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Benji Brand wins 2015 GoPro Of The World on his 5’8″ CFT LEGACY 2×4

Like Dejavu…

Dreamy Skeleton Bay instagram video post from Benji Brand

That familiar view featuring Koa Smith on his 5’8″ CFT LEGACY 2×4. Same wave, same stance, same model, same construction. They even had the same dims!

Hear Benji’s thoughts on Skeleton Bay in the Surfline feature here

To those who don’t pay much attention to the details this could’ve been the same thing as seen before. But for those who know, there’s a lot to be said about commitment, aspirations, confidence and fulfillment on the part of the 19 year old Benji Brand’s efforts to score one of the most epic POV tube videos the world has ever seen.

Taking a nod at Koa Smith’s vehicle for success, Benji opted for the exact same board. Granted, Benji wanted his board to be light green, he chose to ride his 2×4 swallow tail CFT LEGACY construction 5’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.3″ cork/bamboo with future quad set up through that Namibia tubefest with conviction.

Congratulations Benji!

Wanna follow in the same footsteps as both Koa and Benji?

Want the exact same board?

Does a replica CFT LEGACY 5’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.3″ cork/bamboo 2×4 fit your needs?

Well, we’ve got one with a granitic green deck that’s brand new and available for purchase now!

Just click on over to store.stretchboards.com to view the new 2×4 models available for sale

So how do they compare?

Koa recounts his experience from the inaugural GoPro of the World win on Surfline


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you’d be this tired too if you just got slotted endlessly for hours on end…

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Namibia support vehicle with Alex Smith, Koa Smith and Benji Brand.

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Benji giving thanks for the grinders at Skeleton Bay.

Open House November 27th, 2015

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Stretch Boards is hosting a holiday open house event on Friday November 27th. We’ll be swinging open the factory doors to anyone who has always been curious as to what goes into making a custom built surfboard.

There will be light refreshments, beverages, working factory tours and face to face customer support for any surfboard related topic you can fathom.

Check out some cool new projects, unique custom builds not seen elsewhere, view a bit of Stretch memorabilia and join in on the community of surfers which make the Stretch Boards family what it is today.

Black friday deals on apparel, fins, accessories, stock surfboards and new custom orders will be in full effect also!


This event is in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. Bring in minimum 4 non-perishable food items to receive extra special deals!

Our factory is located at the end of Tower Place just off Felt St. It is the largest dedicated epoxy glassing factory in North America and is unlike most every other traditional surfboard factory you will encounter. There is no VOC release or harmful chemicals, messy work areas or hazardous concerns (save for the dust factor). If you’ve ever been curious as to how a sustainable surfboard can be built then this is the perfect opportunity to see first hand!


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5’8″ Super Buzz sk8 deck CFT std with Darshan Gooch

“First ride impressions” is a new and ongoing feature showcasing one rider’s experience with a Stretch board model of choice. Here, Darshan provides and honest evaluation of the sk8 deck version of the Super Buzz model after his first few sessions.


Darshan is 6’4″. His Super Buzz sk8 is 5’8″. photo: D.Aumentado


Name: Darshan Gooch

Height/weight: 6’4″ 180lbs


Aipa 5.4″ twin fronts matched with Mulcoy HC 3.8 quad rears. photo: D.Aumentado

Model/size/fin set up: Super Buzz sk8 deck: 5’8″X 20.25″ X 2.1″ Future quad with Akila Aipa Fiberglass twin-fin fronts and Josh Mulcoy signature HC rear quad fins.

Location/conditions: Pleasure Point: 4-6 foot slopey faced walls with an occasional section here and there. Lots of obstacles, but a few moments of opportunity to open up and draw out some open face turns, lots of cutbacks.

Rider background (general skill level, current board(s), misc. other factors ):

Passionate free surfer of sorts. Tall and lanky lackadaisical approach.

Initial thoughts/expectations (was this really what you thought you were getting?):

Coming into this with no prior knowledge or experience of Stretch’s boards in the past, this was a great opportunity and a fresh starting point of interest for me. Mentally I can’t say I had many preconceived notions of how things would go, which allowed me to come from a natural and intuitive place.

