The PARTY CRASHER is a chopped down, volume-up spin off of the popular Crowd Killer, with a nod to the stylish Smooth Operator, but without forgetting the performance and maneuverability of our shorter hybrids like the Puddle Jumper series, thus furthering our adventures into the ego free fun of Mid-length Mayhem.
I feel like we have nailed the short/wide hybrid for a long time now, my quiver of 6’0” full figured grovelers runs deep. More recently, I’ve been loving the full-scale mid-lengths, including the Smooth Operator and Crowd Killer, but there is literally a 10”-14” length gap between these two ranges of boards in my quiver. Looking for a happy medium between our typical hybrids (which are traditionally ridden at, or even well below your own height) and our Mid-length Mayhem models, the PARTY CRASHER was designed to bridge the considerable size gap. A magic Unicorn that glides and paddles like the longer boards, but more maneuverable and easier to travel with, like the smaller boards. The PARTY CRASHER exists to do just that: Crash any spot and shark around the line up like an un-wanted guest, feasting on typical surf like an open bar or free buffet.
Starting with my favorite 7’2” Crowd Killer Round, I chopped 6” off of the tail and made a hard diamond, which further shortens the rail line and
enables quicker, more radical, turns. We then whacked 2” off the nose allowing the nose rocker to settle lower and to carry more width forward, lending glide and early entry into waves. The generous tail rocker purposely remains the same, but when squeezed into the shorter board allows it to really fit into tight pockets and short, average broken up beach breaks. It doesn’t need a lot of room to turn.
The PARTY CRASHER retains the Crowd Killer’s relatively low rail volume, and continuous curve outline, which keeps it catch free and forgiving. It features a deeper, more souped-up and radical, single to double concave bottom. The deeper concave adds lift and spark in smaller surf, and increase the rail line rocker, allowing more vertical and tight-radius-turning.
Crash any line up with confidence on this wave catching, yet surprisingly nimble and maneuverable, machine. It’s an age appropriate board, that allows more mature surfers to navigate crowded line ups and hit wave quota, without the typical reduction in performance when going with a longer, higher volume board. Meant to be ridden 4”-8” shorter than a Crowd Killer/Smooth Operator, or 4”-8” longer than our range of Puddle Jumper styles, short Hybrids, but with similar width and thickness to all.