|7’2” x 23 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
|8’0” x 23 1/2″ x 4”
|9’0” x 24” x 4 1/2″
|9’6” x 24 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
Tuflite construction is a molded fused cell EPS core, wood veneer, high quality E-glass, and Epoxy resin making a strong and light board with optimal flex characteristics with the natural wood fibers and EPS core. The Tuflite utilizes a T-Stringer for added break strength, a lively flex, and power distribution from your front foot to the fin area.
THE FATHER OF THE MODERN LONGBOARD
Steve Walden is recognized throughout the surfing industry as "The Father of the Modern Longboard." There is no doubt that his contributions to the evolution of the original modern longboard have been profound. An accomplished professional surfer, Walden grew up in the heart of the surfing revolution on the beaches of Southern California, shaping personal boards for he and his friends for 40 years.
BIRTH OF THE MAGIC MODEL
1981 found Walden back in Southern California, where his designing took on even more radical changes. In 1983 he worked with Al Merrick at Channel Islands (one of the premier shortboard manufacturers at that time). His development of the longboard continued, and he more highly refined the rails, curve, and hull design for a greater degree of cutting-edge performance. These elements were combined into one primary design, giving birth to his famous "Magic Model." This board went on to become the industry standard for modern longboards.
Walden currently operates a surfboard manufacturing facility in Ventura, California. He continues to actively compete in professional competitive surfing, and in fact holds the longest recorded nose ride in competition history. He attributes this feat to the excellence of his nose-riding design. His most recent industry precedent is a longboard designed specifically for the female surfer.
THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS TO SURFBOARD SELECTION THESE ARE THE POINTS TO CONSIDER
Typically surfboards are measured in inches. The length is measured from the nose to the tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependant on your size (weight, height), board type and waves conditions you wish to use the board for.
The widest point of the surfboard is measured from rail to rail. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance.
Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. The thickness again has a bearing on the board’s performance. Professional surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance.The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer the boards are more stable.
The bottom curve of a surfboard. Generally the more rocker the surfboard has the more loose (manoeuvrable) the surfboard will be. Where the flatter rocker surfboards will be faster, although they will lack the looseness. The nose is the tip of the surfboard, the nose can vary in shapes and size. Basically the thinner the nose the more response the board will perform, while wider noses are better for stabilization.
Used to increase the strength of a surfboard, a stringer (normally made from wood) runs down the length of a surfboards (typically in the centre of the board from the tip of the nose to the tail).
Boards built with Epoxy, Carbon Fibre and soft boards generally don’t have stringers.
Generally heavier surfers require larger fins to hold the waves better. Although if you prefer to ride a looser (less hold in the waves), smaller fins would be a better option.
Fin configurations have an effect on the ways your surfboards perform.
The following are some of the more common fin configurations.
The single fin was the original fin configuration for surfboards. Based on the idea of the sailboat keel. Single fins are added stabilization and control on the powerful, larger waves, although lack manoeuvrability
Are great for small waves, being fast and manoeuvrable, but when put into tight spots on larger waves, they become hard to control. Popular with Fish surfboards.
THRUSTER 3 FIN
Widely recognized as the standard fin configuration, the thruster answers the shortcomings of the single fin and the twin fins configurations.
The thrusters give you stabilization, control and manoeuvrability in all types of surfing conditions.
This concept was the brainchild of Australia’s Simon Anderson
QUADS 4 FINS
With four fins in the water, Quads boasts an extraordinary amount of holding power in larger surf.
You may think that having four fins would sacrifice speed by creating more drag, but this is not the case.
The both sets of fins are working together on the rail, which makers believe they creates less drag than a board with a centre fin.
The manoeuvrability isn’t sacrificed either, with fins directly under your back foot, the quads are very responsive.
Similar setup to the Twin Fin, although smaller (low profile) fins are generally placed wider (closer to the rails) on the surfboard.
Popular with Fish and Egg / Retro surfboards.
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