Obviously you could cheat !
-Attract the favors of the judges one way or another ...
-Enhance the quiver of your fellow competitors ... an unscrewed fin goes a long way to help you get up the podium ...
-A late entry is not accepted and everyone needs 4 inflated tires to get to the beach ...
-Sandwiches left in the open , under the sun , can cause a vicious belly-ache ...
Or you don't want to cheat !
Then you go to your local shaper and ask for a special shape , one that was done for only one season a long time ago . So long that everyone forgot about it ... But in a tiny part of Florida , you can still find a shaper who remembers and , if you pay , he will shape you something like what you see here !
Dear readers ... I think that if I ever want to be a good surfer , I will have to go on pilgrimage ! Fellow surfers stare at me in the line-up because they have never seen such an impressive exhibition of crash and burn pop-up .
I persevere , hoping that one day a shaper or a surfing Co will discover me and bring me on their team ... a bit like they hire clowns in rodeos !
There is a grandeur in a nice failure .
And the public appreciate a nice repetitive failure , one done with gusto !
Anyway I can be worse than bad and the laughingstock of the entire beach but I try to do my stuff using the best Tools .
Thus this Sidewinder , a perfect replica of the original ones done in 1967 ( only that year ) .
Shaped by a gentleman in Central Florida , a gentleman who worked for the innovators who dreamed the Sidewinder .
Retired , he was nice enough to shape one for old time sake .
Now , with that 9'8'' monster in your quiver ... with these 1967 colors ... a surfer would compete in a longboard competition and be able to hang-ten from Cocoa Beach to Melbourne and back . Bring a book so you are not bored !
The judges will be flabergasted and fellow competitors will need sunglasses just to look . The crowd can't confuse the owner of the Sidewinder with anyone else . Even sharks would be afraid to come close !
With a Sidewinder , you can be bold and classy at the same time !
I love the bizarro shapes in surfboards ... next time I will tell you about my 9'2.. Meyerhoffer ...