UFO Knee Machines by Neal Cameron.
Designs inspired by Pete Berry
Neal (pictured above and riding below)
and now my newest addition to the Family
First Test Run
Well I was initially going to Wreck Bay but with the swell forecast predicted to drop dramatically the next day I decided to head out to Green Island to make the most of the 5 foot of swell and a lesser crowd to contend with.
The Paddle Out
I did ride this board a few years back and had forgotten that its not as easy to lay on , for paddling or kicking compared to a ‘ normal ‘ or ‘ conventional ‘ kneeboard. It took me a while and its a fair distance from the beach to the break, so the normal 10 minute paddle out was slightly extended and by he time I arrived out the back and into the line up, it was all good….till you lay to far back and into that lumpy cow horn thing on the tail….ouch!
Catching and Riding Waves
I found it great to paddle and take off, plenty of foam and buoyancy and with my duck feet in full thrust , this baby gets a run up nicely and much easer than say kicking a edge spoon with minimal floatation into a wave. The handles are a treat , handy to grab when taking off as well as helping with directional change when surfing.
Well I wobbled and skidded along a few , it took me a few waves to find my knees and by the time I found the sweet spot for my knee placement , cramps in my legs from kicking and running out of steam drove me back to shore , but still fairly happy with its first venture out.
I filmed with both my helmet mount and wrist cam, so its interesting to see knee placement and how the rest of the board and outside foils works with water flow.
Like riding a Hydrofoil , the reverse curse on the bottom lifts the tail and helps with forward propulsion.
Some video below
UFO from adam williams on Vimeo.
2nd surf on one of Neal Cameron's knee machines. I have ridden this board once a few years back , so this is still a learning curve in paddling and riding, but happy enough to get it up and running down the line without too many wobbles.
Mountain Dew Designs
some video courtesy via Neal Cameron of Pete Berry surfing these boards back in the 70’s
by Neal Cameron
One of Neal's recent projects....Customizing some Holden Utes- Four & Twenty Pies