Longboards – 8’6” to 12’
The emergence of this 60’s board has put a lot of surfers back in the water, catching more waves and having fun again. Having the knowledge of shaping from the 1960’s to the 2000’s and applying all this time in the shaping booth the modern Longboard is in a class of its own. With added performance and lighter than its predecessor, it is a functional piece of surfing equipment. With precise modern rockers, rails, and fin placement more & more surfers are returning to this fun riding Longboard.
HIGH PERFORMANCE MODELS Specs:
Length: 8’6” to 9’6”
Width: 21 to 22.5”
Thickness: 2.5″ to 3′
Slightly more nose rocker (lift) for late take-offs and a little less nose area (width) around 17” at 12” from nose tip complete this high performance Longboard.
Slightly less nose rocker for those nose rides the all rounder will perform all manoeuvres in all conditions.
THE NOSERIDER Specs:
Length: 9′ to 10′
Widths: 22.5” to 23.5”
Thickness: 3” to 3.75”
These boards traditionally have a wider, concave nose, a flatter rocker and a wider tail with extra tail lift, allowing the board to stall while riding the nose.
LEN DIBBEN 60’S CLASSIC
The 60’s revisited. Typical shapes of the era with 50/50 rails, flat rockers, D fins and all those glassing techniques of the time to give you the authentic look & feel of those magic 60s.
All our stringer configurations can be matched with nose and tail blocks to give your longboard a unique style and classic feel. We can provide the following configuration; Laminated Longitudinal Ply, Cedar, T Band and Balsa.
The Surf Machine
The Surf Machine name dates back to the 1966 – 67 when boards were coming down in length. I have reintroduced the name because it is appropriate as I have increased the area of the modern Short board to give surfers the chance to catch more waves in the line up. The nose is wider to complement the wider plan shape. This new model still has short board characteristics and feel with lots of speed and maneuverability. The Surf Machine comes with either a fuller pointed nose or a rounded off tip similar to an egg shape. The Tail is either Rounded Square or Full round Pin Tail. ” What a Blast!” was a comment made by one of my customers on taking his new Surf Machine for his first surf.
SURF MACHINE Specs:
Length: 5′ 6” to 7′ 6”
Width: 20.5” to 22
Thickness: 2.5” to 3
Retro Dolphin Fish
The Retro Dolphin Fish can be shaped as a Fish, or with a Single Flyer (wing) or Double Flyer (wings).This wide profile design allows for power surfing at its best making “Down the line” surfing and radical changes of direction so easy you will wonder why you didn’t invest in one years ago.With a modern rocker and slightly rolled Vee through the fins it can come with a single or double concave, keel fins, thruster or single fin concept.Colour designs include exotic sprays, pin-lines and resin tints to add to that “1970s” feel.A must for any surfer wanting a true performance.
Length: 5′ 6” to 7′ 6”
Width:20.5” to 22
Thickness: 2.5” to 3
Turn like a short board with the fun of a Long board Magic from the Master
The Short board in the 2000 era is at its most refined in length, width and thickness to achieve the most radical maneuvers and performance that has ever been possible, providing the surfer can handle the low volume of the board. With this in mind the Short board can handle most situations, be it going for a tube section, aerials or attempting vertical drops. The performance of the Shor tboard is only limited by the rider’s ability and imagination.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SHORT BOARD Since 1967 – 1968 the Shortboard has gone through many changes. In 1969 – 70 we were riding 5’9” to 6’3” semi full noses with wide “D” tails, commonly know as Pocket Rockets. When Rolf Arness won the 1970 world championships on a 7’6” at Bells Beach, we had to rethink and consequently board sizes increased to 6’6” to 6’9” and 7’0” area pintail single fins.Through the 70’s the Twin Fin came and went and so did the Single Fin with lengths up and down to suit riders. The Campbell Bros from USA brought out the Bonzer, a double concave tailed three fin board. The tail fin was 8” with 2 triangle forward fins set on the edge of the concave.
The Shortboard in the 2000 era is at its most refined in length, width and thickness to achieve the most radical man-oeuvres and performance that has ever been possible, providing the surfer can handle the low volume of the board. With this in mind the Shortboard can handle most situations, be it going for a tube section, aerials or attempting vertical drops. The performance of the Shortboard is only limited by the rider’s ability and imagination.
Shape & evolved around in the 1990 & early 2000 as a lot boards & riders wanted shorter & wider profile surfboards
The traditional single fin outline comes with an area pin tail
or a single Flyer (wing) area pintail, with full boxy rails running
into a beak nose. The tail is foiled from the thickest section just in front of
centre providing good flotation and making it easier to catch
waves. The bottom shape has a very small vee running throughout, with a slight increase through
the fins.SINGLE FIN SPECS
Length: 5′ 9” to 7′ 6”
Width: 19” to 21”
Thickness:2.75” to 3
The Twin Fin has the same boxy rails & beak nose as the
single fin. The bottom shape while similar to the single fin
has an increased vee through the fins as these boards are slightly
wider. The twin fin model is available as a Swallow Tail, Flyer
Swallow Tail (Single wing) or Double Flyer Swallow Tail (Double
Wing).TWIN FIN SPECS
Length: 5′ 3” to 6’6”
Width: 19.5” to 21.5”
Thickness: 2.75” to 3”
I started making the Fun Gun model 1990 as I saw a need for a bigger surfboard for surfers to compete with the recreation of the modern longboard, phenomenon as surfers were being out-paddled on to waves. The Fun Gun has all the features of a modern board but with slightly wider nose and plan shape giving more surface area for ease to catch waves, but still maintaining all the criteria you need to compete with your mate on a Longboard or get your share of waves in a packed line-up with a heap of Shortboards.
FUN GUN Specs:
Length 6′ 6″to 7′ 6″
Width 20” to 22”
Thickness 2.5” to 3”
A selection of customised surfboards for the surfer who wants the edge.
Malibus or Mini Mals are basically small Longboards with fuller noses and outlines but are considerably shorter. This board gives you increased manoeuvrability similar to a Short Board, but with the ability to catch more waves and have more fun.Malibus Specs:
Length: 6′ 6” to 8′ 6”
Width: 20” to 22½”
Thickness: 2½” to 3”Malibus or Mini Mals
Big Wave Board
So you have progressed from your local surf break and are now going out in more demanding and testing wave conditions. This is were the Big Wave board come into its own. We at Len Dibben surfboards can get you into that situation, with one of the best medium to big wave surfboards on the market. No shaping machines here our HardCore range is completely hand-shaped. The Outline (Top shape), Rocker (Bottom curve or line), Foil (Thickness distribution) are shaped with performance in mind giving you confidence in all wave situations. The most popular shape for these conditions is a Area Pin Tail or a Pin Tail.
BIG WAVE Specs:
Length: 6′ 6″ to 8′
Width: 17.5” to 19′.5
Thickness: 2.5” to 3”
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They were instigated in Australia & the world buy a Californian Surfer Named George Greenough in the 1970’s Who invented the Knee board spoon George was also a really good Film Maker & photographer in the 70’s & 80’s From the Spoon which was a Hollowed out Deck knee board of Solid Fibreglass with Foam nose & Rails for Support or floating to catch waves From there the Slab evolved which was a full foam & fibre glass Knee board similar to the Modern surfboard of today.