Epic good wave performance shortboard, this is the DMS Actor Surfboard Review! For the competent surfer in good to epic conditions, this is a craft you need to consider.
Tight outline, moderate rocker and sensitive, low rails – the DMS Actor has all the makings of a well rounded high performance shortboard.
The Carbon Wrap construction is a big plus, keeping the board light and nimble yet it feels more settled on the wave face than alternate EPS construction boards of the past.
Hope you enjoy this surfboard review of the DMS Actor Surfboard Review, Carbon Wrap & Futures Rusty Blackstix!
Have a question? Wondering if the DMS Actor Surfboard is the right board for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments…
+ A nice high performance shortboard shape that tends towards performance conditions, better waves and more advanced surfers
+ The Carbon Wrap construction adds a little spring to your step in less than stellar conditions
+ Good float and paddle for a high performance shortboard shape
– The wide point, (Craig feels), is towards the mid where a lot of boards tend to have a higher wide point so I think it is limited when the conditions are less than stellar
– This is not a board for beginners or novices (intermediates?). This is a high performance shape for experienced surfers
This is DMS Actor Surfboard model at 5’10 x 19.3 x 2.42 at 28.1 L’s with epoxy and carbon wrap construction. It has really good float and good paddle, so it feels like maybe a bit more than that.
Standard DMS Actor Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Bigger, better, more powerful and / or technical conditions.
- Fast rocker matched nicely with the refined outline
- Tighter outline with a wide point towards the middle
- Narrower through the nose and tail
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Hey, I’m Craig here for CompareSurfboards.com and today, I’m doing a review of the The DMS Actor. Here it is, in the Carbon Wrap construction, which is a little bit different to some of the stuff you might have seen.
The DMS Actor is a performance shortboard. It has quite a fair bit of rocker a lot of lift through the nose, nothing too aggressive, but it does have a fair bit of lift. It is quite narrow in its outline with a wide point coming down towards the middle, rather than a lot of modern shortboards that are out there, like the Fred Rubble, that have a higher wide point, which keeps the volume under the chest while paddling.
The ‘DMS Actor’ seems like it’s pulled back and it is a bit narrower through the nose, which kind of tends toward more performance surfing for good waves.
Through the bottom of the DMS Actor has a single concave going through most of the board. Through the fins is a very light double concave, which keeps water flowing through the bottom of the board. I’ve been surfing the DMS Actor for quite some time now in a variety of conditions.
I’ve ridden it from average, junky beach breaks to some more powerful waves. In point breaks the board probably tends toward your better, more powerful conditions – waves with a little bit more push – and suits surfers on the higher end of ability scale; intermediate and above.
It is narrower through the nose, so it would be a little bit less forgiving than some of those other fun, all around performance shortboard shapes. The rail is a little bit more refined than a lot of other boards now.
Experience in the Surf
Saying that, this board is only 28.1 liters. I must say, for the volume, it paddles well. It keeps its speed well and pace on waves. It could be because of the epoxy construction. The epoxies tend to float a little bit better and have a bit of a bit more spring and a bit more go in them when you’re surfing.
“When the waves have gone overhead, the board has been a good go-to board for me. The DMS Actor is more of a refined performance shape and it’s enjoyed cleaner, better, more powerful conditions.”
We have Futures Fins in this board and I’ve been riding the Futures Fins R1 Rusty Blackstix. The R1 is a medium to large type template and it has a V2 foil through it. The center fin gives it a bit more pace.
I tried a few other fins in it. I tried the Futures Fins AM2, which is a slightly larger template, and I felt that it was a little large. I also tried the Jordy fin by Futures Fins, which was, I felt, way too big for the board. The DMS Actore doesn’t need so much fin. I felt the R1 was just right for this board.
DMS Actor Summary
“For a good surfer who is intermediate to advanced, it’s a great board for when your local spot – or if you’re traveling to good waves – turns on.”
The DMS Actor is a great board for when you’re surfing good waves with a bit of power. You can really open up in your surfing. Also, in the past, I haven’t enjoyed these alternative epoxy constructions much. But I must say, lately, I’ve tried a few different things that I have really enjoyed.
With the Carbon Wrap, I have noticed that the board is much lighter than other shortboards – it comes in about a kilo or less.
There hasn’t really been any minuses with the weight, whereas with other boards, I felt they have flexed differently and I haven’t enjoyed them in all conditions. I haven’t noticed any negatives around the characteristics of the carbon flex. I have enjoyed it.
That is the DMS Actor surfboard review – a shape by Dan Mcdonald in Carbon Wrap construction. I hope you’ve enjoyed the review and thanks for watching.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard DMS Actor Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at DMS Shapes.
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