Wide Shortboard Style Nose: Gives you better stability than a thinner nose, but really helps you turn on the wave face creating more mobility and liveliness than the round nose.
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.
Added Width: The extra width in the mid section has been pushed two thirds of the way up the board centering it right under where you lye. Allows for easy paddling, enhanced stability, early wave catching and helps maintain planing speed through flat sections.
Soft rail: Makes the water spiral round the rail curve and hold into the wave face. This increases control and allows release to enable smooth controlled turns on the wave.
Single Concave: The concave channel starts very slight in the nose and pushes all that water through the center of the board. As the concave increases in depth it pushes it all out towards the Keel fins making the board fast but controlled.
Fish Tail: The tail is very wide keeping the board stable and also allowing the wave to push you onto it. The two points of the V increase the pivot in your turns and act like two pin tails.
Fin Set Up: This board comes as a Twin Keel set up. Super fast and easy to rotate. Fins are Fcs1 or Fcs2 on PU boards and Future system on epoxylite boards.
Construction: The Fishster comes in PU and is the traditional construction of closed cell foam, stringer, fibreglass and polyster resin. 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 Fishster has proven to be a very popular board this year. The template was designed by Lee Hallam as a project to find an original fish shape. The first Fishster was shaped for 3 x British Champion Holly Donnelly as a tiny 5'2. Holly's feedback was vital and led Lee to go onwards with the design and he shaped himself a 6'2 version. From there the shop model was produced and now it is a firm favorite.
The original Fish was designed by Steve Lis in 1969 as a kneeboard. He simply positioned himself kneeling on his template and drew around his feet. As he was wearing his flippers he drew around these too and liked the look of the new tail shape and so kept it in the template. When he surfed this board he realised he had stumbled onto a new revolutionary tail shape. And he went on to shape fish surfboards for local stand up guys. And the rest is history! however the Fish board has stayed with us and still works as well today as it did back then.
"With this in mind I tried to research as much as I could about the original fishes from the 60s and early 70s. I took inspiration for the profile shape and the wide tail with its retro 7" arching swallow. The rocker line was kept flat with just enough nose curve to stop you nose diving into the wave face. I then put a more modern rail line in and how the full rail sharpens in towards the tail. The nose is a full traditional fish width and still has the beak in it but the area is thinned out to help with those turns in the face." Lee Hallam
The Fishster is a really fun board, giving you easy paddling and early eave entry but, also allowing you to move effortlessly all over the face of the wave.
The combination of the retro shape and modern contours allow it to be surfed much like a shortboard. What is nice, is that we have had many orders just come from people watching other folk surfing the Fishster!!
The Fishster range comes in the following sizes
5'6, 5'8, 5'10, 6'0, 6'2 and 6'4". And are available in both off the shelf and as a custom builds as small as 5'0.
I saw Holly surfing at Watergate Bay the other day. She was surfing the best I have ever seen her. Really ripping!!
Nigel Semmens (shaper, pro surfer) (Holly on Fishster)