This isn’t your average soft top.
This is an alaia. Alaias are fin-less boards that the ancient Hawaiians used to surf, and they’re notoriously fun for their speed, slide, and glide. But they’re also famously difficult to paddle. You’re pretty much just swimming with a barely-floating piece of wood beneath you.
The aim of the Seaglass Albacore is to bring that slide and glide into a package that’s much more buoyant, so more surfers can appreciate it.
Watch this video and be amazed. I have no idea how these guys can spin the Albacore with so much control! He even ollies over a couple surfers!!
There’s pretty much no rocker in this board, just a little flip up in the nose to keep it from digging when you drop in. Other than that, the board is flat because it’s built for speed.
The bottom contour will give you a bit of hold on the wave, but not much.
The Albacore will give you a completely different sensation than any other board (assuming you’ve never surfed an alaia), and it’s not too expensive. It clocks in at around $250, about 1/3 the price of a name brand shortboard.