We’ve been receiving tons of new 2011 Surfboards and Standup Paddleboards from all the best shapers. It’s been a BLAST unwrapping so many new sticks! From 5’6 up to 12’1, performance shortboards, to classic logs, and everything in between, nothing gets your stoke flowing more that checking out new boards at the beginning of the season!!!
Here’s a short list of the new boards we received this week.
Simon Anderson DK - Ultraflex
This is a small to medium wave, high performance shortboard with a wider swallow tail design. Simon Anderson invented the thruster design and has a huge following worldwide. The DKP is designed as a quad for increased speed and power. The Simon Anderson DKP built in Ultraflex construction means this board is built to take the abuse, plus deliver a very high level of performance with a responsive flex pattern that allows you to really load up the board in the turns. The DKP is Simon’s high performance weapon for average conditions. This means you can surf it every day! Available 5’10, 5’11 and 6’0.
Stretch Rat Skate – Polyester
Flatter entry rocker, wider nose, bump wing tail thruster. Sound familiar? The Stretch Rat Skate created an entirely new category of high performance shortboards and still leads the way in small to medium wave surfing. This board can be surfed a few inches shorter than your standard high performance shortboard (not as short as a Stretch Pug) due to the wider nose and mid widths and generous tail dimensions. The larger sizes are incredible bigger guy or winter boards when you’re suited up to the gills in neoprene. Now available in polyester construction, so you save about $200! Sizes 5’8, 5'11, 6’2, 6’6, 6’10, 7’2
Stretch F4 Roundtail - Ultraflex
Think about how many Stretch boards you’ve seen in massive caverns during the past 6 months? Stretch builds boards for the best surfers in the world and his Fletcher 4 (F4) design is one of the most coveted designs to come out of his shaping room. Nathan Fletcher, Bruce Irons and Jamie O’Brien all have F4’s in their quiver,..enough said. The Stretch F4 Roundtail widens the “sweet spot” on the board allowing you to surf the board forward or off the tail. This board has a massive range of use from waist high to WELL overhead (maybe even overhouse?) This may be the ultimate one board performance quiver. Ultraflex construction means this board is built to take the abuse, plus deliver a very high level of performance with a responsive flex pattern that allows you to really load up the board in the turns. Available 5’10, 6’0, 6’2, 6’4.
Stretch Thing – Polyester
The Stretch Thing is a compact (shorter) version of the popular Stretch F4 design. Due to their short lengths, Things can be surfed super tight in the pocket. Wider, flatter nose templates make catching waves or surfing fat ones a lot easier than you think on a board this small. The Stretch Things in PU/Poly have dimensions tweaked towards the small to medium wave size. This means slightly wider and thicker overall. The wide nose and tail keep the outline fairly straight, even at the wider widths, which keeps the board under control at higher speeds. This means your 5’6 will still hold in when it shouldn’t, which is a nice THING when the sneaker set of the day comes in! Stretch strategically took all the length out the Thing, so you can surf this board a lot shorter than you think. 3+2 fin set up allows for tri or quad set up. PU/Polyester construction provides a familiar feel and high performance. Available 5’4, 5’6.
Rusty Big Cat – Tuflite
Following in the footsteps of the hugely popular Rusty Desert Island, Moby Fish and Catfish, is the new Rusty Big Cat, now available in Tuflite construction. The Big Cat is similar to the Rusty Desert Island, which has a worldwide cult following, except the Big Cat is tuned to be a better performer in small to medium every day conditions. Rusty accomplished this through a wider, flatter nose as well as a wider swallowtail design with double concave bottom shape. This board is perfect for larger surfers looking for every day shortboard performance, or for any size, less experienced surfers looking to skip longboards all-together. If you surf larger longboards most of the time and want a good “step up” board for the when the good swells hit, the Big Cat will also fit that hole in your quiver with a nice level of performance while maintaining your wave count. Tuflite construction insures maximum durability and performance with minimal maintenance. Available 7’0, 7’6, 8’0
Xanadu Gipos - Ultraflex
The “Hybrid” category of shortboards has exploded over the last two seasons. These wider, shorter designs have really opened up small to medium wave performance surfing and allowed everyone to drop length while increasing wave count. Xanadu was one of the pioneers of this category over 5 years ago with the super popular Xanadu Rocky Model. The new Xanadu Gipos blazes trails again and leads the way into 2011 with curvy wide outline and thin profile. Most boards in this category catch waves super easily but are difficult to surf at higher speeds. The Gipos has a wide outline and flatter entry rocker to increase wave count, but then pulls in at the tail and has a fairly thin profile throughout to keep the board in the water while pulling the hardest G-force turns. A great board for 1-6ft surf, Ultraflex construction guarantees years of performance and durability. Available 5’6 up to 6’8.
