I am hoping to fund a speed egg with alpha omega bottom and fin set up round tail maybe 6'3" x20" x2.5" to go long with my AO 5'8" x19.5" x2.375". I am hoping mid legth twin egg well help transition to my AO and fun small and even bigger days at local beachbreak.RIDE REPORT:
Me: 5'9" 155 / mostly ride twin fins and quads
Board: 5'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" / futures true ames twins
Waves: bad to fun-ish nor-cen-cal beachbreak, knee to chest high
This review is going to echo a lot of the things the DUFF MAN said but here goes.
Hands down one of the craziest feeling boards I have ridden. Extremely loose and probably the fastest I have ever gone in waves of that size and I have been exclusively riding twins for a while.
With that said I do not find it easy to surf. Hard rail + crazy concaves + fins placed up the board makes for a super on top of the water feeling. NOT a board for choppy conditions or flat waves (as said previously).
My first couple of waves were shockers. Trying to surf it like my other twins (read: trying to "rip") had me flying out the back of the wave on almost every turn. Waves where I took Duffy's advice and applied pressure to the concave evenly without going heavy on the back foot as much felt way better. The more I surfed the board, the more I began to feel the water moving through the concaves and giving that squirt and burst of speed. Pretty addicting but definitely hard to master.
I was shocked at how well the board paddles and catches waves -- it hides a lot of foam with the beak nose even at those dims. I was able to catch and do turns on knee to waist high low tide beachbreak runners where most of the crowd was on midlengths or longboards, which is always rad. Even on small waves I had a couple of speed burst feelings coming from WAY behind sections and making them which never fails to provide the stoke.
My take on this board is it's like the sports car of twin fins and I really want to get it into some point surf where I can open it up. Needs space and clean waves to go off. 100% a keeper.