Clayton Reflex Spine-Tek Futures Thruster Surfboard
- Colour: White
Extremely user-friendly, both in terms of catching waves and riding them, the Reflex is the ideal shortboard for small-to-medium waves lacking in push, or for decent intermediate surfers lacking in water time. Basically whenever you feel like you need a bit of a helping hand from your equipment – an extra yard of pace, an injection of spark – the Reflex is the board for the job.
The first thing you’ll notice when you get on the Reflex is the paddle power. With its wide outline, high surface area in the nose and understated rocker, it gets around the line-up quickly and into waves effortlessly. Take-offs are made relatively easy, and then you’ve got heaps of carry-through on flatter, mushier sections.
The fuller rails are super forgiving, helping you maintain speed and energy; excess foam has been foiled out and distributed evenly, so you’ve still got responsiveness and sensitivity in the tail; the swallow tail delivers drive and bite so you can push extra hard through turns.
All these design elements are then amplified by the Spine-Tek construction, whose superior flex properties are ideally suited to generating speed and power when the surf’s less than epic. All this makes the Reflex a great option for any intermediate surfer hoping to lift their performance levels.
|5'6||19 1/2"||2 1/4"||25.7|
|5'8||19 3/4"||2 3/8"||28.4|
|5'10||20 1/8"||2 1/2"||31.3|
|5'11||20 1/4"||2 1/2"||32.6|
|6'0||20 1/2"||2 5/8"||34.3|
The Reflex comes in the excellent Spine-Tek construction, which Nienaber actually helped develop alongside Shapers Australia. Channel Islands subsequently got on board with the technology, so impressed were their team riders with its performance. Feedback so far has been unanimous, from pros and MSW customers alike: added spark/flex/pop when it's small, but sufficiently rigid when it’s big, so it doesn’t have that chattery, wobbly feel people often complain about with epoxies. Clayton and CI share the exclusive license.
The starting point is a stringerless EPS blank, which is then embedded with a spine made from a unique composite material, and glassed with epoxy resin. Besides being more durable, EPS/epoxy is widely accepted as having a livelier, more responsive feel than traditional PU; the composite spine complements and enhances this feel, and also provides the rigidity needed in solid surf.
Shapers Australia say that Spine-Tek uses “kinetic energy to inject the board with additional speed, power and flow”. Clayton himself puts it in simpler terms: “It goes about 30% better than any PU board I’ve ever ridden.” He’s so psyched on the new tech that he won’t even ride PUs anymore: “They feel dead underfoot. And if I do try and ride a PU it just… ah, I can’t explain it. It’s like being on a trampoline and when you jump off you hit solid ground again, it’s just like hard and heavy. They don’t feel alive, they feel terrible.”
|Fin Set Up||Thruster|
|Surfboard Construction||EPS Epoxy|
|Surfboard Tail Shape||Swallow|
- Colour: White