I have been looking at this board for a while and that it is basically a Vanguard in disguise from what I have read online. However, it looks alot narrower in the tail than the Vanguard so I was wondering if it would feel more like a traditional shortboard?
Looks like a insane travel board that would maybe work better in bigger waves than the Vanguard?
Also, when do you think the first batch will hit Europe?
I think the centre is wider making the tail look narrower. That might not be the case and you could be right.
There's possibly some coming in next month but I'd email a couple of dealers regarding that as I think September is more likely as I don't think they are even available in the US or Aus yet...
I am already on it in regards to getting one from the first batch:-)
Seems like they have kept the same width and almost the same thickness as the Vanguard, but added 4" to the length. I went all nerdy and compared the two boards in PS in the same width(Vanguard 5'10 and V4 6'2) and the tail looks a lot wider on the Vanguard. Not sure if the translate to anything, but hoping that it turns out narrower on the V4 and that it feel more like a traditional shortboard.
Can you give us an idea of the boards performance/ease of use/grovellability compared with the vanguard ?
The 5'10 sits better at my preferred vol then any of the vanguards avaliable (however I am half convinced on the vanguard based on the positive reviews, it will mean having a ltr or two more or less than ideal)
Hey Chris I am about to order preorder the V4, but wanted to check with you if you have any more info at this stage on how the board rides. Only a few boards hitting Europe so really want to place the order as soon as possible. Cheers
The reason why I am asking is that I am a bit concerned that the board needs to be surfed heavily of the back foot like the Vanguard. I would say that I tend to switch between front foot and back foot according to different waves so was hoping that the V4 would be more of a neutral board in comparison to the Vanguard. Do you mean "conventional approach" in terms of the outline and shape of the board or more of the feel of a standard neutral short board?
This is purely guess work, but I imagine having more curve at the front with a thinner, conventional nose, it's going to be more forgiving off the front foot. That said, it still has a wide tail area and I see it needing a solid bit of back footing to get it to light up.