The Portal Phantom

The Portal Phantom from The Progression Project on Vimeo.

Being able to do something and understanding how you did something are two different things.  You can walk, but if I asked you how you walk, you can’t explain it.

I designed the Barra through a process similar to evolution.  Trial and error.  Lots of error, picking what worked and adding.  The final product accomplished the design objectives – it is a breakthrough board.

But I believed it could be improved.  I tried.  And I failed.  Many times.  It became apparent that before I could move forward, I first had to understand what I did.

To understand the Barra, I started to strip away design elements.  To get to the core of where the Barra feeling exists.  Design by subtraction.  Do you need a hip in the tail?  Do you need a step deck?  A normal nose?  The exaggerated tail rocker?

Through the process, I realized that the Barra was over-designed.  It worked in spite of the flair.  By streamlining the design, the core board became better.  And better.  When you take a Barra and shape away the excess, you get a better board – The Phantom.

Published by Erik Antonson

Erik is the founder and host of the PaddleWoo podcast, 2X Costa Rica National SUP Surf Champion and owner of Blue Zone SUP Camps.

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