Stretch Pug - Polyester
New to the Stretch lineup mid way through 2010, the hybrid shaped Stretch Pug quickly became one of our best selling shortboards. Everyone who got this board came back with rave reviews saying it replaced almost every board in their quivers. Why? You can ride this board 4-6” shorter than your standard shortboard, catch more waves, surf better in small waves and surf just as good or better in bigger surf. The moderate width “bullet” nose has a flatter entry rocker underneath for easy paddling and gliding across flat section. These boards have super clean lines and shy away from “extreme” in any dimension, which is what gives them the wide range of use. New for 2011, this board is now available in PU/Poly construction giving you that familiar feel and performance, and saving you $200+ compared to Stretch’s industry leading EPS Tech Epoxy construction. The PU/Poly Pugs feature a 3+2 fin set up so you can run them tri or quad. Stretch Pugs (PU/Poly) are available 5’8, 5’10 and 6’0.
Takayama Scorpion – Tuflite
This Scorpion is another Donald Takayama shape we can’t keep on the racks. Every time they land here, they evaporate. This is a cool little disc with a longboard nose married to a sweet looking Takayama pintail. Pulling performance characteristics from almost every board category, the Scorpion has incredible range of use (even during one ride) without suffering from the “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” syndrome. We’ve seen REAL team rider Zack Johnson get barreled then hang five, then get barreled and hang five AGAIN, all on the same wave with this board! Zack sizes down from a 9’6 Takayama In the Pink to a 6’8 Takayama Scorpion and thinks that is a perfect step down. The Scorpion has a longboard single fin box, plus 4 additional FCS rail boxes, so you can surf it single fin, 2+1, tri or quad. Tuflite construction insures maximum durability and performance with minimal maintenance. Available 5’10, 6’4, 6’8, 7’0, 7’4, 8'6**
**The Scorpion 8'6 pulls its lines from the Takayama In the Pink Series with a 2+1 fin set up based on a squash tail design.
Robert August What I Ride – Polyester, Tuflite and Classic Wood
The Robert August “What I Ride” is the board that Robert August uses himself around the world during his surf travels. This board can do it all from powerful carving 360’s off the tail to vintage Endless Summer noserides. The What I Ride features a moderate width nose with a nose concave underneath for extra lift while noseriding. A crisp, clean release off the tail with a 2+1 fin set up (*10' Single Fin) give the WIR more speed than many noseriders which means you can stay on the same board as the surf picks up. These boards tend to have a bit more “power” underfoot than the length would indicate, so if you’re torn between two sizes, it’s safe to size down and still have enough flotation and speed in smaller surf. Available in three constructions : Polyester for the tried and true classic feel, really nice airbrushes on these. Tuflite for maximum durability and minimal maintenance. If you like your longboards to be lighter for better turns (or ease of transport) Tuflite is the call. The classic wood features Tuflite construction inside with a layer of wood veneer wrapped top and bottom, plus solid wood nose and tailblocks. Beautiful, durable and a solid weighted feel for nice glide! Available 8’4, 9’0, 9’6 and 10’.
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 8'4" POLY
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 8'4" TUFLITE
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 8'4" WOOD
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE CUSTOM CLASSIC 9'0" *AUTOGRAPHED*
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'0 POLY
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'0 TUFLITE
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'0" WOOD
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'6" POLY
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'6" TUFLITE
ROBERT AUGUST WHAT I RIDE 9'6" WOOD
Robert August Saber – Tuflite
The Robert August Saber 9’0 is a high performance longboard with the ability to generate incredible speeds and powerful carves. This board has a pulled in diamond tail with a crisp release for the back half of the board lending itself to off the tail surfing, higher speeds and the ability to surf larger waves. If you want to get into the wave early, pump down the line, throw the occasional noseride and rack up maximum wave count, then the Saber is a board to have in your quiver. If you normally ride a 9’6 or 10’ noserider and want a longboard for more powerful surf, the Saber is also a good call. 2+1 fin set up, plus Tuflite construction to guarantee seasons of warp nine turns!
Robert August Wingnut Noserider – Polyester
This is the board that Wingnut rides most of the time and uses for his all around travel board. Wingnut doesn’t surf a super wide nose but it doesn’t seem to keep his toes from being wrapped around it most of the time. This sleeker nose will also make getting out through the surf easier and late drops a little less sketchy. The square tail design will add a bit of extra power in smaller surf and also help keep the tail down when your up front racking tip time. 2+1 fin set up allows you to tailor the performance to the conditions. PU/Polyester construction provides a familiar feel with a classic weighted glide! Available 9’4.
