The Equalizer is a Carl Schaper creation, who loves to shape and designs boards for waves of consequence.
Carl originally started out shaping surfboards in Florida and Puerto Rico. Back then, he would take on longboard shaping requests just to familiarize himself with requirements of creating big guns. Fast forward to today, and Carl has over 30 years of shaping guns in Hawaii under his belt. Some of the very best big-wave riders in the world are Carl Schaper customers.
The Equalizer features outline- and rail combinations that have been tried and tested on Oahu’s notorious North Shore. The same goes for the rocker lines, bottom contours and fin placement.
The thicker stringer (12mm), the additional layers of cloth and thickness all add to the strength of the Equalizer, without negatively affecting the flex.
Available in four sizes with 5 FTU fin boxes, making them compatible with any Futures® Fins*
A word on the Equalizer & big wave surfing
Compared to other high-performance boards in our line-up, The Equalizer stands out as bigger, thicker and heavier. Riders will want to catch waves without that same monster overtaking them, and this is where paddling speed is essential. Excessive length helps your paddling speed, along with some thickness that allows you to knife into the wave early, negotiate the drop and plant some rail in the water.
More weight will also allow you to get the necessary momentum and will counter the updraft you will have to deal with when you are catching waves at some of the bigger wave spots.
If you are in the business of conquering some very serious waves, getting an Equalizer is the ticket. Where owning a legit big wave gun used to require an experienced rhino shaper, you can now hit up your favourite shop on your way to Indo or Portugal.
Equalizer shapes are designed with NSP’s custom surf lay-up featuring a 36g EPS core, 12mm wood stringer, and proven Hawaiian Gun glassing combinations. For the exact glassing specs, check the diagram at the bottom of the page.
*Layup Deck / Bottom
7’4″ 4 + 6oz + 4oz patch / 6oz
8’4″ 6 + 6oz + 4oz patch / 6oz
9’4″ 6 + 6oz + 4oz patch / 4 + 6oz
10’0″ 6 + 6 + 6oz + 4oz patch / 6 + 6oz
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