I know there's a massive thread on here but I always think it's cool when you can bring up a thread about a particular model and just read about that.
5'11 19 3/4 2.5 31.4 L
4/4 3/4 4 Poly with FCS 2
6'0" 200-205 39 years old. Intermediate to occasionally advanced moments
I've been experimenting with a few daily drivers in the last few years and while I've had a couple of good ones, nothing was really magic. There was always something that slightly bugged me about certain design features of the board. I went from stub thruster, to stub quad, then tried two more stub thrusters again and while they worked, again just nothing that got me super excited.
After seeing the sci phi deal I was convinced I wanted one but after feeling up a few on the rack and the crazy lack of availability, I pulled back. I ran into the opportunity to borrow Retodd's GX. A little bigger than I'm used to and EPS/Epoxy so the paddle and float felt great... amazing actually. Took a bit to get used to it but pretty much fell in love with it after a couple of sessions. But after getting used to it, I decided if I were to get one I would bring in the width a bit as it was hanging up in certain sections just slightly. I surf crappy beachbreaks that have ever changing sections so maybe that had something to do with it. Retodd's board for me would be better suited for a trestles style wave.
Any way, decided to order a stamps. He's 1.5 hours away but I work in an office 5 minutes from his shop twice a month so I figured why not?
We exchanged emails to narrow down a but then just finished over the phone. I opted not to wait to see him since we were basically just tweaking Todd's board and he has the file.
We brought in the width 1/4 inch and the tail about the same and added an overall inch to the board. We both agreed on the dims and decided to go poly since I wasn't quite sold on the EPS/Epoxy feel. It was really snappy and responsive but just seemed a tad unpredictable if that makes sense? I liked talking to him. Didn't seem pretentious, had no ego, and was very honest... maybe too honest lol... but I like that.
A couple of days later he emailed me and told me the board came out within the desired volume so I gave him the go ahead.
Board came back earlier than promised and the communication between him/christina was awesome and I picked it up the next chance I could.
I rode it in complete crap the first few days and couldn't get a fair assessment but it still felt good.
First session I had in good waist to shoulder high throwing waves was insane. I found myself overturning it and blowing a lot of sections because I needed to hold back a bit. Wasn't quite used to it. That was my first realization that this semi stub does not surf like one. Much more like a true HPSB than any other board I've ridden in dims like these.
I've had enough sessions now where I feel like I really know the board and I feel like I do my best surfing on it when the waves are in the waist to shoulder high range. It handles larger surf really well and can grovel well too. Not quite as well as my other stubs but it also surfs a lot better overall.
Creatures AM L with Stamps trailer was the setup in Todd's board but I found it to be a bit too much directional lacking pivot with the FCS setup on my board. I found the combo of Accelerator fronts (L)with a medium performer rear to be the magic ticket and when the surf is larger just throw the large accelerator rear in.
When I emailed Tim back I told him there's a really good "balance" with this board. Everything flows extremely well and there are really no downsides or even slight hiccups. I honestly haven't been this excited for a board in a long time. I've had a handful of "magic" boards in my lifetime that just seem perfectly made for it's purpose and this is truly one of them.
I know there are plenty on here that love this design so feel free to chime in on your own as well.
Some crappy pics: