I have worked on reviving one of my best performing Summer model’s to date, “The Step Cousin”, and adding in some key elements of one of my all-time favourite small wave boards, “The Boxsta”. We welcome to the family, “The Second Cousin”.
The Second Cousin has slightly less curve in the rocker throughout the tail and a wider mid-point which then carries the added width subtly out the tail. The added width matched with the flatter rocker enhances the speed and glide feel of the board, the result making a more effortless ride while not sacrificing performance.
By running with a similar depth single concave under the front foot, and using the same double concave from the Boxsta throughout the tail gives the Second Cousin added drive while surfing making whilst also making rail to rail transitions smoother and more controlled. I decided to run with the same medium boxy rail that I used on the Step Cousin, I found this rail to be the perfect balance of forgiveness and bite.
The second Cousin comes standard with more of a mix between a square tail and rounded square, by squaring the tail off slightly it has extended the rail line about 1/4 of an inch, adding drive and giving the board the feeling that it surfs slightly longer than it is.
All these attributes combine to make this model suited to a wide variety of surfers, and is the perfect step down groveller that will keep your surfing smooth and fast in the smaller stuff.
The Second Cousin is suited for waves 1-4 ft and I recommend riding this board 2 inches shorter than your all round shortboard – Jason Rodd