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When is a fish a fish?

When someone comes into the store and says ‘i want a fish’ what ensues is a 10 minute conversation about what is a fish is these days?

What Craig Anderson rides is a fish to the staunch shortboarder, and to a retro man it is a high performance thruster with a bit of resin art?

So in the pic below is what we get asked about when talking about fishes, there are shortboard’s that are fishy, but these things are still 100% more fishy than a thruster with a swallow tail will ever be!

The first outline you will know is a pretty standard style fish, this one is our DQ so it is actually a quad performance fish that is a little more refined than our twin fish. This is the board you want if you are riding shortboard’s and want to experience the free speed and flow of a traditional fish, without having to nurse certain turns like a twinny.

The next is your pod style board, this one is our version called the McBean, its super fast and super loose! A real handful but a lot of fun if you are used to riding proper fish boards. The curvy rail through the tail mean it turns on a very tight arc and holds on through a turn by the fins and not the rail, so once you know exactly how hard you can push before you lets go you can get that controlled slide happening at will. (just ask Ross at the shop about this, he is mastering the art of sliding a McBean at the moment!)

The last one is the Mini Simmons shape, real fast and a good turner as you can lay it on a rail or pivot off the corner and fins. This is my pick as it is more predictable and you can do full rail turns on a board that gets to top speed with minimal effort. (full speed on one if these things is like warp speed compared to a thruster, I broke my nose by hitting the water at full speed last year!)

We have a demo of each of these boards in the shop so come and compare for your self, we ride these boards regularly and love to debate on exactly witch board is better for different of conditions or different riders, come and get involved.



P.S this is just the way i see it so if you feel differently let me know, im always ready to learn or be proved wrong!

Modern-Vintage x Dynocore

This is the newest creation out of the factory for testing,  a Modern-Vintage/Dynocore performance Simmons.

Normally we keep the Dynocore technology for the performance shortboards as the flex and liveliness suits them better, and for the reto boards we stick with the traditional 6oz glass job to give them some weight and feel.

However lately I have been riding a board that I found amongst the pile of Dave’s experimentation’s, a performance quad Mini Simmons that was made a few years ago before the boom of the Simmons and it has blown me away! The Simmons is known as a small wave board but this thing is foiled out and goes best when the waves get big, long and hollow.

So the next step was to recreate this magic performance Simmons in Dynocore to push it even further, and this is what we have come up with. I took it to Straddie yesterday and got a few sucky shoulder high drainers and it did exactly what I wanted it to, getting in early, making speed out of nothing and sitting in the pocket perfectly.

This is a demo so if you want to see how it goes drop into the store, steal it off me and take it for a spin.

Riding a Mini simmons with Alex Knost….

Check out Al doing his thing on a Mini Simmons, he may put a bit too much jive into his surfing for some people but this clip is a good example of how the Simmons shape works, heaps of free speed without effort and so loose you can push a turn out with about 1/3 of the power you would use on a conventional board…..A real challenge and soooo much fun!