Originally Posted by jamesk
The race boards you refer to were made just for Mark Fawcett and were at that time no longer part of their regular production. I will call Barry and see if he remembers you. I think at that time David Partridge was long gone.
embarrasingly wrong again. in addressing me, you're addressing a pro racer who rode that model in it's first two years. drop the pseudo-authoriative tone, as I raced for them on that board along with a half-dozen team riders. I have never even heard of "barry". what the f*&k did YOU do with the company? I raced for them, professionally.
it was david who came up with the asym-core, symmetric mold 'cap', 'stat' and 'tac' boards. they were made for mark fawcett, shawn orecchio, me, and several michigan boarders, along with (later) ross powers and others.
i still have one of mine. mark turned me on to david partridge. most of us on the NA/WC training team were racing for HOT (our corporate sponsor, hence joker and tara riding for HOT) mark got picked up by 'another company' and david (while at apocalypse) made him a prototype. when i left HOT, i signed with F2, but hated their product. i contacted jack, who put me in touch with david. my coach ( mark's coach) spoke to david, david gave me a board, which he designed and manufactured according to our phone call, i loved it (i hated the flexxy F2s) and i contracted with F2 to write a check to me, in lieu of product, the following season, which I was to cash and then pay jack to cover custom production for me.
david made me four boards in flat black, whcih I promptly stickered with F2 stickers, which F2 had no problem with. I turned in good results and david asked me to race on his board, his graphics. it was NOT a cap-construction board,, it was an acronym (david's idea) for 'channelled asymmetric profile', david developed the speed channel-base which featured a big 'blood-groove of 5" width down the center, to cut the frictive coefficient. This made our baords very, very fast. in all, david manufactured 9 "CAP" boards for my own race use. the credit for the 'channel' down the base goes to one of the schrade cutlery layoffs whom worked as a manufacturing engineer there. like many cutlers, schrade utilized the age-old feature of a 'blood groove' on some of their hunting/combat models.
please don't tell me that the boards which david manufactured for me and my teammates didn't exist. hell, i have my first-ever one (pre-maltese=cross logo) hanging in the rafters above my head as I type this.
call david. and yes, he was related, i believe by marriage, to the split -enz guys. can't recall his better-half's name, but she was a riot.
he's a very intelligent little fella, and i miss him.
i doubt he misses me, however, as i sat on my ass in my last US Open SG appearance, on a custom "TAC" channel-board he made for me, and personally drove up to stratton for me, the night before the event.
jack et al had HUGE hopes for me placing very high in the SG, and I sketched out on my ass in the third gate.
(never had a chance ot test it before the event, ultra-stiff, stiffest board he'd ever made-)
our factory team manager was a weird kid from michigan, we all stayed at "the Mountaineer Lodge" in Peru, VT. next to Bromley, with our TAC/CAP/STAT boards.
I actually talked david into changing the board's acronym, for just this reason of confusion with cap-construction boards.