The Blackfish has influenced an industry. All the top race board manufacturers now offer a design similar to the famed Blackfish. Since 2014 Dave Boehne has been developing this planing hull concept with Slater Trout and the team and now in 2018 everyone is playing catch up. Blackfish comes standard with Larry Allison/Probox 4 fin set up.
The design is a planning hull hybrid and is able to paddle in all conditions. Where Blackfish shines is in the elements. Ocean, upwind, downwind, chop, in and out of surf. The stability is built in through the outline and innovative concave design. The planing hull rides on top of the water rather than parting it away like a displacement hull. This makes for very fast get up and go and higher max sprint speeds. “Like skipping a stone” Blackfish likes to sprint and take off from the line. 2018 gained even more stability allowing riders to size down in width and continue to push the speed limits. If you paddle mostly in the ocean or in a flat-water area that has lots of boat traffic and/or changing seasons and conditions Blackfish is for you and will be ready.