FACE DANCER

FACE DANCER

FACE DANCER

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.

Simon's  6’5  20½  2⅝ FD

Simon’s 6’5 20½ 2⅝ FD

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.

Cooper's  5’11½  18⅝   2 3/16 FD

Cooper’s 5’11½ 18⅝
2 3/16 FD

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.

Cooper 5’11 ½  FD in action at Manly in the Hurley Australian Open

Cooper 5’11 ½ FD in action at Manly in the Hurley Australian Open

Cooper’s 6’0 18 ½ 2 3/16 FD at the factory ready to go

Cooper’s 6’0 18 ½ 2 3/16 FD at the factory ready to go

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.

FD 6’5  20⅝  2⅝ RT surfed here as a quad

FD 6’5 20⅝ 2⅝ RT surfed here as a quad

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.

Holding well and carving in solid North Coast point

Holding well and carving in solid North Coast point

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.

Good hold and distance out of the bottom

Good hold and distance out of the bottom

Felt good hitting the lip

Felt good hitting 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.

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