The KalaPugget a more retro version of our popular Nugget model (the oldest design in our line.)
It is similar in rocker and outline, but has added glide and stability as a result of blending the proven attributes of the nugget, with some more traditional elements.
The KalaPugget features a healthy “beak-nose” that pulls a lot of volume up front, which helps with paddling and wave catching, and provides the surfer with easy down the line momentum.
To help balance this forward shift of volume and weight, the KalaPugget also features a unique concave on the deck of the nose which limits the amount of “bulk” ahead of your front foot that can make boards like these less sensitive. This concave in the nose in combination with the beak and a retro-ish beveled rail, results in a board that is fun and glidey, but also lively and loose.
This is one of my favorite “trunk boards” to have in the car for “whatever happens” on the drive from my home in Laie to the glass shop in Waialua. It is compact and easy doesn’t take up much room in the car, and is high in volume whichh makes it fun in small waves, but allows me to paddle out when I should have a much longer/bigger board.
KalaPugget Logo Guide:
Rocker — Medium low entry, relaxed tail rocker
Bottom Contours — Moderate Single Concave. Flat out the tail.
Rails — Medium Tapered tail, along with a bevel through the nose to cut rail volume.
Tail —Neutral round "thumb" tail is best. Also works well as a diamond.
Fin Setup— 5 fin- Goes well as a quad or a thruster.
Recommended Technologies— Standard Poly, EPS/Epoxy, Varial or Futureflex
5'6 KalaPugget shaped out of Varial Foam with a soft diamond.
Cliff Kapono, 5'7 Kalapugget. Photo, Dan Lorch
Matty on his original Prototype: 5'4 x 20 x 2 1/2