Add some spice to your mellow point break sessions with the Stacey Return of the Jam!
The Return of the Jam is a new board by Stacey Surfboards meant to rock your smaller, slower moving point and beach breaks.
This is the Stacey Return of the Jam Surfboard Review by epic shaper, Lee Stacey. A strange looking outline, which does have drawbacks but also benefits.
This Stacey ROTJ evolved from the flatter, more rounded Stacey Summer Jam. Meant to be a bit more lively, the vee bottom has been replaced with concaves and a vee, the nose and tail are tighter…but it’s still super flat and fat.
This makes for a dynamite experience on a slow moving point break but it can be a challenge in average, everyday conditions.
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+ This is a super flat, wide outlined, tiny wave board that I think would be great for anybody from a novice all the way up to an experienced surfer in tiny, sub-waist high surf
+ The outline of the Stacey Return of the Jam allows it to be a little more lively but it really excels – it’s sweet spot I found – is on a slow moving, small point break
+ Ample amount of volume throughout the board makes this a rocket ship fast, mean wave catching machine
– This board has an interesting, different outline that I found a bit challenging to surf in all but those slow moving point breaks
– Limited wave range given the wide, thick outline
I rode the Stacey Return of the Jam at 6’0 x 20 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 42 L’s flat. I rode it with the Futures Fins Solus thruster setup up front and the Futures Fins Rasta Quad Fins as the rear trailers.
Standard Stacey Return of the Jam dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The best wave type for this board is a small, waist high and below, slow moving point break. The Return of the Jam needs a little bit of space and time to really turn well and perform well so a slower moving, flatter faced wave is key.
- Stacey Surfboards Return of the Jam has a shorter and rounder, like a more oblong outline
- There is a slight concave in through the back, and a little bit of vee off the tail, just to make rail to rail transitions easier
- It’s got thickness running all the way through the board, all the way up to the nose, and fatter, boxier rails
- It is a very flat board that has a lot of volume
- 5 Fin Quad or Thrusters set up
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Hey, this is Ben and today for Comparesurfboards.com, we are going to look at the Stacey Return of the Jam model. This Return of the Jam is an evolution of the Summer Jam, so if you surfed the Summer Jam, the Summer Jam was a little bit more of a roundish, oblong outline. It was a little bit flatter, had a vee bottom, but it was really for tackling those tiny, tiny days but intended as more of a cruisey model.
The Stacey Return of the Jam is intended to extend the feeling and the wave range of the Summer Jam but it’s meant to be more performance oriented, make transitions easier but still surf in those smaller waves.
I had an interesting experience with the Stacey Return of the Jam. If you look at it, it has a different sort of outline. This is, to me, a tiny wave groveler. It’s the board that you’re really only going to take out in the sub-waist high range but when you look at other grovelers, they’ll have a lot of thickness through the board but they’ll generally be shorter and rounder and more oblong.
Whereas this Stacey Return of the Jam, when I looked at it for the first time, it’s almost like they’re tried to take that volume and width and kind of compress it into more of like a sleeker, shortboard frame. You could even see, it’s got this little rounded square tail of the back, which is a wide tail but for this style of board, it’s actually not that wide.
The other thing that they did from the Summer Jam is that they pulled in the nose a little bit, so the nose is a little bit tighter, which is intended again to make it feel a little bit more lively. Overall again, if you look all the way through this outline, it is almost like just a short board that they’ve squashed down, which is interesting.
Stacey Surfboards have done a few things to try to give this board a more performance feel. I already mentioned that they got rid of the vee bottom and replaced it with a slight concave and a little bit of vee off the tail, just to make rail to rail transitions a little bit easier.
Again, these tweaks are meant to make the Stacey Return of the Jam feel more like a shortboard or maybe a small wave performance hybrid. It is still is a very flat board, it still has a ton of volume. You can see that it’s got thickness running all the way through the board, all the way up to the nose as well. The nose is still quite thick. Overall, it is a very flat board from tip to tail and again, a very different outline.
The Return of the Jam was fun to ride but it needed the right type of wave.
