Any ride reports / feedback of Akila Aipa's Contemporary or Modern Fish?

trifish

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The Akila Contemp fish felt sooooooooo good today on cutbacks. This board keeps blowing me away the more I get to ride it. Whatever secret sauce he put into it is working for me perfectly. Got me buzzing after today's session.
 
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What fin set-up are you running? I have been searching for Contemporary fish for some time with zero luck. This board definitely piques my interest.

I have been surfing a 5' 6" Album Plasmic and it's a blast, but its a little chunky at times and was looking for some refinement. After searching for boards that are in stock to get now, I ended up picking up CC Lane Splitter - 5' 10" guessing about 33L. Lane Splitter has met and exceeded my expectations. Volume seems to be in the right places, paddles and gets into waves well, and feels solid on waves. It is fairly versatile and it is the board that I grab for most surfs.
 

trifish

Legend (inyourownmind)
Sep 23, 2009
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What fin set-up are you running? I have been searching for Contemporary fish for some time with zero luck. This board definitely piques my interest.

I have been surfing a 5' 6" Album Plasmic and it's a blast, but its a little chunky at times and was looking for some refinement. After searching for boards that are in stock to get now, I ended up picking up CC Lane Splitter - 5' 10" guessing about 33L. Lane Splitter has met and exceeded my expectations. Volume seems to be in the right places, paddles and gets into waves well, and feels solid on waves. It is fairly versatile and it is the board that I grab for most surfs.
I've been running it just as a twin lately. He recommended his Pivot fin template for the board. He had a set of the handmade fiberglass ones in stock that Brian Bills makes, so I had him include those when shipping the board. I played around with a guitar pick trailer he included also and a small NVS trailer I had. I didn't notice much from the guitar pick in there honestly, but the NVS small trailer noticeably stabilized the board more. It works great at a twin +trailer, but I haven't had the need to put the trailer back in after getting more reps on the board. These are the BB ones i'm running. https://akilaaipasurfboards.com/products/pivot-twin-fin?pr_prod_strat=copurchase&pr_rec_pid=4701342040111&pr_ref_pid=4164308205615&pr_seq=uniform

I haven't been on the Plasmic or the Lane Splitter but they both look fun. CC's outlines always look visually appealing to me. The tail on the contemporary fish is very wide and the rail outline is pretty straight. It gains speed quickly in the weaker/softy stuff. I haven't had it in anything over head high yet to see how It handles more size with all the speed it has. Mostly just been in waist to head high surf which it was worked very well in.
 

Aruka

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I've been running it just as a twin lately. He recommended his Pivot fin template for the board. He had a set of the handmade fiberglass ones in stock that Brian Bills makes, so I had him include those when shipping the board. I played around with a guitar pick trailer he included also and a small NVS trailer I had. I didn't notice much from the guitar pick in there honestly, but the NVS small trailer noticeably stabilized the board more. It works great at a twin +trailer, but I haven't had the need to put the trailer back in after getting more reps on the board. These are the BB ones i'm running. https://akilaaipasurfboards.com/products/pivot-twin-fin?pr_prod_strat=copurchase&pr_rec_pid=4701342040111&pr_ref_pid=4164308205615&pr_seq=uniform

I haven't been on the Plasmic or the Lane Splitter but they both look fun. CC's outlines always look visually appealing to me. The tail on the contemporary fish is very wide and the rail outline is pretty straight. It gains speed quickly in the weaker/softy stuff. I haven't had it in anything over head high yet to see how It handles more size with all the speed it has. Mostly just been in waist to head high surf which it was worked very well in.
i wish there was info on the two brian bills fin templates. that raked set is very appealing but no idea if it's enough fin for me.
 

racer1

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Apr 16, 2014
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You could order direct from Brian, they're all made to order. So you could have him make it bigger or smaller.
I've picked up fins from him before, he has a tiny shed with dust 4 feet high and a tiny area he can walk in and make them.
If you want to order from him I can get you his number. He could tell you exact size and if you wanted to size up.