introducing The Tern- A Retro Pintail For Bigger Surf
Once we finished revising and adding new size options to our classic shapes that we’ve been building for almost 15 years, we decided it was time to add some new shapes we’ve been dreaming about. Shapes born from years of surfing, talking, sketching on the picnic table and listening to what you all have asked for. Nearly always, we’re quietly building prototypes, riding them ourselves and with close friends, and tweaking until we’re finally happy - a process, in wood board construction, that just takes time.
The all new Tern, available as a 6'8" and 7'4".
Introducing the Tern: a 6’8” and 7’4” retro-inspired pintail. This board originated from the want and need for a pintail mid-length, more suitable for steeper surf than the Sapling and the Seed. We found inspiration from the sleek, drawn-out pintails from the 70s made for tube riding. After handful of personal one-offs, and Seed variations, all ridden and tested in New England hurricane or winter storm surf (and a few travel destinations), we zeroed in on the shape we were looking for.
The Tern has enough volume to paddle into faster moving and bigger swell, but with enough taper to the rails so it doesn’t feel chunky and holds on steeper face. A sweeping outline with a very drawn out pintail for holding tight in the pocket and a good amount of lift in the nose to stick steeper drops. This is the board to bring flow and style to the days with a bit more intensity.
Several generations, lots of feedback and some good old fashioned product testing. Photo by Amanda Prifti.
What’s in a name? While we love the names of all of our board models, mostly themed around boats or trees and plants, we had trouble finding names that inspired us as much as these shapes do. So we looked to a new source of inspiration—seabirds! They are out on the water year round more than even the most dedicated surfer, and they travel the world thriving in the most beautiful places. The Tern, in fact, has one of the longest migrations of any animal on earth. What more, they have hollow bones, like our surfboards, to make those long flying sections way more makeable.
Our buddy Carrier putting the Tern through it's paces. Photo by Joshep Allison.