Planing Hull: The huge concave throughout the nose of the board allows water to flow quickly from to the fins. This concave channels traps air and water under the board creating lift giving you increased speed on the wave. It also stabilizes the board giving you better planing, nose riding and paddling.
Squash nose: The wide nose offers stability and helps with early wave entry and maintaining planning speed on the wave.
Flat Rocker: The low rocker in this board keeps you floating right on top of the water line making sure you paddle easily into waves without pushing to much water. Great for catching those smaller waves.
Full Rails: The rail at the back is sharp, but then softens out to nice full rounded rails. This creates suction and allows the board to hold in the steep wave face making you keep your speed but, release from the back easily allowing a smooth ride and less chance of catching the rail.
Huge Square Tail: This creates lots of stability and great acceleration from the fist turn. Super fast!! Also helps catch waves as the surface area is increased for the wave to pitch against.
S Deck : Gives you extra volume under your feet but slims out the volume in the nose and tail allowing you to sink the board into the wave face.
Fin Set Up: This board comes as a twin fin set up (two Keel fin sides) in all sizes off the shelf models. Side fins are Fcs1 or Fcs2 or Future.
Construction: The Mini Simmons comes in PU and is the traditional construction of closed cell foam, stringer, fibreglass and polyster resin. Custom options are available.
Cloth: All boards feature 1 x 6oz + 1 x 4oz glass on deck and double 4oz underneath. With custom build we can add layers or change weights.
The Mini Simmons is a board with a great history. Originally designed by Bob Simmons in the 50s it is classed as the first ever shortboard. Although a lack of proof of it's existence back then has turned it into somewhat of a myth. However when looking at his well documented longboard designs and the fact that he invented both the foam surfboard and the surfboard planing hull which is still used today in the concave of most modern shortboards. It is not hard to imagine him trying smaller shapes.
" It has brought Simmon's designs to life for an entire generation of surfers more than five decades after his death. "
John Elwell & Richard Kenvin ( Hydrodynamica Film )
The Custard Point Mini Simmons is as true reflection of the original design by Bob. We even used the same book that he used to create the planning hull. The board features a 17" wide tail which as you can imagine makes you catch waves very easily and it also gives you a great deal of acceleration. Much like the back shape of a speedboat does.
The board is very wide and has a kind of torpedo shape which makes the nose is quite square. This gives you lots of stability and allows you to paddle the board very easily. There is little rocker, in fact it almost looks like the mid section of a longboard. This helps you plane through the flat sections in the wave. And togehter with the planning hull makes it incredibly fast down the line.
We also added a S Deck which gives you extra volume under your feet but slims out the volume in the nose and tail allowing you to sink the board into the wave face.
Traditionally these boards are ridden much smaller than your normal shortboard. Expect to still catch waves easily on a 5'2" or a 5'4" The largest we have made is a 6'10" which had a huge 60 Liters....
The Mini Simmons comes in the following sizes 5'0, 5'4, 5'6, 5'8 and 5'10.
Available as custom builds mostly with any size available.
The first Mini Simmons I rode was a 5'6" magical board with an Asymmetric tail. It was such a fast board which turned like a fish... Awesome!!
Lee Hallam (Shaper)