5-7 x 20.5 x 2.65 32.58L
Shaped by Marcio Zouvi
The Sole has a deep double concave with vee throughout the entire bottom, fairly flat rocker and pretty foiled for being 2.65 thick. Double wing round tail.
This board was ordered while I was losing weight, but not down to my nadir of 160ish. That being said, I think that this could work for someone between 160 and 190 especially since this is a grovel board. Marcio foiled the rails enough that even lighter weight guys can still get it on rail and turn.
I never rode this as a thruster because I hate thrusters, however, it would have been easier to dial fins with a thruster. A twin + trailer setup would have worked as well, but I never tried it like that.
Dialing in quads was a process on this board, just like it can be on many quad surfboards. When I had my Tomo Nano, I plugged the maroon FCS GMB (Mayhem) quad set and never had to change them again. If I still had this set I would have been stoked because the quad placement on this board was very similar to the Tomo. The rear placement is somewhat McKee-ish on both the Tomo and the Sharpeye; Robert Weiner does a similar quad placement.
I had a thruster set of the neon green GMB fins, so I tried the front fins of those with my FCS tabbed, Future Vector foiled 435s (that’s a mouthful!) as rears. This had been magic on boards with an on-rail rear placement, but was horrible on this board. Tracky is an understatement for this setup. If you weren’t driving with your back foot the board would basically stop.
Next, I left in the GMB fronts and plugged in some GL longboard sidebites as the rear fins. This was way, way better but lacking a little bit of drive. I left this same setup in and put in a nubster and had a few good sessions like that. The nubster combined with the small rear fins somehow made this board feel very thruster-like. It would be fun on short-lived beachbreak waves, but lacking glide for more lined up stuff.
My next quest was to get a proper quad setup. I borrowed the K2.1s from my neighbor and this board came alive. It was exactly what I had been looking for. I was just going to buy a set of those until I found the True Ames Tyler Warren quad set.
This set was perfect for the Sole. Once I plugged those in I never thought about changing fins again. This had the perfect combo of drive and looseness that you want with a little round quad fin board like this Sole. They also worked in micro crap all the way up to shoulder-high, which is the largest I rode the Sole in.
I was able to catch waves on the Sole that I only would have thought were longboardable. This was an essential part of my summer quiver; in fact, it was my summer quiver. Reefteef said “Having seen this thing in action, it’s a wave catching machine that just rips the bag out of waves” and that’s exactly how I felt about it. Trestles, Oside, Grandview, Campgrounds, basically everywhere I surf this thing worked awesome. Unfortunately, I rode Silentbutdeadly’s GH Keel at the SanO logjam in head high SanO mush and NEEDED a Hanel Keel after that so this board had to go.
Would I get another one? Absolutely. I actually need a low-end grovel board like this for next summer, I got the Hanel at the end of summer thinking we were going to have waves in the Fall but we did not. Keel Fish are for slightly better waves IMO and everyone should have a super grovel board like the Sharpeye Sole in their quiver for tiny days where the longboard spots are too crowded