BOARD OF THE MONTH
Surfer: Shawn Tracht Photo: Jason Rath
The Hitchhiker: 5’11 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16
! At different points of one"s thinking mind, blasts of excitement arouse our consciousness to drop the ongoing, non-stopping world at our tired feet, to run free and escape the cliche, social norm, and set off on a journey to somewhere and nowhere all at once. For a surfer, we do this by grabbing our favorite surf stick from the garage and heading to the surf. ! Of course your favorite stick in your quiver usually depends on the time of year and the waves out front. Being that this is February, a month of generally blessed with a few overhead or bigger swells,we suggest you grab “The Hitchhiker,” this month"s Board of the Month to set you free. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
WHEN TO PULL THIS BOARD OUT The Hitchhiker is an everyday Winter board. It"s the go-between, the link, the segue between your normal shortboard (the Coop Deville “Rig”) and your Step-up board (the Coop Deville “Rig Stepup”). It"s the board you pull out on days when you really want to ride your shortboard, but the waves are just a little too big, but not big enough to want to pull out your step-up. Your “Rig Step-up” is ridden about 4-6in. longer, 1/2in. wider, and 1/4-1/2in. thicker than your normal shortboard. The key to this board is surfing bigger surf on a board that feels like your shortboard. Compare the Step-up to the “Hitchhiker,” which is ridden only 1-2in longer, 0-1/4in. wider, 0-1/4in. thicker, than your normal shortboard. So it"s just a tad bigger than your normal shortboard, which most people ride anywhere from knee to head high (and bigger waves if that"s the one board they have). When the waves are anywhere from head-high to a couple feet overhead, the “Hitchhiker” really excels and and gives the surfer the “little bit more” that they need.
BOARD SPECS Some of the features of the this board, besides its little incremental increases in length, width, and height, are a rounded thumbnail tail, a straight single-concave throughout the board, and a little softer rails than your normal shortboard. The rounded thumbnail tail is crucial when the waves get overhead because it has a lot to do with how well your board holds in the wave without skidding out from under you. The single concave is the fasted bottom contour today, and that"s a definite plus when you"re raising sections that you"d rather not take on the head. And finally, the softer rails are less bitey than your normal shortboard rails, which gives the board more flow and less chance to dig a rail on a simple turn. The idea is that because the wave is giving you your speed, then you can relax the sharpness of the rails (harder rails on a mushy wave help you generate your own speed in small waves), and you will have more rail contact with the wave through turns, so you can push harder into your turns with confidence.
2008-2009 SEASON CALENDAR SO FAR
“The SIEYD” Single Fin
“The Rig” Performance Shortboard “The Rig (Thumbnail)” Performance Shortboard
“The Rig Step-up” Step-up Shortboard “The Rig Step-up” Step-up Shortboard “The Hitchhiker” MIni Step-up Shortboard
HOW TO ORDER YOUR DIMENSIONS Length: Order 1-2 in. longer than your normal shortboard. Width: Order 0-1/8 in. wider than your normal shortboard. This is a real personal preference. Some guys find a particular width and keep it the same in all of their performance boards. Others add a little width for a tad extra paddle power. Thickness: Order 1/8-1/4 in. thicker than your normal shortboard
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JASON RATH & KRISTEN LOPES PHOTOGRAPHY
SURFER: SHAWN TRACHT
DAKINE: DECK PADS AND LEASHES
SHAPER/OWNER: NICK COOPER
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