Updated: Aug 12, 2022
SPEED EGG - DIAMOND TWIN
My aim is to review boards for the average knockabout surfer (or ‘kook’ like me), without all the technical terms and manoeuvres.
Disclaimer - This has been one of the hardest reviews I have done to date. There was so much fine tuning until got the right setup and right words to describe how this board goes. Remember, that I am a Kook and I feel like that if you were a really good surfer you would probably be more at home on it than me but it took a fair few surfs in different conditions until I got my groove.
I had recently downsized my quiver to make room in the garage. I was really only left with a short board and a couple of softboards. I started talking to Free Fall fins about potentially stocking their surf hardware on my online store, so I used this as an excuse to grab a new board because I personally want to try and test everything that I sell!
After recently having heaps of fun surfing on a bigger sized boards, I opted for a mid length twin. This steered me towards a 6’8 SPEED EGG - DIAMOND TWIN by Misfit Shapes.
The colours and shape of the Speed Egg just looks like so much fun, this is what drew me in. I got a cool peach colour but it was literally a toss of the coin as there were sick purples and greens that all caught my eye.
I first surfed with K2 keel fins that I had on hand while I waited for my shipment of fins and I definitely wasn’t a fan. I honestly thought I had made a mistake and wasted a lot of money on a board. I just found that I couldn’t get the connection I was after.
I then swapped them for Free Falls ‘Cosmic Twin’ set which is a more up right keel twin fin and noticed a difference straight away. A perfect match for this board. It's amazing how much of a difference it made!
The Speed Egg doesn’t paddle as well as other boards that I have surfed but where it lacks in paddle power it gains in speed and responsiveness in it’s turns. This is because of its Egg template. There is little foam up near the nose because of this I rarely moved my feet, I was happy to just set and forget and go for a ride
I surfed it in bigger swell and actually felt comfortable in the bigger stuff. Usually with a longer board I feel a bit lost when the sets roll in but I was able to enter the wave really early. The down side was because it is a twin fin I got a whole lot of extra speed and I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control. Really fun, but borderline scary!
The Speed Egg frothed a reef break. It is weird but the consistency and extra push in the waves really responded to this board. Any time I am planning to surf a reef break it is definitely put in the car and ready to go. I still sometimes struggle to surf this board on regular beach breaks.
I found The Speed Egg is all about speed and flow. Duh, it says it in the name about the speed part but when it comes to flow, I found it liked rolling up and down the waves over trying to do tight turns.
Overall The Speed Egg was fun once I had it dialled in. Probably not a board that will last in the quiver forever but I know I will give it a crack and surf it heaps until that day comes. It’s a 6/10 for me.
The Speed Egg retails for $1080 and the ‘Cosmic Twin’ set is available here for $120.