Fast and loose, this skatey little number by James Cheal of Chilli Surfboards rocks those small to medium wave days where there is little push in the swell. This is the Chilli Cherry Peppa surfboard review.
+ Flat, wide and fast! Great summer and/or small wave option!
+ Really lively and skatey in smaller, flatter waves…like a little skateboard
+ Despite the wide outline and wide tail, the Cherry Peppa is easy to turn hard and the deep double concave loosens the back of the board considerably
– The outline suggests it’s a groveler but, for me, the volume to length ratio is not right – I need much more volume in a 6’0 to surf on the tiniest, weakest days
The Chilli Cherry Peppa surfboard by James Cheal at 6’0 x 21 1/4 x 2 1/2 @ 36.11L’s of volume. I’ve been using the Futures Stretch Quad Fins in the Cherry Peppa. Full standard Chilli Cherry Peppa surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist to head high, mushy or peaky, flatter or steeper. The Cherry Peppa loves little skate ramp like waves 🙂
- Very flat rocker
- Slight single to deep double concave bottom contour with vee out of the tail
- 5-fin setup
- Wide outline with foam distributed throughout
- Fuller rails but thinner tip and tail
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Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Welcome back, I hope you’re well.
This is the Cherry Peppa by James Cheal of Chilli Surfboards, which based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney in Australia.
The Cherry Peppa is an awesome, fun little summer board; a little summer weapon! You can see it has big, wide outline [00:00:030] but it is actually quite refined and feels very lively on the wave face. It feels like a little skateboard when you’re on a wave. It just flicks back and forth really quickly and you can turn it hard. It is surprisingly nimble for how big and wide the outline is.
Now, even though the outline suggests that this is a groveler style of board, I would not consider this to be a groveler simply based on how much volume it has relative to length. I have been riding a 6’0 Chilli Cherry Peppa and this has about 36 liters of volume, which is great for me in small waves. By small I mean waist to shoulder high and even head head. I have surfed the Cherry Peppa in that [00:01:00] range and it has been great. I wouldn’t surf it in waves any smaller than that, however, because for a board that I would grovel with – literally surf knee high waves – I need a lot more volume than 36 liters yet I would not be surfing anything longer than a 6’0. Therefore, I class the Cherry Peppa as a small to medium size summer wave board.
Great when the waves are about shoulder high and possibly even waist high and a little bit flatter faced.
This Cherry Peppa has a nice, flat deck. There is very little rocker running throughout the board. James cheal has put [00:01:30] just a very, very slight concave through the front of the nose and that comes out to a very pronounced double concave and vee in the back. This helps the Cherry Peppa to be very responsive and to transition from rail to rail quickly and easily, despite the wide outline and tail.
Really fun, really fast and again, the analogy that I use is like having a little skateboard and just being able to whip it around. It is fun and lively and the wide outline doesn’t seem to hold you back at all. The tail is pretty thin in the back even though it’s quite a wide tail [00:02:00] and I was able to turn really hard with that tail. It doesn’t really stick in the wave face as you think it might given the size of it.
That is the Chilli Cherry Peppa surfboard review; the latest summer small wave surfboard by Chilli Surfboards. If you’ve had a go on it, as always, please let me know what you think and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Chilli Cherry Peppa surfboard full standard surfboard volumes and dimensions from the Chilli Surfboards website:
|5’4||20 1/4||2 1/4||27.49L|
|5’6||20 1/2||2 5/16||29.46L|
|5’8||20 3/4||2 3/8||31.54L|
|6’0||21 1/4||2 1/2||36.11L|
|6’2||21 1/2||2 5/8||39.29L|
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Hi Benny, Marty again. Came back here to let you know how my Cherry Peppa 5,10" I LOVE IT! Surfed it first in the Canary Islands with decent surf and liked it already but now back in Holland I just absolutely love it. It's like its been made for our weak waves.. It starts fast, gains speed quickly and turns on a dime! I used to surf the Rare Bird 5.11 (31 liters) in Holland but the Cherry Peppa made my wave count go up a lot and my surfing got better too!! I'm glad I went for the little bigger version; you need volume on smaller waves! Cheers for the review!