KEEN TO EXPERIMENT: Coen Wakeham-Hastie ready to glass his timber surfboard. INSET: Other boards Coen has shaped include an asymmetrical wonder (pictured right).
KEEN TO EXPERIMENT: Coen Wakeham-Hastie ready to glass his timber surfboard. INSET: Other boards Coen has shaped include an asymmetrical wonder (pictured right). JAMIE BROWN

Student refines shaping skills

COEN Wakeham-Hastie is no stranger to the surf zone, as anyone who takes to the water around Evans Head will attest.

But he has taken his passion for riding a board several steps further to include design and manufacture.

For his Year 12 HSC project in industrial technology, with Evans River High School, Coen has created a hollow timber board, using ultra thin aircraft plywood and pine rails.

Coen is working under the tutelage of teaches Wayne Moss and Adrian Delman.

The keen student bought a kit of CNC cut ribs from a US supplier, and built himself a curved jig on which he laid the ribs, attached to a central stringer and set to the right rocker.

Coen covered that with 1.5mm thick three-ply and fashioned nose and tail blocks as well as the rails from strips of pine that he milled himself.

With FCS fin plugs glued in and before glassing, the board weighed just 2.6kg.

This is the fifth board that Coen has created, with others featuring rather radical ideas - like his asymmetrical inspiration which featured a short board fish on one side of the centreline and a medium-length thruster on the other.

"The longer side is for my back hand," he explained.

"You can feel the difference in sides when you do a big round-house turn, but the concept works very well."

Coen plans to enter the Army next year, while studying for a Bachelor of Arts in business.

It seems with ideas and technique at his fingertips, Coen will have plenty of choices down the track.



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