5-4 x 21.25 x 2.25
Shaped, airbrushed, glassed, and sanded by Barry Snyder.
I have been somewhat slacking on writing a review for this board due to work being really busy and the fact that we’ve had so many good days. Usually, getting a new board and getting good waves to ride it on is near impossible since Nature conspires to make you sit on that new board. However, I guess this is going the other way because I got this board as a groveler. Screw you Nature!
Even though this is a grovel board it can handle shoulder high waves no problem, its when it gets a little bigger than that the board gets a little squirrely. If you take a high line you can handle it but there are other boards for that. Could it be a daily driver for North County? Absolutely.
Ever since I’ve gotten this board if it is surfable the waves have been at least belly to chest high, but one day the waves were small but had good shape to them. It actually looked so small that I probably would have gone home since I didn’t have the longboard in the car but I figured this is the time to see how grovely my Hitchcock can get and boy am I glad I paddled out.
The biggest wave where I was at was maybe thigh high but it was as fun as surfing shoulder high waves. The board was catching waves super easy and then would get up right in the pocket. The coolest thing about it is that it doesn’t just want to trim down the line, it wants to be turned. Even cooler than that is that you can do the same kind of turns you can with an HPSB in HH waves. Those conditions that I really had in mind when I ordered it and it went above and beyond my expectations.
The board came with the stock Thermotech Futures F7 quad set. I was going to get a fancy set but these base model fins are working so good I don’t see a reason to do so. Barry has a couple of other fin setup ideas that I want to try sometime, including using a Futures TMF trailer and/or throwing in twin fin fronts. Maybe I’ll try it during the summer doldrums, but I also don’t believe in fixing something that’s not broken.
Here’s Barry’s explanation of the board
My theory on that board is it is not one of those UN-turnable Mini-Simmons boards. Those are only good for surfing horizontal on the wave. I’m a short-boarder. Shortboards are for vertical surfing. So I wanted to combine the two. So if you look closely at the board, you will notice that it has a lot going on. Almost all mini-sims I’ve seen, have too much concave in the tail. It has a very wide tail. The only thing to help that board go on rail besides tail rocker is Vee. Or a size 16 foot. Most modern shapers have forgotten that element. Next it has a shallow center concave flowing into a deep double off the tail. It also has a very suttle bevel along the rails. This also helps the board go on rail. It also thins out the rail too.
Barry is awesome to work with, he does all the work himself and loves new ideas for both shapes and construction. I am going to be getting more boards from him for sure. Shaper emails and phone calls are awesome, but nothing beats being able to walk into a factory and talk to the shaper. I was a little worried about the dims to tell you the truth, 2.25″ of thickness with foiled rails seemed small to me, even though I’m much lighter than I was in years past, but I listed to Barry and I’m super glad I did. Every single dimension is perfect.
I’m really stoked to have this board. I actually kinda want the waves to get small.