Here is a rad video of a super fun wave in Central America and a super fun board, the Synthetic Sally by Blake Peters at Panda Surfboards.
This is Ford Archbold’s signature model with Panda and by the looks of it, he is tearing the bag out of these waves. The board features a wide outline, old school beaked nose, with tons of volume. Combined with higher performance rails and a nice pulled in winged swallow tail, this blend of old and new make for a board that will suit most surfers and can be surfed in a lot of different types of waves and conditions.
We here at Boardcave have always been a huge fan of shorter, wider, full volume boards. The proof is in the pudding that this style of board works. Many brands offer similar elements in many of their models. Don’t be fooled that these hybrid style of boards are only good for smaller or mushy days…take the plunge and leave your traditional shorty at home the next time you local is firing. You will not be disappointed in the results, as it’ll allow you to look at waves in a new way and draw new lines that you can translate back to your shorty with ease.
Have a look at all the boards represented on Boardcave here, and narrow your search to “hybrid” to expand your mind and the possibilities of where surfing can take you.