Vernor is a surfboard shaper known for using the highest quality materials and making boards that last. To make the Vernor Kitesurf he started with a Marko Foam EPS blank, accessorized it with five fins and foot strap inserts, and decked it out with carbon reinforcements to make it kitesurf strong with out being heavy.
REAL Co-Founder Matt Nuzzo testing the Vernor Kitesurf Board on Cape Hatteras
We started with Vernor's most popular shortboard shape called the Chef and tuned it up for kitesurfing. We tuned the thickness, tail and rails to be thinner, made the board narrower and reinforced it. The net result is that you have a high performance surfboard that you can kitesurf.
What we like:
This board is right at home in the pocket. Steep waves to small and open faced waves, the Vernor Kitesurf loves to be on rail. It rolls from rail to rail easily and the harder you push on the rail, the more the board grips. On bottom turns the Vernor feels smooth and connected to the wave face even when there is some chop. Off the top, the fins will release if you put your foot on the tail block or grip hard if your foot is on the middle part of the pad. The thin rails, tail and center of this board make it have virtually no bounce while on the wave face with a smooth arcing turning radius.
Despite looking like a typical shortboard, the Vernor has a couple of really unique design features that make it excel for kitesurfing. The nose of the board has a little extra volume. We noticed it when we ran our hands from the nose to the mid section. The foam up in the nose keeps the board from pearling on late drops or steep sections by adding a touch of extra volume.
The bottom shape runs from a subtle single concave in the center of the board to a V off the super thin tail. This combo gives you speed and tracking for upwind performance and an easy rail release when you push hard off the top. Most other surf style boards have a much deeper concave that makes boards feel sticky transitioning rail-to-rail. The main reason we decided to make these customs with Vernor is that you can tone down design features you don't want and tune up what you need. The net result is one of the finest kitesurf boards on the market.
The Vernor Kitesurf has five fin boxes to give you some variety. We liked using it as a tri with medium fins. The Roberts Generation
and AM1 Blackstix
were our favorite. When riding it tri, we put the box fillers in the quad boxes. This increased the board speed quite a bit.
Matt Nuzzo, more testing in Puerto Rico
To get maximum turning performance, put your foot all the way back on the tail block of your pad. There is a winged bump on the tail shape. With your foot all the way back on the pad, the board pivots off that bump and has a really positive and responsive turn.
Matt Nuzzo, putting the Vernor Kitesurf through the paces
This is a surfboard that has been tuned for kiting. That means that it is meant to be ridden on waves and it works really well on small to big waves. What you give up for on wave performance is upwind ability and overall board speed. Kitesurf boards either ride fast and straight or turn well. This board rides comfortably in all conditions and goes upwind quite well for a dedicated kitesurf board. If you want something that is more flat water and straight line oriented, then the Slingshot Celeritas
or Tomo Vanguard
is the call.
Why you want the Vernor Kitesurf:
You want the Vernor Kitesurf if you kitesurf in the waves, you are tired of pearling your chop nose kitesurf board, all the production kitesurf boards are too stiff and heavy, and you want to just go out and rip turns in the surf. There is very little bounce in this boards ride due to the tuned up design and the shape makes you feel like you are kitesurfing your favorite shortboard. The Vernor kitesurf works just as well strapped as strapless too.