42 sizzling sweet pieces of board candy - one is right for you
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2017 - This season we've combed the internet to bring to you 42 surfboards to ogle and enjoy. Offerings include three new sleds by Slater Designs, John John's favorite Pyzel designs and the latest developments from the team at Superbrand. Along with these stars you'll find a whole lot of options from up-and-coming shapers as well as craft from respected old hands.
In the guide below you'll find photos of models and brief text explanations. And while the company descriptions can sometimes be ambiguous or overtly commercial, we've made every effort to bring you as much information as possible.
If you don't understand why flatter rocker works better in slow waves, take a refresher course on design in the below synopsis on template, tail shape, rocker and more. If you are well-versed in these theories then scroll on past straight to the board candy…
Over-simplified overall design theory: At the most basic level, the more of the surfboard that comes in contact with the water, like a longboard, the faster the board will plane - especially through slow parts of the wave. The less of the board that comes in contact with the water (slim banana-shaped designs) the slower a board will go BUT the more manoeuvrable it will be. What most of us are looking for is the perfect balance for our level of surfing, the waves we ride and how we want to surf (realistically of course.)
Template: A curvy outline will help a board turn quicker and fit in tighter parts of the wave but can sacrifice down-the-line speed since not as much of the board is in contact with the wave as a parallel-railed board. A straight outline will help a board go faster since the water comes in contact with more of the board, thus more planing surface - think of a virtually parallel railed mini-simmons design.
Tail shape: Big, blocky squash tails will float through flat sections but can be harder to release an edge. Thin, pin-tailed shapes provide control at high-speeds (think guns and tube-shooters) but will bog in the mush. In between there are swallows, round tails and more but they all have the same principle: more tail is less responsive, but planes better. Less tail outline and thickness provides more control.
Bottom contour: How water is pushed over the bottom of a board and under your feet is very critical to a board’s characteristics. Roll, vee or flat bottoms release water quicker making it easier to turn a board, but these features will also slow it down. Concave provides lift and speed as water is forced through a small area. This is popular to place under the front foot and can act as a front-foot accelerator on a board, however too much concave can ‘lock up’ a board, especially at high speeds. How the water exits out the tail of the board is usually done with vee or double concave depending on how much release one wants in the board. The best designs take into consideration rocker and tail shape when doing this.
Rocker: The more tail and nose rocker a board has, the better it fits into hollow, steep waves. Conversely, its speed - in both paddling and while up and riding - will be sacrificed if it has more curve. Most shapers combine various rocker formulas for different functions, i.e. flat under the chest for paddling with, say, extra curve exiting the tail for turns in critical parts of the wave.
Rails: Thick, boxy rails work in slow waves while thin, knifey rails tend to be more responsive and precise. That said, we are seeing more thick-railed boards fall into the high-performance category as shapers are blending other design elements to make boxy rails responsive.
Flex: Standard polyurethane boards have certain flex characteristics we’ve all come to love. But PU boards lose their magic flex over time, break easily and can vary from one blank to the next in flex properties. One option to PU is Firewire Surfboards whose boards are built with measured, consistent, life-long flex characteristics.
Editor's Note: Accompanying board descriptions are provided by the boardmakers.
Clay Marzo is probably the maddest cat we know. His signature pro model—the Mad Cat—features all the elements that allow him to go mad on everything from waist high slop to double overhead perfection, from deep pits, to mind bending rotations. With extra width in the nose for paddling power and nose pick recoveries, full, boxy rails to match his power, and a pulled in, rounded square tail to keep things quick and tight, the Mad Cat is Clay’s ideal sled and will most likely be yours. All the features that make this board perfect for Clay’s mad, raw style also make it forgiving, easy to paddle, and ultra smooth in rail-to-rail transitions.
Wider forward outline, pulled in via hip in the tail
High performance rocker
Single to pronounced double concave
Tri Fin | Rounded Square Tail
Ride in your favorite shortboard dims or as a step-up
Mad Cat graphics by renowned Maui artists Plate Lunch
Available in custom dimensions/specs
The Pig Dog Surfboard, with its curvy outline, wide nose, and pulled in tail make it a perfect fit for pulling in under the lip or taking off deep. It’s tailor made for laying down big carves on big open faces and hunting down tubes. The PigDog easily replaces two-to-three of your stepups and works in myriad conditions, making it the ultimate travel board.
