HLD Mini Pelican Model by Mike Purpus
It's not really a fish and It's not really a short board. Mike's latest Hot lips Designs Mini Pelican model is a SQUISH tail combining the benefits of a square tail and fish tail.
What makes this model special is it was the result of experimentation. The goal was to create the exhilarating feeling of riding a fish without sacrificing control in bigger, faster surf. After all, if Kelly can ride a 5'3" Climatic in 10' Haleiwa surf, why not a 6' Mini Pelican in overhead California conditions? This model is designed to be ridden both as a quad fin and/or twin fin and now comes with 5 fin boxes for the thruster option too. The rails are hard enough to throw a hard bottom turn with the quad setup.
The extra tail volume makes paddling this board a piece of cake. Order this model at least 4" shorter than your go-to short board as these are wider. It's also a great long board alternative since it works in gutless surf as well as good surf. We can make them in any size and currently, our most popular model is the Original Pelican which runs 7' to 8' in length. The prototype pictured here is 6' with the blue fade air brush option with black pin lines. It was also glossed and polished for finish.
Since all boards are custom made-to-order, we can easily add a personalized message from Mike above or below his autograph.