The Perry Surfboards Shporky is a forgiving, all-around performance shortboard for average to good waves, specifically the beach breaks.
No more stubby hybrids, this is the Perry Surfboards Shporky Surfboard Review + Lost Futures Fins! Perry is an amazing shaper and his boards are exquisite in form and function.
This Perry Shporky is a high performance shortboard design geared for average to good beach breaks in the chest / shoulder high to overhead range…and it rocks.
Great to get back on a Perry Surfboard and a performance geared board. I’m going to start surfing more of these!
Hope you enjoy this Perry Surfboards Shporky Surfboard Review + Lost Futures Fins.
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+ The board gets up and gets going really easily. It takes a big drop and feels great in steeper, more hollow faces, but will also handle a flatter face
+ Has a really smooth, uncomplicated outline, which is very versatile – great for a lot of different beach break conditions
+ It’s a beautiful, well-constructed board with really intricate bottom contours and just feels great under your feet
– This is a performance short board. It’s probably not the board for beginners. I also wouldn’t surf this down much below stomach to chest high, even shoulder high
Benny rides the Perry Surfboards Shporky Surfboard at 6’4″ x 20 3/8 x 2 3/16 at 37.28 L’s. I rode it as a quad with the new Lost Futures fins, the new five-fin se and these really felt good on it. No foil in those fins. They complimented the more precision-tuned, performance oriented tail of Shporky.
Standard Perry Surfboards Shporky Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Perry Surfboards Shporky Surfboard is intended to be an average to good wave beach break board. It does that very well, so anything in the chest to shoulder-high range, to well overhead, beach break conditions hollower or more critical, or flatter-faced, this is a great beach break board for a lot of the average conditions we get, a lot of the time.
- Slightly fuller rails that are a bit softer
- Single to double with vee bottom contour is geared for high performance surfing
- Clean, curvy outline with gentle rockers
- It has a touch of vee at the tip of the nose and out the tail
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Hey, this is Ben. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. This is the Perry Surfboards Shporky model. I usually gravitate towards smaller, more stubby boards and Fishes and Twins and things like that. Just because that’s what I usually have the most fun on. But I was reminded when I surfed this board, this Shporky, of just how much fun I have when I surf a more high performance, shortboard design and how much better it is I think for your surfing to surf those boards from time to time.
You surf the little fat boards from time to time. They’re really fun. You feel like you’re ripping and throwing it around a lot.
I think it can actually be a really good thing for your surfing to get on a high performance shortboard every now and then and to really take it through the paces and see how your skill level is progressing. I think it’s an important exercise to get on those boards every now and then, even if you’re having a lot of fun on the smaller, shorter, stubbier things that I seem to enjoy so much.
The other thing that makes me happy about this board is that I just love Perry’s boards. I got to meet him, actually, just after the New Year. I got to surf with him up at his home break with a couple of his mates. They all rip. Brayden rips and he’s just such a lovely guy. He makes some amazing boards. I mean, beyond the fact that they go really well. There’s a lot of thought put into them.
The bottom contours are very intricate and well thought out and tested. The shapes are always very pondered.
This Shporky was basically built to be an average beach break board to take out on those sessions where there’s a bit of swell or a bit of power in the swell. Anywhere from like stomach, shoulder high to over head. It’s meant to excel in those conditions, which is what I think a lot of us surf a lot of the time.
My Perry Surfboards Shporky is 6’4″ x 20 3/8 x 2 3/16 at 37.28 L’s. It’s just a touch bigger than the standard 6’4.” It has a more high performance outline, a little bit more width in the nose. It’s a pretty tight nose and feels really knifey and precise. Great for taking those kind of steeper drops. It pulls through this very standard short board-ish outline into a nice tight rounded square tail or squash tail at the back.
It has slightly fuller rails. They’re not really fat rails, but they are a little bit softer. Again, thinking of the average beach breaks that might have a little bit of chop on the fact or might be a little bit more mushy and you don’t want a really knifey rail to be catching into the wave faces. The rails are nice, they’re soft but still felt very precise surfing it.
Actually, there’s a lot to the bottom contours of this board. There’s a touch of vee in the nose, right at the tip there. It comes through into a single. A single actually gets quite deep right about here in the mid point of the board. Then it goes into a double through the single out to again, just a really subtle vee off the tail. A bottom contour that is geared for high performance surfing.
A great all-around shortboard design. Again, meant to be a little bit more forgiving.
The Perry Surfboards Shporky is meant for more average conditions. It’s not necessarily the board that you take to Indonesia, although I would happily take this to Indonesia. This would be a great step down board for me in a place where you’re getting a lot of good waves. I would love this board in Central America, around Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I think it would go great down there. There’s a beach break in California in San Diego, where I grew up, where I would absolutely love to surf this board there. I think it would just go so well there.
If you are in the market for a good, high performance board that is going to handle a lot of your more average to good beach break conditions, if that’s what you get most of the time, I think this board would be great.
I think a lot different surfing levels would be able to handle this. I saw Brayden and a couple of his mates surfing the Shporky and they are very, very good surfers. They were just absolutely tearing Brayden’s local beach break to pieces. It was amazing to watch.
I don’t think this would be too foreign for somebody who is a novice. Probably not a beginner, but maybe a novice who is getting on a shortboard and wants something that is going to be less catchy and it’s going to be a little bit more stable.
As a shortboard, again, when the waves get slightly bigger and better, I think this would be a great option. This is in that ilk of boards that are definitely geared for performance. This is a high performance short board design, but it is tweaked a little bit to be able handle the more average conditions that a lot of us get a lot of the time.
