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Created On: 11/27/2023 01:28 PM
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 11/27/2023 01:28 PM
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ww

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I doubt that agave wood makes really good blanks. Almond Surfboards is a Costa Mesa oddball, promoting surfing for ordinary people, and taking advantage of small waves.
 11/28/2023 10:31 AM
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Cool shapes. I must confess, I have a bit of sticker shock for those prices. I get it but I am getting old.

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 11/28/2023 10:31 AM
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Cool shapes. I must confess, I have a bit of sticker shock for those prices. I get it but I am getting old.

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 11/28/2023 03:40 PM
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ww

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Looking back historically, wood planks and, especially, hollow wooden boards stuffed with table tennis balls to ensure flotation must have been expensive, not to mention later balsas.
 11/28/2023 05:45 PM
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The tennis balls is new to me. Did it work?

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 11/28/2023 07:16 PM
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ww

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Ping pong. I heard of that from an older printmaker at a sale in Portland. He mentioned being from Santa Cruz and I politely asked about surfing. I got the hollow wooden board story in return. I should have bought one of his etchings--he was a pretty good disciple of Rembrandt.
 12/02/2023 06:51 AM
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Gary Linden, well known surfer and master shaper (look him up) has been making agave boards for years - long boards, short boards and Jaws/Mavericks style guns. He's known as the Agave Master. Personally, I look at agave as balsa's ugly stepsister as I think it is a fairly unattractive wood color and grain wise. Give me a chambered balsa, redwood or cedar board any day - no veneer kits allowed... (woodworker for 50+ yrs)
 12/04/2023 02:53 PM
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pompano

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I would love to shape an agave blank! I've got a Balsa blank I got from Ricky some years back that I just talked to him about at his Christmas party about shaping next year with a bit of his help. A mezcal fish would be AWESOME.
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