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The Modern Blackbird offers a free and flowing ride for the savviest of surfer, and itíll also satisfy the purist who appreciates the aesthetic beauty of traditional cut-lap resin tints.

Classified as fun shapes, these boards feature a very balanced outline and a generous sweet spot through the middle of the board. The rounded nose and full rails add to the usability of this model, which means regardless of your skill level, the Blackbird will paddle well, feel stable under foot, and accelerate with minimal effort.

The Blackbird offers more performance compared to other boards of similar size. The curved outline through the tail, moderate entry and exit rocker, combined with a single-to-double concave, enhances response time and lets you turn in more critical parts of the wave.

The traditional cut-lap resin tints on the Blackbird range not only look striking, but also guarantee that each board has its own unique appearance. The gloss finish further acts to highlight the tints, while at the same time creating a little extra speed through the water.

The 7'0 and 7'6 models are set up as a thruster to really maximize manoeuvrability, while the larger sizes, 8'0 and 9'1 come with a single box fin setup plus 2x side FCS fins for a more controlled feel.

The Modern Blackbird will remain in your quiver for years due to its dependability in all conditions. This is the ideal board for anyone wanting a versatile, slick looking PU fun shape.

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  • Polyester (PU)
      Polyester or PU construction uses traditional materials and laminating techniques to produce a strong, reliable surfboard with high quality finishes. All polyester boards are CNC milled from the shapers files and laminated by hand using quality components such as Hexcel fiberglass, Silmar resin and Bennett foam.
      For years traditional polyester boards have been at the forefront of performance surfing. These boards feature a progressive flex pattern controlled by a high-grade timber stringer and feel very reliable under your feet. Polyester construction will perform in all surf conditions and can be adapted to suit a wide variety of surfboard models.

      You can find out more about GSI's surfboard construction on our surfboard technologies page

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7'0'' 21 1/2'' 2 3/4'' 47 ltr FCS M5 80kg / 176lb or less
7'6'' 21 5/8'' 2 7/8'' 53 ltr FCS M5 85kg / 187lb
8'0'' 22'' 3'' 61 ltr 6" cntr /w FCS GX sides 90kg / 198lb +
9'1'' 22 3/4'' 3 3/8'' 75 ltr 7" cntr /w FCS GC Sides ideal for all weights
NOTE: rider weight based on board volume and intermediate rider skill level.
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7/8/2013 11:15:00 AM
rowan from QLD, Australia says:

Rode a 9'1 Blackbird today for the first time, such a amazing all round board.......Nose rides forever, turns super good and paddles fantastic.......anyone that wants a good solid rideable Longboard needs this in their quiver!!!!

5/30/2013 12:18:00 PM
Nate from CA, US says:

Ordered online here at GSI, price was competitive and delivery was a breeze. First couple times I took my new board out surf was blown-out slow mush crap so I didn't get the love I needed although the board caught everything even in slop surf. I knew it would be solid in good surf. Spent the past 4 days in Northern Baja CA and was spoiled with great surf with nobody in the line-up, put the board to the test clocking major hours in the water over the 4 days. Simply put, this board handled amazingly. I caught everything I paddled for, board performed above my expectations, it was very fast, turns on a dime, very maneuverable, all around 5-stars. During my 4 days in Mex I surfed waves from 2' - 5', rock-reef and sand breaks, it handled the bigger sets with ease, can duck-dive it without any issues at all. I'm 6'2" and weight 190, got the Black Bird 7'6 and couldnít be happier. Definitely will be my go to board all summer.

5/25/2013 1:50:00 PM
Matt Ko from Wisconsin, United States says:

Great lakes surfing. Lack of buoyancy. The biggest Blackbird still floats and catches. Definitely responsive and maneuverable. I've had it in head high and low slop and it's still a predicable machine. Haven't had enough surfing days to really put it through the wringer but so far it's met and exceeded expectations for the extremely reasonable price-point. My 90 lbs girlfriend loves it as she can literally ride 1 foot slop. I love it as I can float and drink and Pabst while waiting for a 3 Sister Set. I'd imagine the smallest Blackbird with the thruster set up would be the perfect board for someone with consistent shoulder to waist surf.

4/3/2013 9:10:00 AM
Hoang M Nguyen from California, United States says:

I've been trolling this board for a minute now and pulled the trigger after GSI dropped the "BlackBird" promo video. I am 5'9 145 lbs in the market for a long board but bought the tangerine 7'0 and immediately switched the fins to the FCS PC-5. The board is thin and lightweight making it not very hard to duck dive. It paddles like a dream coming from my Hanel 5'6 pill. I'm literally catching every wave and enjoy how well it maneuvers riding down the line. I'm glad I bought the 7'0 and not a larger board since i'm a short board kinda guy. The size and shape allows me to still carve waves (not like a short board) but have the option to ride it similar to a full length traditional long board. I can easily hang 5 and on occasion hang 10 with no issues the board holds well for a guy my size. Great board would recommend to all. Beginners and Advance

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