Wayne Rich The Checkmate

Game over; this board wins! The Checkmate is a take-no-prisoners, no-holds-barred, capture-your-king kind of longboard, so get ready to surf at the top of your abilities. Designed by Wayne Rich in the 80s as a contest board for Donald Takayama and Dewey Weber’s visionary resurgence of longboard competition, the Checkmate is quick off the bottom, nimble rail to rail, and powerful off the tail, the Checkmate is every bit a performance longboard. Fast wrapping turning in the pocket and hard down-the-line bottom turns are standard maneuvers for this modern gal. At the same time, a soulful outline meets a timeless bottom contour that rolls into a classic 60/40 longboard rail, resulting in a board that noserides, trims, and glides as lovely as any traditional log on the market. The Checkmate's traditional features remind us to “Never forget.” While we can’t divulge all the Checkmate’s secrets, we can share that a hard edge is snuck into the board’s tail to deliver a controlled drive when cranking tight turns and a lite concave in the nose blends through the front third of the board allowing for lift and acceleration when hangin’ the piggies. We suggest the Checkmate for all surfers looking to expand their repertoire of maneuvers on a longboard. Originally designed for the Santa Barbara points, the Checkmate works best in long, drawn-out walls head high and below but can be ridden up to a few feet overhead and at your local reef or beach break. If you are an old-at-heart-dog looking to learn a few new tricks, the Checkmate is for you. Read more →

The Wayne Rich The Checkmate is a take-no-prisoners, no-holds-barred, capture-your-king kind of longboard

Available in 9’2″ & 9’6″


9,2″ – Width 22.5″, Thickness 3″, Volume 69.5L

9’6″- Width 23″, Thickness 3.13″, Volume 75.9L

Fin System

Single fin / Diamond Tail

Suggested 9″ – 9.5″ power fin


Natural Fiber

Natural Fiber Technology (NFT) is not only made with natural composite reinforcements but it got an amazing natural feel. Half of the reinforcement by volume on these boards is made from naturally derived fibers. The other half is composed of E glass and the whole lot is layered up and vacuum bagged under pressure to maximize the bond and minimize any excess resin, allowing for an incredible strength-to-weight ratio. The natural fiber not only replaces a good chunk of what would otherwise be fiberglass but also improves dampening for a predictable, natural response. There is an elegance to the simple aesthetic to the layup that is matched only by its ride.
Addtional Features
Fused Cell EPS Core – Fused cell EPS core provides more response + flotation
Clear HD-Epoxy Resin –  Epoxy resin with high thermo-mechanical performances
High-Quality E-Glass Fiberglass – E-glass is the industry standard reinforcement as it has the most reliable strength and performance of all surf glass variations.
Natural Fiber Reinforcement – Renewable, reliable, resilient, and really smooth.
Surftech and Wayne Rich have partnered to bring you a collection of Wayne’s most popular designs paired with premium constructions. A world-renowned surfboard shaper, Wayne has been designing boards for world champions and underground heroes for over 40 years. He is known for his progressive designs, attention to detail and quality craftsmanship Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA Wayne began shaping under Dan Bendiksen at Bing Surfboards, from there he continued on to become part owner of Jacobs surfboards, and then eventually started his own label. Wayne is a 2x Boardroom show winner whose respect for tradition is only matched by his need to innovate. Surftech is honored to partner with Wayne to produce and distribute three models of surfboards built in two different constructions. The new boards, the Wildcard 3, the Singularity, and the Checkmate, are all proven designs built to perform in a variety of conditions, from small waves to large swells


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