Since its inception, The SUB-DRIVER has remained our most consistently successful “WQS” competition board. Year after year, competitors around the world request Sub Drivers as a special weapon for the varied and unpredictable surf of the World Qualifying Series.
First developed in 2010, for Kolohe Andino. In 2011 Kolohe won 5 WQS events during his WCT qualifying season...all on Sub-Drivers. Mick Fanning took notice, and that same year, famously grabbed one of Kolohe’s old discarded SUB-DRIVERs and blazed through many heats at The Lowers Pro, claiming the board “completely changed his perception of what a competition board can be”. He later carried, and used one, multiple times during his 2013 World Title run. Since then, the list of surfers finding success on this design is long.
In 2017, we are still making as many custom Sub-Drivers for Pro surfers as ever. Somewhat radical in its design, it was originally created by hand cutting about 1” off the nose and tail of a “DRIVER” model. Its most prominent features being the slightly wider than average nose, a noticeably wide hip and tail block with spiral vee behind the rear fin. The full nose provides stability for landing airs. The wide hip in front of the fins creates a sort of parallel outline for drive. The noticeable hip/bump at the fins, angling into the wide squash tail, breaks the rail line and gives the surfer a pivot point to crank tight, powerful turns. The wide tail block makes for a stable platform in small waves and at low speeds, and combined with all the other elements allows the board to be ridden pretty short. The rail rocker transitions from a modest concave under the front foot, transitioning to flat at the rear fin, and continuing upward into noticeable, double concave, vee out the tail. There is a good amount of double concave through the tail, adding lift and helping the water squirt through and release. Good surfers say “it pushes back, even in small waves”. The Sub-Driver not only benefits Pros, it really is perfect for most “Bros”. Short and stubby with plenty of built in drive, it’s easy to catch waves and generate speed on. It loves small to average surf.
"Make the jump to #LightSpeed "
LightSpeed is our proprietary surfboard construction built with lightweight EPS foam and high strength epoxy resin. LightSpeed uses a combination of Rapid-Reflex Carbon Fiber as well vibration dampening Innegra-Fibers, woven into the finest custom performance fiberglass cloth. Like the name implies, LightSpeed is both light and exceptionally fast, allowing you to take your surfing to new levels of speed and Pro-formance.
Developed in house, our crew of board builders worked closely with our top Jr and WQS team riders to create the best possible technology for High Pro-formance small wave and everyday surfing.
After well over a year of testing various versions, and R&D with some of the world best young surfers, we are now making this exciting custom surfboard construction to available to all.
LIGHT SPEED Custom Composite features:
Ultra-Light / Ultra-Lively Foam Core: Steam molded, High-Strength-to-Weight-Ratio, fused cell, water resistant, stringer-less EPS foam core.
High-Strength, Flexible, Impact Resistant, Epoxy Resin System.
Woven Carbon Fiber Centerline “Stringer” (top and bottom): Engineered to add both strength and Rapid-Reflex “pop”, with just enough release to feel forgiving underfoot. The Carbon loads up, under foot pressure and springs upon release.
Fused Carbon, Tail Reinforcement Patches: Transfers more direct input into rail and adds strength.
Centerline Aligned Carbon “Exo-Stringers": Enable natural Torsional Twist, similar to a wood stringer board, but lighter, and with a much faster reflex reaction and more “pop”.
Innegra Infused, Engineered Composite Fiberglass: Strategically placed, lengthwise (within *5oz Warp-Weave) with the bulk of the material under your toes and heel. The polypropylene “Innegra” dampens vibrations and chatter, as well as adds strength and helps hold the board together over time.
5oz Warp-Weave Fiberglas: A multi weave (6oz lengthwise, woven with 4oz, rail to rail) fiberglass, top and bottom, adds significant break strength, while keeping the boards Ultra-light and Ultra-lively.
LightSpeed - Light and exceptionally fast technology, allowing you to take your small wave and everyday surfing to new levels of speed and Pro-formance.
Available for Custom Orders on our entire lineup of Models.
” Make The Jump to #LightSpeed and take your surfing to new levels of speed and Pro-formance "
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