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Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:17 pm

It's time for the frame junction struts. Actually this was taken 2 days ago the board has now been completely laminated so after I lift the vast number of bricks which are weighing it down on the jig. the board will be born, or at least it will be a single piece.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigQ5jmObsk

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:18 pm

Some background...


We are approaching the Year of the Dragon, which is when we build dragon Boards.

This coming year of the Dragon is the first one since 1964 which is a Water Dragon year, so it is exceptionally auspicious for a Dragon surfboard.

The previous Dragon Board was built during the year 2000.

At 13'9' long and 23 to 24 inches wide the Dragon board has a length to width ratio of 7:1, and with a low rocker ( only 7 inches overall) it relies more on displacement based lift ( buoyancy ) than planing lift than most boards during the transition between paddling and surfing.

Dimensions are
length 13'9"
Width 24"
Thickness 2 & 5/8"
Weight ( projected) 55 pounds
Volume 90 litres approx
Rails 50/50 elliptical ( continuous )
Rocker circular arc 7 inches overall

The original board proved itself to be an exceptionally good and reliable performer over a wide range of conditions, from knee high to triple overhead reef waves. it took a bit of getting used to taking off on waves over head high on such a long and heavy ( the original board was 65 to 70 pounds in weight) but the beast never let me down and survived some drops which I thought were impossible, so confidence was gained through experience.

This board will be a tad wider, thicker and lighter than the original, but still has beefed up scantlings to keep it heavier than it would be with my regular schedule. Planking is 10mm instead of 7 to 8mm, blocking extends into the board further ( also required for the 'pinched' or elliptical rail section) and there is more solid blocking in the tail area.

The extra weight means more effort is required to carry and paddle the board, but that is more than offset by the fact that it is there when it is needed i.e. at all times when riding the wave and particularly in strong offshore or bumpy conditions.

Riding the Dragon was a unique experience and I'm looking forward with slight trepidation to doing it again.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Stan » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:52 pm

I predict we,ll be in for some video of roy on the dragon board trimming along a waist high wave looking just the same as the ghost 12, fp 14 , baron 11 and every other dull boring bollocking vid hes ever posted
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:25 pm

Roy predicts that Stan will declare it to be so regardless of the actual wave size and oblivious to the differences between the boards.

I won't be doing this I can gurantee it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFVsPdMnuk

... but i might do something like this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ_YhePF6_E&feature=related

or this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGiDgZabFM0&feature=related
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:30 pm

Would seem an oppotune time to pass to a waveslider to ride China's Qiantang River Tidal Bore, the "Silver Dragon" ..........
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby REO » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:47 pm

I know this is subjective but to me Royals video is 100% better than yours Roy... pulling into a close out.. or gunning it straight down the line?! please!!!
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:14 am

Each to their own, but if you think that's straight then you are mistaken.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby glamarama » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:09 am

and if you think anyone here believes you or your boards can surf anything over, at a stretch waist height, you're mistaken.

show us the pics mate! all you post are 4x ankle biters on your drift wood pieces, that only go straight with you dressed ready for the mardi gras
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby mountain man » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:46 am

Yep, the Royal board is being turned and ridden pretty well, decent cut backs etc. Unlike the straight ahead Roy....
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:02 am

ATTMFKH wrote:Would seem an oppotune time to pass to a waveslider to ride China's Qiantang River Tidal Bore, the "Silver Dragon" ..........


A cool idea, the board would love it.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby mal-nourished » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:15 am

you could get WON DUM FUK to ride it ...or translated to english roy stewart.. :lol:
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:56 am

The final panel in place two days ago, she's in one piece now.

http://youtu.be/hqfaB2NBBDw


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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Chris F » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:41 am

Did you choose the name because surfing it feels like you are "draggin" an anchor? :wink:
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby rusty51 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:02 am

Using a hell of a lot of glue to Laminate those sections up arent you? Id imagine its to compensate for the lack of pressure using those bricks to laminate? Or do you apply something after the bricks?
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:32 pm

How long is a piece of string?

We didn't show the huge pile of bricks used but yes it's a low pressure system.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:52 am

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:49 am

Dragon's plan shape is a geometrically generated hand drawn foil section, here. after the board is cut out to its approximate shape the outline is faired to the exact curve. Weight is currently 44 pounds as expected. The original Dragon was 65 to 70 pounds, such high mass was a great boon, it must be experienced to be appreciated and understood .

Dragon number two will be significantly lighter at 48 to 52 pounds, but has been beefed up from the 38 pounds which it would be using our standard scantlings. The new 'compromise' weight feels very user friendly already.


http://olosurfer-woodensurfboardsatpipeline.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/shaping-dragon-board-step-one-fairing.html

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Mon May 07, 2012 11:01 am

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Chris F » Mon May 07, 2012 1:09 pm

Do you always wear the same shirt when shaping, or are you one of these geniuses who has a dozen identical outfits so they don't have to think about what to wear.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby flacky » Mon May 07, 2012 1:32 pm

Is that a Billabong label?
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby zboy » Mon May 07, 2012 3:21 pm

great craftman ship once again, cant take that away from the man. :-)
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Mon May 07, 2012 6:13 pm

flacky wrote:Is that a Billabong label?


No
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Mon May 07, 2012 6:13 pm

Chris F wrote:Do you always wear the same shirt when shaping, or are you one of these geniuses who has a dozen identical outfits so they don't have to think about what to wear.


No and no
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Mon May 07, 2012 6:14 pm

zboy wrote:great craftman ship once again, cant take that away from the man. :-)


Thankyou.
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby morris » Mon May 07, 2012 7:13 pm

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Fri May 11, 2012 9:05 am

The original Dragon looking remarkably compact for such a large board.

http://olosurfer-woodensurfboardsatpipel...pin-tailed.html

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby waxer00 » Fri May 11, 2012 9:10 am

i prefer the yellow wetsuit roy.i used to wear one in the eighties.it made me look like a right dandy..........along with everybody else in yellow wetties!bunch of poofs!
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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Fri May 11, 2012 10:47 am

Yeah they are ok but can't be seen well in backlit glare, they are more of a camo suit.Another Dragon shot from the archives:

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Roy Stuart » Fri May 11, 2012 10:19 pm

70 pounds of Redwood being ridden at the Main Beach, Mount Maunganui NZ year 2000.

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Re: Dragon Board

Postby Philshoz » Sat May 12, 2012 6:09 am

Mr Roy,

I was just wondering why you always wear a helmet, serious question, thanks.

Update......I just came across the helmet posting, forget I asked, sorry Roy.
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