This is what Smiley Dave has just posted on his blog, regarding his mini-Simmons.
Various folks have been asking how I’ve been getting on with my Mini-Simmons, so here’s the skinny 10+ surfs in.
7ft Mini (ish) Simmons by Slide65; Photo: Dave Barnwell
First impressions were the Mini-Simmons is an effortless speed machine, and that continues, she’s very fast, it’s normally the first thing folks mention when they’ve seen me out and about, along with the fact that I’m catching plenty of waves. The board paddles fast, gets you in early, but is capable of taking a late drop surprisingly well despite its 19″ tail, that said it will never take you very late unless you head straight down the face, in which case you better be fast to your feet!
I’ve now mixed it up from head and a half fast and hollow, chest high dumpy shore-break, all the way down to weak waist high, with conditions varying from glassy to choppy, and it’s worked like a beauty much to my surprise, I thought it would very much be a clean wave lover only.
Another surprise is the way the board turns, it’s very smooth, pulling arcs tighter than a single fin would, encouraging you to sink the rail when moving at speed to execute a fast change of direction. Infact the combo of speed and smooth turns encourages you to race ahead of the wave and pull round house cut backs.
Bottom line I’m having a bit of a love affair with my Mini-Simmons (thanks Rob at Slide65), it’s been an eye opener and I’m still surprised daily by the speed and glide the board posses, if you want a board with volume, effortless speed and grace I’d highly recommend you check one out.
For those that need numbers, I’m 6ft2 weigh in at approx. 18 stone! and the Mini-Simmons I’m riding is 7’0″ x 21″ x 23 1/4″ x 19″ (at the tail) and 3 1/8″ thick. For you lighter guys the length is normally in the 5-6ft range.