Insight’s Ozzie Wright-inspired fish-shortboard hybrid optimizes small days.
Shaper: Thomas Jensen
Model: Punt Rocker
Width: 20 3/8″
Thickness: 2 11/16″
Tail: winged swallow
Weight: 200 lbs.
Optimal Surf Conditions:
Two feet and smaller. It’s like a fish that takes to the air. It’s a flying fish.
Simple concave bottom gives the board lift and helps it skate through mushy sections in smaller surf.
A modern rail edge means if you find yourself in a good place to do a little snap or a slash, it’s going to be much more forgiving than the classic 70s-style fish. The rails are full and rolled high on the deck, giving the Punt Rocker increased buoyancy and a skatier feel.
A full nose assists in catching waves and increases paddle power, two key factors for the board you ride on smaller days.
Shaper Thomas Jensen recommends you ride this board thicker than your shortboard. “Buoyancy is one of the keys to speed,” he says. If you normally ride your boards 2 1/4 inches thick, bump up to 2 3/8″.
Ride the Punt Rocker a full four to six inches shorter than your shortboard. So if you ride a 6’0″, you’re gonna want a 5’7″, plus or minus an inch. (I really hope you didn’t need me to do that math for you, but to be sure, I did it anyway.) Added thickness and rail fullness allow you to ride a smaller, more maneuverable board.
You’re gonna want to go about 1 1/4 inches wider than your shortboard. More width adds to the tail width and the overall planing area of the board. Think speed. Envision Ozzie flying down the line, heading at a section.
Jensen uses the standard thruster fin setup, but on the Punt Rocker the fins sit further back. This helps maintain drive and reduces the pivot and tail drift common on short boards with wide tails. (If you’ve ever ridden a board with an adjustable fin, you know that if you put it further forward, the board pivots more, and the further back you set it, the more the board holds a line.)
A light glass job keeps the overall weight of the board down. Four-ounce glass on the deck and bottom with no patch keep the board light and ready to take flight.
Thomas Jensen worked a lot with Ozzie Wright on the creation of this shape, and it’s been this model under Ozzie’s feet in a lot of the images you’ve seen of him in mags and videos. It’s short and fat, and Jensen stresses the need for flotation, an important aspect for boards you ride in smaller waves. Jensen says they really perform in waves too small for your shortboard.