Another set of great all-rounders duke it out! I dig both the Chilli Rare Bird and the Stacey Surfboards Snake Eyes but which one is better? Read on…
“Hey Ben, I’m not sure whether I mentioned this in my Rarebird or Cab Sav review, but going from my Cab Sav to my Rare Bird, I sometimes find a bit of a transition. Actually from any other boards I ride, I find there is a bit of a transition. Don’t get me wrong its a great board, but I found it wasn’t one of those boards that go right away. I found that I had to find my feet, or find the sweet spot before it went insanely for me.
Bearing that in mind, I was persuing the Stacy site and came across the Snake Eyes. It very much looked like my type of board (wider outline with a swallow tail).The type of board that has generally gone for me (I know round tails are your thing). So with that in mind, I wanting to know was how the two boards compare? The sort of things that I was after were:
Does it paddle as well?
It is as much of an all rounder as the RareBird?
Will it surf waves as big
Or is it better on smaller waves?
Is it more user friendly when jumping on after riding other boards?
Looking forward to hearing your feedback
Hey, this is Ben. This is Benny’s Boardroom. This is your question answered, where I take a question from the Board Question Forum at CompareSurfboards.com and answer it for you on screen. This question is from one of the more active gentleman in our community -I love the guy; actually, I’ve met him once- named Anton, and Anton has a serious board buying problem just like I do, and he asks a lot of great questions. This question was about the Chilli Rare Bird [See Full Review…] and the Stacey Surfboard Snake Eyes [See Full Review…] and comparing those two.
The Chilli Rare Bird I think is a fantastic little all-rounder. It’s a fun little skatey, fast board that handles a lot of different conditions, and I would definitely call it an all-rounder, but Anton found that when he was transitioning from his tiny wave groveler – he has a Nick Blair Cab Sav. When he was transition from that up to his Rare Bird, he said it would always take him a little bit of time to adjust to the Rare Bird, you know, to kind of get in the groove with it. So he was interested to know how it would compare again, the Stacey Surfboard Snake Eyes with the Chili Rare Bird.
Now both of those boards, I think have a very similar wave range. You can both surf them, you know, down in the kind of smaller end of the wave range. Like I’m thinking waist, or from knee, or probably chest high and up, but they also handle a bit bigger swell. I surf both of those boards well overhead. Probably not double overhead, but definitely bigger, better waves, and they both handled it.
The Snake Eyes has more modern form, fish outline, but it also, to me, is a very much an all-rounder. It pulls into a nice, little, tight swallow tail, which is thinned out at the back. It’s really easy to maneuver that board, and you can take speed drops with that board. It’s a really great all-rounder. I’ve surfed in some really good, powerful, beach break waves that were well overhead, and it handled it perfectly, but again, it’s also very competent when it’s a bit smaller. So the wave range, again, between the two is very similar.
I’d say probably the key difference, in my opinion, between those two boards is, the Rare Bird to me felt a little more playful, like a little bit more skatey and loose, whereas the Stacey Surfboard Snake Eyes, even though it is that modern form fish outline, to me it felt a little bit more like a short board. As in, you know, I felt a little bit more comfortable when it was bigger, or you know, I never felt like it was going to slide out or anything like that, which the Rare Bird on some bigger waves or bigger drops did feel a little bit skatey and actually did slide out a couple times.
That, I guess, is my answer to your question between those two. Both really good, competent all-rounders, especially for Sydney, which is where Anton and I both live, but I think if you are surfing in, again, that kind of waist high to a few feet overhead, surfing average waves wherever you are in the world, I think those are two really good options, so between the Chilli Rare Bird and the Stacey Surfboard Snake Eyes. Hope that helps you.
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