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Designed at the request of (and direction from) Kolohe Andino, as an extension of his favorite RNF-Retro.
Kolohe surfed his little neon RNF-Retro better than I’d ever seen anyone surf any fish in small Trestles waves.
Inspired, yet not satisfied, he came to me wanting to create something even better.
“I love that little Retro-fish. It works way better than I ever would have thought, but I can’t get my head completely around that short little nose. If that thing had a longer nose on it, I could probably ride it in contests.
I really want that fish with a longer, more pulled nose. Make it about 5’9”, so it feels more like a real shortboard up front. Maybe a bit narrower overall. I want a longer rail, with more drive off my front foot. More power, a bit stiffer, more aggressive and even faster. Ridiculously fast. You can leave everything else kinda the same.”- KA
Gauntlet laid…. So we went to work and to do just that.
Starting with Kolohe’s magic little 5’6” RNF-Retro we added 3” of length, by extending the nose, pulling it in and added some gradual nose rocker. We also narrowed the entire board a bit and pulled the tail in just slightly, retaining the double side-cut ”Pelagic” outline. We kept the tail rocker and bottom curves essentially the same but blended the rails a bit more.
The end result being a 5’9” 19.25” 2.38” little speedster, reminiscent of a classic, Clyde Beatty “Rocket-Fish” .
We documented Kolohe’s first surf on our first attempt, and knew we were onto something. “I love it. It might be the best alternative board I’ve ever ridden. Let’s make it a model!”.
So we did….
Kolohe Andino’s SWORDFISH: A fast, aggressive and powerful predatory “Fish”, with a longer, pointed nose, side cut “Pelagic” outline, wide fish tail and ridiculously fast rocker.