The Tanto project that I have been working on with my son Chaz has been one of the most exciting design projects of my shaping career.
Typical surfboard shapes and designs have specific limitations in rocker, thickness combinations and flow that determine the "standard" look that you typically see. The usual surfboard design process starts with the outline, then rocker, then foil, then rails which creates specific limitations. On the Tanto, I was able to design the most important part first, the rocker/rail flow which is 75 percent of your performance. Without the limitation of a "standard" outline, I am able to get the best of both worlds, ultra high efficiency with a lower volume ride and feel.
The Tanto has a very high rocker on the rail line combined with an aggressive, quick changing rail thickness flow and shape that gives you the performance of boards 15 to 20 Liters smaller.
After the performance was designed in, I could easily design back the stability and paddle power needed
Tanto SUP - Premium Epoxy Series
8'4" - 130 liters