Parallel Nose Channel: Helps with early wave entry and maintaining planning speed on the wave. Also water is made to compress and speed up through the channel creating "lift", for increased stability when nose riding.
Medium Width: Allows for nice stable board with relatively early wave catching and great maneuverability.
Pin tail: The sharp pin tail offers great hold in steeper wave faces and gives you a easier subtle shift dynamic when turning.
Swallow tail and stingers: This really thins down the surface area of the tail allowing for better hold, turning and it gives you two break points on the rail. The water will release off these points giving you added speed. Swallow tail acts like two pin tails which is good on a longboard which is much wider than a shortboard.
Performance rail: Hard rails in the tail and nose area creates great hold in the wave and allows you to project out of your bottom turns. .
Single to double concave: This bottom contour is popular with most modern shortboards today. It keeps the water moving underneath the board and makes it fast while giving it that loose feel.
Fin Set Up: This board comes as a 2 + 1 Set up (two sides and a longboard box center) in all sizes off the shelf. Side fins are Fcs1 or Fcs2 on PU boards and Future system on epoxylite boards.
Construction: The Predator comes in PU construction. PU is the traditional construction of closed cell foam, stringer, fibreglass and polyster resin.
Cloth: All boards feature 1 x 6oz + 1 x 4ozglass on deck and double 4oz underneath. With custom build we can add layers or change weights.
The Predator was designed for those who want a high performance longboard to ride slightly larger waves than your normal longboard allows.
We usually catagorise most longboards into three groups. Small wave, All-round and Big wave.
The most important design difference between a small wave and big wave board is the degree of lift created through rocker and bottom shape.
Small waves are traveling slower with less power. So, you need to create extra lift to be able to get the board up to paddling speed as quickly as possible and to enable you to catch waves and maintain speed. Flatter and wider boards create more lift and are therefore generally used for small waves.
Surfboards are not happy out of the comfort zone that they where designed for. That is why you will never find a board that will go brilliant in all conditions. (the holy grail)
When using a small wave board in larger surf, you will find that the take-offs are a bit sketchy and often you will probably "spin-out" on the bottom turn, especially when there is a some chop on the face. This is due to the excessive amount of lift created.
The predator has been through a design process of testing and adjusting in many different surf situations. The final product has a fairly standard all-rounder rocker, with our superb parallel nose channel, running for the first 2/3rds but, it has a greatly accelerated tail rocker, with this rocker peak centered between the feet on the bottom turn. This helps create suction on the rail to help get you past the first bottom turn and stay in control on the steeper face.
It runs a double concave through the fin area to hold the water and not create turbulence on the tail rail. The rails are slightly "lowered" shortboard style, this reduces the amount of water pressure allowing the rail to stay in the wave face. Even running small fins makes this board hard to "Spin out".