New Model – The Shadow Boxer
The Shadow Boxer is a modern take on the performance short board, rock solid when there’s some energy in the water. New team rider Dai Wako tests the new model at a secret left on Simeulue Island. Dai rides his Shadow Boxer at 5’7 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4 (23.32L). The Shadow boxer is an excellent shortboard for trips to locations with larger, powerful, hollow waves. It has a rounded pin with medium tail width, which is pulled into a sensitive narrow pod. This is fast becoming a favourite with the team for innovative, progressive surfing in good waves and conditions from 3-4 feet and upwards.
The design approach here is one that has been used again and again over the decades by various shapers, namely to take a good wave board, chop of the nose and then blend in. Recently this design approach has enjoyed a resurgence with the rider/shaper combo of JJF and Pyzel. With interest from our team riders, I’ve taken our proven formula from past models such as the X1 and Detonator and literally…chopped the nose off and blended it in. The result is a forward outline with the wide point front of centre and a fuller, wider nose. I’ve also pulled the tail width in to match the sensitive rounded pin tail. The result is a board with plenty of paddle power and down the line speed and drive, that sets its rail and carves beautifully, and penetrates in and around the lip with precision and ease.