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Surf Like Noa Deane!

…well, at least ride the same board as him. Come check out LSD’s newest stick – Noa’s board. 

hardware // Oct 23, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Finally. We’ve been waiting for this day a while. 

Yeah, LSD coming out with a Noa Deane model is cool and all, but what’s even better is the return to naming a model after the bloke who surfs it.

Luke Short (founder and shaper of LSD boards) and Noa tossed names back and forth for a while, but in the end realised it was better to cut the shit. 

“We tossed a few around but just settled on Noa’s board. Can’t get confused that way.” Noa said. 

Noa’s surfer-shaper relationship with Luke spans nearly a decade – a long time considering Noa is only 24 years old. His first LSD was a double hand me down, but despite having previously copped a hammering from both Julian Wilson then Matt Banting, something about the beat up 5’11” urged Noa to approach Luke. 

“I hit him up to make me some boards and it went on from there.” Noa continued. “Even when I was riding for Rusty I was getting LSDs, which I had to kinda keep low key but, you know, you gotta have the best equipment under your feet. These days I don’t even have to tell him what’s up. He just makes em and I ride em and they go sick.”

The new model is based on what Noa surfed throughout Head Noise. You know, his magnum opus that dropped back in August? The one with mind-bogglingly-late Pipe drops. Stomach churning stomps into the flats. And the tube to ‘oop combo at North Point that bettered all the rest.

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“Almost the whole Head Noise clip is shot on them and they’re the best boards I’ve ever ridden. By a mile.” Noa told Vaughan Blakey about the model. “They just go so good that we want other people to enjoy themselves on them too. You don’t even have to try and surf them. They just work.” 

“When we discussed the idea of getting a Noa model out there we honed in on the specifics of what he likes to ride most in the two-to-six foot wave range.” Luke Short said about the model. “Because he’s such a versatile surfer we worked on getting a design that can harness plenty of power, respond in the tube, have plenty of pop, cop heavy landings and still hold when you wanna get it on rail.

“This board ticks all those boxes and not just for a guy of Noa’s calibre, it’s a board that brings out the best for us punters too. I ride one myself.”

Looks sweet, surfs sweeter.

Low entry rocker for quick acceleration, medium rails with a little forgiveness, generous volume throughout the centre and nose for paddling and landing punts, and a wider swallow tail for added lift.

If the stock dimensions tickle your fancy then you’re set, if however you want a few small adjustments – like a squash tail, EPS, or less volume – then Luke will happily craft you up a custom.

Head over to Luke’s site here for added details, and if you’re still unconvinced, just slide back up and watch Noz tearing the bag out of it for two and a half minutes up top. 

Don’t worry, it’s not like your significant other will notice yet another board in the quiver…

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