Length: 9' 1”
Nose Width: 10 1/2“
Overall Width: 23 1/4”
Wide Point: 6” Back
Tail Width: 14 1/4"
Thickness: 3” - 3 3/4”
Tail Shape: Rounded Pintail
Fin Layout: Quad
Fin System: GEARBOX 2
Bottom Design: strong concave - bowled double-concave - vee
Design Date: December 2014
This is a new design for what we like to 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 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 14 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.
We wanted the width in the board because we do not want to give up paddling power, a gun needs to be able to paddle really well as you have a much better chance of success if you can get into the waves early. This gives us a much wider range of possibilities in the design, for the person looking for a more sensitive design we can keep the thickness down to give thinner rails, without losing paddling power. For the person looking for extreme paddling power we can really bump the thickness up without radically affecting the performance. The board in the photo on the header to this page is just slightly under 3 3/4” thick, but you would never know it when surfing it or handling it!
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!
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. 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!
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!