Borrow elements from the classic mini simmons designs and extend the wave range: this is the McCallum Surfboards Simmons Step Up Surfboard Review.
This one makes me giddy, the McCallum Surfboards Simmons Step Up Surfboard Review. Another fine specimen by foam and resin master craftsman, Jeff McCallum of McCallum Surfboards. The Simmons Step Up borrows elements of the mini simmons surfboard designs but extends the wave range upwards.
The ride is silky smooth, with precise transitions thanks to the performance tuned nose and tail and sensitive rails.
From onshore waist to shoulder high mush to fun, overhead barrels, the Simmons Step Up holds its own.
+ Look at it! It’s just rad
+ …but it works, too. Get this Simmons step-up into a running face and it’s magic
+ It’s smooth down the line, surprisingly capable in steeper, more critical conditions and performs like a modern performance fish on steroids
– The really low rails can catch a bit in mush
A 6’0 McCallum Surfboards Simmons Step Up Surfboard…full dims are not available. Jeff’s boards are bespoke and built for the individual. If you happen upon one that looks like your size, don’t hesitate!
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead beach, points and reef
- Small wave performance hybrid design
- Nice thin, rounded squash tail
- Low, bevelled rails
- Flat deck with generous foam distribution
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Hey there, welcome to Benny’s boardroom. I hope you’re doing well you big foam and resin freak. If you’re watching this show, you probably love surfboards nearly as much, if not more than I do. It’d be hard to love them more than I do. There are a few different shapers that have a special place in my heart. Some shapers that when I saw, for example the boards for the first time, I was just completely taken by them.
I have my favorites, everyone does. One my of my favorites is Jeff McCallum from San Diego. Jeff is an understudy of Christenson. I think he makes some of the most beautiful-looking boards out there. I love the way his shapes look. This is only my second McCallum but I’ve ridden three of his boards, and I just love the way they ride. It’s just a different type of surfing.
McCallum doesn’t really do high performance pointed nose shortboards or anything like that. He doesn’t even really do traditional fishes; he just focuses on the alternative craft. Does lots of different shapes and sizes of shorter, fatter, wider boards, which I ride most of the time. I think that’s what a lot of people ride most of the time because that tends to be what works for most of us. A lot of us aren’t blessed with the North Shore of Hawaii with those big powerful waves that hit quite often or South Africa the size and the power of the waves they have there. Most of us ride these shorter, fatter, wider boards because we just want to have fun and enjoy the everyday conditions we get.
“Jeff McCallum’s alternative style of designs, again, they just speak to me. I just love his boards.”
I’ve got another board by him, a Quagg 2 which I’ve got the review for. I shall put the review link right here [Go to the McCallum Quagg Review…].
I got this board when I was over in San Diego kind of on a whim. I’d actually spoken to Jeff before over email and just said, “Hey I’d love to get another board when I’m over in California to review.” He just couldn’t do it. He’s got such a long list of people that he needs to deliver boards to. He couldn’t make a special exception which is good, I respect that.
I was very excited, however, when I lucked into this board because I literally walked into Mitch’s Surf Shop in La Jolla – it’s just around the corner from where my mom lives – and Jeff had just dropped off a few boards that he promised to Mitch hours before I got there. and I just happened to walk in at the right time. I happened to find this beautiful McCallum Simmons Step Up just sitting there waiting. It’s a 6″0′ and it’s the perfect size for me. I felt like all the stars aligned and I was able to come back to Australia with another amazing McCallum surfboard.
The Simmons Step Up, you can’t even go online and read about the Simmons Step Up and the design behind it or anything like that; it doesn’t even exist yet. The purpose of it is to take some elements of the Simmons design and make it something that you can surf when it’s a little bit bigger and a little bit better.
Some signature elements of Jeff’s designs; you can see he’s got the beautiful beveled rails. It’s got a nice flat deck so he always carries a lot of foam throughout the foil or the distribution of foam throughout the outline or plan shape. That’s always good for me because that again allows me to ride boards that are a little bit shorter and still get the volume I need to get up and get going.
Then he does this in a lot of his boards where he does these nice beveled rails that drop off. He does really quite sharp low rails, which whenever I jump on one of his boards, I usually ride boards that are medium boards for all … medium rails for all-rounders or sometimes fuller rails when I’m dealing with grovelers. He does these nice sharp rails and you can see now that bevel comes all the way around through to the tip here and that goes all the way around and trails to the back as well. You can see how he trails the foam right off of the back. He’s got a lot of foam running through the center of the board here, right through here. It has a lot of paddle power into the chest but refines through the nose in a quite thin and refined through the tail.
This board goes like a rocket. I surfed this for the first time in really mushy, ugly one to two-foot beaches and the waves weren’t very good at all. Every now and then a wave would pop up and you would get this nice little knee-high knee-to-waist-high a bowl section. I would get up to my feet and if it was one of those rare waves that did line up and it had that nice, little bowly section, got it. I’d just step on the accelerator and the thing just takes off and just starts flying down the line. Lots of get-up-and-go in this board.
However, I’ve seen pictures actually if you go onto McCallum Surfboards’ Instagram you’ll see there is a gentleman, I forgot his name off the top of my head, but surfing a 6’3″ mini Simmons Step Up. He’s surfing this hollow amazing-looking barrel on a board just like this. While it does have that wider, fatter outline, you can see it does have a little bit of rocker running through the board.
Then again it’s got a very tuned tip and tail and very, very sensitive rails. Beautiful board to ride in smaller conditions, but then when you want to get up and ride something a bit bigger, you’re not very limited by that wide outline. I have surfed it in bigger conditions, bigger junkier conditions as well as bigger cleaner conditions. Yeah it just goes man; it just does what I want it to do.
You can see again the outline he’s got a lot of the width running through the center here and then he’s got a very pronounced … It’s almost side-cut. Almost reminds me a little bit of the Haydenshapes Pyschedelic Germ or the Merlot and those types of boards that come back from a wide point and then pull dramatically into the back of the tail. Again, that tail, the thinness through here that you can see as well as that pulling into the width that gives you a lot of paddle power and allows you to generate speed upfront, but then trails back pretty quickly in the back.
I’ve been surfing these Futures EA Quad fins. These were recommended by the good guys at Futures Fins. Those have gone really well on the board. I didn’t try any other fins on this; I didn’t feel the need to. This wasn’t the type of board where I pick it up and I needed something different; it just worked the way it is. Again once I get used to the sensitive of those lower sharper rails, yeah I just love these boards. I just think they’re just beautiful; they’re pieces of art.
The only problem with the McCallum surfboards I find is that I have trouble surfing them because they look so good.! I don’t want to take them off the wall and ride them and get them all salty and covered in wax and dirty. A surfboard is meant to be ridden and at the end of the day it would be hugely tragic to not ride this board.
It’s just a beautiful little piece of foam and resin. It is an exquisite surf craft and a piece of art, so thanks Jeff for another beautiful board. I hope you enjoyed this review of the McCallum Surfboards Simmons Step Up. I will see you next week, so hit ‘Subscribe’, don’t miss out on anything. If you like this video, do us a favor and hit ‘Like’. It will help us a lot. Thanks so much for watching the show. Have a great week.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard McCallum Surfboards Simmons Step Up dimensions and volumes are not available. Jeff builds boards to suit the individual so each one is unique.
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