March 29, 2009

Greg Escalante’s New Board

Filed under: Harbour

Dear Rich,

Greg Escalante is really ripping on his new hi performance SUP. His 9-10 wing pin is really turning heads between Seal Beach and San-O. As you can see, the pulled in nose you put on this board is allowing him to carve on the open face to a remarkable degree. Stand-up-paddle-surfing has really whipped Greg into amazing shape for a 50-something surfer. Here he is on a few waves at Brokeback Reef last week. (all photos: Elva De Jarnett)

And here he is ripping Dogpatch on that last Southern Hemi, the sets were solidly overhead and, as you can see, the board is just working better with size. Just a couple days before this he surfed Dogpatch with a top (if not THE top) SUP shaper from south county whom, after watching Greg surf, asked to try his board for a few waves and gave it high praise.

Greg says this board has shifted his perspective on how SUP fits into his surfing life. He says he is riding larger waves and is able to push the board into more critical positions than he could on his diamondtail, which had a greater volume and more width.

As always, more to come….

Keep it moist,


March 23, 2009


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Harbour Surfboards will be holding a surfboard swap May 2nd, 2009 from 9am to 2pm. Buy, sell, trade used surfboards and wetsuits. CASH & CARRY, NOTHING OVER $500.

To reserve a spot call the shop 562 430-5614. HURRY SPOTS FILL UP QUICK!! FREE FOR EVERYONE!

Harbour Surfboards 329 Main Street, Seal Beach, Ca.


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Join us at Harbour Surfboards for a Q&A session with Rich Saturday March 28th from 10am to 1pm. The new Harbour 50th Anniversary Curly Redwood and Balsa boards will be on display. We’ll be discussing their construction, surfboard history and surfboard design!

March 21, 2009


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This project started in late November of 2008 and the first 2 of 5 are finished on the spring equinox. Enjoy looking at this compressed compilation of a very complex process. To see more photos and an explanation of the steps, scroll back past this session.

March 14, 2009


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Today the fins that have already had their beads put on at “1 World” in Florida, get glassed on and the boards are Hot Coated on the bottom. I must thank Tim Lane of Sundance Graphics for doing an excellent job on getting the fin laminates here so quickly. But we made a last minute decision to cut off the HARBOUR triangle because it covered up too much of the beautiful wood.

Here the fin has been strapped on with tape and Greg Martz is seen brushing the resin at the fin’s base to glue it down to the board.

Now Greg smears it with his finger to get it just right.

An hour has passed, the resin at the fin’s bases has cured and the fiberglass has been prepped.

The fin rope is dipped into the resin bucket. Now the excess must be squeezed out.

The excess resin is gone and the rope is ready to lay at the base of the fin. This is called the fillet, and provides the shape of a radius here for strength. Without it, there would be a sharp corner and any lateral pressure against the fin would surely cause it to break off. Now, when covered with fiberglass cloth, the load will be evenly distributed along this radius.

We always start with enough rope for both sides as one unit, and now it must be cut to length.

The rope lays at the fin’s base, ready to be covered with fiberglass.

Now Greg applies the fiberglass which will provide the lateral strength to the fin.

The fillet always has minute air bubbles and slight differences in thickness. This now needs to be smoothed out.

Now the excess resin must be removed from the flats.

Greg Noll’s son Jed Noll, that I admire as one of the premier surfboard makers in the world, drops by to check out the work in progress.

Now the board gets its first layer of Hot Coat resin. This will be repeated 2 more times, as these boards are wall hangers and they must be block sanded. More about that in Monday’s Sanding Session that is yet to come.

After pouring the resin down the middle of the board, the brush is used like a squeegee to spread it to the rails.

Now Greg brushes the resin smooth and Jed is still hanging out.

The fin must also recieve it’s share of Hot Coat.

Greg reflects on a mornings work. Nice job Greg!

Its a wrap.

