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The Dynamic 10'6" All-Arounder by Paddle Surf Hawaii PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Thursday, 13 November 2008
pshlogoangled.jpg    As the first company to exclusively produce stand up paddle surfboards, Paddle Surf Hawaii has always been on the forefront of board design and performance. PSH shapes can be found around the globe in surf lineups, lakes and rivers. We got our hands on the 10’6 All-Arounder model and were able to test it in a variety of conditions from knee high to double overhead bombs. The board was set up with a deck pad, tail pad and thruster fin setup. The center fin was 4.75” with the side about the same. Here’s our review.

     Paddle Surf Hawaii shaper Blane Chambers has said on a many occasions that if he had to choose one board to ride and none other that it would be the 10’6” All-Arounder. He personally rode the board last year in the Ku Ikaika Big Wave Challenge where he caught the biggest bomb of the contest and he continues to be seen on the same shape in small waves as well. (Click Here for photos.) After our testing we have found the shape to be the most versatile board in the PSH quiver.
    The outline of the board features a pulled in nose and tail which allows for down the line speed especially on the steeper, hollower waves. Where a fuller nose would normally get hung up, the pulled in nose will keep you moving down the line even when the lip is pitching over your shoulder. The pulled in tail allows for more radical surfing off the tail with great control in the small and big waves alike.

     The rocker is aggressive with almost a continuous curve from the nose to the tail. This rocker allows for entry into steep waves of all sizes while minimizing the potential for digging the nose also known as pearling.

     How does the board perform?

psh106review.jpg     In small and big surf, the board has plenty of glide to get into the waves early, however we preferred late takeoffs over earlier entries. The shape is designed for performance surfing and critical takeoffs, so you’ll have no problem dropping in under the hook if that suits your fancy as it suits ours. The combination of outline and rocker also allow the board to take off at an angle to get moving quickly down the line on fast moving waves of all sizes. You can take off deep and with confidence on this board even when you can hear the freight train rumbling behind you.

     For a board with as much length and volume as it has, the board turns extremely well. The pulled in tail allows for hits off the lip in a variety of wave heights. A skilled stand up paddle surfer can snap this board off the top even in knee to waist high conditions. And, in the big surf you’ll be drooling as you come off your bottom turn looking up the face of a glassy wall welcoming your hit off the top.

     If you plan on bringing the nose as close to 12 o’clock as possible, surfers of 175 lbs and under will have to learn to use the energy of the wave to push the nose up back down the face of the wave when you get it to 10 or 11 o'clock. Heavier surfers may have more command over the board in such critical spots but lighter surfers will have to learn to use the energy of the wave.

     As was mentioned earlier, we have been running thruster fins on the board at about 4.75”. With this setup, so far the board has never tracked nor has it ever slipped out from under us on steep walls or critical bottom sections.

     Concerning noserides, you may find yourself frequenting the nose as the wave changes shape. The board picks up considerable down the line speed when you cross-step to the nose on a fast rights and lefts. While you probably won’t find yourself hanging 10 on this board, the occasional cheater 5 could definitely be in your bag of tricks. When it is time to pick up speed, you’ll likely find yourself perched on the front ¼ of the board, so be sure to put some wax up there before you paddle out. In fact, when your wave seems like it’s going to close out on you, instead of straightening out, run up the nose and get low, you may just find yourself in a sweet pocket that takes you all the way to the channel.

     Are there limits to the board?

     As was mentioned earlier, if you are used to riding a shorter board such as the PSH 9’3”, although you can hit the lip and surf with power, you’ll have to be a little more patient with it and learn how to harness the energy of the wave to bring the nose around how you are used to. Once you learn to do that, you will be a better surfer on any board. Although the board has above average glide, it does have an aggressive rocker in the nose so don’t expect to be paddling into your waves miles before they break. It’ll handle a late takeoff and that’s where we prefer to be anyway.

    In summary, the Paddle Surf Hawaii 10’6” All-Arounder is an extremely dynamic board. More traditional longboarders will be pleased with how it responds to footwork and style, while aggressive surfers will not find the board lacking in off the tail surfing, down the line speed, or control in bigger waves. The board will be extremely stable and easy to learn on for paddlers up to about 175 lbs. Surfers that weight more than 175 lbs will still be able to learn on the boar, but should expect some cool dips in the ocean or lake while you are getting your bearings straight. Enjoy the ride! For more information visit
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