Heading on a surf trip to Indonesia, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti? You need big kahunas to ride the Chilli Heavywater kimosabe; this is a board for big, powerful waves of consequence. This is the Chilli Heavywater review.
+ Lots of curve – rocker – for steep, hairy drops
+ Tight pin tail helps you to stay in control at speed
+ Lots of volume to get you onto a big, fast wave
– Probably too refined a shape for me but I found the Chilli Heavywater a bit unstable overall – hard to find the sweet spot
– I had trouble making turns with this board
The Chilli Heavywater surfboard at 6’6 x 20 x 2 3/4 (custom dims).
Best Wave Type
Solid overhead to double overhead reef, point and beach break waves. This board will feel at home in Hawaii, Indonesia or punchy, big beach breaks anywhere you can find them!
- Lots of rocker from tip to tail
- Tight pin tail
- 3-fin thruster setup
- Low rails
- Outline built for speed
- Good volume for paddle power but hidden well
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Hello and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Welcome back! I hope you’re doing well. I hope you’re getting some waves.
This is the Chilli Heavywater by James Cheal [inaudible 00:23] of Chilli Surfboards, based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney in Australia. This board is intended to do one thing and one thing only. This is a big wave gun intended for serious waves.
The term ‘big wave’ has different connotations to different people. A big wave could mean double overhead at your local beach break or it could mean triple overhead at Pipeline in Hawaii or surfing big, hollow waves in Indonesia. So different connotations for everybody but if you are into surfing big waves, this is the type of board that you need. This thing is made to catch waves easily, paddle well and get going and get going fast. It’s not necessarily the board you’re going to take out when you want to do big turns. It’s not what you’re going to take when you want to go and grovel. This is for big waves and big wave surfing.
Looking at the design, you will see it has a lot of rocker to get you on to a steep face. The curve of this board pulls right up in the nose and pulls up in the tail as well and that rocker or curvature is going to help you to get into a steeper wave face – something that is hollow and barreling – that curvature is going to fit into a steeper wave face a little bit better. This Chilli Heavywater has a single concave on the bottom contour running all the way from the tip of the board – as you can see, a deep single concave running through here – that carries all the way through to the back of the board.
Unlike a lot of other shortboards, all rounders and even small wave boards as well, that have a single that flows through to a double up the back, which helps you to get the board from rail to rail, this surfboard is not meant to go from rail to rail. This is meant to go straight and fast and hold and give you control in big, powerful surf. That is what that big, deep single concave does when it is running all the way through the board.
The [02:00] tail is a rounded pintail. You can also order the Heavywater in a straight pintail. That pulled in rounded pintail is going to help you to sit in a steeper face when you’re taking off on a big, powerful wave.
That is the Chilli Heavywater review. I ordered a Heavywater by Chilli as a step-up board, not as a gun, and, frankly, as a step-up board it just wasn’t quite right. Again, this surfboard is intended for one purpose and one purpose only – surfing big, hollow, powerful waves – and I found it a little bit restrictive surfing with it as a step up. Again, I couldn’t maneuver the board as well as I would have liked to.
If you’re ordering something like this, know what you’re getting into. This is made to takeoff on big, fast powerful waves, not to necessarily turn. Anyways, that is the Chilli Heavywater. Thank you very much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
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