Third installment of original design series proves popular
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2016 - Last Friday Surfersvillage applied their growing LIVE Facebook format to both a tech talk and a board demo with Christiaan Bradley Surfboards.
The program was broadcast LIVE from the Label Park studio in Biarritz, France where master shaper Christiaan Bradley shared his shaping knowledge with a global audience and covered five unique Bradley Surfboards designs.
After the design talk the show moved the broadcast down to the beach at Bidart with Christiaan Bradley dishing details on the designs while local talent Thomas Portet tested the boards in the thumping beachbreak at Plage Ilbarritz.
The two-part show explored design features of the Gladiator, New Barcelona, Pie, Chocolatine and Killer designs from Bradley, discussing template, rocker, bottom contour, tail design and more.
What was discovered? The higher performance models on offer worked best in the punchy beachbreak with the Gladiator model being the favorite; it's high performance template, nose and tail suited the chest-high waves. After that the Killer and the Chocolatine worked well for test surfer Thomas Portet as he was able to draw some solid arcs on the open faces and generate enough speed to make it around sections. Most difficult were the way step-downed boards, the New Barcelona and Pie. with these two fat, grovel-friendly designs Thomas had to hold back and milk his turns. You can watch the board test episode at the bottom of this page.
Viewers were able to comment and ask design questions during the Facebook LIVE and get expert feedback from Christiaan Bradley himself. XTreme Label-Park in cooperation with Bradley Surfboards offered for 72 hours an exclusive price on 5 custom-shaped boards and a special “surfers package.”