Dave Parmenter - 6'0'' V6 Widow Maker /Channels - SOLD OUT
Some of the best-riding surfboards on Earth right now are so-called ‘retro’ designs refined and modernized by cleaner or more sensible components. If it worked good in the 70s or 80s, then it follows that it will only work better today by applying all that we’ve learned over the past 30 or 40 years. That’s the Nowtro ethos…
Widow-makerThe original Widow-maker I shaped in 1988 for an extended surfari to Jeffrey’s Bay. On previous trips there I had been unhappy with my tri-fins, as they simply wouldn’t allow me to ride that most epic of down-the-line waves with the tracks I wanted to follow left by Terry Fitzgerald, Jonathan Paarman, and Reno Abellira from single-fin days. The 6’9” I shaped and took to South Africa altered all my convictions about surfboards and forced me to realize that I was essentially a single-fin surfer at heart. The 6’9” was a wickedly pintailed rocket with a wider and thicker nose, a widepoint placed well forward of center, channels running off the tail, and for an engine a classic Brewer-style single fin set off by a pair of small finlets glassed beside it on each rail. These small side fins give the board a slight tri-fin turning axis and bite off the top at high speeds, but grant versatile single-fin neutrality off the bottom, allowing you to surf the wave rather than the board – with jazz-like riffs and sudden pit-stalls if necessary.
The Widow-maker is more than just a turbo-boosted single-fin. It’s a design that lets you go fast when you want; and stop dead in your tracks if the wave calls for it. It allows you to use the entire wave face in complete control, without having to go through the classic tri-fin triple pump wind-up every time you want to do a maneuver.
For guns the Widow-maker delivers all the benefits of a single-fin – lower drag, no high-speed max-outs, meaningful bottom turns and greater control in the barrel – yet with the low profile small Widow-maker side fins there’s still always that subtle snap and bite in top turns and cutbacks. The Widow-maker fin configuration adapts well to most designs, but especially big-wave guns and single-fin shapes over 6’5”.
And by the way, the Widow-maker is named after the classic Winchester repeating rifle, the firearm that won the West….
Widow-maker fin array available on all designs.
Retro to modern single-fin designs from 5’10” to 7’0”
Guns from 7’0” to 11’0”
Widow-maker center and side box/plug fins available
Standard Widow-maker fin placement: The board itself is designed around where the center single fin would go on a straight single. The side fins are then placed so that the rear bases are lined up with the front base of the center single fin. This provides a fairly neutral single fin handling: classic unfettered single fin bottom turns but with just enough claw and bite off the top.
6'6" with a 70/30 ratio of retro to modern design attributes.
7'2" Widow-maker for Carl Wieser, reminiscent of the Free Ride era, widepoint up about 4", eagle beak nose, angular boxy rails in the Brewer/Parrish school.
Straight Single Fin5’8” to 7’0”
As a surfboard design the single-fin has always been maligned by the myth that they are ‘stiff’ handling surfboards. Actually, they are much looser than multi-fin boards, though the rider must really know how to surf to get them moving in ordinary conditions. You cannot simply pump away with Thruster body English and get them up on step. In fact, that is one of the main reasons singles are in fashion again – they teach you how to surf properly, using the rails and trim, and tapping energy zones on the wave unreachable on the tri-fin with it’s power-giving but grabby side fins. Many younger surfers are discovering the single-fin for the very reason that it lets them ‘feel’ the wave in an entirely way, with almost LSD-like sensation and clarity.
Ride them full-vintage or in modern configurations, either way the single-fin allows the experienced surfer a limitless array of tracks on a wave, with an enhanced tactility of control in tight spots, and with Michael Peterson-like riffs that have you kicking out thinking, “What was that!”
Standard Dimensions for typical 50/50 Retro/Modern blend:
- 6’0” to 6’9” 12.5” Nose
- 19. 5” Widepoint
- 13.5- 14.0” Tail 2.5” to 2.65” thickness.
Deep six-channel bottom highly recommended for enhanced drive with out the drag of multiple fins.