Experience the magic of a twin fin. Gary McNeill Surfboards Rasta Torus Twin offers the fast, free flowing ride synonymous with a twin fin fish design while the subtle torus channels running the length of the board help to maintain control.
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I knew from our first conversation that his boards were going to be different and special. The Rasta Torus Twin and it’s unique, subtle torus channels produces a ride unlike any twin fin I’ve ever tried. All of the speed with a touch more control.
+ Subtle torus channels run from the tip all the way down to the fins, giving you an extra element control not found on other twin fins
+ Has that magical free, flowy, loose feeling you get with a twin fin
+ All of the speed you can handle!
+ Handles running, punchy, hollower beach breaks better than other twinnys I’ve ridden
– A twin fin is definitely a different style of ride. Be prepared and you’ll have a blast
The Gary McNeill Rasta Torus Twin surfboard at 5’11 x 21 x 3 1/4 @ ~41L’s of volume. The Futures Rasta Keel Twin Fin is the go in this board. Standard Gary McNeill Rasta Torus Twin dimensions and volume are unavailable.
Best Wave Type
Waist to shoulder high but can handle slightly bigger, better waves
- Torus Channels that run the length of the bottom the board for extra control
- Wide outline through the center with fuller rails
- Thinned out nose tip and an elongated classic fish tail
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Hey. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. This is the Rasta Torus Twin by Gary McNeill. I have a storied history with a twin fin boards. I never had a twin fin board that I really got along that well with. When I spoke with Gary McNeill the first time about ordering a board or two from him, he convinced me to get this board. He strongly recommended it. I told him what my reservations were with twinnys. I felt like whenever I had a twin, I could never control the things or if it was smaller and weaker I just felt like I couldn’t get enough drive out of them. I couldn’t get enough speed because you’re losing a lot of the ability to pump down the line every time by having those two fins.
This is the first twin fin and I’ll say that I actually enjoyed. I’m very glad that Gary pushed me to get this board. It is special as far as twin fin surfboards go and if you are curious about twin fins and you’re worried that you might not get a good surf out of one, this might be the one for you as well. Now the thing that I think is special about this twin fin, this Rasta Torus Twin by Gary McNeill is he’s got these cool, unique Torus channels that run literally from the tip at about here all the way down to the fins (along the outer edges of the graphic on the bottom of the board).
Now that channel runs all the way through the board here and all the way through the board here. I think it gives that little bit of extra control. Again, when you’re taking off and you’re pumping down the line, that almost acts as a long elongated fin to channel the water through here and it just feels like you have a little bit more control. I still felt when I was surfing this board and the first time I surfed it, it was only tiny but this is a big thick board that Gary made for me. It was small but I felt as though I had that free loose feeling that I heard so much about in a twin but I could still control it. I think that Torus channel that runs through the board here is what the difference in surfing this board.
Now, this does have a very, very wide outline as you can see, very thick through the center here. He has carried a lot of foam all the way through the rails. I was almost at these full rails and then he pulls the tip in here and thins out the tip a little bit as well. Same story at the back, you can see that it goes from being a very wide board through the center here and that goes into this very elongated classic fishy tail that you see in a lot of twin fins.
Again surfing this in smaller waves – and I’m talking waist to shoulder high – I was able to control the board speed and have this great kind of flowy, looser feeling surfing sessions with it but I did take it out when it was a bit bigger and a little bit steeper and a little bit more hollow. That was a real test for me because again I was still wary of losing control. I surfed it a couple of times and it had gone well for me but in smaller waves. To take it out for something a bit bigger, I surfed it in this running punchy beach break that was a little bit hollow on the right sets but for the most part just steep and fast. Again, I could control it. I was like, “Victory! Victory is mine! I finally surfed a twin fin that I like.”
This is the Rasta Torus Twin and thank you, Gary, for recommending this board to me because again it is the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as not being able to ever surf a twin fin successfully. Now, I just have to find a single fin that I can surf! This is the one for you if you are curious about twin fins but you’re always shying away from them. Not only that, it’s a beautiful, beautiful board. I mean I’ll keep this board forever – I really, really enjoy looking at this.
That is the Gary McNeill Rasta Torus Twin. I’ve been surfing it with these Futures Rasta Keel Twin Fins with Sea Shepherd artwork . I tried it actually for the first time with just the front fins from the Future Solus setup, which is a thruster setup and those actually went really well, too, but these I think do take the cake again having that really long rake and this very, very wide base I think helps you to get a bit more drive out of your turns when you’re surfing this in smaller waves.
That is the Rasta Torus Twin and if you’ve had a go on the Torus Twin by Gary McNeill, please let me know what you think. Thank you so much for watching Benny’s Boardroom
OUTRO: To the moon we go with the Rasta Torus Twin.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Gary McNeill Surfboards Rasta Torus Twin dimensions and volumes are unavailable.
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hey benny any chance of a review of this new model
cheers bill sunshine coast
I've had some fine boards from Gaz but my real favourite that I go with most is my RTTwinner!
Having just hit 60 I'm stoked to be riding a 6:0 x 20 x 2 3/4! Like the review says it's full of speed down the line but has control through the turns! I run the Futures Akila twin fin set up and there's plenty of drive with these!
What's great is the hold these boards have in the steep section. Not just for small and flat waves.
Anyone wanting a twin experience that's real positive and keeps ya young, smiling and catching waves needs one in the quiver!
Been riding Garry Mcneil's 5'8 torus drive for about 3 months in some decent overhead swells and it has outperformed all my expectations.
Once I got used to how sharp it turned and how well it held in the face, (definitely thanks to torus channel with the deep single concave) is when i really started to have a ball of fun.
I'm not gonna talk specs (never shaped a board in my life) but put all that concave, channel and tail together and well it just works GOOD!!
It is amazing how that board can get you onto places on the wave with seamless effort that I've never been able to before and I've riding a large variety of boards in my time.
I went for the Spoke tail and it allows you to drive hard turns as well as get the tail loose, it also seems to hold well in steep hollow waves. I'm just getting used to riding it backhand as it takes no effort at all to get the fins loose or get vertical. I ride it as a performance quad and prefer it that way, but I've tried at as a twin on smaller days and its still fun.
Gary is onto something amazing with this design.
Its amazing what an open mind reveals!!
I have loved and admired Gary McNeills boards for a while and finally decided to pull the trigger and contact him, I told him I wanted a board that will handle different conditions, small to head high, something fast, loose and easy to catch waves.
After listening to me he said you want the Rasta Torus Twin, don't worry leave it to me.
My board arrived a week ago ( the sexiest sickest looking board I have seen ) today was my first surf on it and I had a blast, paddled into everything with ease, so fast down the line and easily gets thru the flat sections of the wave but what really impressed my was it turned on a dime and never once did it slide out ( which I was worried that it might do because it was a twin ) not even on some solid 4 foot sets!
Loved it so much I called Gary and ordered a twin step up board to complete my quiver.
Thanks Gary you are a true artist!!