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#1548144 - 04/02/10 01:11 PM Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics
Oceanslide Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
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Loc: Oceanside, CA
OK...finally got this board into some good waves this morning
and now have about 7-8 sessions on it in a pretty good
range of conditions. Figured it's time to post up an actual
official rider review, so here goes...

Rider:
6'3", 205ish lbs., 32 years old, and surf anywhere from 2-5
times per week, 90% of the time at local beachbreaks with
the rest of the sessions usually at reef/beachbreaks south
of here. Intermediate ability with plenty of kook moments
mixed in with flashes of competence from time to time.
Have surfed mostly fish and 'alternative' type designs over
the past few years with the odd session on a 'shortboard'
when the waves have some juice.

Background:
This is the 6th board I've owned that has been designed by
Sean Mattison, with the last three being customs ordered
directly from him under this Von Sol label ( http://vonsolsurfboards.blogspot.com/ ).
Every one of them has worked better for me than most other boards I've owned.

The Board:
The 'Shadow' was designed by Mattison as a board that
hopefully helps answer the question (in his words) of "What's
next after the fish?". Basically you have the front half
of a fish very similar to his other fish designs, with the
rear half consisting of an elevated wing (e-wing) leading
into a foiled-out rounded pin tail. Sean told me the e-wing
was something he used to have on the bonzers he rode a while
back, that he's always dug, providing somewhat of a release
point during turns.
This board is 6'2" x 20 7/8" x 2 5/8", EPS/Epoxy, which
came out incredibly light, even for the amount of foam it
packs.
Went with a 5-fin setup and have found so far that I really
dig it as a twin+trailer setup, which I'm sticking with
for now.

The Ride:

Simply put, I'm LOVING this board! The best way I can
describe it is this...it has all of the biggest benefits
of a 'fish', these being great paddling and wave-catching,
early and immediate planing, speed right out of the gates,
and ability to beat sections unlike a shortboard (for me),
but the ability to really lay into sections and turns that
is generally only found in a shortboard. In junky surf,
it's fast and playful enough that you can throw it up off
of sections for floaters, get around crumbly sections to
find a face to turn, and generally have more fun than the
surf would normally indicate.
In good waves, which I found out about today, the thing
handles steeper drops very comfortably, is faster than $hit,
and LOVES to be turned HARD in the pocket. The board goes
rail-to-rail really, really smoothly...moreso than any fish-
type design I've ever tried, and wants to do full-rail
wraparounds and S-turns with little to no loss of speed,
in more critical parts of the wave than my past fishies.
In the short time I've had the board, 2 people (one being
the designer of the board, the other someone who has
probably seen me surf more than anyone over the past couple
of years) have told me I did the best turn they've ever
seen me do. Today I had a couple of overhead clean lefts
that I was able to do 3 straight hard and smooth gouges off
of the top in a row, something unheard of for me.
Backside, it goes just as well. Allows you to come off the
bottom as hard as you want into a turn, or take a quick
high-line pump just as well, all with more than enough SPEED.
Quite simply, this board is continually putting a smile on
my face, which is the point, right?

Highly, highly recommend this design as a very versatile
and FUN shape for 90% of the waves you're likely to come
across here in SoCal.









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#1548145 - 04/02/10 01:32 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
rid Offline
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Registered: 11/20/08
Posts: 1085
Loc: California
great review! What is the difference vis a vis BKQ?

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#1548146 - 04/02/10 01:36 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
SrPato Offline
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Loc: Venturkey
I'm sold. Now I know what I'll be getting next!
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#1548147 - 04/02/10 06:20 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
ifallalot Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 43979
Loc: HB, CA
that's sweet its working out best as a twin + trailer. Have you tried it out as a straight thruster?
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#1548148 - 04/02/10 07:23 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: ifallalot]
Oceanslide Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 8301
Loc: Oceanside, CA
Compared to a BKQ (or Moonfish), I'd say the Shadow is more
carvey and flowing, rather than skatey, although you still
have that unmistakeable Mattison fish feel and the board
still skates across the face. Whereas hard turns on the
fish might feel a bit more 'flicky' and possibly get a bit
loose and sketchy at times, I've yet to feel like this
board has skipped/slipped/lost the grip of the wave face.
I love the feel of both designs, but right now I'm really
digging how solid and buttery smooth this one is feeling.

