SAN DIEGO, California - Every year brands, innovators and designs are awarded top honors for their efforts at the SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) Awards. This year, we are proud to announce that we have been nominated for TWO awards for our Heckler and Twin Fin models.
In 2017 SIMA expanded its awards categories for surfboards and added in Alternative Surfboard of the Year and Performance Shortboard of the Year. The Heckler was chosen as a nominee for Alternative Surfboard category and the Twin Fin in the Performance Shortboard.
The Heckler was introduced in 2016 and is a Fish with some new ideas. We've utilized a "fishy" outline with a shallow dovetail and pronounced wing to produce a lightening fast small wave wonder. The proven Venturi bottom design that has been so well received on two of our other models, the Rooster and the Hustler, adds a new dimension for fishing and Fish lovers.
The Twin Fin started off with a template Rusty used in the 70's & 80's while working with Shaun Tomson and as his base Rusty refined the bottom with the addition of a shallow single concave that feeds into the vee.The vee splits into a double in front of the fins and runs off the rail behind the wing. The position of the wing, the back of the fin in conjunction with the concave exiting through the wing makes for solid firm turns. The foil in the rail line is very similar to a modern performance shortboard. Don't think of the Twin Fin as just a small wave board, Josh rode his in some pretty solid head high barrels last winter and loved it.
Winners for the SIMA Awards will be announced at the SIMA Awards ceremony in late March 2017 in Orange County, California. The ceremony is open to the public and tickets will go on sale in early February.