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Surfer Candids: Zipstitch Surfboard Review, Ricky talks Zipstitch

5’10” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.5L in ridiculite epoxy construction.

/ˌyo͞okəˈtastrəfē/

/ˌyo͞okəˈtastrəfē/ - when catastrophic circumstances are hijacked and some form of good triumphs. It's “the sudden joyous turn.” The eucatastrophe says that just when all hope appears to be lost, just when circumstances cannot get much bleaker, hope emerges.

This board design is Todd's quest to take a weapon of mass destruction and re-imagine it into a blueprint for accelerating new speeds into your surfboard. Illustrating how, at times, what was meant for evil can be used for good.

5'7" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" 29L for Damien Hobgood. 5'8"/168lb

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ZipStitch

A high performance groveler for detonating small waves. For zippin’ across and stitchin’ it up.

A New Covenant / A New Kind of Surfing:

For the everyday core score blue collar wave rider.

Have you noticed how, even on the world tour, surfers are coming off of the bottom with way less on-rail drive than Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo exhibited in the 80’s?

Two stage, double-pump, even triple pump bottom turns that seem real twitchy and sticky and tight in off the trough. It seems like there ought to be more area on the wave face to be covered while accelerating your speed; and without a motor on your board or paddle in your hand. More flow between maneuvers, less wiggles with random acts of acrobatics; and more setting on rail in continuous motion…it’s just so much more elegant. Bring on the bigger airs and crazy gymnastics that’s epic, but can we please have the flow back. Can we have both? Can these two worlds join hands and bring their bounties to the everyday frother?


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That’s exactly the thought process behind an out of the box board design my buddy Ricky and I have been test driving since summer ‘18- the #Zipstitchsurfboard. It has a hull that has been gutted and channeled and sluiceboxed beyond what seemed reasonable…and guess what my friends??…it has been a sweet sweet breakthrough surprise that creates unfathomable glide with grip, so much so that it cleans up your style while drawing out your lines and detonating up the pocket with more speed and more power.

It’s kind of a simple concept: create a board that has so much lift that you can stay on the tail block and steer; it’s a new kind of surfing actually…it eliminates the tendency to lean forward and try to get drive off your front foot. Since there is sooo much lift in the tail all the body weight and energy shifts straight over the back kick on the tail block.

It’s like riding a Persian stallion or some kind of wild animal with unbridled enthusiasm; where you don’t have to whip and kick it like a mule to get it to go. Instead you hold loosely onto the reigns and let it run wild with the slightest pull this way or that and you are going there.


TEST SPOT #1 | Surfline Cam Rewind

This clip was from an “test drive” day a couple days ago. First we took it to a bending back at ya, clam-shelling point in good overhead conditions to see how quick in the pocket the wide outline would go. Next we took it to a mushy chunky point with deep spots and sections that bent out and away to sea… on purpose to see how it did there…we wanted to see just how far down into the flats and around whitewater chunks this thing would motor; around large spans of territory, and if it would cover the expanses and stay in one constant speed of motion, and on rail the whole time. To go with speed where shortboards traditionally haven’t been able to go, and without hopping or bouncing or triple pumping around sections to get where you wanna go. Watch these clips. Something is happening. It’s exciting because it lets us, the normal surf-loving working class person go to places we’ve been limited to just because traditional boards wouldn’t go there…and it makes it easy (once you get your back foot on that tail block) you can literally motor around wherever you want.


TEST SPOT #2 | Surfline Cam Rewind

 

 

Zipstitch popular dimensions

all boards can be completely customized during custom order process

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Coming soon: the #MonstroscilloStitch - a #MonstaChief, #Jetstream, #Monstroscillous, #Zipstitch conglomeration...for big guy mod-grovel-future-buckets. #zipstitchsurfboard #jetstreamsurfboard ...

