One of the best boards we’ve ridden this year, the DMS Carny in Carbon Wrap construction is a really fast, fun, dynamic and connected ride that I think would suit most surfers in most conditions.
This board is too much fun! This is the DMS Surfboards Carny Surfboard Review + FCS 2 Accelerators. When I spoke with Dan of DMS about a board for Indo, I wasn’t expecting a stubby performance hybrid shape but this board rocks…
At home and away from waist/stomach high to a few feet overhead, the ride is precise and connected and, for me, took no time to get used to. Very well balanced board, one of the best I’ve tested this year.
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+ Very easy to paddle onto waves and generate speed but precise
+ Built to perform in a variety of conditions – from good waves down to average waves
+ A very capable all-rounder suited for most ability levels in most wave conditions
+ The Carbon Wrap construction feels great in this board. It keeps it nice and light, fast and lively
– This board does have a size limit. It is a wider outline, flatter rocker board and, above a couple of feet overhead, it felt a little bit too swirly
– I usually love quads but I felt like the DMS Carny lost a bit of it’s magic as a quad
This is the DMS Carny Surfboard model at 6’1 1/2 X 21 X 2.75 at 38L’s. This was the perfect size for me. I surfed it both as a quad and a thruster. I didn’t like it at all as a quad. It just didn’t agree with the board in my opinion so I surfed it mostly as a thruster with the FCS2 accelerators, which have been become my go-to FCS fins for performance tuned boards.
Standard DMS Carny dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Apart from grunty, well overhead barrels, this board likes it all. It felt at home in Indo. It feels great in weak wind swell at beach breaks in Sydney. A great, balanced all rounder.
- Generally quite a flat rocker
- Nice, gentle bit of lift in the nose, and again, with just enough curve to be able to get in to the steeper, hollower, faster wave faces
- Low to medium diamond rail
- Single concave bottom contour into slight double concave
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Hey, this is Ben. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. Today, we are going to look at maybe my favorite board in the last few months to ride. This board is amazing. This is the DMS Carny model by Dan MacDonald of DMS Shapes.
Now, I was taking this trip to Indonesia, and I’m talking to DMS about ordering a couple of boards for myself and Craig to ride and review. I wasn’t expecting this type of board, but Dan recommended it. He said,
“This board will handle the waves in Indo just fine. Even though it is a slightly wider, more oblong outline, it has a lot of performance tweaks throughout.”
It can actually handle bigger, better surf. I was surprised by that.
I got it luckily in the Carbon Wrap construction, which I really enjoy. It’s nice and light. It’s great obviously to carry in a surfboard bag with some other boards, kept everything a bit lighter. Over to Indonesia this became my go to board. I just had some absolutely fantastic sessions on this DMS Carny. I surfed this for a lot of the time over there.
I can just say, this board, overall is just a fantastic, fast dynamic ride. This board would suit so many people so well because again, it has the wider outline, it has a little bit more stability, but it has a nice balanced feel about it. It’s stable under your feet. This board is intended to be an all-rounder.
This would be a great board if you’re looking for a new all rounder that’s going to handle a lot of different types of conditions.
This DMS Carny has a fairly low rocker. You can see it’s pretty flat. It has a nice, gentle bit of lift in the nose, and again, with just enough to be able to get in to the steeper, hollower, faster ignition wave phases. Then there’s a little bit of a flip out of the tail as well. It’s pretty smooth, but with a pretty low rocker throughout the board.
The one thing that I really like about this board though, just the feel of it in picking it up, is its nice low rails, which take a lot of the volume through the center of the board (it has a pretty generous foil, or the thickness, and distribution of foam throughout the board). It’s quite generous, but it trails off. The rails do feel really nice and sensitive.
If you look through to the back of the board, you can see that this tail is really nice, and refined. It a really narrow tail. It’s actually pulled in quite a lot from the center point of the board, which is wide. It pulls in actually quite dramatically back to this little tail at the back.
