Wilkerson Surf craft 9'2 'Le mans' speed shape - Review
Matt made this one for me to ride at Bondi over the Summer (Its available for demo too) Matt is a true craftsman. He completes the process from start to finish, so you know you're getting some magic.
Dimensions are 9'2 x 22 1/2 x 2 3/4 - with a single fin box.
The Le mans is described as a speed shape design, the perfect board for faster beach break conditions or larger surf. It features a racy outline, refined rails, balanced rocker, rolled vee bottom split by a single nose concave.
For reference im 68kgs and 5'7"
Its been a while since i've had a board this long, i've had 3 sessions on it over the last week and so far, am very impressed! As the name implies - its FAST!!
After keeping my eye on a super fun little bank starting to form, i figured it was about time i got this board into the water. Conditions varied between knee to waist to shoulder high A frame peaks at Bondi. Great waves to test a board like this.
The fin I used was a 9" Christenson tracker template with the fin placed right at the front of the box, making it drivey but still plenty loose.
Firstly, i liked the narrower nose outline, great for quick takeoffs and less chance of catching the nose on those steeper sections. The rounded pin tail feels really smooth and the flip in back 3rd keeps the board very manoeuvrable when stomping your weight on the tail for quick direction changes.
The rolled vee in the back end lets you roll it over smoothly for slower direction changes in trim and for less aggressive style of surfing if you so wish.
This design planes great over flat sections and will up your micro wave game with ease, definitely a great addition to the SBM quiver and something I think I will be riding a lot of the summer months.
Get in touch with us via email if you'd like to test this board
If you don't know much about Matt, heres a little catch up on his shaping pedigree and history.
"Hand shaping and designing surfboards is an artistic process for me, I’ve never been interested in the mass production of boards. No surfer is the same, so why would they want their surfboards to be? Sure surfers can like the same style of boards but everyone wants to ride the wave their own way.
History and Influences
"I starting learning the process as a young guy with Rusty, founder of Rusty surboards in San Diego in the late Eighties. It was there I met some of the most incredible people and shapers. One those guys was Pat Rawson, his surfboards always had a unique look to them and his theory of board and blank design was something I aspired to.
Like any young surfer kid my dream was to live and surf in Hawaii, so I moved. I soon started working with Donald Takayama and was strongly influenced by his beautiful boards and craftsmanship. I started up my own label and lived on the North Shore where I made both long boards and short boards. Locals and legends rode my boards, regardless just to see them bought to life on the water and the happiness it gave to those riding them is still indescribable for me. Watching a gun I shaped surfed at The Eddie was a huge moment for me, still is. I moved West to Makaha and being embraced by true Hawaiian culture and community gave my life a whole new meaning which still flows through to the boards I shape today."
"I met my wife there (an Aussie) and moved to Sydney, Australia where I shaped and worked with companies like Bennett Surfboards and Channel Islands while still designing and shaping under my own label. After traveling north we fell in love with the Sunshine Coast. So the Sunny Coast is now home, I love the waves and it’s sense of community and creative energy."
You can check out the rest of Matt's range HERE