The Doofer is anything you want it to be. From mush to solid waves it is the ultimate all-rounder when you want to catch as many waves as possible and have a bunch of fun. A great paddler, fast, easy to turn and holds a lovely line in the barrel. The Doofer came about from the Fourth team asking for a board that would be a bit of everything for when they travel. It is essentially a hybrid board.
The outline is that of a stoker nose and a shortboard back end pulled into a round pin/thumb tail. The wide point is pushed right up the board to increase the rail line which gives you the feel of a shortboard when you have your back foot on the tail pad, and the nose is nice and wide which is great for paddling into waves quickly.
The rocker is fairly unique on the Doofer, it has a medium tail kick which is fairly curvy to the bottom of the rocker into a drawn out entry rocker; providing you with the best of both worlds when it comes to hold, pocket surfing and speed. The deck is packed full of volume means that you can ride the Doofer fairly short without feeling under-gunned when the waves get a bit of size so the balance of using it in smaller waves and bigger waves really helps it to be a versatile board.
The concave is that of a charge model from the tail to the wide point with a single running slightly deeper through the nose, helping it with paddling and lift in the water when you need to maintain your speed on the smaller waves but really gives it some hold when you are surfing off the tailpad in bigger waves.
Outline: A hybrid shape – performance tail with a fishy nose
Tail Shape: Pulled in thumb tail
Concave: Single to double with light vee out the tail
Rocker: Medium shortboard tail kick with a more relaxed nose rocker
Rails: Chunky 60/40 shortboard rails, softened up in the nose area
Fin Set-Up: 5 fin set up, quad for down the line stuff and thruster for more control on the face and rail to rail (fins not included)
Volume: Medium high support when you need it and sensitivity when you want to shred
FCS II fin box set up
Who should surf this board?
If you can only have one board in your quiver then the Doofer is for you. Providing confidence in bigger surf and wave count in smaller surf, the Doofer is the ultimate all rounder. Ride the Doofer just over the volume of your go to shortboard - it handles foam well so don't be scared of having too much volume with the Doofer.
We are using Superfused EPS Foam from US Blanks. It has a tighter fusion and cell structure due to the moulding process of the blank, this means the blank takes less resin and offers a tighter flex pattern than the standard EPS blanks available on the market. If you weren't already aware, standard EPS foam has a tighter flex than standard construction boards, so Superfused blanks are a massive step up in that respect. These blanks are around 25% lighter than standard blanks, so with the added flex properties you can see where the added performance comes from when riding the board.
Resin Research Epoxy:
When the board is laminated it happens in a heat controlled environment using resin research epoxy resin. Resin research epoxy is ground breaking stuff, not only is it over 40% bio content it is also the strongest, lightest and brightest epoxy on the market. It isn't just safer to use and better for the environment, it is also the best performing resin we could get our hands on. Given the characteristics of the foam and the resin, this surfboard as a product uses less resin per foot than standard construction surfboards, meaning the weight is further reduced. It all plays a part in why this construction method is so special.
Hexel S-glass fibre glass is used to laminate the board along with the epoxy resin. S-glass is pound for pound the strongest woven 4oz cloth available on the market. Offering up to 4x more tensile strength than other available cloths on the market. As standard we apply two layers of s-glass to each side of the board. The strength to weight ratio really is amazing, all the while gaining flex recoil instead of having a stiff, non flexing, pop out feel like some EPS epoxy sandwich construction surfboards have.
I've been riding this board once or twice a week for nearly a year. I believe that the epoxy construction is a big part of why this board is so much fun. It's a shape that you'd associate with solid surf yet it still goes so well in the small surf - it's fast light and lively. In really solid surf it does feel more clattery than I'd like but that's a small price to pay for big smiles in 90% of conditions.....and don't forget that this is polystyrene and epoxy which is loads better for the guys that make them, better for the environment and it feels like its going to last twice as long as polyester/PU.
Fourth Surfboards Doofer ESE Construction FCS II 5 Fin Surfboard