Desert Storm surfboard

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caml started the topic in Monday, 13 Jul 2015 at 2:06pm

Discussion about the
"Desert Storm" shaped by Wayne Webster
Ridden and designed by the "Camel"

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020 at 9:16am

Thanks kooklife, indeed Wayne pleasure to deal with, hanging out to get my DS.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020 at 9:53am

Thanks Island Bay, I'll check out the Captain Fin McCallum quads and NVS. I can purchase just the future quad rears to go with the EA side fins from the thruster set, something like QD2 3.75" which come in flat, symmetrical and 80/20. Mind you the EA side fins from a thruster set are overall "bigger" that the EA side fins from a quad set.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020 at 9:43am

Checked out the Captain Fin McCallum future quads. As all fins same size, the side fins have "similar" dimensions to the rears in EA control series, i.e. the EA side fins are "bigger" than the McCallum side fins.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020 at 10:00am

Checked out the Apex G10 series Bronn Quad. Very similar in both material and overall dimensions to the EA control series, both side and rear fins. No sure on the rake comparison though. Cheers IB

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Bnkref commented Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 at 8:38am

Someone in Geelong is selling a DS. 6’2, 19 1/2, 2 5/8. 34.5L. $370. Looks like it’s in decent condition.

Posted on the Surfcoast Secondhand Surfboards Facebook page yesterday.

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udo commented Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 at 8:54am

Nice- seller also has a 6'4 DS roundtail for sale

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Blowin commented Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 at 10:52am

Reckon you could post up a link please as I don’t have Facebook but am interested.

Cheers

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drodders commented Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 at 11:43am

Unfortunately my 6’10 DS snapped a few months ago (got caught inside an 8ft plus set, broke right on top of me), 7’6 is still going strong, as far as fins go, I found less fin the better on these boards, small rear quad 50:50 foil, or 80:20 foil, medium front fins.

Clearly my 6’10 was also great in 4ft or smaller set up as a single and side bites, widow maker style...RIP

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Blowin commented Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 at 12:21pm

Thanks Udo.

Thanks Bnkref

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markxxx commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 1:06pm

Picked up a near new DS last weekend.
6’3 x 19 1/2 x 2 7/8. Took it out immediately. After about an hour a 25+ knot cross/offshore hit (which are the type of conditions I bought it for) and the rest of the crew called it, I stayed out and gorged myself for the next 1.5 hours. It certainly does the job in those unruly conditions.

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Island Bay commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 1:12pm

It's an unreal chop buster.

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chook commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 1:43pm

i like those captain fins.
the tyler warren two plus one set up works a treat in my thruster. although i have ripped a fin out twice. might be the extra size and fcs1 tabs. might be bad luck hitting sandbanks...

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markxxx commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 2:54pm

It sure is IB.
Just playing with fin combos atm. NPJ glass quad set I have (all 4 fins similar size) went pretty damn good from the get go. Small shapers rears on the way to loosen it up a bit.

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seaslug commented Thursday, 26 Nov 2020 at 10:00pm

New Desert Storms being inspected and given the seal of approval by the magpies. They chortled that the colours looked great as well. A shout out to Wayne and Shanan

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freeride76 commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 9:36am

look great SS.

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Bnkref commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 10:21am

x2 SS.

Finally got to give my DS a proper go yesterday. 6ft or so and onshore at one of the exposed Surf Coast reefs.

Handled the chop and lumpy conditions very well. Paddled great and really easy to get into waves. Never ridden a quad before so that will take some getting used to. Also the volume (48.5L) made duckdiving interesting. I struggled to get any depth duckdiving so got smashed on some which I'd normally get under okay.

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AndyM commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 10:40am

Bnkref, did you find it had enough drive as a quad?

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Solitude commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 10:54am

Nice board seaslug, hope you enjoy. Have been curious about this board for sometime.

I’ve seen a bloke on a step up length DS during a couple of north coast point break surfs this this winter. It looked a little ‘‘Boatie’ to my eye. It could’ve just been his board, it really looked like a thick chunk of a thing, that appeared too much for the wave size and his capable ability.

Does anyone else have this experience or are they still fairly refined for less than proper solid waves? Is it the sort of board that you just take out when it’s macking?

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freeride76 commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 11:42am

My 7'6" is a pretty serious piece of equipment. Thats a board I'm reaching for when it's 8-10ft and I want to catch a set wave. I rode the wave of my life on it during the Black Nor-easter swell in June 2016.

my 6'6" is much lighter, easier to throw around and still has amazing paddle power. Very fun board in anything from 4ft up. Handles clean 6-8ft surf easy.

so I'd say the answer to that question is : depends.

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Bnkref commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 11:44am

AndyM, it was my first time surfing it (aside from 2 muckaround surfs in ankle to knee high waves) and first time on a quad, so it was all completely new to me. On a couple when I found the sweetspot on the waves it took off like a rocket.

Solitude - mine felt boaty sitting up on it and duckdiving but my normal shortboard volume is 31-32L and 6'6 step up is 35L so it was a huge increase in volume for me. Will take some getting used to but first impressions are good.

Mate has a 6'8 DS (which is about 42/43L) which feels a fair bit more refined than mine. Looks and pretty much feels like a normal step up. Just a touch more solid.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 11:45am

how big is yours Bnkref?

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Bnkref commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 11:52am

FR mine is 6'10, 20 1/2, 3 1/8. 48.5L.

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Solitude commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 12:08pm

Freeride - thanks mate. Depends makes sense. Those two boards really are for different things and it does sound as though your 6'6 is ideal for decent DOH point surf that many people (myself) would be taking their step up out for anyway. The big board must make you feel confident for when it gets serious.

Thanks also bnkref. Hope it gets you into some crackers :)

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Island Bay commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 2:37pm

One thing about the DS is that it's an excellent chop slayer. I sometimes ride my 6'10 in only 4ft waves, if there's devil wind.

If it's a good, solid day, I might ride my 6'3 Ghost or my 6'10 DS, depending on my mood. It can feel so good with all that rail and volume and power - like swinging a big broadsword.

What I'm trying to say is that it can be the perfect board, even if you think you'd be totally overgunned.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 27 Nov 2020 at 3:50pm

“ What I'm trying to say is that it can be the perfect board, even if you think you'd be totally overgunned.”

Totally agree IB, I surfed my 6’6 in glassy powerful 6 foot waves and it was perfect. You can hit the lip, carve, catches waves like a dream. So good