Refresh Your Stick is now live – a new, easy to use surfboard demo / hire platform that we have just implemented at Zak Surfboards. Refresh Your Stick is designed to allows surfers to ride a broad range of surfboard shapes from all the top board brands, including all the latest models and constructions. What’s more – you can also match your surfboard selection with a choice of the latest fins from the top manufacturers. It is set up to be your ultimate ‘try before you buy’ vehicle. If you aren’t sure what you want to add to your quiver next, or want to make sure the dimensions you are thinking of are right on that next board then Refresh Your Stick is the place to figure it all out, before purchase.
Designed with you, the surfer, in mind – the Refresh Your Stick program allows you to ride as many different boards and fins as you like. A great opportunity to broaden your experience on a full range of equipment and provide you with first-hand user experience. Choose from simple daily hire, right through to a premium subscription package (…coming shortly) – pick boards and fins to suit your skill level and the surf conditions.
So head over to their website and browse their collection and pick something out for your next session. Currently over 100 boards to choose from from all of the manufacturers that we stock in store:
The SHADOW is now in stock at Zak Surfboards (SHOP NOW)- a new high performance shortboard design from John Pyzel . The Shadow sits in the ‘Ghost’ family right between the Ghost and Phantom. The wide point in the shadow isn’t quite as far forward the those other two designs & the Shadow isn’t quite as full through the nose. It does however remain relatively generous up there with plenty of foam under for a HP shortboard thanks to some subtle tweaks in the foil.
The Shadow has a touch less area up front and a little more nose rocker to prevent it from catching and reduce the swing weight. The tail is a a nice pulled in squash tail with a subtle hip for added snap through turns & to help keep it nice and tight in the pocket.
The rocker and bottom contour has been kept identical to the Phantom –
a proven combination of medium curve & single to double concaves
that works great in everyday waves around the world. The foil has been
expertly tuned to maximise flow and paddle power meaning that Shadow
should grovel a touch better than most boards.
If you are in the market for a new HP shortboard then the Shadow is definitely worth checking out… Available in store or ONLINE
The latest Slater designs model – the ‘FRK’ has landed on our racks at Zak Surfboards (SHOP NOW). Conceived by head Firewire designer Dan Mann this design is Kelly’s new performance shortboard for the 2019 WCT season. A departure from more experimental designs with Tomo, this model is more of a straight-up performance shortboard built to allow Kelly’s incredible talents to shine on tour.
“If I had to describe the nuts and bolts of the FRKs design, I’d simply say it’s made to make you forget it’s there. When designing boards for Kelly I’m trying to remove as many variables as possible and make it something that can level up his talents, or the talents of other surfers, without any glitches, or ever feeling like it’s in your way. I can’t wait to see everyone riding it in 19” – Dan Mann; FRK Designer.
The FRK features a fairly standard shortboard outline with a round tail. No hips or bumps in the outline and fairly standard nose and tail widths for a performance shortboard. The rocker is a fairly continuous medium curve throughout – with a little extra flip in the very last few inches of the nose, as well as a smidge extra in the last 6 inches or so in the tail.
The rails of this board are a round shaped medium rail, not overly tucked with plenty of edge in the tail. This edge extends up a good way up the board, forward of the fins. Interestingly the FRK has a slightly more generous foil through-out the board than most HP shortboards – no doubt to give it a little extra flow & glide through mushier flatter sections.
The bottom contour features a deep single concave, that runs right through the board – pretty much from nose to tail. No doubt to give you the lift and speed you need for all-round surfing in a variety of conditions on a craft like this.
If you have studied Kelly’s approach to wave-riding you may have noticed that Kelly likes positioning himself quite tightly in the hook & turning right in the critical part of the wave. He’s also is a big fan of mixing up his manoeuvres and taking multiple lines of attack. This board with it’s curvy outline and rocker looks purpose built for that approach – facilitating controlled, catch free surfing, no matter where it’s placed.