Experience in the Surf
I did some of my best forehand turns on this DMS Carny. It was easy to get up and get going the waves. It was easy to get down the line. It has a slight single concave in the front of the board, which flows through to a very subtle double concave with a vee at the back. Great for managing speed and controlling speed. Never felt too bitey.
When you’re really cruising down that wave, and going quite quickly, which you often are in Indo, that concave felt really good. A great all-around performance shape, but squashed down into a slightly wider and thicker package.
The first morning that we arrived, we had been travelling for about 24 hours and pretty exhausted. We got to the place we’re staying, Aura Surf Resort. It was about 2 or 3 foot, maybe shoulder high, and just absolutely, perfectly clean and glassy.
A-framing in both directions, The Peak, which is the wave about a front. This is a beautiful a-frame with hollower, faster, more technical left and then a more open right.
I just fell for the DMS Carny right away. From my first drop on the board, it just felt really good underneath my feet. I didn’t need any time to adjust at all. I love boards that don’t take a lot of adjustment because, especially these days when I don’t get to surf as much – like a lot of people out there that aren’t surfing as much as they’d like – you want a board that you’re just going to be able to get on and use right away, I really like that aspect of the board. I just connected with it right away.
We were surfing Indonesia and the waves are good. But I’ve taken it back and surfed it around my local beach breaks in a mushier and junkier conditions as well, it still just feels great. Feels really connected under your feet, feels really lively and responsive. The Carbon Wrap technology – I think that you get it only with DMS and …Lost Surfboards now – it just feels great. Overall, a really great board for a variety of conditions.
I surfed it in Indonesia probably up to a couple feet overhead. I surf on a pretty big, pretty powerful day, like a 16- 18 second period. Lot of push behind the waves. I was worried that I might not able to handle it, but it did.
If you’re looking for a board that’s really going to perform – perhaps looking at the slightly stubbier and a shorter outlines – you want something that’s going to work in a lot of conditions from your average waves to an all rounder to even better waves. I think this DMS Carny will be a fantastic option for you.
For fin setups with the DMS Carny, I tried this as a quad, and I didn’t like it at all. The quad for whatever reason, I just didn’t like the feel of it. I felt like it’s lost its magic when I put the quad in. A very different experience for me. Like I’ve said many times, if I have the option of riding a quad or a thruster, I usually choose quad.
But the thruster just felt really connected, really precise, really easy to turn, really easy to make small adjustments. With the quad, I just didn’t feel as good. It was still fine to ride, it was a little bit faster, but overall, I really prefer this board as a thruster.
The thrusters that I’ve chosen to surf with the DMS Carny are the FCS 2 accelerators. These have become my go to fin for any performance oriented board that has FCS 2 now. From stubby, short, performance hybrids, up to high performance surf boards, I just feel these fins complement the performance aspects of the board a bit better. It just feels a little bit more precise.
The FCS 2 Accelerators here are the large template of the FCS 2 accelerators and they are my go to fin for the DMS Carny.
For the good and the not so good of the DMS Carny, not a lot to complain about with this board. I like this style of board a lot. Most manufacturers have their version of this board but this again really stands out to me as one of the better all around performance shortboard / performance hybrids that I’ve surfed in a long while.
I’m an intermediate, with occasional bouts of greatness and some days I have really bad days as well. I felt this was perfect for me. I feel like if I was progressing and getting better, and I was in advanced or experienced surfer, I’ll still be able to surf this board and love it. I know Dan’s team riders all ride this board and they all love it.
I do think that this could easily find itself underneath the feet of a novice or early intermediate as well. I wouldn’t probably recommend it to beginner. Just a little bit refined in the tip and tail, so probably not as stable as you’d like if you’re just starting out. I think for pretty much for everyone else, this DMS Carny would be a fantastic option for you. Probably the most fun I’ve had in a board in a long, long time.
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Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard DMS Carny Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the DMS Shapes.
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