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by Mickey Muñoz
(mail to Richard on Wed, 3 Nov 2010)
"The board is beautiful..." No 6
"I am also impressed with the elleciel website-board construction-design ideas, good for him."
(Thursday, 28 October 2010 03:01)
Fantastic job by Dave - the board flies.Super light,strong and stylish.Cant fault it and am having heaps of fun on it.Dave makes a quality board - a little different to the mainstream but very functional and strong.
Simon G (Tuesday, 07 October 2014 01:56)
No. 63 Minos is still going really well and all in original condition after many years. Quality made and very happy.
Jeremie (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:54)
Like the description says (http://www.elleciel.com/boards-gallery/no-149/), I contacted David in order to write a local business story for the newspaper I work for. Luckily, as a surfer I could indulge my own self-interests at the same time. I found a hard-working, passionate guy with a sound philosophy making strong, ridiculously beautiful boards.
In short, I asked him to make me the Kai Dao that you see above and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. Top-notch craftsmanship, super light and it looks and rides exactly how I expected – not to mention a rare characteristic rarely found with custom boards these days – a reasonable price.
I got to test it on some moderately heavy shore-dump last week and when so many boards were getting dinged and broken around me, the Kai Dao emerged without a scratch.
I highly recommend Elleciel boards!
Barry Mottershead (Thursday, 28 February 2013 19:04)
I met David on a yacht in Sumatra, he was a watch maker from Switzerland and decided to start making surfboards in Thailand. These are some of the coolest boards I've seen and some serious skill goes into building them. They are all built from eco friendly and sustainable materials...
Simon G (Wednesday, 12 September 2012 18:16)
No. 63 Minos is a work of art as are all David's boards. It feels good to hold , paddle on and surf on. Even when it is windy and bumpy the board sticks to the wave on take off and surfs differently enabling long lines more akin to old school surfing.
Devin Long (Friday, 24 August 2012 14:25)
Finally got to try Davids own 5'2" Minos SQ on some decent shoulder high waves and all i can say is it was the most fun I've ever had on 4 fins. Oh and it flies across flat sections like ...like... i don't even understand how. :) yeah so any way i bought one.
eddie (Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:20)
(Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:07)
its taken 50 years of experimenting and refining to get surfboards to the present day level of concaves vee,s rocker,s tail rail nose and fin variation,,,without being a bighead young davey has embraced these modern concepts with great craftsmanship,,,the board works ,eddie
Ras (Sunday, 15 July 2012 08:48)
Friend of mine sent me your link ... nice to see your living da dream! Do it!
J.Welch (Sunday, 29 January 2012 05:48)
I took the "Baan BaaN" #46 to Bali on my last surf fling. I surfed Balian and while I could have used more board for paddling, the mini simmons proved to skate fluidly through and over most all sections of the wave. The slight kick that Dave incorporated in the tail rocker is a must for finding not only the burst of speed when needed, but also I found it an advantage when trying to redirect in tight turns. I would say the only draw back to the shape was chatter and skip when dealing high speed over bumpy wave surface. But this is not a reflection on Davies boards as much as is knowing what board to use in a given conditions. Suffice to say that I have surfed another simmons like board from Dave and the concept/design works well and has had me smiling and stoked on many days.
Dave my next order is coming soon.
Ivan (Monday, 15 November 2010 21:34)
I am the proud owner of board #5
This one is different in the fact that it is a SUP (9ft2"in length)
First one Dave has made---goes to show how adaptable Dave's talents are maturing.
The SUP is extremely quick and requires little effort to master the Nai Harn wave formula.
Please contact me if you require any info on this style of fun board
PS Dave your website is a pleasure to surf
Ale (Saturday, 13 November 2010 22:29)
I am really impressed with David's boards. Each one is a work of art. Seeing the precision and attentiveness to every detail given to each board shows that David is already a true craftsman. His boards are flawless in construction and innovative in design. He's got a bright future.
David (Thursday, 11 November 2010 19:49)
This is the funnest surfboard I have ever owned, and it is really fast and light. There is a reason why Swiss watches are so expensive, if you buy one of these boards you will see that attention to detail and general craftsmanship is obviously something genetically encoded in the Swiss. I would order one of these today if I were you, before the prices start to catch up with the quality.
Richard (Wednesday, 03 November 2010 00:24)
I am still amazed at how good my board turned out. I have to admit I was a little doubtful of Dave's abilities at first as he did not have much experience shaping/making surfboards and my board design wasn't like anything else I had seen around. Talking to Dave about design ideas and building techniques convinced me that he was knowledgeable and serious about his desire to start a business making his own style of surfboards. Dave was struggling, financially, so rather than buying a shop board I decided to invest in his new enterprise by giving him a chance to shape something unlike what he had seen before. I wanted it to float me as good as my 8'6"...paddle like a longboard and then surf like a shortboard but with nose riding capabilities. I hadn't ridden or seen a board that could fit all those qualifications so I was not only skeptical of Dave's capabilities but of my own design as well. I thought that if it didn't work , it would at least be so nice looking that I could hang it on the wall as decoration. I used to shape and ride my own boards many years ago but I had not kept up with the latest theories/ideas on design. This was to be an experiment. Before we began, Dave and I had many, many conversations about the design and it's probable outcome. It took me a few weeks to get used to the board and now that I have adapted to riding it I find that it works exactly as it was intended to. I couldn't be more pleased with it. Thanks a lot Dave......I will have this board for a long time.