“Stretched-out Mollusc, area nose, roundtail, slight single concave to vee through the back half with double concave cutting through the vee panel and fading out 9” before the end of the board, flatter deck to low soft rail, beak nose, slightly thicker tail. Ultimate wave catching assistance without sacrificing too much performance. Good stand there speed and glide across the wave. Round tail and vee combined with the tail rocker help the big board turn in a short arc off the back foot in cutbacks and rebound well off the top in smaller waves.
The Robo has reasonable hold and good drive in bigger surf and is a fun transition board to get back into shape when returning from injury or if your fitness is down or you are getting on a bit and no longer have the time or circumstance to surf regularly. Surf 4 to 6″ longer, 1/2 to 3/4″ wider and the same to 1/8 or 1/4” thicker than your old smaller all-rounder. Dimensions will depend on the level of help you need to catch waves. Keep in mind the bigger you go the less performance you can expect.”
“A retro Thruster for waves 1 to 4 feet. Blended with 80′s and 90′s style rails, flatter deck and original Thruster plan-shape featuring a single flyer moved back to 8″ up from the tail. The bottom has single concave going to double concave through vee in the back half of the board helping with rail to rail efficiency on a wide board with concave speed.
3 Peat will give you the feel of the 80′s incorporating a blend of the right now.
The rocker is close to 80′s flatter style providing good stand there speed in trim but with enough lift to keep the concave vee combo loose. Flatter deck and rails feel good to paddle and stand on compared to modern rolled deck. The RSQ tail has a fair bit of area for flat line speed and works in with the flyer at 8 for smooth bottom turns or cutbacks on the longer rail line, to sharp direction changes in the pocket when you rock to the back foot and apply pressure to the flyer.”
“High performance small wave quad option all rounder for waves 1 to 5 feet.
Medium nose and tail rocker with deep single concave to a slight vee right on the tail to assist quad rail to rail control. Low soft Simon rail to help hold and facilitate deeper carves through turns on the wave face.
“Increased width and nose area enables you to surf FD a little shorter as per World Tour trends. Works best all round as a thruster but has the ability to be looser and faster as a quad in weaker waves.”
“Your normal favorite thruster set will be good.
For clean point or reef waves – flat inside foil side thruster fin set and double sided foil back quad fins. For general beach breaks conditions – concave inside foil side thruster fin set with 70 30 foil back quad fins.”
“Quad-option roundtail Thruster, short fat summer board with a blend of performance for 1 to 3 feet surf. Wider and fuller nose, low rocker, medium volume rails on a thicker board with deep single to double concave and vee at the tail.
Designed for fatter slow waves, Spudster has good paddle power to get you up and going when there’s not much there. Surf as a quad to cut shorter, sharper arcs on the wave face, or as a Thruster for more of a carve feel.”
Simon Anderson gravitated to North Narrabeen in ’69, to a culture of hardcore surfing with a strong link to board manufacturing at nearby Brookvale. He entered the industry as a ding fixer at Shane Surfboards in ’70. His shaping career began at 17 after winning the ’71 Australian Junior Title at Bells Beach from Peter Townend and the hottest junior of that year Andrew McKinnon.
Drawing inspiration from legendary local surfer/ shapers Bob Kennerson, Terry Fitzgerald, Geoff McCoy and Col Smith as well as the stella staff at Shane’s, Frank Latta, Ted Spencer and Butch Cooney, Simon Anderson had the best possible apprenticeship.
In 1973 Simon Anderson competed in the first professional Australian contest at Bells Beach placing 3rd behind winner MP and 2nd Anthony Hardwick (NN Surfer). ’76 saw the beginning of the World Tour. Simon Anderson had wins in ’77 at Bells and the Coke 2SM Surfabout finishing the year ranked No 3. In 1981 he had 3 more victories the Bells/ Coke double again and the Pipe Masters on a new innovation “the Thruster”, the modern day surfboard.
Simon Anderson is still motivated to improve surfboard design to benefit his own surfing, team riders and surfers in general, including Kelly Slater in 2005 who won at J – Bay and Trestles riding one of Simon’s shapes. Simon Anderson uses his many years of experience in shaping, surfing and working with team riders to create the best possible boards for all wave conditions.