Get fast. Get loose. Get more fun and speed out of your average summer sessions with the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada!
Twin fins are so hot right now. This is the Chilli Surfboards Chilli Pina Colada Twin Fin Surfboard Review! A hot little small wave fun surfboard for flatter faced, more average conditions.
It’s not an old school twinny – modern bottom contours, rails and tail shape allow the Chilli Pina Colada to be surfed more progressively but I found this board did have limits, especially in steeper, faster, more critical surf.
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+ A fun board to throw around in flatter faced, more average conditions
+ Great for novice to experienced surfers who just wants to have a fun, fast ride in the small waves
+ Fast, loose twin fin feeling is alive with this one
– Not the board you’re going to pull out for performance-oriented waves
– Wide outline struggles getting into steeper faces
– Easy to bog the tail in hard bottom turns
I rode the Chilli Pina Colada at 6’1″ x 22 x 2 and 3/4 at 40.5 L’s. I rode it with the Futures Fins T1s twin fin setup and it complimented the board quite well.
Standard Chilli Pina Colada dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Smaller, weaker swells and flatter faced waves. Great for summer. Not suited for performance oriented, bigger or steeper waves.
- Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada has very little rocker
- Wide outline that is broken up by a wing at the front fin
- Moderate thickness throughout the board
- Modern bottom contours with a single concave
- Lower, slightly more sensitive rails
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Hey this is Ben and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Today, we’re going to look at this hot little number that you’re looking at here. This is the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada.
These twin fins seem to be all the rage right now; there are a lot of manufacturers that are making little twin fins that are intended to get more fun and speed out of your more average summer sessions.
Especially around Sydney, we just came out of summer and I was surfing this through summer on some of those lower period, flatter faced wind swells that we get so much. It was really fun to ride a little twinny in those conditions. I like twinnies because they’re super fast, you can do these huge breaking top turns and these little whips off your back hand as well.
It’s a really different ride, and I think some people maybe shy away from the twinnies because they think about how they’re old school and they can’t be surfed progressively. But they can be, especially if you have a board like this which has been modernized a little bit.
I’m riding the standard 6’1″ Pina Colada, it’s 6’1″ x 22 x 2 and 3/4 at 40.5 L’s if my memory serves me correctly.
This Pina Colada is relatively flat throughout the board. It doesn’t have very much rocker. It’s got a wide outline, but that wide outline is broken by this little wing here which breaks right at the front fin, the twin fins really. Then pulls into this nice tighter swallow tail.
The thickness throughout the board is pretty standard for a small wave board. All the way up the front there’s even a bit of thickness running through the front of the board there. It carries through and it’s pretty full bodied through the center here, but then it gets really narrow and thin in the tail and that’s quite unique actually. I’m going to get back to my experience surfing that tail.
The bottom contours are more modern. The Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada has a single concave that starts here slightly and it gets quite deep through the belly here, and it comes all the way down to about this point here, then it breaks into a double which then flows out to a little vee off the tail. So it’s a standard to more progressive all-rounder bottom contour. Very standard for Chilli Surfboards as well.
The rails on the board, despite it being a wider outline and despite it having bit of volume and thickness, the rails are quite low and quite sensitive.
When we think through all of the design features of this board, one thing that I think Chilli was trying to achieve is that he wanted something that was fun to throw around when it was smaller, but he also wanted something that people could actually surf. They could actually turn and surf tight in the pocket. Again, if you think about the lower rails and that tighter or narrower tail, but also a thinner tail, than the all-rounder inspired bottom contours this board, it is really intended to be not just surfed like a fun, flowing down the line board.
It is actually is meant to be pushed a little bit and surfed hard in the pocket. But that wasn’t our experience with the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada.
Experience in the Surf
I surfed this board in a few different wave types. I surfed it in mostly short, punchy beach breaks but I did surf it a couple of times in some longer, running conditions as well. There are things that I really like about the board.
I love how the twin fin feeling, the twins are just so fast. They’re really like nothing else as far as speed is concerned.
They have a little bit less drag, and I never have any trouble catching waves with the board, it’s just really easy to get waves and to get speed.
The experiences I had with the board were pretty mixed.
I surfed it a couple of times in flatter faced, more slow paced waves and had a really fun time surfing those types of waves. Waves where you could just take off at an angle, you didn’t need to sharply bottom turn. Not performance oriented waves. I thought it worked great in those conditions.
A couple of times I had a nice wall, even in some of the surfs I had where it was slightly bigger, maybe shoulder or head high. It has a nice flow down the line. Again, you have that loose, fast feeling of the twin fin and then when you go to turn it I’m always reminded of just how easy it is to break loose the tail of twin fin.
The other experience I had was not as good. I surfed the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada a couple of times in those beach breaks that can be a little more punchy; the lip is throwing faster and you really have to get on your feet and get a nice bottom turn in order to surf the wave properly.
One thing I noticed was that I would take off and I would have to do a really sharp bottom turn and I would bog the tail in the water and lose all of my drive. I completely lost all of my momentum every time I’d hit the bottom. Perhaps it could have been an issue with where I was placing my back foot but it happened every time.
There was one session in particular that went that way and it made me lose a lot of waves. I surfed it again in another situation again where it was steeper and faster, and I had a similar experience.
Again, for me, the board worked best in those mushier, weaker swells and that’s where I think it performed well. This is not size dependent, I surfed it slightly up – to about head high – but I think if you’re going to surf performance waves, grab a performance-oriented board.
I keep going on about the fact that this is a twinny, but it’s actually not. It’s a cheater twinny. I’ve got these Futures Fins T1 Twin Fins, which are the twin fins I use for a more modern, progressive feel.
Unlike the big Futures Rasta Keel twin fins (Sea Shepherd keel fins), which have that old school twin keel look and feel, the T1s I are the fins tend to put in boards that are less old school, that are meant to be surfed a little bit more aggressively.
I really like these T1s, they’re a nice tall fin, quite wide, lot of area. They tend to complement these boards quite well.
But you’ll notice that the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada does have this extra slot in here, it has a three fin thruster setup and it has room for this little trailer that comes with the Futures T1.
I was surfing with that trailer and I thought it went quite well in slower, weaker waves. I think this would be a really good slow point break board. I think that fin setup complimented the board well.
Overall, the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada was fun in flatter faced, small conditions where I wanted to maximize the fun quotient when the waves were not good. I could get lots of waves, get lots of speed in those waves, it was great for that.
In my experience, this is not the board you’re going to pull out for performance-oriented waves. Getting into steeper faces I struggled a little bit. And, again, I felt like I be push hard on this tail and lose a lot of drive. I have heard that you need to get your foot right back on the back of the tail block here in order to really maximize your push and drive through turns. That was my experience with the Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada.
That is the Pina Colada by Chilli Surfboards. Beautiful little board, I love the look of it and the spray that Chilli put on it.
That’s our surfboard review for this week, hope you enjoyed it. If you do, be sure to subscribe and leave a comment so we can have a chat about it. Take care, and I’ll speak to you again soon.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Chilli Surfboards Pina Colada Dimensions & Volumes available at the Chilli Surfboards website:
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