Surf Craft Union Surfboard Review

Sax-son

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Nov 23, 2019
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Been kinda hibernating on new content for Surf Craft Union. But I hope you all enjoy this new feature called Heavy Glass.
Between the 1960’s and 1970’s some of the most iconic designs in surfcraft where developed and are still being used today. Surf Craft Union has always been interested in looking at classic designs that influence a whole movement of young shapers. So to get a better look into some of these lost but never forgotten shapes we teamed up with Greg Melega of @seafaringsurfcraft and @legaragelbi to get a better insight on the subject. Heavy Glass is a concept of Looking At The Past To Shape The Future. In this episode we check out a pristine 1967 Hansen Competitor. Although the board is almost 60 years old I see a lot of influence in modern logs from this concept and outline. Personally I would never want to just have a vintage log as my only longboard. But this board was actually a real treat to surf.

I just watched that "Heavy Glass" episode and I really enjoyed that. However, one has to be careful of assuming what was going on between 1967 and July of 1968 when from my perspective, was the beginning of the end for the classic longboard era. After that it was almost a nuclear winter for longboards. Everything was transitional from that point forward. Emphasis on nose riding was starting to phase out by the beginning of 1967 because of the influence of Nat Young and the "Magic Sam" board from 1966.

The emphasis was heading more towards performance and maneuverability thus the transition into V bottoms and forward. The Hansen "Competitor" was a model that was very similar to what many of the established manufacturers were coming out with and not that unique for that period. One only had to look and the Morey Pope Peck Penetrator and the Con Ugly for those extreme tail rocker boards that preceded the Hansen Competitor. They would borrow ideas from one another when a specific board would start to get traction with the surfing public. I had one (a Hansen Competitor) for a while and although I consider it a decent board, I wouldn't call it a period classic.

Please don't let my critique stop you from future episodes of this. It can be both historical and informational if researched properly and vintage surfing magazines are loaded with ads and information of vintage fin designs and who was behind the creation and manufacturing. For those who didn't live during that time period, it can be a guessing game and you don't want to pass on dis-information.

Please keep them coming!

Sax
 

Hodaddy81

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Feb 2, 2021
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After watching CJ Nelson rave about his new longboard model I decided to pull the trigger on a CJ Nelson Apex. I was lucky enough to score the last one in stock from Real Water Sports in North Carolina. Three days later it shows up at my door and this is a little first encounter with it. This board is constructed in Thunder Bolt Silver technology. Full review on 3/01/22.


Check out my WEBSITE https://www.surfcraftunion.com/ Follow me on INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/surfcraftunion/
 

Budthedog

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Dec 22, 2020
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California
After watching CJ Nelson rave about his new longboard model I decided to pull the trigger on a CJ Nelson Apex. I was lucky enough to score the last one in stock from Real Water Sports in North Carolina. Three days later it shows up at my door and this is a little first encounter with it. This board is constructed in Thunder Bolt Silver technology. Full review on 3/01/22.


Check out my WEBSITE https://www.surfcraftunion.com/ Follow me on INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/surfcraftunion/
Nice! I’m still pretty bitter about the geebee switcheroo in the last ep but this helps some
 
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