Thank u, thank u, thank u.
This board has changed my surfing life, seriously.
Todd has figured out the magic formula for large athletic surfers. Until surfing the Monsta Chief, I had been searching for the right mix of paddle / wave catching ability with aggressive surfing for my 6’5″ 225 lb frame with little success, thinking I would be relegated to grovelers and step ups for the rest of my life. There is a weird physics adjustment once you go over the 200 lb mark for aggressive surfing in average waves. Todd has figured out this magic formula in a ground breaking way. He didnt just lengthen the board and add foam. (surfing mine an inch shorter than my height) He got into the Steve Hawking physics of drag quotients and water flow by making cutting edge decisions on his rocker adjustments in the middle of the board with aerospace concave mixes.
I have no idea how it all works in unison but I can tell you from my own empirical data,
this thing paddles like a fun board but catches waves BETTER than a fun board
because if knives into a steep face like a short board while not having any of the “plowing” affects big guys deal with when paddling a pulled nose board with lots of rocker, or having to deal with the front half of the rails digging into the face, affecting your drop on a fat nosed groveler.
And this thing is fast, I mean hauling a** fast! The tail block being wider, but definitely NOT too wide like a groveler, keeps it planing thru a big hard cutback without bogging in the transition back into your line. And us big dudes, we have no problem burying a rail when we desire too, and
it gives you that confidence that says “go ahead, bury a rail and go vertical if you want it”!
Here’s the most ridiculous thing I experienced, you can “flick” it. Its that responsive, you can flick your pumps down the wave generating crazy speed without laborious transitions.
And I experienced all this in chest high junky beach break in Venice beach LA…i can only imagine what this thing will do in good surf.
My suggestion if you are over 220 and are an athlete who likes doing big turns…I don’t care if you have 6 boards in your quiver like I do, get one….but be prepared to have the maid dust off your other short boards/grovelers every now and then, they’re gonna need it.
Patrick | Los Angeles, CA | 52/6’5”/225lb/lifer
6’4″ x 21 1/2″ x 3 1/8″ wide squash MonstaChief 47L