The Bottom Feeder has been one of my most successful thrusters to date, only it has not been successful for the purpose it was actually designed for. The name insinuates the intention to have a board that worked well in the scraps, but while it was only moderately successful in this endeavour, it turned out to be red hot in the juice. It was too late to change the name so it just stuck, even though it did not bare relevance.
In its defence however, not long after it was designed, surfboards in general moved out of the box and went radically short and wide making the Feeder look just like another high performance thruster which by this time; it basically was! The rocker, small box rail, deepish single double concave and planshape hip all worked so well it was imperative not to destroy this DNA when redesigning this board to finally live up to its name in smaller waves.
Enter the “Stub Bottom Feeder”. Basically the Bottom Feeder but shorter and wider. A few little tweaks to accommodate the shortness,and the hip just a little more emphasised; is all I have really messed with. Since the board is so wide in the tail I added some quad trailors just to give it a bit more hold in the bigger stuff if one gets caught out. Remembering that the Feeder was originally hatched as a high performance small wave board for Luke Munro who wanted a very similar board to his go to- only shorter and wider. I have glassed this particular sample with the carbon vee 6oz stomp patch on the deck, supported with a single 4oz diagonal wrap. This effectively puts the dent strength under the feet and keeps the front part of the board light and reactive.
The whole board becomes a light weight board that is strong laterally due to the diagonal weave and dent strong due to the stomp patch. Surfers tend to dent small wave boards a lot when hopping and pushing to get a board going in powerless conditions, so I think this glass method will prove itself in keeping the board intact, but still light and reactive. Excess weight kills a small wave board!
5.6 X 19 ¾ X 2 ¼ = 26.33 Litres
5.8 x 20 x 2 ¼ = 27.33 Litres
5.10 x 20 ¼ x 2 5/16 = 29.03 Litres
6.0 x 20 ½ x 2 3/8 = 30.84 litres
6.2 x 20 ¾ x 2 7/16 = 33.9 Litres