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Dark Horse - Shortboard

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Product Description

The Vessel Dark Horse is a performance shortboard with a wider profile and tailored for smaller days or for surfers who simply want a little more paddle power.

So if you are looking for a versatile shortboard then the Vessel Dark Horse is great option with a generous single concave which flows from the nose to a slight double through the fins and tail, allowing drive and acceleration through bottom turns and flow between rail-to-rail carves. 

The Dark Horse features a squash tail for quicker release, responsiveness and sharper turns. The tail along with its slightly wider body increases lift and reduces drag making it easier to plane and maintain and increase speed.

The Dark Horse is constructed with a PU Bennet Blank, 4 and 6 ounce cloth and Innegra tail offering great strength and flex properties. The C-Flex carbon strip on the bottom of the board helps control torque and flex provide more power for your turns.

If you’re after a fun, super responsive all-round shortboard, then the Dark Horse is it!

Best suited for Experienced user who want power and performance without sacrificing float and forgiveness


Length Width Thickness Volume
5'4 18  7/8 2  3/16 24.1L
5'6 19 2  1/4 25.8L
5'8 19  1/2 2  5/16 28L
5'10 19  3/4 2  3/8 30L
6'0 20  1/4   2  1/2 33.3L
6'2 20  1/2 2  5/8 36.3L
6'4 20  3/4 2  3/4 39.6L
6'6 20  7/8 2  3/4 41L
6'8 21 2  7/8 44.1L


Weight Beginner Intermediate Advanced
< 50KG N/A 5'6 5'4
50-60KG N/A 5'8 5'4
60-70KG N/A 5'8 5'6
70-80KG N/A 5'10 - 6'2 5'8 - 5'10
80-90KG N/A 6'0 - 6'4 5'10 - 6'0
90-100KG N/A 6'6 - 6'8 6'2 - 6'4
100-110KG N/A 6'8 6'6
> 110KG  N/A N/A 6'8


Specification Description
Construction PU Foam / 6 + 4oz Deck / 4oz Bottom  / Innegra Tail Patch
Rocker Medium entry
Concave Single to Double
Skill Level Advanced
Rail Type Soft 40/60
Fin Configuration 5 Fin Configuration
Twin Tab
Complimentary Fins 3 Fin (Thruster) TSBW Starter Fin Set
Tail Type Squash
Care Instructions View a copy of our Product Care Manual
Board Advice Learn more about Board Types, Construction and Specifications here

Product Reviews

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  1. Very good board

    Posted by Rob on 27th May 2019

    I was really surprised how well this board surfs. It is great for catching waves and paddles well. Good amount of volume where you need it. I've surfed this in 2-5 foot surf and it hasn't let me down yet. Really fast and enjoyable ride.

  2. 6.0 dark horse

    Posted by Unknown on 15th May 2019

    Really good board heaps fun and easy to ride

  3. Dark Horse 6’4”

    Posted by Merlin65 on 7th May 2019

    had 2 surfs on this board and coming from a 7’ superfish to the Dark Horse 6’4” was pretty easy for very different shapes. Paddling is a breeze and take offs are like this thing has a motor with the volume under the chest for me at 5’11” 95kg’s. Super drive on this board and hits hits everywhere you point it with speed

  4. Dark horse

    Posted by Seb on 13th Apr 2019

    Very happy with this board!
    Easy paddle and i had heaps of fun on both smaller and bigger waves

  5. Dark horse review

    Posted by Brad Morfitt on 7th May 2018

    Well made board and is very fast and fun to ride. I do recommend this board to anyone that wants a great all round board. Only issues would be the fin boxes need to be available in fcs2 and future boxes to allow more fin choices for surfers

  6. So far so good

    Posted by EVAN on 30th Dec 2017

    Although have only had a single surf on board am very happy
    I have a 6’ zephyr as well which I love
    I will be riding the dark horse when waves are bigger
    TSW represent great value, my only issue is availabllity of different fins as FCS 1 system is becoming obsolete

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