Ford Archbold’s signature model by Blake Peters of Panda Surfboards, the Panda Fried Til You Die is flat, fat and FAST! All the paddle you need to power through the small stuff but refined to perform.
+ Flat deck that carries foam throughout the foil but with bevelled rails and a flat rocker, this board is built to fly
+ Performance oriented small wave board – great for the progressive surfer in small waves
+ Rolled vee under the nose for easy entry
+ Cool flutes on the rail combines with the wing to break water flow and make this board feel extra sensitive
– I found myself digging the nose often, even in flatter face conditions
– Steeper faces were a challenge with the wide outline and lack of rocker
The Panda Surfboards Fried Till You Die surfboard at 6’1 x 20 11/16 x 2 3/4 @ roughly >38L’s of volume. I dig the Futures Solus 3-fin Thruster fins in general but especially in boards like this. Standard Panda Surfboards Fried Till You Die dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Small – knee to chest high – flatter, cleaner waves although I did have a couple of decent sessions when the conditions were a little bit wind blown and choppy
- Rolled vee through the nose, deep single concave through the board to the tail
- Flat deck with beveled rails for more precise turns
- Flyer or flutes in front of the fins to pivot tightly when needed
- 3 Fin set up with a Swallow tail or optional Round tail
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This is the Fried Til You Die model by Panda Surfboards. It’s my third Panda Surfboards model and my last board, the Panda Fang Banger, was just a magical little board. I surfed that in so many different types of waves and it worked so well for me. I love that board.
This Fried Till You Die is Ford Archbold’s signature model. Ford Archbold is a team rider for Blake and Panda Surfboards and this is intended to be his small wave board. To me this is, directionally, definitely a small wave board whereas the Panda Fang Banger I thought was a little bit more versatile. I could surf in a broader range of waves. This is specifically good for when it’s smaller.
I did take this out a couple of times when it was a little bit steeper and I found I was digging the nose a little bit and I just couldn’t quite get into a steeper face as well with this board. I think more than anything because you can see just how flat it. It is almost completely flat from tip to tail. There’s very little rocker through the board. There is also a bit of bulk up in the nose of the board which helps you to get up and get going when it’s smaller. That foam is carried all the way through the board. You can see that it trails off a bit at the tail here.
This board is intended to surf when it’s small. I could almost surf this as a groveler given the size of the outline and the volume running through it. One nice thing about the designs that Blake produces is he puts these beautiful beveled rails around his boards. You see he’s got this very flat deck which carries a lot of foam through the foil, but then he trails that foam off in these nice beveled rails. These beveled rails are great for somebody like me who’s a little bit bigger.
I get the benefits of surfing a board that has a little bit more volume, but when you want to turn it those rails are a little bit more precise and a little bit more performance oriented so you can surf this board more like a shortboard. The outline draws back to a rounded tail at the back here. You can see he’s got a bit of width running through the nose here, width and thickness running through the center, but then this pulls back nicely. He’s got this little wing here which helps break the water flow and then pulls into this little round tail.
The standard tail for this Fried Till You Die is actually a swallow tail, but I saw this on the Panda Surfboards Instagram. I saw the round tail and I really liked the look of it so I asked Blake to shape me one with a round tail. Similar to the Fang Banger, he’s got these cool flutes on the rail. You can see those flutes. It produces a little bit of the bulk in the rail here and again creates a little pivot point there.
This is a great board for progressive small wave surfing. It catches waves really easily, gets speed really easily. The flatness of the rocker and the distribution of the foam throughout the board make this thing just an absolute pig of a wave catcher. It hogs waves. I’ve been surfing this board with these interesting Future Solus fins. These have kind of been my small wave board choice for smaller waves.
They have this really interesting center fin at the back which creates a little bit more lift than a standard fin and they do have this big foil through here which is great for generating speed when it’s smaller. Those fins I think work great in boards like this in smaller wave boards where you want to generate speed and are less concerned about controlling speed.
Unlike a lot of small to medium sized wave all-rounders, the rocker of the bottom contour of this board is a little bit different. Blake has put a rolled vee in the nose which helps you to enter the wave with ease, and then he’s got a deep single concave that runs throughout the board. You see a lot of bottom contours these days on these shorter, fatter, wider boards are a standard single to double concave running up the back fins. This is a little bit different, again that deep single concave running through the board.
That is my take on the Fried Till you Die by Panda Surfboards. If you had a go on the Fried Till you Die please let me know what you think as always and thank you so much for watching the show.
OUTRO: Gonna get all retro with the Fried Till you Die.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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