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Welcome back to The People’s Board Review, a board test series in which unsponsored, relatable rippers test out the latest surfboard designs and offer their unfiltered take. For this review, we put Sharp Eye's
Welcome back to The People’s Board Review, a board test series in which unsponsored, relatable rippers test out the latest surfboard designs and offer their unfiltered take. For this review, we put Sharp Eye's "Modern 2" built with @surftechusa's Fusion Poly technology in the hands of four surfers to test out in clean, shoulder-high conditions at a typical California beach break. A classic MR-style twin outline paired with modern concave, rails and an optional trailer fin, the “Modern 2” offers the kind of down-the-line speed you’d expect from a traditional, stubby twin fin, but with a little more control and hold in the face. While it was designed by Sharp Eye shaper Marcio Zouvi to be a small-wave board for high-flyer Filipe Toledo, it’s definitely more of an alternative-style groveler than a performance blade, and the “Modern 2” would fit nicely into any quiver in need of a chest-high-and-under board. According to Tester #1, who is 6-feet tall, 150 lbs. and rode the “Modern 2” in 5’6” x 19.75” x 2.5” 29.6L, “It paddled well and got into waves. I’d definitely say it’s more cruisy. It’d be a great board at a pointbreak, but it still worked well out here.” Surftech took this Sharp Eye design and constructed it with their Fusion Poly technology, which takes a classic polyurethane foam blank and adds a more durable epoxy lamination and deck patch, giving the board strength and keeping that familiar PU feel without making it too heavy. All testers rode this model with an optional trailer fin. Head to our site for the full review.
If this is your first rodeo with The People’s Board Review, please allow us to explain: this is a board test series in which we enlist unsponsored, relatable rippers to jump on the latest designs and tell us what is and isn’t working for them. Because at the end of the day, a pro’s breakdown of their favorite custom in world-class waves probably isn’t as useful to you as a local shredder’s take on something with off-the-rack dims in average surf. 
For this review, a Channel Islands
If this is your first rodeo with The People’s Board Review, please allow us to explain: this is a board test series in which we enlist unsponsored, relatable rippers to jump on the latest designs and tell us what is and isn’t working for them. Because at the end of the day, a pro’s breakdown of their favorite custom in world-class waves probably isn’t as useful to you as a local shredder’s take on something with off-the-rack dims in average surf. For this review, a Channel Islands "Twin Fin" model paired with @surftechusa's "Dual-Core" technology was tossed under the feet of our testers. Striking a magic balance between speed and maneuverability in average surf elevates this twin fin beyond alt-board curiosity and into the realm of a high-performance, everyday go-to. Starting from an already-beloved CI design, Surftech’s Dual-Core construction sandwiches a lighter EPS core between a pair of PU rails, giving it a springy, lively flex while bottom turning and driving down the line without feeling too “corky” or overly buoyant when you try to bury rail through a turn. It’s a truly modern take on a twin fin, with a level of responsiveness that feels much more closely related to a performance thruster than a retro cruiser. A little less soul arch, a little more lip evisceration – although, yeah, you can certainly soul arch, too. Tester #2 – who is 5’9” and 130 lbs. – told us she’d never found a twinny she liked riding before, but couldn’t stop gushing over this model. “I feel like it’s the best all-around board. It’s in-between a high-performance shortboard and a fish, which I think is my [right] balance.” Tester #2 rode the CI twin in 5’6” x 18 7/8” x 2 5/16” 26.9L, which seemed to fit her surfing like a glove. “The drive, the speed, you really can do it all.” All testers chose to ride the twin-finned board with an optional trailer. Head to our site for the full review.