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

This is a small subset of the collection of guns we have built over recent years. These board range in length from 9-1 through to 11-8, in foam and balsa.

Hanalei Spear 11-3 Gun Deck

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.

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9’ 7” Modern Gun - “The Pulsar”

Length: 9’ 7”
Nose Width: 10 1/4”
Overall Width: 23“
Wide Point: 6” Back
Tail Width: 13 3/4”
Thickness: 3 1/8” - 4“
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: November 2014

This new design builds on our earlier concepts for a modern gun that were tested and perfected with the Stiletto design!

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. 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.

Looking at the template for this board it still looks like it has a very narrow tail, this is not the case as it has a 13 3/4” 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.

This design is a scaled down version of the 10’ 5” version also featured on this page, the owner wanted a step down board from that design but still with the same concepts.

In order to maximize the flotation in this board the board was shaped out of a much larger blank so the thickness could be maximized. The deck was then kept dead flat with the rails bevelled down at roughly a 45º angle. This allowed the volume to be maintained in the board, but the rails were still kept relative thin compared to the typical board this thick. This design concept is present in all three versions of the Pulsar design to date.

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 slightly different in that the deck utilizes a combination of a bevelled deck edge, to maximize thickness and strength, and bamboo veneer to strengthen and stiffen the board. The deck bevels keep the working surface of the deck very flat making for a more responsive and positive feel when riding the board!

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.

We feel this style of gun creates a much more user friendly board that is easy to surf and is capable of handling a wide range of conditions, without sacrificing any performance or fun characteristics!
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10’ 5” Modern Gun - “The Pulsar”

Length: 10’ 5”
Nose Width: 10”
Overall Width: 23 1/4“
Wide Point: 6” Back
Tail Width: 13 1/8”
Thickness: 3 1/4” - 4“
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: September 2014

This new design the earlier Stiletto design, shown below, and takes it to another level by moving the wide point even further back! It is also slightly wider, but with a narrower nose and slightly wider tail.

The intent behind all of these changes was to further enhance the turning ability of the board and also to improve the wave catching characteristics. After shaping the board it has proven to be a fairly significant improvement not he Stiletto version.

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.

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.

In order to maximize the flotation in this board the deck was kept dead flat with the rails bevelled down at roughly a 45º angle. This allowed the volume to be maintained in the board, but the rails were still kept relative thin compared to the typical board this thick. This design concept is present in all three versions of the Pulsar design to date.

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 slightly different in that the deck utilizes a combination of a bevelled deck edge, to maximize thickness and strength, and bamboo veneer to strengthen and stiffen the board. The deck bevels keep the working surface of the deck very flat making for a more responsive and positive feel when riding the board!

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.

If you compare all of the Pulsar templates it is plain to see that they are all part of the same family as it can be quite hard to tell just what length they are as they all look the same, this is a good thing!
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10’ 5” Modern Gun - “The Stiletto”

Length: 10’ 5”
Nose Width: 10 1/2”
Overall Width: 23 1/4“
Wide Point: 3” Back
Tail Width: 13”
Thickness: 3 1/8” - 4“
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: November 2013

This is design takes the shorter version and stretches it out, while still keeping all of the new design attributes!

The wide point is still back of the middle and the width has grown a fair bit for a gun. Yet looking at the template the board still looks very sleek and gun-like!

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.

This board had a very unusual deck design as the owner of the board really wanted to maximize the floatation in the board, so it features deck rail line that can best be described as a stepped rail. The deck is almost completely flat out to about 3 1/2” from the rail, then if is allowed out to allow the rail to still be thin and sensitive but without giving up buoyancy. This design ended up working very well and it is something we have pushed in later versions of this design, with some modifications

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.

Most gun blanks will not allow a shape like this, so we add a foam T-band to gain an additional 2" to the width of the blank.

This design is setup as a quad for the versatility it provides and the speed and holding power.

We feel this style of gun creates a much more user friendly board that is easy to surf and is capable of handling a wide range of conditions, without sacrificing any performance or fun characteristics!

At the end of the day we end up with a board that still has a beautiful flowing outline and looks every bit like a gun, but is a little more maneuverable for a board of this size. The first version of this board has worked very well an dis being surfed in some very large waves, both in Hawaii and Peru!
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9’ 3” Modern Gun - “The Stiletto”

Length: 9' 3”
Nose Width: 11”
Overall Width: 22 3/4“
Wide Point: 2" Back
Tail Width: 13 1/4”
Thickness: 2 7/8” - 3 1/2“
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: August 2013

This design was the first of what we call a “modern gun”!

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 years. Firstly, we have slowly been moving the wide point further back until with this design we have ended up with the wide point 2” back of center. 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.

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 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.

Most gun blanks will not allow a shape like this, so we add a foam T-band to gain an additional 2" to the width of the blank.