Ride experience:

Immediately from the get go I found a great availability and sense of speed from the entry point of the wave. From the initial drive into my bottom turn, I noticed there was this exaggerated sensibility and projection which was being generated from my back foot. The thing just took off! Initially it took me a moment to mentally adjust into not having the extra length, surface area, and entry rocker of a standard shortboard. But it wasn’t long before this board found it’s groove and allowed me to see where I could weave into tighter places of the wave, quicker and easier than before.


An abundance of speed, control and maneuverability at your disposal. Great motivator for average to decent waves when you may be looking for a little extra excitement in the daily doldrums.


Easily influenced and sensitive under your feet. This board may keep you honest in your movements and subtleties. Low entry rocker may be challenging in some areas if you aren’t compensating with your back foot.

Summary (your best one sentence description, recommendations or overall feeling):

A great board to add into your daily drivers category when you may be looking for that extra spark of motivation and wanting to spice up your life with an extra little bit of excitement.


Super Buzz features a full outline, performance rocker and familiar foil that provide speed, control and ease of use. Even Niko the kitty likes it! photo: D.Aumentado

Peter Trow’s Kite Foilboard

Peter Trow is one of the most understated and crafty watermen in the business. Don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you. His earnest approach to watercraft is awe inspiring.

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Pete and Stretch have developed numerous designs together including the PVC/Carbon towboards you see today.

Here’s 4 questions with Pete on his new Stretch Foilboard:

“What was the influence for wanting to get a custom Stretch foilboard made?”

Most foil boards are designed with racing in mind. I wanted to go with something more surf oriented but also light and strong enough to handle jumping and taking a pounding in the surf. Stretch is always willing to try new shapes and he’s a leader with composites and surfboard construction. Stretch was the perfect guy for the job.

“Why did you choose the specific shape with Stretch?”

I thought the outline of the Stretch Mr. Buzz would be perfect for the kind of foil board I was looking for. Stretch tweaked the dimensions to make it more usable with a foil, added the perfect bottom contour, a SK8 deck, the Tuttle fin box to support the foil and strap inserts.

“How does the construction and/or performance differ from other boards you have ridden?”

This board is light AND strong. Most boards I’ve ridden have either been beefed up and way too heavy or made to be light but likely to break if you push it too hard. The lightness of the Stretch foil board allows for extra speed and control while the strength gives you confidence to go for it. You’re more likely to bruise yourself before damaging the board.

“What is your best one sentence description of the sensation you feel when riding this board?”

Speed, confidence and control, the smoothest ride you’ll ever have.


5’0″ x 20.5″ x 3.5″ custom hand shaped Mr. Buzz inspired kite foilboard
SUP blank Marko foam fused 1.25pcf stringerless EPS
double 4oz. RWG direct sized E-glass top and bottom
high density sheet foam skins top and bottom
unidirectional carbon fiber tape down centerline on bottom and full perimeter rail wrap
unidirectional carbon fiber/white vectornet mesh on deck


Want to custom order a foilboard of your own? Like all Stretch boards, customization is a welcome feature of what we do. Adjusted dimensions? Bright pink airbrush? Extra heavy duty 12k carbon vacuum bagged lamination? Whatever you want, we can likely build for you. contact info@stretchboards.com to get started.


I wonder what the cruise ship folks are thinking is dragging under his board. it ain't kelp... photo: Jim Brewer

I wonder what the cruise ship folks are thinking is dragging under his board. it ain’t kelp… photo: Jim Brewer

Trow staying engaged without a rail dipping in.photo: Jim Brewer

Trow staying engaged. photo: Jim Brewer

up up and away! photo: Jim Brewer

up up and away! photo: Jim Brewer

Foilboard testing. SB. photo: Jim Brewer

Foilboard testing. SB. photo: Jim Brewer


Trow laying eyes on the final product for the first time.


not your typical tail block.


that Tuttle box is a carbon fiber sleeve housed within a high density PVC foam cassette that connects the foil strut to the deck.


scooped out nose and rearward biased volume.


when you can come into Stretch’s shaping room and not get distracted by staring at the walls then you know it’s an interesting board.


If you ever cross thread a screw on your new board then you can blame the cigar 😉


newborn foilboard coming together


Stretch carefully positions the Tuttle box for proper alignment.


strap insert placement and deck lamination ready to go.



Learn Stretch’s thoughts and guidelines on how to order dims for sizing up from your daily driver. You’ll need that extra little bit sooner or later. How much extra? Which model? What dims?

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