Takayama DT2 - Tuflite
From the shaping room of Donald Takayama, one of the most coveted longboard shapers of all time, comes the DT2. The DT2 blends both high performance and classic style longboarding almost seamlessly. Surf it off the tail or wrap 10 on the nose, the DT2 will shine in either trim. This board has a nice rounded pintail design with a slightly pulled nose (compared to the wider In the Pink nose). 2+1 fin set up allows you to run the board as a single fin for extended noserides or as a 2+1 for power surfing. This is Donald’s best longboard for all around use, from small waves to big, tail riding to nose riding. It also is a great board to compliment a dedicated noserider since the DT2 will be faster and more maneuverable. Tuflite construction for maximum durability and minimal maintenance. Available 9’2 and 10’2.
Takayama In the Pink – Tuflite and Classic Wood
The Takayama In the Pink is the #1 selling longboard in the world. The “ITP” is a 70/30 blend of noseriding to high performance longboard surfing. This board effortlessly slides into the wave and almost supports you like a pizza waiter when cross stepping your way to the nose. Go to any popular longboard break and you will see more In the Pinks than any other board on the water. There’s a reason why. From pros to first time noseriders, this board allows you to surf better and have more fun. While the ITP has a wide and well-marked nose area (get “In the Pink” or it doesn’t count!), it can also be surfed off the tail when you want to fit in some nice turns. If your local wave is hollow, the ITP may not be the best choice since the wider nose and flatter rocker may hang up a bit. (DT2 would be a better choice for this). The In the Pink is available in Tuflite construction for maximum durability and performance, or Classic Wood for a more weighted feel with maximum glide. The Classic Wood construction is basically a Tuflite ITP wrapped in wood veneer top and bottom with solid wood nose and tailblocks. Beautiful, durable and functional! Available 9’0, 9’3 and 9’6.
Gerry Lopez Big Darling – Tuflite
The Gerry Lopez Big Darling is a new SUP shape catered to the all around market with an critical eye on performance surfing. This board has the width and volume for great stability, plus the performance characteristics to not disappoint in the waves. This popular SUP category has some great boards in it, but we think the Lopez Big Darling will be a leader for 2011 due to Gerry’s history of making great waveboards. Tuflite construction guarantees years of performance and durability. Available 10’6 and 11’2.
The Stretch SUPS feature a unique (and industry leading) carbon texalium construction. These boards are, BY FAR, the most durable on the market. Less dings, no paddle skuffs or chips. Even after a year of solid riding, they will still look great. Stretch has a keen eye for making boards that RIP in the waves. The 4+1 Design is shorter and more compact for high performance waveriding. The 2+1 Diamondtail has some forward belly in the bottom shape for increased glide on smaller longboard waves or when flatwater paddling. Available 9’4 (4+1), 10’2 (2+1).
Laird Pearson Arrow – Tuflite and Classic Wood
The Laird Pearson Arrow is designed by Laird Hamilton and Bob Pearson of Pearson Arrow Surfboards in Santa Cruz California. This high performance, all around shape works equally well flat water paddling, surfing off the tail or on the nose. New 12’1 size for 2011 adds to this already-proven popular design series. Tuflite construction guarantees years of performance and durability. Classic Wood combines the strength of Tuflite with the beauty of wood veneer and solid wood nose and tailblocks. Available in 10’6, 11’ and 12’1.
Robert August What I Paddle – Tuflite
Just like the popular “What I Ride” surfboard series, the “What I Paddle” is based on the SUP that Robert uses for his own standup sessions. This board features a wide and stable outline for easy paddling in a wide range of conditions. From flatwater to small waves, to downwinders, or SUP fishing, the “What I Paddle” is a true classic SUP. Available 11’6.
Robert August Wingnut – Tuflite
This is the SUP that Robert “Wingnut” Weaver uses when cruising the pointbreaks of Santa Cruz and Mexico. This board is a great longboard style performer on the wave and double duties as an excellent flat water paddler when the surf is down. The flatter rocker makes this board a superb glider on smaller, softer waves when many other SUPS still haven’t hit their performance speeds. Noseriding comes naturally on this board thanks to Wingnut’s input throughout the design process. Tuflite construction guarantees years of performance and durability. Available 11’.
Takayama Ali – Tuflite and Classic Wood
The Takayama Ali 11’ and 11’6 SUPS are the best longboard style surfing and noseriding standup paddleboards on the market. These boards feel just like a classic Takayama longboard when you’re riding a wave. They also excel as flat water paddlers due to their sleek, flawless lines. Donald Takayama shapes these boards with less width and thickness per length so they feel nimble and alive on the wave and are easy to turn rail to rail. With this shaping theory in mind, you will notice that you’ll ride this board about 6” longer than other designs in order to get the same flotation, but it will never feel long. Tuflite construction guarantees years of performance and durability. Classic Wood combines the strength of Tuflite with the beauty of wood veneer and solid wood nose and tailblocks. Available 11’, 11’6.