Swing into a good surf shop, you know, the ones that sell surfboards, and all those resolutions not to buy any more boards, because, like, your room is full of ‘em, evaporate. You become dizzy with an insane urge to own one of these pop sculptures.

Can you imagine the thrill, therefore, if you were gifted a board from Australia’s most innovative shapers, with the aim of building the ultimate every-wave, and every kink, quiver?

For this year’s surfboard test, we did it.

We ordered a modern single fin, a summer twin, an all-rounder, a high-tech shredder, a quad, something asymmetrical and something hi-fi but just a little wild.

Shapers from every corner of the country, each with a specific expertise, were corralled for the build.

We shipped ‘em all to the newest resort in the Telo Islands off Sumatra – Pinnacles on Telo – off Sumatra there and flew in Gold Coast surf kid with the world at his feet, Sheldon Simkus, to grind ‘em into the dust.

Our Test pilot

Sheldon Simkus
  • Name: Sheldon Simkus
  • Age: 20
  • Hometown: Gold Coast, QLD
  • Height: 5’10” (177cm)
  • Weight: 68kg
  • Board Size: 5’9 1/2″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/4″

THE BOARDS WE TESTED

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