The Pop Stick is a super versatile board based on a traditional surfboard shape and designed for all levels on surfing (size and skill level depending).
It is the ideal board for someone who is looking to step down from a Mini Mal and start doing proper turns, or just the lazy, more experienced surfer who wants an extra bit of volume for the weaker Summer swells.
While we usually push beginners into our Mini Mal template, we also feel the Pop Stick is the ideal choice for any grommets first board too!
FOR THE GROMS
The Pop Stick is the ultimate first board for any grommet.
Generally, we suggest a Mini Mal Shape (Chop Stick or Koolite) for learners, but because kids are generally pretty agile & often light for their size, the Pop Stick shape often suits them well as it is has a bit less volume.
Having a little less width is also helpful for them as they begin to paddle around by themselves.
PERFECT STEP DOWN
FOR INTERMEDIATE SURFERS
This is the perfect board for progressing from a Mini Mal and learning to do proper turns.
The template is super user friendly, and has a bit less surface area through the nose and tail making it a bit more manoeuvrable.
It's slightly thinner through the rails for some increased responsiveness and the round tail is smooth yet stable when transitioning between turns.
In saying all that, it still has lot of hidden volume around the chest, so it still has plenty of paddle power, guaranteeing you will catch plenty of waves!
We'd best describe it a a user-friendly shape - easy to surf on but still rippable.
We've given it a bit more curve, with the wide-point pushed forward a little bit. This ensures that you have plenty of volume under your chest, meaning you'll never be struggling for paddle power. A bit of extra volume up front also gives a little bit of extra stability and will help the board plane across fat or weaker sections of the wave.
The curved template has then been matched with flatter rocker to create a shape that maintains acceleration and drive out of the turns but can still turn sharply when required.
RAILS & THICKNESS
Once again we've been mindful not to make the board too thick. We've thinned the board out overall, which is particularly noticeable through the rails. This makes the rails a bit easier to sink through turns and generally makes the board a bit more responsive. We feel that this has allowed us the perfect balance of manoeuvrability and stability.
The Pop Stick also features a round tail, which is ideal for smaller waves.
Generally, it feels a bit looser, but is nice and smooth, especially when transitioning between turns or in drawn out carves.
The round tail adds an extra bit of surface area, this helps give a bit more stability on the back foot.
Once again, we've reduced the thickness a little bit, increasing responsiveness, and also allowing the tail to have a bit more bite in hollower waves.
BAMBOO STRINGER TECHNOLOGY
We use Bamboo Stringers, re-enforced with fibreglass sheeting and epoxy resin to give the perfect amount of flex, and greatly decreasing the chance of snapped boards.
BONES AND SHANKS FIN SYSTEM
Easy to install and remove fins. Compatible with other fin two tab systems, allowing you to change your fins to suit conditions or alter board performance.
EXCLUSIVE SOFTLITE MOULDS
This ensures that every board comes out identical with no imperfections. It also creates a harder shell of EPS foam on the outside making Softlite boards stiffer and more durable than competitors who use similar cores.