No B.S. Summary
The Tuna models are the ultimate in freedom surfing.
- Winner of the 2011 Australian International Best Design Award
- Designed by Tom Wegener
The Not So Good
- Finless board so it's going to be different than your normal board, but once you get it you'll be stoked!
No B.S. Review
The Seaglass Project finless Tuna was designed by Tom Wegener, and produced by GSI. It recently won the 2011 Australian Int'l Best Design Award.
The problem with tradtional wood alaia boards is that they are hard to paddle on and catch waves — which left alaia surfing for really just expert level surfers. But Tom came up with a design that allows everyone of experience the thrill (these finless boards are fast) of finless surfing. The board has no rocker, and a roll in the front so it's easier to paddle and catch waves. Now you can as Tom says, experience “2-dimensional surfing” by doing some slides, spins and drifts. We've all seen Machado riding finless — this board is fun.
The Tunas are designed to have just the right blend of flex, rail and bottom contours constructed with the most modern materials to increase floatation and enhance performance. The Tuna's rocker profile is very flat so it is easy to catch waves. The combination of the curves and hard rails holds the board into the wave face. Being finless means minimal drag, which allows maximum speed even on the smallest waves. With the Tuna in your quiver you will look at the surf in a more three dimensional way. Seeing waves that are fun and ripable where you did not see them before. It will truly open your mind and your surfing!
“In September 2008 I was driving to the surf with my good friend and film maker Nathan Oldfield. We were talking about getting some more footage of the alaia for his upcoming movie and I was saying that the alaia story was pretty much done and that another board was on the way. ” The next board will be a big adventure much like the alaia”, I said to him. This was the first time that the thought of a new class of surfboard was in formulation. Nathan finished his masterpiece, “Seaworthy”, before the Tuna project really started rolling. I had made Tuna number one by that point and the fact that it rode OK gave me the green light to run with it.
The 2011 Australian International Design Award will help the public see that this is not only a great design but a practical surfboard. For me, I can ride any surfboard in the world. I can make any board in my factory and the Seaglass Tuna is what I surf most often. I see the young kids ripping on them and carving the wave in ways inconceivable on a finned board.”
- Size: 6'2"
Materials: SLX Technology (lightweight &