Kevin Schulz's Favorite Board Models
Kevin Schulz riding the Yes Thanks. | Photo: Scotty Sherin
Ever wonder what San Clemente's Kevin Schulz's favorite board models were? Here we break down his current two favorite models out in the lineup...
Kevin’s dims: 5’10” x 2.25’ x 18.3’ / 26L
The Yes Thanks is a wider, fuller performance shortboard designed for knee-high to solid-overhead surf. The Yes Thanks comes from Bender lineage, which is our popular performance board for good, hollow waves. The bottom features plus overall rocker and a fairly deep single concave splitting into a double through the fins and off the tail. We've had good feedback on the rocker and bottom, but many requests for a wider outline overall and fuller rails, and this helped to make the Yes Thanks more versatile and forgiving. Other key features are the added bump in the outline at mid fins, which acts as a fulcrum or pivot point to enhance turning, and the slightly wider tail block. All added up, this delivers a versatile and forgiving performance shortboard.
“The Yes Thanks is a great high performance short board…I ride it anywhere from chest high to a few feet overhead. I can always count on that board to work great whether the conditions are amazing or absolutely terrible.” - Kevin Schulz
Kevin’s dims: 5’6 x 2.2’ x 19.12’ / 25.7L
The Piranha was one of our most popular designs. It was primarily built for small surf, but it ended up being a very versatile board. We have re-tooled this design with a clean, full, round pin, and are calling it the Smoothie. It has a timeless outline designed to accommodate a wide range of conditions. The bottom starts with a slight roll in the nose transitioning to a light single through the center. This shallow single blends into a sunken double concave in front of the fins and an elevated double concave between the fins that finally ends in a double barrel vee of the tail. If you can’t appreciate the tech talk, just know that the board surfs fast & smooth.
“The Smoothie has been my go-to when the waves are chest high and under. I usually order them as epoxies because they feel much more lively in small waves. It is much shorter than my everyday shortboard so it gives me the ability to pivot the board easily in small waves. With its notoriously flat rocker it glides over flat sections with ease.” - Kevin Schulz