With the Modern Highline we wanted to design a board that would give novice-to-intermediate surfers as much assistance as possible. The final design helps to transition surfers move from foamie style boards to hard boards.
To become a better surfer and build your confidence, you need to catch as many waves as possible. There aren’t any shortcuts but we think we can help shorten the learning curve. So we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave).
Essentially, we built this board to re-define the first steps in surfing so people develop their skills quicker, build confidence and maximise the enjoyment they get from riding waves.
With the Modern Highline we examined what novice-to-intermediate surfers need in a surfboard to help them get as much actual surfing experience as possible. To become a better surfer, catching waves and increasing your confidence is the key, so we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave). Essentially, we built this board to re-define the first steps in surfing so people develop their skills quicker and maximise the enjoyment they get from riding waves.
OUTLINE: The outline is the key to the Highline’s amazing stability. We basically took the middle section of a longboard, then tapered the nose to a semi-point and added a nice curved square tail, and by reducing the overall board length you maintain easier side-to-side turning.
ROCKER: Considered flat, the low, fish style rocker means this board paddles very quickly onto waves, and will maintain its speed once you’re up and riding. In this case flat equals flow, and less effort required from the rider to get the board up and going.
CONTOURS: Forward concave helps channel water efficiently across the flatter rocker, particularly when paddling and taking off. The back half of the board has a raised vee with double concave to offset the width, and allow for easier transitions from one rail to the other when performing turns.
FOIL: There’s lots of volume along the full length of the foil, but enough taper through the nose to avoid that ‘boat-like’ feel. The rails are full, but still soft which makes them forgiving as you glide across the face and connect your turns together.
PERFORMANCE: This model can be ridden shorter due to the extra width and higher volumes, which is a big advantage for beginner and intermediate surfers developing their turning skills. For better surfers, gear down into cruise mode before riding the Highline. It has a large sweet spot and offers a very fluid ride, especially in smaller, soft running beach and point waves.
AESTHETIC: The traditional resin tints, rail laps, and matte finish not only look striking but also guarantees that each board has its own unique appearance.
NOTE: Rider weight is based on board volume and intermediate rider skill level
|LENGTH||WIDTH||THICK||VOLUME||SUPPLIED FINS||APPROX WEIGHT RANGE|
|5’8″||21″||2 1/2″||35ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||60kg or less|
|5’10”||21 3/8″||2 3/8″||38.3ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||65kg or less|
|6’0″||21 3/4″||2 3/4″||42ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||75kg or less|
|6’2″||22 1/8″||2 13/16″||45ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||85kg or less|
|6’4″||22 1/2″||2 7/8″||48.1ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||90kg or less|
|6’8″||22 7/8″||3″||54ltr||FCSII Tri Performer||95kg or less|
|Construction||Polyester – PUPolyester or PU construction uses traditional materials and laminating techniques to produce a strong, reliable surfboard with high quality finishes. All polyester boards are CNC milled from the shapers files and laminated by hand using quality components such as Hexcel fiberglass, Silmar resin and Bennett foam.
For years traditional polyester boards have been at the forefront of performance surfing. These boards feature a progressive flex pattern controlled by a high-grade timber stringer and feel very reliable under your feet. Polyester construction will perform in all surf conditions and can be adapted to suit a wide variety of surfboard models.
You can find out more about GSI’s surfboard construction on our surfboard construction page.
|Board Contours||Single Double Vee|
|Surfer Skill Level||Beginner – Intermediate|