Wide nose and center with a pulled in tail
Low to mid rocker
Single to double concave
5 Plug Setup for tri/quad Option
Pulled in rounded pin
Ride + or – 2” from your shortboard and at a slightly higher volume
Also available as step-ups and guns up to 10’ by custom order
Built for speed and maximum levels of fun in small surf, the Spam is the latest and greatest creation between Dion Agius and the Superbrand Shapers’ Collective. A wide outline combined with low rocker and single to double concave with vee off the tail provides the jets, while the winged swallowtail allows for super tight turning radius. Can be ridden as a thruster or twin fin with trailer in smaller conditions. “Mate, it’s the fastest board I’ve ever ridden,” raves Dion.
Single to double concave with vee off the tail
Ride 2-4” shorter than your standard shortboard
The Toy Surfboard was Initially created as a small wave groveler, the Toy morphed into a high performance yet user-friendly model. Low rocker and a wider outline make for great paddling power and a subtle single to double concave creates drive through sections. As well, soft, forgiving rails make it a great board for intermediate surfers looking to step up their shred game or for advanced surfers looking for a little give in critical situations.
Wider, fuller outline than a normal shortboard
Low rocker throughout
Single to double concave
Tri fin or five fin box setup
Squash, swallow tail, or round tail
Ride 1-3 inches shorter and half-inch wider than a normal shortboard
Now your favorite travel board is available for smaller surf. Keeping with the theme of versatility and paddling power, we squished the original Pig Dog down and created the Pug for use in everyday surf from one-foot to head high plus. You’ll get in early and still be able turn on a dime. One of the smoothest turning boards in the Superbrand surfboard line, think soap-in-a-bathtub type of performance when riding the Pug.
Wider outline with a slightly pulled in tail
Single to double concave with V off the tail.
5 Plug Setup for tri/quad Option
Slightly Pulled in rounded pin
Ride 4-6 inches shorter than your shortboard
Available in custom dimensions/specs
Designed for bigger fellas and those looking to transition from a longboard to shortboard.
Wide nose and volume pushed forward makes for excellent paddling power.
Medium rocker throughout.
Slight single to double coucave with a touch of vee off the tail for easy maneuverability.
Medium to soft rail for easy rail-to-rail transitions. Available in round or squash tail. 3 or 5 fin box option.
Inspired by the extreme rocker boards that Greg Webber and Shane Herring developed in the early 90’s, the BANANA is a far more user-friendly version that Kelly and Greg developed for intermediate to advanced surfers. And meant to be ridden in better than average conditions. The BANANA has a smooth outline curve from nose to tail, a slight bump wing in front of the fins, as well as a generous single concave bottom contour. The end result is an extremely high performance surfboard that can be pushed hard through turns, while holding it's own in deep barrels. In other words, the carving rail turns and extreme tube riding that Kelly was doing at Pipe on the smaller days during the 2015 Masters.
The Omni takes modern functional aesthetics to new places with a clean and minimalistic meeting of Kellys performance round tails and Tomo's modern planing hull designs. The Omni will revel in smaller waves upto 5ft with smooth and extremely radical performance capability. Suited to intermediate to advanced riders. 5-fin option
The Sci-Fi is a mash up of classic curves and modern rocker served with a Futuristic twist of fluid dynamic principles likely found in the design archives of Bruce Wayne. Expect seemingly unnatural acceleration, instantaneous response and an all around level performance that can only be described as Electric. The Sci-Fi is a high performance all-rounder with impressive range (1-8ft ) with usability for intermediate to advanced surfers. 5-fin Option.
Designed by pro surfer and ocean advocate Rob Machado, the Almond Butter surfboard just says FUN all over it. Rob has always been known as one to carve his own path in the surf world which his designs express. The board is versatile enough to surf in small waves on up to over head hollow conditions. The classic short board design with Rob's own special sauce makes this a fun board for any surfer. With a 5-fin setup the possibilities are endless.
