Surfboards I’m Riding – ROAM Surfboards Marlin Spike
One of the cool things about having a garage full (and a few storage units) of surfboards is revisiting a board that hasn’t seen the water in awhile. In need of some center fin sanity after riding twins and quads all spring, I recently pulled out my ROAM Marlin Spike by Nick Ferreira.
The Marlin Spike has Twin Fin spark with tri-fin sensibilities. It is inspired by MR’s iconic twin fin from the early 80s, but with slightly tuned up rockers and bottom features, and now features a third, smaller trailing fin in the center – very similar to what MR rides in a board he calls the Super Twin.
I was watching a vid clip of some Australian surfer just absolutely killing it on an MR Twin Fin, explained ROAM surfboards shaper Nick Ferreira. His surfing was top notch, and he looked like he was having so much fun on that board. Then John from FCS put the MR Twin Fin set in my hands and I immediately went to work designing a board around that specific fin set. That’s how the Marlin Spike came into existence.
The board is fast and responsive from the get go, whether straight into the flats for a long bottom turn or quickly to the top of the wave to set up a speed run. Frankly all boards need to be this easy to ride. Easy speed means this old dog can put the board wherever and more importantly whenever the wave presents an opportunity. The thing I like the most about this board is that it doesn’t shy away from big meaty sections. On a generic twin fin I might opt for a quick fin snap at the top, but with this board I can go aggressively into the lip without a worry. The third fin gives the tail a really solid stable feel. Oh, the Marlin Spike paddles great and the flatter nose rocker allows her to pick up waves effortlessly. I’m a big fan, that’s why this board has stuck around for so long. One other thing, when your shaper surfs better than you (not saying much, I go straight pretty good) this is a good thing — Nick absolutely rips (all pics are Nick Ferreira).
Rail Type: Full down rail
Bottom Contours: Flat in the nose, single concave in the middle to a heavy double concave through the fin cluster.
Special Features: Flat deck down rail, twin fin with stabilizer box. Wing swallow. To stay true to the design use MR FCSII set.
Intended Conditions: Knee to head high waves. Beach break to points.
DO YOUR SURFING A FAVOR AND CHECK OUT THE MARLIN SPIKE FOR YOURSELF.