The Darkwood Ultimate Performance Longboard Series

August 03, 2017

Degree 33 Surfboards Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Series

Over the last year we've been extensively building boards with different colors, tints, stringers, fin setups, resin finishes, inlays... you name it... we've tried it. Our close relationships with our shaper, Bill Minard, and the Gordon family (G&S) at Custom Surf Glass, have provided an incredible opportunity to pair San Diego's most versatile board designs with clean, crisp, classy glasswork that we can stand behind.

When you have that kind of heritage built into your board, it has it's own living, breathing soul with decades of blood and sweat forged into the design, technique and function of every surfboard. It's not just disposable foam, resin like it became with the shortboard revolution. Surfing is not just a sport, it's a way of life. Our surfboards are an expression of who Degree 33 is. It's more than just a board. With that, we've created the first series of that expression.

We bring you "The Darkwood" Series. A collection of three curated creations with our best selling model, the Ultimate Longboard.

A quick recap on the Ultimate...

The Ultimate is our entry level longboard, only in the sense that it's incredibly easy to pick up surfing with this as your first real (hard) surfboard. It's a 2+1 fin setup, which means you'll ride it with a large center fin and smaller side fins for stabilization. As you improve, you can slowly shift your center fin away from the tail to gain more maneuverability. The Ultimate boasts a perfect dose of foam (volume) with forgiving rails and just enough rocker to keep you from going over the handlebars. Finally, the most intriguing feature of the Ultimate, is the chined rails. The beveled rail creates a narrowing planing surface, making the Ultimate an incredibly responsive board for its length. Extremely versatile, our performance longboard can handle everything from knee high to 3ft overhead. Whether you're just getting started, or you've been at it for decades, you'll come out of the water with an ear to ear grin every time.

So how are these Ultimate Longboards special?

  • We teamed up with US Blanks and had custom "darkwood" 3/8"stringers glued into the blank to create a bold contrast against the rest of the board. Next we did light tints in Mint green, sky blue, and coral peach. Finally, we laid our new script logo lams into the glass to dress it up a touch.
  • The thicker, darker stringer gives off hints of classic wooden boat design while adding strength to the full length of the board
  • Resin tints are a whole different beast in the lamination state of the board building process. The results below show how clean, crisp and colorful the contrast is between the tinted rail and the deck of the board.
  • The new Script Degree 33 logo takes a modern design and gives it that 60s log look that stands out in today's lineup without having to do any talking.

    So, here are the 3 boards we built:


    8'0 x 22 1/2 x 2 7/8 - Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Sky Blue Tint

    Degree 33 Surfboards Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Sky Blue Tint


    8'6 x 22 1/2 x 2 7/8 - Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Mint Green Tint

    Degree 33 Surfboards Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Mint Green Tint


    9'0 x 23 x 3 - Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Coral Peach Tint

    Degree 33 Surfboards Ultimate Longboard - Darkwood Stringer Peach Tint

    If you're interested in one of these gorgeous boards, we'll build it custom to your specifications and have it delivered to your door in about 6-7 weeks, or have you pick it up in 4-5 weeks. We're not going to blow these out the door in droves. We want your experience to be unique and your board to be a singular statement of who you are as a surfer. Get yours started today!


    To place your order or talk board talk:

    Email us at - surf@degree33.com

    Call us at - 858 693 3692

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