BLACK CAT 5'8 X 18 7/8 X 2 1/4 @25.3L SQUASH FUTURES X3 injection tech #959
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single injection tech with an Aero blank plus blank..
Daniel MacDonald is a man of science when it comes to shaping. From the carbon wrap to his most recent creation ‘Injection Technology’, Dan is constantly tinkering with innovative board designs. The EPS Black Cat he submitted for the board test featured the cutting edge of his patented technologies. The board utilised ‘Injection Technology’ (a construction essen- tially injecting reinforcing carbon through the board instead of wrapping it around the rail) and was cut from an ‘Aero Blank Plus’ (the more dense version of the Aero Blank, another of Dan’s creations designed to combine the light- ness and strength of an epoxy with the sturdy feeling of a PU). Having personally ridden the carbon wrap (albeit many moons ago) I was ea- ger to try out this new technology. From the first wave it was evident that the carbon injections through the tail stabilised the chattery feeling generally common to EPS boards. This com- bined with the density of the ‘Aeroblank Plus’ gave the board a PU-esque feeling without com- promising the liveliness of the EPS materials. I rode the board in some punchy shore breaks, and it responded surprisingly well to being pushed in the lip and on rail. Moreover, it still surfed with the same vigour of a normal EPS in feeble surf. All in all, the board was uniquely ver- satile across an array of conditions. It was ideal for wave-starved summer seasons but could also hold its own when the waves turned on.
PU Vs EPS
For the vast majority of conditions, I would ad- amantly choose the EPS over the PU. Its added zip and off the mark speed, courtesy of the EPS construction, made it far quicker in transition and easier to surf in weak waves. This combined with both the ‘Injection Technology’ and the ‘Aeroblank Plus’ give the board a fast yet secure feeling that belittled the abilities of the PU in most conditions. However, in waves three to four-foot and up, the PU came into its own and handled the speed a bit better than the EPS. Yet, if I had to choose between the two, I would still take the EPS, simply for the fact that it performs best in the conditions most common to where I live on the Gold Coast.