A smooth, balanced ride, the Bing Surfboards Bulb is a hybrid small wave shortboard design that handles bigger, more critical conditions with ease. Point it where you want it to go and it will be so!
With a long standing affliction for Bing Surfboards, I wanted a Bing Bulb since it was first released.
The original Bing Dharma is an all time favourite modern performance fish design and the Bing Surfboards I’ve ridden just have something special about the way they ride…smooth as silk, sensitive and well balanced. It’s as if they’re cut from a different cloth from the rest of the mainstream boards. Built with more thought, more contemplation, more style.
This is the Bing Surfboards Bulb review.
+ Smooth, crisp, connected ride
+ Feels right at home on a long, carvalicious point break wall but handles bigger, more critical waves surprisingly well
+ Double wing diamond tail compliments the outline perfectly
+ Fantastic balance between glide and sensitivity
– I buckled my Bulb in bigger, more powerful surf after only a few weeks…bummer
The Bing Surfboards Bulb at 6’2 x 21 3/4 x 2 5/8 @ 36L’s of volume. I surf the Bing Bulb exclusively as a quad with the FCS V2 PC Quad Fin Set. Standard Bing Bulb dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist high, onshore beach breaks to lined up head high point breaks to heaving, hollow overhead beach break barrels (this was pushing it but hey, it handled it!)! It’s a versatile little performer.
- More performance geared evolution of the Swee’ Pea
- Double wing and diamond tail
- Pulled-in nose and subtle nose rocker in the front 12″ of the board
- Great for a more vertical approach and drivey roundhouse cutbacks
- Loves open faced, top-to-bottom surfing
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- Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds Review: epic little all rounder with similar, wider outline and double wing…it’s so hot right now
Hey there, this is Ben, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Just rounding out a little trip to California to visit the family, go to a wedding, and, of course, to get some waves and meet with some cool shapers! One of my favorite shapers, one of the guys who’s made one of my favorite boards, the Bing Dharma [See the Dharma review…], is Matt Calvani of Bing Surfboards [See Matt Calvani talk about his favourite board…]. I was able to connect with him before coming over here, and I asked him to make me a Bing Surfboards Bulb, which you see here.
I really like the look of this board because, again, I’ve surfed the Dharma in many, many conditions and I’ve always had a great time with the Dharma. It is such a versatile modern performance fish design. But I wanted something that was slightly more shortboard-like when I was coming over here; something that would act as my hybrid shortboard. This was not meant to be the thing I was taking out when it was really pumping and not when I was groveling. I wanted the thing that I was going to be surfing most of the time, in most of the conditions I was going to get over here on my trip.
Looking through his (Matt Calvani’s) line, the Bulb just spoke to me. I like the tail. I like these little double wings pulling into this slightly rounded tail, but almost rounded, square reminiscent tail.
Man, I have just loved surfing this board while I have been over here in California. I’ve surfed this in conditions all the way from waist high, a little bit onshore and mushy, all the way through to a solid overhead to a few feet overhead, really powerful, 18 to 20 second period ground swell. Actually, I did surf this on that big, powerful day when I should have taken out, probably, my good wave board.
I didn’t really know it was going to be as big as it was and I was surfing this beach break in San Diego where it is quite a long walk to get down to. It’s a fantastic beach break – one of my favorite beach breaks anywhere in the world. Anyway, I got down there and I saw how big it was, and I was like, “Well, I’m not going to walk all the way back up the hill to get the other board, so I’m going to give this Bing Bulb a go. [02:00] It handled it. It handled it just fine. I did feel like on the drops, the bigger, steeper drops, I felt like I would have liked to have had a little bit more rocker and a little bit more length just to get in and get down the line but that was only one or two times. For the most part, this little 6’2 Bing Surfboards Bulb handled again, quite powerful, punchy, hollow beach breaks with ease.
My favorite surfs on this board were when I was surfing down in Mexico, in Baja California. I was surfing at K38’s, this little right hand point break, and this Bing Bulb just loved that wave. The shape of this was perfect for that wave. It has a little bit more nose rocker than Matt Calvani’s other fish surfboard and small wave designs, like the original Bing Dharma. It gets in nice and early and gets in easily. Then, the flattish rocker throughout flows through to this tighter, more precise tail at the back. Again, this tail allowed me to really get on rail quickly and do some big, nice, arcing back hand turns, because I was surfing a right. I really just loved surfing this board in those conditions.
You can see it has a relatively flat, modern rocker with just a little bit more nose rocker, flattish through the center, and then slightly more tail kick. It has a quite standard, single to double concave bottom contour, which is the modern performance all rounder bottom contour of choice.
Overall, just a beautiful feeling, a beautiful ride. The Bing Surfboards that I’ve ridden, they just ride and they feel different than a lot of the other big name high performance shortboard designs that you find out there or even performance hybrid shortboards.
Even like the Lost Rocket, the Lost V3 Rocket [See the V3 Rocket review…], which has this similar dynamic in the tail, this Bing Surfboards Bulb just feels a little bit smoother and a little bit more, I don’t know, like it’s from a different era, it’s from a different mindset of shaping, which I really like. I like all the heritage that’s behind Bing as well and that’s a part of the reason why [04:00] I think I end up getting a lot of the boards, and getting along with them.
Anyway, so that is the Bing Surfboards Bulb. If you’ve had a go on the Bing Bulb, please, as always, let me know what you think, and thank you so much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
OUTRO: Hello Bing Bulb. You are smooth, and beautiful, and fantastic, and I love you.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Bing Bulb dimensions and volumes from the Bing Surfboards website:
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