What is a What? What if the deepest part of the concave was ahead of center? The What? is a very high performance shortboard. It will perform best in shoulder high to well overhead in better conditions with waves that have more power behind them. The What? has a somewhat narrow nose that travels into a mildly curvy mid-section and then to a slight, elongated bump just after the rear of the front fins in the tail. The overall rocker is fairly aggressive to allow for maximum performance and top to bottom surfing. The bottom is where this board starts testing the waters. It starts off in the tip flat and rapidly deepens into a single concave, this gives the board a lot of speed. At the mid-section, it reduces in depth and then develops into a shallow, slightly hooked, double concave, then a slight vee off the tail to allow for rail to rail transitions. The What? is what you’re reaching for when you want maximum performance out of a board whether you're doing turns, airs, or hunting tubes. View available What? Grom stock.
The What? is your new favorite high performance shortboard. This board will perform best in waves that are a little bigger and have more power than average days in Southern California. Best conditions would be about shoulder high to overhead with punchier/steeper sections.
IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS
What is a What? What if the deepest part of the concave was ahead of center? The What? is a very high performance shortboard. The template of the What? has a somewhat narrow nose that travels into a mildly curvy mid-section. The tail width at one foot is in the low 14s. A slight, elongated, bump just aft the rear of the front fins that flows into a slightly rounded squash tail.
As for the rocker, the front end is somewhat lifted. A 6’0 has app 4.6 at the tip and a somewhat elevated entry. The rear of the 6’0 board is lifted even more. The 12-inch measurement is moderately high. In the last 12 inches, the rocker accelerates and finishes at 2.3 plus.
The foil is balanced and the tail block is a touch on the thin side. When it comes to the bottom, this is where the design starts testing the waters. It starts off in the tip flat. It rapidly deepens into a single concave that bottoms out at app +-.32 in the rear of the entry. A little less than 30% in. By the time it gets to mid-section it is already starting to reduce in depth. +-.22. It continues to drop in depth and develops into a shallow, slightly hooked, double con, then a slight vee off the tail.
The Pro dims are narrow and lean. The Bro dims are a half inch wider and slightly thicker, yielding an extra liter. The initial feedback is solid! Very fast, holds a rail, yet has a tight turning radius. Enjoy!
FEATURES & BENEFITS
WHAT MAKES THIS BOARD WORK
Deep Single Concave Up Front
A deep single concave with the deepest part in the entry, approximately 1/4 to 1/3 back from the tip of the nose, starts to shallow out through the center of the board and turns into a “hooked” double concave as it approaches the rear foot, coming into the front fins. The deepest part of this double con is under the rear of the front fin. The deep concave in the front creates lift. It feeds water back through the midsection and into “the zone” between the feet, generating a great deal of speed and drive.
Hooked Double Convave
A single concave helps to direct water flow, but it doesn’t really focus it. A double creates a lateral break and helps to initiate turns. It helps to focus the water through the fins. By deepening the concave and focusing it close to the rail, deepest under the front fins, it gives extra hold and provides additional thrust and drive.
Slight Vee Off the Tail
The bottom finishes with a slight vee off the last few inches of the board. That helps to finish turns, smooth and connected.