Empire Andre Botha PP+ 4X Channel Bodyboard
Empire Andre Botha PP+ Contours Quad Concave Bodyboard
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.
Quad Concave - Providing more speed, more control and a better chance to exit the barrel.
Two 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.
- Kinetic PP Core
- 8lb PE Decking
- Surlyn PP Slick
- Quad Concave
- Double Stringers
- XFL Crosslink Bumpers
- Crescent Tail
- Botha Signature Deck Contours
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%.