Firstly, the design. He wanted a board with plenty of volume for paddling and catching waves, and was keen to go shorter than his current 6’7 and at the same time, he wanted to increase maneuverability to take his surfing to the next level. We started by looking at our two fish shapes, the 6’4 Woodburner and the 5’10 Fetch, but neither seemed to quite fit the brief, so we started thinking about what kind of board it was that Luca really wanted.
Having recently made a board with Alan Stokes, that was all about fun, adaptability and performance, we thought that looking into the world of hybrids would be a good starting point. Most of our designs come from fairly classic, tried and tested shapes, but all of us in the workshop began to get really excited by the thought of a board that starts to push our performance boundaries. Keeping the volume up, we’d be able to ensure good paddling speed and easy wave catching abilities. Rounding out the template a little more than our fish shapes would help increase the maneuverability of the board and keeping the rocker line a little more progressive would keep the board well balanced. Then with the rails slightly more pinched, we’d make sure the board was easier to control at speed when it was going through turns.