Here is a quick little video of Naki and Christian making the most of some one foot waves on the 5`0 Aviso BD3 designed by Cole Simler…
I got some really fun waves today on my 5`0 Cole/Aviso Bd3 w/ single fin box. The swell angle was much better today for SC compared to the last few days, especially for the beaches. I had on of my best sessions yet on my 5`0. The last few sessions I have been riding it just as a twin fin and I love it. I am so stoked on how many different setups I can use in this board, that it has become on of my favorites.
The 5`0 BD3 is such an amazing and versatile board. I have ridden it now in everything from little tiny wind swell and had fun, as well as gotten barreled in overhead surf! It shines in all sorts of conditions. For me personally I ride it in any surf up to slightly overhead surf. What I sacrifice in paddling from my 5`1 BD3, I more than make up for in the fact that the board will fit in places no other board can once you are in the wave.
As far as the fins go, you can ride more of a standard shortboard setup in a variety of conditions and be completely satisfied. That is how I use to ride it all the time. Since I got the single fin, I have been able to throw that thing in and just have a blast in small surf. I have yet to ride that setup in big surf but it is so much fun to play with. Recently I got a set of twin fins from Cole that are similar to an MR template and it is amazing. It is like riding a new board each time I change it up. I don`t like it as much for big down the line gouges, but the thing blows tail like no other board I have ever ridden, and as always, the BD3 was made to fly. With this setup I get so much drive it is crazy for a board that small..
Looks like we should get another shot of WNW swell filling in as I write this and another round following it up next week! We have had a great season so far and thing don`t show any signs of slowing down. With this swell coming at more of a westerly angle (275-300), it should open up most spots, especially here in Southern California.
Check back tomorrow for some shots from around town, for now here is a shot of Kelly Slater exhibiting perfect form on the 5`0 Aviso BD3 by Cole in white pro finish. Makes me want to go stretch right now…
Here is the final installment of Christian`s email from his Norway trip. Please leave a comment if you have a second, I changed the setting so it should be easier to leave one…
“We took the Kraemmervika speedboats out today and went fishing! SO ZINE dude… I caught the biggest fish I’ve ever caught in my life. A huge Cod! I only caught two fish but they were both pretty big. Probably about two or three feet long. Cod is the number one export in Norway. It is very interesting. You see thousands of cod hanging from wooden stilts in uniform lines. The cod dries for 2-3 months. There are 17 catagories of Cod. The highest quality goes to Italy and lowest quality, the fish heads, go to Africa for Cod stew. Pretty weird how the world works like that. Anyways, the bay where we fished today was incredible. Huge sheer mountains come down into the ocean and create an insane fjord which is like a huge bay.
As far as the surf goes, it’s been pretty flat but really nice weather. We surfed once and it wasn’t even that cold. I thought it would be colder, but then again, the sun was out, and it was keeping us fairly warm. The waves were fun too. Fun little lefts for the CJ Nelson Aviso model I brought.
That’s pretty much what we’re up to. Soon we will be camping about an hour away on some deserted beach where we have to take a boat to. Then we have to hike about an hour to the beach where will then post up and really live it rugged because at the moment we’re living like kings eating waffles and cod all day. The outdoors will be a great angle for the Outside Magazine article. After camping for as long as we can bear without getting frost bite, we’re heading North to Russia to camp some more. We’ve heard there’s a lot of radio activity along the coastal waters so I’m a little nervous about that but what’s an adventure without a little fear? I’m looking forward to it. After that we are flying over to the Faroe Islands. That’s an entirely different adventure we’ll be tapping into. I’ll try and send out more updates as soon as I have more to write about because that’s pretty much all of it. Thanks for reading!” Christian
Photo by Sea Walk in Russia
Here are a few shots from Naki`s trip to Japan over the last few weeks. Looks like he got some fun waves, then arrived home today in Hawaii to the buoys running 17 feet @ 17 seconds!
Also in case you have not heard, we should have a major swell hitting California later on in the week. If the hype machine is right, it could be one of the biggest swell`s of our lifetime. We will see what happens, hopefully the weather will cooperate and it wont be too stormy when the swell does show its face…
THe waves were small today around town, but Taro and I ended up getting some really fun waves on the trunkboards. I might not have paddled out if we didnt have the 5`1 to try out but I was so glad that I did. I rode the 5`2 to start the session and let Taro try the 5`1 for the first time.
It had been a while since I rode the 5`2, but I was stoked that I did today. My new name for that board is the wave-magnet! It has a lot of float for me at 160 pounds, but it catches waves like funboard would for me. Any little ripple that came through, I was on it, and it fit right were it needed to in two foot surf.
Half way through the session I switched to the 5`1 and got into a couple of really fun little lefts that came through. That board is magic for me! It just goes really well for me, and I never had to work too hard to put it in the right spot on the wave. Its size allowed me to keep it in the pocket, and for me it is just the right medium between the amazing wave catching ability of the 5`2 and the high performance aspects of the 5`0.
Today i realized that you could easily have multiple trunkboards in your quiver. My dream quiver would definitely have a 5`2 for those crummy days when you need that extra float just to ride the waves and have fun, and a smaller board like the 5`1 0r 5`0 when the waves pick up and you really want to put it on rail! Check back soon for more…