At the beginning of the year the prestigious surf magazine Stab announced the winners of their anual Stab In The Dark, a blind taste surfboard test featuring the best shapers in the world. Mick Fanning was the surfer chosen for this fourth edition, and after trying 11 boards from 11 different shapers, he decided that the Pukas surfboard shaped by Axel Lorentz was the 2nd best board.

After such a success, it was no surprise that we would decide to convert the now named Pukas Dark into our 3rd Pukas x Yow model.


During this competition, the Pukas Dark was the fastest board reaching a top-speed of 38.4km/h. Pukas shaper Axel Lorentz wanted the board to be super fast: “I lowered the exit rocker and made the rails more parallel. The more parallel they are, the fastest the board goes.” Following this approach, Axel also acknowledged it would have a negative impact on maneuverability hadn’t he deepened the single concave; “deepening the concave in the Pukas Dark eases the maneuverability, which I also enhanced by adding a classic kick tail.”

Mick Fanning believes that a good board “has to perform well in all conditions”. During SITD Mick surfed Japanese typhoon condition, Californian Lower Trestles and his hometown Australian beach breaks that proved the Pukas Dark an internationally well-rounded high performance board he can trust.

This whole design is meant to be the highest-performance board in the Pukas portfolio. It begs a skilled surfer to perform on it, “you won’t find that ease of paddle because I have increased the rocker up in the nose and erased the extra foam in that area and putting it where a good surfer really needs it,” said Axel. It’s meant to fit in the most critical parts of the wave and help you connect fast with the next maneuver.



The new Yow x Pukas Dark 34.5″ is a high performance surfskate designed and built to satisfy the needs of the most radical concrete surfers out there.

Combining the longest deck from all our shortboard series with a 20″WB and the S5 YOW system, the Dark will allow you to perform radical turns with big precision at any speed. The Cinetic Crop 66 x 51mm 80A are going to keep you just where you want to be thanks to their highly grippy surface.