There's a huge misconception in the surfing industry today that machine cut boards are pop outs. As if someone just pressed a button and out popped out a surfboard. While there might be a few brands that kinda do that, nothing could be further from the truth at Jim Banks Surfboards.
After the design has spent countless (usually thousands) of hours being created, the blank is then cut with an extremely precise cutting machine so that the original design is accurately reproduced. The blank is then finely tuned and touched up by hand, to ensure that the most important design aspects are retained. This process makes sure that all the curves are flowing into each other as they should. That the rail volume is just right... and not too hard, nor too soft and that both the rocker and bottom and deck contours flow flawlessly throughout the board.
After this, the board will spend days in the hands of experienced laminators, sanders, filler coaters, painters, polishers and fin installers, all working very carefully to ensure that the board is being produced to the highest standards.
Pop-outs? Definitely not!
Handcrafted surfboards.... definitely, yes!
You know that feeling when you pick up a seriously good chef's knife or get into a really nice car? There's that impossible to ignore feeling of excellence. The sort of quality that you can be tricky to put into words, yet is as plainly obvious as the light of day.
Jim's boards have the same feeling. When you take off and feel the board cutting across the wave, moving through the water, there it is, that feeling...
The feeling that you're riding something very special.
Jim's boards are for keeps. Most of Jim’s customers keep their boards for an average 5 to 10 years, and 20 or 25 years is not that unusual. Jim always has a chuckle when customers inquires about updating boards they thought they had ordered just a couple yearsago. But when he checks the records, it turns out they had ordered the board 5 years ago!
Last year an Odyssey expedition customer happily declared that he was still riding a board that Jim built him in 1991. And iconic charger and all round hot surfer, Tom Carroll, still raves about the 7'5" pintail that Jim shaped him back in 1996. One that he pulls out on occasion when the waves gets serious. Tom's always saying that he'll never get rid of that board.
We're not sure how many people think like we do, but we feel that colour is important. It gives the board an identity... "remember the yellow gun I used to have".
So we've spent many hours putting together a selection of distinctive, not quite the standard, colours that can really give your board a quality look.
The resin tints are a real art where the colour is mixed into the laminating resin. And because they're mixed by hand, no two are ever quite the same.
Colours sprayed directly onto the foam give a very even colour finish and when the stringer is taped up, create an attractive stringer reveal.
R & D
One of the many reasons that Jim's board's surf so well, is the extensive amount of time and patience Jim dedicates to creating, developing and fine tuning his designs. All of his designs have thousand of hours of development behind them. And that’s not because he likes to take a coffee break every five minutes. It’s because when it come to designing, testing and building surfboards, Jim is relentless. Each and every board he designs and builds is paired with a top-level performance requirement. Highly specific standards of how they should look and feel in and out of the water. And Jim is the sort of perfectionist who won’t let up until these
requirements are met!
Jim's surfing at Cronulla's Shark Island, Hawaii's Pipeline and Sunset Beach in the 70's was revolutionary. When Jim won the Sunset Pro Class Trials at Hawaii's Sunset Beach in 1979, head judge Jack Shipley claimed that Jim's surfing had rewritten the book on backhand surfing.
And then, when he turned his back on pro surfing and returned to pioneering many of Indonesia’s now world famous waves, he did all of it on boards that he shaped himself. So when you buy a Jim Banks board, you're not just buying any old surfboard, you're buying a piece of surfing's history.
Jim's boards have always had a strong reputation amongst surfers who prefer to explore the planet's more challenging waves and remoter locations. Built to last, and designed to handle whatever the ocean throws at you, Jim's boards have earned a legendary reputation amongst surfers who know.
And now his twin keel fishes are achieving similar status. Not content to just play with them in the small waves that they were designed for, Jim has been surfing double, and even triple overhead waves with them, tweaking the designs to handle these sorts of conditions. But without compromising their amazing ability to make waves of any size and quality a whole lot of fun.
We reckon Jim's board's are a bit like a Neil Young record. Everybody should have at least one at some stage of their life.
Surfboards are fantastic value!
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