Designed as a one board quiver, the FCD Fark is surprisingly well rounded for a modern performance fish outline. While I wouldn’t surf it in a powerful, heavy reef break, the FCD Fark works well in a variety of conditions. This is the Fletcher Chouinard Designs or FCD Fark review.
+ Solid average to good wave all rounder surfboard for the waves most people surf ~80% of the time
+ Fast and flowy yet precise
+ Holds surprisingly well in a steeper wave face
– Not a board for powerful, hollow reef breaks as indicated on FC Designs website (for mere mortals, anyway)
– For some reason I couldn’t pin point, the Fark would feel slow at times. I felt like I had to pump down the line when I should have been accelerating naturally
– Less volume and paddle power than the outline suggests. Perhaps contributes to the slow feeling?
The FC Designs Fark surfboard at 6’2 x 20 1/2 x 2 11/16 @ 36.2L’s of volume. Full standard FC Designs Fark volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Clean, waist to head high, flatter faced waves.
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Hello, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. My name is Ben and I buy surfboards, I ride those boards, and then I review those boards just for you here at Benny’s Boardroom on YouTube and at CompareSurfboards.com.
This little blue number that we’re looking at here is the Fletcher Chouinard Designs, or FC Designs, Fark. [00:00:29] The Fark is Fletcher Chouinard’s answer to the one board quiver. This is the board that your are meant to be able to take out in just about any type of condition and it’s meant to perform for you.
I look at this outline and it looks very similar to me to the Pod by Channel Islands and Al Merrick. I had a Pod and that board was great. And the two boards do actually feel very similar in the water.
I must mention that some of the waves that are listed on the FC Designs site as waves that you can surf this board with like Lances Right, for example, in the Mentawais [00:01;00] are waves I would definitely not surf with this board! I think it’s fine for team riders. Dan Malloy would do just fine surfing Lances Right probably on any type of board. For the mere mortals of the surfing world like myself, this is not going to be the type of board you want for those types of waves.
However, for the average all-rounder style of waves that most of us get, for example, beach breaks that go from being flatter to a little bit steeper in the waist high to a couple feet overhead range, this FCD Fark is a great little option. [00:01:30] This thing is fast, it paddles well, it turns hard. It is constructed with EPS so the epoxy allows you to surf a board that’s a little bit smaller and still have the buoyancy to get you up and going. And the outline is nice and forgiving and will be suitable for a broad range of average waves.
So, the Fark has width and it’s got paddle power. The nose is kind of thinned out and not too bulky. I never felt like the nose was getting in the way when I tried to turn the board and the tail is quite straightforward; pulled into a nice little swallow tail at the back, which [00:02:02] channels water nicely from a single concave down to a double and then a vee out the back. Again, a good all-rounder surfboard for lots of different types of waves but probably not Lances Right or a big powerful reef break like that. I also wouldn’t surf the Fark as a groveler, but I think for the average wave that most of us surf 80% of the time, the Fark by Fletcher Chouinard Designs is a good option. [00:02:28]
If you’ve had a go on the Fark, please, as always, let me know what you think about it and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
FC Designs Fark standard dimensions and volume from the FC Designs website:
|5’2″||18 5/8″||2 1/8″||22.3|
|5’4″||18 3/4″||2 1/8″||24.2|
|5’7″||19 1/2″||2 5/16″||28.2|
|5’8″||19 3/4″||2 7/16″||29.5|
|5’9″||19 7/8″||2 7/16″||30|
|5’11”||20 1/8″||2 1/2″||32.1|
|6’0″||20 1/4″||2 9/16″||33.4|
|6’1″||20 3/8″||2 5/8″||34.8|
|6’2″||20 1/2″||2 11/16″||36.2|
|6’4″||20 3/4″||2 3/4″||38.5|
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I had this board for over 3 years now. Even though I have many board before this board. it really had shrunk my quiver up! . Best board I've ever had for sure ! Try it with the Rasta fins model .. A whole new experience ! . It can defenitly handle a lot of aggression. Also think that if you can get in the wave it can handle God know what .. Rad board !
This is my go-to board from waist to a foot overhead. Super fun and responsive but paddles well for a small board, I have the 5'8" and the rest of the boards in my quiver don't get much attention since I got this one. If its pumping, you will want a bigger board, mainly for dealing with the crowds (paddling speed). The board itself has handled bigger waves surprisingly well.
I've owned a 6' Fark and 5'8 Fark. The board is very low volume and isn't that easy to paddle. Not a groveller and when the waves get good I'd rather ride the FCD Quark or Huevo Ranchero. I think the FCD Quark is way more fun to surf?