HV Mini Mal Features:
Wide nose & concave: The wide nose offers stability and helps with early wave entry and maintaining planning speed on the wave. The concave channels air and water under the board creating lift and stopping you from nose diving often referred to as 'pearling'.
Added Width & Thickness: Allows for early wave catching and maintain planing speed together with increased thickness allows for more buoyancy and flotation volume over the whole board.
Soft rail: The rail at the back is sharp, but then softens out to a nice rounded even rail. This allows the board to release from the wave easily allowing a smooth ride and less chance of catching the rail.
Pin tail: The sharp pin tail offers great hold in steeper wave faces and gives you a easier subtle swing dynamic when turning.
Fin Set Up: This board comes as a 2 + 1 Set up (two sides and a longboard box center) in all sizes off the shelf models. Side fins are Fcs1 or Fcs2 on PU boards and Future system on epoxylite boards.
Construction: Mini Mals come in either PU or Epoxylite construction. PU is the traditional construction of closed cell foam, stringer, fibreglass and polyster resin. Epoxylite is asuper lightweight open cell foam with stringer, fibreglass and epoxy resin to finish. Note all epoxy's are made abroard so custom option is not usually available.
Cloth: All boards feature 1 x 6oz + 1 x 4ozglass on deck and double 4oz underneath. With custom build we can add layers or change weights.
The Custard Point High Volume Mini Mal is perfect for learning to surf and also great as a small wave cruiser for more experienced surfers. It has even proved a great choice for longboarders wishing for a more maneuverable drop down from their less lively log.
This board is the result of piecing together the best features of all our best mini mal shapes over the last 30 years. From Tim's early proven shapes to custom designs requested by our customers. We really found what works well for anyone wishing to learn how to surf in British waves.
It features a large round nose giving you good balance and smooth turning. Coupled with the wide 22 1/2 to 23 inch wide mid section this board is very stable. The high volume pushes from the center at around 3 inches right out to the rail giving you tonnes of float.
It has a relatively flat but, continuous rocker line keeping you buoyant and high in the water for catching those waves easily. The tail is a wide pin tail allowing you to learn good control in your most important turn, the 'bottom turn'. It also allows freedom of movement for getting those turns perfected. We added a nice soft rail line out of the sharp tail giving you release in the face of the wave helping reduce 'rail bogging' and thus falling off.
We also add a fin box in this model which allows you to start off in the beginning with a large center fin which gives you great stability, much like the rudder on a boat. And also lots of forward projection which helps you catch waves and plane quickly on the smaller waves that most people start to learn on. As you progress on the board you can shorten the height of your center fin slowly increasing the maneuverability and lively feel of the board. Therefore you add more movement as and when you need it. The side fins help with stablizing and hold in the wave face whilst eventually adding drive into your turns.
Later when its time to move onto a shorter board you can pop a big longboard fin in there and you have your small wave board so you can keep surfing when the waves drop below shortboarding height. So be prepared to hang on to this board for a long time.
The High Volume Mini Mal range comes in sizes 7'0 to 8'6" in 2" intervals. And are available in both off the shelf and as a custom builds.
This review appeared on our Facebook page in 2016 and shows how happy Allen was with his new high volume mini mal. We really could not have asked a for better written review....
'So when I decided to get a bit more serious about surfing and stop hiring foamies and get my own board I knew I wanted a Mini Mal of some sort. Custard Point sorted me out most importantly with honest, straight forward really helpful no pressure advice and set me up with one of their high vol beginner boards.
When I got out on the water I was catching waves immediately it was so much easier than anything I've ridden before. Seriously happy with it, even treading on a weaver fish couldn't kill the mood.
As a side note props to the RNLI boys for sorting that one out.'
Steve Allen *****