Massey

SPLADE - 5’9 X18 ¾ X 2 5/16 – 26.1L

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Shaper’s com­ments

The Splade is my all round per­for­mance model. It has been tried and tested in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent waves and con­di­tions. I wanted a board I could just throw in the back of my car and have fun with what­ever the waves were like on that day. De­signed with a low en­try rocker it has a wider out­line for easy pad­dling and a medium rail to make it for­giv­ing through turns. It has a slight to medium sin­gle con­cave that runs from nose to tail max­i­miz­ing speed, com­bined with a dou­ble con­cave through the fins help­ing the board re­lease. Its tail is wide enough to grovel well but still holds when the waves are on.

First Im­pres­sions

The Massey is a tiny bit thicker and a has a lit­tle more vol­ume than the other boards which is sick. You can’t be afraid to ride fat boards I reckon, es­pe­cially when it’s small. It looks like a straight­for­ward short­board.

Tester’s com­ments

The Massey was cool. It’s al­ways good to ride boards shaped by good surfers. You can re­ally trust get­ting a board from some­one who rips. That’s why I was in­ter­ested in try­ing the Si­mon Massey be­cause he was a great surfer. It had a re­ally clean nice out­line and when I surfed it in prob­a­bly the best waves of the trip it felt like a re­ally good board. There’s noth­ing on the out­line that catches. It doesn’t bog, it’s a pretty re­li­able board re­ally. It took me a while to work out the re­lease point and I feel like this isn’t the kind of board that’s go­ing to fling all the way around the place. You won’t be spin­ning around the place, it holds in re­ally well. It’s not re­ally for your tiny beach break do­ing lit­tle jumps as it has lots of hold so in good con­di­tions it feels re­ally good and drivey. I kind of worked out with it to just pick your sec­tions when you re­ally want to re­lease the fins. Where it re­ally felt great was through turns and when you were car­ry­ing speed and drive out of sec­tions it held re­ally well. It’s a board I would love to ride in big­ger waves above that 2-foot range to who knows how big on be­cause it re­ally felt solid. A ver­sa­tile short­board for sure. I think it’d be suited to some­one who can surf well as you can re­ally push that thing.

The Massey held in all the right places for Wade, with no catch. Photo: Bug­den

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