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Instagram post 18032786743060785 Cali may be chilly, and ample rain-rich earth has streamed from the riverbeds into the sea, coloring the water a delicious brownie black, yet rather than settle for dainty snack bites, Damien opts for a big hack attack.
5’7” x 19 1/4” x 2 3/8” 29L #zipstitchsurfboard

Cali may be chilly, and ample rain-rich earth has streamed from the riverbeds into the sea, coloring the water a delicious brownie black, yet rather than settle for dainty snack bites, Damien opts for a big hack attack.
5’7” x 19 1/4” x 2 3/8” 29L #zipstitchsurfboard
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Instagram post 17998510819088928 Some pretty spry Zipstitchery going on this week at Topanga by the illustrious Ricky “Occy Buckets” Schaffer. Once again, my buddy grabbed my board and said, “Dude, I have to have this board!” Blame Peli 😉 #Zipstitchsurfboard
#surflinecamrewind
5’10” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.5L in ridiculite epoxy construction.

Some pretty spry Zipstitchery going on this week at Topanga by the illustrious Ricky “Occy Buckets” Schaffer. Once again, my buddy grabbed my board and said, “Dude, I have to have this board!” Blame Peli 😉 #Zipstitchsurfboard
#surflinecamrewind
5’10” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.5L in ridiculite epoxy construction.
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Instagram post 17955715105158077 We interrupt our normal scheduled program for a #surflinecamrewind moment with @rickyschaffer and a spruced up #Zipstitchsurfboard with heightened #jetstreamsurfboard caves, deeper #sluiceboxsurfboard inset double concaves and exhaust channels running off a single wing diamond swallowtail, and balanced centerpoint fulcrum. Thank you Hurricane Rosa for a beautiful testing ground for the new vehicle. 5’10” x 19 7/8” x 2 5/8” 33.5L
Ricky is 6’0” 185lbs, 51 years and frothy

We interrupt our normal scheduled program for a #surflinecamrewind moment with @rickyschaffer and a spruced up #Zipstitchsurfboard with heightened #jetstreamsurfboard caves, deeper #sluiceboxsurfboard inset double concaves and exhaust channels running off a single wing diamond swallowtail, and balanced centerpoint fulcrum. Thank you Hurricane Rosa for a beautiful testing ground for the new vehicle. 5’10” x 19 7/8” x 2 5/8” 33.5L
Ricky is 6’0” 185lbs, 51 years and frothy
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#zipstitchsurfboard #exoskeletonsurfboard #jetstreamsurfboard ...

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Stoked surfer reports: this just in >> “Wow!!! I am speechless!
The “Zipstitch” is amazing! Fast , loose and carving!!!!! Malibu was really fun today on this board!!!!” - Gene
5’10” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.3L #Zipstitchsurfboard in ridiculite epoxy construction.
Gene is 5’11” 180lbs ripper. #surferfeedback
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A 6'1" x 21 3/8" x 2 7/8" 40L #ridiculite epoxy #zipstitchsurfboard with steep hipsquash and #jetstreamsurfboard hull, #sluiceboxchannels caves and shortchannels. Frank's secret weapon for gliding and slashing in small kine rollers. It's also an exact duplicate of a board he rode, and after the first session called in and said, "Cut me a duplicate, this thing is magic...and I'm always gonna have to have a back up of this baby." Frank 5'10", 195lbs. Central Cal surfing for life. ...

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Stoked surfer reports: this just in >> “Just rippied the sizzzzz out of pleasures on the orange 🍊 y one ☝🏽 need duplicates my level just went straight up cracking into the lip w ease on this thing there are soooo many things I could already tell you about this board after only riding it twice yet it would be a Novel I am truly tripping thank you Todd again for more Magic need to order back up duplicate WOWIE SO SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
— Frank 50/5’10”/190-195lb
6’1” x 21 3/8” x 2 7/8” #zipstajet #zipstitchsurfboard with #sluiceboxconcaves #surferfeedback
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Instagram post 17883190738165310 In the works: 5’8” x 19 1/2” x 2 7/16”  30L #zipstitchsurfboard with #jetstreamsurfboard caves #proxyepoxy teamlite construction. For Yehonathan for small beachbreak conditions in Israel 🇮🇱. Yehonathan is 35, 5’9”, 163lbs.

