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For Sale: Ectic Concepts Chubster Mini Simmons

Unfortunately living where I do means I’m not getting in the sea too much these days and having a quiver which includes 2 x mini simmons (this one and one I made myself) doesn’t make a lot of sense. So rather than sell something I made with my very own hands I’m selling my beloved Ectic Concepts Chubster, even though of the two boards it’s actually the one I prefer! But I can’t sell a board I’ve made myself now can I?

Here are the dims; 5’2 x 23 x 3. The short length might put some people off but if you’re a reasonable surfer (I’m not even that) you really will have no trouble surfing this thing. It’s light, has tonnes of volume for it’s length but has nice 50/50 rails which mean it’s still pretty responsive. In this way it’s not a full on conventional simmons with rails that are up in the front and down in the tail but I’ve found this does make it a really versatile board and you can have some real fun on it in thigh-high right up to head high. Board comes with the wooden style FCS Keel fins with 3 tabs that are actually over £80’s worth on their own! I’m looking for £190 for it. Here’s some piccies spanning my ownership of it and I’ll add some more over the weekend when I’ve had a chance to clean the wax off it.

Vito Van at Sandymere

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If you’re interested give me a shout in the comments below. Cheers.

Fin Swap

Had a lovely little go out at Widemouth last Wednesday, it was a long range swell in the chest high range made super glassy by very light offshores, it was comparatively warm too and the first time this year that you didn’t feel like putting the heaters on 11 for the drive back.

Ectic Simmons with MR Twins
MR Twins in place for testage

There were a few right hand peelers coming off a bank at the side of the bay and they looked an ideal testing ground for some new fins I’d procured. I’d been wanting to try something other than the big keels that came with my Ectic Chubster for a while and eventually picked up a set of MR TFX twin fins on the cheap. I whacked them in the forward position of the three FCS plugs on the basis of going for looseness and maximum skatey feel.

First wave the board felt so different it was almost like I’d swapped boards, as I popped up and looked to arc right down the face of the wave I noticed a serious lack of speed and drive and a major increase in looseness as I looked to lean on the inside fin to climb back up the face after a swoopy’ish bottom turn. To be honest it felt so loose and skatey to the point of being unstable. A few more waves in and I grew accustomed to the hyper-sensitivity to directional changes the fins had given the tail but I couldn’t get over the comparative lack of speed. There were at least a few waves where I knew I could have been 5 yards or so further down the line if I had the keels in and therefore covering enough ground to connect sections at a shifty’ish beachbreak such as Widdy. Now possibly shifting the MRs to the back two FCS plugs may cure this but for now I’m yearning for the drive of my keels so they’ve been schlotted back in ready for the next session….. Got to try these things though, you don’t know until you go.

WIdemouth Bay
Testing ground, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall


Road to Waves

This was the view that greeted me yesterday morning just after sunrise and it was enough to light up the dormant stoke inside of me despite the 1c ambient temperature and very light but biting NE wind.

I’m no fan of big cold waves if I’m honest and my experience of them usually leads to a session being summarised by long periods of paddling, small periods of trying to avoid clean up sets, slightly smaller spells of near drowning and a generally pretty low wave count so during a week of overhead clean swell I’ve generally been pretty happy to knuckle down and get some work done with a view to catching it when it faded to a manageable level.

So I had my eyes fixed on Sunday, 4ft @ 12 second period and just a touch of NE wind to give some texture, I was hoping for waist to chest high right hand walls at Saunton on my current stick of choice – an Ectic Concepts Mini Simmons – and that’s pretty much what I got. If I’m being picky the sets weren’t as consistent as I would have liked and not all of them opened up in that long wally Saunton way but I’d be splitting hairs and since as the sun came out to remind you it still exists in mid-winter it would be rude to do that.

Saunton Winter Swell

In truth this session would have been on the good side of mediocre if it hadn’t been for a right hander that came through late doors. I’d been in for just shy of two hours, arms starting to feel a bit noodley weighed down by saturated winter neoprene and wind starting to pick up a little…. One last wave I thought. And then as if the Atlantic knew what I’d been thinking a wedgey peak came bumbling towards me, I swivelled and gunned my arms as fast as I could noticing it start to wall up to my right, this is it. Dropping in at an angle I raced the first section rising to the top of the wave, then arcing down feeling the grip of the keel fins as the next section walled up in front of me at speed, I raced the rest of the wave in trim all the way into the shallows. This is what it’s all about……

Surf at Saunton, North Devon