The Travel Issue – Surfing Life Magazine: What boards are featured?
This 8’8 gun was built to tackle the largest surf available to paddle into- in Australia. This board was made for well overhead waves on the South Coast and for a serious surfer that wants to charge. Whilst vee bottoms have traditionally been considered the standard bottom for your “rhino chaser” gun, concaves are being incorporated in designs now. My big wave models are built according to wave type, location and rider specsifications. Rocker, rails, foils and bottom contours are tuned to wave location, as well as overall volume distribution.
The other board featured is a 5’8 Silent Savage. The Silent Savage model is also often used in overhead, powerful surf. I often shape Silent Savage custom semi guns for my team riders for typhoon swells in Japan and trips to Tahiti and Hawaii. The Silent Savage scales up really nicely for example the last two I shaped were 6’6 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 (29.41 L) and 6 ‘8 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2 (31.69 L). The Silent Savage incorporates a moderate single to progressively deeper double concave bottom configuration. Features include a round, squash tail, medium rocker throughout with evenly slowly curve and subtle tail lift, flatter/volumised deck and full rail, medium single to double concave and thruster configuration. This board is made with epoxy Karboload Technology which is far more stable over 4 feet than other epoxy layups on the market, which tend to become unstable and twitchy at that size. Provided the wave face is reasonably clean, a Karboload Silent Savage will perform stably in the solid 6-8 feet range. Speed and drive is balanced with maneuverability and responsiveness to create an all-round weapon in overhead surf.