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STORMS – 5’10 1/2 X 18 3/4 X 2 3/8 – 26.8 LITRES (PU)

RIDDEN BY LIAM O’BRIEN

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Shaper:
Brendan Leckie
Email: brendan@sharpeyesurfboards.com.au
Website: sharpeyesurfboards.com.au
Instagram: @sharpeyesurfboards_au

RIDE THIS BOARD IF…

You’re looking to push your performance on an everyday basis.

UNDER THE HOOD…

The ‘Storms’ is Kanoa Igarashi’s new signature model for small to medium waves. Based on the original Disco Inferno squash, we added more area to the nose and created a bump squash on the outline for easier tight turning. We increased the nose thickness by pushing the volume forward and kept the same rocker and similar single to double concave as the original Disco Inferno. This board glides through flat sections and it can easily turn in the tighter sections of the wave, making it a new go to board for all QS warriors and local shredders. An overall great performance board for everyday conditions.

5’4 – 6’6
Available Sizes
1-5 ft
Wave Size
5/5
Paddle Power
5/5
Drive Speed
5/5
Manouvre-ability
Thruster
Fin Setup
PU
Construction
“If you’re looking for a quality all-round surfboard that is also capable in the small stuff, I would strongly recommend the ‘Storms.”

LIAM’S CONCLUSION…

The ‘Storms’ was a slightly higher volume, slightly shorter all-round shortboard that could adeptly handle small surf. This model was one I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the test. Being slightly larger in volume as well as having more area in the nose than my typical shortboard, I immediately noticed how well the board paddled. These attributes also translated into a sense of glide both off the take-off and down the line. The board traversed dead sections without trouble and gracefully sped through transitions. More impressively, in spite of being geared up to maximise speed, the board surfed incredibly well on rail. I was able to push my turns hard without it skipping out as well as surf tight in the pocket. It released on cue and overall provided a stable feeling underfoot that served whatever intentions I had on the wave. It was this deference the board had for my surfing that charmed me most. Personally, I could see myself riding this type of board on the QS. If you’re looking for a quality all-round surfboard that is also capable in the small stuff, I would strongly recommend the ‘Storms.’

STORMS – 5’10 1/2 X 18 3/4 X 2 3/8 – 26.8 LITRES (EPS)

RIDDEN BY LIAM O’BRIEN

ORDER YOUR RIDE
Shaper:
Brendan Leckie
Email: brendan@sharpeyesurfboards.com.au
Website: sharpeyesurfboards.com.au
Instagram: @sharpeyesurfboards_au

LIAM’S CONCLUSION…

The EPS version of the ‘Storms’ was at first glance a dream groveller. The models shorter, wider profile combined with epoxy technology endowed the board all the assets necessary to perform in small waves. Thus, when I took the board out in some punchy beach breaks, I had low expectations. But much to my surprise the board held in just as well as its PU twin. The anticipated jitteriness was nowhere to be seen. It cut through wind chops and held its line as if it were a waterlogged old beater. The only difference being that it was also as light and zippy as any epoxy I’ve ridden. This impressive performance is likely linked to the ‘Aero Blank’ (a high-density EPS blank designed to combine the best features of both PU and EPS) from which the board was cut. Sharp Eye’s EPS E2 tech also made the board feel fast and spring-loaded. The amalgam of the two being the lively yet stable feeling I detected in the board. As an epoxy, this board is a great option. It can grovel extremely well but can also perform in quality waves. I would ride it in anything from barely ridable ripples to high-performance conditions.

5’2 – 6’8
Available Sizes
2-6 ft
Wave Size
4/5
Paddle Power
5/5
Drive Speed
5/5
Manouvre-ability
Thruster
Fin Setup
EPS
Construction

PU V EPS

Call me a luddite but I’ve got a penchant for PU. Typically, I find EPS boards to be a bit too buoyant for my style of surfing and there was no difference in the Gen 4. I’m not trying to disparage the epoxy, it serves a purpose, and for the right style of surfer would be an excellent board. But the planing speed of the PU and its stability underfoot made it much more suited to me. It felt like I could push hard against it through turns without it sliding and it gratified the type of surfing I like to do.

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