SOFTLITE SURFBOARDS Hybrid Driver 5'8 Thruster
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SOFTLITE SOFT SURFBOARDS HYBRID DRIVER 5'8 - 2022 Model
The Driver is a new Model for 2022 and features Softlite's new Hybrid Construction.
Like name suggests, we've combined the favourable elements from both a Performance Fibreglass Boards & and Entry Level Softboard to create a selection of board that stays true to our core values of Quality, Performance and Safety.
The Driver is based more on a Performance Small-Wave Shortboard Template.
This makes it suitable for smaller conditions, but ensures it wouldn't be out of place if the waves turned on.
As it is still a softboard after all, we've given it just a touch of extra width and thickness to ensures it paddles well, and is easy to ride in average conditions.
It's got a relatively relaxed, although a medium nose ensures it will be suitable for steeper takeoffs. The tail rocker is still quite low, to ensure it retains its speed easily, while still having enough to enhance manoeuvrability.
We've opted to use a slightly wider, Rounded Square tail to create the perfect mix of looseness, release and hold.
We've also done our best to solve the #1 problem of softboards - the rails! The Hybrid Range features an updated version of our Parabolic Rolled Rail Technology.
These are then hand shaped, allowing softer rails near the nose tapering down to a sharp, harder edged rail at the tail. Similar to regular fibreglass surfboards, it allows if to be forgiving and not catch rails up front, but gives it a bit more bite making it easier to turn off the tail.
Similarly, to a stringer it also provides extra stiffness in the board, and generally helps to increase the durability of the board
It features a Thruster Fin Set up using Futures Fin boxes.
As well as all the usual Softlite features, this series has a few to extra's setting it apart from the rest.
Suggested lengths will depend on height, weight and skill levels. For more info on sizes, check out our Size Recommendations page.
CORE: 100% Waterproof Moulded EPS Core
DECK: 10lb PE Deck
STRINGER: Double Reinforced Moulded Bamboo Stringer with Fibreglass Taping
SLICK: Mesh Infused Slick. This is technology derived from bodyboarding, who lead the way in using EPS / HDPE Slick combinations. The Reinforced mesh is infused into the Dura HD Slick. This provides a frame of strength, which not only improves stiffness but also recoil, so making it easier to pump from rail to rail with the right amount of tension.
RAILS: Rolled Parabolic PE Rails This is one of the biggest advancement in soft surfboards. Each board contains 4 crosslink rails. These rails are then hand shaped, allowing softer rails near the nose tapering down to a sharp, harder edged rail at the tail. Similar to a regular shortboard, it allows if to be forgiving and not catch rails up front, but more performance and easier to turn off the tail. Similarly, to a stringer it also provides extra stiffness in the board. Previously, these features could not be properly executed properly on soft surfboard.
TAIL: Rounded Square Tail
FINS: Future Fins Thruster Set up with Bones & Shanks Fin System
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Edge Trim system, exoskeletal strength membrane, Comes with 3 pack of removable Fins and plug for attaching leash.
5'8" X 20 1/2" X 2 1/2"
The boards are constructed using exclusive Softlite Moulds - This ensures that every board comes out identical with no imperfections. It also creates a harder shell of EPS foam on the outside making Softlite boards stiffer and more durable than competitors who use similar cores.
No screws on deck -No kicking your toes on screws, looks good and is easier to wax deck.
Bones and Shanks Fin System - Easy to install and remove fins. Compatible with other fin two tab systems, allowing you to change your fins to suit conditions or alter board performance
Bamboo Stringer System - This is re-enforced with fibreglass sheeting and epoxy resin to give the perfect amount of flex.
White Deck// White Slick
Black Deck// Black Slick
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