Da Monstah is one big buggah! Ahem, I mean this is one large stand up board. Here's the tale of the tape on this one: length 11'11", width 31", thickness 5". According to the Isle site, G-mac designed this one as a fun-for-the-whole-family board. The board's not just a big, fiberglass and epoxy wrapped popsicle stick though- there's a lot going on here. Let's check it out:
Plenty of tail rocker and five fin boxes. I surfed Da Monstah as a single fin but only because I was too lazy to screw in the fins and ride it as a quad. The board went well surfing fast and responding well to paddle assisted turns. This is a stable, straightforward surfing, big board suitable for anybody looking to get started in wave riding. I didn't get to really let her loose because the surf was so poor but I suspect with the single to double concave bottom the thing's got more up its sleeve than I had a chance to peek at.
Flat deck pad. Evidently this was specified by the man himself. I had reservations about the grip of the pad in the water. It just seems like it'd be too slick. The pad is very comfy on your feet and I was wrong- I didn't slip off once. The pad does take some getting used to especially if you've only used ridged pads. Like I said, I was a little wary of it so I used an old body boarder trick and put some surf wax on the tail portion of the pad. That did the trick, locking me down like grandma's dentures. The flat deck pad is also really comfortable for prone paddling- try that without a wetsuit on a ridged pad and you'll come up minus a nipple. This one is so plush you could comfortably tandem surf it if you were out goofing around on a hot summer day.
The sliver tail. Take a scoop out of the middle of a big wide squash tail while leaving the rail line intact and what do you have? You guessed it- the sliver tail! All of the G-macs feature this tail design. By removing some of the surface area of the wide tail, you can sink it easier when you're cranking it around. I got to surf it in small 1' - 2' peelers- the board was fast and surfed clean. Definitely nose ride-able. A fun big board.
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