The Sword, at 10′, is the long boat that we have been dreaming about over the past few years. Most of us paddle our long boats primarily during competition, but it should not go unnoticed that these boats are typically very stable, easy to surf and fit a wide range of paddlers. This makes for a great beginner surf craft or an all-conditions boat for any surfer.
We used a classic, convex hull shape with sharp, releasing chines so the boat will be supple edge to edge but will still grip the wave on the steepest faces. We decided that fin boxes would not come on this boat since they are not allowed in the long boat competitions and the class itself seems to be all about the purity of holding your edge into the wave and carving as efficiently as possible. We used a moderate, though far from aggressive, rocker profile making the Sword quick on the take-offs, but with just enough stern rocker to land backwards cleanly off the lip when doing aerials or spins. The deck of the boat follows a similar theory as the Ninjas, peaking in the center and fading to the edges, leaving no deck space for water to drag, sit or pile up during a ride. This is a no-nonsense, instant gratification surf kayak. Paddler size range should be extremely broad, 115-250 lbs.
Designer: Spencer Cooke