a b loke who makes skateboard ramps)
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    GRAYMAN

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  GRAYMAN on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:20 pm

    First crack on my Traditional Surfing Co "Da Bomb" bellyboard today in thigh to waist high, clean but weak waves. Far from inspiring but a beautiful morning with sunshine and not a breath of wind.

    It took a little while to get used to the feel of Da Bomb. It is much lighter and has more flex than my home built board and, although the planing area is similar, Da Bomb has more nose and is more tucked at the tail. However, I soon got into other and was really impressed with how Da Bomb went, especially considering how weak the waves were. It loves the pocket, holding well and turns intuitively. It also handles sections well catching the pocket up fairly easily when getting stuck in the whitewash.

    I got to really enjoy the flex to, being almost mat-like at times over the bumpy, river affected inside section.

    Shifting weight up and down has the expected results and I actually noticed the benefit of those extra few inches.

    I certainly seemed to be getting more out of the waves than anyof the stand-ups.

    So all-in-all, this is a great board. Well worth the price tag considering the work put in to cutting, finishing, steaming, screening and oiling. I'd certainly recommend having on in the quiver, not least of all because it'll get you stoked on waves even a mat would struggle in.

    Smile

    I got some footage too. I don't know how it'll look though as the sun was right in my face but I'll try to cobble something together.

    Cheers

    G


    _________________
    IN MY QUIVER:
    "G" Custom Surfmats:
    G-Mar 13, AKA "Lucky". (70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback Grip)
    G-Mat 12, AKA "Geoffrey". (100x70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 11, AKA "Casper". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 10, AKA "Mr Hankey ". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 7, AKA "Kenneth". (70/70d, 3 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 5, AKA "The Displexperiment". (200/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    4GF Blue Streak Standard (S-FAHT Stippleback grip)
    Traditional Surfing Co "Da Bomb" Bellyboard
    "G" 9mm ply Narrow Guitar Pick Paipo, AKA "Sputnik"
    "G" 9mm ply Paipo, AKA "Jumbo-Belly-Girl"
    "G" 9mm ply Micro-Paipo/Jumbo-Handplane, AKA "The Traipo"



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    GRAYMAN

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  GRAYMAN on Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:15 am

    Video was unusable unfortunately. Sun was straight into the lense.

    G


    _________________
    IN MY QUIVER:
    "G" Custom Surfmats:
    G-Mar 13, AKA "Lucky". (70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback Grip)
    G-Mat 12, AKA "Geoffrey". (100x70/70d, 3 pontoon with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 11, AKA "Casper". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 10, AKA "Mr Hankey ". (70/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 7, AKA "Kenneth". (70/70d, 3 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    G-Mat 5, AKA "The Displexperiment". (200/70d, 4 pontoons with Vulkem Stippleback grip)
    4GF Blue Streak Standard (S-FAHT Stippleback grip)
    Traditional Surfing Co "Da Bomb" Bellyboard
    "G" 9mm ply Narrow Guitar Pick Paipo, AKA "Sputnik"
    "G" 9mm ply Paipo, AKA "Jumbo-Belly-Girl"
    "G" 9mm ply Micro-Paipo/Jumbo-Handplane, AKA "The Traipo"



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    jezz harty

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  jezz harty on Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:14 am

    Crying or Very sad shame
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    The Pilgrim

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  The Pilgrim on Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:50 am

    like that a LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLot
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    piskian

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    Re: Traditional Surfing Company

    Post  piskian on Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:50 am

    Yep,it looks and goes well.Very light and the nose is ideal.!A world away from standard bellyboards..
    I liked it as I don't float at all and it planed me nicely.

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