I received a couple of TSA Spudster sample boards in Epoxy Biaxial Cloth construction.
The Spudster is a small wave quad option model generally designed for 1 to 3 feet surf. The plan shape is short and wide with a full nose to area round tail, the rail is low soft going to an 80’s beak style nose.
The Spudster I surfed is 6’0 21 2⅝ with a deep single concave going to a vee right on the tail.
The only difference between a regular Polyester construction Simon Spudster and the TSA Epoxy Spudster is the TSA is a little more refined all over to allow for the very light and buoyant feel of the Epoxy.
Sydney is experiencing a flat spell right now but prior to that I managed to find a couple of days of good Autumn surf on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, my home base. First up I surfed Newport Pool reef in 3 to 4 foot fullish clean conditions, but it was a little inconsistent.
So I moved to a good looking right bank at South Bungan with no one on it, the wave face at times was glassy. As it turned out it was more consistent but a little close-outy and a lot bigger with 4 to 5 feet solid sets
The next 2 days the swell dropped a little and Narrabeen had nice right hand waves in the Alley at 1 to 2 feet.
I surfed the Spudster as a thruster at the Pool, it felt OK to good with limited opportunity and it didn’t really like the full wave face with ripples and bump all that much, but it wasn’t too bad as a first go out.
At Bungan I kept the same fin set up and generally felt under gunned but the Spudster surprised me a bit getting into set waves pretty well and setting up off the bottom to pull up into the Barrel.
At Narrabeen I had 3 sessions in good little waves as a Thruster and also set up as Quad.
The TSA Spudster has an FCS2 fin system and as a result the forward fins are fairly upright and the back Quad fins lay out a little more than normal. I found in the Quad set up these fin angles made for an interesting dynamic in turns, really giving you a locked-in feel through the turn which was nice. It felt like I had good positive traction, carving tight arcs high on the wave face, or really nice connected speed through longer turns like a round-house cutback.
The TSA Epoxy Spudster felt right at home in this type of wave and size range. I managed to get two lefts in the session and made 2 mistakes on the waves, but never the less surfed as a Quad on your backhand the board was quick and dynamic out of the top.
Surfed as a thruster at Narrabeen the TSA board felt all-round really good, with exceptional speed setting up the ability to be dynamic carving out of the top, hitting the lip vertically or turning in tight arcs in the pocket.
I’m really pleased to have the Spudster model in the small Simon Board TSA Epoxy range, it would make a good addition to any quiver.