The Vanguard or Modern Planing Hull (MPH) represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design. The original board shape that changed the kiting industry forever is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to board design and the are of riding waves. Inspired by incredible fears of athleticism exhibited by today's top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps 21st century kiters expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack, radical aerial potential, and unmatched upwind performance are all possible with this highly tuned machine.
Complex bottom contours combined with the parallel outline offers the ruder exceptional freedom and planing speed as the board planes immediately. This design can be ridden much shorter than your traditional shape allowing the rider to easily dominate the board and turn with minimal input. The Vanguard is considered a high performance machine but lends itself well to new strapless riders thanks to the broader surface area. The Vanguard is offered with no inserts in our proven Futures Shapes Technology (FST) build and comes in a 5/4/3 fin configuration providing options for rider fin preference.
Although geared for high performances shredding, the Vanguard is surprisingly easy to ride for a wide range of surfing abilities. It has a very stable nature, naturally fast with and a very efficient wave catching ability.
The Vanguard is built in FST only WITHOUT inserts for straps. No straps, pads or fins included.
FUTURE SHAPES TECHNOLOGY
FST relies primarily on the Parabolic Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, and is stronger than the traditional PU surfboard. Please note our boards are definitely not indestructible and if slammed by a thick lip, or if you land incorrectly in the flats after doing an aerial, it is possible to break them.
The Parabolic Balsa Rail features 12mm balsa built from 3 x 4mm strips, which as mentioned not only control flex and add strength, but also act as a buffer against rail dings. Furthermore, the long-term flex memory supplied by the balsa rails ensures boards maintain their lively feel for longer. With a retail price point slightly above premium polyurethane surfboards, FST offers an extremely high performance, durable surfboard.
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