“Definitely my favourite Al Merrick surfboard to date”
Specs: 5’10” x 18 7/8” x 2 3/16” – 25.2 L
Demos: Not Available
Overview: We had stocked this model for a good two years in which I had customers coming in telling me how good this model was to surf. Having liked the shape and heard the hype I decided to find my size on the rack and under the arm this board felt unreal. I ordered a 5’10” but took 1/16 off the standard thickness as I usually ride around 25L. I also got team glassing which is a single 4oz on the deck and the bottom; making it light, lively and increasing performance.
Features: The Fred Rubble has a lower entry rocker than most shortboards, a subtle single to double concave and fuller nose allowing it to be more forgiving than most performance boards. The board comes standard as a 5-fin but I ordered mine just as a thruster. I ride this board with Medium AM FCS II fins which I feel works well with the round tail option when surfing top-to-bottom and gives good flow through roundhouse maneuvers.
Recommended Conditions: This is my ‘go-to’ board if I don’t know what the conditions are like as this sled is suitable 95% of the time. The Fred Rubble excels in waist to slightly overhead waves (2 to 6 foot) and in both clean and mushy conditions and is suitable for intermediate to experienced surfers. As an average surfer I found this board to create and maintain good speed and transition well.
- Good all-round performance board for a large range of surfing abilities
- If the surf is real small maybe ride a smaller biscuit-like board, and if it gets well overhead ride a step-up, but in everyday conditions and size, the Fred Rubble is a no-brainer
Blogged By: Darren