Just wanted to email you and thank you for the two boards you guys made...
Nick Rozsa ripping in Socal during a solid south swell. Board Models: Accelerator L.E. [low entry] & the Ghost // footage courtesy: Brian Brantley // artist: Adam
Tommy O'Brien puts the Accelerator through its paces in the small wave home it was designed for.
This board is specifically designed to make small wave performance surfing easy. You get fast-driving speed bursts off the front foot and hair-trigger, tail whipping warp-arcs off the back foot. A wider nose outline and low entry rocker get this board into waves quicker and blast it down the line faster. A bendy tail rocker sweeps off the back fin making it quick and responsive in tight rail-arcing hook-turns. An even single concave runs through the midsection of the board making for a “wide open sweet spot” i.e. the board wants to go even if you don’t have your feet right in the perfect spot every time.
Right at the fins the rocker ‘drops out’ and the single concave goes deep….this creates what feels like an engine under your back foot. The deep concave forms an air pocket as well as a straighter path to compress the water through the extreme rocker of the tail….this air pocket acts like a gas pedal or “accelerator”…push back on the tail and it rockets through turns like a piece of ice on wax paper.
Here’s the dimension I suggest based off your normal “good waves” shortboard: ride this board one inch shorter, 1/4″ wider in the middle, 1/2″ wider in the nose, and 1/8” wider in the tail. Go with the same thickness just with a fuller, boxy rail. This creates a flatter deck which gives the board a springier flex pattern….key for that extra little thwang in small waves.
Oh yea…as a bonus, it also goes looneybinsmental in everything up to slightly overhead.
Basically the same overall design as the original Accelerator, but with all the entry rocker dropped super low. This works surprisingly well as the board gains a whole new easy trim speed and glide between maneuvers. This is something kind of lost in surfing right now, and I’ve noticed with all the high flying super rad maneuvers that there is some weird wide stance wiggling going on that in my opinion is looks ugly. ….so, without taking the freakish fins flying maneuvers out of the equation, but adding a smooth stylish flow of speed to connect them, I’ve dropped the entry down, left plenty of rocker in the tail….and come up with a design that let’s you just stand there on the tail between maneuvers….without wiggling or wide-stancing it….and let the speed flow roll while you set-up to mega blast the next vert ramp that comes your way. This board is best in your average waist to shoulder high, slopey and less than favorable conditions, but also goes mental in good waves too.
Skill level: intermediate to advanced
Type of waves: primarily designed for knee high to shoulder and weak, but it goes great in everything up to slightly overhead.
|Popular Dimensions||Volume||Rider Weight|
|5’9″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/6″||20.61L||Rider weight: 110-135 lb / 49-61 kg|
|5’10” x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/8″||22.94L||Rider weight: 125-155 lb / 56-70 kg|
|5’10” x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/16″||23.7L||Rider weight: 125-165 lb / 56-74 kg|
|5’11” x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/16″||23.3L||Rider weight: 125-165 lb / 56-74 kg|
|5’11” x 18 1/2″ x 2 3/16″||25.2L||Rider weight: 145-175 lb / 65-79 kg|
|6’0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″||26.1L||Rider weight: 155-180 lb / 70-82 kg|
|6’0″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 5/16″||26.8L||Rider weight: 160-180 lb / 72-82 kg|
|6’2″ x 19″ x 2 5/8″||32.9L||Rider weight: 175-210 lb / 79-95 kg|