Finally got to surf the 6’4″ MonstaChief as a thruster in epic, overhead, south shore surf.
The thumb-tail worked beyond my expectations in the steepest part of the waves. This was especially true on one wave that I thought I was absolutely going to go over the falls, fail on the landing, and go through the wash-rinse-spin cycle.
But, incredibly, this is what actually happened:
Popped-up just as the lip started pitching;
grabbed air, free falling with the lip;
mentally prepared for a violent collision on the flats;
board settled down and the fins started biting;
landed safely to set-up for the bottom turn; and 5) rode the rest of the wave with no problems.
This board has changed my surfing life, seriously
Thank u, thank u, thank u.
This board has changed my surfing life, seriously.
Todd has figured out the magic formula for large athletic surfers. Until surfing the Monsta Chief, I had been searching for the right mix of paddle / wave catching ability with aggressive surfing for my 6’5″ 225 lb frame with little success, thinking I would be relegated to grovelers and step ups for the rest of my life. There is a weird physics adjustment once you go over the 200 lb mark for aggressive surfing in average waves. Todd has figured out this magic formula in a ground breaking way. He didnt just lengthen the board and add foam. (surfing mine an inch shorter than my height) He got into the Steve Hawking physics of drag quotients and water flow by making cutting edge decisions on his rocker adjustments in the middle of the board with aerospace concave mixes.
I have no idea how it all works in unison but I can tell you from my own empirical data,
this thing paddles like a fun board but catches waves BETTER than a fun board
because if knives into a steep face like a short board while not having any of the “plowing” affects big guys deal with when paddling a pulled nose board with lots of rocker, or having to deal with the front half of the rails digging into the face, affecting your drop on a fat nosed groveler.
And this thing is fast, I mean hauling a** fast! The tail block being wider, but definitely NOT too wide like a groveler, keeps it planing thru a big hard cutback without bogging in the transition back into your line. And us big dudes, we have no problem burying a rail when we desire too, and
it gives you that confidence that says “go ahead, bury a rail and go vertical if you want it”!
Here’s the most ridiculous thing I experienced, you can “flick” it. Its that responsive, you can flick your pumps down the wave generating crazy speed without laborious transitions.
And I experienced all this in chest high junky beach break in Venice beach LA…i can only imagine what this thing will do in good surf.
My suggestion if you are over 220 and are an athlete who likes doing big turns…I don’t care if you have 6 boards in your quiver like I do, get one….but be prepared to have the maid dust off your other short boards/grovelers every now and then, they’re gonna need it.
6’4″ 225 lb I suffered a stabbing in my lower back and didn’t surf for 7 years.
this gave me a rebirth into surfing.
Keith | New York | 6’4″/225 lb
6’6″ x 21 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ 48.35L Proxy epoxy Monstachief
Board left me speechless. Worth the wait.
I received the board in perfect condition.
I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it looks and feels under arm.
Very impressed with the overall shape and rail thickness/shape. No doubt this board is going to be in my life for a long time.
I appreciate your and Todd’s hard work.
Board left me speechless. Worth the wait.
Adam| La Jolla, CA | 31/6’3″/215-220lb/4 years exp almost daily
MonstaChief HD 6’5″ x 21 1/2″ x 3″ slightly pulled in rounded squash 46L Titanium II
a few weeks later
Todd & Charissa,
Thank you for making me an professional and immaculate surfboard. I wanted to provide you with my feedback. You will have to excuse my lack of technical terms here though.
The float and length of the board is perfect. I like the balance point as I’m paddling. There is one sweet spot and its not a huge sweet spot. It’s right where it should be for me (kind of like a perfect balancing point for my height and weight). This allows me to arch my back when being picked up and bury my chest and head down to catch the wave with ease and no adjustments up or down the board needed.
Almost like it was made for me. I’ve never said that about other custom boards I’ve had. They didn’t fit just right.
Surfing: I’ve had the board in 4ft and below softness usually reserved for fish or fun boards and not good for heavier guys like me (6’3″ 220#). No issues there. Maintain speed easily. Catch the wave easily. Easy cutbacks. I’ve had it in easily 8ft Swamis all this past week/weekend, no fun changes, kept the board the same for all wave conditions. These waves were at times half barreling and certainly steep very fast vertical walls.
I felt that I could do whatever my mind and ability would allow me to do.
The board instantly gained my trust and I have absolutely no issues with it.