Pato, you will not be disappointed.

FYI...here's the fin setup that I'm really digging right
now, plus a bit better outline pic. Haven't tried it as
a thruster, but don't really want to mess with a good thing
yet!





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#1548149 - 04/02/10 07:40 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
Havoc Offline
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Registered: 09/10/07
Posts: 10005
Loc: The OC Life
great review o-slide!!! Stoked for you!!


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#1548150 - 04/02/10 08:53 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
sdsurfrat Offline
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Registered: 06/02/08
Posts: 1936
Great review Joey
Stoked you are loving the new board.
I was checking one out with no fins installed and that
thing has some tail rocker kicked out the back.

What fins are you using? what depth mains around 4.65"
Is that a GX or G1000 in the back?

Har_ _ _ was SO FUN Today


What's next after a Fish.. Yep, that about sums it up

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#1548151 - 04/02/10 09:34 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: sdsurfrat]
Oceanslide Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 8301
Loc: Oceanside, CA
Quote:



What fins are you using? what depth mains around 4.65"
Is that a GX or G1000 in the back?





Aurora quad fronts (5.1"), with a GS trailer.

Quote:



Har_ _ _ was SO FUN Today





No joke!

Quote:


What's next after a Fish.. Yep, that about sums it up




Certainly fitting, I think.
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#1548152 - 04/02/10 09:44 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
sakana_kid Offline
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Registered: 02/24/09
Posts: 1197
Loc: 808
Nice review as always O-slide. It looks like the board to get! I thought that thing was meant to be surfed as a quad, but the big sides and a trailer stoking you out huh!!!

You still surfin the other Von Sol shapes? I'm still loving my BKQ for small stuff, but your reviews of the moonfish got me wishing I could order one.

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#1548153 - 04/02/10 10:20 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: sakana_kid]
emissions Offline
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Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 1633
Loc: NS
A concise review.
Not to be a d1ck but who shaped/finished it? I get that Sean "designed" it with Max McDonald's / Malcolm's e-wing as inspiration but who's the guy that finished it? He deserves a shout out. Good color choice.

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#1548154 - 04/02/10 11:18 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: emissions]
gasol Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 9
Mr. Brown? He does deserve a shout out, been finishing all these Mattison boards with no props

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#1548155 - 04/02/10 11:52 PM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: gasol]
sakana_kid Offline
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Registered: 02/24/09
Posts: 1197
Loc: 808
who dat?

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#1548156 - 04/03/10 05:17 AM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
Mudshark Offline
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Registered: 07/19/09
Posts: 943
Loc: San Whan
Oslide, where did you get those fins? Never seen them before.
Bottom contours?


Edited by Mudshark (04/03/10 05:19 AM)

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#1548157 - 04/03/10 07:39 AM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: emissions]
Oceanslide Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 8301
Loc: Oceanside, CA
Mattison actually hand-shaped the first Shadow. Wanted to
try something different...wasn't sure how it would end up...
ended up being SUPER stoked on the board and now you have
the 'Shadow' model. Glad he did.
Not positive who finished this board, but I do believe Dave
Brown, longtime local shaper, has had a hand in many of
Mattison's designs and finishing. Props!

Got these fins from a friend, but I believe you can get
them from Catalyst, as I found info about them on their
site.
Bottom is a single to pretty substantial double through
the fins, much like most of Sean's other fish bottoms. For
some reason though, this board doesn't seem quite as back-
foot dependant as a BKQ, for example. You can pump forward
and even trim from the middle through sections or soft spots.
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"Surfing reminds us of how good life is."
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#1548158 - 04/03/10 10:43 AM Re: Von Sol Shadow: Review and Pics [Re: Oceanslide]
sdsurfrat Offline
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Registered: 06/02/08
Posts: 1936
As a Quad I would try:
M7's and flat sided GX's in glassflex
and buckle up your seatbelt..
ultrafast and it will turn

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