Some crave a wave with moose. Big, hollow and powerful, this is a board for surfing bigger, better waves. I hope you enjoy this review of a channel bottom gun style surfboard by Allan Byrne.
+ Great foil: lots of volume to help you paddle on to big, fast waves but never feels bulky or catches when you’re flying down the line
+ The ride in good quality, solid surf is unreal. The channels helps it to connect with the wave beautifully
+ Confidence when conditions are more serious. This board is made to surf big, powerful waves and it excels in those conditions
– Channels can be temperamental when you’re not riding smooth, clean faces
– Large stiff fins combined with the channels make it a tank to turn
This Allan Byrne channel bottom gun surfboard at 6’10 x 20 x 2 3/4. I ride this board with the FCS Kelly Slater 2.1’s or, more recently, the Kinetic Racing Jack Freestone signature thrusters. This is a custom I picked up second hand so, apologies, no volume.
Best Wave Type
Solid overhead to double overhead (or bigger, if that’s your thing) reef, point and beach break waves. Best in smooth, clean conditions
- Channel bottom
- Pulled in swallow tail
- 3-fin thruster setup
- Curvy rocker to sit in steep, curvy waves
- Tight, low rails
- Chilli Heavywater Review: one of my all time favourites…more fishy vs. this JR Voodoo but still worth a look
- Simon Anderson DCS Review: more of a step-up board than a gun but a great option for good, powerful waves
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This is a gun style surfboard by renowned shaper Allan Byrne, who tragically passed away in Bali in a motorcycle accident. Gun surfboards have a very specific purpose. They are intended to catch a big wave and the bigger a wave is, generally, the faster that wave is moving. So gun surfboards need to be able to catch a big wave and then they need to be able to control all of the speed that comes with riding a big, powerful wave. [00:01:00] Design features on guns generally surround putting a lot of foam over the chest area so you have plenty of paddle power. And you can see here, that there is a lot of foam running through the center of this board but that foam trails off very quickly in the nose, rails and tail areas.
The tail is thin and this nose is pulled in. This board also has an enormous amount of rocker, as in, curvature, from tip to tail. When you take off on a big wave, the last thing you want to do is to dig your nose and fall face first. [00:01:30] There is nothing quite like cartwheeling down the face of a double or triple overhead beast of a wave. It is not fun. Having that nice, pulled in tip or nose is going to help to slot into a steep, big, powerful wave.
At the back, you have a pulled in or narrow tail. That is going to help you control the board as you ride down the line very quickly. The outline is going to help you to sit in a steeper wave face of a bigger wave. [00:02:00]
The channels are a different feature from other gun surfboards that I’ve surfed. I really like surfing the channels although I did notice when did tried to surf with the fins that I normally would surf in Indonesia, which are bigger and more rigid, the combination of the channels and the big rigid fins, was too much. I couldn’t turn the thing; it was like a tank. But when I took when I took those fins out and I put in smaller, more flexible fins in, that was the right combination. I found that the channels actually do a great deal to help control and turn the board. [00:02:30] And so, that is my advice to you, if you are going to be surfing big waves with a channel bottom, I would take a couple of different sets of fins.
That is a big wave channel bottom gun surfboard by Allan Byrne. If you have had a go on an Allan Byrne channel bottom gun, please let me know what you think of it and let me know what you think about riding big waves, and big wave guns in general. Thank you very much for watching the show. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
This is a custom so, apologies, no standard volumes and dimensions.
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I just got a identical board on Craigslist for 160. I will let you know how it works. I had one 30 years ago and loved it.