Looking for a board to handle a hollow, powerful reef break or bigger, better waves at your local? The Simon Anderson DSC is the right tool for the job. The clean outline and nice rocker to get you into a steeper, faster wave face.
+ Stable and in control when the waves approach (and exceed) double overhead
+ Narrow outline and rocker fit nicely into steep, hollow, powerful waves
+ Simon Anderson makes some of the best barrel boards around
– I would prefer the smaller lengths to have a bit more volume
– Too much curve and too little volume to be useful outside of big, powerful surf
The Simon Anderson DSC surfboard (vee dims) at 6’6 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/2 at 33.1L of volume. Full standard Simon Anderson DSC volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Solid beach, reef and point breaks from well overhead to as big as you can handle.
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! My name is Ben and we’re going to look at something a little different than what we normally look at on the show. A lot of the boards that I review are boards that I buy and ride for the waves that I surf most of the time, which are usually more average, less hollow, less powerful. However, I get asked all the time:
“Well, if I’m going to Indonesia and I’m going to surf [00:00:30] Uluwatu or I’m going to surf heavier waves in the Mentawai Islands like Rifles or Bank Vaults or E-Bay, what sort of board do I need for those types of waves?”
So, I’ve pulled out my – it’s a little bit older model – but I’ve pulled out this Simon Anderson DSC (DSC stands for deep to shallow concave) to kind of illustrate what is the right type of board for good waves, more powerful, heavier, faster waves that have more critical [00:01:00], steeper faces. So, this is the DSC by Simon Anderson.
As you can see, the outline is much more pulled in. This is definitely not shorter or wider or fatter, and this is actually a step up board, so this is slightly longer than what I would normally ride by a couple of inches. I normally ride a 6’2 or a 6’4 as an all rounder. This is a 6’6. You can see that the nose is pulled right in, so it’s a nice, steep nose and then pulls into this rounded pin tail in the back.
The rounded [00:01:30] pin is my tail of choice for hollower, steeper, faster waves because when you take off on a steep wave and you’re going down, you want that rail line to be sitting in the water as much as possible. You want as much hold in the back of the board as you can so the board doesn’t slide out from under you. Swallows and even rounded square tails, I find, are a little bit harder to surf in more powerful, big waves.
So that outline, I think, is fantastic for good waves and if we look at the rocker, this doesn’t have as [00:02:00] much rocker as some other good wave boards but you can see it definitely has curve going throughout. There’s a big kick in the nose. There’s a big kick in the tail and then importantly the rails are nice and low so you’re going to be able to turn this thing hard and again, it’s going to sit tightly in the pocket in the steeper, faster wave or something that’s barreling.
That is a good wave board for a wave like some of those waves I just spoke about in Indonesia or even more powerful, heavier beach breaks if you’re thinking [00:02:30] about surfing Hossegor or Supertubos in Portugal, even waves in Nicaragua or Mexico. This is, in general, a good wave board for better, bigger, more powerful, hollow surf. Not as good for weaker surf. It just doesn’t have the volume and it’s a bit too refined.
That is the Simon Anderson DSC. If you’ve had a go on the DSC or in general, if you have any thoughts on what you like to ride when the waves get a little bit more critical, please leave a [00:03:00] comment, and thank you very much for watching.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Simon Anderson DSC standard dimensions and volume from the Simon Anderson Surfboards website:
|Standard||6’3||18 3/8||2 1/8||25.4L|
|Standard||6’4||18 1/2||2 1/4||27L|
|Standard||6’5||18 3/4||2 5/16||28.7L|
|Standard||6’8||19 1/2||2 1/2||33.9L|
|Vee||6’6||19 1/2||2 1/2||33.1L|
|Vee||6’8||19 3/4||2 9/16||35.35L|
|Vee||7’0||20 1/4||2 11/16||40.35L|
|Vee||7’6||20 1/4||2 3/4||44.55L|
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