The bare essentials, the Stacey Surfboards Flathead has a straightforward design that is not only reliable and responsive but also exciting in the water.
+ Just what you need in a short, stubby high performance shortboard design and nothing you don’t
+ Despite the shorter, fatter outline, the Stacey Flathead handles big drops, solid groundswells and critical manoeuvres (if you do those)
+ Performance tweaks to the design let you do what you do whether that’s sweeping bottom turns, tight turns of big hacks. It doesn’t mind a hollow beachy, too 🙂
– I love the look of a black board (non-standard) but DANG it gets hot in the sun (I swear I could smell the resin melting while carrying this lil beauty)!
The Stacey Surfboards Flathead surfboard at 6’2 x 20 5/8 x 2 3/4 @ 37.8L’s of volume. Standard Stacey Surfboards Flathead dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
This is a versatile performer that works best from chest high, rolling beach breaks to more powerful, punchy reef breaks at a few feet overhead
- Short, flat entry rocker for easy paddling
- Stubby shortboard outline that’s great for fun small wave performance surfing
- Flat center deck to easily find your footing
- Full rolled rails to surf easily
- Single to double concave bottom contour that generates & controls speed
- Thruster fin set-up
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Oh goody gum drops, it’s Wednesday. We’re going to talk about some surfboards! Hey this is Ben, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I’m feeling pretty good today, having a good week. I just got back from a great trip to Bali and I’m a pretty happy chappy right now. My little boy is awesome, he’s growing and that’s pretty cool. I’ve been surfing some great boards like this Stacey Surfboards Flathead that you’re looking at.
I do have a little bit of affliction for the Stacey Surfboards. They always seem to go really well for me and I really like dealing with Liam and Lee of Stacey’s Surfboards, they’re just fantastic guys. They care a lot about the boards that they produce and they try to make them for average everyday regular surfers, like me. So I’m always pretty excited when I get a new Stacey Surfboard. This is a brand new model from Stacey. One thing that I like about this is it’s really a simple design.
They kind of stripped back a lot of the fancy stuff that you see in a lot of different boards; the crazy tail shapes, and the big wide groveler outlines and they just stripped it back to this short, stubby, all around, small to medium-sized wave shortboard design. I took this board to Indonesia with me and I actually, I frankly wasn’t expecting to surf it very much because I was expecting this to be more of a head high – maybe a touch overhead – but a head high and below type of job, but we got a couple of decent swells.
We actually had a very big swell at the end of our trip, but in the beginning of my time over there, I was surfing a lot of smaller waves. The first few days were overhead and I took this out and had a great, great time on it. It handled bigger drops. It handled the nice powerful 16-second period ground swells that you often see in Indonesia. When I was going and doing bottom turns, I was surfing this little break just around the corner from Uluwatu in Bali. It’s one of those waves that just sits up and lines up and runs and it’s a relatively easy wave to surf, but it is fast and it does have a lot of power. I found that I wasn’t struggling at all surfing on this little stubby outline. When I looked at this originally, I didn’t think that it would handle it, but I was able to come around and do nice sweeping bottom turns and get a good line set and pump down the line and do some big hacks. Man, I had a really good time surfing this board.
So this is, again, a simplistic design without a lot of the fancy stuff that you see in a lot of designs these days. I surf a lot of boards that do have a lot of fancier features to them, but I really like the simplicity of this Flathead and I love the color, too. This definitely raised some eyebrows. Everywhere I paddled out, everyone always sees the black board and is drawn to it.
You can see it has a relatively flat rocker throughout the board. It does have a little bit of nose rocker, but it’s relatively flat and relatively flat through the center. It has a standard single to double concave running through the bottom contour, so standard single that V’s out in to a double, channels water nicely back through the fins and that is a great all-around performance surfing bottom contour, the bottom contour of choice for most modern designs.
Interestingly, I just did a review on the Haydenshapes Love Buzz not too long ago, which is a similar shorter, stubbier, fatter design but the love buzz had a lot more of a hump here (between the back fins). In other words, the bottom contour that came through here was a lot more pronounced. I struggled a little bit surfing the Haydenshapes Love Buzz when it was bigger and more powerful, I think because that more pronounced bottom contour double through the back was catching and pulling a little bit more when I was taking off on bigger steeper drops. I felt like it was a little bit catchy, but I think this more subtle double concave is more conducive to surfing something that’s a little bigger and a little more powerful.
So, it’s just an interesting comparison between two boards that have relatively similar outlines. The deck is also relatively flat throughout. Nice foil distributing foam throughout the board, so this board is very easy to paddle and catch waves. The waves did get down to just waist to chest high a few days. Again, I like surfing this when it was bigger, I think we all do. We like surfing bigger, better waves in general, but it was able to handle those smaller conditions as well because I think it has a lot of foam distributed throughout.
The Stacey Flathead does have a very flat-ish rocker, so good for getting up to your feet and getting a lot of speed quite easily. It has this nice forgiving rolled rails. The rolled rails, they’re not the sharpest rails, they’re not going to really bite hard but are good for all around performance surfing.
The nice thing about surfing this board for about ten days straight was that I got the opportunity to try two different fin templates. Originally, because it’s Indonesia, and because it’s a bit bigger and more powerful I was using the Matt Biolos MB2 template Futures fin (Shop Futures MB2 Fins…), which doesn’t have any foil and it’s a little bit stiff and a little bit bigger which is intended to help control speed and not generate speed as much. I found that once it got smaller I came back to my old faithful fins for small to medium-sized waves which are these EA Blacksticks by Futures (Shop Futures EA Blackstix Fins…). These have a big pronounce foil here; the V2 foil that Futures is famous for and these were great for generating speed when the waves are a little bit smaller. Overall, really good board. I think this would be a fantastic little beach break board that will get you through a lot of the conditions that most of us surf a lot of the time.
That is the Stacey Surfboards Flathead review – a brand new model from Stacey. If you’ve had a go on the Flathead, which you probably haven’t because it’s just come out – but if you’ve had a go, as always, please let me know what you think.
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OUTRO: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication grasshopper.
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