Length: 5’ 10”
Nose Width: 12 1/4"
Overall Width: 19"
Wide Point: 2" Back
Tail Width: 14 3/4" / 16 3/8"
Thickness: 2 3/16"
Tail Shape: squash swallowtail
Fin Layout: five fin layout
Bottom Design: single concave - deep bowled double concave - vee
Design Date: April 2013
This design takes our Squidtail kneeboard design and applies it to a shortboard.
Overall the whole board is a lot narrower than the kneeboard version, it is built around a basic slightly wider shortboard with the addition of the squidtail. The general outline has a little more curve than the typical shortboard in order to enhance the turning characteristics.
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.
On this design the reverse wing is a little narrower than what is featured on our kneeboards, and the tail is much more pinched at the tip. Also on this particular design the throat of the fish is a lot shallower as the board was setup as a five fin design. This board was also a similar thickness to a regular shortboard this size.
The construction on this version was strictly polyurethane/polyester.
Rocker is very strong in the tip area of the nose and then again in the tail, with it generally carrying a little more rocker through the nose area. 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 five placed in the normal position for a quad this size, the front fin is placed relative to the leading edge of the reverse wing so that the two can work together, the fins are also slightly further inboard than our normal quad placement.
This board has been surfed all over the Gold Coast and Byron Bay area of Australia and has turned out to be an exceptional performer, with a huge turn of speed and great turning ability!