Outer islands flex tails

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Blowin started the topic in Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 at 2:49pm

Anybody ridden one ? They look interesting. I've never ridden any kind of flex tail , but I'm specifically referring to the foam and glass numbers with the two stringers that converge in the nose from mid board and that have no stringer in the tail as opposed to the all glass tails.

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stunet commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 1:58pm

Way, way back Mitchell even dropped concaves into first gen shortboards.

Think 1969.

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quadzilla commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 3:39pm

69 may be a little amiss....Mitchell was 14 and still going to school when there wasn't any waves.

Glenn Ritchie did most of the early shaping of Outers,Mitchell was the young test pilot.That's when the deep single concaves first emerged in Gows boatshed on Pitt water at the back of Palm beach.71/2.Later when Nana Glen production was happening is when M.Rae began production shaping.

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udo commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 4:02pm

He he I was thinking about 1969 ...and how old is this Rae bloke now.

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stunet commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 4:03pm

Well that's what he told me!

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stunet commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 4:05pm

Here we go: "we were riding 1" deep concaves with hard edges in 1969...revolutionary designs."

So maybe he didn't shape them. I was asking him about his late 70s / early 80s concaves - boards that he shaped - and he said the above quote.

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stunet commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 4:09pm

Check the concave in these suckers:

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And this one is a flextail. Said he rode it in the 1980 OM Bali Pro.

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blindboy commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 5:57pm

....it might take a couple of waves to get the feel.

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 6:53pm

That concave is full on, not what you see much of these days

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blindboy commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 6:57pm

I seem to remember Mitchell Rae hanging around Peter Clarke's Brookvale factory where Ritchie worked around '69. He was a pretty well known grom around the NB from an early age

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quadzilla commented Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 at 7:12pm

Yes BB,PCs north side spawned outer island....Mitchell was a competitive surfer in his under 18 days.Had some notable victories which included finishing in front of another young un from Newy who shared the same initials.
UDO,born early 1955...turned 61 early this year.

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dilmah commented Friday, 29 Jul 2016 at 9:17am

What's people's thoughts on the outer island fins?
Switchblades....

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quadzilla commented Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016 at 12:05pm

As far as the history of Outers goes,GR,was still shaping at Peter Clarke's Brookvale factory in October 1970,the month the first Tracks issue came out.I'm doubting that the concaves were done prior to this as Glenn is on the Bitsa page with his latest creation.He describes it as dead FLAT all the way through and designed for Lennox.
My first recollection of Outers was on the Bitsa page in 1971or 2?,there was a photo of a very concaved rail to rail bottom.

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BSnyder commented Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 at 10:57am

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lostdoggy commented Saturday, 17 Sep 2016 at 12:20pm
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Blowin commented Saturday, 17 Sep 2016 at 7:52pm

Cheers Lostdoggy .

Bit on the thin side for mine , though.

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 9:56am

Blowin - 6'10 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/8 Outer island flextail
Gumtree Mudgeeraba Gold Coast

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 10:04am

Udo - sounds perfect for me.

But I'm 5000 kms away from it and boarding a plane in a few hours.

Cheers anyway cobber.

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 10:06am

Where you heading to buddy ?

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 10:18am

If I'm lucky - which I haven't been in the last 24 hours - I'll be heading to Bali.

If I'm not lucky I'll be heading towards a life force depleting encounter with more retardulent airport officials and the heart break of another cancelled flight .

This will in turn lead to either a week on the freezing South or South West coast of WA - sans wetsuit or adequate cold weather clothing - or a week camped on the peripheries of Shark Bay - sans fishing rod.

Either would be fun, I guess.

But I NEED warm water barrels.

Thanks again for the heads up mate.

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udo commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 10:25am

Kintamani is belching again.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 at 10:46am

I've faced greater adversity than an over active geological pressure release point in the last day.

I've seen the devil himself.

In this instance he appeared as the smug representative of a globe straddling American company that has utter contempt for any poor sap that happens to stand between themselves and a stray dollar or two.

And I was cast asunder and thrown into the abyss of airport chaos and flight uncertainty.

Fear not.

Today is a fresh start.....and I get to do it all again.

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udo commented Sunday, 5 Feb 2017 at 8:31pm

Someone just got a steal...Ebay - bidding just ended on a real nice top cond Bushrat flextail -
$ 400

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