Mike has been having a lot fun is the sun over in Western Australia .
Mike has a cool little quiver of Formula Energy Surfboards. A 6'3 by 19 3/4 by 2 3/4 Premium Savage (33.57 litres). A USC Old Faithful , 6'1 by 20 by 2 3/4 (33.84 litres) and A Premium Fuzz Nutz which is 6'0 by 19 1/4 by 2 5/8 (35 litres).
We kept his boards around the 33 litres mark for the performance end and fine tuned the dimensions depending on the model and type of waves Mike would be chasing on that particular board . With the Fuzz Nutz being primarily designed for smaller less powerful waves we made it 35 litres , just to give it a little more float on those smaller days !
Above: Giving his Savage a run on nice clean wall
The best beach break performer in the Formula Energy line up, THE BLEND web page has had a little make over.
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After some serious research and development ...A brand new model added to the range .
Looking for a little extra foam in your surfboard ? But still love to bury that rail with speed and flow ?
Welcome to The Premium Chub !
Which features lower entry rocker , foam in the right places making this an easy paddler , with its single to double concave bottom for instant speed , flow and release through your turns .
The setup is Single Flyers narrowing the tail pod then into a swallow which allows plenty of release throughout your turns but with hold and drive.
Designed to be a great all-rounder , perfect travel surfboard and probably the most user friendly conventional pointy nose surfboard in the range !
Custom 5'4 for Will who stands around 4'2 and weighs in 30 kgs. Will has been killing it on the the DCD Demon model and at Six years old is progressing really quick ..
Check him out styling at the Pass in Byron Bay
We based this custom of the Alien style fish plan-shape with your rounder nose and a lot of foam carried forward .
However Will wanted the look of a more traditional performance pointy nose surfboard .
We created a new outline , rounded of the nose , softened all the pointy dangerous bits to keep Mum happy avoiding any injuries and designed the Surfboard to allow Will to progress and grow into the board able to catch waves with ease and confidence but still able to duckdive and paddle out with his other frothing super GROMMET mates
And of course custom art work is the character Johnny Test ... The kids favourite cartoon at the moment !
This little blade is going to leave its mark with its fluorescent racing stripes colour combination .
The Convert model surfboard kind of battles with the super popular Blend model but with its wider tail pod, semi fuller rail volume, and overall litres, it can be ridden a lot shorter . Its super fast and stable and offers a lot of drive out of turns but has a unique release with the double flyers squash tail set up .
It's now available in the Premium Range as well as its original design the patented carbon rail techonolgy USC Range. You now have the option of of the stringer-less carbon rail or the more traditional with central wooden stringer .
More information about the this small wave foam block of fun click here !
Here are two models from the Formula Energy collection , on the left the Performance V and on the right the DCD Hi Flyer , both Channel bottoms but very different set ups designed for very different types of waves.
Lets get a rundown on theses designs and what conditions suit each model ....
On the left is a modern performance shortboard or commonly referred to as a step up or semi gun . We call it the Performance V and its made for really good waves !
In fact its made for epic waves. The six channel bottom is made to generate extra speed , hold and drive in solid waves .
This type of surfboard really comes to life when its barreling and you are looking to hit top speed . Wave destinations like Indonesia , Tahiti and beyond , anywhere where you are surfing hollow fast waves, this is the model that will do the job .
On the right the DCD series is the top of the range Hi Flyer .This surfboard is designed for smaller surf with single flyers leading into a swalllow tail .
The Single flyers act like a break point allowing the the board to pivot through turns .
Fins are Two plus One set up, you can ride it with standard twin fins, like these Scarfini Twins with the added rear box adding a rear stabilizer, ideally a smallish type fin, which will give your twin fin a little extra hold coming out of turns .
Twin fins are very fast , loose and highly responsive to subtle transitions or weight shifts. By adding the channel bottom you get extra speed, hold and of course extra drive with bight which often twins lack .
Overall its a good combination if you like surfing fast and free.
The rear stabiliser is very popular these days with surfers adding a small rear fin option , which acts as a break point allowing the surfboard to pivot out of turns and reducing unwanted drift .
Kelly Slater popularised new designs like the FCS Knubster or Futures Fins Middle Finger these smaller rear fins would increase drive and provide directional control through turns without sacrificing speed and flow
Its a matter of trial and error finding out what works for you in different conditions . Overall this is a really fun board , order 3 to 5 inches shorter than your normal short-board and add an extra couple of litres.