Ryan Burch: The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm - video

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

San Diego surfer and shaper Ryan Burch puts the pedal to the metal on the walls of Bangko-Bangko and pulls into some meaty ones at Grajagan Bay on his self-shaped asymmetric sticks. There's a touch of Lopez in Burch's lightfooted act but he's equally adept at laying rail and playing the power game. An excellent clip from one of the world's best surfer shapers.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 11:29am

Such a nice flowing style. The g-land part at the end was pretty sick
Not the most pleasing looking boards to the eye but a beautiful surfer to watch regardless

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 11:45am

Best surfer-shaper in the World right now- daylight second.

Modern day Wayne Lynch.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 2:12pm

Daylight second? Dan Tomson goes alright, Hayden Cox too.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 2:36pm

Never seen Hayden Cox but had plenty of close-up looks at Burch and Tomo.

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karl beadham commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 7:05pm

that's nice surfing!! waves to match ripping ryan surfer shapers got the flow jo

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caml commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 8:35pm

Kelly slaters good also

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southey commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 8:57pm

I thought I was watching a video of myself . V similar bottom turn , fastback rebound etc . Till about 2/3 of the way through when he pulled out that power hack on second turn solid wave .......... And I'm a rough self ding repairer at best , that couldn't shape clay ....
Good on him walking to his own beat !

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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cjt101 commented Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 at 10:12pm

This vid has inspired me to go crunch some of my local 2 foot sloppy lips over the W/E.

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donweather commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 7:05am

The boy can certainly read and ride a wave damn well. Just smooth and effortless flow and he gets soooo much from each wave.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 10:09am

Can't add anymore.

Lovely style.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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monk commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm

I really enjoyed that. I usually dont think much of those funny-looking boards but there was something about the way that the inside rail engaged after those top turns and the amazing speed and flow that was then immediately generated that made them look really funcitonal and fluid in those long hollow lefts - for the first time ever it had me thinking that there may be something to asymetrical boards? Such an aesthetic little clip...

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stunet commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 12:53pm

I ran a clip of Ryan Burch recently where he spoke about his asymmetric shapes. He put it simply: "We don't stand on our boards symmetically so it makes no sense to have a symmetrical board."

The first part of the sentence is of course correct, we don't stand symmetrically, but the second part gets tricky. Asymmtrical boards are fucken complex things, you've gotta have a very firm understanding of how each design feature on a surfboard works, and also how your particular style effects those features. 

The key in Burch's case is that he's a dedicated shaper of his own craft and seems to have a good surfing brain. He's attentive to his own peculiarities. He can therefore make sense of asymmetrical boards. I'd suggest that for the vast majority the compexities are beyond us.

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stunet commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 12:54pm

That said, I'm still hugely curious about them and have gone close to buying one many times.

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monk commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 1:19pm

Yeah that makes sense - agree completely. Added to that that each different turn that you do would engage differently depening on the symmetry of the board (or lack there-of), and you would need different boards for left-handers vs right handers (and if you were goofy vs natural) - so many elements its easy to see why we dont go there as an industry or as standard surfers who don't shape. Ryan Burch is clearly in a relatively unique position. Great to see this kind of thing happening though...

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adrobbbo commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 5:42pm

so much better than watching wct on fuel tv, thanx heaps for this

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caml commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 6:14pm

Its not hard to understand how they work . U would only get the board that u want . Like picking a left & right shoe if they were sold seperately !

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Thomo56 commented Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at 9:27pm

Ryan Burch is the best free flowing surfer I have ever seen. He is the Wave

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reecen commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 12:19am

So good to see some huge hacks at desert point. Snapped the back fin in a quad out at Ulu's earlier this year and it was unreal fun feeling the board out. Would love to have a go on a proper asymmetric board.

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caml commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 12:45am

Dp

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caml commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 12:41am

Sorry after a second look i agree its dp & G

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southey commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 12:57am

It says Bangko in the article description caml ...
It's effortlessly mixed in there , but there's no missing the " currents and eddies " in the background of a few of the shots .... The cross shore kind of gives it away occasionally , but it looks like it's footage out together from a few stints or atleast one long one . Depending on angle taken from speedies can sometimes look similar to small grower .....
I now want a similar board ..... I wonder if Mick P will give in to a " request " or I have to look elsewhere . I have avenues to do one myself , but lack of time and skill may short fall that .

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caml commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 4:31am

The last bit is g land tho . Its been over 10 yrs for me

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 6:52am

Southey I'd love to see Mick P's reaction when you tell him you want a asymmetrical board!
YA FUCKEN WHAT!!!!
hahah

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southey commented Friday, 24 Oct 2014 at 9:14pm

Nah , goofy . He'd be cool with it . He did live and surf in the seventies !
Just don't reckon he'd be too interested in shapin' one .
Would have more chance of talking him into playing footy again ;-)) !

