Stuart – FX 1
Hi and welcome to another surfboard review. Today we will be talking about the Stuart Shapes FX-1, this was probably one of first “performance fishes” that came out. I first got one back in 2002. Which was about when shapers started trying to pack more foam into a board for your every day surfer who wasn’t in the water all the time but wanted some performance characteristics but also wanted a board that paddles in easily which is exactly what this board does. There is nothing fancy, there are no new construction methods it is just a good all round PU board that works well in a variety of conditions. Its got a deep single to double concave to help with instant speed, though the wider plan shape makes a more forgiving board. When I got mine it only came in a thruster set up but I noted since the resurgence of quads you can order this board with the 5-fin plug set up.
One thing I noted on this board is the rails are rather low much like what a performance board would have, which works well in performance outline but I did find at times it was easy to bog the rail this may of been user error but the board felt like it would bog down through turns this was mainly when I was surfing beach breaks. The days I surfed this board at points like the pass at Bryon Bay it performed very well, it glided over flat spots and on one day in particular resulted in 400m rides.
Overall I didn’t really click with this board, it was actually my dad that got it when he wanted to step back down from a minimal and he found it worked really well for him he is much lighter at 75kg to my 100kg which may of helped the board feel less sensitive I don’t think this board really needs to be a quad been a performance fish. I think being a thruster set up or a twin fin set up with a stabilizer would work best.
This board has been surfed in everything and anything throughout its life till I ripped the fins out of it. I can’t really fault the board it was just one that didn’t click with me. Its a proven design that Stuart has come up with that can still be bought new today. I think this board will suit anyone looking to step off a minimal to something with a bit more go that still has that forgiveness. It will handle anything from 1-4 ft when its barrelling and heavy to 1-5ft on a more flatter lined up wave. The tail is pulled in a enough that it has good hold and the swallow tail with also help with this along with rail to rail transitions.
You can find out of more by visiting Stuarts website, he is a local Gold Coast shaper with a lot of knowledge and years behind him. His shapes are proven and his range seems to have something for everyone.
All the FX-1 sizes are below
|5’6||18 3/4||2 3/16||35-50KG|
|6’1||19 1/4||2 1/2||75-90KG|
|6’2||19 1/4||2 1/2||80-92KG|
|6’3||19 3/4||2 1/2||80-95KG|
|6’4||20 1/4||2 5/8||85-100KG|
|6’6||20 1/2||2 5/8||85-105KG|
|6’8||20 3/4||2 3/4||87-110KG|
|6’10||21 1/4||2 3/4||90-115KG|
|7’0||21 1/4||2 3/4||95-120KG|
|7’2||21 1/4||2 3/4||95-120KG|