On his Mayhem Whiplash model, Taj Burrow won the Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks and the O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Santa Cruz. In their first full year walking together, they're results that shaper Matt Biolos says "more than speak for themselves." He ain't wrong. There's a reason why Matt's boards are under the feet of a large amount of pros, and especially when the tour rolls into California, where Matt's based. Now Taj has gone full time Mayhem, and he looks better than ever (see footage above). For the tech breakdown, read on!

"Using the classic Whiplash model as a starting point, this board has now become the most refined and streamlined design in our line," says Matt. "Based off TB's winning board from Snapper, it is a relatively low volume board, with continuous rocker (to fit wherever TB wants to go on the wave) and deep concaves (for lift and the speed to get there). A relaxed central rocker maintains speed and carry through the flats, while hyper-extended tail kick in the last 16” and a moderately lifted nose keep the board free, loose and responsive. The outline also has an aggressive, continuous curve, cutting out all the unneeded surface area, thus no hip or bump in front of the fins that most of our boards feature. The nose, while not as needle or narrow as in the past, is still pulled enough to not get in the way of TB's fast, critical, tight radius turns. Although not for everyone, this board is relatively easy to ride and is best for younger and fitter surfers who are above average, have no problem creating their own speed, and surf regularly in punchy beach or decent quality point breaks and want to surf as critical and radical as possible."