The Modern Surfboards Blackbird PU model continues to be the preferred choice for surfers around the world looking for a fun, reliable surfboard that not only looks great, but performs to the highest of standards.
OUTLINE: Classified as a fun shape, the outline is full and generous from nose to tail providing maximum stability on small to medium size waves. The rounded nose keeps the area up front and allows the rider to comfortably shift their weight forward when trimming along a wave. The slight taper through the tail lets you manoeuvre the board with ease.
CONTOURS: Low-to-moderate rocker makes this board paddle onto waves really well, accelerate from the take off with minimal effort, and make flowing turns on the face of the wave. Vee-to-double concave bottom offers easy rail-to-rail transitions, while adding speed and response when driving off the tail.
FOIL: Designed with plenty of volume in the nose and tail, and out towards the rails, providing added stability and making this board simple to ride, regardless of your skill level.
FINS: All Blackbirds have FCS II plugs making it easy to insert, change and remove you fins in seconds. The 7’0 and 7’6 models are set up as a thruster to really maximize maneuverability, the larger sizes; 8’0 and 9’1 come with a single box fin setup plus two side plugs for a more controlled feel.
AESTHETIC: Updated with new colours across the range. Traditional resin tints, rail laps, and gloss finish not only look striking but also guarantees that each board has its own unique appearance.
The Blackbird has a bigger “sweet spot” compared to other funboards on the market. This is a reliable, slick looking PU board that will remain in your quiver for years.
||Approx Weight Range
||FCSII Performer (supplied)
||80kg / 176lb or less
||FCSII Performer (supplied)
||85kg / 187lb
The Modern brand welcomes all surfers and encourages participation and fun. To put it simply, We Love Surfing®. Each model in the Modern range represents a different way to surf, and focuses on novice-to-intermediate surfers wanting an affordable board that’ll not only progress their skills, but maximise their stoke time.
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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