Velo Flex spoon Build

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Velo Flex spoon Build

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I thought I would start a seperate thread for this one, it may take a while but I will endeavour to keep this thread updated through the build process.

I started with a fairly analogue process of outline and template measurement and then transfer to full size template
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small scale trace and measurement from an old Surfers journal article
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scaled up version traced and cut out on cardboard
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Re: Velo Flex spoon Build

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I had an EPS blank from Shapers Australia I had cut up for a couple of other mini paipos, please note my intention is to build a mini paipo version of a flex spoon not a full sized knee board version, I mucked about with outlines a bit before settling on something that felt right.
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Outline cut out
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truing up the outline
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Re: Velo Flex spoon Build

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They don't have a lot of float, but more than if just bodysurfing.

There was a Swaylocks thread on different construction methods.

A Peter Ware model
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Is it going to be finned?
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Re: Velo Flex spoon Build

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bgreen wrote: Sat Aug 28, 2021 12:39 am They don't have a lot of float, but more than if just bodysurfing.

There was a Swaylocks thread on different construction methods.

A Peter Ware model

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Is it going to be finned?
Great design for a 34 inch board would it still need finned? Would like to see them in surf action...
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I am thinking of trying unfinned initially and can add fin(s) later, my initila thoughts are for low and long bonzer style runners close to each rail, but I will see how I go. I will post a couple of update shots when i get a chance
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Here are a couple of shots of the finished hull shape for the Velo Flex Spoon Paipo, This is as far as I have got I have wrapped it up in bubble wrap and will have to find some time to commence glassing.
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Re: Velo Flex spoon Build

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Unread post by kage »

This looks great - hitting all my buttons. In regard to the fin, I thought the high aspect fin was a big part of how it was supposed to work. In my limited understanding I imagined there would be considerable tension between the the twist of the fin and the flexible front part of the board - the snap out of the turn. How would that work with no fin? Are your legs acting like the skeg? And that Peter Ware board looks !!!!
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