Shaped by the style master himself. Rob Machado has created a low entry rocker, 70's inspired board coupled with a curvy fuller outline in the tail to allow quick direction changes yet still provide effortless gliding. Whether you are driving off the bottom or setting some serious high lines, you'll be sure to do so with Rob's nonchalant style.
Dan Mann has struck gold again, Yukon Gold. The BAKED POTATO offers the same small wave performance as the SWEET POTATO with a few subtle design adjustments. The nose is pulled in slightly and some of the rail volume has been removed to allow for even faster rail to rail transfers. The BAKED POTATO has the same aggressive double concaves and 'V-spline' running down the center of the board which allows the board to get up on the rail much faster than the overall design would indicate. Primarily designed for smaller, weaker conditions, the BAKED POTATO will surprise you by its performance characteristics, and how the quad fins set further back and closer to the rail than usual, allow the board to hold with- out sliding, even in larger surf. Get cooking on a BAKED POTATO
The PyzAlien is a great all- around performance board, designed to keep speed and flow in weaker conditions, while feeling lively and loose in all types of waves. The fuller outline, wider tail and slightly wider, flatter nose help to produce speed and drive, and make it a fast, easy paddler.
It has a lot of curve through the tail rocker, and that, combined with the bottoms contours of single/double concave running into a nice bit of VEE off the tail keep snappy yet controlled when you tip it onto the rail. A great board for a wide range of waves and conditions, the PyzAlien feels just as good in waist-high slop as it does in overhead juice and will help you get the most out of your everyday sessions.
For more advanced surfers we recommend you ride this board around your height or 1¹" below.
The Slab by Pyzel represents John John Florence's ideas refined into his perfect free surfing model. John John wanted 3 inches off the nose of his normal shortboard and an increased tail rocker. This resulted in a fuller nose, fatter top section and an extremely high performance fun board that goes well in a range of conditions.
EVO (Evolution) is a new take on the MPH design,utilizing softer features and more outline curve to encourage a smoother transitions and a more ‘in the pocket’ line of attack. A wider central wide point comparative to the Vader, the EVO should be considered favorable to smaller weaker waves, however like most Tomo MPH Designs , the EVO will still be quite functional in overhead waves conditions.
The Vader represents the current pinnacle of Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson’s Modern Planing Hull (MPH) Vision. Dan describes the Vader as a Mind Surfing Machine, which reacts instantaneously to desired directional changes with incredible bursts of speed. Controlled, drawn out carves and radical tight angle snaps are achievable with an effortless and intuitive shift in a surfer’s weight.
In addition, paddle power and generally usability have been increased with a larger volume distribution throughout comparative to the Vanguard, which encourages surfers to ride the Vader even shorter than previously considered functional. Versatility …. The Vader ticks all the boxes and is a stand out performer from waist high to double overhead, offering a natural Quad-fin option which creates significantly increased speed in weaker conditions, or switch to a Tri-Fin for a high-speed surgical attack when the waves demand additional control.
The Chocolatine is an evolution of the 2014 Best Seller “The Pie” with its tail pulled in to handle hollower waves. The wide point is forward giving it paddling power, the lower rocker makes generating speed easy and the 5 fin setup means it can be surfed in any conditions in any way. The Chocolatine is a world traveler. If you can only afford one board this year, the Chocolatine is a great all-rounder.
A High Performance shortboard used and tested since 2014 by Leo Fioravanti in all conditions. The Roman has a mid entry rocker easing into a flat middle with an aggressive tail lift for tight turning power. The lower middle rocker will increase your planning speed over dead sections. It comes standard with a Squash tail and single to slight double is the bottom contour. Leo’s standard dimensions are 5'11 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16.
The Yo was designed by Mark Phipps for someone that wants one board that he or she can count on without hesitation. The outline resembles a Single fin in the nose due to the fact the original custom Yo was a 1finbox + 2 trailer setup. The tail however pulls into a rounded pin tail which will give you plenty of hold in the bigger stuff, and provide a lot of curve around the back foot. The extra volume in front of the chest gives you speed down the line and the rounded pintail to draw tighter arcs in the pocket. The Yo is just as comfortable as a thruster as it is a Quad making it the ultimate travelling board, Quad for the fast days and thruster for the big arcs.
