5-6 Lost Weekend Warrior

5-6 x 19.25 x 2.38 28L
(not positive on dims anymore but it was a custom, not stock 5-6 dims)

This is a board I really wanted to like.

As soon as Biolos released the Weekend Warrior it was something that I was attracted to despite all of the drama between Tomo and Biolos. I never got around to ordering one so I was really stoked when one came up for sale in my dims and barely used.

At that time, I didn’t have any Future fins so I bought the Lost MB2 set since I had success with Lost fins before. In hindsight, they were too large for me and that probably contributed to me not liking the board. Not that this matters, but these looked really good in this board since everything was all matching.

As a thruster this board felt faster down the line than my Stretch Skate but I could not turn it as hard. As a quad, I did not like it at all. Even in overhead waves at the Oceanside Harbor the quad felt stiff. However, besides my Super Buzz or my Album Ledge (review forthcoming) I simply haven’t liked quads in a couple years so I may not be the best judge on that.

After a few sessions where the board worked serviceably but just not as good as the Stretches I was riding also in this period. Finally, after riding a closeout barrel the nose clocked me right on the side of my nose next to my eye. Giving me a black eye, making it hard for me to wear my glasses, and scaring me that I could have lost an eye. That was it for the Lost Weekend Warrior. I sold it at a profit.

If a board hurts me, I nearly always sell it after that. In hindsight, if I would have played with fins more I probably would have been more stoked on it. However, it overlapped too closely with both my Super Buzz and Skate so I got rid of it. Knowing what I know about this now, it probably would have lit up with the JJF Mediums

5-9 Stretch Skate

5-9 x 19 x 2.3 26.7
EPS Tech thruster
FCS2

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This board and me clicked so well together I was amazed it was basically an off the rack board.  It was still my lowest volume board to date, and even though I usually don’t agree with the volume-change-for-EPS. I’ve bumped my volume up slightly since this board but I had no problems with this volume at the 160-165 I weigh in as.

This board was a perfect all around board. It had a low rocker that would allow you to surf great even in small conditions, while not getting out of control until it got overhead. It was the kind of board I would throw in the car and be confident with as long as I knew there would be some kind of waves.

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Tommy from Stretch recommended the Accelerators from FCS since the Stretch set was not out in FCS2 at this time. These fins were a match made in heaven for this board, and I’ve continued using them in my FCS2 boards since. The one odd thing was that this board liked the cheaper NeoGlass version pictured, while other boards like the Performance Core version better. I have no idea why this might be the case, but I’ll recommend the NeoGlass version for anyone since they are a really good fin at a really affordable price. Even though I’ve since switched to Futures, I’ve found the fins that work the best for me are the ones that are closest to FCS2 Accelerators.

If you’re looking for a good all-around HPSB, the Stretch Skate would be a great choice. Its fast, loose, and predictable; everything you want in a HPSB. Its a little flat and parallel for super hollow waves, and can get a little out of control when its big, but for something to throw in the car and go, its a great choice.

The new owner took it to Central America and he ripped on it too, and has since put quad boxes in since he prefers quads. I’m sure its still working great for him that way, but I thought it was perfect as a thruster.

It held up great too for how much I rode it in the year I owned it. These were the pics I took for the new owner before he bought it

5-4 Stretch Superbuzz- Board Review

5-4 x 20.5 x 2.4

EPS Tech quad with a Stretch S3.1 set.

I first got this thing right at the tail end of the 2014 summer; in fact, I had it for the very tail end of the Marie swell when we got some of the most fun combo swell I ever had in Carlsbad.

When I acquired this thing, it had the standard Future Controllers in itfuture-fins-controller-quad-fin-set-smoke-green-fiberglass

The board rode great with these and I usually would have just left it alone but something about that Stretch set and the whole fins-designed-for-the-board idea made me purchase those.  The board was more stiff with the Stretch set but in a good way.  I got some more drive and could do bigger, thruster-ish turns on it.  Also, I could take the board out in OH reef stuff without feeling completely out of control; just real loose in a good way.

Even though the Super Buzz has “grovel” dims it is not necessarily a grovel board.  It is definitely more relaxed for shitty waves than its close relative the Mr. Buzz but if you want a true grovel board from Stretch the G-Buzz or Quad Fish is the ticket.  The Super Buzz is meant to be an alternative style board for California style waves and it definitely succeeds in doing just that.

The Super Buzz is a great little monster for CA-style waves up to head high or overhead if they’re slopey.  I’ve seen people using them in even Hawaii waves with success.  Its a great little skateboard that doesn’t feel out of control like other boards in this size.  Since its so short it would allow me to blast turns in crappier, soft waves like I would usually find myself doing on a thruster in good waves.

Stretch’s quad setup with his fins feels much more like a thruster than other quad setups.  I don’t know if the Buzzes would work for someone who likes quads because they are a front footed surfer.  This wants you with your foot back on the kick using your back leg for everything.  Just how I like it

This board is now living on the East Coast and I’d love to hear from the new owner how its working for him out there.  The pictures are from right before I sold it after riding it a great deal for 8 months or so.  A true testament to Stretch’s construction.

