Gabriel Medina’s signature model and a great beach break all rounder surfboard, the high performance Pukas The Game model is still accessible for less experienced surfers.
+ Lively and responsive, especially in slightly larger (head high +), more powerful waves
+ Solid all around beach break board
+ Cuts through mushier waves well but will also hold tight in a steep or hollow face
– The largest standard model will not have enough volume for a significant portion of the surfer population
– I found The Game more a bulked up high performance design and less a smaller, weaker wave board as it is described on the Pukas Surf website. Therefore, it doesn’t paddle as well as I had hoped in smaller, weaker waves. That may be because the largest model is too small for me
The Game surfboard at 6’4 x 20 ½ x 2 3/8 @ 33.04L’s of volume (a bit too small for Benny…). See the full standard Pukas The Game dimensions with volumes at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Average to punchy beach break waves from shoulder high to a few feet overhead.
¡Hola! Y bienvenidos a Benny’s Boardroom! Tee hee, I’m Ben and this is Benny’s Boardroom. I use the Spanish because today we are looking at a board by a Spanish shaper, ‘Pukas’, from San Sebastian in Northern Spain; near the border of Spain and France where they get some really great waves (Mundaka for one…).
The Game is a straightforward beach break board. There’s nothing too funky about the outline and I was just going to really illustrate that this is what you need if you’re looking for a standard all around beach break board design and you don’t want to get anything that’s too funky. So, pretty simple design, the outline is a little bit wider and the thickness is a touch thicker than a kind of standard, high performance shortboard. That helps you to get speed and to catch waves in smaller, weaker surf although I felt better surfing this board when it was bigger.
The rocker is relatively flat on “The Game”. As you can see, it’s got a little bit of a kick going in the nose, flat through the middle and it’s got a little bit of a kick in the tail. Overall, that rocker is quite standard for an all rounder beach break or average wave short board. The tail is just a standard rounded square, which is a versatile tail design. The tail is a little bit wider than you might see on a more high performance model but, again, pretty straightforward. Finally, the concave is just a standard single concave, running through the front of the board here and then shifting out to the double concave in the back.
The Game surfboard is the Gabriel Medina signature model by Pukas and this would be for standard beach break waves. Nothing too hollow or too heavy but this would handle a lot of different kinds of waves well. It’s got a lot of volume. It’s got paddle power and will get going but it needs a bit of push.
If you’ve had a go on The Game surfboard by Pukas Surf please let me know what you think about it and thank you very much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Pukas The Game surfboard dimensions and volume from the Pukas Surf website:
|5’4||18 1/2||1 7/8||20.0L|
|5’8||18 7/8||2 1/8||24.49L|
|5’10||19 1/4||2 1/8||26.35L|
|5’11||19 1/2||2 3/16||27.09L|
|6’0||19 3/4||2 1/4||28.57L|
|6’4||20 1/2||2 3/8||33.04L|
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It's for sure a small wave shortboard. Actually it even doesn't like high waves and hollow surf. It's of course a "real" shortboard and not a groveler. You need some skill to surf it. Greetings, Emiel
Hi mate, Great review, love it when we can have expert opinion on boards , really helps 🙂 Surfed that board twice in Dbah and Snapper, and it went amazing !! Wanted to get my self one but hey going to Spain is no easy thing aye Would love it if you could review the new SuperBranded Limited edition Siamese Viper by Dion Angius ! Keep the good work mate yeow.