The Slop Rod came about with a new demand for wider shorter high performance small wave boards. This direction was a snub to the retro fish contingent with more emphasis on real vertical high performance surfing. Basically the Slop Rod is a high performance design made wider and a little flatter with a 5 fin option for bigger waves if needed and comes in a Square or Swallow Tail
When you throw another inch plus into a plan shape the tail and nose widen as well. The Slop Rod has a little more nose and tail area than what the normal widening ratio would deliver. Surface area up front allows you to go even shorter coz they paddle better. Extra tail area allows you to pivot when you are going slower because of the lack of power in the wave. The Rod comes as a swallow or squash tail- the swallow for those who want to push harder- the squash for those who prefer to flow through turns.
The bottom shape is exactly the same as any high performance board on the market today. Deep single concave through the guts running into a double buried deep in the single running way back and only flattening out in the last two inches of the tail. These bottoms lift out of the water with every turn and if you are continually turning you will be on top of the surface and racing even on a wave devoid of power.
Again the DNA of the high performance short board has been retained in the rocker of this design. If anything the nose being lowered for better run under the front foot, but the tail lift is kept the same as its HP cousin. The trick to having a short arc capability even in very short boards is incorporating some last minute tail flip which allows some vertical impulse without losing the run needed in gutless waves.
The glassing of the Slop Rod is no different to the Mojo and Black Knight. Again the purpose having a stringer in EPS is to give the board a back bone and to keep that stringer twang alive. The 6 oz carbon wedge is sitting underneath 2 x 4 oz diagonal glass effectively strengthening the area most dented by active foot work. The bottom is a single layer of diagonal 6 oz. 5 FCS 11 boxes are used in this model.
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5.8 X 20 X 2 3/8 = 29.47
5.10 X 20 ¼ X 2 3/8 = 30 70
6.0 X 20 ½ X 2 7/16 = 32.91
6.2 X 20 ¾ X 2 ½ = 35.35
6.4 X 21 X 2 9/16 = 37.75
6.6 X 21 ¼ X 2 5/8 = 39.69
Rode the slop rod today 5” 10 ran as thruster and found very easy under the feet. Handled little fat section nice and was responsive on and of the lip. Only small day look forward to swell. Hides tight on the face and having the squash tail makes for easy carving, thank you heaps Murray for great little board