Updated: Jan 2
My aim is to review boards for the average knockabout surfer (or ‘kook’ like me), without all the technical terms and manoeuvres.
Storm, 6’2 at 32L by Sharpeye, a signature model favourited by Kanoa Igaras.
i can definitely see what all the fuss is about with Sharpeye boards. The high attention to detail is outstanding. I noticed this working at the surf shop. Every Sharpeye board that gets delivered is shaped and finished perfectly.
The reason I chose ‘The Storm’ in PU construction at 6’2 at 32L is because I wanted a performance short board that could be surfed in nearly every condition and if the swell picked up and the waves had heaps of power, I wanted something that would hold its own. And trust me, the Storm definitely fits that brief… What a board!
When I first got it in the water it took me a little bit to find the sweet spot of where to sit to get the best paddle power. Most of my short boards that I have been riding usually sit around the 6’0 length and have similar amounts of volume. The storm is an extra 2 inches longer and a lot narrower than I am used to. Once I figured where to sit, the Storm paddled really well for a shortboard. I noticed with the Storms extra length I found it has that little bit of extra push to get on those waves earlier.
This board feels like it is designed for speed in those smaller waves. I found a couple of quick pumps and I was away. The Storm has a gentle amount of nose rocker, which is what you need for those bigger wave days. Once on the wave, I found ‘The Storm’ super smooth and very easy to turn, especially for a Kook like me.
I can’t do snaps or any of those fancy manoeuvres, but I could imagine if you were a shredder you could have a field day with this board. As an intermediate surfer, I found it pretty user friendly for a performance shortboard. The Storm is a board that no matter your skill level you could get some sort of benefit from riding it.
If you have been surfing for a while and want to push your surfing to the next level or you want to try different things on the wave, ‘The Storm’ is the board for you!
I put a black ‘Octopus’ tail pad on it, and got my self a new set of ‘Mick Fanning’ FCS II fins, which gave this board a black and white theme. These accessories give ‘The Storm’ a touch of class that it deserves.
The Storm retails at $925 and I’m rating it a solid 9.5/10! The Storm is clean cut and just ticks all the boxes. What you see is what you get with this magnificent board.
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