Lost RNF 96 - Round Nose Fish Surfboard

$949.00
Description

 

The Lost RNF-’96 - aka the Lost Round Nose Fish - is based with reverence, but not 100% compliance, to original “fish” we developed for Chris and Cory in the year leading up to the 1997 seminal surf film 5’5” x 19 1/4”.

While very few specimens from this era still exist and most that do are very thin and imperfect relics of Cory’s boards, some of the re-creation and execution comes down to doing what looks and feels right …and what will work best.


The key difference between our RNF and the majority of others, from the 90’s and beyond, is the fact that our outline was always more based off of MR inspired, high performance, competitive minded, twin fins of the late 70’s/early 80’s. Relatively pulled in tails, developed through trial and error, for maximum performance and control…not just in small surf, but in all size and shape of waves.

For the sake of better surfboards, we’ve taken a touch of liberty. Based off the past 25 years of board building, we tried to create a consistent (and dare say better) surfboard, faithfully based off, but not necessarily exacting to the varied RNF of 1996.

With diligent testing being done by many of our top team, including Kolohe, Coco, Ian Crane, Crosby Cola and other “guests” (and even pedestrian testing by myself) in the last few months of 2020, we are very confident that the RNF-’96 will perform at and above expectations, as an all-around, rip-able fun machine, for a wide level of surfers.

 

FEATURES

  • Rocker curves: Remain engrained to the original proven curves.
  • Outline curves: Both nose and tail were usually the same width at 12” and remain true, but with more precision, including added curve and width around 6” from the tail. One “secret” about the original’s success was that, unlike most all other “fish” the tail width on ours was closer to that of a typical HP Shortboard. This allows much more control off the tail than typical fish designs.
  • Bottom Contours: The classic single concave to double concave, accelerating vee combination are defining design elements and hold true to adherence.
  • The Thickness Flow, Deckline, Rails, and Tail Foil: They were all over the map in those rudimentary hand shape days. Each board was different, with most of them having noticeably different curves and thickness from one rail to the other.

 

STOCK DIMS

4’10 18.13 2.13 21.25
5’0 18.50 2.18 23.00
5’1 18.63 2.22 24.00
5’2 18.75 2.25 25.00
5’3 19.00 2.30 26.00
5’4 19.25 2.33 27.25
5’5 19.50 2.37 28.50
5’5 19.25 2.25 26.50
5’6 19.75 2.40 29.50
5’7 20.00 2.44 31.00
5’8 20.25 2.46 32.00
5’9 20.50 2.52 33.50
5’10 20.75 2.56 35.00
5’11 21.00 2.60 36.50
6’0 21.25 2.64 38.00
6’1 21.50 2.68 39.50
6’2 21.75 2.70 41.00
6’3 22.00 2.75 42.50
6’4 22.00 2.75 43.50

 

The Lost RNF-’96 - aka the Lost Round Nose Fish - is based with reverence, but not 100% compliance, to original “fish” we developed for Chris and Cory in the year leading up to the 1997 seminal surf film 5’5” x 19 1/4”.

While very few specimens from this era still exist and most that do are very thin and imperfect relics of Cory’s boards, some of the re-creation and execution comes down to doing what looks and feels right …and what will work best.


The key difference between our RNF and the majority of others, from the 90’s and beyond, is the fact that our outline was always more based off of MR inspired, high performance, competitive minded, twin fins of the late 70’s/early 80’s. Relatively pulled in tails, developed through trial and error, for maximum performance and control…not just in small surf, but in all size and shape of waves.

For the sake of better surfboards, we’ve taken a touch of liberty. Based off the past 25 years of board building, we tried to create a consistent (and dare say better) surfboard, faithfully based off, but not necessarily exacting to the varied RNF of 1996.

With diligent testing being done by many of our top team, including Kolohe, Coco, Ian Crane, Crosby Cola and other “guests” (and even pedestrian testing by myself) in the last few months of 2020, we are very confident that the RNF-’96 will perform at and above expectations, as an all-around, rip-able fun machine, for a wide level of surfers.

 

FEATURES

  • Rocker curves: Remain engrained to the original proven curves.
  • Outline curves: Both nose and tail were usually the same width at 12” and remain true, but with more precision, including added curve and width around 6” from the tail. One “secret” about the original’s success was that, unlike most all other “fish” the tail width on ours was closer to that of a typical HP Shortboard. This allows much more control off the tail than typical fish designs.
  • Bottom Contours: The classic single concave to double concave, accelerating vee combination are defining design elements and hold true to adherence.
  • The Thickness Flow, Deckline, Rails, and Tail Foil: They were all over the map in those rudimentary hand shape days. Each board was different, with most of them having noticeably different curves and thickness from one rail to the other.

 

STOCK DIMS

4’10 18.13 2.13 21.25
5’0 18.50 2.18 23.00
5’1 18.63 2.22 24.00
5’2 18.75 2.25 25.00
5’3 19.00 2.30 26.00
5’4 19.25 2.33 27.25
5’5 19.50 2.37 28.50
5’5 19.25 2.25 26.50
5’6 19.75 2.40 29.50
5’7 20.00 2.44 31.00
5’8 20.25 2.46 32.00
5’9 20.50 2.52 33.50
5’10 20.75 2.56 35.00
5’11 21.00 2.60 36.50
6’0 21.25 2.64 38.00
6’1 21.50 2.68 39.50
6’2 21.75 2.70 41.00
6’3 22.00 2.75 42.50
6’4 22.00 2.75 43.50