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Lost Tube Pig surfboard 6ft 1 Futures - White
Aussie heavyweight (sorry) Taj Burrow and his model girlfriend have just had their first sprog, a little girl called Arabella Rose, but Taj doesn’t appear to be presenting any anti-natal blues. The video clip above shows him right at home on his new Mayhem shaped "Tube Pig", a board especially designed and equipped to thrive in the frankly daunting conditions he encounters in his beloved WA. Taj claims “it's the best board I’ve ever ridden in a tube”.
Taj and Matt Biolos put their heads together to produce a quiver with a little more inbuilt "substance", boards able to withstand the beatings of these demanding waves. The boards didn't need to be really light weight and didn't require any aerial capabilities.
One stand-out in this quiver was a sweet little 5ft 9 x 18.32 x 2.25 with 25 litres volume, with an accentuated rounded pin tail, a narrower than normal "hip" between the feet and a slightly wider than normal nose...it just looked fast and drivey. A pretty normal (for a performance board) rocker was achieved with less concave than usual, but a pleasing rail line with no breaks or curves to interrupt it. There were a couple of other tweaks made that were pretty subtle but proved vital in this little boards prowess in the demanding hollow conditions. The nose is a little thicker than the tail at the 12 and 24" points. The extra volume in the front of the board not only made it a bit less prone to snapping but assisted with paddling and more importantly early wave entry and drive from the front foot.
These subtle differences from your regular truncated step-ups have a helpful bi-product, in that they also make the board an easier paddler for the regular guy wanting a performance board for decent waves with a reduced risk of it snapping on his first miss-timed drop!
When matt finished shaping this prototype he pencilled "Tube Shooter" along the stringer.
After a prolonged period of chunky swell in WA, Matt received a string of "frothing" texts and emails from Taj pronouncing.. "I am not sure if it interests you or not, but this is the best board I have ever ridden in the tube. It's a real Tube Pig. The thickness lets me in early and it knifes into solid tubes better than any shorty would. Paddle power to catch them, but the short little board fits in the curve better than a gun, and still holds in".
And so the Tube Pig was born (or should I say farrowed?), at last a board for anyone looking to charge some big hollow waves on those special days at home or on their travels.
The Tube Pig is designed to be ridden around the same size or a fraction longer than your regular shortboard.
Don't forget you can also order a customised version of the Tube Pig, choosing your exact dims, fin set up and fin system, check out our customiser service at Boardshop right now. All you need to do is pump in the details and pay a £100 deposit with the balance due when we send you the board, average build time is 6-8 weeks. Also quite a few of the chaps here surf this board, or have surfed it plus we talk to lots of surfers and take on their feedback so we are here to chat about this or any other board, just give us a call on (44) 01243 674250
Got an old board or a board you don't get on with? Fancy trading it in against a new Tube Pig? Take a look at our Trade In Page, it's a painless process that can take some of the sting out of buying a new surfboard.
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