The Shadow XL is optimized for paddle power, carveability and drive for surfers that need a bit more foam.
The Shadow is the high-performance shortboard addition to the Ghost family and quickly become a favorite among Pyzel team riders
For the 2018 Stab in the Dark project Jon Pyzel wanted to make something fresh and new, but had to start off with something that was tried and true. Knowing that the Phantom is a great board for those types of conditions he decided to start there and redesign it as a more refined, high performance shortboard, while still keeping the added flow and glide that defines the Phantom. The Shadow is designed to give the advantages of a wider, forward outlined type of board but in a sleek, modern package.
The Shadow features our a high performance outline, but with the wide point at centre not behind. Jon Pyzel pulled in the nose by almost a half inch and added some extra rocker through the last 12 inches in the nose to keep it free through critical turns. It has a gentle hip for looseness and the squash tail is pulled in to help tighten the turning radius and improve its vertical capabilities.
The tail rocker and bottom concave remain nearly identical to the Phantom, which has proven to work really well in everyday conditions in waves around the world. The thickness flow, or foil, is different from most other performance shortboards, keeping the volume a little bit in front of the centre, but not overly exaggerated. This added foam under the chest area not only helps add paddle power, but it also gives extra float under the front foot in slower sections which translates to more speed and flow.
We recommend riding the Shadow about your height or an inch over, and in your favorite high performance dimensions.The Shadow is glassed as per Pyzel Team Glassing Specs- DECK - 5 oz SCloth, BOTTOM - 4 oz