9'6" Simmons

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9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:58 pm

9'6" x 23" x 3 1/2" EPS Simmons, British racing green resin tint, full rolled bottom to single concave through the fins, 50/50 rails. 1 3/8" tail rocker, 4" nose rocker. thick double foiled keels in reclaimed mahogany, glass leash loop.

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This board is for a mate, white circle is made with his kids hand prints. Also Union Jack and his initials down the rail to carry on the racing car theme.

Largest board to date and first EPS.....don't like EPS, it gets everywhere!
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby Werwulf1919 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:21 pm

Looks pretty good but a 9'6 Simmons seem's an odd request....
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:38 pm

Werwulf1919 wrote:Looks pretty good but a 9'6 Simmons seem's an odd request....


Thanks. From what i've read Bob Simmon's original boards where between 9'-11'.....this is my interpretation of the original design. Although he apparently made a 6' styrofoam version aswell.
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby blue_pig » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:42 am

Cool!! I'm doing a Simmons replica next that's originated from a scan of a direct copy of an original his nephew has if you catch my drift - a 9 footer. Love the color of this, and the number.
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby bunker » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:28 am

I've been riding an 8' something simmons for a few years now and love it. Try it in big fat waves for some good insight into how the design can work (better if no one else around) 8)
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby bing » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:03 am

Matt, its Tom with the blue log who rode your little singlefin the other day. This looks ace, checked out your blog too, nice stuff man! Tom
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby Kirk3 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:55 pm

Matt, that looks really nice and the dims seem spot on. I'm willing to assume that it'll fly in the right wave!
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:55 pm

Thanks for kind comments. I won't get to have a go on this for while but as soon as i get a ride report i will post it up here...good or bad!

I did did fall in love with it a little when shaping it so its been added to the never ending list of what to make myself next
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby Kirk3 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:36 pm

Build it Matt, and stick with the styro. It's brilliant that people are playing with a 60 year old design that was essentially sidelined. Nothing but good can come from diversity in surfboard design.
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:01 pm

Kirk3 wrote:Build it Matt, and stick with the styro. It's brilliant that people are playing with a 60 year old design that was essentially sidelined. Nothing but good can come from diversity in surfboard design.
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That Tomo's Golden Mean Machine? Just read he signed a deal with firewire to produce his designs
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby Kirk3 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:06 pm

Hey Matt, the Tomo is a 'cybersim' I believe, and apparently he is doing some boards with Firewire too. I'm told he's getting hammered on other forums for it too. I think the big Sim is the one I got to surf- one session in mediocre waves and scared shtless I'd somehow ruin it! I'm not all that familiar with the feel of big boards but it seemed good- insanely heavy yet still really quick when I got some face and room to go. Definitely a different ride to a nice Tyler log my friend has and I had ridden a few days later as a half baked compare and contrast. The Simmons concept is a good one, and I wonder there aren't more big twinnies. I've seen pics of Bunker's 8' and I'd think it would be good way to go with this concept.
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:16 pm

Right, finally got my hands on this for a few waves.

Picks up waves so easily....much easier than any longboard i've surfed. But thats where any ease of surfing this board stops!

It doesn't bottom turn in the traditional sense & I fell off alot trying to! Although I did manage a bottom turn, but I was on the back 2ft of the board, leaning off the back and grabbing the outside rail.

Much easier to really angle the take off, the extreme roll (about an inch) was causing me a few problems but it was just a case of adjusting my balance. Despite all the issues once in trim its great, trueless effortless speed.

Despite my issues surfing it, its owner loves it and seems to have no issues.

Definately not an easy board to surf but definately rewarding.....I still want one
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby Kirk3 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:06 pm

Yes, that seems about right! Not an easy board right off the bat, but I think we're all used to a certain way boards feel and respond, and it becomes interesting when you have to modify it all a bit. (People love ragging on Roy for the parallel stance thing, but that's how those boards need to be ridden it seems so that's how you do it- the big Simmons need to be turned from the back using the all the tail most definitely!) Simmons had no interest in laying a big bottom turn I guess, but the boards do get in easily and when you get the trim going have a wonderful effortless feel. Stoked it was fun ride for you, it was definitely a nice bit of work. Check this out- big waves, medium waves, way better surfers then me and they're all doing the same low centre of gravity rail grab turn!

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Once you shrink the board down to mini- Sim size that turn becomes really fun though- very skateboard like and given a bit of room, a nice way to set up some great flowing down the line runs.
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Re: 9'6" Simmons

Postby tynemouthmatt » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:46 pm

Nice vid....seems the original has more rocker than my version and bigger keels.

I think parallel stance will work will on these boards too. I surf with the owner alot so ample opportunity for more goes.

Currently working on my next board....5'8" x 18 1/2" Tomo inspired thing. I'll stick some pics in the wierdos & one off thread when i'm done.
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