Back in September, I ordered myself an Almond Surf Thump. It’s a 9’8″ triple-stringer, with slightly hull-like rails, and a glassed on Almond Dee-fin. It’s not obese…in fact, it’s a little skinner than your standard pig shape. The 9’8″ comes with some wide 23″ hips. The nose is a little wider than a a pig, which I would say lends it a tad more to the log family, than swine. Although at this point I’ve only ridden the board at beach breaks, Dave @ Almond says it performs equally as well on points. It’s an easy paddler (even though I’m out of shape,) easily floats me at 195lbs (I told you I was out of shape,) and turns well from the tail (it’s got a nice ass.)
Dave and the boys at Almond, hand-shape all their boards down in Newport Beach, Ca. They make quality stuff. Modern shapers, crafting some beautiful retro-inspired shapes. If you’re looking to bulk up your quiver, I would suggest checking out the Surf Thump. It’s an all-around nice log that’s sure to get you a beer at the campfire… if you share it with your friends in the line-up.
Jake Zylstra on his Surf Thump (Photo: Cam Oden)
Almond’s team rider; Andy Nieblas, apparently rides a Surf Thump when he competes. (Photo: Cam Oden)