Surfboards I’m Riding – Degree 33 Magic Bullet Quad by Bill Minard
Bill Minard is, in my opinion, one of the many unheralded and great craftsmen to come out of San Diego. He’s mellow, low key, unassuming, but Bill has made thousands of surfboards for hundreds of surfers in San Diego dating way back to early 70s. Many times Minard’s heavy water guns have placed surfers in deep tubes, think Mainland Mex , you know the spot; Edgars…yada yada yada. As a grom in Del Mar in the early 80s I witnessed 20th Street Gus glide through hundreds of barrels on Minard’s sleds… and saw Gus doing it again last month!
This relaxed fit, butter-tail, speed rocket from Degree 33 Surfboards (they call it The Magic Bullet) was hand crafted for me by Bill Minard.
The main characteristic is the wider than average tail. I’m calling it a butter-tail due to the smooth maneuvering on offer. Sometimes a tail like this can cause me some trouble, as it asks me to keep a significant amount of foam buried through the round house cutback (my little chicken legs can only handle so much). Bill was thoughtful enough to pull some foam out by crafting a transom off of the tail block thereby adding bite.
The tail is not the only buttery component. The board is easy to whip around. It went where I wanted, when I wanted. It offered plenty of speed, great through transitions, went off the bottom smoothly, and loved the top turn hook transition. This is a well thought-out, fast surfboard that was nothing but a joy to dance with. Easy, like Sunday morning.
I rode it at a well-known North County reef on an average day. The board has plenty of foam for paddling and positioning (read dodging others). It scrambled into and picked up waves with ease. I also took it for a spin at a fast sand bar. The wide tail spun out on me as a pig-dogged through a bowl-y backhander, but it flew around the zippy beach peaks with zeal and quickness, wrapping backside cutties and behaving with a wicked looseness in the pocket (wide tail).
Check the video out: you can see it is easy to ride, squirts through flat sections and likes to hang out around the pocket zone as well. The board is an incredibly agreeable design ideal for 90% of my surf time in San Diego. It is not a tube-riding board, but of course not, it’s a wide relaxed fit butter tail. For ripping when the waves may only be partially rip-able, this is the bullet I’ll be loading in the chamber — it fires fun. Order a custom Bill Minard through Degree 33 Surfboards.
l: 5′ 8″
t: 2 5/8″
tail: 17 1/4″
tail block : 12″
boxes – Futures w/ Fin Disciples Quads w/ Rainbow Fin 5th Finnner
blank : Millennium
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