This is a board that for me has really helped me get back into pushing my surfing a little bit forward. Whereas for the last few months, I haven’t been surfing as much as I’d like. I’ve been surfing a lot of the smaller more fun-ish boards. This is like got me right back into me wanting to just go and charge bigger, heavier, hollower, faster waves.
Experience in the Surf
When I think about the conditions I’ve surfed this board and what it really went well. I’m going to start with the day that I surfed this where I just completely fell in love with it. I’d surfed it a few times in the chest to shoulder high range and had some good waves, but I surfed it at this beach break near my house. The conditions weren’t perfect, it was just a little bit of light onshore wind, but you were getting these really wedging, A framing lefts and rights. Almost like a rip bowl sucking into these things. They were really predictable. It was probably a good foot or two overhead on the bigger sets. I was just taking off on everything, and I was making everything.
It happens to me from time to time when I know I’m not surfing as well, I often won’t go on a wave that I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make. That’s a confidence thing, you know? As I started to take off on waves over and over and over and I kept making these waves, taking these big elevator drops and just dropping into these really steep, hollow, sucky, rippy conditions. My confidence just went up and up and up with this board. By the end of that session, I was feeling good.
I was really excited about having a 6’4″ under my feet that was geared to perform. It just felt great in those conditions. Then I came back the next day and it had come down maybe a foot or two, but it had glassed off and it was just beautiful, light off shore conditions, suns out, fantastic. I surfed this board again and just had a absolute ball.
There are a couple of surfs that I had on this where the waves weren’t as steep and had a lot more run and flow down the line. I was able to do some really nice forehand turns. On a couple of little rights I was able to do some backhand turns as well. It just feels really nice and smooth. Again, it’s gotten me right back into that mindset of pushing my surfing and taking off deeper and taking off later and charging better waves and it’s given me the confidence to do that.
I did surf this board down a couple of times. I surfed it in the stomach high range once or twice. I would have liked to probably have had a different board in those conditions. It’s got enough foam and the foil, this distribution of foam, is great on this board. It’s sitting at 37 L’s, which is in my volume range. Just the way he’s distributed the foam as well. He’s got a little bit flatter rocker through the board. I felt I could get up and get going and get planing, but I probably wanted a little bit more. A little bit more foam, something maybe a little bit flatter and wider.
I did surf this board at a point break up the coast. I was up in Byron over Christmas and I was surfing a point break a little bit south of there. I, again, had a really good surf on it. I was surfing on my backhand. Taking off late often times and dig that tail in and do these nice, sweeping bottom turns and just set up and have these nice, cruisy runs down the line. I was doing wacks on my back hand. The board just felt really nice and settled, really easy to surf. I really felt like I could push it and throw it around. I could get it up, for me, really high and vertical and snap it and come back down. It just felt really good. It felt great on a point break as well.
For fin setups for the Perry Surfboards Shporky, I was surfing these Futures Fins. These are the newest Biolos Futures Fins, from the 5-fin set. They don’t have any foil through them, they’re just a standard balanced fin. They got a little bit of flex through them and everything. They’re all-rounder fin, which I thought was great because this is a performance all-rounder type of board.
I’ve been messing around with fins a lot lately and I’ve been getting it wrong a lot lately. I’ve ridden a couple boards recently, which I’ve said in reviews, where I got the board and I put the fins in and thinking, “Oh, yay, they’re the right fins. I know enough about fins.” And I’ve been getting it wrong.
When I put these fins in this board and the board just felt amazing right away, I didn’t mess with it. I was happy with the fins. I thought they complimented the board really well.
As much as I like quads, often times for this type of board, quads can get stuck a little bit sometimes. I would often gravitate more towards a thruster set up with this style of board. I didn’t with this and I chose the quads and I thought the quads felt great. I never felt they were sticking or anything like that. They’re super fast down a line. I thought they just complimented the tail really well and they also look cool with the board. That is what I was surfing with the Perry Surfboards Shporky, these Futures Fins, the latest and greatest Biolos Futures Fins.
When we talk about the pros and cons of the Perry Surfboards Shporky. The pros, in general, Brayden, his attention to detail, the refinement of his designs. I think a lot of people I know who ride these boards the comments I get are, “Wise beyond his years” kind of thing. He’s a very smart guy. He thinks a lot about his boards. He’s come under a lot of good shapers and very quality focused shapers as well, so the quality of the product that he produces are second to none. That I can say very confidentially. He’s a really lovely guy to deal with as well. Does some amazing sprays, too. I love the spray that he put on this.
The board, in general, is a rocket. It goes so well in the average beach break that it’s intended for. It does handle a broader range of conditions as well. Again, I was surfing it all around Sydney, surfing up the coast and down the coast. I surfed in many different conditions. Bigger, more powerful waves down to less powerful waves. It really just feels great. It feels great having something a little bit longer, something that’s really intended to be surfed hard. Especially because I haven’t been surfing many boards like that lately. It felt great to get on a 6’4″ and have that little extra length and a little bit of rail line and to really start charging again. It felt great.
The cons, I probably wouldn’t surf this down too much. I have like a tiny wave groveler in my quiver, and then I have like a hybrid small wave performance board or maybe a little fish or twinny or something. Then I’d have this for the days when there’s a little bit more push in the swell or the waves are a little bit steeper and faster, a little bit more technical. This is a technical shortboard for me that I think felt great in good, powerful, hollow, challenging conditions. That’s what it works for for me. I wouldn’t really surf it down too much, because that’s not what I want this type of board for.
That is the Perry Surfboards Shporky. Hope you enjoyed the review this week. If you haven’t been getting out and getting on a shortboard every now. Go and give it a go. It’s good for the surfing. Good for the soul. I will speak to you again soon.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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