The One Bad Egg by Phipps is a Hipster's delight. Clean lines of the single fin egg with low rails and slight concave to V bottom. Full Resine tints and polishes are recommend on this board to enhance its natural beauty.
The Demibu by Phil Grace was an inspiration Phil had to cut his malibu in Half. All that board is sometimes hard to carry down the beach and unless you have roofracks not to easy to transport. So he cut a malibu in half and now you can enjoy the sensation of noseriding on a 6'6. Don't hold back have a Demibu this Summer
The Disco Inferno is a DIsco model adjusted to handle better waves. We kept a similar bottom configuration and rocker as the Disco with some added minor changes to increase the drive and control in larger surf. The Disco Inferno should be ordered 1-2 inches shorter than your regular short board.
The glider is one of our top all around designs. It has a wider 1980’s outline combined with a low entry rocker and a triple concave bottom. Fast and maneuverable for those small summer days. Should be ordered 2 to 4 inches shorter than your normal board and ½ to 1 inch wider.
An everyday surfboard, inspired by the Buddy II, one of the best seller board of the brand. Medium rocker, wide nose, boxy rail, vee double concave throughout.
Simple concave throughout finishing with a light vee tail. The UNDER 15 is a high performance for groms. Fast & maneuverable are the best adjectives to describe performences of this shortboard perfect for a wide range of conditions.
Shape : Same as theC-major but with a fuller nose.
Comment : The Desk Officer is boarn from the fusion of 2 boards: the UWL CMajor and the Thomas BEXON Espresso. We kept the C-Major base because it works! and it is super easy to firgure out for any surfer. The
C-Major is fast and maniable, we add the Pinguin nose to add confort and an easier
take off. Now it is a board you can order in small size because the take off it is so easy, the nose i just wide enought not to penalise
the tight bottom turn and other rad turns in the pocket.
Taille / Size : 163 - 193cm / 5’4’’ - 6’4’’
Largeur / Lenght : 47 - 52,7 cm 18’’1/2 - 20’’3/4
Epaisseur / Thickness : 5,4 - 7 cm 2’’1/8 - 2’’3/4
Volume : 22L - 38L
Aileron/Fin : Thruster
Arrière/Tail : Round – Round pin tail
Vague / Wave : 0.90m à 2.15m 3’ to 7’
Niveau/Level : Intermediate - Pro
Shape : ow rocker, wider nose, low boxy rail with cut edge, vee double concave + 4 channels.
Comment : The Demon Master is very trendy with its 4 channels. Based on our best sellers the 17. Its rocker have been lowered to fit the channels in, its nose is slightly wider and we add a flat deck, the result is a boyancy board, easy to paddle with a quick take off. It can be surfed 1 to 2’’ smaller than your regular shortboard, it keep an extemly good drive in turns for the powerfull surfers and it get a lot more speed in hollow waves.
Regular dimensions : 5’8’’ x 18’’3/4 x 2’’3/16 25.3L
Is an extension of our recently released ShortRound model. With myself and so many people enjoying the ShortRound, it quickly became clear that the short, relatively flat, and stubby board was an easy answer for fast fun in smaller surf, but with some limitations. While spending time in Bali this summer I began doing some tweaking to the design. At this the point, it would be unfair to continue calling it by the same name.
Beginning with the ShortRound, we added a couple inches of length, moderately added to the overall rocker, and pulled the nose outline in a bit. We then changed the tail to a forgiving, rounded “thumb" tail without narrowing it too much where the front fins are.
The overall outline and rocker lines are a minimalistic and simplistic continuous curve. The surface area and volume are still generous enough to create speed and feel lively in anything but the smallest, or true “grovel” surf. The rounded tail, reduced nose area, and the added rocker, prevents too much rail being wetted at once in small surf, and allows control and ease of pocket and power surfing in proper waves. Free and easy in small-ish surf while still precise and forgiving in solid surf. Staying with the ammo theme, we swapped the stubby little speeding bullet for the new logo, an elongated, Spitzer influenced munition. The Quiver Killer... a shot straight through the heart.
