Most sequels suck, but every now and then a follow-up really delivers. The Stepdown 2 is a good example. Chilli doesn't have a rear view mirror, so we decided to build on the Stepdown 1 by dropping the nose entry under the front foot. Not only will this help you out-paddle Laird, but it'll also give you quicker off-the-mark acceleration than a leopard.
There's also a break in the outline with a small hip near the tail that comes to a rounded square. This means two things: a) you'll be turning off a tight radius, and b) there'll still be enough foam up front to keep that leopard acceleration.
The knee-high slop that seems to plague most WQS events was the perfect training platform for Mitch Coleborn to test (and perfect) this little treat in the business end of 2012. It's now a bonafide must-have in your quiver. Just drop two or three inches off your normal length, hold out your hand, and let the honey drip.