Neal Purchase Jnr DUO (dual single fin) is a super interesting board design that excels in good waves. It’s a special ride – different than anything I’ve ridden…in a good way.
If you’re a NPJ fan (I AM), this Neal Purchase Jnr DUO (Dual Single Fin) Surfboard Review is for you! Unlike anything else you’ve seen or ridden, NPJ’s DUO crosses into a grey area between single fins and twin fins and creates an entirely new feeling of ride.
While the ride is different and special, however, this board is not a novelty design. It’s very capable as an all rounder although it really lights up when the waves are good, powerful and hollow!
I hope you enjoy this Neal Purchase Jnr DUO (Dual Single Fin) Surfboard Review!
Any questions, let’s talk about it in the comments…
All the best,
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+ Flat deck and foam carried out to the rails as well as with wider outline makes the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO a very good paddler
+ Despite the wider outline, the DUO excels in good waves. It has tremendous hold in a hollower wave
+ It has the kind of speed to push through.
– I wouldn’t surf this board again sub-chest high. It needs/wants a better, more powerful wave to really shine
The Neal Purchase Jnr DUO model at 6’2 x 20 3/4 x 2 7/16 at estimated 38 to 40 L’s. It’s 16 and 1/2 inches wide in the nose and 16 and 1/2 inches wide in the tail
Best Wave Type
The Neal Purchase Jnr DUO really likes good, powerful, hollow waves
- Flat deck and the foam carried out to the rails (custom for Benny)
- Curvier rocker than you think
- Wider outline with double ender nose/tail design
- Single concave through the front through to a double concave out the back
- Precise round / subtle round pin tail
Hi my name is Ben, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom!
This is the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO, which stands for dual single fin. This is not like anything I’ve seen or ridden before.
“This was the first board in a very, very long time that I was genuinely baffled about how it was going to go in the water.”
I had been talking to Neal Purchase Jnr (legend) over email and he was raving about this DUO. He said, “Every time I go out for a surf, it doesn’t matter if it’s one foot or six foot, it doesn’t matter if it’s hollow or face, I can’t stop riding this board.” He loves it that much.
That really piqued my interest. I really like Neal’s designs, I like the fact that he follows his own curiosities to come up with his designs – even if they’re different – and I know many surfers who love his boards. He has a really passionate following and for good reason.
If we talk through the board generally, if you look at the plan shape, it doesn’t look too dissimilar to some of Neal’s other boards like the Neal Purchase Jnr Quartet, which I’ve done a review of. The Quartet is one of his more popular models with the quad fins set up. Neal likes this double ender design, where he has a bit of width running through the board. He’s got a wider tail and a wider nose.
This particular Neal Purchase Jnr DUO is 6’2″ x 20 x 3/4 x 2 7/16. It’s 16 and 1/2 inches wide in the nose and 16 and 1/2 inches wide in the tail. It’s got quite full rails and it’s got a very, very flat deck. It hides a lot of volume in a relatively small package. I don’t know what the volume is in this board, I don’t think Neal even knows what the volume is on this board. It probably sits somewhere around the 38 to 42 liter mark, probably around 40 liters.
Flat deck and the foam carried out to the rails as well as this wider outline. It makes it a very good paddler, very buoyant. It has a single concave through the front, a very light single, that comes through to a double concave out the back. We’re probably going to spend a lot of time talking about these fins and the fin placement, which I’ll get to just now.
This is the first board that I’ve had in quite some time where I didn’t really have any idea what to expect from it beyond just hearing about how Neal raved about it. The logical place that my mind went to was that it was either going to feel like a single fin or it’s going to feel like a twin fin. It has two fins, so you think maybe closer to a twin fin but they’re both single fins. Maybe it’s going to feel more like a single.
The Neal Purchase Jnr DUO doesn’t actually feel like either. I think it has the get up and go and the speed of a twin fin but it doesn’t have that quirky looseness, that flowing feeling where you can push through turns and the tail feels like it’s sliding and sweeping. It doesn’t have that feel and it also again gets up and accelerates a lot faster than a single fin. It’s a lot easier to slow down and speed up than a single fin. It doesn’t really feel like either.
Experience in the Surf
The first time I surfed this Neal Purchase Jnr DUO, I was surfing it in shoulder to head high waves that were not very powerful. Waves that weren’t flat faced but they weren’t hollow either. They were average to decent waves and I took off my first few times on the board and the first thing I noticed was the speed of it.
