12 ft plus longboards

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by bluemarlin04, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. OCSURFER32

    OCSURFER32 Well-Known Member

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  2. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

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    Mine is a 12’0” GP, an unfortunately short-lived label out of the Pacifica in the Santa Cruz area. Brainchild of Bruce Gordon (Batman!) and Nick Palandrani, who decided to build higher end board right as the ‘07-08 recession hit. Bruce glued up the blanks and, on the coolest ones, did exquisite parquet woodwork on stringers and fins and Nick did the shaping. This one is just a beautiful, long-grained 1/2” stick of what is either red cedar or redwood. Not sure of the blank weight but not classic.

    It was built as a personal by Nick who told me he rode it in huge surf at (or near) Ghost Tree and said it performed. But being a builder, he ended up selling it and for a time, it ended up as board art in restaurant in Santa Cruz. Then our own Miles somehow got ahold of it. Knowing it wouldn’t probably be worth bringing back to Tejas, he left it in CA. A few years later, he decided to sell and I ended up with it.

    For a 12er, it’s foiled thin and is really responsive. Works great in waist high waves but comes to life in shoulder-to-head stuff.

    As far as the build goes, Nick used volan for the layup and when it came to the resin panels, he said he had planned on using green, blue and yellow but ran out after doing the bottom and part of the deck. He then used what he had left in the shop to do the rest of the deck.

    Love the board and it’ll take death or a REALLY cool trade board to get it our of my paws.

    PS: Amazeballs rice fin by Neil (aka Seniorgrom).
     
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  3. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

  4. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    I’m loving on that GP. Gorgeous board.
     
  5. FirstPointEric

    FirstPointEric Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Rick! I’m rather enamored with it myself.

    Here’s a crappy quality outline photo and a photo of the fin before it’s final foil. Neil did such a stellar job on it.
     
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  6. gabe

    gabe New Member

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    Yup, 2+1 and that's how i prefer personally
     
  7. fluidworks

    fluidworks Member

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    So question for anyone; all dimensions and qualifications aside, if you only had one glider, would you go 11' or 12'?
     
  8. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    12'. I enjoy my glider in small surf, often when the high tide makes it nearly unrideable. The 12'er will handle those conditions better than an 11'er.
     
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  9. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    Did someone buy that 12' Greenroom on CL? It's been up for awhile but posted at $900 a few days ago.

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  10. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    I love my 11’1” and would like to try a 12’. The only real downside I would see going bigger is that it’s already a handful turning the board when sitting on it and a wave comes. I have a real bad back, and that twisting motion going from facing out to sea and getting it in a position to paddle for the wave is a killer.
     
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