Laird Hamilton has created a new Stand Up Paddleboard for 2015 called the Surrator and it has an interesting rail design that supposedly increases grip throughout turns, reduces drag and improves traction. Laird is known for pushing boundaries (think foil boards and golf boards) and the Surrator might well be the next big thing in board design, but for the meantime I will reserve judgement.
The Surrator features serrated rails from the mid point down to the tail, basically a series of scalloped cut outs, that mimics the fins on a hump back whale. Laird compares the new SUP design to that of a mud tire, in the fact that the serrated rail offers a grip not found with the “slick tire” standard rails already in use. It does make sense and the video below shows Laird riding the Surrator, which certainly rides extremely well.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the Surrator Rail Traction System and whether you think Laird has created a revolution or is it simply a gimmick to shift a few more boards? We have seen many different board designs over the years that have fallen by the wayside, will the Surrator be a design that will cut the mustard?