Where's Jazz?

April 2, 2018

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My good friend and OG Bones Crew rider Jake Smith is taking a world tour. It is something all surfers talk about and are constantly planning like some sort of religious pilgrimage. Chicken scratch on important corporate documents at work is the backbone of these type of trips. Plan it, talk about it after a few cold cruisers, and when the time is right, just buy the fucking ticket and go. That's how it usually happens. Regardless, Jazz just sent it on his and I got to make his quiver. Let's take a look. 

 
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The first thing we decided upon was one consistent look for all three boards. We talked about something subtle yet noticeable. Jazz came up with the idea of a two tone rail band airbrush. He mocked it up and it looked rad. Here is some very important blueprint documents of what went down. Jazz's mock up to my mock up. 

 
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The next thing we talked about was deciding what boards to bring. Jazz was dead set on two things. Getting an exact replica of his current go to shortboard, his 6'0 super soaker, and a step up for big days. I convinced him to bring a Fish Taco, because it is important to surf a twin fin every few days. 

 
Fish Taco  5'6 x 21.5 x 2.55  This Fish Taco is slightly modified from my go to model. The swallow tail is 3.25" deep vs my normal 4.75" and the wide point is pushed up about 1". I also toed in the fin boxes at 1/4" vs my normal 1/8". We were thinking that we wanted to try and make the board a bit more maneuverable while sacrificing some drive. I usually recommend K1 or K2 keel fins for Tacos, but this one is strictly for Mark Richards style twinnies. I imagine Jazz riding this board when the waves are a bit smaller, or a nice long soft point break. I am excited to hear how it works on all those right points on the Gold Coast.

Fish Taco

5'6 x 21.5 x 2.55

This Fish Taco is slightly modified from my go to model. The swallow tail is 3.25" deep vs my normal 4.75" and the wide point is pushed up about 1". I also toed in the fin boxes at 1/4" vs my normal 1/8". We were thinking that we wanted to try and make the board a bit more maneuverable while sacrificing some drive. I usually recommend K1 or K2 keel fins for Tacos, but this one is strictly for Mark Richards style twinnies. I imagine Jazz riding this board when the waves are a bit smaller, or a nice long soft point break. I am excited to hear how it works on all those right points on the Gold Coast.

 
Super Soaker  6'0 x 20 x 2.44  This is an exact replica of the shortboard Jazz has been riding. Nothing new, just made it the exact same. I am guessing that this board will get the most usage out of his quiver. Pretty good in everything from punchy waist high waves to well overhead.

Super Soaker

6'0 x 20 x 2.44

This is an exact replica of the shortboard Jazz has been riding. Nothing new, just made it the exact same. I am guessing that this board will get the most usage out of his quiver. Pretty good in everything from punchy waist high waves to well overhead.

 
Beer Chug  6'6 x 19.75 x 2.65  This is the first Beer Chug I have made. There has been a lot of research and thought put behind this model. The wide point is further up and there is a good deal of foam in the front of the board for paddle power. The tail has a bit more width than your traditional step up pin tail. I wanted it to be good in the barrel, hold and be predictable. But I also wanted it to work well in big point breaks that might be more wave face with more carves and cut backs than barrel shooting. I put 5 fin boxes in back. This board is glassed heavy, has denser foam, and is definitely for big waves. I recon Jazz will surf this in well overhead barrels up to triple overhead point breaks. If anything is going to get him into trouble on this trip, it is this board.

Beer Chug

6'6 x 19.75 x 2.65

This is the first Beer Chug I have made. There has been a lot of research and thought put behind this model. The wide point is further up and there is a good deal of foam in the front of the board for paddle power. The tail has a bit more width than your traditional step up pin tail. I wanted it to be good in the barrel, hold and be predictable. But I also wanted it to work well in big point breaks that might be more wave face with more carves and cut backs than barrel shooting. I put 5 fin boxes in back. This board is glassed heavy, has denser foam, and is definitely for big waves. I recon Jazz will surf this in well overhead barrels up to triple overhead point breaks. If anything is going to get him into trouble on this trip, it is this board.

 
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Jazz and his Girlfriend Erin, will be traveling to Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, and a couple islands around Indonesia. We will check in a few times during his venture with a Wheres Jazz post. Give a follow to their instagram @halfwayXsomewhere to keep up with things more closely. 

 
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