Reviews

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Sharpeye Disco surfboard review

You should surf the Disco probably 4-6 inches shorter than a standard shortboard, and that might scare some surfers.

A lot of times, a beginner surfer or one who weighs a little bit more, will look at a board like this and be scared to go shorter. They think they are giving up too much float. A lot of surfers make the mistake of ordering a board longer than they are supposed to, to get more volume in the board. But here’s the problem with that: a lot of shapers design special rocker profiles for the surfboards that they create, and the Disco is an excellent example of that.

This continuous rocker creates a sweet spot on this board for our front foot, and ideally we want our front foot right on the sweet spot. If you order the Disco longer than you’re supposed to, your front foot will be too far back when you stand up, and you’ll miss the sweet spot. It will work, just not as good as it could.

The Disco has a lot of rocker from nose to tail, which allows you to surf it better in the pocket on small waves, and get really tight into turns on small waves. The Disco has a lot more rocker than most other small wave shortboards, and that’s why it’s one of the most popular surfboards in Sharpeye’s line.

Watch Evan Thompson putting the board to good use in some really lackluster waves. This guy knows how to dance the Disco:

There’s a lot of single concave on the underside, but the Disco gets away with it because of the amount of rocker it also has. This concave helps the board plane easier.

The Disco could be a good choice for waist-shoulder-head high waves, even if they have a little punch to them.

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Channel Islands T-Low surfboard review

Low T is a bad thing for guys, but the T-Low is a great thing for everyone.

This board has been around for a few years, but it was one of the most popular Channel Islands boards for a while.

The rails on the T-Low are very pinched and tapered down, and thinner than average.

Medium entry rocker and fairly low tail rocker make this board great for carvy flowing surfing.

The single concave to flat out the back, tells us that this board is designed for pretty good waves, but not perfect barreling waves.

The squash tail means there will be a little less “bite” in the waves, but it’s not super wide so it won’t be too loose.

You might want to surf the T-Low if you’re a pretty good surfer, and you want to surf beachbreaks that aren’t super punchy, but still give you some faces to throw turns on.

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SUPERbrand Vapors surfboard review

Very forgiving, very user friendly, and a great board overall.

The mellow nose rocket makes this board better for down-the-line speed and paddle power, while a solid amount of tail rocker keeps it maneuvering tightly. Perfect for chunky beachbreaks!

The diamond tail shortens the rail line, which is going to make directional changes a tiny bit quicker.

The Vapors is responsive and fast, just a great all-around shortboard. Pop in a set of quad fins for smaller surf, or set up your thrusters for a head high day in messy beachbreaks. Have fun with it!

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...Lost Whiplash surfboard review

You might have heard that volume and rocker are the 2 most important things in a surfboard.

The Whiplash has a lot of rocker. Rocker slows down your surfboard as it moves across the water. But it’s necessary to have rocker if you want to fit in the wave and arcing turns.

It’s not very wide, which makes it more responsive and easier to get from rail to rail. The rails don’t have a lot of volume, so it’s easier to sink the rail and really dig into your turns.

Take a look at Taj Burrow going nuts on his Whiplash:

The Whiplash is generally good for punchy waves with juice, in the 2-8ft range.

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Rusty Slayer surfboard review

Get ready to slay some big waves with this board!

Watch Nate Yeomans do just that, and listen to his thoughts about the board:

The front of the Slayer gives plenty of paddle power.

The thumbtail on the Slayer gives us wide, arcing turns, and the V in the tail makes it even easier to rock from rail to rail.

This board is great for someone who wants to surf a big, lined up wave, and isn’t too concerned about doing the craziest turn or maneuver. For example, Josh Kerr has surfed this board at Pipeline and Teahupoo. Of course I know most people will never surf those spots, but that’s just to show you what the Slayer can slay.

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Sharp Eye Blowfish surfboard review

Blowfish is a good name for this board, because it looks nice and bloated like a puffed up blowfish.

The domed deck on this board helps apply leverage to the rails when surfing.

It’s a very wide board which lets us surf it a little bit shorter, with the widest point being a bit towards the nose.

Pinched-in shortboard style rails keep the Blowfish responsive.

The bottom of this board starts with a single concave up by the nose, and works into a V by the fins.

So if you’re looking to do some flowy surfing on average waves, you might want to give the Blowfish a whirl!

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Channel Islands Dagger surfboard review

Daggers cut, and this board will cut through any weak mushy surf and make it fun!

The flat deck tells us the Dagger has a good amount of volume. You’ll notice the down-rails as the flat deck angles down to thin out the rail lines. With less volume in the rails, they will be easier to sink when you do a big turn. (If you’re a beginner, you probably don’t want rails this sensitive)

Medium nose rocker keeps the board easy to paddle, while the V and double concave in the tail keep the board loose.

So if you have a laid-back, flat faced wave you like to surf, the Dagger could slice it up anywhere from waist high to overhead.

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...Lost Driver surfboard review

The …Lost Driver is an older board, but it was a very popular high-performance shortboard, and it still is today.

Check out this video of Cory Lopez driving his Driver through some right points… you need to watch the last barrel in this vid!

Standard domed deck with just slightly thicker rails than your standard shortboard.

Some people think nose rocker is there so you don’t dig the nose into the wave when you drop in, aka pearling, but it does more than that. It helps us turn, and pump up the face of the wave, because the rocker outline fits into the shape of the wave. The Driver has a good amount of nose rocker, because it’s meant for performance surfing.

There’s a lot of single concave in the bottom, which tells us that it’s probably best surfed in decent-good waves.

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