Advanced Surfers! Ultimate vs. Hanger

One of the most common questions we get asked in the warehouse is the difference between the Hanger and the Ultimate. Which do I buy? Tell me errthang. To make an entirely gratuitous analogy, it’s like choosing between driving Stick or Auto.

The Ultimate

The Ultimate is designed to make your life easy, so you don’t have to mess around power paddling for waves or worry about keeping your surf super technical.

Thanks to the upturned nose, the board is much more forgiving if you happen to throw a sloppier entry here and there. But this also has a drawback in that it's not going to be an epic noserider (too much rocker).

The Ultimate’s got a 2+1 fin setup with an 8” center fin—so you’ll be able to tackle just about any wave condition with reliable stability. The rails are pulled away (beveled or chined) from just in front of the fin boxes to just behind the nose—providing lift and keeping your drag and paddle effort to the barebones minimum.

The flat to double concave is designed to channel water away from the rails and towards the fins, giving you even more distance per paddle and board that has been referenced as, "The most maneuverable longboard I've ever surfed." Mix that in with the featherweight NexGen Construction and you’ll see why this is the board to choose if you’re out to cruise, drink in the atmosphere, and effortlessly catch waves when you so choose.

Below you'll find a size chart for your reference. Those of you who want that extra maneuverability and challenge should go with the smaller of the two suggested sizes. If stability, paddle power, and float are your focus, you'll naturally want to grab the larger suggested size.

5'0" - 5'6" 5'6" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'5"+
100 - 140 lbs 8' or 8'6" 8'6" or 9' 8'6" or 9' 9'6" or 10'
140 - 170 lbs 8' or 8'6" 8'6" or 9' 9' or 9'6" 9'6" or 10'
170 - 200 lbs 8'6" or 9' 9' or 9'6" 9' or 9'6" 9'6" or 10'
200 - 230 lbs 9'6" or 10' 9'6" or 10' 9'6" or 10' 10'
230+ lbs 9'6" or 10' 9'6" or 10' 10' 10'
  All done picking out your size? Great. Check out what one of our customers had to say about The Ultimate
“You won't see me again-unless I buy another board! This will be my final update with respect to my new NexGen board. As you know I am 60 years old and decided to get back into surfing after taking 5 years off (I am the guy with the fin issues). I tried on my old 9'6 board but needed something that could float me better and perform with less effort. The first couple of weeks I stayed inside the jetty (the learners section) until I had the board wired and felt in good enough shape to move to the outside break with the big boys. Decided that dawn patrol would be my best bet because there would not be a crowd. Paddled out with just two other surfers in the water. OK here we go, grabbed a peak, over head on the take off with a chest high wall. Oh my God, the board performed better than I ever expected. Cutting back and then moving forward this 10 foot tank of a board that thinks it is a short board. I was surprised that to turn the board one only needs to use the ball on the forward part of his foot. Second wave, should I chance it? Why not, walked to the nose, OK, about one foot back from the nose, the board held its trim and I could not believe how stable it was. Ah crap, people are starting to paddle out into the line up. Do I paddle out further to avoid the crowd and wait or stay inside? Decided to paddle out further a wait for an outside. Finally one jumps up right in front of me. Any other time I would not have attempted a late take off with my other board, but now had confidence this one would not pearl. I grabbed a good one and dropped in pulling off a bottom turn like the old days. But what really impressed me was how fast the board climbed to the center of the wave when I pressed the rail into the side of the wave. The best parts were the hoots and hollers I received from the surfers inside. That has never happened to me in my entire life. All in all I caught about 12 waves during my session. I know it does not sound like a lot, but for a 60 year old out of shape guy, it was the best day I have had in a long time. You guys are the real deal, I hope you are in business for a long time, thanks. Pray for surf. “

-Reggie Jones San Diego, CA

Sound like the board you wanna take home to introduce to the parents? Click and learn more about The Ultimate - Longboard Surfboard. (There's even a couple of videos on the product page to give you more detail.)

 

The Hanger

The Hanger is a longboard we designed to be a high performance nose rider and it is in all senses of the word, an expert board.

If you live for the challenge surf, if you love getting out into the water so you can engage in that tug of war between speed, balance, and angle because the payoff of mastering that gorgeous wave sends shivers down your spine, if you surf to push your limits and adrenaline to blood ratio then this is the longboard you want.

Let’s sit down and discuss the labyrinth of shapes on the bottom of the board for a minute—because, like the board, it is complex, and each piece plays an important part.

The flat midsection gives you an extra kick when you’re paddling for waves, cutting your drag and letting you glide across that water like its glass. From there to towards the nose, the beefy solo channel with beveled rails let you work the length of the board without killing your speed and losing the wave.

The deep nose concave lets you lock in at the nose and pilot the board from the very tip—so you can focus on looking like the badass you are, instead of worrying about eating it in dramatic fashion.

Finally as we head towards the tail we have the double concave, which channels water towards your fins and gives you the precision control you need for your crazy longboarding shenanigans (don’t act like you don’t know what we’re talkin about). The rounded pin tail is there to accentuate this control, giving you boosted maneuverability and responsiveness at speed, great hold, and smooth arcing turns.

The 2+1 setup gives the Hanger the versatility you need to tackle waves of all sizes, though with the pinched rails, you’ll notice the board performs at its best when you’re attacking hollow, punchier waves.

Now for sizing. You'll notice each weight/height setup has a range of sizes to choose from. If you feel you primarily surf to push yourself and hone your style---or simply don't want to lug around such a huge board, then go with the smaller size. If you're over the whole "paddling" thing, if float is a concern, check out that bigger size---and if for some reason it doesn't work out for ya, we'll buy it back and you can grab something that fits better.

5'0" - 5'6" 5'6" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'5"+
100 - 140 lbs
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'6-10'2"
140 - 170 lbs
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'6-10'2"
170 - 200 lbs
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'2" - 9'6"
9'6-10'2"
200 - 230 lbs
9'6" - 10'2"
9'6" - 10'2"
9'6" - 10'2"
10'2"
230+ lbs
9'6" - 10'2"
9'6" - 10'2"
10'2"
10'2"
  Here's what one of our customers had to say about their Hanger.
“Holly, You’d asked that I let you know how I liked the board. You will recall, I ended up with the 9' 2" Hanger. I have been surfing since 1964 and throughout that time, I have had a variety of surfboard shapes and sizes. However, I realized some time ago that I am a longboarder at heart. My last board was an Encinitas 8' 6" concave nose. I dearly loved that board and the day I sold it in preparation to move to Nashville was the saddest day I can remember. That was in 1994. This two week adventure to return to surfing has been wonderful. It could not have happened without your assistance. In spite of how attached I was to the Encinitas board, your Hanger is infinitely more responsive in turns. I credit that to the unique shape. I had so much fun with this board and as I return again to Nashville, I await my next opportunity to take it out. I'm planning on a week in October. Thanks again. Your service is outstanding.”

-Dan O'Grady San Diego, CA

Sound like the Hanger is more your style? Click here to learn more about The Hanger - Longboard Surfboard.


Garek Hurt
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2 Comments

Surf Hole
Surf Hole

May 07, 2014

Planning to make a trip very soon to Baja Mexico, and I would like to ask for a good place to do some surfing down there.

abdel ali
abdel ali

May 07, 2014

i belive the ultimate is a better choice for me to ride them waves in the atlantic

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