The Haydenshapes Merlot is a fast, loose little summer performer for airs and tight pocket surfing…especially if you’re Craig Anderson, which you’re not…but you can always try on the HS Merlot!
The wine glass inspired Haydenshapes Merlot Surfboard Review! Wine glass outline, smooth going down. This wicked little small wave punt machine has become a Haydenshapes team favourite.
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+ A progressive punt machine suited for airs…if you do those
+ Great to tight pocket surfing in smaller conditions
+ Skatey ride is super fun on smaller, flatter, weaker wave faces
– The Merlot starts to feel skittish when the waves get too hollow or critical. It’s too loose for a wave with punch
I demo’d a 6’1 x 20 x 2 5/8 at 33.78 L’s Merlot but should have gone for the standard 6’3…or even a custom. Normally, I would ride this style of board at ~38-40L’s. For fins, the HS large template goes great or the new Futures Blackstix F8 [Shop Futures F8 Blackstix now…]. But you need a large fin for this board! Standard HS Merlot dimensions and volumes at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist to head high, flatter, weaker faced waves. Nothing too big, hollow or critical.
- Unique wine glass shape conducive to small wave performance
- Side cuts from the wide point back into a narrow square tail – loose and fast
- Flat entry rocker carries through to a more pronounced tail rocker
- Forgiving foil allows for easy paddling and speed generation – the HS Merlot flies across flatter sections
- Single to double concave with vee through the last ~6 inches of the tail
- Great for performance surfing in good to average conditions from waist high to just overhead
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! This is the Haydenshapes Merlot, which you’ve probably seen Craig Anderson ripping up on this thing in his movie Slow Dance.
It appears he’s been surfing this board a lot lately. This Merlot was designed as a small wave fun board, something that if you can do airs, which I can’t, but if you can this is a great board for that sort of thing. Good for tight, fast, performance surfing when the conditions are a bit smaller.
The reason why this is called the Merlot is because it’s actually shaped a little bit like a wine glass. You can see it’s got those cool side cuts similar to the Psychedelic Germ [See the HS Psych Germ review…], which I did a review of a few weeks ago.
The side cuts take a straight angle from the center point of the board all the way through to this pronounced hip off the tail here. Then you can see he’s got this sharp pulled-in square tail at the back, which is again conducive to boosting airs and things like that, which I don’t do, but if you do, maybe that will help you out!
The rocker is relatively flat, so again, this board is intended to get a lot of speed and get a lot of momentum going down the line when the waves are a bit smaller. You can see it has a very slight entry rocker; it’s very flat through the center here, and then it’s got quite a pronounced kick off the tail. Again, a lot of tail rocker combined with that kind of square tail makes this a good little punting board, or so I’m told.
This has nice foam distribution throughout. This is actually a little bit smaller than I would normally ride. I got this as a loaner from Haydenshapes, but at 6’1″ this has about 33 liters, which is again, a touch small for me. I didn’t find any issues getting up and getting going when the surf was a little bit bigger. I’m talking shoulder, chest high, and maybe even up to head high.
A really fun, fast, skatey type board. This would be good, again, for surfing in the summer when the waves don’t have quite as much push and they’re generally a bit smaller. Again, if you are a really high performance surfer and you like getting up in the air, then I think this Merlot would be great for that type of surfer.
That is the Haydenshapes Merlot. If you’ve had a go on it, please as always let me know what you think. You are not going to surf this board like Craig Anderson, and neither am I, so don’t set yourself those types of expectations, but if you want a fun little small to medium-sized wave board, I think this Merlot is a great choice.
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