Simon Anderson’s latest small wave weapon, the Simon Anderson Spudster is intended to excel in smaller, weaker wave conditions while still handling slightly larger, better surf.
+ In smaller waves without chop, Spudster is fun & fast and flows well on the wave face
+ Catches waves and generates speed easily
– From waist high to overhead, I struggled surfing Spudster with any bump on the surface. The thickness carried through the nose seemed to overreact to any lumps, making drops, turns, etc. a challenge
– In my experience, only a narrow band of small wave conditions meshed well with this board
The Simon Anderson Spudster surfboard at 6’2 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/4 @ 40.35L’s of volume. Right in Benny’s volume sweet spot for a small wave surfboard. Full standard Simon Anderson Spudster volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Clean, waist to head high, flatter faced waves.
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Hey, this is Ben and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I hope you’re getting some waves wherever you are in the world, and I hope that I’ve helped you out a little bit by buying surfboards, riding those boards, and then reviewing them and talking about them here and at CompareSurfboards.com.
This is the Simon Anderson Spudster. [00:00:30] Now, Simon Anderson, the inventor of the three-fin thruster, is a bit of a legend and I’ve had some ‘good wave’ surfboards made by him. Surfboards that I took to Indonesia and, one in particular, the SXE I’m thinking of, went really, really well for me; a fantastic board. This is the first time I’ve had a small wave board by Simon and I had a mixed bag of surfs of this Spudster.
I took this out for the first time when it was a little bit small and it was weak but it was a little bit lumpy in the wave face and I just couldn’t quite get the board to sit in the water the way I wanted. [00:01:00] I had an okay surf, it wasn’t a great surf. The next time I surfed the Spudster, the surf was a little bit bigger, it was shoulder to even a little bit overhead on some of the sets. And it was quite lumpy and cross shore; typical summery conditions where I live, and I really struggled with the Spudster. I just couldn’t get the board to sit in the wave face the way I wanted. I’d be taking off and feeling like I couldn’t do anything right.
Now, in those choppier conditions, I think the reason I was having trouble was because you can see it’s got a lot of foam through out the outline [00:01:30] but it doesn’t really trail foam off very much in the nose. The nose is quite wide and it’s quite thick. And I think that’s what was tripping me up. I think that bulk in the nose was kind of hurting me when I was surfing it in less desirable, choppier conditions.
However, I did surf the Spudster once when it was smaller and cleaner with some success. It was about waist high to maybe shoulder high and a little bit cleaner – still not very good conditions, weak waves, but a little bit cleaner and more lined up. And I did have a really fun surf on it. It was taking off and I was just getting it in the spot and flowing down the line and really enjoyed surfing the Spudster then. [00:02:00]
As I said, kind of a mixed bag of surfs. Anytime there was a bit of chop in the wave face I felt like I was struggling.
It’s got kind of a cool, elliptical outline with lots of foam running throughout. Quite a bit of foam in the tail, quite a wide tail. The tail didn’t bother me as much as what I just described about the nose. And very little rocker. So, you know, a good kind of small wave outline but I think I just couldn’t get this thing to gel with me unless the waves were small, weak and clean. [00:02:30:]
That was my experience with the Spudster. I’m very keen to hear what anybody else is getting from the board and I’ve heard from a few people that they really enjoy surfing it. But that’s my take on the Spudster. Thank you very much for watching the show and let me know what you think in the comments. If you dig what we’re doing please hit subscribe so you don’t miss out on anything that’s coming in the future, and thank you very much for watching.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Simon Anderson Spudster standard dimensions and volume from the Simon Anderson Surfboards website:
|5’6||19 1/2||2 1/4||26.75L|
|5’7||19 3/4||2 5/16||28.2L|
|5’9||20 1/4||2 7/16||31.5L|
|5’10||20 1/2||2 1/2||33.15L|
|5’11||20 3/4||2 9/16||34.95L|
|6’1||21 1/4||2 11/16||38.5L|
|6’2||21 1/2||2 3/4||40.35L|
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