- Sizes: 159
- Flex: 4
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £1,049 / €1,199
Despite its eye-catching shape, it was the cost of the Bataleon Surfer that raised the most eyebrows when it first appeared last year. Now that the design has had a chance to prove itself in the field, there’s a lower-priced version with the same shape, albeit a bit less of the tech. For those who want only the best, though, the ultra-rare Bataleon Surfer Ltd. is the one to go for.
Bataleon’s floaty-boaty Triple Base Technology has been pushed to the limit with this board. The nose is ultra-spooned, with only the narrowest flat channel of base through the middle. When you get it into the powder, it’ll keep its head up like nothing else you’ve ever ridden. It’s helped in part by the upturned contact points (known as ‘Sidekick’), but essentially the shape has things covered in that department.
“Bataleon’s floaty-boaty Triple Base Technology has been pushed to the limit with this board”
The base is more standard between the feet, so when you’re carving on the piste there’s still plenty of response. That’s the interesting thing about the Surfer; while it’s clearly a pow-specific design, throughout its debut winter it got many a thumbs-up for its how it handled other conditions. Case in point; team rider Tyler Chorlton’s park sessions.
Edge-to-edge performance on the Bataleon Surfer Ltd. is further enhanced by hollow carbon tubes that follow the line of the sidecut. At the back, there’s only a minimal about of 3BT going on at that forked tail. It makes sense, as that shape needs no help working the powder.
What separates this from the standard surfer is the lighter wood core and higher-quality base. They’ve also all been hand-numbered, and come with a unique neoprene case.