The quality of Pyzel’s best-selling performance shortboard, the Shadow, is not up for debate.
Knowing that the Shadow’s shape is objectively functional, we thought it’d be interesting to use this design as a "control" to examine another facet of a board’s overall quality: its construction. So, that’s exactly what we did in this single session review of Dark Arts Technology.
Dark Arts construction starts with an EPS blank—typically stringerless—which is then cut and shaped as any other surfboard would be. Next, the blank is wrapped top and bottom with DA’s proprietary carbon material and glassed with epoxy resin. Before the resin sets, the board is then vacuum-sealed to thin out the carbon and remove excess resin. Finally, it’s finished off with a hot-coat and sand job.
The end result is a board that’s incredibly light and strong. So much so that the Dark Arts promotional material officially states: "Unlike traditional surfboards, our boards last a lifetime."
Video: Ben Judkins and Michael Ciaramela.
Music: Thes One