US Blanks announces the release of the 6’9″ R blank, made possible through an ongoing partnership with Rusty Preisendorfer.
Inducted into the surfing Hall of Fame in the summer of 2014, Rusty Preisendorfer has a long established legacy of high-performance surfboard design. Earning a reputation by shaping boards for 1976 world champion Peter Townend and 1978 world champion Shaun Tomson, Rusty’s real breakthrough came in 1983 when he designed a slightly fuller-templated tri-fin board for 16-year-old powerhouse Mark Occhilipo. Shortly thereafter, Rusty expanded his Rusty Surfboards label into clothing and became an international beachwear icon. Through the decades, Rusty has always maintained a steady work schedule in the shaping bay, and even today works directly on board design with top level athletes like Josh Kerr. His design of the 6’9″ R offers shortboard design performance in a slightly larger blank.
“Somewhere between a fish and performance short board, with wider outline and relaxed rocker, this blank is designed to be versatile. We’ve maintained a semi-flat deck and thicker nose and tail, which should provide a wide range of shaping options.” Rusty Preisendorfer
US Blanks is honored to partner in the rich design tradition cultivated by Preisendorfer. The 6’9″ R is the third blank Rusty has designed for our portfolio and represents a scaled-up version of the 6’0″ R and the 6’5″ R.
The 6’9″ R is available in 6 density options of polyurethane foam or two densities of EPS foam. Either foam is available with any desired stringer configuration.
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