After 8 or so years of non-stop world touring, it's fair that Mr. Burrow would want to enjoy himself a little. This past summer, with the upcoming birth of his first child and knowing he would be passing on a couple events to be home for the big day, Taj requested "Something short 'n fun, but still a (normal) board. Nothing too fishy. Right about, or just over, my typical volume, but just squished down and playful". Going to work, we started with his 5'9 18.25" 2.25 24.5cl (personal dims) BeachBuggy, and revisioned it at 5’6” 18.63” 2.25". We filled in the rails and foil until it sat at 25 liters flat, then relaxed the entire rocker, so the new bottom curve nestled perfectly within the curve of the original 5'9". We sent the first one to Tahiti and after his unfortunate exit from the Teahupoo event, I received the text: "That little board is ludicrous.
The V3-STEALTH is based off the overwhelming popularity of the V3-Rocket. Inspired by input and requests from team riders and friends with the desire to extend the feel of theV3-Rocket into a board built around a more traditional nose template. The desired effect resulting in a board blending the positive characteristics of the V3-Rocket, combined with the quickness, performance and visuals of a standard shortboard. Years ago we took the original “OG-Rocket” and pulled in the nose to create the STEALTH model, “stealth-ly” hiding a hybrid board into traditional forward outline. Today, we are doing it again, except with the V3.
Technically, we added length and rocker to the nose, and pulled the forward outline in to more resemble a modern SB nose template. The tail has more pronounced, fluted wings and a more radical “Rocket” diamond at the end. The deeper wings add grip and control by reducing surface area. The flutes help the rail to permeate the surface, as well as reduce the rail volume, for more precise and surface permeating carving.
The bottom still contains the V3’s relaxed centerline rocker, for glide and down the line drive, and a healthy amount of concave. The concave adds considerable lift, and creates a hyper curved rail rocker under the rear foot, allowing the surfer to turn freely and precisely when the board is rolled onto a rail. The V3-Stealth offers high speed, wide tail glide for fat faced fun, combined with the ability for fast, vertical, precise pocket surfing...in even marginal conditions. Ride the V3-Stealth 1-2” longer than a stock V3-Rocket. Domestic dims for the bigger, more conservative surfer, or for surfers who want to ride this design shorter in length.
Our most popular shorty and the board that JJF rides in most conditions and comps ( he finished 2nd at Trestles1st in France and 1st at Volcom Pipe 2015, all riding his Bastard). This is obviously a very versatile board.
We took some design aspects of our two shortboards, the Flash and Pinky, and blended them to create the Bastard.
It has a touch more rocker than the Flash for a snappier feel, but still keeps it’s drive and speed through flatter sections. Single concave throughout adds to the speed and the subtle hip in the tail makes it easy to redirect. The tail is a touch more pulled in, giving bite and drive through turns, and we flattened out the deck to re-position the volume for a lively feel.
This board works great for big carves in powerful waves, and still feels great in weaker surf. A great board for everyday sessions in all kinds of waves.
The Sure Thing is designed to give you a great blend of Performance and Fun all wrapped up in a full-figured, yet streamlined board that will glide through the weakest surf and still feel snappy and crisp in good surf.
It has a wide, full outline with a subtle double-bump squash reminiscent of a mid 80's shortboard. The nose is full, but not overly so, giving the advantage of lift and drive, while still keeping plenty of curve in the outline. The rocker matches the outline, medium/low all the way through and the bottom has plenty of single concave (more lift and easy speed) running into a gentle Vee off the tail. We put a pair of "Gas Pedal" channels in between the fins in the last 9'' of the tail to add projection and drive while keeping the turning radius tight and easy.
The board has a bit of extra foam under the chest, but we made sure to keep the rail thickness moderate for sensitivity and quick reaction time. This board crosses the line between Performance and Fun and actually inspired our new board category "Funformance"- for surfers who want to push their surfing, but also like a little extra to help them out when the surf sucks. This board will not let you down in smaller, weaker waves, but is also super fun on the good days, in good surf too.
