A dreamy, surfing playground, seventeen boards from the finest craftsmen in the land, and three, elite surfers to subject the rides to a rigorous testing process. TRACKS Mag's 2018 Ride Guide is here! See what local Gold Coast shredder, Sheldon Simku's thought of Filipe's pro model the #77.
I was immediately taken when I first picked up the Sharp Eye. It’s your dream high performance board for good waves: great outline, mid rails, nice and curvy, as well as feeling nice and light. You can’t help but visualise Filipe Toledo riding a board like this at Keramas: it’s designed for an advanced surfer looking for a board that will allow them to do whatever they like in good waves. The notable parts of the board for this trip were the slightly pulled in thumb tail for extra drive off the back foot in good waves, and a touch of extra foam under the chest for speed when paddling in.
The board performed as well as it felt under the arm. Super drivey from the back foot, yet enough responsiveness to throw it over the lip. I found myself pushing the board quite hard out of the top of the wave, and out of every turn. I had heaps of speed and never caught a rail or dropped an ounce of speed. It felt like I could do exactly what I wanted. I could hit sections with confidence, throw cautions into the wind and not have to worry about losing any speed. It provided sufficient release ¬– not as much as rounded-square-tail – but this was a benefit in the perfect Indo conditions, where having extra hold was a godsend. This is your perfect board for an advanced surfer looking for a high performance good-wave board. There’s not much I can fault about the Sharp Eye.