Clear­wa­ter

VOLTRON - 5’8 X 18 5/8 X 2 ¼ - 25.3L

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Shaper’s com­ments

This is a fast, loose, small wave board. The flat­ter rocker with a deep sin­gle to dou­ble con­cave gives it speed and eas­ier wave catch­ing abil­ity. The fly­ers and short­ness of the board keeps it loose. It has a wider out­line through the board so it holds a bit more vol­ume, which is great for smaller waves.

First Im­pres­sions

This has got an amaz­ing weight to it and a tail that I’m re­ally keen to try again. I rode a fair few boards with this rocket-tail and at the mo­ment I’m rid­ing boards with dou­ble fly­ers so this board looks re­ally cool. I think it’s go­ing to be fast for sure.

Tester’s com­ments

As soon as I saw the out­line I thought the Clear­wa­ter would be fun in any­thing from ab­so­lute crap to nice lit­tle point waves. It was su­per quick off the mark and I didn’t have to work hard to go fast and all in all it was pretty fun in the small con­di­tions I surfed it in. It has a bit more of a rolled rail, which is a bit dif­fer­ent, as I usu­ally ride a real boxy rail. I find with shapes like this, which fea­ture in­ter­est­ing things in the tail, like fly­ers, you can put big­ger fins in and that speed you de­rive off the mark will trans­late into feel­ing amaz­ing in 3-4 foot point breaks. The drive you can get off a big set of fins in a board like this is su­per fun. I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant one to have a shape like this in your quiver be­cause it’s pretty di­verse. It’s a happy medium be­tween a fish and a high per­for­mance short­board.

Pho­tos: Bug­den

Wade and the Clear­wa­ter bonded from the mo­ment he laid eyes on the out­line.

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