The Pinger has had major surgery this year and is sporting a much more simplified plan shape. The Pinger has been a consistent seller in the Pipedream range for many years now and is set to get with the times. The DNA of this model is however still alive and well. This year the Pinger is aimed at the bigger fellows and does not go any shorter than 6.6.
The new Pinger’s simplification is mainly the exclusion of the double flyers and flutes which have been replaced with an exaggerated hip that will do the same thing and loosen up the plan shape. Perhaps the widest and thickest fish in the range the Pinger has the greatest paddle pedigree of them all.
There is nothing new about the use of hips in the plan shape in order to increase water release off the outline to make an easier rail turn. In this case the hip is forward of the front fins forcing the leverage point further forward. Since the Pinger has a very wide nose the fact the leverage point is closer to it means that wider nose can be thrown about easier. The swallow has been converted into a moon tail allowing it to sit down a little better at speeds.
LATERAL BOTTOM SHAPE
This has not changed at all and is still sporting the cathedral hull under the nose running into a subtle single concave through the guts and finishing off as a 3mm vee out the last 2 feet of the tail. The cathedral hull under the nose adds lift allowing for a flatter entry that will not pearl easily. The spin- off is that you can literally hang your chin over the nose to push into a wave.
The Pinger has a very low nose entry due to the lift of the hull and the security of all that width up front. To compensate the Pinger has much more tail rocker than normal fish boards on the market. This gives it a lot more spark and vertical freedom.
The Pinger has just to be different- a strip of Kevlar 30mm in width running almost from tip to tail. Kevlar is known to be much stronger than carbon therefore adding more strength.
The Pinger also has a stringer as another added backbone and is glassed with 2 layers of 4 oz on the bottom.
The deck has an insert of 3 ½ oz biaxle and a full layer of 6 oz with wide laps.The moon is fully reinforced with carbon as its predecessor. All in all a glass job still not too heavy but plenty strong enough for the pounding of bigger guys.
6.0 x 21 1/4 x 2 11/16 = 37.5 lts
6.2 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/4 = 40.6 lts
6.4 x 21 3/4 x 2 13/16 = 42.4 lts
6.6 x 22 x 2 15/16 = 46 lts
6.8 x 22 ¼ x 3 = 48.8 lts
6.10 x 22 ½ x 3 1/8 = 52.6 lts
7.0 x 22 ¾ x 3 3/16 = 55.6 lts
7.6 x 23 ¼ x 3 ¼ = 62.2 lts
A quick email to let you know I just got back from the Maldives bloody sore and tired from a 10 day charter with liquid destinations superb little fish -I am a quad convert now, heaps of speed – couldn’t believe how much at times, but enough volume to sit in the foam or glide the fats to wait for the next wall. This shot is at a place that had 200m rights for 4 days!as you can see the pinger performed really well in the swell we had and I surfed it all but once
I have been meaning to email you about the Little Pinger with the back to front quad set up you made me a few months back. As you know the surf during this time has been pretty ordinary. First of all… the board is great. The new EPS material is more buoyant than the last material you used on the Little Zappas. This board has less volume and paddles/floats much better, making it easier again for me to paddle in to waves. I have had one surf at Straddie on it, caught one 3ft wave in particular on which the board had me going at mach speed, felt like the fastest I had even travelled on a surf board, I was squealing like a kid. Had a surf last week in some fun 4ft waves and the board feels so good under my feet. I can really move it round as I need to whilst getting speed through flat sections as you promised. And you were right about the “ping” you get out of the board when turning it. Of all the boards you have made me, they keep getting better each time and this one is my favourite yet.