Year in, year out, aside from our Ultimate longboard, the Poacher is second to none when it comes to popularity, ride-ability, and affordability, and being just an all around joyride. A quarter of our warehouse is dedicated to housing the poacher alone. For 2016/2017, we wanted to take the Poacher to a new place.
Most of us at Degree33 Surfboards are somewhere along the greyscale of intermediate, from at home on a 9'3 Ultimate, to most stoked on a 5'8 Codfather, to a 4 deep, sub-6ft board quiver, we come from all angles and ride every different kind of board. The one thing we all had in common, is that the Poacher appeal stopped just short of our appetite. It felt too short to be a longboard replacement, and too long to be a fish replacement. So we stirred the pot and had Bill whip up board that would just be flat out "playful."
What came out, was something that gave shortboarders a chance to leave no day unridden, and gave longer board riders a way to mingle in the pocket without giving up glide, float, stability and control.
We bring you... the 6ft "Pocket Poacher..."
We've kept most of the width and all of the thickness of the 6'6 and just squashed the length down to nimble up its handling skills under-foot.
The test run at Seaside Reef was the perfect proving grounds for this little problem solver. It was maxing high tide with mush burger takeoffs that actually had some fun walls to be had if you could get in. The shortboarders couldn't scratch into it and stuck to the inside reform. Meanwhile, those of us on the new Pocket Poacher were practicing our roll-in takeoff to roundhouse/revert cutback combos.
Problem solved... no bad days!
Want one of your own, we recommend the Nexgen 6ft Poacher for added pop and featherweight, durable construction. Get yours here.