With the Modern Highline we examined what novice-to-intermediate surfers need in a surfboard to help them get as much actual surfing experience as possible. To become a better surfer, catching waves and increasing your confidence is the key, so we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave). Essentially, we built this board to re-define the first steps in surfing so people develop their skills quicker and maximise the enjoyment they get from riding waves.
OUTLINE: The outline is the key to the Highline’s amazing stability. We basically took the middle section of a longboard, then tapered the nose to a semi-point and added a nice curved square tail, and by reducing the overall board length you maintain easier side-to-side turning.
ROCKER: Considered flat, the low rocker means this board paddles very quickly onto waves, and will maintain its speed once you’re up and riding. In this case flat equals flow, and less effort required from the rider to get the board up and going.
CONTOURS: Forward concave helps channel water efficiently across the flatter rocker, particularly when paddling and taking off. The back half of the board has a raised vee with double concave to offset the width, and allow for easier transitions from one rail to the other when performing turns.
FOIL: There’s lots of volume along the full length of the foil, but enough taper through the nose to avoid that ‘boat-like’ feel. The rails are full, but still soft which makes them forgiving as you glide across the face and connect your turns together.
PERFORMANCE: This model can be ridden shorter due to the extra width and higher volumes, which is a big advantage for beginner and intermediate surfers developing their turning skills. For better surfers, gear down into cruise mode before riding the Highline. It has a large sweet spot and offers a very fluid ride, especially in smaller, soft running beach and point waves.
The X1b bamboo construction produces a light, durable surfboard with extra strength on the deck.
MODERN HIGHLINE – X1B
NOTE: rider weight is based on board volume and intermediate rider skill level.
Length Width Thick Volume Fins (Supplied With Board) Approx Weight Range 5'4" 20 1/4" 2 3/8" 30.1 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 60kg / 132lb or less 5'6" 20 5/8" 2 7/16" 32.4 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 60kg / 132lb or less 5'8'' 21'' 2 1/2'' 35 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 60kg / 132lb or less 5'10'' 21 3/8'' 2 5/8'' 38.3 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 65kg / 143lb or less 6'0'' 21 3/4'' 2 3/4'' 42 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 75kg / 165lb or less 6'2'' 22 1/8'' 2 13/16'' 45 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 85kg / 187lb or less 6'4'' 22 1/2'' 2 7/8'' 48.1 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 90kg / 198lb or less 6'8'' 22 7/8'' 3'' 54 ltr FCSII Tri Performer 95kg / 209lb or less Construction X1b Epoxy
X-1B Epoxy is an upgraded version of our X1 Epoxy. Still simple and effective construction using epoxy resin, woven fiberglass and a lightweight EPS core, but we remove a layer of fibreglass from the deck and add a .5mm layer of Bamboo. The EPS core is cut directly from the shapers files, and once custom shaped, is glassed in the traditional hand layup method with multiple layers of woven fiberglass and the bamboo.
This versatile construction is lightweight, affordable, and is very well suited to manufacturing surfboards and SUP’s. X-1B Epoxy boards are most popular for their subtle flex and memory recall properties, which translates into a board that feels light and responsive, and offers reliable performance regardless of the conditions. The Bamboo adds a beauty factor to this board.
Board Concave Single Double Vee Rail Full Rider Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate Wave Height 1-6ft Waves