Christmas Taquito

So I’ve talked before about how I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the Wavestorm Taquito as a river surfing board. It has enough volume to keep you on a weaker wave, the nose has enough rocker to avoid pearling, and since it’s a soft-top board it’s also durable (and, for that matter, cheap). It’s my go-to board for the likes of Dave’s Wave and other low-flow waves. But it’s a little long for some waves, and the single longboard fin isn’t quite as zippy as I’d like.

So, on a lark, I figured I’d write to Wavestorm to see if they’d be interested in sending me a board or two to modify, along with a few fins. I turned up the charm to their social media guru (Hi Mark!) and lo and behold, Christmas came early: two new Taquitos, along with spare fins. Here is my well-worn version – I have 50 days on it or so – along with the new examples.

The Boards

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Some people don’t have much love for the soft top – too corporate, not enough soul, not enough performance – but so far I’ve found them tough to beat on low volume waves that chew up traditional fiberglass boards. But river surfing is such a small sport that as far as I know, nobody is making soft-tops exclusively designed for river waves. I’m hopeful that with a few tweaks, I can make myself both a zippy low-volume board and a sportier version for River Run Park.

Thanks again Wavestorm, and I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress of this new project.

One comment

  1. Ha, reach out to the Gorilla Glue Company for logo stickers to sponsor your project. The only glue that will not eat the foam on those boards is Gorilla Glue.

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