So in 1967, a young kneeboarder called Steve Lis shaped himself a 4'7 split-tailed little kneeboard for surfing the hollow reefs around San Diego. His buddy Jeff Ching decided to try and stand up on it like he saw guys in Hawaii doing with paipo boards. This turned out to ride so rad that Steve ended up shaping Jeff a 5'5 and things kind of spiralled from there.
The main features of the 'fish', like the full, short outline to fit well inside a hollow pocket, the forward widepoint to enter waves early, the superflat bottom and downrails for speed and split tail for extra tail hold, all kind of accidentally also work super well in the flattest of waves because they generate speed so effortlessly and keep planing on and over mushy sections.
This led to the labelling of the fish design as just a 'small wave board', which is far, far from the truth.
A few years ago we started the Sea Sick Surf Musts program together with French master shaper Renaud Cardinal of UWL surfboards, to let everyone experience iconic board designs and of course we had to include the classic fish.
This rootsy 6'0 coral resin tinted one is a product of that same program. Loads of planing surface, superflat deck & bottom for speed, speed, speed and a beautiful set of marine ply wooden glasson keel fins for extreme hold & drive and glidey drawn out turns. Ready?
6'0" x 21" 3/4 x 2"3/4