A throwback to another time, riding the Da Sting retro single fin surfboard by Mark Richards Surfboards will give an insight into the prowess of the 70’s era chargers.
+ Paddles like a dream and accelerates well
+ Fun, cruisy ride in smaller surf
+ Pulled in tail loosens up the design
– The old school design takes some getting used to if you surf mostly high performance boards
– Single fins, by nature, force you to take what the waves give you as opposed to generating your own speed. This is a good thing for some but a challenge for others
Da Sting surfboard at 6’10. Full Da Sting surfboard volumes and dimensions are unavailable.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to well overhead. It will handle hollow if you have the skills to get the single fin working for you!
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How cool is this little thing? This is a retro throwback to the 70’s era by Mark Richards called Da Sting. [00:00:30] This is very similar to what Mark Richards and other iconic surfers were surfing at waves like Sunset and Pipeline in the 70’s. However, Mark Richard has modernised this thing a bit and I’m going to show you what he’s done.
You can see this shape is very wide up front and there’s a ton foam here. It has a big, thick, wide nose and the thickness runs all the way to the rail. So, this part of the board is all about paddling into a wave and this thing has an enormous amount of paddle power. [00:01:00] But then at the back third of the board you see that this has been cut away and pulled in to this nice little swallow tail. So, while the front is all about getting you into a wave, the back is all about being able to release out of turns and to be able to manoeuvre the board.
Now I’ve said this before and it hasn’t changed: I suck at surfing single fins. For some reason though, this single fin and I gelled a little bit better than normal. Now mind you, this board is huge – I mean it’s big for me. So much so that you can almost surf it as a groveler style surfboard in tiny, weak waves. [00:01:32] When I was surfing this board it wasn’t very big and it wasn’t out of control. I don’t know how I would have gone trying to surf this board at a Pipeline or a Sunset but the single fin actually was pretty fun in combination with this little pulled in tail at the back here.
I said before that Mark Richard’s had modernised this design and this has kind of a modern single concave that’s running through double concave that flows and channels the water out the back. Other than that this is a really kind of cool throwback to the 70’s [00:02:00] era retro style boards that a lot of those iconic surfers would have been surfing in Hawaii in the 70’s.
If you haven’t ridden a retro style board before, go ahead and give it a try man it’s fun! Retro style boards are fun to surf. If you had to go on The Sting or another Mark Richard’s board, or this type of board, definitely let me know what you think about it and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Mark Richards Da Sting standard dimensions and volumes are unavailable.