Dynamite little point break board by the 3-Fin thruster man! The Simon Anderson DTS is a squashed down performance hybrid / performance fish with performance characteristics – it still feels precise and lively under foot – but the wider plan shape and flatter rocker help to rocket you across flatter sections of the wave.
This Simon Anderson DTS was my ‘go to’ board on a recent trip to New Zealand, surfing one of my favourite left hand cobblestone bottom point breaks and all manner of beach breaks on the East and West coast of the North Island.
Pump and go – set your line well and take off with the Simon Anderson DTS! This is the Simon Anderson DTS review.
+ Amazing get up and go – this thing accelerates so quickly from takeoff
+ Plenty of paddle power pound for pound given the surface area
+ Super fun and lively and easy to throw around but also felt nice and controlled on bigger days
– If anything, I would take a touch of bulk out of the tail and/or give it a tad more lift. When going full speed down the line, I sometimes found it a challenge to push through the top of the wave to bring it around
The Simon Anderson DTS model at 6’3 x 21 1/4 x 2 13/16 @ 36.75L’s of volume. I ride the DTS exclusively as a quad using the FCS 2 performers.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to overhead beach breaks but loves a nice, lined up point break! The DTS works well in clean, good quality waves but doesn’t mind a bit of chop
- Low Soft Simon rail but with a little more volume
- Low to mid entry and exit rocker
- Single to Double Concave with slight to medium vee at the Square tail
- Wide Rounded Square Tail
- Rocker – Medium to low smooth nose entry, Medium to Low Tail Rocker
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You are looking at the Simon Anderson DTS model. This board is purpose-built for sand bottom point breaks. I’m thinking the Noosa’s of the world, maybe even Snapper. I have not surfed this on a sand bottom point break, but I did just get finished surfing this on a beautiful left hand cobblestone bottom point break – actually a couple of point breaks – in New Zealand. This board is dynamite on a point break.
Disclaimer: This is one of my favorite waves in the world. I absolutely love this wave. On this particular trip we didn’t get it as good as I’ve had it in the past. We only had a couple of days when the swell went overhead. It’s always a bit windy there, so there’s a bit of wind in the swell, but it’s just one of those magical waves.
There are two out of three points that I surf the most. One is a little more raw, it’s a little faster, it does barrel. It’s definitely a more challenging wave. You have to really get down the line and get speed to get around sections, but then it kind of opens up in sections. It has these big, kind of hackable sections.
The other wave is a little more mellow, it’s a little bit more evenly paced. It doesn’t really barrel but it’s just so much fun. It’s super fast; you take off and if you set your line right, you just get a ton of speed on that first pump down the line and then you can just carve this thing to pieces. If you can carve it to pieces, that is.
I really like surfing there, it makes me feel like a much better surfer than I am, when I surf there, and I just have tons of fun. That’s my disclaimer!
I was surfing this Simon Anderson DTS almost exclusively. This was my go-to board on the trip.
“I had three boards with me but I ended up surfing this so much, because I just really loved the way it felt.”
This board evolved from an earlier model. Originally it had a nice, tight swallow tail. I think it was originally called the KB model. This version has a wider square tail as you can see here. It has a wider outline through the center, so the dimensions on this bad boy are 6’3, 21 1/4, 2 13/16th’s. It’s 36.75 liters so it’s on the small side of what I would normally ride but I didn’t have any trouble paddling onto waves, even when it got down to chest and stomach high. It has plenty of get up and go and lots of surface area. The surface area I think compensated for having slightly less volume. I didn’t have any trouble catching waves or generating speed with this board.
You can see that is has a lowish neutral rocker. It’s got a little bit of rocker on the tail and then the tip, that just helps you into those steeper waves. Then it’s got a nice flat section through the center which helps you plain [00:02:42] easily across flatter sections.
It has a single to double concave and a medium vee running out the tail here. Good, all-rounder bottom contour of choice. You can see the outline, it’s literally like a squashed down performance shortboard. That’s literally how it feels:
“It has tons of down-the-line speed.”
I really like throwing it around. If anything, I would say that I would take a touch of bulk out of the tail but only a touch. Just a few times I felt as I was going down the line, had quite a bit of speed, I would try to push the tail through a turn and it just felt a little bit bulky. It wasn’t a problem at all, just if I was going to change anything on the board, that would be it.
Other than that, this board was just fantastic. Again, it was my go-to board throughout that trip and if you are going to be surfing at point break [new or used 00:03:32] anytime soon, you should definitely try this DTS by Simon Anderson.
That said, I did surf this board on beach breaks as well, the point breaks in New Zealand that we went to go surf didn’t work every day. We were travelling around a bit as well, so we were surfing some beach breaks, too. I did surf this in beach break conditions. Not very good beach break conditions, more average, and it still went really well.
I had transitioned down to the DTS after surfing a 6’4 performance, hybrid shortboard, the Lost Sub Buggy [See the Lost Sub Buggy review…] and I jumped on this and right away it just felt so loose and fast compared to that other board. Again, as soon as I figured the board out, it was just so smooth, and fun, and fast to ride.
That is the Simon Anderson DTS model. I was surfing it exclusively as a quad. I got this FCS II setup here and I was using these FCS II Performers. I really like these for a lot of all around conditions. Not necessarily for the biggest, biggest stuff and not for groveler, kind of small [width 00:04:28] conditions. For most of your average everyday conditions, these FCS 2 Performers, I find work really well for me, and, of course, I like quads!
That is the Simon Anderson DTS. A beautiful, beautiful little board. Great for beach break, even better for point break. Just dynamite on a point break, where I’ve had so much fun surfing this board.
That is the review for the week. Hope you’re doing well and I will talk to you again next week.
OUTRO: Achieve point break enlightenment, Grasshopper, with the Simon Anderson DTS.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Stock standard Simon Anderson DTS dimensions and volumes from Simon Anderson’s website:
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