Fowler V8, Andreini McVee, others?

Bruce Fowler

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Rudy 9'0" BFV8 Tail to Nose.jpg
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Rudy's BFV8 Nose to Tail.jpg
I'm not sure if these pix got posted or not.
These are of Rudy's 9'0"x24"x3-3/8" BFV8.

Rudy has had two 7'6" V8's and wanted one that could paddle in earlier into some breaks he surfs up in Washington State.

Note Dim correction 24"x3-3/8"
 
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Lektriz

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Have nevere surfed a Hot Generation, Plastic Machine or one of Geene Cooper's veebottom's, but have had many years of joy from a Fowler v8 avd a Andreini Mcvee.

I agree with all of the above put would like to ad that the Fowler is more forgiving IMHO and has a works better in everyday surf, it even made onshore windswell fun! The Mcvee would handle waves with more shape better IMHO but was did not perform as well in softer waves. Don't get me wrong you can surf the V8 in on bigger days as long as it's not to hollow.

Both boards paddle extremly well but hands down the V8 catches waves and even unbroken swell much earlier and easier the the Mcvee. Hard to tell wich board is faster, but for a on rail lightsaber swoosh bottom turn the V8 is the better board IMHO. Both boards cutback and carve with ease from the middle of the board both frontside/backside.

Would love to be able to compare them to one of Jim's boards or Geenes' vees but mr Coopers tails look a bit to thin for my fat ass.

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Bruce Fowler

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Lektriz: Appreciate the objective comparison and props to you for not listening to your buddies that laughed when you were convinced there was surf in Finland & spent the time and effort to prove them wrong!

You're a true pioneer in your homeland! Have some fun watching Shaun riding his 7'2" on the Central Coast of California.

 

Bruce Fowler

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Received today.
Always very gratifying to get such positive feedback.

Hi Bruce,

I recently purchased a used 9’2 V Bottom with a balsa wood stringer from Wavefront Surf Shop in Ventura and it is the greatest board I’ve ever ridden.

I’ve never surfed this fast down the line or made so many sections. I took it out last Tuesday in head high surf and it was my best session of the year. Getting tons of compliments and beyond stoked. Literally a life altering board.

Firstly, many thanks for shaping such an epic board, I’m lucky I crossed paths with it.

Secondly, would you happen to have time to shape me another one? I love it so much I want two of them.

Best,

Martin H
 

Bruce Fowler

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More from Martin.

I told him to get some pix to refresh my memory as I'm pretty sure this board is from 2018 or maybe 19. Here's his reply:
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Just got back from another great session.

She’s 9’2, 25 wide and 3 & 5/8ths thick and yes, a single fin. Big balsa stringer too.
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Below I’ve attached the pics.

Best,

Martin
 

ekim

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Don't know about quad setup. My 8'6" x 24 1/4" is a single fin and I run it with a 10" velzy classic about 12" off tail. I use it at certain spots where it excels. Not at dumpy hollow beach break.One of my favorite boards.
 

Bruce Fowler

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More from Martin.

I told him to get some pix to refresh my memory as I'm pretty sure this board is from 2018 or maybe 19. Here's his reply:
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Just got back from another great session.

She’s 9’2, 25 wide and 3 & 5/8ths thick and yes, a single fin. Big balsa stringer too.
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Below I’ve attached the pics.

Best,

Martin
I have your other blanks w/the 1" balsa and will shape it asap......... the question was at 100 orders but I've gradually been whittling it down. Everyone getting the V8's have been waiting a long time because they are all 100% hand shaped from "raw" blanks. I'm also having issues with my overworked planers. Even though I have (2) Skil 100's & (2) Clark F30 Hitachi (the bigger model)....... they are all in need of repair or some tlc..... guess I shoulda addressed before all of them are crying for a vacation to the fix it doc.

U looked around to buy another planer becuz downtime is more expensive than just buying another........ everyone is sold out! Or currently out of stock!
I found an unmodified Wen planer on Amazon and bought it to try to fill the void until I'm back up & running with my usual family of axes.

I'll see how that thing goes today.

Pray for me.
 

heavymetalshop

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Seeing this thread revived is painful. I ordered a v8 in December, only to chat with Bruce a couple weeks ago and just cancel the order to take some workload off of his hands. The industry is hammered right now but these guys are doing their best. Can't wait to get one in the future when things settle down and become more reasonable for our shapers.
 




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