Cooper is getting ready for the 2nd half of the year by working with Matt Grainger and continuing to develop his boards.
Matt is primarily working on Cooper’s fitness and they are doing some video review sessions to check that the boards are looking good as well as feeling good. It can happen that a board that feels really nice under your feet may lack flair on review of the video.
Cooper is working on dimensions of roughly 5’11 18⅝ 2 3/16 and 25.6 litres of volume for his normal beach break, small to medium size wave board.
He then goes to a 6’0 18½ to 18⅝ 2 3/16 in a step-up or good wave board for points and reef waves. The step-up is also around the same litres to plus a little.
Coopers go-to board has tended to be the Face Dancer model. This is a round tail single concave with a touch of vee right at the tail.
We have done a range of boards from there including XFC, Fusion and Early Bird shapes in the above dimensions. It turns out that Coop’s is preferring the XFC as the back up to the go-to FD model. I have done him some slight variations on the XFC theme, taking other surfers magic XFC’s and applying that to the 5’11 18⅝ 2 3/16 and also to Coopers 6’0.
I was just down in Torquay for Bells where Adam Robertson told me his latest XFC 6’1 18⅝ 2 5/16 Swallow tail was going perfect for him at Bells with good hold and speed on the long clean walls down there. So I generated that back to 5’11 18 ⅝ 2 3/16 for Cooper.
I have a tough client at Narrabeen, Rob Hazelwood, who surfs XFC 6’0 18 3/8 2⅛, he really likes this current board so I generated that up to another 5’11 board and I have an old magic 6’6 20¼ 2⅝ XFC that I generated down to 6’0 18 ⅝ 2 3/16 for Cooper to try out.
You never know how the elements will flow down or up and it is a good exercise to create some slightly different feel in similar style boards.
All the XFC’s for Cooper feature single concave or just a fraction of double in the top of the single throughout the fin area.
We didn’t have too much time to test these out, but I caught up with Cooper and Matt at Narrabeen for some quality 1 to 2 foot rights before he left for New Zealand.
We seem to be on track, he still likes the Face Dancer 5’11’s and 6’0’s and for the moment is feeling it on the Simon and Adam generated XFC boards.