HARDDARTZ

A TESTIMONIAL By Daniel McConell

Spring on the South Coast of NSW is good if you surf. The water is clear, the sky is blue and the summer trade wind begins to groom the lines of swell arriving at all the known surf spots that are open to the general direction of the Great Southern Ocean.

 Unfortunately we are in a wave shadow along this great island coastline of the South Pacific Ocean and here the full force of energy from the southwest swell moving north from Antarctica passes us by .We still however get just enough of the juice from down below to best describe our points, reefs and beachies as super fun.

The point where I live is crowded with boogie board riders who crave the attention of camera men swimming over the reef and floating in boats in the channel. If you surf this generally means a hassle for a wave and a slalom style weave through the pack as you set yourself up for the barrel.

Some days it’s nice to head a bit further south into soul country where the art of simply standing on a wave is appreciated. Today I journey with Russell Newman to try out some of the prototype Harddartz that have been researched and developed for the standing surfer.

Today’s beach is sheltered by high sand dunes and coastal forest, her feature is a series of clean A-Frame peaks running through into fun wallier sections linking to the shoreline. There are a couple of surfers on each peak taking turns to stroke into the sets , stand gliding down the face, swooping off the bottom and laying a series of rail to rail carves down the line.

The Harddartz board of the day is between 6and 7 ft long with a series of deep channels that continue as a multi flow form that transitions and extends the flow form channels into long fibreglass curves that extend out from the base of the board. The water moving through the multi flow form towards the tail generates forward momentum to allow the surfer to maintain velocity standing on the open wave face.

The board looks amazing and has the feel of the experimental boards of the short board revolution. Harddartz are really works of art and could just as easily take their place mounted on display as to be taken out into the line up.

The Harddartz board paddled and duck dived strongly and it wasn’t long before I was sitting in the line up out the back on one of the main peaks. When my turn came, I stroked into a set, stood gliding down the face, swooped off the bottom and cruised down the line.

The Harddartz board did not allow for high performance rail to rail carves.

The Harddartz board I tested was more of a down the line cruiser that to me was more about the fun of mastering the trajectory in order to maintain maximum velocity down the line. I spent the next few hours having superfun, mastering the trajectory and maintaining maximum velocity down the line.Image