We Live in the land of the Ice and Snow where the cold wind blows

I’ve been thinking about making an ice-board for a few years now. Back in the winter of 2013 surfspot.se had a trial day right out in the archipelago. That year it was so cold that the Baltic sea had frozen all the way out past Djurö! We tried out a couple of designs, one was a board that laid very much on to the ice, called an ice carve board. It has a single rear skate under the heel of the board that the rider places most of their weight on, this causes it to cut hard in to the ice and prevent the board spinning out. The two front edges have a sharpened metal edge that bites in to the ice when you heal it over and allow the board to carve. I have been told that they are very difficult to gybe, and have an enormous turning radius. That’s all very well and good if you want to hoon up and down a frozen lake however I would like to develop my technical sailing skills and for that the Ice surf board seems like a better fit. The board basically a skateboard with, fittingly, skates instead of wheels, they turn and carve and gybe just like a windsurfer, I looked at buying one but the cost of buying one is phenomenal, so I thought I would build myself one. It turned out i had most of what I needed laying around. The landboard I bought a few years back turned out in the end not to be very practical I couldn’t find anywhere open enough to sail it, but it’s perfect for this project! Continue reading

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“The frankenstein mummified monster of the deep” or “The Kona 0.9”

I had a bit of luck this week, I have been keeping an eye on second hand windsurfing board market for about a year now looking for a cheap beginners board, but absolutely nothing has turned up, I had really given up on actually succeeding in finding one, it was more a stubborn exercise in the face of futility. Many friends have wanted to come along and try windsurfing but the cost of hiring a board is prohibitive and the boards we have are too small for a beginner, so I really wasn’t expecting to actually find anything. Casually perusing the online classified ads late one evening I saw a posting appear without a picture that read something like “I’m selling my KonaOne board it’s been heavily damaged but it’s been repaired. It has a centerboard, would be good for a beginner, comes with a fin and footstraps 1000:-” …..Well just how damaged is this board? But it’s been fixed right? Fixed by who? Well for that price its worth buying it as a garden ornament! I SMS:d the seller and luck against all odds I was the first to reply, we arranged a pickup the next day which turned up to be not even 20 kms from my home, the snow had fallen the day before and the address was in the countryside at a summer house and as I approached the lanes got smaller, darker and deeper in snow. I pulled in to the drive and the guy had dragged the board out to the front of the house. The first thing I saw in the darkness lit only by my cars headlights was that at 3.5m it’s enormous! The next thing that is difficult to miss is that about 40 cm of the front part of the board looks like it has been mummified and encased in a plaster cast! “What happed to it?” I asked. “A house fell on it” He replied in a flat meloncholic tone. “A house?!?” I exclaimed “how did that happen?”. “Ah”, he said, “a house, a house for firewood. But I fixed it”. “Yes” I said “I see”. He continued “I used four layers of epoxy, that should do it? its got a polystyrene core”. Well i thought, you would know. “Does it float?” I asked. He assured me that it did but the mummified area was “extremely slippery” well that was good enough for me. I asked him where he sails and what he has for a board these days and he told me that he lives in central stockholm and this board is too large for the smaller apertments (no shit) and that he was looking for a shorter longboard. “Well” i thought, “You sort of had one for a while”. He helped me lift the behemoth on to the roof rack of my car even in the dark I could see it was filthy covered in slippery mud and algae, it stank. It almost dwarfed my car! Continue reading