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Darth

AU$ 1,200.00

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THE DARTH is a modern performer!

The cut off shape has become more and more popular in the surfing industry and works especially well for kitesurfing. They not only have an aggressive riding style in small to medium waves, they edge upwind with the efficiency of a twin tip. 

The cut off shaped surfboards lift up out of the water as they plane similar as they feature a bottom shape that behaves more like a modern planing hull than a displacement hull found on a traditional surfboard.

About the board

General goal | theme of the board

A high performance board for small to medium sized waves, that is fast and fun in a range of conditions.

Conditions it's working best

Most wind conditions with waves from just under waist high up to head and a half.

Maneuvers it does best

Solid power roundhouse cutbacks, Tail slides.

 Skill level it's best for

Novice to Pro.

What you thought of when you designed it?

LOL, I didn't really have to think too much, essentially the inspiration for this board comes directly from the Daniel Thompson designed Vader model, with a few subtle variations.

What it possibly compromises on then?

The extra width in the tail behind the rear fin creates a straighter more parallel section of outline. This translates to a more drawn out line when hard on rail while on the back foot, so if the waves are bowly and powerful it's harder to attack the pocket at speed and pull a tight on rail snap in the pocket and keep the rail engaged.

Shape details summary |
Design info

Outline

Wider diamond nose, more parallel outline into a wider diamond tail. The outline creates a healthy amount of area for the length of the board, with more than adequate nose area, the board climbs up on the plane effortlessly offering great light wind performance. The arc of the outline being straighter allows great down the line speed on fast waves, combined with the wider tail, it offers a clean, solid, driving, powerful feeling cutback.

Rails

Slightly lower, tucked edge into the tail. The Rails are low, dropping the apex closer to the bottom, allowing the rail to bury into a turn easier. The bottom edge up front is quite tucked, a softer tuck without much edge, this tuck carries closer all the way to the tail not going fully 90 degree till the tail fin. This gives you a little more warning before it pops into a drift, offering hold and control to a board that would otherwise be a little slippery.

Rocker

Medium, slightly flatter. With this rocker the board carries into waves really well, keeps its speed over dead sections and catches waves easily. It has good carry in cutbacks on softer sections and easy to crack into a tail drift.

Bottom

Single concave. One problem with really wide tails and boards is that it's harder to get them on rail. The issue with a wide tail is the slippery feeling on the rail to rail transition. This is where you can go into an uncontrollable drift when turning under the lip at speed. One rail is engaged, then there is a brief moment where the board is flat before you can get the other rail in. With the concave you have one rail engaged, then as you transition onto the other rail, it bights and grabs with a more positive feeling.  

Deck

The deck is a fairly standard profile.

Fins

5 Fins. For top to bottom surfing the thruster will be the better option. As the waves get a little steeper and faster, switch out to the quad to hold a higher more direct line, or if the waves are flatter and more open with little chance of top to bottom surfing, the quad is also an option.

Final Statement

A good high performance alternative for small to medium waves in a range of different wind conditions.

DATA TABLE

Summary of the shape
LENGTH
NOSE WIDTH
WIDTH
TAIL WIDTH
THICKNESS
VOLUME (L)
WEIGHT (KG)
5'1"
14 3/4"
17 1/2"
14 3/4"
2 1/8"
21.60
2.5
5'3"
15 1/8"
18 1/16"
15 1/8"
2 3/16"
23.80
2.8
5'5"
15 1/2"
18 5/8"
15 1/2"
2 1/4"
26.10
3.2
5'7"
15 13/16"
19 3/16"
15 13/16"
2 5/16"
28.60
3.5
LENGTH
FIN SET UP
FRONT FIN
REAR FIN
CENTRE FIN
5'1"
FUTURES (5 FIN)
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
5'3"
FUTURES (5 FIN)
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
5'5"
FUTURES (5 FIN)
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
5'7"
FUTURES (5 FIN)
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
3D GO HARD 5 FIN
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DESCRIPTION
OUTLINE
WIDER DIAMOND NOSE, MORE PARALLEL OUTLINE INTO A WIDER DIAMOND TAIL
BOTTOM
SINGLE CONCAVE
ROCKER
MEDIUM, SLIGHTLY FLATTER
RAILS
SLIGHTLY LOWER, TUCKED EDGE INTO THE TAIL
FINS
5 FINS
GOAL
A HIGH PERFORMANCE BOARD FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED WAVES
WAVE
WAIST HIGH UP TO HEAD AND A HALF
RIDER
NOVICE TO PRO

VIDEOS

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