Hull color/lack of -why?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by DJR, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. DJR

    DJR Active Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Carolina Beach NC
    please forgive my straight up ignorance -
    Why are hulls typically clear?
    I know there are exceptions especially nowadays- but why overall?
    Lack of color resin at the time, principle, personal preference of shaper, tradition based out of the black wetsuit white surfboard days? No judgement here either way- just curious...
  2. hullogfish

    hullogfish Active Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    USA California
    I recall that back in 2005, when I ordered my Liddle, color wasn't even offered... am I right on this?
  3. Nilus

    Nilus Active Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    Yeah, typically no color options from Liddle straight through the end ... I got mine right before he retired. Your lam choice was the only aesthetic variation. I've seen just a few Greg-shaped boards with color, including a yellow one my buddy picked up in the Thousand Oaks area a long time ago. Can't add anything to "why." Always assumed it was minimalist leanings and to let the shapes speak for themselves.
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  4. DanSan

    DanSan Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    USA California
    Yes..this is true...
    Greg preffered a- the volan to shine inall its glory..
    Plus b- seeing the water displacing most of the inside rail pierced
    The wave enhanced on a clear board...
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
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  5. Couch

    Couch Active Member

    Mar 18, 2018
    Santa Barbara
    Molusk had a brand new one recently (within last 6 months) from Liddle that was all green, 8' not sure of the model but it was a hull. Sold pretty fast.

  6. Planktom

    Planktom Active Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    Devon, UK
    Friend has a Greg original with not one, but two tints (yellow bottom + wrap, red deck) and pinlines. I hear that he just needed to be in the mood to do a tint more than any other reason... Think he was feeling frisky that day.
  7. Will Hutchison

    Will Hutchison New Member

    May 10, 2019
    La Jolla
    As hull surfer, I understand, I think. Since a hull is all about the distinct feel of the board surfing a wave, nothing should take away from the feeling of that ride. Perhaps historically speaking that might have something to do with the clear boards and all black wetsuit ethos.

    I like colorful boards, and pretty much only seek out colorful boards to add to the quiver. The hulls I have all have color, but they're not exactly wild.
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  8. michael

    michael Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    I got mine in blue. Idk.
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  9. Freddibetts

    Freddibetts Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    USA New York
    Pure rides, pure colors
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  10. Bruce Fowler

    Bruce Fowler Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2018
    Are the Liddles being made now the same as when Greg made them? Are they all scanned files?
    Just curious if they are all reverse engineered to attempt at maintaining what was.
    Feedback from guys that have ridden them before and now?

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