If you read the previous post with the 2016 season’s review, you already know that my small Cross 84, failed to complete the season, due to structural breakdown.
Expecting to repair a wooden-skinned board first week of August, proved unrealistic. Not even the bamboo veneers supplier was in town. This idle time, allowed me to reconsider: I never really liked the heavily loaded decoration of this dynamically sailing board – especially the blue/white pads. Having just 2 options – black or white – I chose black. The original Exocet footstraps are not very comfortable (which is something repeatedly pointed out by testers), so I decided to change them as well. At the beginning, I thought black footstraps would be nice, but when I tried blacks, the dark area became too heavy for the otherwise multicolored deck, so once again I used the Dakine Primos I have used for the Fanatic Ultra Cat. They give a more balanced result.
The exposed wooden area between the front & the rear pads that was replaced, was originally decorated with splashes of colors, a flying fish & the details of the board with horrible numbers.
I grew at a time that workshops were decorated with sexy ladies but no fish, so my idea for a decorative upgrade for my board naturally was centered on an pin-up sexy girl, preferably related to the sea. And here comes the image of a mermaid – not one out of a story for kids, deprived of offering pleasure, but one created for adults: The fetish queen Betty Page clad in latex and created by non other, but the famous pin-up artist Olivia De Berardinis, a regular contributor to Playboy magazine, honoring the tradition of Vargas.
If you are still unsure about the appeal mermaids have on humans, just check the blog “I am a mermaid.”
I shaped myself the displacement “84” label of the board, added a film-like label for the dimensions, and since the looks of the board would be more to my taste, I decided to call it Hitthewave Special.
The layout of the composition was done by my long time class-mate Spiros Th., since he was the best student of the whole 2-membered seminars we attended.
Kostas @ boardsnwheels , did the repair which was not a small one, but as he needed masking on different areas than the ones my layout would cover, changed without letting me know first, the arrangement of the composition…The result is still good, but not as good as I had thought, while the front pad is not fully symmetrically cut. I hope more attention was given to the solidity of the repair, which does not seem to have put any extra weight, as I weighted the board @ 6,3kg.
I don’t expect to sail the board earlier than next summer, but I don’t think I should not show it to you earlier. Enjoy!