FCS UL-7 Ultralight Surfboard Tri Fin Review

Flex: (3 / 5)
Maneuverability: (3.2 / 5)
Hold: (4.4 / 5)
Responsive: (3.2 / 5)
Overall: (3.4 / 5)

The FCS UL-7 Ultralight Surfboard Tri Fin Set is great fin if you need hold. Axiom Surf tested these fins for that reason so if you’re looking for control then these would be a good selection.


About the Fin: FCS in a Large Thruster setup.

The Pro: Axiom Surf tested the Ultra Light 7 on big days. These fins get the job done if you’re looking for good hold. You can tell from the rake that it’ll provide stability on take off and dropping in. They’re light weight, incorporates inside foil technology and high performance helps get you where you need to be on large set days.

The Con: The fin is design for hold so if you’re to break these fins loose, it may be more difficult then a fin with more of a rake.

Overall: The UL-7 light weight Epoxy fin are a great fin. They provide enough strength and flex to give you a smooth ride and puts you where you need to be to extend your ride.


Jordy Smith Fin Review

Flex: (3.8 / 5)
Maneuverability: (3.8 / 5)
Hold: (4 / 5)
Responsive: (3.3 / 5)
Overall: (3.7 / 5)

The Futures Fins – Jordy Medium Honeycomb Thruster provides really good hold and speed for the surfer in the 180 lbs range when you buy a medium template. The surfing fin provides great overall performance and Axiom Surf hasn’t seen many complaints.


About the Fin: Futures in a Medium Thruster setup.

The Pro: The Thruster Fin provides enough flex for during the test but still enough hold and speed to get back into the pocket. Axiom Surf used these on a variety of waves from 2 to 8 feet waves. The rake of the fin is good enough as we weren’t letting the fins loose very often.

The Con: Axiom Surf doesn’t have much complaints about them. They work well and is a great overall performance fin.

Overall: The base of the fin is meaty and the fin is short so it’s a great fin for all different type of waves. I would recommend these to anyone but, would be interested in hearing someone lighter review these fins. Would they be too stiff for a lighter surfer even in a large size?

CBC Sushi Fish Surfboard Review

Agility: (2 / 5)
Weight: (2 / 5)
Durable: (4.8 / 5)
Catch Waves: (2.1 / 5)
Overall: (2.7 / 5)

The California Board Company Sushi Fish Soft surfboard 5ft 8in  is great for learning and really an intro board or on days there is a ton of people and don’t want risk hitting people in the white water.


Board Dimensions: 5’8″

Fins: Plastic ones that came with the board.

The Pro: It’s paddles pretty good for being 5’8″, it’s wide, has enough volume so you can paddle into the small waves. Axiom Surf tested this during busy beach days where there is a ton of people out in the water. It’s a fun board to try new techniques from paddling to tricks as it’s an easy board to maneuver.

The Con: It’s a foam board and really flexible so you might not be able pump the board as you would a traditional board because there’s too much flex. Probably not the right size for me so this is one reason I rated it low.

Overall: It’s a fun board to mess around and paddling around isn’t too tough. Axiom Surf recommends this surfboard for beginners because often times when you’re starting out the board hits you in the head or slicing your leg with the fin on wiping out.

Channel Islands Dumpster Diver Surfboard Review

Agility: (3.8 / 5)
Weight: (3.3 / 5)
Durable: (4.3 / 5)
Catch Waves: (4.3 / 5)
Overall: (3.9 / 5)

The Channel Islands Dumpster Diver is a great high performance board. It’s really easy to position your line to get where you need to be. A good all around board as long as you have enough volume.


Board Dimensions: 6’0″ by 20 1/2 by 2 3/8

Fins: Blackstix in a Large.

The Pro: A really good board and fast enough to get you in the pocket. This board reintroduce the love for surfing because it’s fun and fast on waves 3 foot plus waves. The Dumpster Diver paddles fast and will get you where you need to be. Position was everything when using this board. It’ll get you there paddling or riding the wave. The Dumpster Diver has great volume right in the shoulder area making it for a faster paddle.

The Con: The downsides would be the pressure dings Axiom Surf found from the bottom of the board to the nose from riding this board for a while. Every surfboard get pressure dings though.

Overall: The Dumpster Diver surfboard is really smooth and paddles well. Axiom Surf especially like how you’re able to find the right footing pretty quickly on take off. This board is built pretty well and haven’t we haven’t had to do many board ding repairs as this is a fiber glass board.

Firewire Quadro Flex Surfboard Review

Agility: (3.9 / 5)
Weight: (4 / 5)
Durable: (4.8 / 5)
Catch Waves: (2.8 / 5)
Overall: (3.9 / 5)

The Firewire Quadro Flex produces a lot of speed and feels skatie underneath my feet.


Board Dimensions: 6’2″ by 19 1/2 by 2 3/8

Fins: Kelley Slaters V2 Quads

The Pro: Axiom Surf experience how fast this board is. Even though it doesn’t flex like fiber glass boards, it still keeps its speed. We tested the surfboard with medium size V2 surfing fins with this board so it’s extra shifty and feels really fun on the fast section of the wave. This board is really durable and Axiom Surf have had it for a while without any dings needed for repair. The quad fin does really make this thing fast. When we swapped out for larger fins, it did hold better but, we like a skatie feel with the medium fin template.

