Ride this board if...
you wanna have FUN!
Under the hood...
The subMOONfish has a more refined rocker and volume distribution than the average Fish. This enables the board to feel more sensitive through its turns, like a standard high performance board. It still has a wide-ish tail so it feels loose and free to bust the fins out if you can, but when on rail it is remarkably positive and drivey. This is what’s under your back foot! Lift, drive and squirt from the concave vee. A wide but super thin MOON tail that bends through the turn. Rocker is 4 1/2” in the nose and 2” in the tail.Doesn’t sound like much, but it is for a 5’7. The extra bottom curve allows for tighter more critical turns than the average hybrid/fish.
The subMOONfish was one of the more interesting boards I rode in the test. The design melded a number of features from different styles of surfboards. It had a generous helping of volume in the nose and low, soft rails that concluded in a flyer swallow tail. There was also a vee concave through the tail to help with lift and squirt off the bottom. From my first wave it was evident that this board had no issues generating speed. It would take off as soon as I got to my feet and even through dead sections would garner momentum from any little push the wave had. To my surprise, the elements of the board, which to look at seemed incongruous and excessive, functioned together seamlessly. The width of the nose helped with paddling and speed whilst the low rails and the flyer swallow tail gave the board added drive and hold. On top of this the board was zippy off the bottom and released easily in the lip. It was extremely easy to ride as well as super fun. It’s a perfect option for those looking for something fast and enjoyable without fully sacrificing performance.
Compared to the other EPS boards in the test, the subMOONfish was definitely unique. However, it made sense to add epoxy construction to a board of this calibre. With the PU version already being fast and loose the EPS construction only enhanced these attributes. It’s zip off the bottom was startling. Notwithstanding, the board still drove through turns impressively. Its true strength was however its speed. It was like a jet off the mark and not once lost pace through turns. Like its PU counterpart it was forgiving and easy to ride. I rode the board as a thruster, but its five fin boxes allowed for any configuration of fin set-ups. Whilst I didn’t get the chance on the trip, I could also see this board being a great option as a twin fin or a 2+1. If you’re after an alternative board to spice things up or even a groveller to get you through summer, the subMOONfish is a great option.
PU VS EPS
Although this board lent itself to more than just typical fish waves, it was after all a fish by design. That being said, I liked the EPS over the PU model. The reason I preferred it was simply for its extra speed and zip. Whilst in bigger, better waves the PU would take the cake, the subMOONfish performed best in smaller surf and in these waves the EPS was the superior construction.