What Joe Bauguess says about the Mini Simmons:
‘…The actual shaping process began with a solid block of styrofoam 6’X 2’X 5″ that resembled a box with a stringer through it, donated to the cause, along with the “Midget Coffin Project” inscription emblazoned on it by the darkly humorous glue-up crew at the foam factory.
I wanted to simulate a balsa blank common to the era and use some of the parameters used in the longer Simmons boards with regard to plan-shape and rocker. By the time the plan-shape was cut out, I realized how light the board was going to be and how it seemed the right time to meld the old into the new. Nostalgia is cool and I’ve shaped all the old-timey designs but NOW is what IS.
So I told Richard my ideas about dropping the rails with a lot of hard edge in the tail section and using a Simmonsesque, rounded nose contour developing into a semi-severe single concave under the fore- mid-section that flows into a double-concave that is deep enough to form a slight vee through the tail section before coming to a flat edge. Speed and release are the theories behind this design. He was in agreement that since it was 2006, we should go for advancing the basic design. Richard was also adamant about keeping some of Simmons’ “signature” touches intact, like the dished out deck in the nose area (originally designed to lighten the nose) and the flowing, “S”- curve deck line.’
What people are saying about the Mini Simmons:
“All based on the Weber Pig from the early late 60’s. Nice fun boards to ride small waves. I started surfing with one on the east coast, then I went to the North Shore and really learned how to surf.” – James Jones on YouTube
“I scored the best wave of my life on your mini simmons a few weeks back at Topanga Point out here in LA. The wave was about a foot over head, I dropped in behind the peak, got completely covered up for about 5-10 seconds, shot out and made three or four cut backs all the way down to PCH…IT WAS AMAZING. When I paddled back out everyone in the water was asking about the board. Thanks Joe!” – Ryan Ito on joebsurfshapes.com
“This is THE ONE to get if you want to experience the Joe’s magic. The planing hull that started it all! Displacement bottom, scooped nose, parallel rails and the wide tail block all amount to riding waves in an entirely different way. So much easier to catch waves, so much easier to get crazy amounts of speed.” – Pete Robson on joebsurfshapes.com
Typical sizes range from 5’0 x 21″ to 6’0 x 23″
Here are videos of Joe Bauguess’ Mini Simmons:
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