Very impressed!! I tried to get some air on one wave and the wind kicked the board sideways, causing me to snap the center fin in half on the drop. But the fin box doesn’t have so much as a spider stress line on it. I wish I had something negative to say at this time. As negative things would allow me to improve the design for my specific surfing style and ability. But I wouldn’t change anything. From the color to the rail thickened, tail width, weight of the board, it’s all good with the right set of fins and the right waves. It’s the only board I use now.
Thank both for your time and support with my board. Excellent construction as well. Barely even a standard pressure foot dent on the board, but I’m working on it thought I snapped it once though… My heart sank deeper than I did as the wave buried me down to the darkness.
oh what an amazing and INDESTRUCTIBLE board
This Tahoe ran over the tail of my #titanium2 #monstachief today,
after a killer sesh at HB cliffs, so fun.
You can still see part of tire track! Anyway, my center fin split in half but
ZERO DAMAGE to plug, bottom of board, and only minor scratches to tail.
There was a small crowd gathered groping my board in shock that a fricking Tahoe ran my board over and only needs a new center fin. Wow! Can’t believe it.
Pass that story on to FCS too. By the way, if you haven’t started shaping my new 6’4″ MC then I want to upgrade to proxy epoxy + T2 fully loaded family heirloom just like my 7’0,
oh what an amazing and INDESTRUCTIBLE board.
This board makes me a better surfer each time we hit the water. BFF.
Your loyal customer and fan, Derek 7’0 x 22 1/4 x 3 1/4 #superduty #titanium2 #monstachief #proxyepoxy #carbonkevlar @fcs_surf #FCSII #carbonpcreactor large #surferfeedback
The Monstachief is much easier to use than I was expecting
The Monstachief is much easier to use than I was expecting,
making the jump from 10’ and I am not even close to possessing the skill to use all of its potential.
David | Northborough, MA | 41/6’2″/250lb
7’2″ x 22 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ squash [super-duty] Proxy Epoxy MonstaChief
I love being able to unleash buckets of biblical proportions
Just a quick hello as I’m sipping a coffee after a surf check and thumbing through the latest issue of Deep; love seeing your write-up!
After a year of being a proud owner of a MonstaChief,
I love being able to unleash buckets of biblical proportions.
Best board ever!
I hope you two are well & God Bless.
Pat || Pacific Palisades, CA || 210 lb
MonstaChief 6’4″ x 21 1/2″ x 3 1/8″
Overall, best surfboard I’ve ever had!
My 6′-8″ Monsta chief is certainly my go to board for most days
and as such a lot of my friends have asked about it in the water. Just like everyone says it catches waves easily and
at 57 years and 220 lbs helps me surf like a much younger man.
I’m in pretty decent shape for a guy my age and weight – nevertheless the well placed extra foam is a big help. This board is very loose and is tons of fun. I have experimented with various fins set ups and find I almost always prefer it as a thruster (3 fin).
For me it does get a little loose on the back end when the waves get well overhead with some punch.
That’s when I bring out my sleeked up round tail version which hold very nicely but of course isn’t as loose.
In smaller waves I much prefer the standard Monsta Chief.
When this one gets done, I will definitely order another. The only thing I will ask Todd about when I order a new one is if bringing in the the squash tail just a little at the very end would give just a little more hold in better surf or if that would change the ride up to much.
Honestly. This thing is pretty bulletproof so far. So unless something serious happens it won’t be necessary for to order new one in the near future.
MonstChief 6’8″ x 22 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ squash [super-duty] Proxy epoxy
MonstaChief [sleeker] 6’8″ x 22″ x 3″ thumb [super-duty] Proxy epoxy
I’m able to catch every wave I paddle for and it’s super fast right out of the gate
Todd and Charissa,
Just wanted to send a
Thank You for one of the
BEST shortboards I’ve ever owned.
I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about the board when I unpacked it due to how small and light it was – I thought “well, here’s another board that I’m going to sink on hard turns.”
Rode it last Tuesday during Hurricane Bertha (3′-4′ clean conditions) and
it was PERFECTLY balanced.
The board was amazing and super responsive on every inch of the wave – never caught a rail all day. I’m able to catch every wave I paddle for and it’s super fast right out of the gate allowing me to set up on the wave instead of trying to generate momentum like other shortboards. Another surfer even paddled over and asked me what board I was riding because
I was catching EVERYTHING coming in with little effort.
Can’t wait to try it with the quad set-up next surf.
Love the board and thanks again for the Jesus fish on the tail. I’m a happy customer!
Mike Gajewski || Florida || 42/6’0″/210lb/for Florida & travel