Marcio Zouvi's nuanced take on a high-volume, small-medium wave shortboard
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 April, 2015 - San Diego, California - Marcio Zouvi has for years been, in my opinion, one of the most unsung heroes of really excellent, consumer-level high performance shortboards. Performance boards keep Zouvi’s blood pumping.
When asked what his expertise was, Marco told Surfline in an interview a few years back, “High-performance shortboards. I’ve never shaped a longboard in my life. Nothing against it, but I don’t ride them, so I feel like I shouldn’t be shaping them. Maybe later.”
Sharp Eye has a strong following on the East Coast, and a truly world-class team, but not until Felipe Toledo started hucking around one of Marcio’s blades has Sharp Eye and Zouvi been placed at the top of the shaper’s pack.
I’ve ridden more than a handful of Marcio’s boards over the years—his Glider model being an all-time favorite groveler, with the Disco not far behind. Last year Marcio rolled out the Disco Inferno, a modified take on the Disco meant for average to good waves. Where the disco was a curvy, slightly plump, albeit whip-smart, full-performance groveler, the Disco Inferno is a little sleeker, a little sexier. I’ve fondled a few roundtail DIs and they’re pretty electric under-arm. They just feel, well, right.
The rocker profile on the inferno is a little more aggressive, with flip in the tail and nose, meant to keep the board feeling loose, and providing a bit more drive despite the board’s wide, slightly full nature. It’s still a thicker, high-volume board, and there’s still the Disco’s same concave through the bottom’s entirety, just with a bit more tail rocker for control and pivot.
Where most would ride the Disco proper about 3 to 5 inches shorter than their normal shortboard, the Disco Inferno should be ordered around 2” shorter, similar to, say, Matt Biolos’ Mini Driver, or the round tail Channel Islands Fred Rubble. At that height, the literage should be fairly consistent with your daily driver thruster.
While a lot has been made of wider outlined high-performance shortboards in recent years, the Disco Inferno is certainly on the more nuanced side of that spectrum. An above average surfer will get this thing moving just fine in junk surf, but the board comes alive in punchy, 3- to 5-foot surf. The curvy outline makes it a little more of a top-to-bottom board, keeps it from feeling tracky as so many small wave boards seem to feel.
Here's a short, somewhat rough clip of Marcio discussing the Disco Inferno's finer details:
Sharp Eye Disco Inferno from Naturadoor on Vimeo.