Depending on your surfing ability I suggest you ride it 3-5 inches under your "good'' wave shortboard, and about 5/8'' to 3/4'' wider, and 1/16'' to 1/8'' thicker and with about 1-2 liters more volume
The Stubby Bastard provides you with the best of both worlds, an ultra high-performance shortboard and a stubby step-down that is a great addition to any quiver.
We’ve taken JJF’s favorite high-performance shortboard, The Bastard, and squashed it down into a fun, fast, super skatey, all-wave shred sled. We chopped 3 inches off the nose, which pushed the wide point forward, added a little thickness up front and also lowered the entry rocker. Additionally, we filled in the rail to add a little more overall volume and forgiveness. All of the bottom contours (single concave throughout) remain the same.
What you end up with is a fast, loose and responsive board that can fit into tight, curvy little waves, extremely well, but will still hold its speed and flow in weaker, mushy surf.
Ride this board 2-3 inches shorter, ¼ to ½ inch wider, and same thickness or 1/16 more (around the same volume or a bit more) than your regular Bastard shortboard for maximum performance and fun.
The Shelter model is our contemporary Bonzer 5 shortboard. It’s name was inspired by the 2001 film, Shelter by Chris Malloy and Moonshine Conspiracy. We provided a 6’2″ and a 6’4″ for the film. The boards were ridden by Taylor Knox, Donovan Frankenreiter, and a cast of visiting surfers. The Shelter is primarily a squash tail, and can be custom ordered with a swallow, round pin, or thumb tail. It is a versatile board that works well in all conditions. When deciding on size, go with your favorite dimensions, taking in consideration the conditions and type of waves you anticipate using the board for. Utilizing the Bonzer 5 system, which we have developed and refined over the last 34 years, the Shelter provides quick easy rail to rail transition, and unparalleled drive out of turns. It also maintains speed exceptionally well through cutbacks, and has been known to have an uncanny ability to navigate through the barrel.
The Rocket9 outline has the wide point forward a bit and the tail is pulled in making it super snappy and maneuverable. The swallow gives a great fast release as well. One of the major desires for this board was I wanted was to go fast and then turn hard when I wanted in waves ranging from super average California beach breaks all the way to grinding little tubes. It’s one of the most versatile boards I have ever ridden.
An all around, high performance shortboard designed for down the line speed and easy rail-to-rail transitions, the Black & White is based on a favorite hand shape Britt Merrick made Dane Reynolds for Santa Barbara area point breaks. Dane related its feel to a good MBM.
The Black & White has a fairly low entry rocker, a staged flat-ish section between the feet, and an accelerated kick out the tail. A single concave runs the length of the board, is deepest near the front fins and shallows into a hint of vee exiting the tail block.
A flat deck design, the Black & White offers improved flex characteristics, a solid under-your-feet feel, and full rails. The board should be ridden about your same height to 2″ longer than you are tall. Because of the flat deck ride the board 1/8” thinner than your normal shortboard to keep the same general volume. The Black & White is suitable for most surfers in most types of surf where a shortboard is appropriate.
Town & Country
Flat thru the nose fading to double concave in the center and into the fins with a slight vee off the tail. This fish is your ultimate, easy to ride, performance wave catcher. The Jump Off is stock with a five fins offering truster or quad options. Order 3" to 4" shorter, 1/2" to 3/4" wider and 1/4" to 3/8" thicker than standard short board. Performs best on 1' to 8' faces or 1/2' to 4' Hawaiian
Slight Single to light double with light vee out the round pin tail. One of the most versatile Makani Designs, this board can be ridden by all shapes, sizes, and skill levels, from entry to expert. Volume down the center line with a tuned tapered rail makes easy paddle and acceleration but, keeps you connected to the wave. Works well in hollow waves as well as mushy conditions. This will be your go to board for all seasons, winter or summer. Easy paddle, easy ride, enjoy surfing again.
User friendly high volume short board for easy paddling and easy riding. It has a pretty flat but flowing rocker with a single concave under your front foot going into a deep double out threw the fins. Also with it's fuller outline allowing the board to hold turns and carry speed threw out the ride. Mainly comes in a round tail and five fins setup making it a pocket and open face board.
