SOOPERSNAKE: Trevor Gordon X Asymmetrical

Trevor Gordon on his Soopersnake

Trevor Gordon on his Soopersnake

Asymmetrical surfboards have been getting more attention as of late with people like Ryan Burch, Trevor Gordon, and others proving the merit in their design.

In theory, it makes total sense. Each side of the board has a different rail line, fin set up, and possible tail shape to maximize performance based on the different ways we approach surfing on our frontside or backside. Going frontside we come off-the-bottom on our toe side and come off-the-top on our heel side. The exact opposite is true when going backside, coming off-the-bottom we lead with our heel and coming off-the-top we shift our weight to our toe side. Making sense? If so it may make you wonder why we’ve been riding symmetrical surfboards all along.

The longer rail line is on your toe side rail with a twin style keel fin. Your heel side rail is shorter with a quad style fin set up. As we approach surfing frontside and backside differently, essentially your combining the characteristics of a board that surfs optimally both frontside and backside. These boards tend to feel loose and responsive, while drawing massive amounts of downline speed, coupled with a superior ability to lay into long drawn out cutbacks.

Friends at home have been riding this exact shape for a few months now locally and abroad. I’ve watched their performance level enhanced quickly, so much so that I was inspired to have my shaper design me an asymmetrical board based on the pros and cons of various boards I ride.

Currently I’m waiting for that board to arrive and then I can put it to the test, reporting back with some experiential knowledge.

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful style of Trevor Gordon as he proves the theory of the asymmetrical surfboard.

Trevor Gordon on 5’8 “SooperSnake” by Ryan Lovelace. Winter 2014/15. Filmed by Andrew Schoener.
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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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