The first Surf Adapter prototypes were fabricated in the garage of a SoCal South Bay home.
Gen1 utilized a shopping cart caster to handle off-center load. first board to really feel surfy. The Gen 1 taught us that the truck needed to trail behind the twisting point or else it would turn too sharply. (build time 8 hours, flower deck and ground out trucks bought for $18)
SLIGHTLY LESS SKETCHY
Gen5: Was designed in cardboard then in 2D computer model to be professionally water jetted and bent. Ditched couch springs for smaller stronger die springs.
THE BUSHING EPIPHANY
Literally jumped out of bed in the middle of the night with one of those epiphanies like I was on peyote. I dumped all the spare parts I had onto a table and frankenstiened the Gen 11 together. Realizing that the closer to the pivot (bearings) that the spring mechanism was, the less travel it would have to have, meaning that a skate bushing could replace the spring because it provides lots of resistance over a short distance of deformation.
Redesigned the Gen 11 bushing concept so that it utilized a single skate bushing, very thin bearings, and simpler construction. Rips extremely hard and is very reliable. Made from spare gen 6 and 7 parts. Later ribs were added to prevent bending before Gen A part 2 was built. (Build time 2 hours)
FIRST PRODUCTION RUN
Always been intrigued by Asymmetrical design. I never expected making so many iterations of Surf Adapters. Honestly I planned to stop and declare victory after the Gen 5, but ideas for improvements would come to me and I couldn't resist the urge to try them out. Cocking the bushing to the side makes the Gen 15 an inch shorter than the Gen 12. This was going to be the first full scale production run of Surf Adapters but one day before the parts were to be cut I backed out and told the cut shop to wait for a new design. They gave me a 3 day ultimatum to make the changes.