All over the world, surfboard production slows according to conditions. We, as an industry, could be used as a global conditions barometer.
Here at 42 Surfboards, we are no different. In fact, if anything, we are even more vulnerable to it than most. At most shops, the staff only disappears when the surf is good. And believe me, I am the first out the door when the surf is good. And I am not alone - we lose our entire glass shop every winter to Mexico and points south!
The surf is only the beginning though!
Forrest is Jonesing when the water in the rivers is up (kayaking). Or when the dirt on the trails is that perfect humidity on the spectrum from ball-bearings slick dust to bike-eating muck (mountain biking).
Frank is out racing his cars around as soon as the sun is shining and the track is dry (Ferrari, Cobra, M3, Austin Healy, Lotus, etc...).
And I am no better than the rest. I am constantly watching the weather. If the swell is up and the period is long, I want to surf. No excuses. If the wind is up, I want to sail the catamaran. Or go windsurfing. Or kiteboarding. I just want to ride waves! I don't really care how.
The problem is, what conditions does that leave? Man, if we didn't enjoy building wood surfboards so much, no work would ever get done.
Today, Mark's board had to wait. One board, a 6'3 five-fin Bonzer for Maui, got sanded and the rest of the day went to carving turns on frozen water.
Look at what we have to deal with up here! This is for Mount Hood, 35 minutes from our shop:
Tonight: Periods of snow. Low around 21. Windy, with a west southwest wind between 24 and 31 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches possible.
Monday: Periods of snow showers. High near 21. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 14 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Monday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy, with a south wind 14 to 17 mph becoming southwest between 29 and 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Tuesday: Periods of snow. High near 26. Windy, with a west southwest wind 41 to 44 mph decreasing to between 16 and 19 mph. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tuesday Night: Periods of snow showers. Low around 21. West wind 8 to 16 mph becoming south. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday: Periods of snow. High near 21. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
When are we every going to get any work done? Luckily Mark confirmed his board today, and we will, in fact, get it finished at some point during the next week/four feet of snow!
Not tonight though - tonight went to mounting up my new skis, a pair of Salomon Gun 188's. So stoked.
Lars and the 42 Crew