Rusty Contest Teams Shaper With Surfer

Rusty Surfboards is challenging all surfer-shaper combinations to come up with their own version of Rusty’s C-5 board design and then compete in a special contest. On May 24¿28, the winner-take-all event will be held at Lower Trestles in California, with 10,000 dollars going to the winning surfer and 10,000 to his shaper.

The unique aspect of the contest is how Rusty is “trying to push technicality in hardgoods and progression in surfing,” says Brad Drew of Rusty marketing. According to Drew there will be two riders per shaper with a total of 64 contestants allowed to enter. In the 30-minute heats, the only score counted will be a rider’s highest wave. That wave score is doubled, with a second wave counting as a tie-breaker. The contest is double-elimination, and scores will be announced as they are tallied.

This contest is aimed at the shapers. In Rusty Preisendorfer’s attempt to encourage creativity, he says, “I wanted to reward shapers because there are still a lot of great shapers. I want to give something back.”

Priesendorfer came up with the idea when he challenged himself to come up with a futuristic board. There were two inspirations for the new board: While fishing on surf trips in the South Pacific, he noticed the tuna had a smaller grainy fin with an angle opposite the bigger fin behind it¿seemed to help the fish swim faster. The second inspiration came from the Campbell Brothers’ five-fin bonzer, which had a dominant single fin combined with the angle of the smaller bonzer fins that made it a good down-the-line board but hindered turning. Preisendorfer feels the C-5 is a combination of the bonzer boards and the twinzers made between 1989 and 1991.

The first C-5 was made in September of 1996. Priesendorfer insists, “I’m not claiming it’ll revolutionize design. People are skeptical about weird designs. I wanted to come up with a way of getting people to open up to the design.”

Just as Simon Anderson’s tri-fin was validated by his winning two events, Preisendorfer’s hoping this event will do the same.

He says people who have tried the C-5 are stoked on it; over the last two years Rusty has built more than a thousand of them. The company has tried many combinations of tail and wing designs in addition to surfing them on all kinds of breaks. The most popular C-5 result has been the short, hippy, swallowtail (fish).

To receive a registration form and C-5 package for participation, fax Rusty Marketing at: (949) 261-5275.

Design Suggestions

Through all the design and experimentation, the following are key points and suggestions (not guidelines) from Rusty that shapers might want to use:

à'• Ride an inch or two shorter than your regular shortboard.

à'• Pull the wide point back an inch or two.

à'• Make the back half of the board 1/4 to 1/2 inch wider.

à'• Cluster the main fins a little (1/4 to 1/2 inch) closer.

à'• Place the little fins so that they have a slight overlap with the main fins.

à'• The rear of the small fin should roughly split the distance from the rail to the main fin.

à'• Try the small fins angled out slightly more than the main fins.

à'• Try the small fins pointing to approximately the same place as the main fins.

à'• Try the main fins slightly smaller than you would normally ride.

à'• The twinzer-style fin lends to more vertical surfing.

à'• The half-moon fin has a drivier, down-the-line feeling.

¿Aaron Checkwood