Bessell Thruster (L) - Apex

  • $90.00


The Bessell Thrusters were designed by long time San Diego shaper Tim Bessell.  They feature larger (17.78 square inches), fairly raked back side fins.  The center fin is a more upright template that is quite a bit smaller (13.78 square inches) than the side fins.  This contrast offers a fun balance of drive and hold [from the taller, wider, larger side fins] and freedom and release [from the smaller, upright, more pivot oriented center fin].   The side fins also have a nice amount of nuanced flex in the top third of the outline, which offers a playful, lively feeling. 

This setup will work well in swallow tail thruster set ups, hybrid fishy/thruster shapes, and any board for which a smaller twin + stabilizer setup is functional.   Despite being designated as a thruster, the larger side fins lie somewhere on the spectrum between large thrusters and smaller twins so they will offer a lot of room for experimentation in a range of boards.   The Bessell Thrusters fit the role of a highly functional "thruster & twin + stabilizer hybrid."

Side:
Base: 4.75"
Height: 5.0"
Area: 17.78 Square Inch
Foil: Flat SeriesIII

Center: 
Base: 4.375"
Height: 4.5"
Area: 13.78 Square Inch
Foil: SeriesIII

Tim began his professional surfboard shaping career when he began working at Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas, Ca as a teenager.  By the age of thirteen, Tim had begun shaping boards for himself and others out of La Jolla, Ca.  At the time he was one of the youngest surfboard shapers in the industry.  He hasn't looked back since and, to date, has shaped and produced over 46,000 boards. "His boards have graced the covers of Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Beach Culture, and countless other surfing magazines. Many world class surfers have ridden Bessell Surfboards including: Peter KingLuke EganJon RosemanGlen WintonBrad Gerlach, Vetea David, Ricky Irons, David MacAulay, Saxon Boucher, Debbie Melville Beacham, Ryder Mackey, Chris O'Rourke, Billy Choe, Simon Law, Juston Postin, David Eggers, Davie Miller, Richard Kenvin and more."



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