Shapeshifter promises a surfboard tail revolution

May 20, 2014 | Surfing
Shapeshifter: surfboard tail revolution

David Barr has introduced "Shapeshifter," an innovative surfboard removable tail system.

There's a wide range of surfboard tail shapes. It's easy to get confused because, in some cases, the variations between them are subtle and marginal.

The most important tail shapes are squash tail, square tail, thumb tail, rounded pintail, pintail, baby swallowtail, swallowtail, bat tail, and wing tail/tail.

Depending on the ocean and wind conditions, you may pick one or another.

David Barr, who has been surfing and shaping for four decades, is developing a new removable tail system that will shake the way we blend fins and surfboard shapes.

Basically, we will be able to switch from a pintail (big wave surf conditions) to a swallowtail (small summer waves).

At the same time, we will manage these choices with a proper fin setup.

The system is quite simple. A receiver is attached to the shaped blank and then is glassed just like any other board.

"Before sanding, a production tail is attached so that the board can be sanded to the perfect shape for all other tails to fit," explains Barr.

The "Shapeshifter" comes with six different tail shapes: diamond, swallow, squash, round pin, asymmetrical right, and asymmetrical left.

Is this the world's most versatile surfboard?

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