Monday, June 13, 2011

The NAWP


Just added this core kit offer to the website. It's supposed to be like a Weber Performer. Other than the basic specs - 9'6", 24" wide, 3" thick - I took my measurements by eye, down at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente. I called ahead to see if I could bring a tape measure, realizing that might be presumptuous. It was. They said no.

You don't need a tape measure, or a CNC board scanner, to grasp the dimensions though. What I really needed to see was the rail profile transitions, how much belly the board had and where, how much dome on the deck, and like that - all things the eye and hand are pretty good at taking in.

There was a real Performer reproduction done by the Weber clan at Sacred Craft in 2010. They used one of the original, but later model templates, and the tail was way wider than most of the Performer models I've seen. I complained that if they're going to move the target like that, I'll never be able to pull off an exact copy. No sympathy. The only way my version tops theirs in authenticity is that I haven't added a leash plug. That's the best I can do.

So, the NAWP is not a Weber Performer. But if you want a Performer made out of cardboard, this is as close as you're going to get.