Refresh boards recently drop a clip of their new space age looking tow board design. We spoke to head shaper Gato from some insights into the thinking and design behind the board.
Your new Tow board design looks space aged! Talk us through the design features you have incorporated into the board?
So Features are as follow:
-Lead insertion tecnology, which gives the wheight to the board
-The core is unique in the world, its called M3c and gives weight and also flexibility to the board. Flexibility is needed to cope with the speed impacts given whilsh riding a giant mountain of water.
-negative rail. a thiner rail on the bottom of the board to add aderence while riding on a bottom turn.
-triple crescent tail. to give aderence to the wave.
-double long channels. to extend the aderence througout the extension of the board.
-The long and not wider shape to assimilate more like a surfboard.
Where did you draw inspiration when designing the board?
We at Refresh Boards are used to innovating in the marketplace with features that has never been used before. This board is an example of that. Also, the inspiration came from the dream of our Refresh Boards team rider, big wave bodyboarder Pedro Levi Silva, on catch the biggest wave ever bodyboarded on earth. We believe the idea of his dream was worth all of our effort on helping him to make his dream come true. Now, because of this board he is half way to get there.
Where tow surfboard features incorporated at all?
The lead arrangement and placement on the board is a little bit different than the tow in surf board. But the weight of the board at 8.5kg is the same as the surfboards used to achieve the surfing Guiness World records holded by Rodrigo Koxa and Garret Mcnamara.
Is the board for a specific rider?
Yes. Is intended to be used by our team rider Pedro Levi Silva. He is the charger we cheer to get the world record.
How did you add the extra weight into the board?
That would be a secret!. Not telling is a way of keeping this board unique in the world.
What was the reasoning behind wanting to add weight to the board?
Well, the rider on a very big big wave he is capable of getting out of control with the impacts generated by the speed. the weight on the board will keep the board “glued” to the water so as the rider.
Despite the Mike Stewart Launch Vehicle was debuted in the late 90’s, most bodyboarders have continued to ride big waves on standard boards. Do you think specifically designed boards will led to progress in big wave performance?
That is the whole point and objective behind the making of this board. Ride with new limits and progression regarding big waves. All of the boards made to ride big waves have had the similar materials of the common pe and pp cores. Here we could innovate with a new core. Flexible and heavier.
Given the shorter rail length of a bodyboard, how important is getting good drive out of the rails and bottom contours to maintain down the line speed in big waves?
Because of the speed deficiency when the bodyboarder gets out of control, it is important to the board get glued and not jump while riding the wave, so the negative rail and triple crescent rail of this board will help on that aswell.
Any other thoughts or ideas you’d like to expand on feel free here.
We are very happy on the making of this inovation. Being the first board with 8.5 kg to use specially on giant waves. And we hope it can be helpful on the progress of the big waves bodyboarding.
Thank you for inviting us to this interview. And we give you best wishes from portugal.