Round Tail 5 Fin Surfboard

Round Tail 5 Fin Surfboard

The Round Tail 5 fin surfboard is perhaps the black sheep of the range since it has no history as a design from the labels past.

It’s inclusion is warranted purely for it’s versatility in a diverse range of surf conditions and its multi fin use.

The Lightning Bolt range is tight so an all-rounder has its purpose.

The quest for one board to do it all particularly for free spirited travellers whose desire it is to travel light will certainly give this model a market.

Wave Type

Wave Type: 2' - 7'

Rocker

Rocker: Flat

Rail

Rail: Medium

Fins

Fins: 5 Future Fins

Tail Shape

Tail Shape: Round

Dimensions

Dimensions: 5'10" - 6'8"

Round Tail 5 Fin SurfboardThe outline of this model aspires to the drive function realised by shifting the wide point forward thus creating drive and particularly in quad mode the capacity to surf in bigger waves with a shorter board, an endeavour quite popular these days.

The shorter board also means even though the plan is a little front heavy for a thruster it is not as far away from the surfer sitting over the tail fin because the board is now shorter.

If you want reach, hold in barrels and max speed then 4 it is. If you want pivot in peaky conditions then 3 it is.

Round Tail 5 Fin SurfboardThe trade off with rocker that suits both modes best is a little more difficult since a tri fin essentially is a pivot motion and a quad is more a rail drive motion.

Indeed the round tail encourages pivot more than drive so with the rocker more emphasis can be placed on drive in order to even the score.

The reduction of tail flip in this model does just that and this is softened with a substantial Vee out the last 3” of the tail.

Fact is quads are loose, so monitor this with less tail rocker. Fact is thrusters need pivot, include a round tail. Enough said!

Round Tail 5 Fin SurfboardThe Round Tail 5 Fin has a 4mm concave through the guts and a 3mm Vee out the last 6 inches of the tail.

This helps decrease pressure in the pod particularly in thruster mode in order to help keep the centre fin in the water at speed.

A short tail Vee also flips the rail line out the tail loosening the board.

Round Tail 5 Fin SurfboardThe Round Tail 5 Fin is glassed the same as all Lightning Bolt models with double diagonal laminates top and bottom with the latest epoxy resins on PU foam.

All come with an all over colour bordered with a contrasting pin line. All five finners are future boxes.

Round Tail 5 Fin Surfboard5’10” x 19 x 2 5/16 = 27.7 LTS
6’0” x 19 ½ x 2 3/8 = 28.9 LTS
6’2” x 19 ¾ x 2 7/16 = 31.2 LTS
6’4” x 20 x 2 ½ = 32.9 LTS
6’6” x 21 x 2 9/16 = 35 LTS
6’8” x 21 ¼ x 2 5/8 = 38.2 LTS

MODERN LAMINATING TECHNIQUES

As a point of difference and, more importantly, for superior strength and durability, the new Lightning Bolt surfboard range boasts a very different direction with laminating to the norm, which is already proving to tick all the boxes for what is required in today's need for the correct strength-to-weight ratios.

Epoxy PUFirst and foremost, all boards will be laminated with the latest superior epoxy resins that have a lot more nose to tail flexibility than the more brittle polyesters. Indeed, epoxy resins are mostly used on polystyrene foam since polyesters resin dissolve polystyrene or EPS which is the common name for it these days.

Not many people know that epoxy resins are quite at home with polyurethane foam as they are with polystyrene and we have found that, for reasons still unexplained, our polyurethane blanks are coming up a whisper lighter than those glassed in polyester.

The ability to absorb shock much better than the brittle polyesters is proving to be a game changer with this combination.

LaminatesThe shock factor is the well know culprit for boards snapping. Another technique exclusive to the new Lightning Bolt range is the diagonal weave process.

With all laminates laid diagonally the snap line that is usually directly rail to rail has to negotiate double weave rather than breaking in between the east west strands and only across the north south strands in a standard layup.

This whole combination of diagonal weaves and more flexible epoxy resins not only breathes life into the feel of the Bolts, but also adds to their life span.

Another feature we have stumbled upon is the noticeable difference in weight between the Pu and Epoxy laminates. We are still working on a theory for this, but it certainly exists.

Toe Patches & FinsAll boards will have inegra toe patches in order to structure up the rail edges in that last critical 12 inches of the tail.

All boards will use future fin boxes exclusively, simply because they are the strongest when it comes to fin base roll under pressure and there should be no shortage of this pressure if these boards are surfed in the type of waves they are meant for.

ArtworkAgain out of respect for the early Bolts the new stock models will be just as colourful and trimmed with a traditional pin line.

Surfboard Price Guide

All prices are ‘Starting From’ and include base spray and pin line, double diagonal laminates,
3 future fin boxes, air freight within Australia, and GST.

Board Size

Approx Guide Only:

Up to 6.8
6.9 – 7.5
7.6 – 8.6
8.7 – 9.6
8.0 Heritage

PU – Polyester with Polish

Starts From:

$1095
$1170
$1265
$1375
$2000

PU – Epoxy Sanded Finish

Starts From:

$1080
$1190
$1290
$1550

PU – Polyester with Polish

Starts From:

Up to 6.8 – $1095
6.9 – 7.5 – $1170
7.6 – 8.6 – $1265
8.7 – 9.6 – $1375
8.0 Heritage – $2000

PU – Epoxy Sanded Finish

Starts From:

Up to 6.8 – $1080
6.9 – 7.5 – $1190
7.6 – 8.6 – $1290
8.7 – 9.6 – $1550

What Our Customers Say

Thanks to Murray Bourton – satisfying a perfectionist isn’t easy…it’s fantastic!

Lightning Bolt Australia Surfboards
Jonathan Joseph Coote
Custom 7'2" Pin Tail Surfboard

Yay awesome guys! So so stoked 🤙 Thank you so much Lighting Bolt Australia.

Lightning Bolt Australia Surfboards
Andy Yeates
Contest Winner - 6'2" Twin Fin Surfboard

Surfboard Enquiry

Lightning Bolt surfboards do not have stock on hand. All boards have to be made on request. Stock sizes in our first 4 introductory designs are a guideline at best. Dialogue with official Lightning Bolt Australia designer/shaper Murray Bourton is encouraged, indeed as it was in the heady days when the Bolt brand was synonymous with the best waves and the best surfers in the world. To encourage this endeavour there is no extra charge to nut it out personally with Muzz.

Lightning Bolt Australia offers 2 choices of finishes. All of the new 2020 range is PU foam laminated in the newest of epoxy resins. The Heritage range is Pu- Polyester with full pigment and polished finishes.

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