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 3:18pm

In the shaping bay Peter Townend : Vimeo
Didn't know PT dabbled with assymetrical shapes many years ago.

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simba commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 4:29pm

nice clip,never heard of this guy but boy he can surf and on his own unusual boards,just shows to go good surfers can surf almost anything and make it look good.

simba

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 5:06pm

Cant remember the vids name but the finless footage of Ryan at Gnarloo ....unbelievable. Freeride ?

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 5:34pm

Yeah. I made a vid of Burch (and Hynd) in the desert surfing mostly finless.
It's pretty tweaked, bucket bongs recommended before viewing.
Hope Stu won't mind, there's no commercial gain involved.
https://vimeo.com/57954669

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stunet commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 5:41pm

I don't mind bucket bongs.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm

Fucking rrrriipping ! Can't believe I haven't seen that before.

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caml commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 8:25pm

the single twin by townsend . pretty good setup . i made one in g-land . worthy & under rated of course . burch would rip on them & proberly does

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 8:37pm

What is a single twin ? A single with stabilisers ?

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 8:45pm

Go to the vimeo with Peter Townend I posted a few hours ago

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stunet commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 8:48pm

This vid here Camel: http://vimeo.com/98968746

It's cool to post vids like that Udo. They're a competitior but it fits the topic of conversation so no probem.

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simba commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 8:57pm

You learn something everyday cause i didnt know PT was a shaper.......radical idea.

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 9:14pm

Me either, obviously knew M.R. etc shaped but not P.T. and he won a comp on one don't recall that at all especially being such a different board pre thruster days.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 9:13pm

Peter Townend G&S 'Tubeshooter', $699 on eBay, one day left, no bids.

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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/121547748776?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 9:09pm

That's radical. Future is wide open. Too bad that shit stalled the first time around.
Where were you shaping at G Land , Caml ? From scratch or alterations ?

Note - Westerly Windina was the originator, at least the inspiration for PT.

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caml commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 11:04pm

yeah thats good clip ! blown i had a frankenstein factory at g.lan where i did re modeling & fixed boards often to improve performance and test in the g.land " wind tunnel" the offset single was a winner ! inspired me to create a magic board . seen in surfers journal mag .

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 11:51pm

Surfresearch: PT talks of his 2 boards in one - in 1981

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Average commented Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 at 11:47pm

Ryan Burch my favorite surfer to watch right now. Even has insane style on an asymmetrical finless fish-thing. I just about made one after seeing this:
http://vimeo.com/74544527

I'm sure I've seen another video of him at DP late last year.

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brutus commented Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 at 9:48am

Asymetrics are the future....in 1961 Carl Ekstrom started shaping Asymetrics and actually patented asymentrics in 1963....

Ryan has done a lot of work with Carl and has been really learning the fundamentals of s/bd design so that he can more futuristic in his designs,but with a strong technical foundation , so bds are not so hit and miss...

I had the pleasure of shaping a new Asymetro and a 6 8 gun with him when I was last in Cal in Dec.....he's like a sponge for knowledge and also one of the most humble human beings I have met.....took 4 hrs to shape 2 bds....we had a blast telling tech/surf story .....I learnt a lot!

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stunet commented Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 at 9:53am

"I learnt a lot!"

You learnt a lot? He's, what, 26-years old?

Also, you back shaping in Oz?

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brutus commented Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 at 11:44am

off back to SoCal next week again......and yeah I learnt a lot, how he surfs ,envisages where he wants to go in the Future with his surfing...dragging old stories up , that still relate to s/bd design today like Asymetrics........and how the bloody hell do I get bds to go backhand....that was one of his real questions...none of his bds go backhand......so we would discuss plus's and minus's of the difference in surfing backhand and forehand.............................

I actually believe that I am learning soooo much at present from surfers who are now out of their comfort zone...and pushing the design envelope.....just a grommet designer hoping to better this year than last.....hehehe

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Blowin commented Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 at 12:41pm

Good to hear Brutus. As soon as you get locked into one way of thinking it's all over.
Evolution is as essential to the individual as it is to a species.

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stunet commented Friday, 21 Sep 2018 at 10:31am

Nose not swallow tail...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 21 Sep 2018 at 1:50pm

Sorry that just looks dangerous........

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ojackojacko commented Friday, 21 Sep 2018 at 5:50pm

mental - really enjoy watching him surf. would love to see footage of him on that thing

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KookDeVille commented Friday, 21 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm

Wait til you see Dane surf one in the Electric Acid board test Stab has done. Proper face melting shit.

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