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As I wrote about extensively early last year, I have a certain affinity for late '60s vee bottom surfboards. This affinity grew to near obsession levels a couple years back after seeing two boards at Bird's Surf Shed that really blew my mind - if for no other reason than their remarkably distinctive shapes: an 8'6" Challenger Micro Vee and an 8'0" Surfboards Hawaii. I eventually acquired the latter board from Bird, and I had a blast riding it at Swami's, Cardiff, La Jolla Shores, and around Pacific Beach. Since I've owned it, the board has been a constant conversation starter; surfing Cardiff one day, Joel Tudor looks at me and says "What are you riding?!" Another day I'm at Java Hut in Encinitas and former Surfer Magazine editor Steve Hawk walks in with a couple buddies and asks "Is that your vee bottom?" and begins laying down stories of the late '60s transition era.

Surfboards Hawaii V Bottom at La Jolla Shores
Photo by Ferdie Morales

Along the way I also picked up a brand new pair of the classic "Gutterless Roof Racks" to replace the ones that had served me so well on my old black Mercedes Benz that now belongs to Pier Moore, and before that on my previous gold Benz. These racks come with a cheap paint job that quickly fades to a nice rusty patina that doesn't affect their structural integrity, giving your vehicle the aura of a "seasoned veteran", so to speak...

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The vee bottom boards masterfully ridden by Australian Bob McTavish in the mid '60s were groundbreaking designs that foresahadowed the shortboard revolution that would soon follow. To see the progression of the design, fast forward just a couple of years to Billy Hamilton, Mark Martinson, and Keith Paull at Hossegor and Biarritz in the late '60s flick "Waves of Change", and more recently to Ryan Burch on a "V bowls" design in the wonderful short "The Shakes".

Continuing this progression of the vee bottom design - but with some radical new elements and construction concepts - is high on my list with the launch of Qustom Product.

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ist screenshot large One of our pet projects is the website iSurfedThere.com. I started this with my good buddy Glen like eight years ago(!), and we are still committed to the concept, despite all of the ups and downs we've encountered while trying to build a worldwide social network on a shoestring budget.

The core concept is pretty simple - a place to track all of the spots you've surfed.

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