I got rid of this because it was overlapping with a couple other boards, but in hindsight I should have kept it, but I am in such a thruster mode right now that this one had to go.  That being said, I’m going to get another one and I highly recommend this board to anyone who lives around here.

Not Dead

I just got a comment on my Hot Generation board from the new owner and it reminded me of two things

  1. Some boards you shouldn’t sell
  2. I need to start working on this blog again

Since I stopped updating this thing like a year plus ago I’ve moved from North County to Huntington Beach and started a new job.  Surfing is more fun here just because of consistency.  I may have gotten lucky with an epic summer but so far the whole family is happy with the choice.  The new job is helping too.

Since I move boards like the way I do, I’ve moved through a whole quiver and onto a new one since I’ve been up here.  Actually, the ability to buy more surfboards was the first thought that crossed my mind when I looked for a new job.

That being said, I have two quiver’s worth of reviews to write.  The picture below was taken last January, and I don’t own a single one of those boards anymore

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Hurricanes Lowell and Marie

Sometimes, you get a run of swell that is so good your usual bitching about crowds and the state of surfing in Murrika goes out the window.

Look at this picture of Malibu. The crowd is past critical mass, and it heavily populated with sweepers.  That should disgust me, but the waves in the picture and my own experience completely throw that out the window and continue to fill me with stoke.

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I really wish I could have taken the day off and made it up to Newport to watch something that we probably are not going to see again anytime soon.

However, I was able to surf at some weirdo reefs that are actually close to my house, instead of having to make the usual drives of north to Oceanside in the Summer and to points south in the winter.  I’m also stoked that I was able to get two shakedown sessions on my 6-2 x 19 x 2 5/16 Coil Widerboard that’s going to be my winter board during Marie.  It acts just like a real HPSB should; its a little stiff when he waves are small but when they are going it turns, carves, and gouges just like a board should.

During Lowell, I was surfing my 5-6 x 19 1/4 x 2 5/16 Coil Chopstick.  This thing would have worked during Marie as well but I was happy for the longer rail line of the 6-2 for all of the water moving around.  I’m actually not running my beloved AM2s in this Chopstick; I am running the large Fannings in the fronts and the small Fanning in the center.  Mike Daniel knocked the “next generation” surfboard concepts out of the park on this board.  It is so fast and so HP.

Let’s hope this is a warmup for El Niño.  I actually think that I’m set on boards

AM2s

I’ve never really been a thruster fan until this summer. I’ve had a couple thrusters back in the day that I liked, and the only one that stands out to me is a Source thruster.  Even that was only in big Santa Cruz waves and even then it felt slow to me compared to my quads.

There are three things that have contributed to me becoming a thruster fan
1. Lighter physical weight
2. Bonzers
3. AM2s.

There’s a reason why so many people use these fins; they are just great all arounders with the perfect combination of drive and release. I can’t say whether the AM1s for lightweights and the AM3s for the big guys work as well but I would venture that they would. Say what you want about CI (I have) but you can’t deny that Al knows what he’s doing.

Shit, I recently acquired two boards with FCS2 and even though they are backwards-compatible with the old fins I went ahead and bought the same AM2 set in FCS2. I am using them in 3 different Coil thrusters and don’t even have a itch to experiment with anything else.

FIN SPECS: MEDIUM

SIDE
Base: 4.55″ / 116mm
Depth: 4.52″ / 115mm
Area: 14.89″² / 9608mm²
Sweep: 36.6º
Foil: Flat

CENTRE
Base: 4.34″ / 110mm
Depth: 4.41″ / 112mm
Area: 13.72″² / 8852mm²
Sweep: 35.0º

Boardwhoring

Sometimes, despite all my preaching about small quivers and daily drivers the allure of surfboards gets the best of me. I also think I’m like a child always gravitating towards the newest toy. There is a surfboard on hold for me right now that I feel bad making wait any longer, so my whole quiver is for sale.

At first the Windigo Bonzer was for sale, but I didn’t really get any bites and I actually don’t want to sell it that much.  That’s really how I feel about all of my boards; I don’t want to get rid of them, but I want the next big thing.

Why don’t I just keep all of them and buy it anyway?  I will end up with a garage full of surfboards and feel bad for the ones that don’t get ridden, and besides, the wife won’t be stoked on a garage full of surfboards.

So anyway, if anyone is interested in any of the boards I’ve reviewed on this blog or anything else I may have drop me a line and let’s make a deal.

Board for Sale- 5-9 Windigo Bonzer Surfboard by Barry Snyder – $375

I’m probably going to regret doing this but up for sale is a 5-9 x 19.5 x 2.38 Windigo J-Rob model with a Bonzer 5 fin setup. I really want to keep it but I have gone off the rails on my Minimalist Quiver idea and the boards are starting to overflow the racks. Also, I somehow have gotten wild about thrusters, something that I have never been into before.

Most Bonzers are glass-on, but this one was built with a FCS setup for easy traveling.

