Bamboo / Carbon Floatey Fish w/ concave deck

So here’s an interesting Floatey Fish that was a bit of a custom tweak. It’s the bamboo/carbon construction but it’s got a really mild concave deck. Probably 1/16″ or so of concave as opposed to the usual dome. This was done for a couple reasons on this custom order:

1. To eliminate a bit of foam to get rid of some float. This was an alternative to getting a smaller board. The guy riding this is 6’2″ and the board is a 5’10” so going smaller wasn’t ideal.

2. To create a more “locked-in” feel to the board, similar concept to having a concave vs. flat deck on a skateboard.

Neilson Surfboards - bamboo / carbon Floatey Fish - concave deck

Straight-edge showing mild concave on deck

So here’s some feedback on how the board is working:

Got some fun waves today on the Floatey Fish. The more I ride that board the more I like it. Today was chest/head on sets and super glassy. Lots of barrels and steep/late drops. The concave deck really inspires confidence knowing my feet are locked into the board. I was surprised how well the Floatey Fish handled it. I usually would’ve ridden my Rocketfish, but the water was 44, so I wanted a bit of float with the hooded wetsuit/booties/gloves.

The beauty of custom surfboards. You can get EXACTLY what you want.


About neilsonsurfboards

I started shaping surfboards when I was 16 years old and ended up selling that first board to one of my neighbors. My big break came a few years later when I got a job shaping full time for Quiet Flight surfboards. I shaped about four thousand surfboards before burning out and leaving that company. At that point I went back to massage therapy full time and shaping surfboards part time for a few select surfers and close friends. After sailing the Caribbean for a year in 2000 when I came back I went back to shaping my own private label full time and doing massage therapy part time. The progression of names or labels was first “Sugar Cane” in the 70’s inspired by trips to Mexico and traveling in a bus cross country and seeing all the sugar cane growing there. Then “Quiet Flight” in the 80’s and then “Creative Visions” which then became “Neilson” surfboards in the 2000’s. I still make some boards using the Creative Visions name and unique mandala art work created by Courtney Davis. I’m up around the 10,000 mark for surfboards shaped and crazy as it sounds I’m still learning new things and still improving what I’m doing. Still love to surf and try and ride different shapes all the time! View all posts by neilsonsurfboards

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