MI­DAS - 5’7 X 19 5/16 X 2 1/4 – 27.3L

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Shaper’s com­ments

The out­line of the Mi­das evolved from a few dif­fer­ent in­flu­ences. The tail was in­spired by some 80s twin fins and the wing is po­si­tioned right be­hind the trail­ing edge of the side fin to cre­ate a break point, and to pull the tips of the swal­low closer to­gether for ma­neu­ver­abil­ity. Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing de­sign fea­ture is the new bot­tom con­tours I’ve been work­ing on, which I’ve called “Board Eat Board”. The orig­i­nal con­cept be­gan years ago when I rode one of Ge­orge Gree­nough’s edge boards, which led me to a whole new ap­proach to bot­tom con­tours and edges. The over­all ef­fect is in­creased per­for­mance and speed. (Com­ments by Rob Machado)

First Im­pres­sions

The Rob Machado Mi­das. I didn’t even know he’s been shap­ing. It feels pretty cool and so light. I haven’t delved into the epoxy world so much but it looks pretty fun. This is a small wave dream ma­chine.

Tester’s com­ments

I was in­ter­ested to see a Machado shape be­cause I only found out he was shap­ing not long ago, so it’s cool to see what he’s go­ing to put out there, be­ing as cool as Rob is. The edge bot­tom was a lit­tle bit hard for me to get my head around, but the out­line seemed to suit the lit­tle, 2 ft surf I rode it in. It’s a lot stub­bier than what I nor­mally would ride and it had a spring to it that you get with epoxys. It def­i­nitely had a lit­tle bit of pop on the ramps that I chased down. If you were go­ing down the line and weren’t do­ing any­thing ver­ti­cal it was a re­ally fun board. I think it’s one of those boards where if you keep it down the line and smooth, you don’t re­ally have much trou­ble con­nect­ing sec­tions with speed and flow. I think it would re­ally suit a point break and work best in clean waves.

Wade, mak­ing the most of the epoxy ‘pop’.

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