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The Story Behind the "Story Board"

Donald Brink

Images:Matt Gahan

Images:Matt Gahan

There were many meetings and the future vision of the paths and their effective benefit were discussed in depth. It was an exciting time and the reality was there were so many moving parts coming into place. Truth was the culmination of good people was to be the catalyst that produced these reactions that would resound into the world we shared and could be of benefit to many.

There was little need to start a new brand, apart from the very commitment to its details and legacy of its founding causes that could resonate with us all as creative and innovative surfers and beyond.

It was an honor to be involved and the creative urgency to capture this birth was burning within me. I thought about the few things that would remain and be remembered from these formative days. Imagining the the first installment of deliveries going out to customers and being assigned new stoked homes via distribution centers. I have made many wooden boards and buying wood to create such pieces seems a miss many times. It was then that the fascination for the lumber involved in shipping these very first crates came to mind and the vision was fanned into flame.

I asked for the very first pallets that would house these shipments of such beautifully designed and fresh goods. The very lumber that held the formation of the brands beginning. It had been  paths, parts and planning till now, but the hard goods available had arrived and these were the days of legacy.  What I wanted to live on was something from the very first days that could be re-imagined and purposed for the good of inspiring the minds of every creative and be a testament to the innovative character.

This was the wood from Vissla's first production run. It was made into something that was only before imagined yet refreshingly inspires the kindred spirits, surfers, designers, friends a tribe.

It was a labor of love and a creation of familiar understanding with the details of its virtue birthed within the essence of its being. There has been an overwhelming response from so many around the globe looking for tips and techniques on how the this board was built. Much will come and progress will tell a story of the creative visions that will be developed over the structures of the passions and identity discussed. Although this was not the initial intention, it is an honor to have had some role in inspiring people to do what they do. This to me is sharing life. Follow the next 9 blog posts on tips and techniques to the story board build. Most importantly, do what you do. The world needs it.

Thanks to Matt Gahan for his enthusiasm in filming this project.


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Story Board Steps and Stages #3 Table of Contents

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Looking at your slab as we continue, stop for a minute and take a quick think about the fascination you have for creating something. This bunch of wood is quickly starting to look like something way different than what it was. It is important to enjoy your creative process along the way.

Alright lets get stuck in. With your desired plan in mind. Map out your wide points, nose, tail and end point dimensions. Draw your outline and take a good look from multiple vantages to get a real perspective of the plan shape due to flat surface unlike the end vision of a boards curve or the starting exception of a common blank.

I like to use a ball point pen for drawing the lines. Its accurate, bold and
will with withstand some tooling and traffic across the work surface for visability and reference from step to step.Cutting the board out is an obviously important task but what is necessary to
remember is that this accurate cut is going to stay with you all the way to the water and beyond. Cut as close to the line as you feel comfortable. But in all honest, the closer
you cut and more accurate you can be in every stage without going beyond a margin will do these two things and set you up to succeed.

Firstly, it's less work and cuts off time getting back to the plan from wide lining.

Secondly, the more accurately you start the more accurately you can stay.
Fixing things and fussy fiddling will only lead to sore points on the build and doesn’t promote flow and cohesiveness in the boards entirety. Safety first, cutting curved lines with straight blades with less than full depth cuts in the material its a sketchy excersize ands needs to be respected.
I used a skill saw with consecutive approach lines to turn the corner of the arc and get the close line cuts. Finishing the material cuts with a simple cross cut hand saw.

Tools: Skil Saw Cross Cut Hand Saw, and Ball Point Pen
Safety Hazards: Push back on the curve cuts

Images:Matt Gahan

Images:Matt Gahan


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Visit Jamestown Distributors to meet your tool and material needs. 

Visit Jamestown Distributors to meet your tool and material needs. 

The Daily Inspiration for marine enthusiasts Blog shared kind words and thoughts over the story board project. 

It's a fairly small scale in terms of the watercraft they feature. None the less we are craftsmen and women and inspire each other to complete visions imagined and the dreams we dream.

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