Go Pro Drumming Surf Green

by Danny Cruz| Follow Danny @sixstringsensei on Twitter HERE

Mapex Saturn Drum Set

This video was proudly featured on the homepage for a few weeks.  If you’ve been around, you might have watched it already.  Otherwise, this is your chance.  You won’t want to miss one of the best videos in my 2010 drum series.

Surf Green is a modern surf rock song inspired by Miserlou by Dick Dale. This is an original piece written by me. I recorded the guitars using an American Ash Stratocaster HSS and an Ibanez Jet King II. The amps used were a Mesa Boogie Lonestar Classic with Vintage 30′s for the clean reverb parts and an Egnater Rebel 20 for the distorted lead parts and the outro. The bass was done with a Warwick Rock Bass plugged into an old Line 6 TonePort UX2.

Enough! Let the video do the talking.

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Lost Stealth Rapidfire RF Surfboard by Firewire

by Danny Cruz| Follow Danny @sixstringsensei on Twitter HERE

Firewire Lost Surfboard A couple of months ago I wrote a review of a 6’0″ …Lost Stealth FST surfboard made by Firewire.  Click here of you want to read that post.  Recently, I’ve been really getting into Rapidfire technology also by Firewire.  A buddy of mine was interested in my the FST Stealth so I sold it to him and ordered myself the RF version.  I had to wait a few months as these new boards were still in production at the time.  I would be receiving a board from the very first batch that landed in the US.

The Rapidfire boards are made with epoxy and EPS foam.  Different than the FST constructed boards, the Rapidfires feature carbon fiber rods inside the foam rather than parabolic balsa rails.  The carbon rods sit inside the foam a couple of inches from the rail so they are technically also parabolic.  The other difference is the skin of high density foam that the FST boards have on the deck is replaced by a bamboo top.  This thin layer of bamboo not only looks good, but it’s very strong and adds it’s own signature touch to the boards flex characteristics.  The bottom does not have a skin of high-density foam.  This makes the bottom a bit more vulnerable to dings than FST tech, but it’s still stronger than a standard polyurethane (PU) surfboard.

The board rides similar to the FST version I had apart from a few subtleties.  I adjust pretty well to the difference in feel, so I’m happy with either FST of Rapidfire tech.  However, I do have friends that swear by one or the other only.  I really enjoy the look of the bamboo but I admit I miss the beautiful and clean white finish of an FST board.

FCS Aqualine Fin Setup

For fins, I first set it up as a quad with FCS TC Aqualines in the front and AB-Tow side fins in the rear.  For the second session I opted to change the Aqualines for a pair of FCS Goods-1.  I liked that setup a little bit better for some reason.  Mainly just feel.  The AB-Tow fins are staying in the back for now.  Those are made out of G10 and are top quality fins.  The traction pad I opted for is a FCS T-1.  It fits the board perfectly and I really like how it enhances the “stealthy” look with it dark charcoal grey color.

FCS surfboard traction pad

The board, fin and pad setup is perfect.  This is a surfboard that’s meant to last so I see myself putting session after session on it.  If I ever get bored and feel like experimenting, with the FCS Fusion fin boxes I can move the fins forward or back to fine tune the board to the conditions.  That, or I can change all the fins altogether.  That’s why it’s good to have a fin collection ;)  -D

Surfboard Profile Rocker


How I Created the Art Wave for the Surf Theme

by Danny Cruz| Follow Danny @sixstringsensei on Twitter HERE

I just updated my site’s style switcher and added the first of 3 styles.  This one is for the surf theme.  I’ve got 2 more coming…  Dirt and snow.  You might be wondering how I created the wave that sits below the header.  It was a small sketch I drew this morning.  I then scanned it and “painted” it in Adobe Photoshop using bits and pieces of real photos of real waves.  There’s some foam from Teahupoo, bits and pieces of Pipeline and some glare from Jeffreysbay.  All in all, a fun project to take on.  See below the “before and after” photo.  The first photo is the sketch exactly as my scanner saw it.  The colorful barreling wave below is the finished picture after quite a bit of work.  -D

Big Wave Sketch