Stu­art

XF-RAP - 5’7 X 19 3/8 X 2 3/8 – 26.2L

Tracks - - Contents - See footage of the XF - RAP at tracks­mag.com

Shaper’s com­ments

The XF-RAP fits beau­ti­fully be­tween our Ben­der-X and the Ben­der Mini Gun while re­tain­ing those es­sen­tial de­sign fea­tures with the same nose area, rail de­sign and rock­ers. The main dif­fer­ence is the tail area where we have taken away the hip from the Ben­der-X and re­duced the tail area across the fins. The changes add up to a de­sign that still has that small wave “pop” and ac­cel­er­a­tion, but al­lows the surfer to do more ag­gres­sive rail work and surf big­ger waves, with­out hav­ing to ever hold back. Wave range is 1-6 feet, with this de­sign mak­ing it a su­per all-rounder. To add that ex­tra bit of pop and drive, we made this board in the XF-RAP, a stringer-less ver­sion in PU, to show­case an al­ter­na­tive, lo­cally made prod­uct and cel­e­brate a proud Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.

First Im­pres­sions

This looks so tech. It’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to the see the flex of this thing. I haven’t seen that much car­bon wrap ever and it re­minds me of when my friend shaved a red­back into his un­der­cut [laughs]. It looks like a pretty amaz­ing set up. I think this could go good in lots of dif­fer­ent waves. It’s got heaps of nose rocker and it could be a good tube board. It’s nice and wide too and I think it will go fast. It looks pretty well rounded.

Tester’s com­ments

I was pretty in­ter­ested to see how all that tech trans­lated onto a wave. It was quite a heavy board but for a heavy board in lit­tle waves it was re­ally fast and had a lot of pop. It was a lit­tle less whippy through turns, but ev­ery other as­pect of it felt re­ally good. I didn’t get to surf it in big­ger waves, but I feel like it would re­ally ex­cel in the tube. When you gave it a lit­tle bit of push it re­ally got go­ing down the line. It’s got a lot of rocker, es­pe­cially in the nose and I think it would be a to­tal tube pig and per­fect for places like Burleigh. Over­all it felt re­ally well pro­por­tioned for its size and was a cool look­ing board that was func­tional as well.

Wade puts the Stu­art through a tidy ro­ta­tion.

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