ALLWATER GLASS RIP­PER

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7’10” X 28.5” X 4.4”(109.3 LITE RS) $1,500 ALL WATER. COM OUR TAKE:

Allwater is the bou­tique cus­tom SUP brand cre­ated by FCS Fins co-founder Tyler Call­away. A life­long surfer, Call­away has been in­te­gral to the de­vel­op­ment of the surf and standup pad­dle in­dus­tries. When in­juries side­lined his surf ca­reer he took up SUP, which al­lowed him to ride waves with­out ag­gra­vat­ing his in­juries. His pas­sion for in­no­va­tion led him quickly to de­sign­ing boards.

The fi­first thing you no­tice when look­ing at an Allwater board is the V3-con­cave, a triple chan­nel with a spine run­ning down the mid­dle of the board. It sounds weird and looks that way too, but it works. The board is no­tice­ably faster be­cause of that chan­nel, glid­ing over flflat sec­tions eas­ily and pro­ject­ing down the line when things get steep. It also helps with quick rail-to-rail tran­si­tions and al­lows the board to per­form like one with much less vol­ume.

The nose of the board is wider than your av­er­age short SUP surf­bf­board, with low en­try rocker, mak­ing it easy to get into waves ( just the way we like it) but the multi-winged pin­tail holds tight in crit­i­cal pock­ets, mean­ing you can surf knee-high mush­burg­ers to over­head bar­rels, no prob­lem. This ver­sa­til­ity was the main fac­tor we wanted in the board and the All water crew nailed it. Along with a quad FCS II setup for quick changes in the rear fifins (smaller for when the waves are weak and larger when things pick up), the board had an an­swer for most con­di­tions.

If we were go­ing to tweak the de­sign, we’d take more foam out of the rails to bite harder on bot­tom turns. That’s part of the jour­ney with cus­tom boards, though: you’re al­ways re­fifin­ing what you want to ride. And Allwater is there to help with that. —WT

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