The aptly named Rapture by Eye Symmetry brings a feeling of intense pleasure and joy to the surfer who attacks small waves with this wicked little high performance hybrid shortboard.
+ All the volume and paddle power you need without feeling bulky
+ Feels every bit as fast and precise as my high performance shortboards but in a smaller, more rotund package
+ Amazing acceleration even when the waves don’t provide much push
+ Extra lively, turns on a dime
+ Construction feels light but solid
– I can’t fault the Rapture on anything of note. It does what I expect it to do
The Eye Symmetry Rapture surfboard at 6’1 x 20 3/4 x 2 3/4 @ 38L’s of volume. The good people at Futures recommended the Futures Jordy fins for this board. I rode them exclusively and, given I didn’t have a bad surf on this board, I think that was a very clever choice. Standard Eye Symmetry Rapture dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead. Excels in average conditions but can handle better quality conditions
- Wider centre and tail with nicely pulled in nose to handle junky drops
- Low entry rocker with more pronounced tail lift for tighter turns
- Flat nose concave to single, to double, to vee double off of the tail
- Fuller foil with awesome beveled, low to medium rails
- Three fin thruster setup
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It happens to all of us, you are being sold in store or online on the amazing performance of XYZ surfboard in smaller surf. Rarely do these promises hold true for me. The Rapture by Eye Symmetry is an exception.
Hello, welcome to Benny’s boardroom! Welcome back! This is the Rapture by Eye Symmetry Surfboards. Now you might have seen a couple of weeks ago, I did a new model preview where Tom Carroll and a young, up and coming Australian surfer named Ben Penny were surfing couple of Eye Symmetry Surfboards at this beautiful reef break in Sydney.
I’m going to review those boards as well – I’ve ordered the boards they were riding – but this is my first Eye Symmetry Surfboard and I really, really enjoy surfing this board. From the first take, it looks just like a compressed small wave hybrid shortboard. It’s a little bit shorter, a little bit fatter and a little bit wider. There are few elements with this board that I really appreciate.
First, Max of Eye Symmetry wanted to carry quite a bit of foam through this board and you could see he’s got this very flat deck through here. He carries the foam all the way through the centre of the board and then he has this nice beveled rail here. The foam goes from being quite thick through the center to then trailing off with this nice medium to low rails which are really sharp and make the board feel really lively in small waves.
The first time I surfed this board it was a pretty typical, average beach break day. It was about shoulder high, a little bit sectiony, but there were a few good little corners and I took off from my backhand on this Rapture for the first time and the thing just took off. From zero to a hundred kilometers an hour in no time at all. I am really impressed with the acceleration of this board in average, weaker conditions.
The speed of the Eye Symmetry Rapture really, really impressed me and then once I got that speed I was able to control it as well. The outline is conducive to actually turning the board and making it feel really lively and to perform well. A flat board, you can see that it has a relatively flat rocker through the center here and it has a little bit of tail kick and a little bit less of a nose kick.
The boards bottom contour is flat at the tip into a straight single to double concave with [00:02:00] a little bit of a vee at the back.
There are also a couple of things that Max is doing that are special and that I appreciate. Aside from the beveled rail, you can see he has this really cool carbon inlay pattern that goes across the deck. I think that this A) strengthens the board, which is great for somebody like me who is heavy footed. I haven’t been digging into and compressing the deck of the Rapture as much as other boards I surf. It looks cool and B) it strengthens, I think, the flex pattern of the board. Overall, the Rapture is a great little option for smaller, weaker, typical summer waves.
I have surfed the Eye Symmetry Rapture up to head high, even just a bit overhead, all the way down to about waist high and it just performs really well; holds a lot of volume and it just flies. It’s a really fast, fun board to ride. That is my first board by Max of Eye Symmetry Surfboards. That is the Rapture.
If you have had a go on the Rapture, or if you want to have a go, it is highly recommended and thank you very much for watching the show.
Feel the intense pleasure of riding the Rapture by Eye Symmetry Surfboards.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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