Modern Highline – XB

$469.00$510.00

The Modern Highline was developed after examining what novice-to-intermediate surfers needed in a surfboard to help them increase their wave riding time and shorten their learning curve. Becoming a better surfer comes down to catching waves and increasing your confidence, so we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave).

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Product Description

The Modern Highline was developed after examining what novice-to-intermediate surfers needed in a surfboard to help them increase their wave riding time and shorten their learning curve. Becoming a better surfer comes down to catching waves and increasing your confidence, so we designed this board to be very buoyant (easy to paddle), stable (easy to get to your feet), and easy to control (smooth turns & go where you want on a wave).

Built using our XB (Epoxy Bamboo) construction which produces a light, extremely durable surfboard that’s particularly strong on the deck, and has beautiful aesthetic appeal.

OUTLINE: The outline is the key to the Highline’s amazing stability. We basically took the middle section of a longboard, tapered the nose to a semi-point, and added a wide squash tail. By reducing the overall board length, we maintain easier side-to-side turning.

ROCKER: Considered flat, the low rocker means this board paddles very quickly and maintains speed once you’re up and riding.

CONTOURS: Forward concave helps channel water efficiently across the flatter rocker, particularly when paddling and taking off. The back half has a raised vee with double concave to offset the width and allow for easy transitions from one rail to the other.

PERFORMANCE: This model can be ridden shorter due to the extra width and higher volumes, which is a big advantage for beginner and intermediate surfers developing their turning skills. For better surfers, gear down into cruise mode before riding the Highline. It has a large sweet spot and offers a very fluid ride, especially in smaller, soft running beach and point waves.

Specifications

LengthWidthThickVolumeFins (supplied with board)Approx Weight Range
(based on novice to intermediate skill level)
5'4"20 1/4"2 3/8"30.1 ltrFCSII Tri Performer60kg / 132lb or less
5'6"20 5/8"2 7/16"32.4 ltrFCSII Tri Performer60kg / 132lb or less
5'8''21''2 1/2''35 ltrFCSII Tri Performer60kg / 132lb or less
5'10''21 3/8''2 5/8''38.3 ltrFCSII Tri Performer65kg / 143lb or less
6'0''21 3/4''2 3/4''42 ltrFCSII Tri Performer75kg / 165lb or less
6'2''22 1/8''2 13/16''45 ltrFCSII Tri Performer85kg / 187lb or less
6'4''22 1/2''2 7/8''48.1 ltrFCSII Tri Performer90kg / 198lb or less
6'8''22 7/8''3''54 ltrFCSII Tri Performer95kg / 209lb or less

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Construction XB - Epoxy Bamboo

XB, representing ‘Epoxy Bamboo’ is a multi-layered sandwich construction using epoxy resin, woven fiberglass and sheets of thin bamboo veneer wrapped around a high-density EPS core. This construction method produces a light, extremely reliable surfboard that’s particularly strong on the deck. The durability and strength of XB surfboards make them ideal for surfers who like to travel and newcomers to the sport. XB surfboards feel solid under your feet, offer a smooth free flowing ride and will maintain their appearance for many years.
You can find out more about GSI’s surfboard construction on our surfboard construction page.

Board Contours Single Double Vee
Rail Full
Rider Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
Wave Height 1-6ft Waves

1 review for Modern Highline – XB

    Diego July 30, 2019

    Hey, just wanted to follow up with you about the Highline I bought in February. Finally, took it out a couple of months ago in some mushy hip high waves and was astonished!
    Let me rephrase: ASTONISHED!
    Because it is 54 liters I thought it would be bulky and slow. I was regretting buy so much board. I compared it to my other fun and short boards when I realized it has more liters (10) than my two 7’6 boards.

    Needless to say, I was really skeptical when I took it out to Pacifica in hip high waves. Thought it would be a boat with an old man on it. Lol. First wave I paddled for picked me up and off I went. The stability was amazing. It didn’t try to squirt out from under me. Then I leaned in for a turn and got my mind blown. It turned faster and cleaner than my 5’11 (36 liters) fish and faster than any other board I’ve ever owned. It felt like I was on one of those potato chip 5ft boards. So after a dozen more waves I started focusing on the duck diving and paddling abilities of the board. I found it was easy enough to duck with just the right technique. The paddling was a bit slower than my 7’6, but I was slow and steady. (So use to flying back out to the line up on my long board. I always over paddle)

    So I’ve been out on it now in shoulder high waves and have yet to pearl when dropping straight down off the lip for a bottom turn. So I guess the rocker is sufficient too.

    Anyway, I simply love this board. I’m 58 and my surfing shorter boards has been reenergized. This board gave me more confidence to get back out on smaller boards. And confidence translates into better surfing. So I think I’ve found my Roseta Stone that has finally opened up all of surfing and my potential.

    Thank you again for the great customer service when pitching this board. Hope to see you out at Pleasures one of these days.

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