Mid lengths are fun to surf. They are the original ‘shortboard’ of the first generation of high performance surfers, but the time piece takes it a little further…. They are perfect to jump on when the waves are bad, and that’s fine if all you want is an easy rider but, when you start feeling the concaves and hard edges with low rails and a pulled in tail you can start tearing them about what ever the waves are like.
The time piece is a fxxk you to high performance shortboards. You donâ€™t have to be pointy and white to be a demon in the pocket! It’s a new school approach to timeless flow and ease.
The out line has a progressive curve given the fact it is essentially a mini mal template. With a pulled in nose and straight rail line going into the pulled in thumb tail, it gives you forward momentum with control off the tail. The stability from the shape means it is easy to move about, even in slow crappy waves, but as soon as you get a bit of juice in the ocean this things handles it on rail like a boss…. the tail lift and deep spiralled vee gives lift and rail hold through the tail which feel amazing as a single fin, especially on cut backs and carves.
The rail shape stays low and knifey through out, meaning you can really dig it in the face at speed to get away with far more than you could on other more conventional midlength shapes. The rocker is very relaxed in the nose with slight tail kick. It’s a balance between wave catching and manoeuvrability off the tail. The foil follows the rocker line with a very gradual distribution through the whole board. This gives you a stable platform that paddles well, floats high in the water and maintains speed in small weak surf. The key to this board is not packing the tail with too much volume; it is balanced but still very sensitive for the size and shape of board.