Pulsar Gun 10-5

We will be showing a small sampling of some of our designs across a wide range of surfboard types to provide an idea as to what we are able to deliver. We have a lot of designs beyond what are shown here so feel free to contact us if you are looking for something more specific.

5’ 11” Kneeboard

“The Scalpel”

Length: 5' 11"
Nose Width: 17 1/2"
Overall Width: 24"
Wide Point: 1" Back
Tail Width: 18"
Thickness: 2 3/4"
Tail Shape: rounded pintail
Fin Layout: quad
Bottom Design: single concave - deep VCTR bottom
Design Date: May 2017

This new design is the first real rounded pintail kneeboard design we have done and is geared towards more performance in Hawaiian style surf. Hence it is a little more pulled in the nose and tail.

There is a deck concave on this design for a lower center of gravity and more comfort.. The concave area of the deck has been reinforced with a layer of 1/8" DCELL PVC foam as well as a layer of bamboo veneer.

The bottom design features our VCTR bottom, which has a single concave through the nose area, moving into a double concave and then into a bonier-like double channel through the tail. On either side of the channel there are flat panels with a roughly 4º bevel onto which the fins are placed. These panels then provide nice flat surfaces when the board is on the rail allowing the fins and the flat to work together for increased speed and turning performance. The bottom also features a chine at the rail in order to help with transitioning and also to provide extra bite in the rails.

The fins are setup as a quad setup, and in the case of this design will use the new experiment FTP quad set. Boxes are GEARBOX for the best strength and performance.

Kneeboards

We have been starting to do a lot more kneeboards in recent years. This is really exciting because the kneeboarding scene is very progressive and willing to experiment with new designs.

This has allowed us to explore more innovative designs that would be consider to radical for the regular surfboard market. But it has also meant that we are generating new ideas that are trickling down to our regular board designs.

11’ 3” Modern Gun

“The Hanalei Spear”

Length: 11’ 3”
Nose Width: 10 1/4”
Overall Width: 24“
Wide Point: 1” Back
Tail Width: 13 1/4”
Thickness: 3 3/4“
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad with center box
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: November 2016

This is a brand new design built on our earlier concepts for a modern gun that have been tested and perfected with the Stiletto and Pulsar designs! It also carries forward our earlier Hanalei Spear designs that were all balsa.

For years guns have always been, well "gunny", that is they have been narrow and very speedy looking, with the wide point very far forward, in some cases as much as 7" forward of the center. But we are convinced that there is more that a gun could do if it was not narrow and if it did not have the wide point so far forward. Much of this has been proven by the success many surfers are experiencing riding SUP guns in very big waves, these boards are a lot wider than your typical gun!

So we set out to shake up the definition of a gun by following a trend we have been working on with our guns for the past few years. Firstly, we have slowly been moving the wide point further back until we have now ended up with the wide point 6” back of center, this is the most extreme distance we have gone to date. Secondly, in order to have more performance in a gun we wanted to have more curve in the outline so we have steadily bumped the width up so that we end up with a strong curve through the tail area. For this design we did not go as far back with the wide point, it is only 1" back but the area of the board has been kept in the back half of the board.

Looking at the template for this board it is hard to believe that it is 24" wide, plus it still looks like it has a very narrow tail, this is not the case as it has a 13 1/4” wide tail, yet due to the overall width of the board it still looks pulled in!

By moving the wide point back we are effectively making a smaller cockpit in the back end of the board, this makes it easier to turn, and has the added benefit that instead of following the board around (common feeling when the wide point is far forward) you are instead right on top of the board giving you much better control. A wide point back tends to help you get into waves as well because there is more area in the backend, so when a wave swells up behind the board it has more of a tendency to push the board into the wave. Finally, with the wide point back you are forced to get up further back on the board putting you in a much more controlled position while making the drop down the face of the wave.

We kept the more drawn out nose of the typical gun so that it will be less affected by wind and to make it better for punching through waves. The board has a lot of volume at 3 3/4" thick but due to the rail channels the thickness is well disguised throughout the board.

The bottom design is our standard for this type of board, vee in the nose, through the nose rocker area, single concave through the center of the board, flowing into a deep bowled double barrel concave through the fin area, and finally into a vee out through the tail. This bottom shape has a great balance between power and user friendliness, making the board a lot easier to surf. The bowled concave makes rail to rail transitions really simple and smooth, requiring very little effort, and adding a whole lot of squirt, meaning speed! This bottom has been optimized to work with our quad fin layout as well, the goal being to better direct the water flow to the fins!

The rocker is very similar to most modern guns, but there is a little more tail rocker in order to make the board easier to turn and handle, normally a board like this is ridden in enough power that a little extra rocker is not a problem.

