An every mans everyday all rounder shortboard, this is the Sculpt Surfboards Two Step Surfboard Review! By local Northern Beaches shaper Nick Miles and leveraging his X Core Reactor Technology, this board is built to fly when the waves are average.
A forgiving performance option, this is a great option for novices and above who want to push their surfing in your average, everyday conditions.
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+ Great all around performance shortboard for average, everyday conditions
+ The light EPS construction is definitely a benefit in smaller, weaker swells and the flex patterns of the X Core Reactor technology is noticeably improved
+ Nice vee that comes out the back of the tail helps it turn with precision
– The epoxy construction can feel a little too light when the conditions get a little bit bigger, especially with stiff off-shore winds
The Sculpt Surfboards Two Step Surfboard model at 5’10” x 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 at 27.9L’s. Craig used his tried and true ‘go to’ fins, the Futures Fins AM2 Honeycomb Large thruster fins [Shop now…] in the Two Step and these worked well.
Standard Sculpt Surfboards Two Step Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Average, everyday beach break conditions from waist to head high.
- Slightly fuller performance shortboard outline, which holds its volume a bit more generously through the nose and through the tail, and also in the rail
- Fuller foil, single to double to vee double concave. Recommend as a thumb tail
- The X Core Reactor technology provides an exciting, different flex pattern. Rather than a flex coming off the stringer and down the center of the board, X Core gives it a bit more of a twist
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Hey, I’m Craig and today for CompareSurfboards.com I am doing a review of the Two Step by Sculpt Surfboards in the X-Core Reactor construction.
The Two Step that I’m reviewing I’ve been riding for awhile now, is a 5’10” x 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 and it comes in at 27.9 liters. It’s your normal performance shortboard but it has a slightly fuller outline, which holds its volume a bit more generously through the nose and through the tail, and also in the rail. It’s got quite a generous rail, so this is 27.9 liters, which is a little bit less than I normally ride, but I must say paddles better and feels a bit floatier than some of the other boards I have of a similar size.
Flipping it over on the bottom it’s got a single concave, comes through to a double through the fins and it’s also got quite a nice v that comes out the back of the tail, so it gives that really nice rail to rail transition. The double when it starts about here is quite deep, actually, but it’s quite soft and it’s quite nice.
Experience in the Surf
I’ve been riding the board lately for the last couple of months in a variety of conditions. I’d say the shape it is it’s been a board I’ve ridden when waves have been less than stellar. Your local conditions, maybe the wind’s on it, kind of 1 to 4 foot, and I must say it’s been a lot of fun to ride.
It’s in this epoxy, if you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s the X-Core Reactor construction that Nick (Miles) does. It’s his own technology.
It’s similar to those alternative constructions using epoxy these days where it’s kind of got a different flex pattern rather than a flex coming off the stringer and down the center of the board, which gives it a bit more of a twist. It’s got more of a different kind of flex.
I must say I’ve enjoyed it. I never was much of a fan of EPS, but lately I’ve ridden a few different boards with a carbon wrap and other technologies, and I must say I’ve been enjoying them. A lot of the conditions I’ve been riding is just your average beach conditions and I must say it’s been a very fun board to ride. Very similar to some other boards I’ve ridden in the past, like the Lost Sub Driver. Similar kind of outline, I think a similar rocker and maybe a similar bottom curve.
In the Sculpt Surfboards Two Step, I have been riding by Futures the AM2, which again is Futures Fins large Al Merrick template. I’ve said it before, I ride this in most stuff unless I feel I want to feel a fin that generates a bit more speed, like your Future Fins Blackstix 3.0 range or something with the foil in them, I go to the AM2.
“This board has a lot of natural speed.”
It has a really nice bottom curve and water flows through it really well. It’s light and snappy, so this is a fin that I’m confident with and I feel I can control and I feel like I surf well on. I tried, I think, the Futures Fins Rusty Blackstix but I didn’t really need that foil that the fin gave and I feel really comfortable with this fin.
With the Two Step there are a lot of the pluses to this board.
People talk about all rounder shortboards that are good in all conditions and, I think saying that, for people who live in the city or around the Northern Beaches (of Sydney) you get more often than not pretty average conditions.
There are swells but we rarely get stellar conditions. I would consider this an all around shortboard, probably wagering more towards your average conditions.
I recently took the Two Step out at our local Freshy boardriders, that ignited a bit of a fire to surf competitively, which I hadn’t done for awhile, and it went okay and I quite enjoyed my time. It links turns together really well. The light construction is definitely a benefit in those more average conditions we get so often.
Minuses: I think we have tested a few of these epoxy constructions and people have said it before, I think when it gets a little bit bigger, because the boards are so light, the benefit is definitely towards the less than stellar, smaller conditions.
When the conditions get a little bit bigger, you get those strong winter swells and those stiff offshore winds and I think they (EPS boards) feel a little bit out of their place. Not unsurfable but that’s when you probably want a little bit more weight, like your standard shortboard, your standard blank with a stringer. That is where they’d come into the market but you rarely get those conditions and I think this is better for 90-95% of the conditions we do get.
That is my review of the Two Step by Sculpt Surfboards in the X-Core Reactor technology. Hope you’ve enjoyed the review and if you get a chance to check out the board and the stuff Nick’s doing, definitely do. His boards look amazing and they definitely go well. This is the first one I’ve had and hopefully it’s not the last because it goes really well. Anyway, thanks for watching.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Sculpt Surfboards Two Step Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the Sculpt Surfboards.
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