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There comes a time in every surfers journey where they will be faced with a decision that has paralyzed many surfers before him... fish, shortboard, or something totally different? To answer this question you really have to think about your surfing goals. You will need to base this decision on what you want this next board to accomplish. I know we say this a lot but it's true, there isn't one perfect board that will do everything perfectly.
That's why the surf community has adopted the word "quiver" to define the variety of boards they keep for various conditions and moods. That's right I said moods. Sometimes you just don't feel like going out and ripping... you just want to cruise. But I digress. If this is you first "shorter" board then you have to think of it like this. Adding a fish or shortboard to your quiver isn't going to replace the board that you are on. What is does do is add capabilities to your board inventory.
The only reason you're looking to go shorter is that you feel the board you are on is lacking something. Maybe it's small wave shredding, maybe it's "duck-divability" (which by the way is not a function of the board as much as it is a function of technique), maybe it's just a higher level of maneuverability. I am going to attempt to break this review into 3 "goal" categories... Summertime Fun, High Performance, and Out-of-the-box.
The Codfather is probably one of the most fun boards we have at D33. Fast, loose, and skatey. This is the summertime choice for most shortboarders because it provides a level of maneuverability like a shortboard (sorta) and yet brings to the table a high level of float. We call this summertime fun because around here the waves get small during the summer and smaller waves aren't always the best for a shortboard. The Codfather comes in to it's own on small mushy waves. If you're looking for that magic small-medium wave board to go out and have a blast on, then this the board you want.
Here's what surfers are saying about the Codfather-
"Hey D33 team, I love my new surfboard! I purchased a 5'8" fish surfboard from you yesterday. This morning the surf looked a bit mushy but I paddled out anyways for what turned out to be a very fun session. The surfboard worked better than I had hoped. Thank you so much" -Scott Cox Deerfield Beach, FL
"It was a pleasure meeting both of you last night. I am so stoked on the 6' Retro Fish surfboard I purchased from you. You have a great product and at unbeatable prices. Went out in Huntington this morning and had a great session. Caught every wave I paddled for and had total control of the board on turns. Dropping a full foot in length was easier than expected on the epoxy fish. Thank you both!" -Vincent Nola Santa Monica, CA
Here are our recommendations for size/weight and board size. More aggressive surfers lookin for that edge in maneuverability, take the shorter end of the range provided. Those of you looking for just a touch more stability or paddle strength will want to go the opposite direction..
Your first shortboard is a whole new world. Skinnier, thinner, shorter, and a whole lot more capable. If the longboards are considered the tanks in the surfboard world then the shortboards should be considered the sports cars. And the T9 is no exception. We have a couple of different shortboards here at D33 but if you're looking for that first shortboard, or at least the most versatile shortboard, then this is it. Riding a shortboard is going to be a challenge. They are harder to paddle, harder to catch waves, and a whole lot less stable. BUT they rip! The T9 is specifically designed to be on the forgiving side of the shortboard world. It has a wider tail to help power through the small waves, and a tapered double bump taper for maneuverability. This provides a board that is perfect for the first time shortboard and is also the best choice for a smaller wave or summertime shortboard.
Here's what surfers are saying about the T9:
"This board is perfect for mushy beach breaks. I can take off late, create good speed and it turns well in the slop. Thanks." -Brad San Diego, CA
"Ideal shortboard for small waves. Thanks guys- this thing rips." -Cooper Cox. Cocoa Beach, FL
Here are sizing recommendations for the T9 Daily Driver Shortboard.
"Out-of-the-box" - The Bean
When it comes to the Bean, she's an animal all herself. Perfect for the small wave days in your life, the Bean will keep your sessions fun when the surf is summer time scarce. Wide and thick is the name of the game here, giving you plenty of float and paddle. Flat rocker and quad fin setup keeps you screaming down the line and making tight sections while the double winged rail and double concave will have you cranking bottom turns and smacking lips. A word of caution, this board dominates primarily in mushy small surf. When it gets steep, you can surf it vertical but re-entry is a little tough because the nose is so wide. If steeper small surf is your jam, go with the pivot fish instead.
I bought a 5'6" Bean a month ago and love it! 32 years of Surfing and this is exactly what I was looking for in volume and size. Fun in the small surf and in the head high surf as well. Great all around board.
-Tim Cain Garden Grove, CAI’ve been surfing for over 10 years and this board really is a blast to ride. Here in Southern California the waves are inconsistent at best, so The Bean always goes with me to the beach. It’s crazy how maneuverable this board still is and when the waves do finally clean up this thing amazes me even more!
-Bennett Ocean Beach, CA
Here are our recommendations for size/weight and board size. We recommend surfing the Bean 4-6" shorter than your shortboard. This board has a gob of volume because of it's thickness, so even if it feels to short... it's not!