The Chilli Oh One surfboard blends elements of Chilli’s favourite shortboard models. Borrowing from the Chilli Spawn, Fader and Rare Bird, the Chilli Oh One is your go-to shortboard for everyday conditions.
A stretched performance version of the Rare Bird? This is the Chilli Oh One Surfboard Review, a great all around performance shortboard for local, everyday conditions.
Borrowing elements of the foil and outline from the Chilli Rare Bird and the rocker & bottom contours of the Chilli Spawn and Chilli Fader models, this is a utility shortboard for average to good conditions.
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+ A super versatile daily driver board that combines elements of Chilli’s popular shortboards
+ Great in everyday conditions but holds tight in more critical conditions
+ A more generous foil (distribution of foam) through the front and under the chest, which gets you into waves easily and makes the Chilli Oh One quite easy to surf
– No Minuses. It’s a fun board to ride and I guess it’s kind of been all pros for the Chilli Oh One
Craig rides the Chilli Oh One Surfboard at 5’10” x 9 1/4 x 2 1/2 at 28.5 L’s which is a custom dimension. He rode it with his go to fin – the Future Fins AM2’s. Craig also surfed the Chilli Oh One with the Rusty Blackstix by Futures Fins and rode it as a quad with Danny Fuller quad set by Futures Fins.
Standard Chilli Oh One Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
It’s a board that adapts well to all our average, everyday conditions. It also isn’t out of its element when the wave gets a bit better, a bit more critical and a bit heaver. Ride the Chilli Oh One from stomach/chest high to well overhead.
- The Chilli Oh One Surfboard combines elements of Chilli’s favourite models – the Spawn, Fader, and Rare Bird
- Touch of extra volume and width up front for similar paddle power and planing ability to the Rare Bird
- Lower, more refined rails make the board feel smaller and more nimble
- Rocker and the bottom contours borrowed from the Chilli Spawn and Chilli Fader models
- It has a bit more lift through the nose for entry into hollower and / or more critical surf
- Thumb tail feels smooth and drivey
- Standard 5-fin setup
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Hey, I’m Craig and today for CompareSurfboards.com I’m doing a review of the Chilli Oh One. The Chilli Oh One I’ve been riding is 5’10”, and it’s just beefed out a little bit from the stock 5’10” dimensions to 19 1/4 x 2 1/2, which brings it out at 28.5 L’s.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Chilli Oh One, it’s a shortboard Chilli has done recently, which is meant to be super versatile and it’s a combination of a lot of their favorite shortboards over the last few years. It’s got a bit of the Rare Bird heritage in it. It also has a bit of the Chilli Spawn, which is one of my favorite boards that I’ve ridden. It’s also has a bit of the Fader by Chilli Surfboards as well.
Chilli Surfboards have kept the thickness and the volume up the front of the board similar to the Rare Bird and kept it thick around the stringer. Then it has the rocker and the bottom contours of the Spawn and Fader keeping it quite performance oriented but while still keeping that volume up under your front foot.
There is a lot of volume up under your chest here. When you’re paddling into those slabby, steeper takeoff waves, it paddles really well. You get into those waves quite quick, but it’s also, it’s not too full through the nose, so when you’re turning into the contour of the wave, it actually handles it quite well. That take off, that drop, and then down the line in more challenging conditions feels natural with the Chilli Oh One.
It does look like a more performance, stretched-out version of the Chilli Rare Bird. The Rare Bird is fairly flat, and this obviously has, being a performance shortboard, a bit more lift through the nose and I think it’s quite aggressive.
It is also complemented by a nice round thumb tail, which is nice and easy to turn off of. It also comes stock standard with a five fin setup, so you’ve got the quad and thruster options.
For someone who is having a lot of fun on a Rare Bird but is looking for a little bit more performance and a bit more curve for when the waves get a bit better, the Chilli Oh One is definitely something you can move to.
It still has the really generous distribution of foam through the front and under the chest, which gets you into waves easily and it’s quite easy to surf. It also has the bottom contour and the outlines of the more performance models that Chilli are making, like the Spawn and the Fader, for when you get those punchy, better conditions.
Experience in the Surf
I’ve been riding the Chilli Oh One for a few months now. It came on a trip to Sumatra with me where we got some good punchy, heavy beach breaks and some reef waves.
I felt, looking at the outline, that because it holds a lot of volume through the front of the nose that it would be more of a groveler board like the Rare Bird. In some of the slabbier, heavier conditions that we got, however, the Chilli Oh One really liked getting in late, dropping and pulling into those hollow, beach break barrels.
Since being home, I’ve ridden it in local conditions, and it’s enjoyed everything. I’ve had some, summer-esque, subpar surfs that aren’t too good and some also fun waves in the kind of two to five foot range (chest to a few feet overhead). The Chilli Oh One maxes out at about five, six foot. When I was in Indonesia, where the biggest waves were that I surfed with this board, it seemed to handle it well.
In the Chilli Oh One, I’ve been riding the AM 2 by Futures, which is a large, Al Merrick template. As I’ve said many times before, this is my go-to fin. I tried a few other things in this Oh One. I tried, the Rusty Blackstix by Futures and it felt okay.
I also tried it as a quad, I tried the Danny Fuller quad set by Futures. I’m not a super quad guy, unless it’s in a step-up type board and you are riding like a real down the line wave.
This fin felt really good in the Oh One. Nice, soft tip, and seemed to work really well with the tail and the rest of the outline.
Overall, the Chilli Oh One has been a really fun board to ride. It’s quite versatile. I think for people that live in metro areas Sydney, where you get a real variety of conditions, but generally it’s on the not-so-great side, this is a great option.
It’s a board that adapts really well to all our average, everyday conditions. It also isn’t out of its element when the surf gets a bit better and a bit heaver.
It’s a fun board to ride and I guess it’s been all pros for it. I’m a big fan of the Spawn (watch review here) and the Fader by Chilli, and getting on this was just…it seemed really similar, a real familiar board. Just a little bit more forgiving than the Spawn and probably better for someone that’s stepped up to a performance board to challenge their surfing.
If you get a chance to check out a Chilli Oh One, do so. It’s a fun board and I think you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for watching the review.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Chilli Oh One Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the Chilli Surfboards website:
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I have a rare bird from chilli, and got an oh one as a good wave board. The oh one feels bigger than its size suggests and works best in waves with some decent push and curve. Quite flat so it paddles well and has a lot of drive. On sydney style flat faced waves it can slide out on flatter sections of the wave just in front of the fins. Good point break or Indo board if your going to be riding walling waves through to barrels. Wouldn't call it an all rounder, more a good wave board. Good but the rare bird is way better for what it does.