The build on this board is also different than our normal boards as this one is an EPS blank with epoxy laminations. The goal was to keep the board a little lighter but not so light to be a detriment to performance. Has a 2 x 6-oz bottom with a 3 x 6-oz deck, so still nice and strong. This layup coupled with the deck channels makes the board nice and strong.

This design is setup as a quad for the versatility it provides and the speed and holding power. The GEARBOX fin system is used as it is light and strong and is installed under the glass. It also has a regular center box so that it could be ridden as either a single fin or a 2+1, if needed.

This board was made for Felipé Pomar and we know he will put it into some serious waves here in Hanalei! The finished board is shown in the banner at the top of this page.

Guns

Our passion is building guns, there is nothing quite like shaping a gun. There is so much at stake with these boards that one is forced to pay careful attention to the entire process, there is a lot at risk.

This highlights one of the more recent gun designs. We will update this as new ones are created.

9’ 1” Longboard

“The Islander”

Length: 9’ 1”
Nose Width: 17 3/8”
Overall Width: 22 5/8“
Wide Point: 2” Back
Tail Width: 15”
Thickness: 3“
Tail Shape: Thumb Tail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: January 2016

This design represents our take on the classic squaretail longboard. We typically don't care much for square tails but this thumbtail is a great compromise.

The goal with this design has been to create a classic looking, but high performance longboard. One of the primary goals was to ensure that the board turned really well and did not exhibit the square turns typically associated with a square tail.

We feel this design meets all of its design criteria. It turns on a dime, paddles really well and is fast and smooth. The modern bottom design further enhances the performance characteristics giving this board really high performance characteristics.

This version is a 9' 1" board but we have also done a lot of 10' versions of this design. They have worked really well providing a great blend between glide and performance.

As with most of our designs these days the wide point on this design is behind the center. We have proven this makes a huge difference in the overall handling of the board. Making it easier to catch waves and a lot easier to turn.

The nose was still kept relatively narrow in order to enhance performance, but they still nose ride really well.

The bottom design is our standard for this type of board, concave through the nose rocker area, single concave through the center of the board, flowing into a deep bowled double barrel concave through the fin area, and finally into a vee out through the tail. This bottom shape has a great balance between power and user friendliness, making the board a lot easier to surf. The bowled concave makes rail to rail transitions really simple and smooth, requiring very little effort, and adding a whole lot of squirt, meaning speed! This bottom has been optimized to work with our quad fin layout as well, the goal being to better direct the water flow to the fins!

The rocker is relatively flat through the nose and relaxed through the center of the board. Then accelerating out the tail.

This design is setup as a quad for the versatility it provides and the speed and holding power. The GEARBOX fin system is used as it is light and strong and is installed under the glass.

Longboards

We build a lot of longboards and have a large range of designs. We cannot feature them all here, but we will attempt to showcase some of the more recent designs.

This highlights one of our more popular longboard designs. We will update this as new ones are created.

6’ 5” Funboard

“The Quadmatic”

Length: 6’ 5”
Nose Width: 15 3/16”
Overall Width: 20 3/4“
Wide Point: 3” Back
Tail Width: 15 1/8”
Thickness: 2 7/8“
Tail Shape: Thumb Tail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: May 2017

This design represents another refinement of the Quadmatic design with this one being at the shorter end of the spectrum. One of the main design refinements with this version was to move to a narrower nose that was also more parabolic in shape. This change further enhances the cockpit of the board making it turn even better, but by reducing the nose fullness the board also has better handling characteristics in the pocket.

The tail was also pinched a little tighter behind the tail measurement point in order to further enhance the quad placement.

The rocker is a little less flipped in the nose than some of the previous designs, with the same flatter rocker through the center of the board to enhance paddling and trim speed, and then progressively more rocker through the tail but with a little more flip in the tail.

The bottom features our standard single, to double bowled concave with vee out through the tail.

Fin setup is a tight quad layout close to the rail to allow the fins to be as small as possible in order to maximize speed and holding power.

Construction is either standard polyurethane/polyester or a V-Lam hybrid with polyurethane foam and polyester, with a bamboo deck patch applied with epoxy, finished in polyester.

Funboards

The fun board or egg category has always been one that is filled with really fun designs that are extremely versatile. We have long focused on this category as it is possible with these board designs to really create boards that are well suited to a wide range of surfers and conditions.

The design highlighted here is one of our Quadmatic designs. These form the backbone of the designs for this category and we have made many variants and sizes.

6’ 9” Shortboard

“The Hyperlink”

Length: 6’ 9”
Nose Width: 11 3/4”
Overall Width: 20 1/2“
Wide Point: 3 1/2” Back
Tail Width: 14 3/4"
Thickness: 2 3/8” to 2 3/4”
Tail Shape: rounded pintail
Fin Layout: quad layout
Bottom Design: single concave - deep bowled double concave - vee
Design Date: June 2014

This design is another shorter version of our Hyperlink design that started from the Stiletto gun design concept. The general idea behind the Hyperlink is to create a board with a very well defined cockpit that features a lot of curve in the outline to enhance the turning abilities of the board. The nose is kept as narrow as possible to keep it out of the way. Tail is kept pinched to enhance the quad layout.

