I keep looking at our webpage stats and every week the “Other stuff we like” keeps getting some of the top views. Fine- if everyone could give a S$#@! about nasty fat skis then you are going to be forced into checking out my boards. This very much is “other stuff” that I like. In fact I’m very partial to my Fletcher Chouinard Designs (FCD) quiver.
I started getting boards off of Fletcher Chouinard after one of my best friends Glen became a wetsuit designer at Patagonia (parent company of FCD). Through him I became friends with Fletch which is a big part of it, and seeing first hand through trips through Ventura how the boards were made. The EPS closed cell foam and triple glass epoxy resin makes the boards incredibly durable. Its such a bummer to fork over $600 and have your boards deck look like a golf ball after a few surfs. Also they are all made in Ventura, and tested all over the world so you know they will work well when its not so perfect, which is 90% of the time in Cali.
I’ve been really pleased so far. Its awesome to give feedback to Fletch and get boards that are 100% dialed in for me. I’m an odd size for a surfer, being 6’2″ and 200 lbs and living in Reno makes it tough for me to get boards that work well and aren’t to big or too small. Plus the fact that all my boards barely have any dings or pressure dents after numerous surfs is a testament to the durability and craftsmanship that goes in to them.
6’0″ x 20 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ Fark Model
This is set up as a quad fin and has been a blast for when its not good condition wise. This is the second Fark I’ve owned. I had a 5’11” that was killer in good waves but didn’t quite grovel as well as I wanted when the waves were shit and I was wearing a thick wetsuit. The 6’0″ works awesome, the thing just flies without even trying. Keep pressure on your back foot with the quad set up for optimum enjoyment. I’m running Future Fins Simon Anderson Quads right now for fins.
6’3″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ Octo Squash
This thing is unreal. Great summer board when its chest to overhead. Turns great in the pocket, and is short enough for good shaped, but smaller waves. I got some great little barrels at OB last fall with this and it worked really well last summer in some great point surf in Mexico. I’m running Futures Wade Tokoro or Al Merrick Tech Flex AM2(Thanks Fritz!) fins on this one.
6’5″ x 19 5/8″ x 2 9/16″ DM3 Swallow
This thing is currently my new fav. Ben from FCD told me about this board when I was down there last November. It was a custom for another rep actually and he never picked it up. Well that sure was his loss… It was perfect for me so I pulled the trigger two weeks later. Its a great winter shortboard for me. The extra foam is great when I’m out of surf shape and wearing a thick wetsuit in Nor Cal. The swallow tail holds great, generates speed super fast down the line and turns in the pocket really well. Had some killer waves this summer so far in Santa Cruz on this. Can’t wait to get it into some nice lefts!! This board and my Fark have been constant companions on my recent trips to the coast. Ive experimented and keep coming back to the Futures WCT template fins for this one.
6’8″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 7/16″ KMRP round pin
This is my step up board for winter juice. Unreal drive and stability. Works unreal from head high to DOH. Had some great sessions in fall and winter when its been pumping on this board. Can’t wait to use it again this fall and winter! I go back and forth between Futures WCT and Wade Tokoro fins for this one. At the end of the day I live in Reno so it really doesn’t matter right?!
So here is a new pic of my quiver, but I want to point out my new FCD custom F-Rocket 6’6″x19 5/8″ x 2 7/8″. I ordered this after seeing Kohl Christenson ride a 7’6″ in conditions he normally would have been on a 9-10′ board at macking Cloudbreak. I wanted a board that I would use as a step up for well overhead to Double Overhead+ waves that paddled well but then still had the shortness for turning etc once I was in the wave. I had it in big 10-15ft OB waves, kinda junky but it was crazy how easy it caught waves, although conditions were a little bumpy for a board thats that short. Ive had it now over this winter in anything from overhead OB to triple overhead Tres Palmas in Puerto Rico. Its taken the place of my 6’8″ and 7’2″ mini gun. It has the same liters of foam as my mini gun I got last winter (7’2″ x 19.5 x 2 3/4″ 38.96 Liters) and should theoretically have the same, if not more applications.
So far its been the most versatile board I’ve ever had for this spot in my quiver. When its smaller, like overhead size the additional foam has been sweet as a crowd better when youre just going for barrels, and if you put in smaller fins you can loosen the board up for turns. At Tres Palmas when it was huge I was little undergunned, primarily becuase the crowd was on bigger boards and there was little bump on it, so I picked off a couple smaller waves out there but it was still pretty functional. My best few sessions were a week this fall in at OB when it was solid, double overhead, and good conditions. It was a blast, so solid and fast, and fun to have a shorter board. Ive been running the Futures EA template quads, because of the flat foiled rear trailers, then when it smaller Ive been swapping out those rears for smaller regular foil F4 template trailers to loosen it up a bit. Anyway its been a sweet board so far, its the perfect 2nd step traveler board in a 2-3 board quiver.