In the works: 5’8” x 19 1/2” x 2 7/16”  30L #zipstitchsurfboard with #jetstreamsurfboard caves #proxyepoxy teamlite construction. For Yehonathan for small beachbreak conditions in Israel 🇮🇱. Yehonathan is 35, 5’9”, 163lbs. ...

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Instagram post 17891800501008627 Young Kepa Mendia has been stitching up some texto cutty's lately...check out them hands and shoulders...perfect #angleofattack.
4'8" x 16 1/4" x 1 7/8" #supergromsurfboard outline with #zipstitchsurfboard rocker and bottom, and some exhaust channels off the tail. Get 'em Kepa!! @k_epic_mendia_

Young Kepa Mendia has been stitching up some texto cutty's lately...check out them hands and shoulders...perfect #angleofattack.
4'8" x 16 1/4" x 1 7/8" #supergromsurfboard outline with #zipstitchsurfboard rocker and bottom, and some exhaust channels off the tail. Get 'em Kepa!! @k_epic_mendia_
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Three ways to skin a cat:
But wait, I have two cats, and I don’t want them skinned. I love cats. Hmmmm...how about three ways to tail up a #Zipstitchsurfboard....ahhhh yes now that sounds much better...and makes sense.
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Just shaped it: a stringerless epoxy #Zipstitchsurfboard 5’11” x 20 1/4” x 2 13/16” 35L for Jeremy. Headed towards #carbonfootprintsurfboard construction. ...

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Instagram post 17860166116173122 A father son two-pack for detonating small waves. #zipstitch for zippin' across and stitchin' it up. #zipstitchsurfboard

A father son two-pack for detonating small waves. #zipstitch for zippin' across and stitchin' it up. #zipstitchsurfboard ...

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Instagram post 17884551259007313 A junior sized #zipstitch grom groveler out of #ridiculite epoxy construction. Git yo glide on...4'7" x 16 1/4" #zipstitchsurfboard

A junior sized #zipstitch grom groveler out of #ridiculite epoxy construction. Git yo glide on...4'7" x 16 1/4" #zipstitchsurfboard ...

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Instagram post 17908839775350619 Blank shape: An epoxy 6’0” x 20 1/4” x 2 11/16” 36L #Zipstitchsurfboard with #Pavarottisurfboard rocker and bottom...but this time with full barrel double sluiceboxes and a winged diamond tail. For Edwin from Malibu.

Blank shape: An epoxy 6’0” x 20 1/4” x 2 11/16” 36L #Zipstitchsurfboard with #Pavarottisurfboard rocker and bottom...but this time with full barrel double sluiceboxes and a winged diamond tail. For Edwin from Malibu. ...

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Instagram post 17870541916430680 Like a kid at the ice cream truck: Ricky with his new hybrid using the #Monstroscillous outline with the #Zipstitchsurfboard rocker and concaves. I’m calling it the #Zipstroscillous but Ricky calls it the Big Stick...maybe because of the colors.
5’11” x 19 5/8” x 2 5/8” 33.4L in ridiculite epoxy construction 🚧 🏗 🔨
Ricky is 6’0”, 185lbs ripper

