Gear Head: Imagine Surf Sprinter

12’6″ X 27″ X 8″, 14′ X 27″ X 8″
$2,089
IMAGINESURF.COM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHAPER CORRAN ADDISON: The sprinter is designed not so much for experts, but rather for people willing to take a few sessions to learn how to use the board because they want to go fast and will enjoy paddling it.

MATERIAL: A combination of carbon and silver carbon. Carbon is definitely the best material for race boards. They’re so long; you need to reduce flexing while paddling through chop. Carbon boards are stiffer, and thus faster than ‘glass boards. The silver carbon reflects the light, so the board doesn’t get as hot. We use a one-pound EPS core with a 1/8″ stringer, and either Resin Research resin, or Entropy Super Sap 70 percent pine sap resin (more ecological), depending on customer orders. NOSE: My focus has been on displacement efficiency. Any bow splash is a sign of inefficiency. You can tell paddling the Sprinter—there is almost no splashing coming off the nose. It cuts and glides efficiently and effectively no matter how hard you pull, and the board runs smooth and even the entire time. ROCKER: The nose has less than an inch of rocker, so it’s efficiently pinned down when paddling. It also makes for more efficient displacement. The tail has just over an inch of release rocker, so it can be surfed efficiently on open ocean swells and also on beach breaks when running in. BOTTOM: Rounded for better displacement, the paddler has to learn to get used to the board in order to take advantage of that speed.

TAIL: The last three feet the board runs into a V-planing surface and a squared off tail so it can be surfed or ridden in swell. A pintail, that’s shaped more like the bow is faster on flatwater, but compromise has to be made for open ocean racing. DECK: The standing area is lowered as much as possible in order to lower the center of gravity and reduce board width. The narrower the board, the faster it is. FIN: The rear fin box is about a foot from the tail. The front canard reduces yaw, and thus increases paddling efficiency both through lowering distance paddled—by not weaving all over the course—and also in making a smoother path for the water to travel down the hull’s length. RAILS: Rail shape on a race board is almost irrelevant. As long as the last few feet are allowing water to separate effectively on a “surf style” tail, that’s all that matters.