March 12, 2009


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When we laminate the fiberglass cloth to the board, we try to squeegee all of the excess resin off. This leaves a very heavily textured finish. A Hot coat is a layer of resin that fills that texture. It is called a Hot Coat because it has a high amount of catalyst in it to make the resin gel quickly. Any resin left in the bucket will get rather warm when it begins to harden.

Rich helps tape off the rail.

One edge hangs free so the resin won’t get to the other side.

Greg Martz pours the resin down Dean’s Limited Edition #1 of 5.

Now the brushing begins.

A look at the Curly Redwood on #1

The left rail of #1

Now we work on Todd’s #2 of 5 Limited Edition

Close up of the brush at work
Close up of the brush at work

Greg pushes the resin down the board. It is a technique that uses the brush almost like a squeegee to move the resin into place

Greg found a hair and picks it out with tweezers.

Todd’s beautifull Curly Redwood rail is a sight to behold

The wood for the fins arrived from Northern California last week as a 14″x14″x8″ block of Curly Redwood. I re sawed it, templated and did a rough cut out of about 20 fins. I must thank George Buck for getting it here so fast.
I then put all of the fin blanks on a rack and graded them. 12 were selected and sent to 1 World in Florida where Juan Rodriguez masterfully foiled them. Then he put the bead on and shipped them overnight to Waterman’s Guild. Kudos to Mr. Rodriguez who went way beyond the call of duty. He is in a class with Greg Martz as a craftsman.
And, speaking of stepping up to the plate, Greg Martz has done that and more. He has been a great subject to photograph and has been extremely accommodating

Here are the beautiful Curly Redwood fins ready for the Limited Edition lams. Speaking of Lams, we decided to cut off the triangle because it covered too much of the wood

The lam is applied

Greg looks at the final attachment of lams. We are putting them on today and attaching to the boards tomorrow. STAY TUNED

March 7, 2009


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Dean’s Limited Edition 1 of 5 has been pasted with a fill coat of resin on both sides and had a layer of 6 oz. glass applied to the bottom.

A closer look at the beautiful Balsa

The rough edge of glass from the bottom must be smoothed out so the top layer goes on with no lumps under it.

This is further smoothed by hand sanding

Now the resin is poured on.

Greg Martz begins to press resin into the fiberglass cloth.

This is how the rail glass is wetted out.

Greg lifts the board (well over 50 lbs. by now) and cleans up any loose strands of glass.

The Limited Edition logo is placed on top of the glass and another small layer of glass is squeegeed over it.


The glass wrapping from the bottom is ground smooth.

A termite hole must be filled with resin that has just jelled.

A worm hole must also be filled.

The fiberglass cloth is pulled onto the board.

The resin is poured onto the cloth.

And the squeegee pulls the resin down the board.

Greg tucks the wetted glass around the rail.

March 6, 2009


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Dean’s Curly Redwood & Balsa Limited Edition #1 of 5 is ready for glassing.

Greg Martz, master laminator and owner of Waterman’s Guild pours on the resin.

As the resin soaks through the fiberglass, the beauty of the wood begins to show.

The resin has already flowed over the rail wetting the hanging rail glass.

The Curly Redwood’s horizontal striping is now really kicking in.

Greg continues to pull resin from the flats to the rail.

Looking from below, Greg is seen wrapping the glass around the tail rails.

Greg takes a brief break to discuss the beauty of the wood with shop manager Ron Lingenfelter.

Greg, back at work, does some final touch ups.


Cut the glass to size.

Let the resin pour.

Greg has squeegeed the resin to the rail and lets it flow over the rail in a controlled waterfall and catching the leftover resin in the bucket. What looks easy is a master making it look so.

Greg points out a termite hole. If there’s a little bugger in there, he is deaf from the noise of my planer and with the smell of the resin, his minutes of life are certainly numbered.

After sealing the termite’s fate, Greg continues to pull resin to the rail.

Now it’s time to begin wrapping the glass around the rail.

These boards have some very beautiful Balsa.

Greg does some final touch up.