Board – 3 Peat 5’10 ½ x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 Flyer Rounded Square.
The flyer is at 8″ up which is pretty far back to give the rail line in the plan shape a bit of length for drawing out turns on the front foot like bottom turns or round house cutbacks (see photo 1 of Rob’s long rail turn).
You are then able to rock back on the back foot taking advantage of the flyer for tighter jams in the pocket (see photo 2 of Rob) or smashing the lip wave permitting.
The bottom on Rob’s board is a straight-out old fashioned vee but with 4 belly channels (see photo 3), the vee bottom allows you to get on a rail easily and transition back and forth from one rail to the other super smoothly.
The rails are 80’s influenced, the nose is a little thicker with an old fashioned beak style profile.
The plan shape is improved 80’s style with good amount of area nose and tail combined with a fairly low nose and tail rocker to produce plenty of speed.
Fins are Thruster set up, you need to be careful with the volume in this model because of the higher volume rail, thicker nose and wider tail, so pay attention to volume listings and if you don’t know your current ideal small wave board volume in litres it would be a good idea to research that.
It’s good to have accomplished surfers riding new models, albeit a retro style board but it is still a mixture of old and new elements not really seen together before.
Read former pro surfer Rob Bain’s review –
“I had my first surf on the 3Peat one morning, when a friend of mine told me to try the proto he had.
“Try this thing Bainy, you might like it”.
I took it out, and had a really fun surf on it.
It flowed really well, and seemed to drive off the bottom and into the lip well, and it felt loose off the top and fast.
People were kinda tripping on it, due to hip in the tail and the channel bottom.
That morning surf was right rip bowls, and I was thinking maybe it was a bit of a fluke the board felt so good first go.
Maybe it was the fact that I have some fond memories of Simon’s boards, and that it was just a mental thing where I thought it was better than it actually was.
That arvo, I decided to try it in some lefts so I headed out Whaley Wedge.
The thing went crazy. I got this one left that had some flat spots in the wave, and the board just took off. It flew so fast, and when I buried the rail into a long roundhouse, it simply flew through this as well with heaps of speed.
I was bloody loving the thing and was having such a good surf. I actually love the board, as it seems to capture the eighties vibe of volume under chest and into the rail, the hip, the channels, and it just flies.
I am no expert on design, but I know when a board feels right, and this model really captures so much of what I am after when I surf.”