Dion Agius apparently wanted something for both turns and airs…and while I can’t do either very well, I really dig this board in solid, technical waves. This is the SUPERBrand Siamese Palm Viper (SPV) surfboard review.
+ Nimble, fast, precise; backhand snaps are a breeze
+ Great for more technical surfing and will still rip apart your average conditions at home
+ The outline + rocker + pulled in nose/tail combine to make this an awesome option for peaky, beach break barrels (thinking, S Narra, D’Bah, Straddie, Blacks, etc.)
– I ordered this as a custom – the largest standard dimensions will be too small for many surfers
– Thruster setup only. I am partial to quads to it would be nice to have a 5-fin option
The Limited Edition Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper surfboard by SUPERBrand Surfboards at 6’2 x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4 at ~36.7L’s of volume (custom dims). Full standard SUPERBrand Limited Edition Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper (I like to say it) surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Peaky, hollow beach breaks from waist to well overhead. The SPV still works in average conditions, too
- Pukas The Game surfboard review: from half a world away, The Game is another excellent, performance oriented beach break shape
- Channel Islands #4 surfboard review: my ‘go to’ all round for some time now, the #4 is more geared to your average days but still works in hollower conditions
- …Lost Rocket surfboard review: yes, the Rocket too works as a barreling beach break board
- Channel Islands Fred Rubble surfboard review: I love the Freddy Rubble when it gets bigger (overhead to 2x OH) but this is an excellent option for high performance surfing
Hello, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. I hope you’re doing well. My name is Ben and I buy, ride, and review surfboards here at Benny’s Boardroom and as well at CompareSurfboards.com.
This is the SUPER Brand Limited Edition Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper, or SPV. [00:00:30] One of our fellow YouTube frothers, Morgan Zysman, put me on to this board. I hadn’t heard about it before, and I’m glad he did because this is great little all-rounder shortboard. This is kind of different than a lot of the boards I ride. This is a relatively high performance board, whereas a lot of boards I ride are shorter and fatter and wider because those boards just tend to work better for me as an average surfer surfing average ways.
However, this board by SUPER Brand does have a bit of volume and a bit of foam but also has [00:01:00] a very high performance, tuned aspect to it. It took me a couple of sessions to get used to this board because, frankly, I’m not used to riding high performance boards. Again, I’m not really a high performance surfer, but once I got the hang of this board it is really fast, really precise. The Siamese Palm Viper performs in good waves but I’ve also surfed it in mushier waves and it worked well for me in anything from waist high and flat faced to well overhead and hollower waves as well. This thing performed well in all of those conditions.
The outline suggests that this would work best as a beach break board but you could definitely take this to Indonesia or somewhere similar with grunty, powerful reef setups. You’d be just fine. [00:01:30]
If we talk through the board, you can see that it does have quite a narrow nose. That nose flows through to a very wide point through the middle of the board and pulls back into a rounded square or squash tail, which is a little bit wider than a typical high performance shortboard surfboard. The SUPER Brand Siamese Palm Viper has a deep single concave running through the middle of the board to a double concave and then a slight vee out the back, so it channels the water smoothly out the back when you’re doing turns and flying down the line. [00:02:00]
It’s also got a really cool graphic. I think that Dion Agius might have had a hand in designing this. I actually really like it. It’s kind of funky and different. I don’t know what it means, but it’s kind of cool (note, there are several art work options).
Again, this surfboard is intended for better waves and hollower waves and you can see that it’s got a bit of rocker. It has a medium rocker through the tip and then a nice kick in the tail. This helps the Siamese Palm Viper to sit in a steeper pocket a little better but that tail kick also helps you to really turn the board really hard.
I think the original intent of the Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper [00:02:30] was to be a board for doing big carving turns and also for doing airs. I can’t do airs. If I do them, it’s purely by accident and never ends well, and frankly, I’m not that great at turning either. But again, once I got the hang of surfing a higher performance board than I usually ride, this Siamese Palm Viper by SUPER Brand Surfboards was really, really fun and precise and fast. If you’re looking for something for more peaky, more hollow beach breaks, this would be a great option [00:03:00] for something like that, again, anything from kind waist high to just overhead.
That is the SUPER Brand Limited Edition Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
SUPER Brand Limited Edition Dion Agius Siamese Palm Viper standard dimensions and volume from the SUPER Brand website:
|5’6||18 3/4||2 1/8||22.7L|
|5’7||18 7/8||2 3/16||23.9L|
|5’9||19 1/4||2 5/16||26.6L|
|5’10||19 1/2||2 3/8||28.2L|
|5’11||19 5/8||2 7/16||29.6L|
|6’0||19 3/4||2 1/2||31.0L|
Submit your review