Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Updated: August 26, 9:29 AM ET
Every Log Has Its Day
Kameron Brown, putting the NR Slim to good use.
The following is Matt Lundgren's first piece for ESPN Surfing. In the past he's written for Surfer Magazine, and these days spends his weekends slanging wax behind the counter at the Icons of Surf shop in San Clemente. Awhile back I approached him about doing a little design story for us every once in awhile. The shop that he's working in specializes in boards of unusual shapes and sizes, and rather than talk about 6'2" thrusters, I thought it might be interesting if he broke down some of the alt craft he's privy too. He sees everything from Hynson quads to, as you'll see, Bing logs, and if variety is indeed the spice of life, that's what you're going to get. So while for this installment we're looking at a longboard, the next time Matt has something to say you can bet your beavertail he'll have something unique lined up.JH
Every once in awhile we want to drop some new foam in your lap, or remind you of something from days long passed. But most importantly, we want to get you on something new that you'd never expect. What better way to start things off than with the Bing Noserider's next of kin, the NR Slim.
Bing Surfboards is one of the original labels, so for the sake of this first installment we figured we'd give credit where credit's due. Started by Bing Copeland (who shaped for names like Rolf Aurness and David Nuuhiwa) in 1959, the label now lies in the hands of Matt Calvani. Bing's Nuuhiwa Noserider set the standard in its day, and having gone through several generations, Calvani has arrived at the NR Slim.
The board in question.
With the resurgence of the "pig" in the past couple years, Calvani saw the logical next step, blending the deep concave in the narrow nose and allowing for plenty of lift and tip time in the pocket.
"It's got a lot of history in the evolution of it. It still has all the elements of a Bing board; it's putting all those different elements together that makes a lot of sense. The ones with the blended concave have a tendency to get out into the flats and then they want to sink because the width of the nose is so narrow. That deep concave keeps it lifting."
So the nose is pulled in, but what else is taken back, lightening up the board? "It's a single stringer," said Calvani, "as opposed to the original five stringer, and it's not glassed with volan. The concave and the actual tail rocker are the same, but it's thinner and it's lighter."
What follows is less swing weight, and, combined with the smaller fin and variability provided by the fin box, lots of experimentation. With all the fins on the market today, bringing a couple down to the beach allows you to find the feel you want. It's also a lot easier than taking a couple boards.
Bing team rider, Kameron Brown understands exactly what the board is all about. From San O' to Malibu, Kameron has put the board in everything. "From glass to trash," he says, "this board doesn't, and won't, limit you. I like a little extra length to get that loggin' feeling, but keeping it thinned out to rake out some insane cut backs. You've got low entry rocker for trim and speed, a smooth blended concave and slight tail kick for camping out on those nose rides, and a pinched 50/50 rail for those fast and fluid turns you always want. All in all, it's a very well rounded longboard for anyone just wanting to have a good day in the ocean!"
Check out the featured NR Slim at Icons of Surf.