Length: 5' 7"
Nose Width: 17 3/4"
Overall Width: 22"
Wide Point: 1 1/2" Forward
Tail Width: 18/20"
Thickness: 2 3/4"
Tail Shape: squash swallowtail
Fin Layout: quad
Bottom Design: single concave - deep bowled double concave - vee
Design Date: March 2012
This design represents a radical departure from the norm for a kneeboard, it features our unique squidtail, which is a reverse wing coupled with what can best be described a squash swallowtail.
The most prominent and radical feature of this design is the squidtail, this features a reverse wing that is shaped out of the rail on the deck and bevelled up 20º on the bottom, this wing is designed to only become engaged when the board is on it's rail. On the bottom the transition from the bevelled rail to the rest of the bottom is through a hard chine. This keeps the rail out of action till the board is on an edge, helping to keep the speed up by reducing drag.
Once the board is on the rail the reverse wing acts like a fin on the rail helping to direct the board through the turn. The bottom is heavily rockered in order to have a good curve through the wing. The wing is shaped out on the deck such that it is fairly thin near the front and gradually tapering away to nothing at the tail. The leading edge is fairly blunt with a hard down edge on the bottom for drive and release.
The construction on this one was epoxy on polyurethane with bamboo veneers on the bottom and in the hollowed deck cockpit.
Rocker is very strong in the tip area of the nose and then again in the tail. Bottom design features a flat nose flowing into a strong single concave, then into a very deep bowled double concave, through to a string vee out through the tail area.
Fin setup is a quad that is placed about an inch further forward than would be normal for a board this length, the fins are also slightly further inboard than our normal quad placement.
This board has turned out to be a real eye opener in terms of the performance, most people when they first look at it think that it is going to be hard to turn because of the wide tail. But reality has proven that this board turns exceptionally easy and is unbelievably fast. It never loses speed through turns always maintaining it's speed. When watching the board in the water it is very interesting to observe how the water is always flowing straight back off the bottom of the board with no junk water coming out the sides, everything is always flowing off the board!
We started out with this design as an experiment just to see if this tail would even work, it has been a complete success, and is now being incorporated into other designs all the way up to longboards.
Sure it looks very different, but it works!