What makes the Original 54 unique is its formula mixing length, thickness, and bottom contour into a strange monstrosity that creates mirth mercilessly. How do I know this? I surfed it hard over several sessions in varying conditions.
The SessionWhen I first got my hooks into this board, I had visions of an old friend, Chris Wan, riding his bodyboard at Pipe and OTW on two feet, ripping. But only little kids and Chris can look comfortable standing on a bodyboard. What the heck would a grown-up surfer do with this thing?
I concluded that this board is about fun...lots of it. It's not that complicated really.
The Original 54 Beater shined most brightly in high tide shorebreak funk. The surf was about 2-3 feet and sucking up over shallow sand. This board caught waves easily for such a little nugget. I first went without the fin, and it was spinning out like crazy but was pretty insane on the open face, generating loads of speed. With no fin, I had to maintain a wide stance and stay centered to hold it stable in the pit but with the flat slick bottom, I could ride every wave up on dry sand. Very fun. But again that’s what this board is all about. Even more fun for me, I popped in the single fin which gave it a little bite. The thickness and length didn’t lend to long rail-burying cutbacks, but those same elements made for great lippers and floaters.
In less juicy surf, the board still got in easily and kept its speed over flat spots, but it worked much better in the meaty shorebreak.
Some cool aspects of this board include an interchangeable single fin and bottom channels for added stability and a rounded nose that works for hanging five for short bursts.