At the start of the year i got to hand over the latest shooters i’d done up for my Brother Mitch. I did two boards and both were Ghost models. One being the current stock file at the time and one with a few tweaks which has now transitioned on to the racks of my dealers due to it surpassing the older files performance.
The changes made to the model weren’t to drastic at all. I lifted the entry rocker, the transition through the belly is still pretty much the same with a lower exit rocker. I also took concave out whilst stretching it longer from nose to tail. Were the concave starts to deepen at the entry then fade out in tail, this now happens a lot earlier and later. Making a much larger sweet spot were you can just about utilise the whole board for speed. Theres also been a slight tinker with the fin positioning to add drive were there was to much release along with a touch more volume added under the chest. After testing we found the board has a lot more whip and rail to rail transition, added drive and hold when pushing hard on your back foot and effortless generation of speed.
Nothing i love more then chucking Mitch a board and getting such i high level of surfings feed back, something ill forever be grateful for and theres no better time to do it when were both on Chrissy holidays! Below is a clip of a few waves that have been on the ACSOD IG account and some that haven’t, show casing mitch on the updated Ghost. All files over Christmas Dec 16/Jan 17
(also theres a new size break, images below)
Monday, 20 February 2017 11:32:51 am Australia/Sydney
I’m excited to announce the release of our latest research and development project: the “Ghost Tech” EPS construction. EPS surfboards are definitely in right now. I’ve seen more and more in the line up over the last year, so I decided that I wanted to create my own alternate to the PU surfboards that I shape every day.
What Is Ghost Tech?
Ghost Tech is a high density EPS foam blank with a traditional soft wood stringer through the centre. This is combined with epoxy resins and quad axial 4oz fibreglass infused with innegra, laid precisely to enhance the natural flex pattern of the stringer blank. This combination makes for a very well balanced EPS surfboard with highlighted enhancements and no unwanted flex surprises that stringer less boards can have. How Does It Work? At the core is the designed and shaped high density EPS blank. The benefits of this foam is the liveliness in average surf. It gives you extra lift and buoyancy under your feet which really benefits your surfing in the small stuff. After the board is shaped and sprayed with the signature Ghost Tech spray, it’s ready to glass. On the bottom of the board we use a quad axial 4oz fibreglass infused with innegra. Quad axil means that both materials are set at 45 degrees creating an X pattern on the bottom and the rail of the board.
This material runs from the nose, lapping the rail until 1 inch behind the front fins where it’s cut in an arc to balance the flex release and control twisting between you feet. On the deck we apply a second peace of Quad axil innegra cut in an opposite arc as the bottom layer. This laps over and connects the bottom lap to the deck and continues to cover the last 3rd of the board. This creates a livelier feel, quicker tail rocker rebound flex and maximum rail control. The X pattern construction properties of the Quad Axial creates a unique flex pattern that optimises a kinetic flex memory; which amasses energy and then releases it, delivering extra acceleration and drive during transitions (in and out of turns). After this we apply a layer of 4oz fibreglass on either side and the board is laminated.
Is the Ghost Tech construction only for the Ghost model?
We designed this tech with the everyday surfer in mind who battles with the ever changing conditions of their local break. So we chose the Ghost, our all-rounder model to be the test pilot for the technology as it’s a board the gets ridden in just about all conditions. Also the Innegra is white and has a ghost like presence on the board, thus inspiring the name. This construction is available across our entire surfboard range. What do I surf the Ghost Tech in? Depending on what model you decide to get, this tech will increase the liveliness of your surfboard. From our Splinta to our newest small wave machine the Two Fangs, this construction adds an extra spark to your surfing that PU’s can lack. Be creative with it and try one today.
Where are they made?
Just like every A C S O D poly surfboard, the Ghost Techs are manufactured at The Glass Lab in South Tweed Heads, Australia. All of our materials are sourced from leading Australian suppliers in our industry.
