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Q: “How do you approach creating a new shape or model? Do you have in mind a specific type of wave or surfer when you are shaping?”
SS: “Many types of waves, many types of surf styles, many years of experience, some good idea mojo…put all that shit in the blender and see what happens!”
well this glider here happened. Shawn Stussy approaches everything with a rather carefree vibe, not focused on trends or the latest happening. Still he’s been happening for decades now… a lesson there?
anyhoo: here’s his glider: a 50/50 railed, belly to double concave to vee, multistringered thing of beauty.
the distinguishing characteristic, is the board’s tendency to maximize planing area in service of acceleration and flow - or "uninterrupted speed."
They are meant to go fast - paddling fast, trimming fast, turning fast. 50/50 foiled rail, neutral rocker, neutral bottom, parallel-outline, no concave in the nose, usually a simple rolled bottom. or a turbo twin concave.
The length of lines that you can draw on a nice section that runs. And you if you go parallel stance, you can just stand there and literally do nothing at all. To me that is the ultimate in the trim and glide thing. It’s my favorite feeling in surfing. It’s just buttery, it’s smooth, it’s fast, and it’s just effortless. That’s why I put the phrase “Slide The Glide” on all of my boards.
Riding a Glider turns me into a full on grom It simply makes me want to laugh. It could be a knee high wave, but if it is lined up right – it just turns me into a grom. Nobody can really see what is going on when someone is riding a Glider because it looks like you are not really doing anything. But it’s the purest form of stoke that you could ever imagine.