So, I found out today that if you ask Joe Bark to make you a "pretty board," he doesn't mess around. Joe Bark and his team were nice enough to make me a 16 footer with a tiller for the upcoming paddleboard race season. After discussing dimensions, Joe asked me what I would like it to look like, and I decided to leave it to his discretion. Yesterday, I anxiously picked up the board and as Doug and I began to unwrap it, I started wondering what his definition of pretty would be.
As it turns out, Joe not only knows how to shape, but he and his guys over in Los Angeles know how to make a board look good as well. It is by far the most beautiful board that I have ever seen.
I took it out for a run this morning, and it paddles as nicely as it looks. I have never used a rudder/tiller system before, so I was a bit worried about how long it would take to get used to, but after about the first 15 minutes, the whole thing made sense.
In short, the board is killer, and I can't wait to try it out in windier conditions.