Hansen Fans

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by surfore, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. DownSouthSlidah

    DownSouthSlidah Member

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    Yes. Not even close. Same name. That's about it. Thats why so many people look for and own the vintage ones. Plus many vintage 50-50 riders are cheaper than the new.

    Closest new board to a classic 50-50 is the Tyler 777 IMO. Scott Anderson makes a "51-50" version that is modernized and Austin makes his .51 that seems true to its roots but ive never read a review. Those are the closest to the originals I know of.
     
  2. garagefull

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    The original Competitor is one of the best noseriding models from the 60's. I think a couple of key features are the flat bottom wing nose and the reverse rocker, with extra kick in the tail. I haven't ridden any of the modern Competitors, but I have checked them out in the shop. The new ones don't have a wing nose and the rocker profile looks different. If I was after a new board that was similar to the vintage Competitor, I go to an experienced shaper and have it custom shaped. Somebody like Jim Phillips would be a good choice.
     
  3. DownSouthSlidah

    DownSouthSlidah Member

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    My bad... I thought you were talking about the 50-50.
     
  4. Hye Tyde

    Hye Tyde Member

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    DownSouthSlidah wrote:
    DSS nails it! I own a '66 50-50 as well as a 777. Go to Tyler and you'll have a forever board. That wide "chip" thing works - the 50-50 or 777: "personality" wise the boards just want to party!
     
  5. mad dog

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    I have a modern 50/50 shaped by Craig Hollingsworth it is a 60's pig shape 10' and paddles and surfs really great. The rails are 60/40. I would recommend one and will also get a vintage one, they sound great.
     
  6. Stef

    Stef Active Member

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    here was a 50-50 pintail that i owned for awhile.

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  7. Stef

    Stef Active Member

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    and my competitor. which is dfifferent the onions descriptionof his. min more 50-50 like with a pivot fin and wide at 24" and not down railed in the nose.

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  8. mad dog

    mad dog Active Member

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    Nice boards I am having trouble posting the pics but here is a link to my modern board
    http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/860734_4091890865126_1242934514_o.jpg?dl=1
     
  9. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

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    No doubt that the classics epitomized excellence in longboard shaping and progression over the years. But the "modern" versions shaped by Hank Byzak specifically remained true to the original intent on quality and design.
    At very least his shapes should not be excluded.
     
  10. garagefull

    garagefull Active Member

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    This Hansen ad describes the various models, circa 1967.

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