Here at Evolve, we like to give our customers a more in depth look into the boards we produce- which is why we've decided to begin a new blog series called "Board Profiles." In them we will discuss the dimensions of the board, the uses for that particular model, what type of paddler fits on each board, and the conditions in which that particular model works best in.
With that being said- to kick of our Profile series, today's board is the Perfect 10!! Woot woot! Named after it's length, the board measures 10'x30'' with a rail measuring in at 4.5''- making this board great for the mid to heavy rider as it will float 173 litres comfortably. It is also equipped with a W style handle which makes it easy on those fingers and forearms to carry, a spot for tie down straps, and a Go Pro plug for those looking to capture their action on the board.
So, what is this board used for?
That's easy- everything!! The designers at Evolve noticed there was a small void in our lineup between the 10'6'' Padillac and our 9'5'' surf model, so we decided to fix it by creating the Perfect 10. Even on flat water, you won't be losing any glide by being on it. The low rocker line and length make it a great board for the average paddler to take a light cruise around the bay or on the creek.Now, it may not glice as well as the Padillac because of its pulled in tail and loss of length so keep that in mind when choosing a board if you are only going to paddle in the flat water. Simply because, the other use for the Perfect 10 is in the surf!! Designed for East Coast waves, the Perfect 10 was crafted with the idea of bringing that smooth longboard style to SUP. The pulled in and narrow tail make it a breeze to turn into any wave and the rounded spoon-style nose means practicing your cross steps to the front and back is fun! Sooner or later you may even be able to hang one toe over the nose. However, as with any longboard or longboard style SUP, they do have their limitations in bigger surf. Now, we aren't saying definitively that you CAN'T surf the Perfect 10 in big waves, just that maybe there is a board out there in the Evovle lineup which may be better for it. This is because of the low rocker line on the board. The rocker, or the way the board curves up at the nose and the tail, constitutes what type of surf is best for any SUP or surfboard. Traditionally the lower the rocker line, the smaller the waves it should be found in. And vice versa- the more rocker the board has, the bigger the waves it's designed for. With the Perfect 10 in mind, the lower rocker shape makes it very easy and comfortable to catch waves anywhere in the 1-2' to 3-4' range. It'll paddle fast, catch them early, and the glide is unmatched once you're sailing on the wave. But, as waves tend to get bigger, they also tend to become more hollow- making the drops into the waves much, much steeper. And with steepness comes a tendency to fly over the front of the board as it can be difficult to keep it from diving the nose straight down into the face of the wave- which is why boards with high amounts of rocker and usually only found in big waves. Of course, if this doesn't make any sense to you- just remember, the Perfect 10 is a great board for the flatwater and moderate surf. In fact, we believe it to be our most versatile board, and because of this, can be the only board you'll ever need in your quiver!! So if you're looking to purchase one- we already know, it'll be the perfect board for you. See what I did there? Ha. It's the PERFECT board for you. The PERFECT 10. Ha, I'm clever. Oh. Yeah. I know. You got it. haha We look forward to seeing you out on the water!! And for anyone interested- check out our resident Perfect 10 ambassador @johnnybmore on Instagram and Facebook. He's taken the board through it's paces and has come out smiling on the other end. Way to go Johnny!!