Looking for an epic, versatile modern performance fish that looks as good as it rides? Get a Bing Dharma! The Dharma by Bing Surfboards is at home on a cruisy point break or a peaky beach break but will easily handle your average days at home.
+ The ultimate performance fish; all of the fun and cruise you expect from a fish but with a performance kick
+ Holds and hides volume well. Great paddler and generates speed easily
+ Refined and nimble for a fish surfboard
– Wide outline makes drops into bigger, steeper faces a challenge
– All of your friends will want to borrow your Bing Dharma!
6’2 x 21 1/4 x 2 1/2 @ 39.4 CL’s with the beasty FCS HI-1 Quad Set fins for maximum drive and to power the big Dharma tail through turns.
The beautiful checkered board I used for the review is a 5’10, kindly loaned from Taylor at The Shop Next Door…because it is so so so pretty. See all Bing Dharma sizing, with standard dimensions and volume, at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Dharma is so versatile; I’ve surfed it from waist high to overhead, flat rolling waves to peaky, hollow beach breaks.
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Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. This is Ben and this little small wave weapon that I am holding here is the Bing Dharma, by Bing Surfboards, from California. This is an awesome take on the retro style Fish, with an added performance element.
While a lot of other shapers have kind of taken their shortboards and made them shorter and fatter, Bing has taken a different tact and, taken the retro style Fish and made it higher performance. The Bing Dharma is a really fun, fast, flowy board to ride; great in smaller, mushier surf. If you’re looking to get over the summer small wave doldrums, this is a great option. You can see it’s got the big, wide fishy nose, wide point forward and the width carries, basically, all the way through to this cool little butt tail they have at the back. This doesn’t have the kind of typical retro tail that you see with the big ‘V’ sticking out. This helps with a little bit of a release and may be a little bit closer to what you might be riding on a shortboard, if you have a rounded square or a squash tail.
A couple of things about the Bing Dharma that I think are really cool: it’s got all of the speed and ease of wave catching characteristics. It’s got lots of foam throughout and very little rocker. As you can see, it’s a pretty flat board throughout but what Bing has done with the rails and the deck shape, I think, gives it that performance kick, which makes it just a really fantastic small wave board to ride. The Bing Dharma has a really sharp, nice, beveled rail coming up almost into a step deck. Then you’ve got a concave deck here. That combination, going from nice sharp rails up to a bit of foam throughout here and throughout here and then a concave through the center, means you’re getting a lot of the paddle power and you’re getting a lot of the speed that you get with a traditional fish but your feet are a little bit down closer to the water, so, you feel a little bit more connected and you can turn the board harder. So, this board goes from rail to rail really easy, the transitions are fantastic.
Overall, the Dharma by Bing Surfboards is a really fun, fast board to ride. It looks really cool and I think, going into summer, you can’t get a much better surfboard than the Bing Dharma.
If you’ve had a go of a Bing Dharma, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to know how it feels for you and thank you very much for watching the show; I appreciate it.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Bing Dharma surfboard dimensions and volume from the Bing website:
|5’4||20 3/4||2 1/8||28.90L|
|5’6||20 7/8||2 1/4||30.10L|
|5’10||21 1/8||2 3/8||33.90L|
|6’0||21 1/4||2 7/16||38.30L|
|6’2||21 1/4||2 1/2||39.40L|
|6’4||21 3/8||2 5/8||43.50L|
|6’6||21 5/8||2 3/4||45.10L|
|6’8||22 1/2||2 7/8||47.40L|
|6’10||22 3/4||2 7/8||47.50L|
**Sizes outside of the above range are available on a custom order basis
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Been riding 6'6" Dharma for 5 years, absolutely my go to board in just about any conditions. Bens review is spot on and have met a few other guys riding the Dharma and it a unanimous 2 thumbs way up. Thanks