Here’s an insight into the new bottom configuration dubbed the ‘conza’. Head Shaper Nick Blair explains:
“The Conza is a name I’ve derived from the words “Channel” and “Bonzer” as it loosely incorporates elements of the two. In smaller and/or weaker conditions, it allows the wider board to loosen up in rail to rail transitions and also provide thrust. The effect does not interfere with your rail side fins where the deeper double concaves on such boards can become “sticky” by holding too much water. In essence I wanted to add looseness within the “engine” of the boards, without compromising on speed, drive or flow.
Originally I tried these on a 5’8″ Vector model for Roy Powers and 5’7″ Vector model for Ben Dunn during the 2010 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper and they were frothing, so incorporated them in the models from then on. Teamrider Perth Standlick then rode a Vector with a conza bottom to victory in the Oakley Pro Junior and the Shonan Super Kids Challenge in Japan. In the last year or so I’ve mainly used this bottom configuration, which is shaped within the concave, on small wave boards, and are now routine on the Vector models.
The Vector was a huge hit in Australia for small surf and beach breaks. It was Japan’s best selling model last year. It is a fun everyday board that is ridden 4-6″ shorter and a lot wider than your regular board. Instant speed off the mark as a result of the flatter rocker through the back and wide tail pod. The width creates greater planing area which together with the full rail and concaves give you ample lift and drive in weaker waves. In smaller and/or weaker conditions, it allows the wider board to loosen up in rail to rail transitions and also provide thrust.
Results have been massive in places such as Japan where the surf is predominantly small and weak, but feedback has also been incredible in the consistently better waves on the Gold Coast. In fact I’m now getting requests for the Conza bottom on models such as the Protag, which is proving the the design in regular to good waves and showing it’s versatility. Looking forward we’ve got a few new models in development which will incorporate the Conza. Stay tuned!”