The Original is the first "Fountain of Youth Model" that BF developed over 27 years ago. The board was designed for aging rippers to have a board that could compete in the line up at Rincon.
At that time, Fowler had many older surfers coming to him asking for a full high performance board that would perform well in a wide range and size of waves. As Bruce recalls, "these guys were all good surfers, not wanting to be relegated to fun shapes or longboards. Many of them had asked other shapers for a shape like this but the result would be a surfboard that started working in waves over six feet".
Since this was such a common complaint, there seemed to be something that wasn't coming across in the surfer to shaper relationships. Fowler worked up different curves and scaled up one of his favorite 6'4" HPSB's without falling prey to the restraints of widths & numbers. The success of the design was immediate with many guys ordering them in the 7'6" to 8'6" lengths. The shortest was 7'4" and the longest was 8'8". The curious thing was the guy riding the 8'8" told Bruce "no one has figured out this board's real length. The full curve and sexy outline has them all guessing the board is under 8 feet!".
The Fountain of Youth had been found and the secret that Fowler discovered, as he puts it: "It's about the curve not the numbers".
This design features a vee in the nose to cut chop and promote dropping in. There is a slight single concave that feeds to a double concave and panel vee in the tail section. The deck & rails are a full high performance rail and foil. All sizes are now available but the 7'6" to 8'6" still remain the most widely used.
These boards work really well in small to double overhead plus.