Behind Pete Mendia’s Inimitable Frontside Hack

Todd & Peter tackle the age old question, “Is it the surfer or the board?” …amongst other topics…including homerun hitters, thick is the new thin, how to swing an ax, a power surfer’s fin design, race car tires, and how to blend three different boards into one shape…watch the full 11 minute in-depth breakdown.

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G4  >> Resurrection // Reinventing today’s HPSB

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Shaper’s personal favorite >> G4+ << the most versatile performance shortboard in the line. Todd, above, snags some tube time at home. photo: Papaleo

Peter Mendia on his 6’0″ x 19″ x 2 1/2″ [29.7L] G4/Mendia | as see on SixMagazine.com | photo: Lugo

Tommy O’Brien footloose and fins-free, east coast hurricane swell, and the G4+ Celestial Transporter. 6’0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ 27.8L | Tommy is 5’9″/175lb | photo: Nate Adams

Rozsa putting the G4+ through its paces on the long walls of Morocco’s point breaks. photo: Reef/Straley

Nick R. Agua

Nick Rozsa x 5 days in Nicaragua | Film x Chris Papaleo | www.SaltyBeards.com

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Gromathon Man Ricky Schaffer does a ‘Kelly turn’ at Lowers | photo: Steve Thrailkill | 6’0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 5/16″ 27.2L G4+ | Ricky is 47/6’0″/178lb

Tommy O’Brien . . . Tommy O Flyin. photo: Gamma


SaltyBeards.com >> shot/cut Chris Papaleo >> Nick Rozsa on his 5’9″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ G4+ & 5’7″ x 19″ x 2 1/4″ Carbon Footprint Monsta

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Nicholas … takin’ it to the streets. photo: Reef

Rozsa raining figure-eight’s; El Salvador blur. photo: Papaleo

Black Unicorn

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Danny Estes photo: Houston

Central Coast Road Trip

Peter Mendia, Baron Knowlton, Forrest Troxell, Nick Rozsa, & Matt Mohagen exchange barrels and punts throughout the Central Coast.

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Baron Knowlton: Out West Sessions

Baron samples the Californai coastline on his G4

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Nick Rozsa on Winter Opening Day In California >> as seen on Transworld Surf. -photo: Dorsey

Nick takes his 5’9″ G4+ for a sail & tests its chops in 1 foot Oxnard fare // photo: SaltyBeards.com

shaper breakdown

Versatile, user-friendly easyrippin’ performance board. Moderate to low drivey rocker, yet still nice and whippy. A board you don’t have to think too much on…it just goes like a horse out tha gate.

If you need to get just one performance board to see you through, this is the one to get.

The most versatile, high performance shortboard I make, by far.

Works in everything from knee high mushy to double overhead beach break, point break…it does it all. This board has a spark about it, and the new tuneups I’ve done to it have breathed a whole new life into this board. I’ve done tweaks to it over the years and had a whole series for awhile – but I’m clearing the house of all the different versions because this resurrects all of the best qualities of each of the G4 versions, while introducing a

radically new high velocity engine through the use of extreme concaved hull contours.

It brings back the high performance shortboard for average waves

and as an everyday board. It gives you the speed you’re looking for as well as the lightning fast responsiveness.

I’ve maintained a similar outline with a hip in the tail & similar rail line rocker

with a bit more flip off the back fin just to give it a little tighter tweak out of maneuvers.

Then I’ve made the single concave even deeper but carried the concave all the way into the nose, so you’re accelerating water through the entire bottom of the board right from the get-go, gettin the thing to slingshot. I’m carving a really heavy concave right through the fins, deeper than what I’ve done in any other board up ’til now. It acts like a gas pedal for your back foot, so you get more speed than you ever had before, but it’s speed you can regulate.

It feels like you’re flying on air, but when you lay it over, you’re on a rail.

So you’re flying through air, but at the same time you’re on rails like a locomotive.

This harnesses the speed, adds more speed, but then regulates the speed like a gas pedal under your back foot. You don’t have to back it off with all that speed, it just holds…it won’t come undone off the bottom at the highest speeds.

So you’re generating speed with all kinds of concave up front and then going even deeper in back

and it’s just harnessing the hydrodynamics.

The last few days I’ve been surfing with buddies getting this model and I’ve just been seeing all these characteristics come out of their surfing where they have all this extra speed and are doing stuff I haven’t seem them do before, so it’s an exciting time.

Ride the G4+ your same height

(as a basic principal, but individual needs may require increased length)

For instance, Todd is 6′ & 175 lb & his G4+ dims are 6’0″ x 18 3/4″ 2 5/16″ (2 3/8″). Ride it about 1/4″ wider than your good waves board & the same thickness.[/column]

G4+ popular dimensions

all boards can be completely customized during custom order process 
Popular DimensionsVolumeRider Weight
4'11" x 17 1/4" x 2"18LRider weight: 70-100 lb / 31-45 kg
5'5" x 17 7/8" x 2"20.7LRider weight: 80-120 lb / 36-54 kg
5'6" x 18" x 2 1/16"21.7LRider weight: 90-130 lb / 40-58 kg
5'7" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/8"22.9LRider weight: 100-140 lb / 45-64 kg
5'8" x 18" x 2 3/16"22.8LRider weight: 110-150 lb / 49-68 kg
5'8" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/8" 23.4LRider weight: 110-150 lb / 49-68 kg
5'9" x 18 3/8" x 2 3/16"24.4LRider weight: 120-160 lb / 54-72 kg
5'9" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16"25.9LRider weight: 140-175 lb / 63-79 kg
5'10" x 18 1/2" x 2 1/4" 25.6LRider weight: 130-170 lb / 58-77 kg
5'10" x 18 3/4" x 2 5/16"26.4LRider weight: 140-175 lb / 63-79 kg
5'10" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" Nick26.9LRider weight: 150-175 lb / 68-79 kg
5'11" x 18 7/8" x 2 5/16" 27.2LRider weight: 150-180lb / 68-82 kg
6’0” x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16” Todd27.3LRider weight: 150-180 lb / 68-82 kg
6'0" x 19" x 2 1/2" Peter29LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'0" X 19 1/4" X 2 9/16"30.2LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6’1” x 18 7/8” x 2 3/8”28.5LRider weight: 155-185 lb / 70-84 kg
6’2” x 19” x 2 7/16” Peter29.8LRider weight: 160-195 lb / 72-88 kg
6’2” x 19” x 2 9/16” Peter31.3LRider weight: 160-200 lb / 72-90 kg
6'2" x 19 1/4" x 2 9/16"31.4LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'3" x 19 1/4" x 2 9/16" 32.5LRider weight: 175-205 lb / 79-93 kg
6’4” x 19 1/4” x 2 1/2"31.7LRider weight: 175-205 lb / 79-93 kg
6’6” x 19 1/2” x 2 9/16”33.7LRider weight: 175-215 lb / 79-97 kg
6'6" x 21 1/4" x 3" 45LRider weight: 185-240 lb / 79-90 kg
6’8” x 20” x 2 3/4”37.7LRider weight: 185-220 lb / 83-100 kg
6'10" x 20 1/4" x 2 7/8"40.7LRider weight: 195-230 lb / 88-104 kg