The Siamese Palm Viper (SPV) is a board that Dion Agius loves, and you can see him surf it in Strange Rumblings in Shangrala (pretty awesome movie).
According to SUPERbrand, this is a board for all kinds of conditions. Anything from smaller waves to perfect pumping Mentawais.
Here’s Dion surfing the SPV (warning: bad music and video quality)
It’s short, with a lot of tail rocker, and a wide center.
Imagine paddling into a wave at your local beachbreak, and you get to your feet, but your board doesn’t “get going” right away. Because on the SPV, your weight is distributed across a very curved surface. But when you drop down the wave and do a bottom turn, you might feel the board sucking up the face of the wave quicker and at a tighter angle than with a board with less tail rocker.
The wide point on this board is slightly behind the center, which is very different from a lot of shorter wider board that place the wide point farther forward.
If you’re a beginner to intermediate level surfer and you often find yourself standing too far forward on your board (like me), that’s sometimes a symptom of laying too far forward on your board while paddling. With the wide point farther back on the SPV, you should be laying farther back on the board while paddling, which could help correct your stance when you pop up.
If you’re an advanced surfer, you might find that you don’t have to shift your feet as much, because the SPV is ridden 3-4 inches shorter than your standard shortboard.
This board seems to be geared toward precise maneuverability, as you can see from Dion’s surfing. He’s not known for his big power hacks, but rather for light and lively flicks up in the lip, and big rotational airs.
If you’re stuck deciding between a fish or a shortboard, the SPV is a great compromise.