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Surfboard Review – Roberts Surfboards 3DF

Surfboard Review – Roberts Surfboards 3DF

Roberts Surfboards 3DF is designed for SPEED – low rocker and a straighter rail line makes this board fast fast fast. The wide double diamond tail provides the means for the board to use its speed keeping it loose through turns.

The chopped diamond nose and forward volume on Roberts Surfboards 3DF allows you to ride this board short. The straight rail line and low rocker make this board extremely fast and fun even in less than ideal surf.

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Asymmetrical Surfboard Review

Asymmetrical Surfboard Review

One of the things that can make surfing a frustrating endeavor is that we need to learn two different styles of riding: backside and front side. Almost without exception, every board in your local surf shop features boards designed on the assumption that we surf the same going right as we do going left. This is an unrealistic assumption. SurfScience wanted to learn more about asymmetrical surfboard designs that might enhance both our backhand and forehand surfing, instead of tailoring our experience to one or the other. If you are struggling to find a surfboard that suits your style for both backhand and forehand surfing, then perhaps it’s time to consider an asymmetrically shaped surfboard. You no longer need to adjust your surfing to a shape that is best designed for frontside turns when you really want to improve your backside surfing. Make sure you talk to your local shaper about this innovation in surfboard design and explore how it can improve your surfing performance.


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Boardworks 5’6″ Mini Mod Review

Boardworks 5’6″ Mini Mod Review. Board Riders Review recently got their hands on a 5’6″ poly Mini Mod by Boardworks and surfed the heck out it. From 1 foot to overhead this Mini Mod proved to be a wave catching machine. Hi points on every aspect of what the board was designed for made a really user friendly, all around board for typical everyday surf. Check them out at your local shop or visit Boardworks Surf for more information. Till next time, we will see you out in the water!


The Fish Surfboard – A Short History

In the late Sixties and early Seventies two young Hawaiians named Reno Abellira and Jeff Ching recognized the potential of the fish design as a means to fulfill their boyhood dreams of mastering the art of stand up paipo riding. Both Reno and Jeff grew up riding paipos at the Wall at Kuhio beach, and both were spellbound by the amazing stand up paipo style of Valentine Ching, though they found it too difficult to stand up on a paipo themselves. Jeff moved from Oahu to San Diego in 1966 to attend Cal Western University in Point Loma. After arriving there he befriended a local teenage kneeboarder named Steve Lis, who, in January of 1967 created a tiny split tailed kneeboard design he dubbed the “fish”.

With it’s unprecedented speed and traction the fish was the most progressive surfboard to emerge from the 1960s shortboard revolution. Coming from a background of bodysurfing and bellyboarding Lis had intuitively arrived at some of the same design solutions as Bob Simmons had 15 years earlier, but in a much smaller, refined, and more maneuverable package. What he had created was essentially a buoyant paipo board souped up with elements of Simmons’ basic planing hull design. Lis was a phenomenal kneeboard surfer, and he rode in a manner that conventional surfers would not equal for decades. Inspired by watching Lis ride and by his memories of Valentine Ching’s paipo riding in Hawaii, Jeff Ching decided to try riding Lis’s tiny, paipo-like kneeboard as a stand up board. The result was a hyper-leap forward in stand up surfing performance. From that point on the San Diego fish cult rapidly evolved in almost total obscurity at the reef breaks of San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs area.This was one of the most dynamic and creative scenes in the history of modern surfing, and it all went down under the radar, intentionally.

Creativity fueled by regular doses of psychedelic drugs, the fish crew surfed Lis’s little aquatic skateboard in a style that foreshadowed the coming revolution in skateboarding soon to be ignited by Frank Nasworthy’s release of the urethane wheel in 1973. Nasworthy himself is a life long fish devotee. Meanwhile, Reno Abellira evolved as one of Dick Brewer’s mini-gun test pilots in the late Sixties. In 1972 he witnessed Jimmy Blears and David Nuuhiwa ripping trashy waves on very short fish boards during the finals of the World Contest in San Diego. Reno went on to make himself a fish-like twin fin to deal with trashy surf at the Coke Contest at Narrabeen in Australia in 1977. Mark Richards was inspired by Reno’s board, which led to him to create the MR twin fin in the late 70s. A few years later Simon Anderson took the multi-finned board a step further with his Thruster design and the modern “shortboard” was born.

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Lis Fish from Hydrodynamica on Vimeo.

Slater on Stu Kennedys TOMO Planing Hull Design

Slater on Stu Kennedys TOMO Planing Hull Design

It’s no secret that Kelly Slater is a board design freak. Since the ’90s, he’s been on the forefront of board trends–possibly because the guy can ride pretty much anything, and lots of people want to surf like Kelly. But the board doesn’t make the surfer, and Kelly’s boards aren’t right for everyone.

Unlike a lot of surfers, though, Slater’s not stuck on one design. Quite the opposite, in fact; he’s been trying out new things for ages. Case in point: Tomo’s widely acclaimed, albeit strange designs. The 11 time world champion recently stuck his fingers in the Firewire honey pot, reportedly purchasing the lion’s share of the company, which works extensively with Tomo Surfboards. Of course, when a guy like Kelly buys into the surfboard making game, you’ve got a perfect test driver–and that’s exactly what he did in some perfect Australian point break waves. When Kelly and Tomo himself try out a few new sleds, it’ll make you want to take one for a test drive yourself.


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