Pit Cruiser PU

Created on the North Shore, Pit Cruisers are the culmination of 45 years of designing, shaping, and building boards by Carl Schaper. Tested in various contests by Team Riders, Pit Cruisers are well-balanced shortboards that excel in the most demanding of conditions. Available in seven sizes ranging from 5’6″ to 6’5″, a Pit Cruiser is built for shoulder-high to triple-overhead.

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Rail: Full
Bottom: Single to V
Ideal waves: Shoulder high to triple-overhead
Level: Expert

Pit Cruiser design:

Consider the Pit Cruiser the big brother of the Slot Machine. Added volume and width make it ideal for larger surfers or as Carl likes to say “age-appropriate” riders. High-performance nonetheless, with a little extra volume.

Fins are positioned close to the tails and a squashed tail allows you to ride hard and launch yourself from grunty waves.

About Carl Schaper
With decades of experience in the shaping bay, Carl Schaper belongs to the higher echelon of shaper royalty on Oahu. Knowing a thing or two about high-performance surfing, Carl builds boards for some of the very best surfers out there, including a longboard 2x World Champion pipeline charger, and industry legend Garrett McNamara (Guinness Book of record for the biggest wave ever ridden).


Available with FTU fin boxes and compatible with Futures® Fins (fins not included), Pit Cruisers are pure thrusters.


Size Chart

Length Width Thickness Volume Weight +/- 5%
5'6"19"2 ¹/⁴"25.2 Liters2.64kg
5'8"19 ¹/²"2 ³/⁸"28.2 Liters2.87kg
5'10"20"2 ¹/²"31.2 Liters3.11kg
6'0"20 ¹/⁴"2 ⁵/⁸"34.2 Liters3.33kg
6'1"20 ³/⁸"2 ³/⁴"36.4 Liters3.49kg
6'2"20 ¹/²"2 ⁷/⁸"38.9 Liters3.66kg
6'5"21"3"43.2 Liters4.00kg


Who’s the Pit Cruiser for

The Pit Cruiser is best compared to the Slot Machine, Carl Schaper’s other high-performance shape in the NSP line-up. Nearly identical in shape, the Pit Cruiser has a little extra width and added volume, making this the shape that’s better suited for larger riders.

A Pit Cruiser is a high-performance shape built for competition-style riding. A little meatier than the Slot Machine, it is best suited for heaver riders or those knowing exactly how much volume they want from their shortboard. The shape features the same pulled nose and tail outline, with the fins positioned close to the tail in combination with a squashed tail, allowing you to ride hard and launch yourself from grunty waves.

PU Construction

Pit Cruiser construction diagram

A high-performance, handmade board using proven construction techniques with a satin rub for a custom board finish.

–  Traditional custom-shaped polyurethane (PU) core.
–  3.6mm Wood stringer for strength and rigidity.
– Glassing: 40z + 4oz deck and 4oz bottom with fiber-reinforced tail patches.

For more PU boards with a more classic look and feel, check out the NSP Fighting Fish, Hooligan, the Dream RiderSleep Walker, King Fish, or Endless.

Available in clear PU coat only, PU Pit Cruisers come with smooth entry rockers, and well-defined single concaves going into slight V.

2022 PU Pit Cruiser Construction

Carl talks Slot Machine vs. Pit Cruiser

These have long been the standard for most brands and are the most widely and affordable option still out there. Due to the core’s density, a Pit Cruiser will sit a little lower in the water. High-performance riders appreciate this feel as it allows you to keep your rail under and gives that slicy or “knifey” ride. CSE, Protech- or Elements boards have an EPS core with different characteristics.

Being a touch heavier also helps PU boards to handle choppy conditions better and are less prone to being bounced around. Sitting lower in the water also has its benefits to barrel riding, providing more hold in hollow waves.

Squashed tail & fins positioned close to the tail

Designed as a pure thruster, a Pit Cruiser comes with 3 FTU fin boxes and is compatible with Futures® Fins. (fins not included)

Pit Cruiser profile

PU Pit Cruiser Profile

Pit Cruiser Video


Pit Cruiser Features

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Bag details

Bag Name Dimensions Designed for
Board sock 6'6"6'6 x stretchyFits all Pit Cruisers
Surf day bag 6'0" 4mm 191 x 62 cm 5'6", 5'8", 5'10" and 6'0"
Surf day bag 7'0" 4mm 218 x 64 cm 6'1", 6'2" and 6'5"
Surf travel bag 6'0" 4mm 191 x 62 cm 5'6", 5'8", 5'10" and 6'0"
Surf travel bag 7'0" 4mm 218 x 64 cm 6'1", 6'2" and 6'5"

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