I have been trialing the Face Dancer in a slightly narrower width than the existing stock sizes after working with Cooper Chapman, local team rider and WQS campaigner.
Cooper has been surfing a 5’11½ 18⅝ 2 3/16 FD as his 2 to 4 feet beach break board, and a 6’0 18½ 2 3/16 FD, as he puts it, as a point board.
So the narrower 6’0 is performing as a good wave board with the ability to draw out turns when needed but still snap tight in the pocket.
I’ve been using my XFC model as my good wave all-rounder for 3 to 5 feet but have now made an FD at 6’5 20½ 2⅝ RT at 36.3 or .4 litres. This is only 1/8th narrower than the stock 6’5 FD at 20⅝ 2⅝ RT.
The stock Face Dancer is really targeted at 2 to 4 feet will surf up to 5, and can be a good all-round board for average surfers or guys who want a little more volume in a shorter style board.
Cooper is liking the FD surfed as Thruster, and I have adopted this principal to try and get the most out of it performance wise. I have trialed the narrower 6’5 FD up the north coast a couple of weeks back, catching some good point waves from 2 to 6 feet.
The FD was really lively and held nicely off the bottom giving you drive and distance in the bottom turn, and for me a nice carve feel in cutbacks and dynamic power smashing the lip.
The FD has single concave throughout the bottom but hitting a vee right at the round tail in the back. I’m liking the speed and hold of the single and the little tail vee I think just adds to initiating turns on the back foot. So, good in the extra power and speed of a good wave situation.
These narrower dimension Face Dancers will be available by custom ordering right now, and we look at making a small range available in stock boards in the future. The narrower FD’s should be versatile and work on points and also reef waves like Bells and Winkipop.