Anyone that’s read the latest wave issue of Boards will have seen our exclusive on the new Fanatic ‘Stubby’ and now it’s time for all the details of this new style of board to officially be released.
Throughout 2014, our R&D team worked discreetly on a new exciting concept, and one which has received a lot of attention within the surfing world of late. The idea was to explore the implementation and effect of more parallel rail outlines, with the outcome delivering a reduction in the boards’ minimum draw.
Characteristics such as speed, planing stability and ease of use, were the motivation behind our decision to transform these ideas into something that would work with the dimensions of a windsurf board. After intense research at the beginning of last year, we took our first prototype to the water. Our instant excitement for the outcome of this first test, led to what may well be the best kept secret in today’s windsurfing scene. Many prototypes later, refinement and countless hours of joy and fun sailing, we are proud to present the Stubby – available in 77 and 88 litres.
The first time we pulled this funky shaped board out of the bag in public, the comments were interesting.
“Looks strange, must be a marketing gag right!?” Or “Such a wide tail, how would you turn it!?“ And “ It’s so short, you must catch the nose!” However, all doubts are eliminated the moment you step onto the Stubby, giving you an injection of fresh perspective on board design. Planing immediately, you instantly realise how natural the stance feels, not to mention the speed and ease of passing over chop or white water. Its upwind ability will have you shooting up at an incredible angle, delivering top speeds and control. Essentially, it’s a real blast!
When catching waves the longer, more effective rail line comes into play, giving a new sensation of stability throughout the bottom turn. The stance, which is set further back on the wide tail, allows for receptive, fast, and tight turns. The adapted rocker line has been designed to complement the boards length and trim, and ensures recovery of the wide nose even during steep re-entry. By maintaining speed and control on the way out of the wave, the Stubby also offers solid jumping performance.
The wide double diamond tail, features a channel for extra grip and drive. The large MFC TriFin set, with 12 cm side fins, supports tight turning whilst delivering incredible lift. Although the tail and nose sections of the board are extremely wide, the centre section is narrower giving clean water flow and a reduction in drag. This combined with the V bottom and slight double concaves, makes the Stubby extremely fast and easy to control.
Almost everything to do with this board is new, including the outstanding sensation it delivers to the rider. No matter the conditions, be it waist high cross-onshore or mast high and side-offshore, you’ll feel right at home. So, if you’re looking for something new that packs a lot of punch and endless fun, then the Stubby is your first choice!
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