Time to kill some mermaids! Misfit Surfboards Mermaid Killer is a cool, unique parallel rail board design geared for optimum speed, maximum control and release in a tight, little package. With the Mermaid Killer, size doesn’t matter.
+ Interesting, parallel rail board with the missing nose reduces swing weight
+ Very fast and responsive in a shorter, smaller package
+ Cool single channel tail helps with leverage through turns and funnels water as you cruise along
– I’m heavy on my front foot, especially on my backhand, and I struggled with the Mermaid Killer going right until I adjusted my weight
The Misfit Surfboards Mermaid Killer surfboard at 5’10 x 19 x 2 3/4 @ 38.25L’s of volume. In the beginning, I used my favourite small to medium size wave fins, the EA Blackstix but these felt too sticky. Futures recommended the WCT Techflex and that switch made a huge difference in smoothing out the ride. Standard Misfit Surfboards Mermaid Killer dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist to just overhead; clean to mushy waves
- Parallel outline with unique curves making it shorter than the conventional shortboard designs
- Low concave entry nose rocker for easy paddling
- Slight concave through the tail with a single curved channel finished with a dome swallow tail to heighten control, release and speed
- 5 fin set up for quad or thruster for maximum versatility
- Short length and straight outline allows better positioning on the wave face
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This is the Mermaid Killer by Misfit Shapes. Wow, this is a cool, different design. It’s my first kind of parallel rail board. I’ve tried some surfboard designs that have been heading in that direction but not quite as extreme as this.
It reminds me of when I was big into the mountains. I was an avid skier for 15 years. I remember at one point, the designs of the skis that people are using went from being longer and more narrow down to shorter and wider and fatter. The purpose that was make the things you’re using, a lot more responsive but also fast and user friendly. Still, to maintain all of that speed, this board, I’ll say, this surfboard, this Mermaid Killer is following, I think, a similar path with respect to surfboard design. You can see that it’s kind of instead of having a longer, kind of narrower outline, it’s squashed all of that foam down to a short, compact package.
You’ve probably heard a few times that in general surfboard design, the actual tip of the board isn’t as important as you may think it is. You feel comfortable having it there, especially if you’re taking a big, steep drop, it’s nice to know it’s there to keep the nose out of the water. But it doesn’t perform as significant of a function as you might guess. That’s part of the concept behind these parallel rail boards. You can see it’s almost like that nose has been completely chopped off here.
The foam has been moved back and distributed, basically, throughout the board. It’s got these nice medium rails that the good guys at Misfit Surfboards have put on there for me. It does have a little bit of rocker in the nose and then a lot of width and just a very subtle rocker running throughout the board through the tail.
The goal of this Mermaid Killer is to make this fast and responsive but in a shorter, smaller package. I had some good surfs on this. I did struggle with a little bit, especially my back hand. It is a shorter board than I usually ride. This is a 5’10” and I usually ride boards that are six foot plus. One of the most memorable sessions I had, I was surfing a mushier, less clean day but there were some nice little crumbly lefts coming through and I was taking off on to bigger shoulders of maybe head high lefts. On my forehand, I hardly noticed the fact that there’s no nose there. You don’t really notice the board feeling all that different from your traditional all around shortboard other than it did feel very, very fast. I would just get up to my feet and the board will just take off.
It has this really cool channel tail at the back. You can see that single channel, running around that middle fin there. I think that helps to give it some big leverage points here when you’re doing turns. Also, just to funnel the water through as you cruise along the face at a furious pace down smaller to more medium size waves.
Otis Carey, the gentleman for whom this signature model was created, surfs this thing in anything and goes so well on it. It could be a little bit advanced for me. That could be why I was struggling a little bit on my back hand. I would say overall, this is a really beautiful fun board. If you’re looking to expand your repertoire of surfboards, you should definitely give one of these parallel rail boards a go.
I’m really glad that the good guys at Misfit, Chris and Dave, push me to get this board. I think it’s a really kind of interesting design and it was fantastic and fun to surf with.
The one thing that I was, I think, curious about in the beginning is “What type of fins to do out of this board?” It looks smaller and the package looks smaller and wider. I thought instantly, it’s to be a pure kind of small wave board that I’d be running fins and lots of foil. Foil is the kind of curve on the inside of the fin and that helps to give you drive and acceleration speed in smaller waves. Chris and Dave, and also, Pete and Curtis from Futures, recommended fins with no foil on this board. I think just because it is so fast, given the kind of outline size.
I’d been surfing with these WCT TechFlex made by Futures. I think these are definitely the right fins in there. Again, I was surfing Black Sticks that have quite a lot of foil in on them before. Once I switched these fins, I really started to get a lot more out of the board.
That is the Mermaid Killer by Misfit Shapes. Very interesting design. My first pure, parallel rail design. Awesome. Awesome artwork on here.
Thank you so much to the guys at Misfit for helping me out with this beautiful little craft. I’m really glad I got to give this a go. That is the Mermaid Killer by Misfit Shapes. Thank you so much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
OUTRO: The ocean demands a sacrifice and we are going to go kill some mermaids with the Mermaid Killer.
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