Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK is the perfect Sydney all-rounder designed for control, liveliness, and the excitement of an 80’s dance floor.
Perhaps my favourite board of the year, this is the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK Surfboard Review! The Sculpt THRWBCK is a lively semi-fish shortboard with a flat rocker, wide outline and tail. This unique design is geared for high performance surfing in anything from mushy beach breaks to peeling, overhead waves.
Featuring a prominent hip behind the side fins, it has a wide-rounded square tail designed for control, liveliness, and the excitement of the 80s dance floor. It’s wide outline and full foil makes paddling easier. Sculpt’s THRWBCK Surfboard is a great board for all skill levels. Recommend X Core Reactor and five-fin box combo to suit the best high performance fin sets.
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+ Tweaked in all the right places and in all the right ways to make it handle a variety of average to good (Sydney) waves
+ Geared for high performance surfing in smaller, mushier waves
+ Super light but doesn’t feel ‘corky’ like some alternate construction surfboards. X-Core Reactor is a horse worth backing
– ø … Did I mention this was my favourite board of the year?
I ride the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK at 6’2 x 20 7/8 x 2 x 3/4 at 39 Litres, which is perfect for this style of board for me. Never too much bulk in one place, I could surf this comfortably down to waist high waves but I never had an issue in bigger waves as well.
Standard Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK could be the perfect Sydney all-rounder. Great fun for Spring/Summer weak NE wind swells but no slouch on those rare bigger, better days (up to ~a foot or two overhead?).
- Wider, fatter outline that feels balanced throughout
- Squashed down hybrid design with a pulled-in hip tail to draw the tail into a tighter, rounded square tail at the back
- It has a flatish rocker with a little bit more rocker in the nose to get you into slightly steeper faces. Very flat throughout the board and then a little bit of a kick in the tail.
- Stubbier semi-fish outline with more sensitive rails
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Hey welcome to Benny’s Rave Room. This is the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK with a crazy, crazy a*s spray. Now this THRWBCK is definitely the favourite board that I’ve ridden over the past six months. This could be the perfect Sydney all-rounder. It has this stubbier outline, as you can see but it is tweaked in all the right places, in all the right ways to make it actually handle bigger, better waves but it still has a phenomenal amount of planing ability, and get up and go. This is just a great, great little all-rounder for Sydney (I think).
So the THRWBCK is intended as a performance semi-fish. If you’re looking at the outline, this is a bigger, wider, fatter outline. I ride a lot of boards like this, but often I find, they may be a little bit too bulky in the rails or they have a little bit too much foam in the tail, or too much width, so that you have trouble pushing it through turns. Sometimes they’re just a little bit maybe too wide or something, so that if you ever do get into a barrel, they just don’t quite hold right. But this Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK felt perfect and balanced throughout.
I really have just loved riding this Sculpt THRWBCK. I’ve basically ridden this and the Christenson Surfboard Fish non-stop for the last six months.
So the unique and interesting thing about this board is that when you look at it again, it doesn’t look like it’s super unique and interesting. It just looks like a kind of squashed down hybrid design. It has a pulled in hip tail here, again to draw the tail into a tighter, rounded square tail or squashed tail at the back. It does have a kind of “flatish” rocker, there’s a little bit more rocker in the nose. Very flat throughout the board and then a little bit of a kick in the tail.
As Nick from Sculpt explains the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK, this is geared for high performance surfing in smaller, mushier waves, which is frankly what we get a lot of in Sydney. But there are a couple of subtle design tweaks that make this more than your average groveler. He’s got a roll in the nose here, and a flatter rocker that gets you into waves and gets you down the line and going.
Experience in the Surf
I’ve been surfing this Sculpt THRWBCK waist high, flatter faced little runners and it just gets up and it just goes right away. It gets so much speed and it has this lovely feeling down the line, even when it’s flatter and the waves don’t provide much push.
You can then kind of whip it into the pocket at the end of the wave. The other thing about this board that’s quite interesting is Nick has this patented X Core Reactor technology, which is his own stringless epoxy design. These surfboard designs are a dime a dozen now, every major manufacturer’s got one but I think he does his a little bit differently. You can see that he’s got these cuts here, these cuts actually curve through the length of the board and out through the tail.