The Huevo, is a classic hybrid surfboard that incorporates the best of both the shortboard and longboard . It's round nose and fuller tail gives plenty of floatation and makes paddling a breeze. With its shorter length and 2 + 1 fin set up makes for fast responsive turns and manoeuvrability.
Outline: Its fuller outline with the wide point slightly forward of centre means you can trim and glide forward on the board, adds to the great paddle power and to the stability and flow, while its round tail makes for smoother transitions between turns.
Rocker: With emphasis on being an allrounder it has a low to medium rocker, this is why you will find this board paddles with ease and flows thru those dead sections with minimal effort. A slight lift in the nose makes those late take offs easier and the slight lift in the tail makes for nice drive thru your turns.
Contours: A nice classic slight rolled Vee from nose to tail makes it effortless for those rail to rail transitions, while the stance is anywhere on the board, however getting back over the fins the board will turn on a dime.
Performance: Think summer grovely beach breaks when you don't want a Longboard or it's too small for your Shortboard or winter reefs and perfect points. This board can handle anything from waist to double overhead and any ability from beginner to advance. Enjoy
With the Modern Highline we examined what novice-to-intermediate surfers need in a surfboard to help them get as much actual surfing experience as possible. To become a better surfer, catching waves and increasing your confidence is the key, so we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave). Essentially, we built this board to re-define the first steps in surfing so people develop their skills quicker and maximise the enjoyment they get from riding waves.
Outline: The outline is the key to the Highline’s amazing stability. We basically took the middle section of a longboard, then tapered the nose to a semi-point and added a nice curved square tail, and by reducing the overall board length you maintain easier side-to-side turning.
Rocker: Considered flat, the low rocker means this board paddles very quickly onto waves, and will maintain its speed once you’re up and riding. In this case flat equals flow, and less effort required from the rider to get the board up and going.
Contours: Forward concave helps channel water efficiently across the flatter rocker, particularly when paddling and taking off. The back half of the board has a raised vee with double concave to offset the width, and allow for easier transitions from one rail to the other when performing turns.
Foil: There’s lots of volume along the full length of the foil, but enough taper through the nose to avoid that ‘boat-like’ feel. The rails are full, but still soft which makes them forgiving as you glide across the face and connect your turns together.
Performance: This model can be ridden shorter due to the extra width and higher volumes, which is a big advantage for beginner and intermediate surfers developing their turning skills. For better surfers, gear down into cruise mode before riding the Highline. It has a large sweet spot and offers a very fluid ride, especially in smaller, soft running beach and point waves.
The 7S Double Down aims to increase your wave count and enhance your small wave repertoire by offering the paddle advantages of high volume mixed into a stable yet responsive hybrid design that can be ridden much shorter than a standard surfboard.
Outline: The nose and tail dimensions at 12” are the same, creating a parallel rail-line through the middle. This translates to a bigger planing zone and a larger sweet spot. The full nose further adds to the stability, and the ‘Corner Round’ tail allows the width to extend further back, while still getting the smoother transitions between turns that a round tail is famous for.
Rocker: With an emphasis on smaller conditions, flat equals flow in this surfboard. Currently the flattest board in the 7S range, and for that reason it will slide into waves with ease and maintain its speed over dead sections with minimal effort. Slight lift in the nose and tail will satisfy the more experienced riders looking for a summer groveller.
Contours: Subtle yet effective, the slight concave up front creates lift when taking off, then a double concave starting in the mid zone leads into a shallow rolled vee off the tail. This allows the board maintain its speed in softer waves, yet provides a nice balance of control versus turning ability once your back foot is positioned closer towards the tail.
Performance: Think summer beach breaks or soft point waves where you need a board with enough foam to get you going, but won’t restrict how you want to perform on a wave. The Double Down is best surfed off the tail, and because of its volume and shorter dimensions, the pendulum weight of a longer board is eliminated making turning super easy. This one will shorten the learning curve for novice riders, but will also appeal to more experienced surfers as great small wave performer.
The 7S Double Down does not come with fins. See spec table below for suggested template.