Known by many as the "Father of the Modern Longboard," Steve Walden shaped his first surfboard in 1961, at age 13, and never looked back.Eight years later, the native Southern Californian opened his first board factory and store in Huntington Beach then moved to the North Shore of Oahu in 1972 where he made a name for himself as a prolific longboard shaper.
While the rest of the surfing world was fixated on short single fins, Walden continued to faithfully hone his longboard designs. Over the years he shaped for prestigious labels like Lightning Bolt, Local Motion, Channel Islands and HIC, but it was always his own boards that set him apart. By the early 80s, Walden returned to California where he unveiled his widely successful. Magic Model with its radical rocker, down-turned rails, and super-fast Turbo Hull bottom contour. With arguably the most advanced and high performance Longboard on the market, Walden was uniquely positioned to capitalize on the resurgence of Longboarding in the late 80s and 90s.
To date, Walden estimates he's personally shaped more than 20,000 boards, and in 2004, he teamed up with Global Surf Industries to distribute his shapes and expand the Walden Surfboards brand worldwide. Today, Steve's focus is purely design. He is constantly designing and testing new shapes to evolve surfboard design.
For 2017 Walden is introducing the Mega Magic 2, a new updated version of the Mega Magic… The Mega Magic has become one of best selling Walden surfboard designs ever, it shares the design aspects of the Magic Model but with added volume. This board has become so popular because its increased volume allows a rider to move to a shorter board while maintaining stability and float, yet it still manoeuvres with all the performance of the Original Magic Model.
Volume is taken from the length and redistributed to the width and thickness which provides excellent float and stability while still maintaining the famous Magic Model performance. The Mega is about 1/2-1″ thicker and 1-2″ wider than a standard Magic Model. The Mega Magic will float like a board that is 12-18″ longer. For the bigger guy that normally rides a 10’0, with the Mega he can ride a 9’0 without giving up float or stability.
The Mega Magic 2 nose has been slightly pulled in – still excellent for nose riding, but the narrower nose will also perform better for more top to bottom riding. Walden took out the step rails for a smoother transition from deck to rail creating a thinner rail for more sensitivity, feel and control.
Introduced FCSII fin boxes to the whole line up, snap in fins allow more versatility of fin selection on the fly.
LENGTH WIDTH THICK. VOLUME FINS APPROX WEIGHT RANGE 7'2'' 23 1/4'' 3 1/2'' 65.41 ltr 7" Center / FCSII Performer sides 85kg / 187lb or less 8'0'' 23 1/2'' 3 3/4" 78.93 ltr 7" Center / FCSII Performer sides 85kg+ / 187lb + 9'0'' 24'' 4'' 98.5 ltr 8" Center / FCSII Performer sides ideal for all weights 9'6'' 24 1/4'' 4'' 106.2 ltr 8" Center / FCSII Performer sides ideal for all weights
SLX construction produces a controlled flex pattern by combining the versatility of epoxy materials with the added advantage of reduced weight. All SLX boards have an EPS core with a high-grade timber stringer, which is laminated by hand using epoxy resign, biaxial fiberglass and a specialized construction process.
Featuring a high strength-to-weigh ratio, and designs CNC milled directly from the shapers files. SLX boards feel light, responsive and are very sensitive under your feet. These boards are extremely versatile, easy to ride, and can be used in wide variety of conditions.
Board Concave Designed and Patented by Steve Walden, the Magic bottom is a complex design including chines and single to double concave features. Walden's specific combination and placements create a board that has great lift and speed but also initiates turns easily. Wave Height 1-6ft Waves Surfer Skill Level Beginner, Advanced, IntermediateRail This is a high volume rail.From $1,395.00 inc GST
The Magic Model is one of the most sophisticated longboards ever designed. Originally built in 1981, the magic model was years ahead of its time and has become the prototype of the modern longboard.
The Magic Model has been tested and improved for over twenty years and today its performance is unmatched.
With an emphasis on performance, the Magic Model features Steve Walden’s patented hull design. A single concave running from the nose through to the midpoint creates lift and stability, which is perfect for controlled nose riding.
Double concave extends towards the tail to maintain speed and sensitivity, while a moderate amount of vee out through the tail makes for smooth rail-to-rail transitions.
The Magic Model has a hard edge running around the perimeter of the board to provide bite on the face, while the smooth, full-length rocker profile and beveled rail maintains the boards forgiveness and maneuverability.
The Walden Magic Model in X2 construction can be surfed by just about anyone, from the novice rider through to the savvy competitor looking for extended nose time. This is a durable longboard that does everything well in waves ranging from 1 to 10 feet.From $1,499.00 inc GST
The Mega Magic is the widest Magic with the most condensed volume. The Mega has the classic Magic elements: hard rails, concave bottom & lots of rocker. About 1/2” - 1” thicker and 1-2” wider than a standard board. The Mega Magic will float like a board that is 12-18" longer. For the bigger guy that normally rides a 10', with the Mega he can ride a 8'-9' without giving up float or stability. The Mega Magic has been a best seller since it was launched about four years ago. Our stock Mega Magics are made out of SLX
About GSI's SLX construction: SLX Epoxy produces a controlled flex pattern by combining the versatility of epoxy materials with the added advantage of reduced weight. All SLX boards have an EPS core with a high-grade timber stringer, which is laminated by hand using epoxy resign, biaxial fiberglass and a specialized construction process.
Featuring a high strength-to-weigh ratio, and designs CNC milled directly from the shapers files. SLX boards feel light, responsive and are very sensitive under your feet. These boards are extremely versatile, easy to ride, and can be used in wide variety of conditionsFrom $1,295.00 inc GST