Experience in the Surf
I have a mixed bag of experiences with the Stacey Return of the Jam. Not necessarily because of the board but because I kept taking it out in waves that I probably shouldn’t have been surfing it in. I was up in Byron over the holidays and I surfed it in a couple of slower moving point breaks up there and the slower moving point break, I think, was the sweet spot for this board – I’ll explain why in a moment.
When I was coming back down from Byron Bay to Sydney, I met with a mate of mine and we surfed this beach break near his house and I has never surfed this beach break before so when I went and looked at it, I was like, “Oh, it looks kind of small, maybe I’ll take this board out.”
This was the wrong board to take out. It was actually chest high to a foot overhead and really fast moving with hollow a-framing beach break peaks. It was a little bit onshore; the conditions were not perfect. It was not the right board for those conditions. The outline is a little bit tighter than a lot of tiny wave grovelers but it is still a wide, thick outline. I just had a lot of trouble slotting it into those faster, steeper waves.
The couple of waves that I did catch that session that were smaller, in the stomach high range. There were a couple that were coming through that didn’t quite throw as quickly. I did get up to my feet a couple of times and had some nice, fast races down the line.
The Stacey Return of the Jam is rocket ship fast when you get it up and get it going, but that was the first surf I had tried to surf where the waves were steeper and faster. Not the right board for those conditions.
The sweet spot again for this board I found, was a slow moving point break and there’s a couple of reasons for that.
All that width and thickness, the fatter, boxier rails and everything, you don’t want to get up and get on a steeper face because it’s going to be hard for you to get all of this width and bulk and outline into a steeper face. Those slow moving point breaks where you can pop up your feet and have this nice, slow moving wall, it was great for that because it picks up a lot of speed.
The other interesting thing I found about this board is that, while it’s meant to be easier to turn than the Summer Jam, I still found that I could definitely turn it but I needed more time.
I surfed it in some local beach breaks near my house where the waves were smaller but they were running just that little bit faster. In your more average conditions, you might just get a bottom turn and a couple of pumps, then you have a little end section to do something with. I caught a couple waves like that where I got the take off the bottom turn with a couple of pumps, but then I just couldn’t swing it around fast enough to get that last little hit off the end section.
For fin set ups, I messed around with fins quite a bit with this board. I switched around a lot. I had the Futures Fins Solus thrusters, so I had that little boat keel looking fin at the back. That went all right. I also tried the Futures Fins Rasta Quads, using the full four fin set up but I actually ended up switching to this hybrid where I’ve got the Futures Solus fins up front and I’ve got the Futures Rasta Quads in the back, and I like the way that felt. All of the fin configurations felt pretty good to me.
For a groveler, the fins, to me, are less important, you just want something that is going to give you a bit of drive and a bit of acceleration. The Solus fins have a nice big V2 foil through them so they are good at generating speed and that set up was fun. I could have gone with I think the full Rasta Quad set up, I could have gone with the Solus set up, I could have gone with some of the new Blackstix probably, but I think that fin set up I ended up surfing and it was fine.
To summarise the Stacey Return of the Jam review, if we talk through the overall feeling I got from the board, again it’s a great board for small surf and small slow moving point breaks. That was the sweet spot for it. Not necessarily your average beach breaks where you want to get in and get quick flick and a quick turn here and there.
Again, I felt like it was too hard to move it quickly in those situations and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for anything that’s above stomach high and a little bit steeper and faster. It’s just too wide of a board for that but overall, to get into those slow moving point breaks or slower, fatter face running waves, I think this would be a great option for that.
I think anybody could jump on the Stacey Return of the Jam because it is quite a stable, forgiving board.
I think this would be a really good board even for someone who’s just passing the beginning phase where you’re getting up to your feet and kind of turning the board and getting it down the line, all the way up to somebody who’s a more experienced surfer who again, wants to have a groveler style board that’s going to give you a lot of acceleration, a lot of paddle power, but also the ability to sweep it around and do some nice little turns. I think the Stacey Return of the Jam would be great for that.
That is the review for the week, the Stacey Return of the Jam, by the good people at Stacey Surfboards. Hope you enjoyed the review. Please leave a comment with any questions, and if you haven’t already, subscribe! Talk to you again soon.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Stacey Surfboards Return of the Jam Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the Stacey Surfboards website:
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