In Volume 17 of our ongoing ECOIMPACTO SESSIONS SERIES, we journey to Waco Texas with special guests Micheal Rodriquez and Volcoms Yago Dora to put a couple of our favorite “dang difficult to ding” ECOIMPACTO, zero hazardous waste, dream board shapes by legendary shaper MAYHEM to the test. The Short Round performance hybrid has been a go to for our PNW cold water crew and we were excited to see how it went under the fast feet of M Rod. The storied RNF needs no introduction but, it was nice to have it introduced to the perfect ramps of BSR, piloted by Volcom’s ultra talented Yago Dora. The results are in… no dings and lots of hot Brazilian action!
ECO IMPACTO BOARDS OF WACO
Seeing the Lib X Lost performance potential under the feet of amazingly talented surfers in a modern playground has been a real good time. The Short Round and RNF Redux are perfect daily drivers and in our construction just might last a lifetime. Here are a few words explaining the shapes from Mayhem himself.
The Shortround bridges the gap between easy riding “cheater” surfboards and the high performance shortboard. The speed comes from a low entry rocker and wide-ish nose, with a forward wide point and generous concave throughout. The performance comes from a moderate, but not flipped up, tail rocker, a double concave through the fins and the same sort of modern bump squash tail that you would find on a typical contest style, small wave HP shortboard. All combined, it doesn’t look like anything fancy and there are no gimmicks, but some times less is more, and there’s a lot packed into this little surfboard. ~ Matt Biolos
The Round Nose Fish Redux hybrid surfboard features a very low overall centerline rocker, with modest single concave under the front foot, to keep the board planing at low speeds. The concave gradually reduces to flat up in the nose, allowing forgiving entry into waves and in and out of turns. The vee in the tail enables the board to retain its very low stringer-line rocker, while still being easy to turn, and gives the board so much control. The radical change from concave in the center, to vee in the tail creates an aggressive rail rocker that engages when the board is rolled onto an rail. It then feels like a board with much more overall rocker. Thus allowing tight radius turns on the face, and in the lip. Classic TwinFin influenced placement on the front fins. It can be ridden as a Twin/Quad or a 2+1 or however you like it. ~ Matt Biolos