The Con: It does take a little extra paddle to get into the wave. It holds okay and fast enough to get me in front of the pocket of the wave. The board did feel a little on the heavier side compared to a lot of boards we’ve tested.

Overall: It’s a nice board and fun on the days you just want to try tricks because it rides fast.

VESL Surfboard Review

Agility: (3 / 5)
Weight: (3 / 5)
Durable: (3.8 / 5)
Catch Waves: (4.5 / 5)
Overall: (3.6 / 5)

The VESL Surfboard is a copy of the Hayden Shapes Hypto Kryto and is probably one of our favorite boards. The Hypto Kryto has been the best selling board in the last couple of years.


Board Dimensions: 6’0″ by 20 1/2 by 2 1/2

Fins: Jordy Smith in a Large.

The Pro: The board paddles really well and fast. Axiom Surf tested the board in southern california where the waves are often times very mushie so this board is really nice to paddle into waves 1 to 5 foot waves. The board has enough volume for any surfer because they the surfboard has a lot of volume in chest to shoulder region. It’s a very durable board due to the EPS build. Great board to have and can be the only short surfboard you need.

The Con: This board doesn’t have the carbon rails so it’s probably not as flexible as the real Hayden Shape Hypto Kryto.

Overall: All and all Axiom Surf would recommend this board for a small to medium size waves and average surfer. It could be your all around one stop shop board cause you can paddle into a variety of waves and accomplish different types of riding from cruising to being a little more aggressive on the wave.

Channel Islands DFR Review

Agility: (4.3 / 5)

Weight: (4 / 5)

Durable: (2.3 / 5)

Catch Waves: (3.9 / 5)

Overall: (3.6 / 5)

The Channel Islands DFR surfboard is a high performance surfboard which has a lot of flex.


Board Dimensions: 6’4″ by 19 1/2 by 2 3/8

Fins: Ultra Light 7 in a Large.

The Pro: Axiom Surf finds this board very smooth on big days. On take off, the board is exactly where you want it making for an easier drop into the wave and not having to think about foot position or re-establish foot position is a plus. It rides fast and easy to pump to build speed to get through the slow sections.

The Con: The board feels thin even at 2 3/8. Every other time Axiom Surf tested this board, we ended up doing a some sort of repair. When we took a picture of this board for this review we found the fin box also dinged and pressed into the foam. When buying this surfboard make sure to check the board and you’re the right weight for the volume.

Overall: Axiom Surf would recommends pairing this board by weight and volume correctly. We were definitely able to paddle into waves but, it does take a little extra strength to get in there. It would make for a great surfboard for big days if it was pron to dings.

Firewire Hellfire Rapidfire Review

Agility: (3 / 5)
Weight: (4 / 5)
Durable: (4.8 / 5)
Catch Waves: (2.5 / 5)
Overall: (3.6 / 5)

The smooth and quick Firewire Rapidfire surfboard is great all around board and has volume where needed to get into any wave or break.


Board Dimensions: Length: 6’4″ Width: 20 1/2″ Thickness: 2 5/8″

The Pro: The Firewire shaped this surfboard putting a little more volume in the chest shoulder area. This makes for an easy paddle and great to get into all types of wave sizes. Axiom Surf found the turning to be tight because the way the rocker is designed on the board. The tail of the surfboard is an interesting thin shape and we thought it would produce some drag but actually holds quite well. The surfboard maneuverability and drive puts you back in front of the wave.

The Con: The Rapidfire takes a little to get use to upon dropping into the wave. The board wasn’t as stable at times on drop so ended up bailing a few times.

Overall: The surfboard is designed and rides well in many different conditions. The way the board paddles is ideal for any surfer because the volume is distributed in the right sections of the surfboard. There’s great control and leaning into the turns will generate spray on the the wave. It’s a fun surfboard and will increase wave count as long as you get use to the drop. The drop can be frustrating for surfers so it’ll take some patients to get use to.

Channel Islands Motorboat Review

Agility: (4.3 / 5)
Weight: (4 / 5)
Durable: (3.3 / 5)
Catch Waves: (3.3 / 5)
Overall: (3.7 / 5)

The Channel Islands Motorboat is a high performance, ultralight and well designed board giving surfers the ability to move down the line with optimal agility.


Board Dimensions: 5’11” by 19 1/2 by 2 1/2

Fins: Futures Jordy Smith Mediums

The Pro: The Motorboat is really nice high performance board for its day. Take off is really easy as it has great volume where you need to paddle into the wave. Foot placement was never an issue because the board was where we needed it to be. The rocker on the board made it easy for drop in to medium size waves. The board felt really light when riding the face and turning or pumping on the wave help us generate speed.

The Con: The only negative point to this board was not being able to take off late on some of the smaller waves.

Overall: The Motorboat surfboard is a great board for the 4 to 6 size waves and the ultra light system implemented on the board makes for a ideal drop in and fun to carve. The rocker isn’t too drastic so it might not be ideal for really big days. Make sure to have the right volume per weight to ensure best outcome.