Purpose built to help you get the most out of your everyday sessions, Vulcan Surfboards Full Yellow Jacket with patented ‘Convex’ stringerless construction explodes through turns and flies down the line.
After hearing Dane Hantz of Vulcan Surfboards talk about the Full Yellow Jacket model (his favourite board) [Watch Dane talk about his favourite board here…], I had to try one. A board designed for the everyday conditions most of us surf most of the time, the feather light, rock solid Yellow Jacket excels when the waves don’t provide much love.
From stomach high to overhead, this board explodes through turns – the patent Convex technology is surely to blame – and never feels sluggish, even on the flat faced, weak days that stifle most other all rounders and have you reaching for your favourite fish surfboard or groveler.
Winner of the Boardroom International (Del Mar, CA, USA) ‘Best High Performance Shortboard Design’ for 2013 AND 2014, this is the Vulcan Surfboards Full Yellow Jacket review at Benny’s Boardroom.
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+ Modern small to medium size wave performance outline is great for everyday waves
+ Patented ‘Convex’ corrugations running down the rail make this board explode through turns
+ Fuller outline hides plenty of volume through the foil making it an uber paddler and wave catcher
– Surfboard weight is very personal but this thing is really light! Great in smaller, cleaner stuff but throw in a bit of size and chop and it’s hard to keep it under control
The Vulcan Surfboards Full Yellow Jacket model at 6’4 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4 @ 39L’s of volume (approximate). I ride my Full Yellow Jacket with the awesome new Futures F8 Blackstix 3.0 large thruster fins – both as a straight thruster when the surf is pumping and with the Futures Blackstix 3.0 QD2 large quad rear trailer fins [Shop Futures Blackstix here…] when conditions are more average.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead beach breaks, reefs and points in average to good conditions. Likes cleaner faces (don’t we all!)
- Deep single to triple concave bottom contour provides ample glide while paddling and great speed and hold while you’re cooking down the lane
- Cool diamond tail provides drive and pivot for all around performance
- Great all around utility board for everyday to good conditions from waist high to overhead
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Hey, this is Ben. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I hope you’re out and getting some waves. This is the Vulcan Surfboards Full Yellow Jacket and I wasn’t actually supposed to review this board. I was in California and I had arranged with Dane Hantz of Vulcan Surfboards to ride and review his Archetype model [See the Vulcan Surfboards Archetype review…], which is a smaller wave, mushier wave, almost a groveler. I had also asked him if he could talk about his favorite board on film.
I went in and I met with Dane and his brand manager, Nick, who are both just awesome guys. Dane went through and talked through this board [See Dane Hantz talk about his favourite board…] and afterwards – my brother was with me as well – both of us are like, “We want to order that board!” I was really excited about it, given his description. I’m just as excited about it now after having surfed it for a few weeks and giving it a proper go.
This is Dane Hantz’s daily driver. This is what he will surf, 60% to 80% of the time, from stomach high up to maybe just a foot or two overhead. This is exactly the type of board you need. You can see that it has a lower entry rocker, so in the nose here, it’s just a slight bit of entry rocker there. It’s got less rocker and flat through the center. Then you see it has a little bit more exaggerated kick.
Very good rocker for, again, average conditions that most of us surf most of the time. I like that he’s got this little diamond tail. I’m pretty partial to round tails, but I do like the diamonds. It gives you a little bit more pivot and drive off of those pivot points. This board, again, in that sweetspot of, I would say stomach to head high to maybe a foot overhead,
“this thing is just lightning fast.”
The one thing that I would say about this board, that I really notice, is on my backhand, I would be coming up to do backhand turns coming up and trying to hit the lip and come [00:02:00] back down. Normally, with most of the boards, I’d come up and hit the top, and experience a little bit of latency to accelerate and get back down the line to go and do whatever you’re going to do next. Not with this board. This Convex technology (patented), which I’ll talk about in just a moment, makes this board incredibly springy and lively. I would come up and I would hit that top and it would just fire me out of that turn and down the line into the next maneuver.
I really noticed, more than other boards that I’ve ridden, that really stood out to me, just how snappy this technology is. Dane Hantz did a much better job of explaining his patented Convex technology. For the lay person, all I’ll say is that, A) this strengthens the board, so it’d be very difficult to snap this board. The convex corrugation is wider in the center or the point load area, which is where most of the weight sits.
It tapers off as you can see at the tail and at the nose so you’re getting more flex at the tail and the nose when you’re doing turns and you have the flex where you need it. Very sold on that feature. There are other board manufacturers who make things that look similar to this. After talking through with a few people about the science behind this particular patent, which is, again, Vulcan Surfboards patent, called Convex. Those other board manufacturers that are making these grooves, they don’t do necessarily the same thing this does.
This bit of carbon strip here is specifically and scientifically engineered to work with this exact board to strengthen through the center and leave a little bit of release and flexibility through the tip and the tail.
“The other thing that stood out to me about this board is just how light it is.”
This is a 6’4, it’s about 39 liters. It weighs almost nothing. That is a positive thing when you’re trying to surf and snap and throw it around. For a bigger guy like me who rides bigger boards, I really enjoyed that.
The small [00:04:00] downside is that when you’re surfing in slightly junkier conditions, I did notice it tends to bounce around a little bit. The buoyancy of EPS in combination with the lightness of it, I found, again, in junkier conditions, it did tend to bounce around a little bit, which I think is a common gripe that surfers have about these lighter technologies. In general, this board is definitely worth a go.
I think this won Winner of the Boardroom International ‘Best High Performance Shortboard Design’ 2013 AND 2014 in [00:04:33] Del Mar, California. I think it won two years in a row. It’s not a passing phase or anything like that. This is definitely the type of board that you’re going to want to surf when you are going out, you’ve got 45 minutes or an hour, you want to catch a lot of waves and you want to have a hell of a lot of fun. This board is a great option for you.
That is the Full Yellow Jacket by Vulcan Surfboards. I’ve been surfing it with the brand new Futures Blackstix 3.0 fins. These are the large F8 black sticks [Shop Futures Blackstix 3.0 large thruster fins…]. I started surfing it as a thruster. Then I added the quad trailers. I really love quads, so the fact that Futures now has the option of getting a thruster set up and then getting the matching trailers [Shop Futures Blackstix 3.0 QD2 Quad Trailer Fins here…], really happy about that.
I love the original Blackstix and these are proving to be every bit as good, if not better than the old ones. Again, you’re surfing smaller, more average waves that don’t have as much push. That is the Full Yellow Jacket and the new Futures Blackstix. Hope you enjoyed the review and I’ll speak with you again soon.
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