A sprightly little number by Panda Surfboards, the Fang Banger makes me feel like I surf better than I do.
From chest high to a bit overhead, the Fang Banger feels lively and maneuverable is a variety of conditions. This is the Panda Surfboards Fang Banger review. You should get one.
+ Finding the sweet spot is so easy with this board – the ride always feels connected
+ Chopped swallow tail with a bit of foam carved out to reduce volume makes the board feel very lively and maneuverable
+ All the foam you need to dominate small waves but doesn’t feel bulky
+ Very well balanced board overall, will take a steep drop but also flies across flat sections
– As intended, it’s an overhead and below option. It’s a bit skatey and too loose over that height
The Panda Surfboards Fang Banger surfboard at 5’10 x 20 1/2 x 2 5/8 @ ~37L’s of volume. See full standard Panda Surfboards Fang Banger dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead, flatter faced or more punchy and hollow. Doesn’t mind mush but loves clean faces (don’t we all!)
- Wide, chopped swallow tail with flutes
- Modern single to double concave bottom contour with vee bottom out behind the back fins
- Flat deck and awesome beveled rails
- Blake recommends a 3-fin thruster setup
- JS Dropped Swallow Surfboard Review: a small, average wave board with similar tail shape
- Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper Surfboard Review: ripping small wave board that loves lined up, clean faces (mush, not so much)
- Stacey Surfboards Snake Eyes Surfboard Review: amazing small to medium size wave all rounder with a similar connected, lively feeling
Hey, this is Ben and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom!
This is my second review of a Panda Surfboards model. This beautiful piece of foam and resin is called the Fang Banger. I was so pleased with The Bear Essentials model – an awesome, performance oriented small wave groveler [Read the review…] – that Blake Peter shaped for me that I ordered another one board right away. When I was looking through his boards, this one didn’t jump out to me right away but he kind of pointed out a few different models and said he was really enjoying surfing this so I thought I’d give it a go. There is a lot more to the design of this board than first catches the eye.
At first glance, the Fang Banger looks like a typical wider, fatter small wave hybrid outline and it is quite wide through the center here and does have a bit of volume running throughout the board. I really like what Blake’s done with the tail here. You can see he had added this chopped swallow tail with this little vee here. If you look very closely at that tail, he has also beveled that tail a little bit to reduce the thickness. That tail, while it’s wide, makes the board really, really lively and manoeuvrable.
One thing that jumped out to me about this board right away is how easy it is to find the sweet spot when you popup to your feet. I am pretty bad about getting my foot to plant on the right spot in the back and I think I lose a lot of maneuverability with a lot of boards I ride because my foot is too far forward. With this Fang Banger, I think it’s the way Blake Peters has distributed the foam and/ or the tail shape but it felt like wherever I popped up, wherever I put my foot, the board would just feel really alive and really maneuverable and I felt like I could get a really connected ride with it.
I have surfed this board for a few weeks now and whenever I go out I continually keep grabbing for the Fang Banger because it just works in so many different waves. I surfed it last weekend in really pitching, hollow, fast beach break conditions but I’ve also surfed it in flatter faced, slower beach break conditions from about waist high [02:00] to overhead. It seems to handle a lot of those conditions well.
Again, you can see that it does have a lot of foam distributed throughout the body. It has a bit of thickness through the center and under the chest and I think Blake has carried the foam out to the rail in just the right way to be able to pack enough volume in to give it plenty of paddle power and speed for smaller surf but the volume doesn’t seem to get in the way. I was taking off on waves in those hollower conditions and, despite the wide outline, despite the volume that he has through this board, despite the fact that it’s quite a flat rockered board, I was able to slot this Fang Banger into some steep, hollow conditions.
This is a very capable small to medium wave all rounder that works in a lot of different conditions. If you’d have to go on the Fang Banger by Panda Surf Boards, please, as always, let me know what you think but I’m really, really enjoying this. I think a lot of people would enjoy surfing this board. Thank you very much for watching and I hope you enjoyed the show.
Outro: As does the gentle panda when he chews on delicate bamboo shoots, so too will you feel the intense pleasure of riding the Panda Surfboards Fang Banger.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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