Many shapers have a ‘quiver killer’ – a board that can be ridden in all conditions successfully with few tradeoffs. Gary McNeill Surfboards Entity is the ultimate all-rounder under the guise of a modern performance fish and one of the few boards that truly rips in most conditions.
The Entity cruises along flat, stomach high sections, eats clean waves and handles steep, hollow overhead barrels with ease. No matter the type of wave, you’ll definitely enjoy surfing the Entity.
+ Very fast and maneuverable but you get that flowy feeling of a fish design when you want it
+ A modern performance fish outline that performs impressively in overhead, hollow, steep, fast waves
+ Plenty of paddle to get you in early and excels in a variety of conditions
– Still working on this one…
The Gary McNeill Surfboards Entity surfboard at 6’2 x 20 1/4 x 2 3/4 @37.63L’s of volume. I surf my Entity as a quad using the Futures Rasta Quad Fins…I frickin love these things. Standard Gary McNeill Surfboards Entity dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Beach breaks, stomach high to overhead, running, peeling, steep, hollow waves or some mellow, flatter faced point or beach break waves.
- Modern performance fish outline – wide point forward, wider through the body, slightly narrow fish tail at the back – but with performance tweaks to make it versatile enough to handle bigger, better waves
- Flat rocker through the center that gradually curves to a thinned nose and fish tail rocker which helps you get into steeper faces
- Works well in any fin set up (I like quads
- Versatile all-rounder that can be ordered as a step up, too
- Stacey Surfboards Snake Eyes Surfboard Review: a similar look and wave range, the Snake Eyes rips from stomach high to well overhead
- Bing Surfboards Dharma Surfboard Review: an amazing ride that is more modern performance fish than all rounder but still handles itself in bigger, steeper surf
- JR Surfboards Voodoo Surfboard Review: a competent all rounder based on a performance fish outline
- Perry Surfboards Villain Surfboard Review: special small to medium size wave board geared for performance
Let’s talk about some surfboards! Hey, I’m Ben. This is Benny’s Boardroom. This is the Entity by Gary McNeill. What a beautiful board – how cool is the spray?!? Gary is certainly an artist. When I spoke to him the first time on the phone that came through instantly.
He’s an artist not only in the way he covers the facades of his boards but also in the way he approaches how he builds a board for you. He was very specific about asking me questions about what I like and don’t like and came up with this Entity as a result.
This is a modern performance fish outline. Look at it. It’s got the wide point forward. It is pretty fishy looking, wider through the body of the board. It’s got the more traditional fishy tail shape, but a slightly narrower tail at the back.
This Entity, however, doesn’t perform anything like a modern performance fish I’ve had before. I have surfed it when it’s been about shoulder high and nice running, peeling waves. It’s really fast and maneuverable and flows well. You get that flowy feeling of a fish.
The first time I surfed this board, however, I surfed it at a beach break close to my house, which is not cruisy and not very flat faced. In fact, it’s quite a steep, fast, hollow wave. The day I surfed it, it was overhead and it was hollow.
I was taking off and this thing was just tucking into these beautiful, beautiful little barrels. I rarely make it out of one, but every now and then I do. I did make it out of one or two that day. I was really impressed that this type of outline – what appears to be a modern performance fish outline – could perform so well in those types of waves.
When Gary McNeill says it is the ultimate all-rounder, I tend to believe him. I review boards all the time that I consider to be all-rounders and great all-rounders. This also is a board that I would say works well in lots and lots of different conditions as a result, even though it does have that fish surfboard design and outline.
You can see the rocker is relatively flat through the center of the board here. It has a little bit more kick in tail, a little bit more tail rocker. Then you can see almost from the logo there at the tip, it almost curves up gradually to a little bit of nose rocker at the front.
That is what helps to get you into the steeper faces on this board. Gary says Dave Rastovich takes his Entity and surfs all sorts of crazy waves in Indonesia and Teahupo’o and things like that on these boards. I wouldn’t do that, but you can see how a surfer that’s so competent could get into those types of waves with this type of outline.
Overall, a really fun, fast board. Really, really enjoying surfing this. I just love looking at it. It’s so cool. If you’ve had a go on the Entity by Gary McNeill, please, as always, let me know what you think. Thank you so much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
OUTRO: Entity, something that exists in itself actually or hypothetically.
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