Christenson Fish - Review
I finally got my hands on a Christenson Fish to test out. Ive heard so many good things about this board that i needed to see what all the hype is about. Chris doesn't just make big wave boards, he has a wealth of knowledge in all different board designs and the Fish really shows that.
Conditions: The waves have been pretty perfect for board testing the last few weeks. Mostly 2-4ft with offshores and clean faces. So far I've had 5-6 surfs on it. Mainly in left rip bowls at Bondi on my forehand and one surf at Tamarama on my backhand.
Fish Dimensions: 5'4 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/8 - I opted for Fin boxes instead of the standard set keel fins for easy travelling. Im using the Futures K2 Keels.
Im going to go out on a limb and say this is definitely one of the fastest boards I have ridden in terms of it generating its own speed, first surf I was hooked!! Its got plenty of flow and that instant speed gets you to sections you never thought you could make.
The deep single concave running right through the fins gives plenty of speed if the waves don't have much power, which is typical of Bondi. The board turns on a dime and I didn't feel as though I was ever nursing it through turns, which i have found on other fish I've ridden. On the days where there was bit more juice (4ft) the board didn't feel too clunky and I could still maintain a decent line without spinning out of control. I found I could push the Fish a touch harder compared to Chris' Ocean racer which has a rounder nose and much more tail area.
On my backhand It never felt skatey, obviously theres less to pivot off when riding a keel on your backhand but the board had plenty of flow and I could still come off the bottom harder than i expected.
The Fish paddles great, theres plenty of foam distributed throughout and a generous serve up front under your chest. Its really flat too so come summer this is crucial to maximise wave count when everyone else is battling on their shortboard.
A great addition to any quiver if you're after something fun and want to mix it up a little. This board comes with a warning though: Its hard to get back onto anything else. If i was travelling, I wouldn't be leaving home without it!!
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