A rate talent in an industry that often inadvertently gravitates towards homogeneity, Dick Van Straalen is a true waterman and the wizard behind DVS Surfboards. This beautiful craft, the DVS Hydro Hull Fish, is an exquisite sample of his work.
+ Beautiful aesthetics and design
+ Fast and furious down the line: the ‘Hydro Hull’ is all about speed and acceleration
+ Capable traditional fish model
– Traditional fish surfboards are not for every one. This board is a cruiser
– Not as user friendly as more modern fish designs, especially as a twin fin
The DVS (Dick Van Straalen) Hydro Hull Fish surfboard at 6’1. Dick Van Straalen shapes each of his boards by hand to suit the individual, therefore volumes and dimensions are by design.
Best Wave Type
Anything from waist high to just overhead. This beautiful fish likes clean, down-the-line style waves for a flowing, top-to-bottom ride.
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Hey, what’s going on; welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! My name is Ben and I buy, and I ride, and I review surfboards for fun and for you.
This little piece of sex on fins is a custom Dick Van Straalen (DVS) Hydro Hull Fish surfboard. When you look at this board, at first glance, [00:00:30] if you’re just looking at the outline, this looks like a traditional style fish board. You’ve got a wide point forward. You’ve got a lot of area up in the nose, and then this comes back to that very traditional vee shaped fish surfboard tail. A beautiful throwback to the old school fishes.
However, when you pick up this board and you start to look at what Dick Van Straalen does with the bottom contours and with the dome deck as well, you really start to see the special kind of craftsmanship that he puts into his boards. [00:01:00] The Hydro Hull is this element here. If you’re looking through the bottom contour, you can see that he’s got a really, really deep concave running through the middle here. That comes up, curves about here, and then runs back to the rail. That, combined with this dome on the deck, is what Dick Van Straalen’s known for. That is the hydro hull aspect of the hydro hull performance fish.
Now what this design equates to when you’re surfing this board – you can see that you got essentially two big hunks of foam running down here and running up here [00:01:30] and a very, very kind of narrow area running through the middle of the board there up until you get to about this point where the foil and the foam kind of evens out a bit. That equates to an enormous amount of speed and acceleration in the water.
I’ve had this board as a quad, which I actually prefer to be able to control the speed. Once you take off on this thing and you set your line, it takes off and it’s off to the races. Now that traditional fish tail [00:02:00] does mean that you have to turn harder than you’re probably used to if you’re surfing more modern designs. That’s probably why I preferred the quad when I surfed this board.
Overall, this is a work of art, as you can see. It’s just an absolutely beautiful board and a fine piece of craftsmanship that you could put under your feet or you could put on the wall. A beautiful custom Hydro Hull Fish surfboard by Dick Van Straalen. If you’ve had a go on a Dick Van Straalen, particularly a hydro hull fish like this [00:02:30] beautiful specimen here, please let me know what you think about it in the comments. I’m very curious to see what people think about this board because this style of board is not for everybody.
Thank you very much for watching, and I hope you enjoy the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
DVS (Dick Van Straalen) standard dimensions and volume are unavailable. Dick Van Straalen shapes each of his boards by hand to suit the individual, therefore volumes and dimensions are by design.
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Hey thanks for your breakdown on the hydro hull. I've just picked one up, a 5"9 twin keel Nd the first the thing I noticed was speed. Crazy speed. Your back foot has to do a LOT of work to get it to slow up and slinging through turns. I'm finding a close stance and drawn out turns are working well, baht definitely a blast to ride!