The Vanguard is a freestyle machine. This board wants to be pushed to the absolute limits. With its explosive pop, incredible tracking and smooth landings the Vanguard will deliver the utmost performance in all conditions and excels as you do. The speed of this board comes from its rocker line. The rocker is more curved through the center and straighter towards the tips. This allows the board to glide over the water with more speed without pushing through it. The AXIS Quad concave assists tracking the board for better load and explosive pop. The concave gets water moving the right way on landings too; stomp those passes, claim it with a fist pump, neck a beer, be a hero/ine…or just quietly stomp the trick, and do another.
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Our Testers Say:
“Loved this board, very confidence inspiring in choppy conditions with a locked in ride and the cushioned pads,” Jason Kane.
“Awesome all around board with great handling in the chop, feels like a fast ride, with really good edge control, load and pop with well designed pads and straps,” Pat O’Connor.
“Comfy straps and pads with excellent upwind ability, chattery through the chop, but fun popping off chop,” Davey Beard.
The Vanguard is back for another year with quad concave and a defined spine and channels that give the Vanguard better edge control and confidence inspiring grip on the water. The Vanguard features three holes for stance width adjustment and five settings to adjust duck stance. The Vanguard felt a little stiffer compared to the all carbon Limited, but testers gave the Vanguard solid points for its tracking and confidence inspiring riding through the chop. The Vanguard came with the quad adjustment foot straps that are easy to assemble and fairly easy to adjust on the beach, with the four adjustments making it easy to change the angle of the strap for uniform pressure on your foot. The pads have a soft to medium density comfortable rubber-like footbed with ribs and a ridge under your toes that gives good traction.