Impressions by MARK SCHNEIDER - Team Rider - Fort Pierce - North Jetty
I stopped into Spunky’s surf shop in Fort Pierce and picked up the 6’4” Soul. Waves at the jetty that day were head high with a little chop. I put a set of Futures AM2 Techflex fins in and surfed it as a quad. The board did great! It paddles well, catches waves with ease and goes fast. I have had 4 sessions on the board without a pressure ding. Very pleased, I think it’s going to be my everyday board for a while. More to come!
Comments by BERT BURGER - Shaper - Phang-Nga - The Factory
GENERAL GOAL - THEME OF THE BOARD
An all round everyday board that catches waves easy.
WAVE TYPE - SIZE IT'S WORKING BEST
All waves. From just under waist high up to head and a half, you could push it further.
MANEUVERS IT DOES BEST
General surfing, solid bottom turn, also a wave catcher.
WHAT I THOUGHT OF WHEN I DESIGNED IT?
Originally back in the late 90’s the Soul was a single fin, as the retro designs were making a comeback. In recent years people asked for a board similar to the Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto, when I compared the original Soul to Hayden’s model, they were virtually identical, so we added the extra fins, beefed it up slightly and just kept it in the range under the same name…
WHAT IT POSSIBLY COMPROMISES ON THEN?
Not a high performance board, so if the focus is airs, tight pocket snaps and critical top to bottom surfing, look at something else…
Review in the Bay
Impressions by JAY TODD - Manager - Fort Pierce
I will start off by saying that the construction process is unlikely any other board made that I am aware of. You can read about it here
Flex and reflex are the biggest changes in surfboard construction since the late 1950's. Many leaders of the surfboard industry have been working on flex characteristics and that interaction with surfboard performance, over the last several years. Firewire parabolic rails for example.
Back to what I learned, the flex response certainly is a game changer (I have surfed this board previously in the TEC construction). I consider this to be a fair comparison.
I was initially shocked by the speed coming out of turns, most notably on cutbacks. There was no lose of speed at any point in that maneuver. The changing of direction anywhere on the wave had a sling shot effect, whether it was a simple pump down the line or a full on carve. This certainly adds a wow factor to your performance, and puts a significant spike on the fun meter.
There are two boards being tested at this time. My conversation with the other rider matches my experience. When you see a grey Torq in the water feel free to ask the rider about their experience. Also come into Spunky's Surf Shop and check out this highly advanced technology in surfboard construction/design it is a game changer.