We have a few official models that fall into the realm of boards for Summer.
On the East Coast of Australia, Summertime usually means warm water and small weak waves in the 1 to 3 feet range.
To maximise your surfing experience at this time you need a specialty small wave board. You can go for a number of variations to cover yourself in this Summer board design;
1. Performance Fish – usually 1 to 3″ shorter than your regular all rounder and the same width to a little bit wider and same thickness,
2. Fish style board – 2 to 5″ shorter and 1/2″ to 1″ wider and 1/16 thicker can be any shape tail although usually a Swallow and
3. Full-blown Fish – 5” to 8″ shorter 1 to 2″ wider and 1/8 thicker.
I’ve been working on all these small wave category boards over the last 18 months.
So here is a summary….
Performance Fish – current models
Has been around for a while and is a potential small wave all-rounder for waves up to 4 or 5 feet.
If anything the 5 Spark has evolved from retro-style Performance Fish (PF) with a flatter deck and chunkier low soft rail with a thicker nose and tail, to a more modern PF with lower soft rails and finer nose and tail.
The outline is still very much the same, but dimensions have diversified with narrower, thinner customs being ordered by team riders & younger surfers.
Also, 5 Spark sits well with EPS options in X-Core Reactor and regular EPS, as well as in EPS through TSA in XF Epoxy, as well as EPS 50/50 Carbon Epoxy.
This current model has enjoyed a spike of interest through the Onboard Store in Byron Bay by adding a retro rail spray (just visual), and changing the rounded square tail to a swallow and using the retro vee bottom combined with a 4 belly channel option. The feeling is smooth flow with easy rail to rail transition. Ask Brendan at the Byron shop for more feedback info.
Personally, I’ve been working on bringing the 3 Peat back to a slightly modernised theme by taking out the flyer and substituting a single to double concave bottom with a little vee right at the tail. Nose entry is medium-low with a medium amount of tail rocker for tighter turning. Dimensions for my board are 6’3 20 1/2 2 11/16 37.3 litres. Nose & tail area is how you would expect with a little more area – Nose at 12 back is 12 13/16, Tail at 12 back is 15 7/16.
Double Flyer Swallow
80’s Thruster, my board 6’2 20 1/2 2 11/16 38.3 litres, retro elements throughout but with a modernised rocker – mid to low nose entry and medium amount of tail rocker, with thicker nose & tail & flatter deck with with chunkier 80’s rail.
Old style vee bottom with 4 Belly Channels feels smooth through turns. Nose area 12 back is 12 15/16, tail area 12 back 15 9/16. I wouldn’t say this blend of elements is super lively, but has a nice dependable old feel to it with good flow.