Named after one of the islands in the Channel Islands group off the coast of Santa Barbara in California. The Anacapa line was designed by Al Merrick with the recreational surfer in mind. The Anacapa consists of four models, each selected to be included in the line based on different characteristics. The models include The Bandit, The Glider, The Trifish, and the Pro Standard.
Purists might say that imperfections are all part of the process. It’s true that there is a certain intrigue and excitement associated with the intricacies and subtle nuances that come with a hand shaped stick from your local shaper, but heck, some folks just want a perfect board they know will afford them optimum ripping capability, and if the pro model can be consistently produced the way mine appears, a surfer really can't go wrong.
Riding this board was great. The combined effect of the wide squash and concave bottom offered loads of maneuverability. Carving very loosely on the wave face without totally spinning out, The Anacapa Pro Model is a perfect fit for ambitious surfers with a creative flair. I would suggest this size for surfers a bit smaller than myself only because the same thin rail and midpoint (18 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" thick) that give this board so much possibility off the lip could pose a paddle problem for the over 175 pound crowd. Bigger surfers should opt logically for the bigger models instead.
The Anacapa 6’ 1” Pro Model is a perfectly shaped board that is a great fit for surfers who are flexible and fast; love light, responsive boards; and weigh under 180 pounds.