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.
Mick Slattery is the owner and shaper/designer for SureFire Surfboards out of Australia. He comes on the podcast to have a technical discussion on design and construction. Mick is leading the charge in design for performance surfing in standup. Check out his designs at SureFire Surfboards, and follow him on socials at Instagram and Facebook.
It’s been a couple years in the making, but this week, ahead of the best forecast I’ve seen on the East Coast of Florida, Hans Wagner and I hop on the podcast to discuss the ESSC Contest Series and the ON call for next weekend. Hans is a passionate paddle surfer and like me came into paddle surfing as a lifelong surfer. The surfer background permeates his paddling philosophy and our discussion starts off with the swell forecast and details on the event but then turns into board design, the benefits of being a paddle surfer, and what board to ride for what conditions.
Enjoy and I hope we see you at the contest on March 10th!
If you’re on this site, you know Mo. He’s the current ISA champ, the APP World Tour overall champ and I think he’s the most polished paddle surfer in the game.
Mo comes back on the show to discuss his last year of competition, the big news about his board sponsor change and we get technical on training and surfing. We break down some turns and techniques in the second half of the show and discuss creativity near the end. Enjoy!
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Some links from the show…
We break down the turn at 1:15 in this video…
Trigger Point Foam Rollers – Mo and Erik both use these rollers every day, no sponsorships here, just love the product.
Lead in photo credit – https://www.instagram.com/tdubz808
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I am stoked to announce that the Paddlewoo Podcast has returned! And there’s going to be some changes coming… In this episode I’m joined by Chase Kosterlitz – we’re catching up on my last trip to Costa Rica and we discuss Blue Zone, which Chase is now leading, what he’s learned coaching, the J stroke, and the future of the Paddlewoo podcast.
We’ll be releasing a few episodes every month. I will be continuing to explore surfing, learning and with the addition of board design and construction, and Chase will focus on racing and the lifestyle of SUP.
For more info on Blue Zone Sup check out our website here, and to check out the Barra shape from Portal Surf Designs click here.
Stay tuned for a great year!