This design is setup as a quad for the versatility it provides and the speed and holding power.

We feel this style of gun creates a much more user friendly board that is easy to surf and is capable of handling a wide range of conditions, without sacrificing any performance or fun characteristics!

At the end of the day we end up with a board that still has a beautiful flowing outline and looks every bit like a gun, but will be more fun to surf in a wide range of conditions!
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9’ 1” Gun - “The Pinliner”

Length: 9' 1"
Nose Width: 12 1/4"
Overall Width: 22"
Wide Point: 2" Forward
Tail Width: 12 3/4"
Thickness: 3 1/4"
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: January 2011

This design is a based on our time tested Streamliner design, for this version the design was made narrower than previous versions. Some of these changes were made to tailor the board a little more to the surf on the North Shore of Oahu, particularly Sunset Beach.

The bottom design features a flat nose running into a single concave, then into a very strong bowled double concave, into vee through the tail. Rocker features a strong nose kick, then into a flatter curve through the middle of the board to enhance paddling power, increased rocker through the tail!

As with all of the Streamliner designs this board is setup as a quad for increased speed and performance on the face of the wave.

Construction is a hybrid with polyurethane foam and polyester, with a bamboo deck patch applied with epoxy, finished in polyester.

We have made a lot of boards from this design and they are being ridden in a wide variety of conditions, Hanalei Bay, Sunset Beach, Ocean Beach, etc., really polished all around performer that represents what happens when a design is continuously refined and tested!

Because this version is narrower than previous Streamliner designs we opted to give it a new name - "The Pinliner"
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9’ 5” Gun - “The Streamliner”

Length: 9' 5"
Nose Width: 12"
Overall Width: 22 1/4"
Wide Point: 2 1/2" Forward
Tail Width: 12 7/8"
Thickness: 3 1/2"
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: September 2010

This design is derived from our time tested Streamliner design that we have been building on for a few seasons. For this version the design was made narrower and a little longer than previous versions as this board was made for Sunset Beach. It is also a little thicker in order to deliver more paddling power.

The bottom design features a flat nose running into a single concave, then into a very strong bowled double concave, into vee through the tail. Rocker features a strong nose kick, then into a flatter curve through the middle of the board to enhance paddling power, increased rocker through the tail!

As with all of the Streamliner designs this board is setup as a quad for increased speed and performance on the face of the wave.

Construction is a hybrid with polyurethane foam and polyester, with a bamboo deck patch applied with epoxy, finished in polyester.

This design has proven to be an outstanding performer in big Sunset Beach and the North Shore in general, very solid with incredible speed and great maneuverability!
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9’ 5” Classic Gun - “The Universal Souldier”

Length: 9' 5"
Nose Width: 14"
Overall Width: 22 1/2"
Wide Point: 4" Forward
Tail Width: 13"
Thickness: 3 3/8"
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Single Fin Glass-on
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: September 2010

This design was for a customer who was looking for a more traditional style gun outline with a glassed on single fin. While the outline is a little more traditional this board still features a very modern bottom.

The combination of the traditional outline and the single fin coupled with our standard single concave to bowled double concave and a strong vee out through the tail has proven to be very effective. This board is a very high performance board that easily catches waves and is very smooth and easy to handle.

The outline is fuller in the nose than a typical modern gun making the board more like a hybrid gun/longboard.

The rocker is a little lower in the nose than a modern gun, but there is still plenty of nose lift, flatter through the mid-section for speed and good paddling performance, and then slightly accelerated rocker through the tail to loosen the board up in the juicier waves.

It features a 9" glassed on fin from our GS series of gun fins.
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11’ 8” Hollow Balsa Gun - “The Hanalei Spear”

Length: 11' 8"
Nose Width: 10"
Overall Width: 22 3/4"
Wide Point: 3" Forward
Tail Width: 10"
Thickness: 3 1/2"
Tail Shape: Pintail
Fin Layout: Glass-on Single Fin
Bottom Design: Slight Single concave to V-tail
Design Date: May 2009

This design represents the latest in a design progression for a serious elephant gun for Felipé Pomar. This board is designed to paddle into the largest waves that could be paddled into at Hanalei Bay. Every year we do a new design based on refinements and feedback from the previous years board.

The bottom design features a flat nose running into a slight single concave, then into a fairly strong V through the tail. Rocker features a strong flat nose kick, then into a flatter curve through the middle of the board to enhance paddling power, slightly increased tail rocker!

Construction is hollow balsa with solid parabolic rails, laminated with a single 4-oz cloth on each side using epoxy resin.

This board has seen a lot of testing in huge waves out at Hanalei Bay and is still being ridden after all these years, only pulled out when it is really big! This board is paddled into some of the biggest waves that can be ridden without a jet ski, so definitely an elephant gun!


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