Thinking the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO was going to be close to a single, it wasn’t. It actually accelerated quickly. The other thing I noticed about the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO is the tremendous hold it has. I was thinking – in the twin fin frame of mind – that it was going to be sliding all over the place and it wasn’t. That was an interesting experience, surfing those waves and they were nice little fun runners but not perfect.
The next time I surfed this board, I surfed it at one of my favorite beach breaks anywhere and it was one of the best times I’ve seen it. It was head high to a foot over head, A-framing, barreling in both directions on every wave.
“For three and a half hours, I did not make a single turn. All I did was paddle the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO and pull in.”
Looking at this board before I surfed it for that session I thought maybe it’s a bit big in the outline. It might feel a bit chunky and clunky. It wasn’t, it was actually perfect in those waves.
Having ridden it many, many more times since then, I would say that’s one thing about this board that definitely stands out to me is that the Neal Purchase JNR really likes hollow waves.
It has tremendous hold in a hollower wave and again, has the speed to pump and push through. So, unlike a single fin where sometimes you might feel like you’re getting stuck back behind them a section or a lip, this board does not feel that way. It feels a lot squirtier and it accelerates through sections a lot faster.
That session where I fell in love with riding the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO also set the tone for what I would say is this board’s key strong point, which is it really does excel in good waves. I know that Neal has taken his DUO over to Indonesia and surfed at some of the famous reefs over in Indo. He’s a great surfer and can tear up most waves and most conditions with most boards but he really loved the feeling of surfing the DUO over there.
In contrast, the couple of times that I did surf the board in waves that didn’t have a lot of push, I struggled with it a little bit. It does need a bit of push and a bit of get up and go and if you’re going to be surfing more average waves, you might want to have a bit more volume to compensate. That’s a little bit about the experiencing the surf, what you might be able to expect from riding this Neal Purchase Jnr DUO.
If you’re looking at a twin fin, you will notice that the fins will generally be further out to the rails. You’ll have a larger gap in between. Neal played around with this fin setup and fin placement quite a lot. He moved the fins out and then pulled them back. Once it got past a certain distance apart, it started to feel like a twinny and started to really feel that loose, flowy feeling of a twinny, which wasn’t really what he was going for with this surfboard design.
This is the template that he’s arrived with. He actually sent me the board for the first time with a different set of fins and he was still tweaking and still playing with them. He’s such an artist, he decided after he had sent me my Neal Purchase Jnr DUO, he’s like, “Actually, these ones work better you should try these ones.” You can see that there’s no tow in the fins, they’re sitting straight upright just like you’d see in a single fin. The fins don’t have a flat inter-edge like you’d see often times if you’re looking at your thruster fins.
If you look at the front fins, you’ll see they have a flat inside foil. That is basically like a single fin again but with two of them set side by side to again produce this really interesting special feeling and again, I think Neal had tested lots of different styles and placements of this fin.
He’d put it in I think six different boards and moved the fins around and then came back to this style. This is a little bit further apart than what he rides because my board is a little bit bigger than the one he normally rides. He normally rides a 5’11” while mine is a 6’2″, but that style achieved that goal for him of finding something that feels really nice and tight in the pocket, gets a lot of speed, but does have some of the elements of riding a single fin as well.
Overall, the board is a fantastic fun board to ride and definitely different than anything that you’re used to. The other thing that I say about it is that it is not so far out there relative to what you might be riding in some of your other boards.
“The Neal Purchase Jnr DUO has some elements of control that you might expect with a thruster, it has the speed of a twinny or quad, and it has that nice smooth feeling of a single fin. Again, it has a special and different feeling that no other board that I’ve ridden really achieves.”
That I think is something very interesting and cool about the board. I’ve been surfing this around Sydney, not in good waves all the time and it actually works well as an all-rounder.
I generally take it out when the waves are a bit bigger and a bit better because it really likes good conditions. But this Neal Purchase Jnr DUO is not a novelty board that you’re only going to ride once or twice a year. Neal has been surfing his DUO non-stop for about six or eight months. It is definitely something that you can surf in a lot of different conditions no matter where you are.
The not so good? I wouldn’t surf this board sub-chest high or if it was sub-chest high it would have to be a more powerful wave. It definitely likes a bit of push and a bit of power to get it going, to really light it up. Even at the size that I have it here, I can still get into and get going in smaller waves but it really lights up when it gets good and hollow and fast.
That is the Neal Purchase Jnr DUO, something new by the fine gentleman Neal Purchase, Jr. I would love to hear what you think about it.
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