My height- 5'9, 150
Board- 5'3, 21 1/8, 2 1/16.
Fins *Special Order Futures.
I got to grab a stock Sperm Whale off the rack and give it a spin at a fun summer time left. The half longboard is a very interesting design... it even got a few "Love Boat" calls on the beach from some friends. For starters, I could not force myself to put a pad on it. It would be like throwing a deck pad on your new longboard, which immediately ruins the whole vibe. I even felt strange putting stickers on it, looks too good as it comes....simple and white.
The Sperm Whale is a good board to have in your quiver to mix things up. A little south hit and I rode it on some glassy lefts. Thankfully the water got cold and I could put my booties back on. No deck pad equals slipping or stepping right off the tail, especially when the tail has been cut off. The Sperm Whale carries a ton of speed because of the nose, flat rocker and being a quad. I had a blast on it, never rode anything quite like it.
I would highly recommend this board for point waves or beach breaks with a lot of face, it's a great down the line board. It carries speed like no other! Oh, what I've give to ride the board in some left hand point breaks in Chile. Maybe one day soon... This board could be amazing in waves that have some size & hollowness, it holds in on turns really well. I was a bit torn on what to do in between sections, should I walk to the nose or not? It's a groovy little cruiser. Definitely worth a spin! Shim sham.
*Please excuse typos, grammar, spelling, making sense, booties, head snaps, head dips, all lefts no rights & brevity.
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Width- 18 5/16
Thickness- 2 3/16
My Height- 5'9
Weight - 150
Deck Pad -Nate Tyler Design
Fins- Futures AM2 Techflex by Channel Islands
Well, no one can ride this board as well as Slats himself. I've personally watched him take out boards that I barely could get to my feet, and he made them look like he was riding magic boards. Dead serious...So I knew there was a chance that I was going to struggle on his model. Even though it looks pretty normal, you never really know what secret concave or rocker that only works for him. I am willing to bet that he has never made a board with hopes people like it. I think he makes boards that are magical for him and him only. If he made a board that was really good for everyone, then he may give his competitors some sort of advantage. Not gonna happen...
Anyways, I don't have to sell anyone on his skills. What's funny is I really liked it, the board had a lot of drive and held in really well in punchy beach breaks. The nose on the board
brought me back a few years due to it's narrowness. The rocker is really good, I like quite a bit of rocker in my boards for a few reasons. One is that they fit in the pocket of the wave, which is good being from where I live. Also a board with a good amount of rocker spins out of airs really well, seems to keep the fins out of the water if you are spinning out of an air. I would recommend this board and shape in waves with some power. I used it in slower mushy point surf and waves and it lost it's spunk, or I did. I used the AM2 by Futures Fins. If you are looking for a good summer board, and are looking to get a Semi Pro I would maybe try one as a quad. The definitely go much faster in slower mushy surf. See you in the water! Please excuse typos, head snaps, not going right, booties, scenery, brevity.