It has only been ridden 5 times, and is basically pristine besides wax. Barry Snyder is a master shaper that does everything by himself, by hand. I just have too much overlap in this segment of my quiver so it has to go. This board will be the fastest board you own.

Asking $375 which is a steal. Board was $450, Bonzer center fin was $50, and the FCS Bonzer side fins were $100 for a total of 6 bills.

Buy it before I change my mind!

Here’s what Barry has to say about this surfboard

Wide Point Forward (WPF)
Wide point is up 3 1/2″. Super curvy.
This board is a throw back to the time when
front footed surfing was in. Steering with your front foot
and getting barreled deep.
The WPF is the most versatile board in the range. It has a high amount of volume under the chest which enables it to paddle like a dream. The way you surf the WPF is on the open face, where you draw fast flowing lines.

The outline resembles an old school twin fin in the nose, yet it draws back to a tight rounded pin tail. The wider straighter outline up front will give you plenty of speed, yet the round pin tail allows you to turn tight in the pocket.

The rocker is flat throughout, although there is a little extra lift in the entry, which helps when taking off late or turning in the steeper sections of the wave. The design of the rocker is focused around speed! You will find you will make sections that you never expect to make.

The foil has plenty of volume around the chest and center area of the board, yet it refines out to a thinner, pinched rail to keep the board connected to the wave.The concave runs from a rolled vee in the entry to a slight single blending into a vee double out the tail which gives the board great speed and control from rail to rail.

You will enjoy riding it from small average conditions to clean long barreling point breaks.

Bonzer- The Bonzer is a 3- or 5- array invented by the Campbell brothers in Oxnard, California in the early 1970s for the powerful waves of a well-known wave near their home. The Bonzer array is an approximately 7″ center fin aft and either two or four delta-shaped fins (“runners”) mounted near the rails in somewhat similar fashion to other rail fins, but they are substantially lower aspect and aggressively canted outward. The Bonzer array is firmly held to be an integral part of the Campbell brothers’ overall board design featuring double concave bottom contours out the tail.

Combined with the outline is modern bottom contours and rails.

4th of July Weekend Swell

I’m waiting to see whether this thing coming is just going to be hype or if we are actually going to get some waves out of it.  Regardless of what the wave quality will be, I can guarantee that it is going to be a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

I hope its not actually big because there’s no way I’ll be bringing out my nice Campbell Brothers Board in this coming mess.

Just to see exactly how bad it is, I’m planning on going to Trestles on Sunday.  Should be ground zero for critical mass of clusterfuckery for the whole West Coast.  I will report my findings next week

Boardroom International Demo Day

This demo was a week ago, but I’ve been a little preoccupied in the past week as I took delivery on this 7-13 x 19.25″ baby girl!  Stoked!

At the demo, the surf conditions were pretty crappy and it seemed like there were way less boards this year than in years past.  However, that gave me a chance to spend more quality time with each board.

– 5-4 Libtech Ramp. I was actually pretty stocked on this board until I started riding it. It just felt like it had no drive and I had to give it a lot of input to get going. That’s fine on a shortboard but this is supposed to be a groveler. I was using the Libtech fins and this thing would be way better with more fin area. 5-4 x 20.5 28L

The deck concave was the coolest part, but I didn’t feel anything special in the construction.  It didn’t feel any more “alive” than a new PU/PE board.  I guess nothing really feels like a Coil.

 

– 5-5 FW Tomo Nano. This was the best board that I rode there.. Maybe its familiarity with the design but I felt like it was better than the custom I owned. I rode it as a thruster and it felt like it’d be too fast as a quad. Dan Thompson (Tomo) said that the thruster setup works better with that rail line and shape. 5-5 x 18.5 x 2 5/16 27L

I think I might need to get one of these, but Mike Daniel has shaped his own version that should be coming to my friend Nick very soon.  The MPH idea in Coil construction seems like it would just be perfect.

– 5-4 FW Tomo Vanguard. I was the most excited about this board but the Nano was better for me. Dan and the other Firewire guy said that at 160 5-4 is probably the right size for me. I had pegged the 5-5 as the properly sized one for me but I’ll listen to the shaper and manufacturer. They were definitely right on the volume working but in those bad conditions it was a struggle. I’d like to try a 5-5 though. 5-4 x 18 x 2.25 25.9L

At a steep beach break that 5-4 would probably perfect, but sloppy reef was not helping me make it work well.  I still want one, but if I had to choose between a Vanguard and a Nano I’d get a Nano.

– 7-2 Blackbird Owl. I took this out because I love taking out weird boards near the end of the day. This was a relaxed hull foil with a big ol longboard fin in it. It was a fight in the short period stuff because it was too short to properly turtle and way too big to duck dive. The guys said that they’ve built these way short and are fun as a quad as well, but I’d get one in the mid 6 range and put a big ol flex fin in it and go get hippy at point breaks. 7-2 x 22.5 x 3.25

I love the Boardroom International show.  I got to see a bunch of shapers and a bunch of surfboards that further make me realize that I want 95% of them.