Ryan Burch’s Asymmetrical Shred Sleds

Ryan Burch

Ryan Burch and his self-shaped asymmetrical shred sleds. Photo: Checkwood

Ryan Burch’s Asymmetrical Shred Sleds

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Stance: Goofyfoot

1. 11’4” x 22” x 4”
2. 5’2” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/16”
3. 5’11” x 18 3/8” x 2 1/8”
4. 5’7 1/2” x 17” x 2 3/8”
5. 8’5” x 18 1/4” x 2 7/8”
*Boards numbered from left to right

Board 2
“This is my go-to board for most days at home around North County [San Diego]. I use that thing at Seaside a lot. It sometimes bogs going right because it’s so wide for being only 5’2”, but I find myself riding it more often than anything else.”

Board 3
“This board continues to get me stoked to ride waves, so I’ve brought it on all of my trips this year. It’s real glidey, and though it’s too big to fit in the pocket, it projects really well down the line and is great for big, open-face cutbacks.”

Board 5
“I haven’t ridden this board, but I’m hoping to ride it somewhere big and barreling soon. It would be great for Puerto Escondido. Puerto is the place I was thinking about when I shaped it, but I haven’t gotten it down there yet.”

TransWorld SURF: Is it safe to say you’re into asymmetrical surfboards at the moment?

Ryan Burch: [Laughs] Yeah, you can tell? I build them all myself, and though I prefer to build stuff that’s traditional, I can never justify it when I’m in the shaping room. After riding the asymmetrical boards, it just makes more sense to me to make them that way.

Since you’re a goofyfoot, are these made specifically to go left or frontside only?

No, they aren’t made specifically to go left, but all the things that are beneficial in the design of these particular shapes came from surfing a lot of lefts; so the way I figured these out in my head is based around surfing frontside a bunch. But these should go right, though sometimes they don’t [laughs].

What’s with the staggered thruster fin setup?

I like the glide of traditional twin-fin fishes, the way they effortlessly build speed down the line—but the drawback to those boards is they are hard to crank in the pocket. So that’s how this design came about. This setup gives you a bit more built-in control; they allow you to haul ass down the line without trying too hard but still lay into a good bowly section. It’s combining the best of both worlds.

How many waves does it take you to tell if one of your shapes works?

I can typically tell immediately, like my first wave. With the great boards something crazy usually happens right off the bat. But sometimes they totally suck—like they won’t even turn. When that happens, I’ll ride them for maybe four waves and then put them away forever [laughs].—Zander Morton