Who - This board is for the fearless advanced level surfers.
When - The Retro Gun is for the big stuff, whether it be choppy, calm, or offshore…simple as that.
What - The Retro Gun is a knife, designed to get you in as early as possible, make it to the bottom and set up for whatever lies ahead. This board will do all the work for you, which is exactly what you want in a big wave gun. Starting at the nose, the Retro Gun has a low entry rocker, a classic beaked nose, and a healthy amount of forward volume. The aim here being, get in the wave as early as possible. Moving down the board, the deck is flat with steep tapered rails. The flat deck gives the rider plenty of stability and the steep rails give the board the nimble characteristic which allows you to have confidence when positioning yourself on the wave. After passing the middle, the outline makes a hard B-line inwards to the pin-tail. This is crucial in a step-up as it helps create and maintain speed while the pin tail allows for maneuverability when needed. Flipping over to the bottom of the Retro Gun, the concaves play a very important role. Featuring a continuous Vee through the entire board(and a deep double concave through the tail), this allows for a board with such a high volume to sit lower in the water which makes the rails easy to engage. The Retro Gun does not use standard glassing like the typical shortboard. 6 x 4 OZ glass if used on the deck as well as a 4 ply redwood stringer for added strength that still has some flexibility. The Retro Gun can take a beating, to say the least.
6’2” 18.38 2.50 30.00 cl Luke Davis
6’6” 18.38 2.56 32.50 cl Luke Davis
6’6” 19.00 2.63 34.50 cl
6’8” 19.25 2.66 36.50 cl
6’9” 19.38 2.72 38.00 cl
6’10” 18.50 2.63 35.50 cl Luke Davis
6’10” 19.50 2.75 39.00 cl
6’11” 19.63 2.75 40.00 cl
7’0” 19.75 2.85 42.00 cl
7’2” 20.00 2.88 44.00 cl
7’3” 20.00 2.90 45.00 cl
7’4” 20.13 2.94 46.00 cl
7’4” 20.75 3.00 48.75 cl Matt Biolos
7’6” 19.25 2.75 42.50 cl Mason Ho
7’6” 20.13 3.00 48.00 cl
7’8” 20.25 3.00 49.50 cl
7’10” 20.38 3.00 51.00 cl
8’0” 19.50 2.88 48.00 cl Mason Ho
8'0" 20.50 3.03 53.00 cl
8’0” 20.00 3.10 53.00 cl Strider Was.
9'0" 21.00 3.50 70.50 cl Strider Was.
The RETRO_GUN features low entry rocker with Rolled Vee (and lots of forward volume) and a classic “Beak” nose. The Vee lessens through the center and increases again into an accelerated tail rocker, with deep double concave cutting through the tail curve. The continuous Vee bottom enables a high-volume board to surf lower in the water and engage the rail. It cleanly cuts through big, bumpy, chop or stiff offshore condition and allows for smooth, controlled, rail to rail surfing. It easily remains in control at high speeds, in powerful surf.
Built standard with…
Strong (yet flexible) 4ply Redwood stringer
Thruster/Quad convertible fin set up.
Solid resin tinted 6oz and 4oz stronger glassing, for a beautiful board that lasts. – All new, model specific, minimalist logo package.
(Post Modern) RETRO GUN is loosely based off my original, personal guns from the late 1980’s. Now recently revamped and modernized with 30 years of knowledge, yet still retaining the original ’80’s design ethos. Flat deck, steep full rails (with more edge) lower rockers with continuous vee, were the status quo. Before the introduction of deep concaves cutting through hyper rocker minimalistic slippers of the 1990’s, the surfboards of the ’80’s were more user friendly.
High volume was high performance.
Our first modern “Retro Guns” were built a few years back, at the request of a friend (journalist, Lewis Samuels) up in Ocean Beach San Francisco. He was looking for an advantage in negotiating OBs big, cold, open ocean landscapes. Ironically, after seeing LS in action, on early Retros, it was quickly requested, and adopted by our “A” team of young hot shots like Kolohe, Ian Crane and (most notably) Luke Davis, while on road trips up north. They now hold full quiver of Retro Guns, for attacking the same types of waves, and places like Sunset Beach, Hi.
More importantly, for the surfer used to spending most their time on higher volume, hybrid/fish designs in daily surf (but struggle to find a board that suits them when the waves get solid) the RETRO_GUN is an excellent tool to boost confidence and control in a raucous line up. It easily replaces a standard gun, or large step up, but can be done with less length and more thickness without sacrificing control.
Over all, the Retro Gun, while loved by Pros, is really meant for the Bros. It’s a working man’s gun. A great tool for taming big unruly beasts, even in challenging, imperfect conditions.