Surfboard Science

M10′s fish/shortboard hybrid glides through flat spots but still turns tight.

Board: M10

Shaper: Geoff Rashe

Model: The Puck

Board type: Fish/shortboard hybrid

Size: 5’5″

Width: 19 1/4″

Thickness: 2 1/4″

Surfer

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 145 lbs

Optimal Conditions: Head-high and under; anything from a bowly beachbreak to a mellow point break.

Shaper’s Notes: “The Puck is basically a mix between a fish and a shortboard. Most fish-type boards are wide and have a straight outline. This is like a fish for surfing in the pocket. We moved the wing up, and that makes for a real straight rail line from the wing forward. There’s still plenty of width up in front, but where your back foot sits on the tail, it’s pulled in more, so it makes the tail into more of a control zone. The outline helps the board go fast in mushy waves, but it’s very maneuverable. Plus, for waves that are head-high or smaller, it’s great to have a board that fits into the wave face well.

Construction: Although it looks just like your average surfboard, this is actually a combination of an expanded polystyrene (EPS) blank glassed with epoxy resin. In fact, Geoff has switched entirely over to making all his boards out of EPS foam and epoxy resin. The boards are not only very light, but also strong. “The glassing is a lot stronger than with polyester resin,” says Geoff. “I’ve heard of people breaking their leash at Steamer Lane, had their board wash into the rocks, and not gotten any dings. But you’ll still get foot dents just as much as with a traditional polyester board. For pressure dents, they’re similar to a regular board with a superlight blank, but for getting dings they’re much more resilient.”

The Puck also has a PVC stringer instead of wood. “Putting a PVC stringer in there gives a flex pattern similar to that of a polyester board glassed with four-ounce cloth and a wood stringer,” says Geoff.

Concave: Single to double concave, fairly standard.

Rocker: Not super flat, like most fish-type shapes. More of a medium rocker, somewhere between a fish and shortboard rocker.

Glassing: It’s very lightweight with epoxy resin, but also durable. It’s got two six-ounce fiberglass layers on the deck and a single six-ounce layer on the bottom.

Tail: Swallowtails just look good on these boards, but the theory is that they’re good for wide-tailed boards to give some grab. It’s almost like a claw at the tail.

Fins: This particular board has the Future Fins setup. Geoff recommends a slightly smaller trailing fin for his small-wave boards.

Contact info:

www.M10Surfboards.com

geoff@m10surfboards.com

Phone: (831) 427-2591

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