Designed to fill the missing link between midlengths and shorter performance and alternative designs, this is the Christenson Nautilus Surfboard Review!
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Designed to fill the missing link between midlengths and shorter performance and alternative designs, this is the Christenson Nautilus Surfboard Review for Compare Surfboards!
This Christenson Nautilus Surfboard is 6’10 x 21 ¼ x 2 ¾ (Chris Christenson Surfboards doesn’t do volume).
Perfect for smooth and casual performance surfing, the Christenson Nautilus features a timeless blend of performance, function, and aesthetics.
The Christenson Nautilus features classic low rails and complex bottom contours, which allow this design to sync with the wave of your choice.
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What we rode
Ben rode the Christenson Nautilus at 6’10 x 21 ¼ x 2 ¾ (Christenson doesn’t do volume). He tried a few different fin setups on the board, starting with the Futures Fins Rasta quads and settled on the EA Control Series Quads.
Standard Christenson Nautilus dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The best conditions for the Christenson Nautilus Surfboard are few feet overhead to double overhead. This board is very forgiving, and could actually work quite well for a lot of different surfers.
Christenson Nautilus Features
- Good looking board with all the fun and performance captured in the Christenson Fish
- Longer outline designed to handle better waves
- Curvy rocker and lovely low sharp rails which are very Christenson-esque
- Ample foam through the foil of the board
- Sharp, narrow swallow tail
- Complex and performance-oriented bottom contour
- Dedicated quad fin setup
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Hi. This is Ben. Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom!
This is the Christenson Nautilus Surfboard Review. The Christenson Nautilus really is so so so good looking, I wanna eat it!
The way the Christenson Nautilus was described to me originally is that it’s the Christenson surfboard model with all of the fun and performance and amazingness of the Christenson Fish but in a longer outline that will handle bigger, better waves. Also, it’s intended to bridge the gap between a mid-length surfboard and a more performance shortboard.
I don’t surf a lot of mid-lengths, but I knew when I saw this Christenson Nautilus that I was powerless to it.
I am a sucker for a really good looking board with a nice tint.
And, the quality of the Christenson boards is literally second to none. They are just beautiful. They are flawlessly designed
So, I saw this board at the Onboard Store in Mona Vale, which is unfortunate. I shouldn’t go there. Whenever I go in there I see something that I really want and then it burns me like a thorn in the mind and then I end up having to buy it.
I had a very specific idea and wave that I wanted to surf this Christenson Nautilus in. One of my favourite waves anywhere in the world when it’s above a certain size is Impossibles in Bali.
Impossibles in Bali is called Impossibles for a reason. It’s usually impossible to make it around sections. But when it gets above a certain size, it can turn into the longest, most fun thigh burning racehorse of a wave and I absolutely love it. I have had two or three of my best surfs ever there. But, it has to be double overhead or bigger to show its magic. And, I wanted this Christenson Nautilus for that wave.
Experience in the Surf
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to surf the Christenson Nautilus at that wave. I went out to Bali for a wedding, and we got skunked.
We had an amazing time but didn’t really get any good waves. I got to surf this board at Uluwatu at a couple feet overhead to maybe double overhead on the sets. But it wasn’t very good Ulus. So, I definitely got to surf it while I was in Bali. I was happy that I could surf this board there, and it absolutely handled it, which is great because Uluwatu is a heavy wave. But, I didn’t get to surf it at big Impossibles, which I was upset about.
I had another chance to go back to Indonesia and surf it again at another wave that I had never surfed before in Roti Island, called T-Land.
T-Land is like a more user friendly version of G-Land. It’s a very long left, but it’s much slower, less heavy and more user friendly. T-Land doesn’t really barrel, but you get these really big takeoffs and you get these really steep walls in some parts of the reef which I found after surfing it day in and day out. You get in tune with exactly where those kinks and draws in the reef are after surfing a wave enough.
Surfing T-Land at a few feet overhead to double overhead, the Christenson Nautilus was absolute magic.
So, what’s in the design of the Nautilus that allows it to perform like this? Well, if it’s the upward evolution up from the Christenson Fish (it isn’t actually entirely based on I found), there are a few noticeable tweaks to the design.
The Christenson Nautilus has a very curvy little rocker. And it has these really low, sharp rails which are very Christenson-esque. In my experience, most of his boards have lovely low rails.
It has a ton of foam through the foil, all the way through the length of this board. Even up at the nose, it’s quite thick. But the foam is distributed in such a way that it only helps you get into waves and generate speed and never gets in your way.
The tail is a tight little swallow tail and is quite sharp and narrow, especially given the width of the board.
The Christenson Nautilus has a very intricate bottom contour. There is a deep single concave running through the double. It’s a very performance oriented bottom contour / rail combo. With the tightened nose and tail combo, you can really throw it around. Much more that I expected for this type of board, especially with the length.
So, while it looks like a little like the Christenson Fish, the profile is much more drawn out. All of those elements make this board really capable in bigger, better waves.
Most people that I was on that surf trip with wanted to give the Christenson Nautilus a try. The one thing that we all said is we actually can’t believe how nimble this board is and how easy it was to throw it around and turn it. My Nautilus is 6’10” x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4. I don’t know the volume because Christenson doesn’t really do volume. But it’s a 6’10”.
Really, it’s quite amazing, the performance that you get out of this. I think that’s why on Chris Christenson’s website they say this is built for casual performance surfing. Not being too aggressive in your style, just enjoying the wave and turning it up into the pocket and belting back out on the face. The Christenson Nautilus is just beautiful for that kind of surfing.
Who Is the Board Best Suited For?
I think this board could work quite well for a lot of different surfers in that it’s long enough and wide enough and the outline has enough volume through it to make it a little more forgiving. However, the performance design, I think, is better suited to someone with a little more experience. So, perhaps an intermediate or better.
For a better surfer who wants a different experience, I think you can actually do a lot with this board, too. Despite the length and the outline, this board can be surfed aggressively and in better waves.
For the Christenson Nautilus, I talked to the good people at Futures in Australia for a fin recommendation. I immediately thought that I would be surfing this with the Futures Fins Rasta Quads which are my go to quad fins of choice for pretty much everything. Especially when I go to Indo!
But the gentleman of Futures Fins suggested that I try the Futures EA Series Control Quads in Indo. I surfed this board with both the Rasta Quads and the EA Quads.
In Indo, the Futures EA Series Control Quad fins were just magic.
They were perfect for those big, powerful waves. I think if I would prefer to have the Rasta Quads when I’m surfing bigger days around Sydney with this board. But, the EA Quads are a stiffer, more precision fin. They’re definitely a better choice for good waves. And, I felt really, really good in this board.
Christenson Nautilus Surfboard Summary
That is the Christenson Nautilus surfboard review. It is so pretty. I’m gonna be very upset when I have to get rid of this. But, if you want this board, we put them up for sale in our online shop in Australia. If you’re not in Australia, I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna buy one of our ex demo’s, because they cost like $500-1000.00 to ship overseas. But, if you’re in Australia, we put these up on our shop: bennysboardroom.com.au in the Ex-demo surfboards section, so you can buy this exact board.
That is the Christenson Nautilus, another beautiful, beautiful board by Chris Christenson. If you haven’t ridden a Christenson Surfboard, I highly recommend them. They are beautiful boards, and they always go well for me.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Christenson Nautilus Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the Christenson Surfboards website.
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