Friday, 16 December 2016 2:48:33 pm Australia/Sydney
Team rider Hinata Aziwa had a solid dig this Hawaiian season, getting a few sneaking slabs out Pipe and Back Door to flaring out Rocky Point. Check out all the sessions below in the clip he’s put together.
Boards ridden + dims:
6’0 x 17 3/4 x 2 3/16 – 24.21L – “The Axe” gun / step up model.
5’6 x 17 1/2 x 2 1/8 – 21.24L – “Splinta” performance / good wave model.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:40:45 pm Australia/Sydney
It’s been a long time in the making but now it’s finally here and available for you to shred on. The “Two Fangs” twin fin is by far my favourite all round fun board I’ve made yet. The idea for this model came from me wanting a board to surf small shitty waves when we were in the middle of a pretty serious flat spell here on the Gold Coast.
I had the idea to make something close to a keel type twin fin that would hold it’s rail and maintain speed. Most keel twinnys I’ve seen have had a tone vee from nose to tail, so I decided to add a slight single up front which transitions into a double concave right between your feet to create more lift and forward momentum, then vee’d out the tail to maximise rail to rail manoeuvrability. There’s also a pair of flyer I put in late on the rail line which also add a tone of pivot to your surfing, whilst the rest of the board outline stays pretty true to a traditional one.
The first surf that I had on this puppy was insane. Instant speed right from the jump, she held her rails through carves and I could even release the fins and do an actual snap on the right sections. This has continued to keep me and my team riders stoked for the past 5 months while tweaking and perfecting this model.
I hope this little rainbow beauty brings you the same amount of fun that it has for me!
Available on the rack now at Kirra Surf and for custom order at all other A C S O D retailers.
Friday, 9 December 2016 11:07:13 am Australia/Sydney
Ever wondered what goes into your surfboard? Moophr, my younger brother Thomas Crews’s outlet for all his videography had a project in mind where he wanted to follow one board from a cut blank to its finished life. Here you get to see how many processes a single board will go through before it is fished and ready for the customer. You will also notice how hand made surfboards still are with the shaping, glassing, installation of fin systems, sanding and finishing of the board all coming down to a crafts man of each process and the level of quality the Glass Lab produce is truely 2nd to none. A special thanks the the Glass Lab and the all the workers for allowing us to get in your way to put this clip together! Enjoy.
The Monster. speed, drive and release. We have made a few tweaks to the monster coming into summer, one being it new look. A black foam sprays with white future box, 5 fin set up that really pop. Another is the thumb tail, which has added a lot more hold and drive through drawn out carvs. The board jack is riding in this clip is: 5’8 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16 – volume: 29.26L
Thursday, 5 November 2015 11:39:13 am Australia/Sydney
I was searching through my hard drive the other day, basically doing a big tidy up getting rid of files that i didn’t need etc.
Whilst i was doing this i stumbled across some old footage of my older brother Mitch. I totally forgot i had this and had even put it together into an edit and posted it on youtube. This footage dates back to 2010! Which is the year i started A C S O D. The board Mitch is riding is my 1st go at making a high performance shorty dubbed the “Robotic” which has now, over time with tweaks and listening to feed back has become our “Splinta” model today. I think this boards dimensions were 5’11 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4.
Mitch would of been 20 when this was filmed making me 18 when i designed the board he is riding in the clip. This was pretty much the same time Mitch had just jumped on board with Stacey Surfboard (Lee Stacey) which turned into an amazing surfer shaper relationship, taking Mitch to the win Australian Junior Championship and also qualifying for the WLS World Tour in 2014 and are currently still working together today.
To see how far Mitch and I have both came in just 5 years is incredible. From working for other labels such as Super Brand surfboards to doing ghost shaping here and there for other labels, I now work for myself out of “The Glass Lab” factory, along side some of Australia’s best shapers which includes Lee Stacey, who has helped me take my shaping to the next level.
I hope you enjoy this little throw back clip as much as i did
Friday, 18 September 2015 1:46:22 pm Australia/Sydney