Design Development for Summer Boards – part 1

Design Development for Summer Boards – part 1

Summer Shooters

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
5 Spark
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.

5 Spark surfboard model in X-Core Reactor technology, with Tom Butterworth riding. Designed by Simon Anderson Surfboards

5 Spark model in X-Core Reactor technology – Tom Butterworth

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.

5 Spark surfboard model with Tom Butterworth. Designed by Simon Anderson Surfboards

5 Spark – Tom Butterworth

3 Peat
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.

3 Peat Flyer Swallow Tail surfboard model manufactured by Onboard Industries, designed by Simon Anderson Surfboards

Onboard – 3 Peat Flyer Swallow

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.

3 Peat model, designed by Simon Anderson Surfboards. Simon rides these dimensions 6'3 20 1/2 2 5/8 single to double vee at the tail

3 Peat – 6’3 20 1/2 2 5/8 single to double vee at the tail

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.

Simon Anderson surfing Double flyer swallow tail surfboard- dimensions 6'2 20 1/2 2 11/16, volume is 38.3 litres

Double Flyer swallow – 6’2 20 1/2 2 11/16 38.3 litres

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.

Jeremy Raper with Double Flyer Swallow tail surfboard by Simon Anderson Surfboards.

Jeremy Raper with Double Flyer Swallow


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