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Dick Brewer - Kevin Naughton : Design,  1976.
Dick Brewer : Hawaii Design
Kevin Naughton : California Design
Volume 17 Number 3 September
1976 ?

Disclaimer: The attribution of these articles to September 1976 is a guess, they may have appeared as early as May 1974 or March 1975.
Any clarification would be most welcome.

Considered one of the principles contributing to the massive changes in surfboard design in the late 1960s,  Dick Brewer
now favours flat bottoms and rejects one of his earlier designs:
The new Brewer guns have no belly ... The giant belly and high rails and domed deck were all a hung-up trip.

All these boards are single fins, however the template of the small wave 5'10" concave tail winger swallow would soon become familiar as the twin-fin as ridden by Mark Richards.

Furthermore, some of Brewer's opinions expressed here are open to question:

the wing or sting becomes the tail block of the surfboard, making the effect of wetted rail much less, in effect making the board much shorter during the turning phase, which makes 'em spin out easier.

Mostly known for his travel articles with Craig ?, Kevin Naughton was a regular contributor to Surfer.
Echoing Brewer, for Naughton bottoms are flat, with a fine "vee" in the tail.
His dismissive attitude towards those using leg-ropes, leashes are for dogs, would fade into obscurity before the end of the decade.
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Dick Brewer
's boards have transcended all the modern keystone areas of design philosophy.

He is one of the few with the ability to combine all the combinations.

5'10" concave tail winger swallow 20" wide, 14 1/2" nose and tail, for waves of 2'-5'.
The board in the picture was built 3 1/2 years ago and sent to Dick Catri in Florida.
I bought the board back for $300 because I remembered liking it so well, having ridden it several times before it went back east.
This 5'10" is almost identical to the one Purpus won the Malibu contest on three years ago, and Alden Kaikaka at Ala Moana (3A's) the same year using the same shape.
It is just now become a popular design with most board builders, but slightly longer.

6'6" x 19 1/4" stinger swallow concave nose and tail and concaves under both stings.
The board is very parallel in the tail section and middle because the stings are so pronounced that they make the tail virtually straight behind the stings.
The board will climb vertically up and down the face sideways without a turning sensation, rather a weighting and un-weighting of the rail.
It will do rotation turns on either sting, and is much faster than a normal surfboard going straight down the line, as it will pull into a completely parallel, to-the-face trim, whereas most boards will only trim with the nose pointed downhill.
The fin is moved up on the sting, which also allows the board to pull into a tighter trim.
I advocate fin boxes for stinger type boards, cause the fin must be moved up and down the board for different types of surf.

Thoroughly placed contours are the whole story behind utilizing the laminar flow.

Photos by Steve Wilkins.
7'2" winger pin- 19" wide, 13 1/2" nose  10 1/2" tail.
Semi-gun for waves 4-7', it has small concaves under each wing, and a vee in the tail.
The board is excellent for full lay-out S's on the face, and cutbacks in the tube.
When working really tight in the curl, I find the lip throwing over me while I'm still going up-hill and with the wings and a lot of curve in the tail, its possible to do a cutback into a tube and beat the lip to the bottom.
On hollow waves, the problem is getting the board to come around at the top without getting stuck to an upside down cutback.
Since wingers cut back quicker, I find myself being able to cut back and come out of the tube with much more control than I have ever had over a normal board.
I usually don't advocate either wings or stings for big waves, because when turning, the wing or sting becomes the tail block of the surfboard, making the effect of wetted rail much less, in effect making the board much shorter during the turning phase, which makes 'em spin out easier.

7'10" swallow tail which I ride in waves 6-10'.
It has no wings and absolutely no belly.
The new Brewer guns have no belly.
Belly was a hang-up trip.
Belly plows into the chop, which slows the board down.
A flat bottom nose goes airborne over the chop and picks up speed.
If the tail is narrow enough it won't leave the water, and you can maintain control without the nose snow-plowing.

The giant belly and high rails and domed deck were all a hung-up trip.
 I'm personally riding smaller waves now, as I've come to the conclusion that 90% of my customers ride small waves.

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Trust me.
I wasn't born this way, mind you.
But some time ago, this hardcore surf dude laid on me a 9'6" reverse t-band Ole that triggered a large habit made downright huge in recent years, now that I'm chasing waves from one end of the San Andreas fault to the other.
Keep on trusting me, please - cause you can't name the shapes I haven't tried, the oddball designs I haven't fussed over.
I've even read books on how to design surfboards, while everybody else in the Free World  was reading books on how to do things I wouldn't want to describe.
Anyhow, books got me nowhere.
Nothing got me anywhere but plain old backyard horsin' around.
Here - save yourself the trouble.
I'm giving - you can take.

The shapes pictured here are for any waves similar with the points, reef breaks, and beach breaks of California.
I prefer to sacrifice tight radius squiggles for solidly defined lines and quick trajectories on a wave, and the length and shapes of my boards reflect this attitude.
The diamond tail
is 7'2".
The rounded-pin tail is 7'4".
The gun is 8'.
I'm 6'.
Each board is just under 13 lbs., and I'm under 180 now that I'm dieting every whipstitch.
The 7'2" and the 7'4" were designed with 3' to 8' waves in mind.
The gun is for waves up to 15'.
If it's over 15', that's your lookout.
I always eyeball the rail line to make sure its low and blunt, with an ever-so-slight edge running constant from nose to tail.
Bottoms are flat.
We're also talking about a fine "vee" in the tail - "fino" right?

The diamond tail is 13 1/2" in the nose, 20" in the middle, and 12" in the tail.
The rounded-pin has a 12 1/2" in the nose, 19" in the middle, and 11 3/4" in the tail.
The gun's dimensions are 12" nose, 19 3/4" middle, 10 3/4" tail.
I always get a nicely coloured glass on fin (it looks impressive when on my car).
Notice something missing in the picture?
That's right, leashes are for dogs.
That's it.
Nothing else.
I don't care what you hear from other parties.
I say you can store it in your rafters, leave it on the beach overnight, keep it for years, hit it with a hammer, nothing can hurt the wave I just told you how to ride.

Kevin Naughton - Bruce Jones Surfboards.

    Diamond tail: 7'2".                                          Gun: 8'.                                                 Rounded-pin tail: 7'4".
N: 13 1/2",  M: 20", T: 12".               N: 12", M: 19 3/4", T: 10 3/4".                      N: 12 1/2", M: 19", T:  11 3/4".

Kevin and Bruce Jones have surfed together at many of California's most eso-breaks over the last year or so,
utilizing Bruce's specially outfitted boat.

Dealing with such high quality, relatively uncrowded conditions can result in clean lines.
Photo: Bruce Jones.

Volume 17 Number 3
September 1976


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