California still has beach parties. Like, real beach parties. I am not talking about you and your friends camped out in your mom’s Ford Malibu drinking Milwaukee’s Best Ice – I mean real raffle ticket, beach blanket bingo type shit. It’s true. Tomorrow is the annual Harbour Surf Day at Bolsa Chica State Beach hosted by the gang at Harbour Surfboards. The event will be held at tower 23 along the Pacific Coast Highway, and there will be food, a raffle, surfing, and I can only assume a group sing-along. Come one, come all!
Cyrus Sutton, from Korduroy.tv… testing out Harbour’s Noserider in some Orange County soup. Cyrus and Rich Harbour designed the noserider together. According to Harbour… the board’s exaggerated con-cave simplifies tip-time. It’s an easy paddler, and a “take to the beach on an average day board.”
Film: James Campbell
Music: “Nino Nino” – Shawn Lee
Joining Almond, Dewey Weber, and Harbour… is our friend John Wesley. JW hails from Dana Point, California… which is also where he hand shapes his boards. We interviewed John back in July. If you’d like to get to know more about him, you can click here.
We currently have five of John’s shapes available on Stoke Harvester. Each board is priced with a single color, gloss & polish finish. If you’d like all the bells and whistles, shoot us an email. We can hook you up. ;)
According to True Ames, George Greenough took cues from the pattern of human evolution when designing the 4C and “found it adaptive to become less wild and more upright.” The 4C, a 9.5″ fiberglass fin, shares Greenough 4A’s flex, but has less rake and a much smaller base. It’s upright posture allows “midlength eggs and logs to make lower-radius, looser turns.” I attached it to 9’6″ Harbour Banana Model, a board that came equipped with an upright-ish, 9.5″ fin made by the Fibre Glas Fin Co. But for some reason, I found the 4C to feel a bit short. On an eight foot egg, or perhaps a board with a bit less tail rocker, the 4C would work well. But the Banana needed something stronger. Whiskey not wine.
Down the face the 4C felt fine, but the bottom turns were sloppy. Loose. Once I pulled into the pocket the 4C required me to stay toward the back of the board, trimming from the tail. It just seemed too short. Take a few steps forward and the Banana lost it’s balance. All over the place up front. I became frustrated. Certain it was the fins fault. But alas, it was just the wrong tool attached to a long stick.
I’d recommend the 4C to someone with a shorter board. Someone looking to make fast, loose turns, but maintain some stability down the line. I would not, however, suggest you affix the 4C to something you’re accustom to making big, slow, calculated bottom turns on. Just wasn’t what I wanted
– Justin Coffey
If you have a shorter stick and would like to test out the 4C yourself, click here
Justin Coffey is known to enjoy small waves, strong drinks, motorcycles and misbehaving. He’s also the guy that runs Peanut Butter Coast.