For a board this length it is fairly wide, this was done in order to put more spring in the outline. When viewed with the pulled nose and tail the board looks normal and balanced for its length.

The bottom designs features our standard bottom with a single concave through the center of the board, going into a deep bowled double concave, into a vee out the tail. This type of bottom lends the board a lot of squirt and is a great compliment to the quad layout for the fins as it helps channel water flow to the fins.

Rocker is very strong in the tip area of the nose and then again in the tail, while the rocker through the center of the board is a little flatter to enhance speed and give the board good paddling power.

Fin setup is our standard quad layout close to the rail and slightly further forward than normal.

The construction is either polyurethane/polyester, some versions have also featured our V-Lam bamboo deck patch.

Shortboards

Our shortboard designs have been following some of the trends we have developed in both our guns and longboards. This has been to dramatically move the wide points back on the boards, causing the nose to become more narrowed and the tail to become more curved.

The Hyperlink design featured here is the culmination of this design trend. These boards rock, they are very versatile, can handle a wide range of wave heights and are performance masters!

5’ 7” Fish

“The Classic Fish”

Length: 5’ 7
Nose Width: 15 3/4”
Overall Width: 22 5/8“
Wide Point: 2” Forward
Tail Width: 16”
Thickness: 2 3/4“
Tail Shape: Swallow Tail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design:concave - single channel out through tail
Design Date: May 2016

The fish design has always been about fun and performance and this design focuses on those aspects. It is along the traditional lines but with more curve and the wide point a little further back that normal.

It features a very simple bottom geared towards speed with a single concave running into a single channel through the tail for speed.

There is also more rocker than normal for a fish in order to focus more on the turning ability of the board. Normally fishes are very flat, which makes them fast, but they typically don't turn very well. This design turns on a dime.

Using a quad fin setup as opposed to the typical twin fin or keel fin approach also enhances this boards turning abilities. The fin cluster is tight so that is works a lot more like a twin fin in keeping with the style of these boards.

Fishes

The fish has always held a special place in our collection. We don't do a lot of them except in kneeboards, but we still love making them.

The design featured here is the most recent and follows along the more traditional lines of the fish. Unlike most of our designs the wide point is forward of the center in keeping with the more traditional designs.

11’ 3” SUP Gun

“The Stiletto”

Length: 11’ 3"
Nose Width: 11 1/2”
Overall Width: 29”
Wide Point: 5” Back
Tail Width: 15 1/2”
Thickness: 4 1/4”
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad setup with a 10” channel center box
Bottom Design: single concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: November 2014

This is our most recent SUP design, in this case it is a gun version for Felipé Pomar. This board is built on many of the concepts of our modern guns with the wide point well back and utilization of the width to put some real spring in the outline.

In order to maximize the volume and flotation on the board but without affecting the sensitivity of the rails, it features a bevelled deck rail design. This is comprised of a very flat deck that extends out to within about 4” of the rail, at which point the rail is bevelled down at roughly a 45º angle to a more normal thickness rail. This keeps the rails relatively thin for better performance, while allowing the board to carry the maximum amount of volume. This type of deck also enhances the stability when standing on it for long periods of time.

By utilizing the reduced nose area these boards have far less tendency to wander when being paddled. Part of the reason for this is also due to the fact that the wide point is so much further back, such that the surfer is typically almost standing right on the wide point. As opposed to design with the wide point forward where they are standing well behind it and following it around!

The bottom design for the board is identical to that of our modern guns with a vee through the nose rocker, leading into a strong single concave through center of the board, flowing into a deep bowled double barrel concave, and vee out through the tail.

The rocker is generally identical to that of a typical gun this size, although it is slightly flattened through the center of the board in order to enhance the speed and paddling ability.

It is setup primarily to be ridden as a quad, although it does have a 10” center box that has not been used to date. The quad setup is a lot further forward than on a typical gun this size in order to really help the turning abilities of the board.

This board has turned out to be an excellent performer in a wide range of conditions, while still being a great fitness board for paddling around on flat days. It has been ridden in very large surf and has proven that a wide board need not affect the performance of a gun. It is prompting us to explore making regular paddle guns that are much wider than the norm, stay tuned!

SUP

The whole SUP category is relatively new, and while we have been involved with them since the start we do not do a lot of them. The main reason is the fact that blanks are hard to come by for them and almost always have to be custom EPS blanks.

The featured design is more in keeping with what we like to build in that it represents an SUP gun. It has more pulled ends than your typical SUP and was designed to bee ridden in large waves!



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