Growing up around California point breaks, I was naturally drawn to wide little keel finned boards with minimal rocker that generated a lot of they’re own speed down the line. The Salty Turtle evolved through my interest in shaping and riding these boards over several years.
With the wide point of the outline placed slightly back from center, and an accelerated curve flowing out through the tail, this design allows for swooping carves of almost any radius, while still maintaining the ability to crank it off the lip. The Salty Turtle will connect the dots with tons of flow in small or below average surf, but also shine when the surf gets a bit bigger as well. It loves to sit high and tight in the pocket and come down the face of the wave with a tremendous amount of speed. The bottom contour screams hydrodynamic lift, and starts with a super subtle roll in the fist few inches of the nose, fading to triple concave under your front foot transitioning to quadruple concave to spiral V to flat under your back foot. It’s a pretty complex bottom shape to say the least, but it’s all designed to minimize interaction with the water as much as possible in order to create an immense amount of effortlessly generated speed. The bottom shape allows you to climb anywhere on the wave face with ease. It’s flat deck and sloped down rail help to retain a little bit of extra volume throughout the board, without sacrificing its performance.
Size the Salty Turtle anywhere from 3″-8″ shorter than your height depending on your personal preferences or skill level. for instance, I’m 6’2″ and 165 pounds, and I enjoy surfing a 5’6″ Salty Turtle.
The Salty Turtle was designed with point or reef waves in mind. They are my favorite shortboards to ride when the waves are average in between swells anywhere from knee high to slightly overhead. They go great in a wide variety of conditions.