Board of the Week
New tweak on JJF’s favorite high-performance shortboard, The Bastard
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 May, 2016 - Those boards of John John Florence’s - seen worldwide in video clips, on magazine covers and contest podiums - are the result of a long-term relationship. They are hand-delivered to him, not by some stoned team manager who got the glassing weight all wrong, but from the hard-working honest-to-foam-dust shaper who made them, Jon Pyzel.
The Stubby Bastard takes a shot at a design made to suit the best of both worlds, an ultra high-performance shortboard and a stubby step-down. The design is inspired by JJF’s favorite high-performance shortboard, The Bastard, but squashed down into a fun, fast, super skatey, all-wave shred sled.
Pyzel started by chopping 3 inches off the nose which pushed the wide point forward. He then added a little thickness up front and also lowered the entry rocker. Additionally, the rail has been filled to add a little more overall volume and forgiveness. All of the bottom contours (single concave throughout) remain the same.
What you end up with is a fast, loose and responsive board that can fit into tight, curvy little waves, extremely well, but will still hold its speed and flow in weaker, mushy surf. Pyzel recommends to ride this board 2-3 inches shorter, ¼ to ½ inch wider, and same thickness or 1/16 more (around the same volume or a bit more) than your regular Bastard shortboard for maximum performance and fun.