Designed by Tom Carroll and myself, The Bud was first created as a model for Tom to ride at Kelly Slater’s wave pool and is the shorter, wider version of ‘The Leaf’.
The Bud has a relatively simple outline with quite a wide, full foiled nose profile which tapers rather quickly to a small, signature TC thumb tail. In this fashion it almost looks like two boards conjoined, a small wave hybrid style nose with a tail that is reminiscent of a board designed for much larger waves. The unusual, yet beautiful pairing of these two elements reflects the overall purpose of the boards existence, an entry level step-up board which is easy to paddle and travel with yet can also hold well in good powerful waves. The bottom contour of this board is a little different to the other boards in the ES x PUKAS range.
It does however, feature the signature subtle quad concave entry but this rather quickly blends into a deep single concave which is most prominent in the first half of the board, mainly between the feet. This creates a lot of speed and drive which lends itself to a faster, barreling type of wave. The use of this concave, combined with the signature pulled in tail and reduced tail rocker creates a fast, somewhat sensitive board, which excels in clean hollow waves.
In Tom’s words “The Leaf is for people who want to get barreled…and come out!”.
The Bud’s Size Chart
|5’8”||18 3/4″||2 1/4″||25.2 l.|
|5’10”||19 1/4″||2 5/16″||27.4 l.|
|6’0”||19 3/4″||2 3/8″||29.5 l.|
|6’2”||20 1/4″||2 7/16″||32 l.|
|6’4”||20 3/4″||2 1/2″||34.5 l.|
|6’6″||21 1/4″||2 9/16″||37.2 l.|
|6’8”||21 3/4″||2 5/8″||40 l.|
The BUD is built in PE construction
All the Pukas x Eye Symmetry surfboards are built on a traditional polyurethane core with a complete epoxy laminate and finish known as PE construction.
“We are thinking more long term by creating a more durable product“, says Max.
The epoxy resin is known to be a higher quality material than polyester. Is more UV resistant, stronger and has more reactive flex pattern. The result is a whiter and brighter surfboard that doesn’t yellow as quickly as a traditional polyester construction (aesthetics) which responds faster to your movements (performance).
“The carbon stripes are quite a visual thing that I love” says Max. “We are honoring a traditional surfboard building process but we are adding some minor reinforcement and visuals. It’s basically a bit more love put into the construction of the board to make it last longer for the surfer“.
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3. The Bud
The Bud is a fast, somewhat sensitive board, which excels in clean hollow waves. A step-up board which is easy to paddle and travel with.
Designed by Tom Carroll and myself, The Bud was first created as a model for Tom to ride at Kelly Slater’s wave pool and is the shorter, wider version of ‘The Leaf’. Find out more here.