Having that scoop in the board there, does give it a natural flex that you want the board to have through the tip and the tail. This makes the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK feel really, really lively.
The other thing I’d say about his boards and this alternative X-Core construction relative to a lot of other types of more alternative construction surfboards, is this feels much more natural under foot right from the start. It doesn’t really take any transition…any getting used to. So you know if you’re a dedicated PU surfboard person, with the dedicated wooden stringer down the centre, the old school style, I think you could jump on this and you’d get all of the benefits of having that stringless construction but it would feel more natural under foot right away.
Again, the nice thing about this board is the weight and the density and everything still feels similar to the PU boards, even though you lose a bit of the weight. That means when it’s a little bit mushier, or when there’s a little bit of wind chop or anything like that, it still sits in the water nicely.
That’s one of my critiques of a lot of those other boards, is that sometimes they’re just too light and they bounce around a lot, whereas this Sculpt THRWBCK doesn’t do that at all. So the subtle design tweaks that we talked about, that again make this not just a simple, stubbier semi-fish outline, are he’s got these slightly more sensitive rails. They are still quite full, they’re a little bit boxy but I’ve found they feel just right.
Again, I had a couple of standout sessions on this board at Monawatu (shhhh). Once when it was waist high and this Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK would literally just take off. It was a weak wind swell but there were nice little running waves and it would just take off and fly down the line. So so so fun.
Then, the next week I came back and surfed the board and the waves were completely different. It was big, it was wedgy, and there were huge, dirty brown shore break barrels on the inside. I would roll in out the back. The waves were a few feet overhead – not quite double overhead – and I would roll into them out the back and the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK locks in and would fire me down the line, straight into these big filthy, brown barrels and it would just hold and feel perfect (until epic closeouts).
It’s like you’re getting the benefits of a shorter, stubbier outline board but it rides, and feels, and can be pushed like a high performance shortboard. So again, when I think about this type of design, and I’ve ridden so many of these stubbier outline boards, I would say this is definitely my favourite so far.
My Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK is 6’2 x 20 7/8 x 2 x 3/4 at 39 Litres, which is perfect for this style of board (for me). Actually it’s perfect for me in general and it’s great for this style of board. This gave me more than enough paddle power with the flatter rocker but never too bulky in one place. I could surf this comfortably down to waist high and it wasn’t too bulky so I could surf it up in bigger (Sydney) waves as well.
For fin set up I would have never probably chosen these fins to ride this board but Josh at Futures Fins loves Sculpt Surfboards as well. Actually, frankly everybody I know who rides Sculpt Surfboards loves them, so you should try one.
Josh recommended the Futures Seaworthy Quads which are a Futures Controller Quad style fin:
Josh had tried three or four different styles of fins and then he tried it as a thruster and he reckoned that I should try it with those surfboard fins. The first time I surfed the board it was just magic, so I haven’t moved away from that. I’m sure I could probably try it as a thruster and everything but often times you find a surfboard fin setup that works really well and there’s no reason to change it. So these are the Futures Lost Seaworthy Quads, the new ones and these went great on this board.
Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK Surfboard Summary
So that is the Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK surfboard review. Designed by Nick Miles of Sculpt Surfboards using his patented X Core Reactor technology, which again is probably one of my favourites as far as all of that ilk of alternative construction surfboards. Feels really good and settled on the water but, overall, this board could be the perfect Sydney board.
I’m heading off to New Zealand next week and I’m going to take this board and this is going to be my kind of small to medium size wave utility surfboard for surfing. So I’m really excited about that, to push this on some nice quality point break waves.
UPDATE: this Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK was my GO TO board for the NZ. I surfed it comfortably at double overhead+ at Raglan and it didn’t flinch! Get one!
That’s our surfboard review for the week. Hope you enjoyed it and I’ll speak to you again soon.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Sculpt Surfboards THRWBCK Dimensions & Volumes available at the Sculpt Surfboards website: