The RNF Retro C4
is our latest spin on the always evolving #Round-NoseFish. It features noticeable elements from the purist (mostly San Diego influenced) evolution of wide, split tailed “Fish”, and smashes them together with much of what we have learned in nearly 25 years of shaping and riding the ...Lost RNF. First off, the tail is wide for that effortless glide and retro vibe. Coming in at over 10” from tip to tip, and 4” deep, it’s the deepest and widest split tail we’ve released. The board prominently features a snow- board-esque, double side cut outline. Strongly in influenced by years of snowboarding, and then seeing the boards of underground SD shapers like Mirandon and Caster, we first developed and released our double side cut on the “Pelagic” model, in the late 2000’s.
Like with a snowboard, the sidecut “grips” the riding surface and allows for more radical, tighter radius direction changes on wider, otherwise difficult to turn sharply, outlines and flat rockers. The sidecut hooks into the wave face and turns surprisingly sharp, without the usual drift or skip or slip, associated with common wide tail fish shapes. Staying with the shy retro vibe, the #RNF_ Retro features a very at deck with a de ned, steeply angled rail, but tucked under soft into the bottom. The flat deck allows the board to be ridden thinner, which enables more flex. Thin flat decks maintain more scoop in the deck rocker, which when surfed with the rail buried perpendicular into the surface, helps low rocker boards turn in tighter arcs, rather than tracking or flatten-ing out. All these elements are built around our time tested and proven RNF rocker bottom curves.
The RNF Retro is flat up front with the slightest of single concave through the center, and a spi- ral vee from the fins back. This equates to a fast, yet precise and comfortable, familiar ride, without sacrificing glide. Keels are fast and fun, but spilt keels perform better. The RNF-Retro is designed to be ridden with split keels, or a Twin + two (small trailers) quad setup. There’s no rear fin box on this thing. We created a special, subdued, era reminiscent, model specific logo just for this board.
After more than two years of development and testing, we are proud to announce the launch of C4 composite construction. The continuing evolution of integrating all natural, fully renewable and sustainable Cork, into a durable and lightweight, high-performance custom surfboard construction. Developed with Drew Baggett, C4 is built by wrapping a 1.5lb EPS foam core with full deck 1.5mm Cork. The Cork deck serves as a performance enhancing dampener, and also dramatically increases strength.
By layering glass both between the Cork and the EPS core, as well wrapping over the cork and around the rails, we create a “sandwich” with incredible impact and impressive tensile strength and durability, while remaining light weight. Cork is a natural dampener which smooths out the ride of an EPS surfboard.
Cork settles down vibrations and chatter, so prevalent in most EPS surfboards. Its spreads, and smooths out surface chatter, to provide a soothing glide. The Cork deck is like a suspension system on windy days, and in larger surf and variable conditions, which so commonly create chaos and unpredictable performance in “epoxy” or EPS surfboards. The bottom is built layering multiple layers of 4oz fiberglass, the final layer being a wrap of “D” Glass. Both the top and bottom feature fused carbon fiber, exo-skeletal stringers. The Fused Carbon adds strength, and provides pop, bringing a responsive, rapid spring back to the flex. C4 boards are designed to withstand a barrage of typical daily damage, while remaining light, lively and energetic under foot, and providing long lasting, durable and high-performance fun.
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