My good friend Zac Avants and I became extremely intrigued on an idea that Zac had one day of creating a longboard with a duo fin setup (Two single fins placed with the intent to retain the best of twin fin and single fin performance combined while providing a completely new sensation at the same time). The fin set up itself deserves credit to its pioneers; Neal Purchase Jr. and Roy Holloway. The goal with this board was to come up with something that nose rode like a boss, and turned from the tail like nothing else we had ever surfed in this size range. After thinking it over for a few months, I decided to grab a blank and get shaping. The board was glassed a week later and coincidentally we were greeted with perfect chest high south swell for a week straight. The original board gave me feelings on a wave that I never could have dreamed of, and it then became apparent that this was a design that I was extremely passionate about.
The Garfunkel is a duo finned wide-point back rounded pin tail longboard designed for nose riding and fluid turns with tons of projection from the tail. By using two narrow base flex fins and placing them away from center, you get a longboard that nose rides insane, and has tons of directional control. When each of the fins flex and spring back into place, the projection that is generated by that amount of energy releasing on boards of this size is like no other. The wide point is placed back to give the rider control when turning from the tail. The rocker curve is mellow in the nose, and has a fair amount of kick in the tail which helps the board lock in to the wave when nose riding. The bottom shape features a single concave in the nose to create lift when nose riding, which then fades into a subtle roll transitioning to panel V to easily get the board onto its rail when turning. The rails are fairly thin and pinched which allow for maximum sensitivity. The rail shape is 50/50 fading into a hard edge in the last 12″ of the board.
Size the Garfunkel anywhere from 9′ to 10′.
The Garfunkel does great in a variety of conditions, and loves waves anywhere from shin to head high.