Samstag, 27. Dezember 2014

merry xmas

belated merry xmas to all of you. while i am writing this post i listen to sick house tunes from cut snake and it's snowing outside. FINALLY!

Montag, 8. Dezember 2014

fish progress

lately, i've been working on the rough shape of the new fish board. please find below a few pictures.

Montag, 17. November 2014

tre soli tre

i know, this brand is usually associated with one of the best grappas in the world. so am i a big fan of this distillery. the bottles come in a nice wooden box with a metallic emblem. i told myself, why don't you glass this classic logo under the lamination of a new board. a word and a blow.

the 5'6'' fish board i am currently working on will treated with this emblem. work in progress, see pictures below:

Montag, 29. September 2014


as the second week of our vacation was a flat spell we collected some driftwood on the beaches of biscarosse. with the help of sanding paper and oil the driftwood turned into decorative items.

Montag, 22. September 2014


marco from zurich recently picked up the diamond tail and it seems like he enjoyed a late summer day in bremgarten with the landlocked stick under his feet :-)

thanks for the photos and keep on riding!

Montag, 15. September 2014

hendaye 2014, done

what a week!!

we enjoyed the first september week with the sgc family in hendaye. same procedure as last year. the house just in front of the sea was fantastic, so were the laughs, tapas, cidre, wine, birthdays, kids (already three of them) and beers... the swell was great in the beginning of the week and constantly dropped every day. i was able to catch the last surfable waves in biscarosse on sunday morning (2ft, glassy, only 4 surfers out). but the warm weather and blue sky were a reasonable compensation for the rest of the vacation :-)

check out jesus' blog for more pictures:

Montag, 18. August 2014

holiday quiver

still two weeks to go but i already packed the quiver for france. beside my 6'6'' fatum shortboard i'll also bring the ant II 5'9'' model and of course the 4'0'' stick of my daughter.

Donnerstag, 7. August 2014

5'6 fish

my latest project i recently started is to build a 5'6'' fish board with a fairly wide outline. i preshaped the blank and will work on the final shape the next weeks. a flat bottom and slight vee shape towards the tail shall create an ideal small wave board allowing to make speed in flater sections.

the glassing process for this stick will be a challenge, especially around the tail area. but now improvement without experiments :-)

stay tuned for an update!

Montag, 28. Juli 2014

4ft penguin board

i recently finished the recycling project and built the first board for my daughter out of an old fish surfboard i purchased back in 2008 in portugal. please find below a step by step documentary of the production process.

the dimensions are 4' x 18'' x 2 3/8'', nugget shape. because of security reasons i didn't insert fin plugs and went for a channel at the bottom. it comes with two leash plugs and can be used either as mini-surfboard or bodyboard.

ready to get wet in september at the atlantic coast.

1 - old surfboard

2 - delamination process

3 - delamination finsihed and new blank created

4 - prepare the new outline

5 - nugget outline

6 - prepare top lamination after bottom was done

7 - lamination finished

8 - prepare pinline

9 - leash plug installed before sanding

10 - finsished board after sanding

Sonntag, 27. Juli 2014

the advantage of rain

one week ago i went to bremgarten and enjoyed a sunny morning session. 340m3/sec created a nice wave. i will try to go there again during the next weeks to bring myself back in shape for the sgc reunion in hendaye.

Freitag, 11. Juli 2014

diamond is sold

another board was sold this week. marco from zurich visited me and also had a look in the shaping & glassing room to get introduced to the production process. he decided to go for the 5'11'' x 21 1/2'' x 2 3/4'' diamond tail. he's not new to surfing but the landlocked stick is his first personal board. have fun!

Montag, 30. Juni 2014

another one finished

i'd call it just in time. right before the summer surf is up i finished this little play board. it will be an enjoyable board and easy to paddle as it comes with a bit of extra thickness.

moped stick
dimensions: 6'1 x 20 11/16'' x 2 5/8''
glassing: epoxy surf clear, 1x 6oz bottom, 2x 6oz top
fins: thruster, fcs fusion

it will be posted for sale. but i won't be sad if the board will join us for the trip to france in september. and i hope so will the rest of the surf gipsy crew. :-)


Sonntag, 22. Juni 2014


i spent some time in the shaping bay this weekend and have done the gloss coat for the new 6'1 stick.

i also worked on the outline of my daughters 4'0 nug shape surfboard.

Dienstag, 10. Juni 2014

lamination done

during the last days i finished the lamination process and presanded the board. i worked with a new technique to improve the cutlaps and it turned out very well. now it's time for the gloss coat, leash plug installation and final sanding.

the moped stick will be soon ready to get wet.

Montag, 2. Juni 2014

bottom lamination

yesterday night i worked on the bottom lamination of the new board. it turned out pretty well. seems like after a dozen of boards the lamination skills slowly improve :-)

other than that i started a new project to build a surfboard/bodyboard for my daugther. it will be made of a recycled blank out of an old fish board i got from portugal back in 2008. stay tuned for updates and more pictures.

Freitag, 30. Mai 2014

new stick in production

today i was working on a new board. it's a rounded square tail with the dimensions 6'1 x 20 11/16'' x 2 5/8''. it has plenty of volume to make it easy to paddle but also a traditional shortboard outline. the nose area has a slight concave shape. i'll work  on the glassing the next weeks while i've finished the thruster fin setup already.

Sonntag, 25. Mai 2014


today, patrice from lucerne visited my shaping bay and decided to purchase three boards. he has chosen the ant board for himself, the red stripe egg shape & pocket rocket are for his friends. in a few weeks he'll be off to portugal. i hope he enjoys the boards & portuguese treatment and will be back at some point for a custom made stick :-)

Montag, 28. April 2014

Dienstag, 22. April 2014

sgc reunion 2014

we guys having a fantastic time in portugal. good weather, great food and a solid swell treat us like little kings. nothing more to ask for!

the photo below was taken yesterday evening. we had three surf session and ended the day after a mind blowing sunset in mohlo leste.

Freitag, 28. März 2014

3 weeks to go...

...until the next sgc reunion. baleal is calling! stay tuned for pictures & happy weekend!

Montag, 17. März 2014 now online!

i've to admit that i am not very talented in building a webpage. therefore i redirected the existing link to this blog. this was already a challenge to me to find out how to rewrite a .htaccess file...

anyway, is now finally available on the www.


Montag, 3. März 2014

back to shape

finally! i finished my exams and enjoyed a part of the first weekend without studying in my shaping room. if everything goes well i'll take the new board to portugal. there's another sgc trip planned at the end of april. stoked!

there are still a few second hand boards available. check it out!

although paul fisher's dick board is a bit too much, he's still a funny guy! i know a week in april when this chicken boy thing might be funny too... :-)