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The JS Pier Pony is the biggest, fattest, board in the group, a true heavyweight for milking the smallest and weakest summer slop. JS has given the Pier Pony forgiving rails and a super wide tail, giving someone stepping down from a bigger board a stable platform even in a short board.
It’s hard to imagine squeezing any more foam into the board, this is the pick of the bunch if you’re after all-out paddle power.
The bigger surfer or just someone who wants to catch all the waves and still be able to put in turns.
More info on sizes and availability of the JS Pier Pony here.
Buying one of these will probably not allow you to surf like Brett Simpson© 2014 JS INDUSTRIES
Dane Reynolds signature mini Simmons style board hides slim lines under baggy clothes. It is thinner than the Couch Potato or the Pier Pony, making the overall volume a little less and allowing aspiring Danes to get the board on a rail.
It’s a slightly quirky option but for someone used to riding traditional boards it will be familiar enough to enable you to jump right in and make the most of what’s available.
On-trend surfers and hipsters who want a generous and giving summer fling.
More info on sizes and availability of the Channel Islands Sperm Whale here.
Dane and the whale, a magical combination© 2014 Michael Kew
The Bettsy is a versatile summer groveller, the stepped deck allows for more wave catching volume whilst preserving a performance rail. The unique double concave in the deck of the board really seems to improve the feel of the board underfoot.
A stinger draws in the tail making rail-to-rail transitions easier and offering more hold if the waves get steeper. This is a board which will hold in the pocket and allow you to make smooth turns on the face.
The surfer who wants an all-rounder that can cope with small, weak summer conditions but still rip the bag out it.
More info on sizes and availability of the Fourth Bettsy here.
The most voluminous of Matt Biolos’ generous 'domesticated' series, the Couch Potato carries a huge amount of volume. It’s been designed to be surfed either off the tail or from a more central position, something that surfers who are used to riding longer boards will appreciate.
The flat rocker throughout and the wide, thick shape makes wave catching no problem and offers any surfer a fun alternative for small summer waves.
Matt Biolas says this is for those who’ve lived a hard life of late nights and now want to live a little more comfortably, but we think it’s one for any surfer in weak waves.
More info on sizes and availability of the Lost Couch Potato here.
Meyerhoffer has a track record of successfully rethinking surfboard design from first principles and what immediately strikes you about the Horsepill is its utilitarian industrial look.
It is claimed to be: "A fun high performance remix of a fish and Simmons hull." And it is certainly a wide board with plenty of volume that's going to catch a lot waves.
Only available as a quad this thing will shoot down the line at warp speed whilst allowing you to stick it on a rail.
Someone looking for a progressive ride with plenty of paddle power.
More info on sizes and availability of the Meyerhoffer Horsepill here.
Something different for the advanced surfer on a small day or a great introduction to surfing for the whole family. The Albacore has carved out a niche in the expanding soft board market due to it’s user friendly, finless design.
If finless surfing has ever appealed to you there has never been an easier way to try it out, with a sensible price and durable construction. The inherent safety of a finless soft surfboard makes it a great choice for anyone who wants to beat the “black-ball” restrictions of those lifeguard flags on the best peak.
An adventurous surfer who wants to try something new without restriction or introduce your kids to surfing safely.
More info on sizes and availability of the Seaglass Albacore here.
At the budget end of the softboard market is the Softech Rocket, another “black ball” beating stick with removable twin fins which will appeal to anyone on a tight budget. Despite its diminutive length it can be ridden as a stand-up or as a belly board dependent upon ability and agility.
The construction of the Rocket is solid, with three stringers and official FCS softboard plugs, it’s built to last even if it’s taking a beating at the hands of kids young and old.
Budget fun seeking surfers with an open mind or something to keep the groms happy.
More info on sizes and availability of the Softech Rocket here.
HERE’S a secret: the more volume you have under your feet, the faster and harder you can surf on smaller, weaker waves. Foam is your friend and these are six picks for our summer quiver.
There is an inevitable compromise between foam and performance, but this not a linear relationship. More foam can be used creativity by shapers to retain performance on the most gutless slop or to break out on a wild tangent, creating whole new ways of thinking about surfing through design. These shapes cover a numer of surf paradigms, making it not so much a choice of which is ‘better,’ rather - what do you want to do with it?
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