Sharpeye Surfboards Surf Interview
At surf Expo 2019 in January, we ran into Enrique the general manager of Sharpeye Surfboards based out of San Diego, California. Sharpeye Surfboards has been shaping surfboards since the 80s with the head shaper Marcio Zouvi. This brand focuses on shaping high performance surfboards designed with progressive surfing in mind to allow surfers to raise the bar when surfing. The Sharpeye surfboards team is made of some of the world’s best like Filipe Toledo, Silvan Lime, Ian Gouveia, Tatiana Weston-Wedd, Alejo Muniz and so many more.
We talked to Enrique and he broke down a couple of the newer version model surfboards. Enrique goes over why would you use those boards, when will you use them, what type of waves you will surf with each and the breakdown whether it is more for beginner or advanced surfers to have. He also talks about which board has Filipe Toledo been using and what he has been wining with.
Lucas: We are here in Orlando at Surf Expo 2019, with Enrique the general manager for Sharpeye surfboards. Enrique, can you break down a couple of surfboards and explain for who it would be best, when to surf it, in which type of waves and so on?
Enrique: Hey how are you guys? So here are our 2019 models. We have a grovel for smaller waves; the “modern 2.5” that is the newest version of our “model 2.0” which was our best-selling board last year. We have probably made about 1000 of them in the last year or so.
This board is great for more knee to chest high waves. it’s a really good board. It has a lot of volume up in your chest area for more flotation.
The modifications we did from the model 2 to the model 2.5, the difference is the tail. This one is a round tail, modern 2 is a swallow tail which is modern fish. We added 2 extra fin plug so you can actually right it as a 2+1 with a Mark Richard regular twin fin set or a regular quad. And it has a bouncier bottom which gives you more stability and it’s a little bit more playful in the water.
Lucas: So for a beginner, what would you recommend as for fin set up?
Enrique: For a beginner, I would recommend a regular thruster set. For an intermediate surfer, I would recommend a Mark Richard twin fin or the quad set.
Lucas: What would be the differences between a thruster or quad set?
Enrique: A thruster gives you more stability. The quad gives you more speed and control in hollower wave.
But this board, it is designed to surf with the Mark Richard’s twin fin. As a 2+1 with the extra-large side fins and a small trailer.
We also have the HT 2.5 which we launched both of these models a week ago. (this was recorded on January 11th 2019)
Now this newer addition to our collection is called the “HT 2.5” which is Felipe Toledo’s personal model. So the original “HT 2” we launched it in 2016 and he won the Lower’s pro in 2016 that year with that same board but then he went to J-Bay and wanted something more driving with more bite but he wanted the same board so we added the swallow tail with a channel which gives you a lot of speed, bite and drive. As you can see his performance, he won 2 years in a row. The first year he won with a ‘HT 2.0” and a “77” which he rode the whole contest. Last year in 2018, he rode the “HT 2.5” and the “77” but he won with this new model.
Lucas: Awesome, this is more of an advanced board, right?
Enrique: This is more of an intermediate board to advanced and professional surfer. This is meant to be ridden in waist high to solid overhead high waves. it has a pretty flat rocker. Most of our performance shortboards have a lot of curve and a lot of rocker. But this out of all the high performance shortboards, this is the one with the least amount of rocker. So it gives you more speed easy to maneuver and is easier for intermediate surfers.
Lucas: Awesome. What do you guys sell Sharpeye surfboards for?
Enrique: This one “HT2.5” retail on our website for $680 with free shipping anywhere in the US and Hawaii.
Lucas: Cool, that’s awesome man! Well Enrique, thank you very much I appreciate you time, it’s my pleasure. And if you guys want to get one of those, go to Sharpeye surfboards.com.
You guys check it out, if you guys have any questions, I am sure you can reach Enrique through their website.
Enrique: sure can, thank you so much! Hope it helps!
Well there you have it guys, the breakdown of Sharpeye surfboard’s two new models. The “Model 2.5” and the “HT 2.5”. There are some of the greatest boards around the surf industry so I would definitely recommend checking them out at sharpeyesurfboards.com to get yourself some new quivers!
Let us know if you end up getting one in the comments below, we love to hear back from you guys!