Obviously, surfboards are more than just fancy stringers and color. Some of Jim’s achivements 3x US Champion surfer, a 3x East Coast Champion surfer and shaped over 45,000 surfboards and also is 1998 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee. With a career of more than 50 years. This is someone who knows why a surfboard works and how to craft you the finest functional surfboard around. Jim has remained one of the surfing industry’s best-kept secrets.
He has been shaping his own brand “Jim Philips Surfboards” as well as attracting many of the industry’s most legendary surfers and brands seeks out his help in crafting the finest boards to suit their surfing style and production boards and customs blanks.
Da Copy Cat
A tribute to Greg Noll and Mickey Dora that’s meant to be ridden. The outline of the board is pure 60’s with a pulled in nose and hips back of center. The board features 50/50 rails from nose to tail with the famous long step/hump deck accented by a slight chine to the deck rail. The bottom contours are very simple giving this board nice drive and projection out of turns and a clean trim spot about the center. Go clean, clear volan or throw some pigment on it – either way, grab your trunks and a bar of wax.
A classic 60’s shape dialed in as only the Genius can. The Bottom features a huge blended concave for lift that is perfectly paired with the long and low rocker that exits the tail with a slight kick. The bottom contours aft of the concave shows a subtle roll allowing the JP to softly settle into the wave. Full, soft, 50/50 rails from nose to tail are foiled to keep some thickness up front while tapering in the rear for sensitivity. The result is a serious nose rider that performs – Hang your heels today.
The Soul Creation
A single fin transition era board built exactly, including the original lam, as Jim built them back in 1971. The board is very avant-garde with its step/scooped deck and reverse rocker in the tail. The nose rocker is turned up a bit, as seen in the transitional boards of the time when we were all learning about entry rocker for critical surfing on shorter boards. The rails are fairly full but slightly turned down to about 70/30. The bottom is fairly flat with some vee behind the fin for beautiful sweeping bottom turns and minute changes in the pocket. Long walls and flowing turns are home to this cosmic time machine.
A classic shape – The Hustler outline features a slightly fuller figure about the center with a slightly pulled in nose (semi pig). The rails are slightly pinched eggy all the way from nose to just about the tail where they harden a bit as they exit the plan shape. The rocker is tuned, not too flat and not too bent, for smoothly connected surfing. This is the single fin you want in your quiver whether you constantly surf up and down the coast or stick to your home break.
This board let most of jim’s boards are a great lesson in history. This is Jim’s version of a Magic Sam. The board is a pig and is made to turn. Very bladed and responsive. If your not a person who is dedicated to noseriding and just sneaks up there every once in awhile its the board for you. The board trims excellent and is very fast.
Wave count and stability perfected. This full figured noserider finds it’s home in waves about shoulder high and under. The board features a long blended concave for lift, to a slight belly mid with a bit of roll/vee at the fin helping this board connect. The rocker with bit of lift in the nose for clean wave entry and flat rocker out the tail which give it drive and speed. The rails are shaped as forgiving 50/50, Right for long summer days and sweet rolling waves…
Van Velzer / The Pig
This model from late 50’s / early 60’s – before noses widened and signature models were introduced. Dale Velzy Deign know for pulled in nose and softly rounded squaretail with hips in easy words the Pig. The rails start slightly up in the nose, where there’s a bit of belly and then they smoothly transition to 50/50, which works with the slight body roll all the way through the tail. Just ahead of the fin on the bottom, we’ve added some additional roll to allow the board to rotate and bank stylishly side-to-side. The Pig is one of the most user-friendly boards you can own.