Like a kid at the ice cream truck: Ricky with his new hybrid using the #Monstroscillous outline with the #Zipstitchsurfboard rocker and concaves. I’m calling it the #Zipstroscillous but Ricky calls it the Big Stick...maybe because of the colors.
5’11” x 19 5/8” x 2 5/8” 33.4L in ridiculite epoxy construction 🚧 🏗 🔨
Ricky is 6’0”, 185lbs ripper
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Instagram post 17897267620319441 What do you do when you had to work all week during the best part of the swell, and are only able to just get in the water for the small, blown out, mushy leftovers???? ....and it seems only a longboard will do...but u don’t wanna longboard...you want turns and chunks to set the week aright????
One word: ZIPSTITCH (for zippin’ across and stitchin’ it up)
This one’s a duplicate of my personal (shaper’s  favorite) #zipstitchsurfboard dims at 5’10” x 19 7/8” x 2 5/8” 33.3L for the ever elusive, reclusive and subdued persona of Ricky the forever grom.
Newsflash: there is a rapidly growing brigade of underground stokers identified by their smiles and unconventional speedy equipment. They have been identified by the authorities as the “Zapstooges”. Keep a wary eye out. We hope someday you’ll join us, and all the stokers will live as one.
#surflinecamrewind

What do you do when you had to work all week during the best part of the swell, and are only able to just get in the water for the small, blown out, mushy leftovers???? ....and it seems only a longboard will do...but u don’t wanna longboard...you want turns and chunks to set the week aright????
One word: ZIPSTITCH (for zippin’ across and stitchin’ it up)
This one’s a duplicate of my personal (shaper’s favorite) #zipstitchsurfboard dims at 5’10” x 19 7/8” x 2 5/8” 33.3L for the ever elusive, reclusive and subdued persona of Ricky the forever grom.
Newsflash: there is a rapidly growing brigade of underground stokers identified by their smiles and unconventional speedy equipment. They have been identified by the authorities as the “Zapstooges”. Keep a wary eye out. We hope someday you’ll join us, and all the stokers will live as one.
#surflinecamrewind
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5’7” x 19 3/8” x 2 3/8” 28L #zipstitchsurfboard in ultralite poly for Alex from the UK 🇬🇧 living in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 and headed to Chicama, Peru 🇵🇪 and needs a fast drivey speeder for long slopey speed walls that still beg for modern lip gafs and tail waft bucket hacks. Alex is 5’7” 180lbs rippa. ...

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Instagram post 18045186742030317 Coupla #proxyepoxy additions to Bill’s quiver headed to #newjersey 9’0” x 23” x 3” 67.5L #proctorperformancelongboard with 4+1 setup so it can be ridden as a quad or 2+1 and 6’6” x 21 1/2” x 2 7/8” 45.4L #ridiculite #zipstitchsurfboard | Bill is 52/6’0”/210lb/surfing 45 years/for 2-4’ sloppy mushy beachbreak #boardsforthejourney #customsurfboards #worldwidedirect

Coupla #proxyepoxy additions to Bill’s quiver headed to #newjersey 9’0” x 23” x 3” 67.5L #proctorperformancelongboard with 4+1 setup so it can be ridden as a quad or 2+1 and 6’6” x 21 1/2” x 2 7/8” 45.4L #ridiculite #zipstitchsurfboard | Bill is 52/6’0”/210lb/surfing 45 years/for 2-4’ sloppy mushy beachbreak #boardsforthejourney #customsurfboards #worldwidedirect ...

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4'7" x 16 1/4" x 1 7/8" 15.5L Ridiculite epoxy with composite stringer High Performance Grom Groveler for Kepa. Kepa is 10 yrs old, 4'6" 70lbs. and surfs good. #zipstitchsurfboard ...

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Instagram post 17968523443211053 Just finished it: some hand done resin art on an epoxy #Zipstitchsurfboard for Michael in Barbados. Michael wanted a one off resin design by Todd with the colors of the Barbados flag. 🇧🇧 Todd says this is an impressionistic vision of that flag blowing in the breeze yet firmly planted on the volcanic rock that the island is formed from.
Another #toddproctororiginalshapeandart

Just finished it: some hand done resin art on an epoxy #Zipstitchsurfboard for Michael in Barbados. Michael wanted a one off resin design by Todd with the colors of the Barbados flag. 🇧🇧 Todd says this is an impressionistic vision of that flag blowing in the breeze yet firmly planted on the volcanic rock that the island is formed from.
Another #toddproctororiginalshapeandart
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