Ride reports on Frye Special K style boards?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by floated, May 3, 2020.

  1. floated

    floated Member

    May 17, 2019
    Santa Barbara
    What is everyone’s experience riding wide point forward, 70s style thrusters in the 7’ range? Been seeing a few pop up like the Mitsven K model, couple from Mabile and a Mike Griffin on Craigslist and was always curious about em.

    Seems like theyd work well in anything from knee to double over head but was curious of others experience before I bite the bullet and buy one of these things!
  2. crowded

    crowded New Member

    Jul 21, 2019
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    This is mine. 8'0" K model. Got it about 8 years ago from a co worker. It had been left outside on a sailboat in San Diego Bay. Some delam, couple of dings. Didn't do a full resto, because I wanted to leave the patina intact.

    I ride it maybe 10x a year. I wait for those special winter days at the local point break. It gets in early, almost like a log. I've yet to blow a take off on any wave, some shockingly late. It does not turn. Down the line speed is there for sure, however. Duck dives are an adventure, you have to pay attention to mother ocean when surfing mine. But, that paddle power will get you out of trouble in a hurry. Bird said it was late 80s. So much fun when I bust it out. Love mine. 15885236166047888801904378909270.jpg 15885236732147265197632368607452.jpg
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  3. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2019
    San Clemente, CA
    Had this one I picked up. Old G&S Frye model K. Rode it once just for fun, hated it and sold it, lol.
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  4. NJ Longboarder

    NJ Longboarder Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Why does it seem like a lot of skips delam? Just curious
  5. michael

    michael Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    maybe its cus those little wings are worth more on craigslist than in the trash where another shapers board would just get tossed
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  6. Artz

    Artz Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    Have not ridden a wide point forward Board since the mid 1990s Had a 7’6” Nectar shaped by Gary McNabb Not as foiled out as a Frye. Fuller rails with a buried edge. As crowed said they gets in early, with controlled drops set up for big long deep cut Bottom turns. Not for vertical surfing. Duck diving? What’s that? Paddle power yes. Big sweeping trues yes. Hollow waves yes, take the drop bottom turn, clime the wave and stall get covered shift weight forward. Like Lopez said It’s “ a cake walk” long drawn out cutbacks a Big yes. Just remember that nobody can Surf a Skip Frye Board like Skip Frye can surf a Skip Frye Board.
    Hank Warner has all the Bill Caster templates. Lots of the semi gun or California gun templates. If you are really interested in that style board gGive him a call.
  7. Veterano

    Veterano Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    For me, WPF=Projection. IMO, there's a half dozen guys that could make one that would work as well (or better) than a frye "K". If you were mowing a lot of foam during the 70s, you can shape a rightous wide point forward, downrailed board.
    It's well tred ground.
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  8. Nilus

    Nilus Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    Have a mint condition 7'1 k model ridden by the previous owner at cloudbreak and other similar spots. Mine is sleek and slightly more downrailed than standard. One of those insane under the arm boards. I think Crowded's depiction is correct. It's for those special days where you want to get in early, not blow the takeoff, and haul ass. For me, it's been ridden at larger than usual Rincon and larger than usual Little Rincon. I agree with Vet that plenty of people can make similar boards that do similar things but also believe Frye's take on just about any board always seems to have extra glide and carry. Actually posted mine for sale for a few days at a high price and then quickly recanted. One of those boards that I don't really need but cling to, I guess. IMG_20181130_104830798.jpg
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  9. Veterano

    Veterano Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2013

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