Tuesday, November 11, 2008


por entre pouco tempo para surfar e muito tempo passado em obras, restam momentos como este para nos dar alento para a próxima etapa... a partir de uma 7'6 CC fez-se um "redux" et voilá...
Too much time spent in construction sites and not that much surfing...getting tired... but then you have moments like this that feeds the STOKE. 7'6 redux out of a CC fish simmons Frye inspired with 4 bamboo fins.
Now, of to some trim/carves!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Depois de uma atribulada viagem( que resultou em danos severos) e após estadia em estaleiro naval, a primeira Alaia está pronta.
Amanhã começam as manobras aquáticas com a 7'0.
A parabólica ainda está em doca seca...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Setembro/ September

September brings empty roads, empty car parking , empty breaks...
Time off 70 kms down south from cad drawing, finish details, big concrete slabs and etcs that architecture forces into one's hands, mind and eyes everyday...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aperitivo via resintint


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Carpintaria: Trimproject III

Enquanto os poliuretano 9'8Y e 8'0H esperam por umas bandas de rail, aqui fica mais uma entrada para a parte de trim do quiver...
Going on wood and FINLESS!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

looking for a new owner....

A primeira "Alba" está à procura de um novo dono...( o sled é de um amigo).
The first "Alba" is looking for a new owner...(this is a friend's sled).
mais fotos aqui.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Foi bom trocar algumas palavras e ondas com o Paulo no break local a alguns pés de distância... ele já tem a DVS de volta! Por pouco, quase que ficava esquecida aqui pelas minhas bandas, lol!

Foto do break local pelo Gonzo.
De volta ao trabalho que dá os euros enquanto a tempestade passa....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DVS Classic fish

It was fun having her around...oh well back to its owner...
De volta para o Paulo...foi divertido enquanto durou...lol

Friday, April 11, 2008

Arrumar a casa....

Acabado o rack para as pequenas, segue-se um para as grandes...
Finished the rack for the petit ones now follows one for the longer...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

learning to do some wood scratching and bottom contours...fun fun fun!!!

Monday, March 31, 2008

ready set go

In between meetings i found a couple of hours to test the room...template cut and skinning the blank....i need days with 32 hours...
Entre reuniões lá deu para cortar um outline e desbastar um pouco de foam...preciso de dias com 32 horas....

guns ship ear plugs and some concrete

I'm having too much fun mowing foam with these gunship ear plugs...

Wife checking the mess a week ago

and again checking some concrete on a construction site...this year were running out of time...our small practice in architecture is starting to be in cruise control and a good way to measure it is by the amount of concrete we have to play with...

this one will have 700m2 layout with reinforced concrete bearing walls and it is a house!!!!

The Twin reverb gets a new baby brother fender champ...love to crank it up and overdrive the 2 valves in the play room
i need some waves....

Monday, March 24, 2008

Hey Ian update your blog man!!!!!!

Ian Zamora in the winter popular break around here...styling and getting burned!!!!lololololol!!!!
O Zamora a levar com uma boa dose dos cagas, e também com o crowd que por lá assenta arraiais.

Thanks to Helder my little room to mow foam is ready...Thanks!!!! he is the one glassing my Alba #2 that went in a round trip to New Zealand...
Graças ao Helder e aos seus conhecimentos de soldador já tenho o meu pequeno espaço para plainar poliuretano pronto...aqui está ele a laminar a "Alba" #2 que já deu meia volta ao mundo e deslizou em águas da Nova Zelândia...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

MYSPACE not . com

All free time has been absorved by the construction of this space...
Todo o tempo livre é absorvido pela construção deste espaço...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Every one around me seems to be into stubbies lately...
First stop: a FCP local fan, Paulo's "surfcenterchaos" stubby.

from France Pierre Mourai and Florence are the happy parents of Oscar

Congratulations from me and Raquel!...we look forward for some more good French wine and good company around the dinner table!

Stubby is a word associated in surf craft world with scoop decks, blade rails, flex fins, smooth outlines on all round form...everyone following the saga knows the names: Greg Liddle, Klaus Jones, Brian Hilbers, Marc Andreini and a few others...not known for his hull displacement designs but instead by his longboard craft skills is French shaper Daniel Creignou. It seems that he too is into stubbies lately, check out his design with a flex tail:

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Stoke part 3:sunday afternoon goodies

There is always a third part once you started the second after the first...
Work on my little shaping space has taken up all my free time and even surfing has taken its toll with just 2 sessions a week... i need more wet time...
Around the corner delicacies: this time a brownie with some not so around the corner fins by Marlin's 101 fin CO , TA, and no brand hand made fin that Ian Z. gave me to use in my Hull. Thanks for the patinece in getting them to me Marlin...back to finishing the little room to start mowing some foam to get some tails to put them...

Friday, February 8, 2008

Stoke part 2: the Sud-Expresso collaboration

Me and Lob have been trading emails, google chats, beers, wines and a lot of design talk about surfboards for the past 3 years or so...on a few occasions he made the trip to PT. On one of those trips we got the chance to make the first Albatroz inspired out of a CC 9'6 glider...It is a 7'4 single fin pin tail with a pulled in nose,a pocket trimmer...it goes well in the pocket of the wave and still trims like a bigger board...

Than i started riding my 7'6 CC micro glider fish simmons inspired thing with 4 fins...love that board to death...one day i decided to go into Manila's shaping bay with a 8'0H and i came out( thanks again for the guidance António) with the second "Alba" like Kikas calls them. This second one was an attempt to have a wider pin tail with 4 fin hoping to see if it would stay closer with the pockect.

A few days ago, around 8 am Lob sends a googled olá with some pictures of the 3rd albatroz...a diferent take over the outline of the 1st...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Stoke part 1: ice cold front

I have been following Chris's trim project since its creation. I'm amazed how good his skills are coming along...not a small feat for someone living in Austria!
His latest creation is along the lines of what currently is interesting me in surfboard design and water time.

The more i look at that outline the more i think that if i used my liddle hull tail curve with some of my CC's gliders curves it will end up a close mash up. Trim is in that outline undoubtedly!

The 8'0H rocker lends itself to a nice flowing line!STOKED!
P.S.:Thanks Chris for the lending me the Jim Philipps shaping DVDs , he is truly a "genius"