Starting in San Diego with Skip Frye, or maybe ancient Hawaiians depending how you look at it, these boards were built with a “cross-country” approach to surfing in mind. A sort of split experience of paddling, surfing a break, paddling to another, surfing, etc. This idea intrigued me, and once I got to experience a glider for the first time, a Skip in fact, it was all over. You tap into something different than the normal surfing experience. You slow down, feel the wave more, notice your surroundings in a new way, and really get back to what I like to think surfing was about early on in Hawaii. Gliders are not for everyone, but for those intrigued the path is a long one. And remember, with great power comes great responsibility…
Details: Plan shapes range from curvy to parallel. Bottom contours vary.
Wave Range: Flat to whatever you dare...
Recommended length: Generally I view proper "gliders" as 10'6 and up. But shorter sizes make sense depending on the person and individual needs.
Width: 23 1/4"
Thickness: 3" to 3 1/2"
Tail: 13 1/2 to 15 1/2"