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Building our quiver

We’re always adding to our gear library, but we rarely get to collaborate on manufacturing the products from beginning to end. So, we jumped at the chance to collaborate with local shaper Mike Hall of Blackfern Backyard Shaping Co. on three Parliament  customs.

Our gear library already has several surfboards in the 7’+ range so we knew we needed to add a few shorter boards. After sharing our needs with Mike, which were basically “little and fun”, he recommended going with a Bean, Disc and Simms. We gave him the green light, and he was kind enough to let us tag along and pepper him with questions as he shaped and glassed our  boards.

6’ 0”  Bean

The Bean is Mike's answer to the all-arounder board question. It's well suited for a range of conditions, fares particularly well in NW summer waves and it's quad/single-fin setup really amps its versatility.

6’ 2”  Disc

We also went with the round-nosed Disc. As Mike puts it, the Disc is a skate-inspired board that shines in mushy summer surf. It's a fun board built to catch a lot of waves, similar to the Bean, but with a wider nose, more volume and a 2+1 fin setup.

5’ 5”  Simms

We wanted something really different for our third board, and we landed on a Simms. It's a crazy short board with a wide waste/tail and minimal tail rocker that maximizes planing. It's a super skaty surfboard that feels completely different than anything else in our quiver.

As Mike shaped the boards, we worked on the graphics. A surfboard graphic is usually made by printing the design on a light, porous substrate and laying it down in a layer of resin after the surfboard has been draped with fiberglass. This process works well when you want a dark graphic, but to achieve the white on red effect we desired, we needed to find a different  approach.

After kicking around a few ideas, we decided to hand paint rice paper with white acrylic. Our intern, Bailey Jones, carefully painted and trimmed a trio of eagles. She killed it — but would it work?

Of course it worked, and swimmingly. With the shaping done, Mike mixed a batch of red-tinted resin, cut the fiberglass to each form and painted the resin onto the glass. Our paintings were then sandwiched between the base layer of glass and the resin top coat. As the white rice paper absorbed the resin, it slipped into transparency, leaving the white graphics against the red  board.

After a bit of UV curing and sanding, they were ready to rock. The result? A family of surfboards ready to take on waves from crisp to mushy. We’ve been putting them to good use, too. Read about our 3am sessions at  Shorties.

Beach photography care of Ryan and Kristine Weilert.

A huge thanks goes out to Bailey for crushing everything she does, Mike at Blackfern Backyard Surf Co. for being such a pleasure to work with, Ryan and Kristin Weilert for sharing their photographs and the state of Oregon for being so damn beautiful. Join our newsletter or follow us to be the first to know what’s going on around these  parts.

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