Chilli 5’11 Rarest Bird Twin Tech – FCS II
Back in 2015 we designed the Rare Bird. It started out in the category of ‘small wave performance’ but quickly appealed to an audience of surfers who rode it in small onshore summer slop through to 6 foot barrelling waves in Indonesia. The feedback was always, “This is the most versatile surfboard ever, it just works”! From here the Rarest Bird emerged… with more volume and foam, this versatile hybrid appeals to a wide range of surfers looking for a performance surfboard that does it all.
|5’11” x 20 3/8” x 2 1/2″
OUTLINE: The wide point is pushed further forward than most boards to create more curve under the chest and front foot for ease of paddling and speed in dead sections. The classic round tail traverses easily from beach to reef and point waves while producing a feeling of sturdiness under your back foot.
ROCKER: Medium entry and a fast exit provides, what we feel, is the perfect balance of speed and flow for surfers wanting a board that will react quickly and fulfil their expectations as they execute turns on a wave. I.e. This board does the work for you!
CONTOURS: The single to double concave is a very effective combination that compliments the outline and rocker and gives you a fast and responsive board in conditions that are not only sub-par but have more power and size.
PERFORMANCE: Designed to be ridden 1 inch shorter than your typical shorty, the Rarest Bird can be classified as a one board ‘take anywhere’ quiver. It has all the attributes of a performance board; speed, responsiveness and control, but the main difference is the extra buoyancy and floatation that makes it more forgiving and usable for the everyday surfer. For the intermediates, this is a great board to take your surfing to the next step without loosing paddle power or speed. Advanced surfers can take it around the world and feel comfortable in any conditions on offer.
Fin Recommendations: Thruster – FCS II Performer, Quad – FCS II Accelerator Sides + Performer Quad Rears. These ‘all-round’ fin options suit the rounded narrower tail and produce a neutral feel that won’t discriminate against anyone. Fins NOT included. Have a look at our FCS II fins.
Started by shaper James Cheal in 1996, Chilli surfboards melds aesthetic and performance using the highest quality materials and designs. Over the years Chilli has crafted boards for surfers such as Nathan Hedge, Andy Irons, Sunny Garcia, Jay Davies, Mitch Coleborn and Tiago Pires, while also staying tuned to the needs of the local shredder and weekend warrior.
Chilli’s goal has always been to cater for surfers aiming to take their surfing to another level by offering designs that match the rider’s aspirations and imagination. The models he’s released through GSI remain true to this ethos and are available in the new lightweight Twin Tech EPS/Epoxy construction. This range of Chilli surfboards will have you counting down the minutes until your next sessions.
Chilli plays a game of details. Whether it's our Colan Products Carbon weave, our QR identification codes or the signature Line, we've refused to equip our boards with anything but the most finely-sourced assets. Chilli is more than foam and resin. We keep it unique.
THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS TO SURFBOARD SELECTION THESE ARE THE POINTS TO CONSIDER
Typically surfboards are measured in inches. The length is measured from the nose to the tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependant on your size (weight, height), board type and waves conditions you wish to use the board for.
The widest point of the surfboard is measured from rail to rail. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance.
Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. The thickness again has a bearing on the board’s performance. Professional surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance.The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer the boards are more stable.
The bottom curve of a surfboard. Generally the more rocker the surfboard has the more loose (manoeuvrable) the surfboard will be. Where the flatter rocker surfboards will be faster, although they will lack the looseness. The nose is the tip of the surfboard, the nose can vary in shapes and size. Basically the thinner the nose the more response the board will perform, while wider noses are better for stabilization.
Used to increase the strength of a surfboard, a stringer (normally made from wood) runs down the length of a surfboards (typically in the centre of the board from the tip of the nose to the tail).
Boards built with Epoxy, Carbon Fibre and soft boards generally don’t have stringers.
Generally heavier surfers require larger fins to hold the waves better. Although if you prefer to ride a looser (less hold in the waves), smaller fins would be a better option.
Fin configurations have an effect on the ways your surfboards perform.
The following are some of the more common fin configurations.
The single fin was the original fin configuration for surfboards. Based on the idea of the sailboat keel. Single fins are added stabilization and control on the powerful, larger waves, although lack manoeuvrability
Are great for small waves, being fast and manoeuvrable, but when put into tight spots on larger waves, they become hard to control. Popular with Fish surfboards.
THRUSTER 3 FIN
Widely recognized as the standard fin configuration, the thruster answers the shortcomings of the single fin and the twin fins configurations.
The thrusters give you stabilization, control and manoeuvrability in all types of surfing conditions.
This concept was the brainchild of Australia’s Simon Anderson
QUADS 4 FINS
With four fins in the water, Quads boasts an extraordinary amount of holding power in larger surf.
You may think that having four fins would sacrifice speed by creating more drag, but this is not the case.
The both sets of fins are working together on the rail, which makers believe they creates less drag than a board with a centre fin.
The manoeuvrability isn’t sacrificed either, with fins directly under your back foot, the quads are very responsive.
Similar setup to the Twin Fin, although smaller (low profile) fins are generally placed wider (closer to the rails) on the surfboard.
Popular with Fish and Egg / Retro surfboards.
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