BOARD REVIEW BING 5”8 concave keel fish
Matt doesn’t make this board with any other fin set up. Somehow the combination of these fins and concave give this fish a huge amount of hold and drive without feeling sticky like some quad fishes.
DIMS 5”8x 21.25 x 2.41
My first ever Bing board handshaped by legendary shaper Matt Calvani.
Extreme concave in the last 6” of the board leading through the tail allows this fish to perform way beyond a traditional keel fin fish. The concave and tail rocker make it super easy to surf the board in the pocket and in steeper waves. The extreme concave also works super well with the glass on keel “D” fins and is the reason Matt doesn’t make this board with any other fin set up. Somehow the combination of these fins and concave give this fish a huge amount of hold and drive without feeling sticky like some quad fishes.
I was a little concerned about the continuous curve in the board Including quite a bit of nose rocker that could make it hard to get into waves. Surprisingly the opposite was true, making it a really good paddler and easier entry into quite gutless waves.
I surfed this board in a variety of conditions on the south shore of Oahu ranging from overhead clean conditions to windy Diamond Head chop. The heavy glassing and good volume meant the board went well in all conditions without feeling “boaty”
I found the 5”8 in stock dims. Perfect for my height and weight (6 ft 180 pounds)
Overall super impressed with the quality of the board and glassing and definitely the most versatile twin fin keel fish I’ve ever surfed with great performance without losing that ‘twinny’soul!
Compared with my Christenson 5”8 fish and 5”7 DHD mini twin - I personally prefer the way this Bing surfs and feels!