Breeds confidence in bigger, more solid surf but also feels lively and connected in smaller waves. This surfboard must be ridden to be believed! This is the Stacey Roach surfboard review.
+ The Roach utilises a very special compound called magic dust…this board is unreal! It makes me feel like I surf much better than I do 🙂
+ Feels so connected to the wave; wherever your feet may land on the deck, you always seem to be in the sweet spot (by design, I now know)
+ Turns tight and hard
+ Super fast and responsive yet settled and controlled when it needs to be
– Still working on a minus. I thought I would want more volume but with this board it doesn’t seem to matter
The Roach surfboard at 6’2 x 20 1/2 x 2 5/8 @ 35.7L of volume. Full Roach surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Shoulder high to well overhead. Steep and hollow beach, reef and point breaks or punchy days at your local. Excels in quality surf but still handles average days well.
- Channel Islands Fred Rubble review: not a direct comparison but both boards work really well for me in a lot of different conditions and I prefer both in bigger, better waves
- …Lost Rocket review: again, not a direct/good comparison but I love these boards almost equally 😉
Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. My name is Ben and I buy surfboards, I ride those surfboards, and I then talk about them here at Benny’s Boardroom and at CompareSurfboards.com.
Every now and then I get a surfboard that I just fall in love with. Love at first sight! I feel so connected to that board; I feel like when we’re together in the water I can do no wrong. I point the board in a certain direction and it just goes where I want it to go. I go to do a turn and it does exactly what I want it to do. That is how I feel about this Roach by Stacey Surfboards. I actually wrote to head shaper Lee Stacey to ask, “Hey man, what did you do to this thing? It’s magical!” The Roach does exactly what I want it to do. It feels easy to surf and I feel like I surf really well when I’m on this surfboard.
I learned from Lee Stacey that there are some specific design aspects of this board that do just that: make you feel very connected to it and give you that nice user friendly, forgiving feel but without sacrificing performance.
So, what he’s done to the nose, at entry, is give it a little rolled vee and then a kind of reverse vee up front. So this kind of curves in, concaves, and then humps, and then concaves again. That lengthens the sweet spot of the board so when I pop up to my feet, that feeling of connection that I get right away (that I don’t often get because I’m not very good at popping up and putting my feet in the right place), is due to the lengthening of the sweet spot. So wherever you put your foot on the deck when you pop up, you really still feel like you’re on the board in the right place.
That bottom contour up front flows through to a deep single concave – with a double inside the single – and then it goes out to a double concave, which vees out the tail, allowing you to channel the water through the fins. That nice pulled in tail, with the little hip and pulled in swallow tail helps you to break out of turns really easily.
That gives The Roach a really nice connected feeling when you’re up and riding. I haven’t surfed this board when it’s smaller. I’ve only surfed it in shoulder high to a few feet overhead conditions – until yesterday, actually, when it was closer to double overhead – and in those conditions, I can’t get enough of this surfboard. It’s just magical. It just feels so great in the water. I would like to surf it in small waves and see how it goes.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I am really, really enjoying surfing this surfboard. This is one of my favourite boards in recent memory. That is The Roach, by Stacey Surfboards. If you would like to read more about the evolution of this design, read this article from Stacey Surfboards head shaper, Lee Stacey.
I hope you enjoyed watching the show and if you’ve had a go – or want to have a go – on The Roach, please let me know what you think. Hit the subscribe button if you dig the reviews, and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Stacey Surfboards The Roach standard dimensions from Stacey Surfboards website:
|5’5||18 7/8||2 3/16||24L|
|5’6||19 1/8||2 1/4||25L|
|5’7||19 3/8||2 5/16||26.7L|
|5’8||19 5/8||2 3/8||27.8L|
|5’9||19 7/8||2 3/8||28.9L|
|5′ 10||20||2 1/2||30.9L|
|5’11||20 1/8||2 1/2||31.6L|
|6’0||20 3/8||2 5/8||34.4L|
|6’2||20 1/2||2 5/8||35.7L|
|6’4||20 5/8||2 3/4||38.5L|
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