The fish is without question the perfect board for weak, gutless waves - often found in the summer. Conditions that a shortboard will struggle in are the perfect for this larger volume surfboard. Firstly your wave count will be higher when riding this retro shape - given its fuller nose and flat, wide template. These characteristics also generate fantastic down the line speed - perfect for making crumbly sections that don't offer a shortboard any option to gain speed. The fish produces speed where a shortboard can't compete. But with this straight line speed, sacrifices are also made in its performance. Due to the wide tail, and fuller template - the fish will not perform in hollow, fast waves. And with bulky rails and added volume - the board loses in the performance rankings - especially compared to the shortboard.
- Catches waves easily
- Performs well in weak, flat faced, sloppy surf
- Thicker boards generally don't snap as easily
- Gets you in the surf in marginal conditions
- Still rides well in onshore conditions
- Not suited for hollow or large waves
- Corky boards aren't as performance orientated as a shortboard.
- Hard to duck dive
Ability: Intermediate-advanced surfers
Size range: 5'0" - 6'2"
Optimal riding conditions: Weaker, flat faced waves.
Cost New: $400-$900 (average price $450-$800)
Cost Used: $200-$400