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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin

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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin
DHD mini twin fin reviewNever really being into Twinnies i didn't know what to expect but was really keen to give it another go after seeing some recent footage of guys like Asher Pacey and Ryan Burch tearing on their twinnies. I really liked the lines they were taking on the waves which were smooth and still quite performance oriented. Riding these boards also looked like alot of fun!

I decided to go with slightly more volume at 32 liters for my custom DHD. The dimensions are 5"9 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/8, I normally ride a standard shortboard at 29-30L.  

On first impressions the board looked really fun with quite a lot of volume forward and a very thinned our tail. The wide point was definitely front of center and I really liked the way the beaked nose came together. The overall template really points to easy paddling and and thinned out tail for pushing through turns. The other noticeable feature about this model is the artwork DHD offers. I custom ordered mine in a special fish scale type tribal pattern with a mottled blue background and solid blue rails. All of the mini twins come with a special artwork which i think was developed with Asher Pacey and really give the model a slick look! The bottom contours feature a single to double concave with V out the tail. The rocker is medium to low and glassing is 4x4x4 standard.

I picked up the board in Sydney and took it to Hawaii for my summer holiday with the intention of surfing it on the south shore. On my first session i decided to try it with the Rasta Keel twin fins (Sea Shepherd) from Futures. On first impression they looked like a lot of fin for the board with a really wide base template. The surf was small on my first session but i did notice how well the board paddled and stroked into small waves. Once up and riding the board felt very intuitive and easy to surf despite the very large fins which clearly contributed to a lot of drag. On my second session i decided to switch up the fins to a Futures Chritenson twin set which i managed to get hold of. These are medium sized twin fins which are quite upright and stubby. They had more rake than the rasta keel fins and had a much narrower base. The surf was about shoulder high and conditions very glassy. With the smaller fins the board really came alive and felt alot more lose and natural. 

What surprised me about the board was the ability to push through cutbacks very hard of your backfoot and not have it slide out. The overall ride was smooth and fluid and the board really carried through the flat sections and still held really well in the pocket. 

I surfed the board consistently for two weeks and really got used to it. I found that it really allowed me to push hard through my turns and surf vertically in the pocket.- something i really didn't expect from a twin fin fish which i thought would need to be surfed more laterally! I also tried it with the STX twin fin template from Shaper fins which are larger than the Christensen fins and they also worked really well giving a little more drive but still alot of flow and speed.  All in all an awesome board which is surprisingly versatile! yewww!
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Board review - Pavel 5'10 Speed Dialer

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Board review - Pavel 5'10 Speed Dialer

rich pavel speed dialierI'd heard a lot about Rich Pavel being the Godfather of the modern day fish, he is creator of the Speed Dialer board as well as the lokbox Speed dialer fins. His boards were hard to come by so when I finally managed to snag a 5"10 from a shop in California we were all stoked!

On first impressions it looks like a regular quad fish but look closely and you can see all the details that make this a special fish. Low entry beak nose, winged tail, slight concave deck, beautiful sloped rails and a vee to double to single concave out the tail for a tonne of speed.

I took it out at lined up Courts at Ala Moana (Hawaii) with a solid SW swell running at about chest to head high. Paddling was as expected with a fish although this one was narrower than my other fishes usually running at 21" wide. Getting into a few set waves took sometime but I finally managed to stroke into a few. Once up the board felt super drivey and fast down the line. A lot faster than expected and with a much more controlled and a precise feel. Surfing the waves top to bottom was easy and I found that I could push it really hard through cut backs and not have it slide out.

The lok box Speed dialer quad fins work insane and give you a lot of hold with a decent amount of release off the tail too when coming off the top. They are basically a pair of twin keel fins that are split into two fins . The lok box fin box allows you to adjust the position of the fins and I experimented over a few sessions to get my preferred position sorted.

All in all a very well balanced board which was easy to ride and really fast. I found the board definitely preferred lined up waves with some power. I found it didn't grovel as well as my other fishes which had a wider planing surface and less rocker.

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Board review - Tomo 5'4 EVO

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TOMO - EVOThe latest of Tomo's modern planing hull designs and the first Tomo board that I've ridden. Rode it in 3-4 feet punchy beach break conditions in Sai Kung (Tai Long wan) It has a super sick outline that looks and feels quite symmetrical. What makes this board, really is the Insane double to quad rear concaves/channels on the bottom.
I got a 5"4 listed at 29L of volume and which is my normal high performance volume. I was a little concerned but was told to order it as short as possible on the low end of my preferred volume. Surprisingly, it really rides like a board with of 31 liters. Paddles super easy and gets in early. 
Once up the board feels quick and drivey but not slidy like some of my other quad fishes or wide tail short boards. It definitely has a very unique feel that's addictive and easy to surf once you get it dialled in.
I've ridden the Evo as a quad with the medium Merrrick AM2 templates and as a thruster with the medium fanning template both FCS 2s. Both worked really well and i prefer it as a quad in small surf for additional down the line speed. The thruster setup was better for top to bottom surfing
The board also felt really pivoty and being so short was really easy to turn and make quick directional adjustments. The soft rails and make it quite forgiving in tricky conditions which is common here in Hong Kong with our NE windswell. Im frothing to try this in bigger steeper waves and reckon it'll hold due to the medium nose rocker and its overall balanced feel. Definitely also like the LFT technology that FireWire has created which keeps it light and springy. All in all I'm very stoked on the Evo and feel that I can ride it in most conditions. It definitely excels in head high and below punchy waves. 
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