The Chub

by Fabiano on July 8, 2009

The Chub is a performance short board built to tackle small and weak waves. The fish was thought to be the ultimate combination of paddle power and turning ability but now modern surfing has a new board type that has been refined to claim the title of grovler board. The Chub is our version of that board. Much like a fish the Chub has a foil(placement of volume) that holds its thickness through the majority of the outline. Thanks to our lack of Northwest power this year all California shapers have begun to tinker with volume placement in hopes of maintaining a snappy board without sacrificing glide for mushy sections. Slater decided to take it a step farther by braving a 5’3 in overhead Indo but he’s Slater so that’s another story all together. The point is the new mode is to take your board, scrunch it down and fatten it up. The Chub is the final product of our own desires to still be able to do snaps and throw some buckets on gutless waves.
The Chub’s oval outline gives the board a lot of curvature in the rails. The curve allows the board to scoop from a bottom turn more easily than a parallel railed board (most high-performance short boards) . Think of a bottom turn like scooping out ice cream. If you use a knife(straight with little curvature), the scoop is more drawn out and ends up looking more like a long shaving. Now do the same with a spoon (lots of curve) and you’ll notice the distance it took to displace the same amount of ice cream is much shorter. Now before you stop reading and ditch this article for a pint at Bud’s Ice Cream the important thing to remember is how this affects the boards surf-ability. In small waves we need to be able to perform turns within a shorter distance because the lack of wave face (the height)  keeps us from generating the power we normally produce from our turns.  The curve helps the board come off the bottom sooner so you end up hitting the lip more vertically. This allows you to get more aggressive and perform the same big wave hits on smaller wave faces.
The Chub has low rocker and lots of thickness to get you in and flying through mush sections as fast as you can bottom turn. In a small wave board the last thing you want is to lose your speed between your turns. The extra float will help you maintain that speed while you draw your lines so you can really make the most out of the crumby days summer sticks us with. Where a normal short board fails to perform a vertical snap, the Chub can outrun the section, cutback, and finish with a stylish roundhouse. Rob Machado introduced the biscuit with the tagline “foam is your friend…” and if there’s anyone to take small wave style tips from its Mr. Smoothy himself, no afro required.
The Chub comes standard as a 5-fin option surfboard so you can adjust the turning as you feel required for the waves of the day. You can play with the fins however you like, be it thruster, quad, twin or our personal favorite at the shop the MR-TX. The MR-TX setup is a twin fin setup with a tiny trailer fin to help reduce slide on turns. This setup allows the board to skate up and down the wave smoothly while still maintaining all the traction on the bottom turns. The result is a very snappy board with tons of drive to plow through the most racy of avalanching sections which is why the Chub comes standard with this set up, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative with your own fins.
Sizing of this board is crucial because of all the volume. You’ll know you’re riding it too large when it takes you more than 5 seconds to be able to change direction or that its too short if one foot is on the nose while the other is on the tail. Treat the order like a fish, you don’t want to go too big or you’ll lose the turning abilities, don’t go too short either or you’ll lose out on the glide in weak surf. Try 4-6 inches shorter than your typical board, we have many demos available at our shops ranging from 5’2, 5’7. 5’10, 6’1 and possibly more to come. We encourage you to try them to better suit your surfing needs.

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