Shaped By Adam Fletcher
The Blackpearl is your everyday shortboard that can be ridden in nearly every condition. Still a high-performance model that comes in pro dims but a little more user friendly. It has a more relaxed rocker and outline, making it a little more versatile to more surfers and will work better for a neutral- to front-footed surfer. It can be surfed in two- to six-foot surf, but it performs best in three to five foot. It has a medium rocker and rails, and the outline is fuller through the nose and tail. The bottom shape is a single to double concave. This model only comes in rounded square or round tail and is only a thruster setup. The construction is PU blank, 4x4S, white Innegra tail patches making it light and strong. This is the exact model Callum Robson rode in the recent QS5000 to an emphatic victory.
Tested By Soli Bailey and Sophie McCulloch
I think this was my favourite board. There were a few boards that were up there, and being the favourite is a personal thing—we all like different things. It just had all the things that my boards sort of have. It’s a little under volume for me, but I also really liked that if you want to surf really well, sometimes a board with thinner rails and a little bit under volumed works really well when you’re on the face. And that’s kind of what it felt like—really slicey and fast ... heaps of drive and I liked the release.
I caught a lot of good waves on this board. It was a little stiffer than what I would normally ride, but seeing Callum ride this model, it makes sense. He’s someone who lays into his turns. It’s definitely a board that’s built for someone who’s going to throw everything into their turns, and I definitely noticed that. I could push this board as hard as I want onto that oncoming section, and I wasn’t going to go through the lip. I was going to come down with the lip and be able to handle it. I definitely think this board handles a lot of grunt.