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The …Lost Trouble Shooter lives up to its name by getting you in and out of trouble in waves of consequence. This board is a full length step up, so compared to what most of us are used to looking at, it’s longer and narrower with some noticeable differences compared to like step-ups of the past.
• Full length step up
• Flatter entry rocker
• Single concave to 4-channel tail
• Extra tail kicker, especially at channel exit
• Mini Bat/Diamond/Rocket tail
• 5-fin set up
What We Like:
The Trouble Shooter is designed for serious waves with competitive lineups. Yeah you might luck out and score a break like this to yourself, but when you don’t, the Trouble Shooter gives you the extra ammo to actually score a few good waves in heavy conditions.
This board is a “full length step-up” meaning it’s not shortened to allow you to get away with a “shorter board”. Full length translates to a longer rail line and proportionately narrower widths, both the perfect RX for surfing powerful waves with a ton of speed and juice. Full length means for most this will probably be the longest board in your quiver, so size it by volume and make sure you have enough to get into the big ones.
Compared to other boards in this category, the Trouble Shooter has a slightly wider nose, with a lower entry rocker and a bit more foam carried forward. This makes paddling in the crowd easier and also translates to earlier entry into the wave and higher wave count. The tail channels on this board allow for different rockers to be run out the exit of the board, plus add a solid dose of grip, control and drive while warping at Mach 9. There’s a bit more width forward of the fins to allow vertical turns, while the wider tail block (compared to a narrow pintail) keeps the remaining rail line straighter for more drive. All of these tweaks remedy the narrow performance window this style of board was infamous for in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
When you go to the North Shore and look up in the rafters, you see tons of boards that look similar to this, but that are more foiled/rockered out. While looking at them, everyone gets super excited, but most realize a board that rockered/foiled out is out of their wheelhouse. The Trouble Shooter takes this basic design and adds subtle tweaks to bring it to a wider audience, while at the same time giving the pros an advantage when the lineup gets thick.
The …Lost Trouble Shooter is designed to make serious juice more accessible to mere mortals. Think North Shore, Indo, Mexico and Tahiti. 6'2" x 18.75" x 2.38" Vol:29.44L
The "TROUBLE SHOOTER” Is a solid wave board. Designed to take you in and out of dream waves. The board features a narrowish swallow, that still has enough area under the back foot to be surfed vertical, and a significant amount of tail rocker, which is “cut through” with 4-channels running off the tail. The swallow creates a long straightened tail outline which, when combined with the channels, and balanced by the curvy tail rocker, gives an incredible amount of projection and drive, without feeling stiff. The entry rocker is kept modest, for down the line projection and ease of paddling and catching waves in solid line ups. The concaves are kept shallow, which creates a relaxed rail rocker, and also negates volume…allowing the surfer to use more foam, and thus feel secure in crowded shifting and intimidating line ups. This board is recommended for overhead to double overhead waves and comes as a five fin option for those who love the high line, quad fin feeling, in long tubing waves.
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