Empire Andre Botha PP+ 4X Channel Bodyboard
Designed by two-time World Champion Andre Botha, the Empire Andre Botha PP+ 4X Channel Bodyboard features a Kinetic PP core and a Quad Concave Design.
Botha has proved himself to be one of the most competitive riders in the world. He won back to back world titles when he was just 17 and 18 years old. His board template was built with one thing in mind: pulling in the biggest barrels possible.
This is a feature-packed board, offering a Kinetic PP core and Surlyn PP slick.
FROM THE MANUFACTURER
Andre Botha has proved himself to not only be one of the best competitive riders in the world, winning back to back World Titles at ages 17, and 18, but he is also known as one of the heaviest chargers in the world.
His relaxed surfing style paired with his ability to ride the craziest waves in the world has made him into one of the most dynamic riders the sport has ever seen. His template is designed with one thing mind, pulling into the biggest barrels possible.
Constructed from premium grade 1.9lb density Arpro Polypropylene resins, Kinetic Core™ delivers amazing projection and response as a result of high pressure cell-fusion created during the blank manufacturing process.
Kinetic Core is a warm water core available in various reinforcement configurations, each tuned-in for specific wave conditions. Classic 45º angle on a 385º radius cut making it loose and responsive.
CNC cut for maximum precision. 8pcf non-crosslink Polyethylene outer skins - The premier skin for high performance bodyboarding.
CFT Stringer - High-grade filament wound composite-fibre tube for increased board strength and spring-like recoil.
Buzz-Tech process hot air lamination system thermo-fuses the outer skins to the core with calibrated pre and post-set rocker tension for optimum board recoil and projection.
CAD designed templates precision cut with CNC shaping machines allow for superior accuracy and consistency.
Skilled craftsmen sand, trim, rail and roll each and every board for a high quality finish.
Quad Concave Design Principle 1- The Centre Double Concave
The water flow is directed through the middle of the board and the 3 raised ridges act like a thruster fin set-up of sorts, helping to hold a higher line on the wave face/ reducing side slip.
A higher line means more speed when you drop into your turns and gives you more chance of exiting barrels.
Quad Concave Design Principle 2- The Outer Channels
The channels have a wide entry point which draws the water flow into the channel with minimum disturbance.
The water flow is then funneled through a narrower exit which reduces drag and improves edge/ rail control.
Channel 101: narrow entry with a wide exit = disturbed water flow and drag. Wide entry with a narrow exit = undisturbed water flow and reduced drag.
The QuadConcave is precision shaped on our custom built AKU CNC shaping machine. The AKU gives us the ability to design progressive channel and concave set-ups with incredible accuracy and consistency previously not possible by hand shaping.
This Elite LTD model features Hydrophobic Speed Surlyn Slick. This revolutionary slick has the properties of Olympic swimmer skin suits & mimics a sharks dermal denticles to create a thin layer of air between the dense water & slick resulting in less drag by 3%.
WHY IT STANDS OUT
This is a crescent-tail board that shines in barrel rides. This board features a PP core, giving it a light and dense feel.
Plus, this board was designed by Pro Bodyboarder Andre Botha - No feature was missed in the design of this board.
- QUAD CONCAVE DESIGN - Empire's proprietary board design to give you a higher chance of exiting barrels and provide less board drag.
- KINETIC PP CORE gives this board some a light but strong core feel. It shines in warmer water temperatures.
DOUBLE STRINGERS keep this board strong even in rough surf conditions.
- SURLYN PP SLICK offers the strongest and most durable slick on the market. This board will glide in barrels.
- 8LB PE DECK provides strong hold in barrels, which this board was built for.
- KINETIC PP Core - A strong and lighter board core that shines in warm waters.
- 8LB PE DECK Deck - Water-resistant top skin that helps the rider stay put in fast-paced waves.
- SURLYN PP Slick with Mesh - High quality slick material that helps this board glide, especially in barrels.
Additional Features: Quad Concave Design, Crescent Tail, Double Stringers, Channels, XFL Crosslink Bumpers, Botha Signature Deck Contours.
- Board Length: 40", 41", 43".
- Color Combos: Black/Black.