FLASHBACK TO LAST WINTER’S MACKING MAVS SWELL: THE DAY THEY TOOK MORE NOTICE TO SUP, By Big Wave Rider Ian Wallace
Big wave board designer Lyle Carson and I spent a bunch of time this summer talking about the rocker profile for a Mavs gun, to me rocker is the single most important aspect for a big wave board and this was the first board to come out of those conversations.
The Zebra is 11’8” and I’m using every inch, any less rocker and I’m over the handlebars.
Lyle’s shaped a bunch of big wave prone boards, so he was able to incorporate the best aspects of a traditional gun into the design without sacrificing stability. There was some cross chop and warble, making for some pretty challenging conditions, but I felt pretty good on it.
Lyle also encouraged me to try something new, I’d been riding thrusters up to this point, Lyle had Bill Bahne make a custom quad setup. I only received those the night before, they shipped them overnight to make it before the swell, they worked super good. The board works, definitely what I’m on when it gets big this winter.
Here are some firsthand accounts of the day’s events:
All in all, a crazy day.