What the HaydenShapes site says about the Merlot:
‘The unique wine glass shaped Merlot, is a specific shape that has been designed for fun, small wave performance surfing.
Its most notable feature is the side cut outline that runs from the wide point down to a pronounced hip behind the front fins. When the board is put on rail, the concave outlines are engaged, causing the water flow to follow. This allows the board to draw tight curvy arcs in fun everyday conditions.
The centerline rocker has been taken from the Hypto Krypto design, with the addition of some extra curve in the nose and tail. This is flat which gives great planing speed when not on rail, racing down the line or through dead sections.
The Merlot’s foil is quite forgiving in the front end and quite sensitive and reactive off the tail. The concave runs from a single in the front end, through to a double between the fins, with a late vee in the last 6 inches of the tail.
If the conditions are playful, onshore or offshore – the Merlot is ideal. Its instant unique feel develops and delivers maximum performance in small waves.’
What people are saying about it:
“It’s Super light under your feet and fast – it turns like a dime and you can race down the line. It kinda feels like a skateboard.” – Craig Anderson on haydenshapes.com
“The HS Merlot is best for performance surfing in small, punchy, playful waves, combining the perfect mix between performance, speed and response. The Merlot works really well in the pocket and is a great summer option for the surfer looking for something in between a fish and a high performance shortboard.” – Boardcave
“You will dig the Hypto Krypto for variety and The Ando when it pumps but Craig Anderson’s latest small wave signature model, the Haydenshapes Merlot, is meant to transcend you to a state of small wave performance bliss.” – Compare Surfboards
“The board has a sidecut outline and is real flat through the centre-line rocker, for more planing speed down the line or over fat sections. And who don’t need that?” – stabmag.com
“I’ve had a chance to ride the MERLOT now in 1.5ft to over head sucky stuff. I thought the fin placement might have been a bit skecthy too but it is amazing. It gives the board two gears, one, just riding the wall, two, if you back foot a bit, it carves like a dream.” – user JOYRIDER on seabreeze.com
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