Photography by @corey_wilson
A week to be remembered.
@pukassurf has been chosen for #SITD18. @stab’s Stab In The Dark is a blind taste surfboard test featuring 11 of the best shapes in the world.
We were handed a few notes: The unknown world class surfer wanted a 5’10”1/2, he was 177cm tall and 80kg.
@stab’s request for #SITD18: the Pukas board had to be an #ecoboard, certified by @sustainsurf, with an all-black look to it and no logos.
With an incredibly tight deadline we built our best high-performance surfboard yet.
We have called it the Pukas DARK, is shaped by @axellorentz and is built in our epoxy INNCA tech.
We were told the board would be surfed in a warm water Central American location.
Little did we know it would end up traveling the world, with epic 🇯🇵 in the mix.
Our most performance and most eco friendly surfboard yet. Custom built for 3x Wold Champ @mfanno.
We built 6 for Stab in the Dark. Quality control didn’t let one out for quality reasons. Another 2 didn’t feel right. And @hodeicollazo handpicked the final 3. Hodei ranked them from 1st to 3rd according to his pro surfer knowledge, a very powerful addition to our Pukas gang of surf addicts.
Identicals, but only 1 can be the magic. 5’10 1/2″ x 18,75 x 2,24 and 26,44 litres. 2.480kg. Stringerless molded EPS foam, black tinted epoxy resin with bio base and according to @stab’s editor @ashtonsealegs, eligible to enter the blind taste-test at the 4th Stab in the Dark.
A closer look to the making of the surfboard that @mfanno will be testing at the 4th edition of Stab in the Dark; a blind taste test featuring 11 of the best shapes in the world, including this Pukas built in the Basque Country, Spain.
The innegra fiber used in our epoxy construction (#INNCA) not only is lightweight and durable, but also is great in shock absorption. Toughness, durability and vibration damping will be tested at this year’s Stab in the Dark by @mfanno.
Our exclusive innegra fiber was carefully bathed in epoxy resin over a magic Pukas 5’10 1/2″ x 18,75 x 2,24 shaped out of an EPS foam by @axellorentz. @stab handed it to @mfanno for the 4th Stab in the Dark, a soon to be released project.
Our Pukas epoxy tech is called INNCA. Not only is lightweight and durable, but also is great in shock absorption. When invited to be a part of Stab In The Dark, using this tech was a no brainer. Toughness, durability and vibration damping in a high performance surfboard as we have never felt before. We can’t wait to see the blind taste surfboard tester and 3x World Champ @mfanno’s reaction to it.
INNCA loving: the epoxy resin being applied on @mfanno’s 5’10 1/2″ x 18,75 x 2,24 and 26,44 litres. 2.480kg. Stringerless molded EPS foam, black tinted epoxy resin and innegra fibers cooked to perfection for @stab’s 4th edition of Stab In The Dark.
Designed and shaped by @axellorentz.
5’10 1/2″ x 18,75 x 2,24 and 26,44 litres. 2.480kg were the measures when we bet on Mick Fanning. As a reminder we were just handed that the unknown world class surfer wanted a 5’10”1/2, was 177cm tall and 80kg.
Words by @mayhemsurfboards_mattbiolos : “Axel is a friend, and long time partner of ours in Europe. He has been quietly working at PUKAS for decades. He has never been one to attract attention to himself, but can shape anything, anytime, for anyone. Short fat fish, Massive Guns and HP Shortboards, as evidenced by the result in the latest STAB… In The Dark.”
Words by @mctavishsurf : “Always respect from me to a REAL shaper!”
Words by @kepaacero :
“I’ve been working with Axel for many years and he has made me many boards of all kinds: thrusters, twins, single fins, guns … he is such a versatile shaper.
He is a shaper that I can always count on for the right board. I have a lot of confidence in him because he has intuition. He is an artist and at the same time he knows how to listen, which is a great quality in a shaper.”
Brand new #pukasDARK INN·CA tech by @axellorentz ⚡️
Designed for @mfanno #StabInTheDarkcontest.
The board that gave us an amazing runner-up position at @stab In The Dark is built in our exclusive INN·CA technology. .
Very soon available to order.
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