Good people at Equinox,

Just thought I'd drop you a line. Through a friend (Rich P. of Forest Lake, as my Japanese credit card would not work in your payment system) I bought one of your quad fish boards, a 5-10 Coalition. It was inexpensive so I thought I'd keep the board around my mom's home in Irvine for when I visited from Japan. I thought the 6 & 6 oz glass would make for heavier than necessary but figured it'd be durable and good to keep around so what the hell.  I took the board out in Huntington in overhead, Trestles shoulder +, and out in Oceanside above the pier at the first jetty in head high. Caught took off on the first big pumper that I paddled for and never looked back.  I ended up bringing the board back to Japan and have taken it out a number of times in the last week and really enjoyed it.

Now I'm gonna have to buy another board for when I visit Irvine next time.  I'll be in touch.

Saw your ad in either Surfline or MSW and that's how I found your site.  I grew up in Torrance and lived in Manhattan Bch and El Porto so I noticed your Hermosa address immediately.  Good onya guys and best wishes.

Michael K.
Onjuku, Chiba, Japan





SETUP:  When pulling off a round house cut back, the key to being successful is generating as much speed as possible before starting the maneuver.  Get a few pumps up and down the face to make sure you're movin' at the right speed.  

INITIAL TURN:   This move actually starts on your bottom turn.  Make sure you don't draw out your bottom turn to much or you will loose much of your speed in the flats. Conversely, don't make it too tight or you will be jammed in the pocket of the wave with no space to make a turn.  Make a gently arching radius while keeping your weight centered over the mid section of the board.

TRANSITION:   As you you come off your bottom turn and start your incline up the wave and out on to the shoulder.  Keep the board flat on the face of the wave as to not loose any speed.  Once you feel the speed of the board slightly start slowing, begin your turn.  Keep you head pointed in the direction you want to go.  Your heels should push down to make the inside rail create traction.  On a frontside roundhouse you should be looking over your leading shoulder as you move through the turn.   Always remember that where your head and shoulders point is where the board will end up moving.  Your weight should slightly be focused on the tail of your board in the middle of the turn which will help you push water.  

REBOUND: Once you have completed the turn, you will be facing back towards the wave.  You have to make a decision at this point.  Where should I rebound off the wave?  If you make your way up to the crest, you will be force to pull a re-entry to get back into the wave.  If you aim for the bottom you might not have enough power to rebound you back onto the shoulder.  There is a delicate balance of where to aim.  I recommend trying to ride on the inside of the foam ball to regain speed and rebound.  Once you are propelled back out on to the shoulder set up to do another roundhouse.  

Here is a good video of this move slowed down so you can see the specific movements described above.


About a century ago, the sport of surfing made its way from Hawaii to California’s coast. Since then, almost every area of surfing – design of surfboard, riders, and the industry – have showed drastic changes while the best surfing spots have pretty much remained unchanged. There are numerous amounts of them stretching from Northern California down to Southern California incorporating many different types waves. 

Just a little off the Highway 101, Rincon can be found on the edge of the line of Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.  On a good day you will get rubbery legs from this lengthy point-break, which is divided into: the Cove, Indicators and Rivermouth. For years, a lot of the progression of surfing took place at this spot and it is also known as the spot that produced popular surfers like Bobby Martinez and Tom Curran.

Rincon, which has a reasonably small beach, perches on the shoreline’s curve and angled towards waves coming in. This angled coastline provides and ideal setup and waves peel down the beach. This spot is a winter spot with W/NW swells making this plate light up.  As a result of the Channel Islands, the summer months are typically very flat. 

Rincon’s Best Surfboard

Although there are a variety of different boards being ridden at Rincon, the preferred stick is a shortboard.  This wave can become very high performance on the right swell and having a responsive board is key.  The shortboard surfboards are generally less than 7ft in length. There are various kinds of shortboard surfboards, including quad fin, thruster, step up and pod. This wave provides plenty of large shoulders to perfect your cutbacks, big turns and airs. 

Classic Day at Rincon - Sea Movies from on Vimeo.

Professional Surfer Rob Machado or Robert Edward Machado who hails from a San Diego Country community found in Encinitas, California was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973 on October 16.

He went to San Dieguito High School where he was popularly known for his carefree attitude in the water and on land. Although he now typically rides a modern shortboard surfboards, people still refer to him as ‘soul surfer’ and this is due to his easy style which gave him the alias ‘Mr. Smoothy.’ In addition to shortboard surfboards, he is experimental trying crazy shapes from egg surfboards, retro fish surfboards, longboard surfboards, alaias, and everything in between.  He is considered one of the professional best goofy footers.

Rob Machado has been victorious in several professional surfers’ high-status contests and this includes the Triple Crown of Surfing – Pipeline Masters (Hawaii). Under his belt there is also U.S. Open of Surfing which is the largest event in surfing held on the mainland of the US. The competition that he won in Huntington Beach in 2006 was one only one of many and this followed right behind his 2006 win in the Pipeline Monster Energy Professional on the North Shore of Oahu. In addition, he was a member of the ‘West’ team which came out victorious in the surfing competition of the Summer X Games in 2006; this is staged in Mexico yearly and simply known as ‘The Game’

Although a retiree from World Championship Tour (WCT), he was one of the main contenders until a few years ago when injuries started to deter him. Nonetheless, he ended in the world’s top three rankings twice at the end of the year. Since his retirement, he has focused on a limited amount of surfing competitions but rather focused his energy on free surfing. His remarkable skill is displayed in films, videos and surfing magazines and this allow him to remain in the eye of the public as well as one of surfing's favorite people.

Rob is the host and a participant in a yearly event, Rob Machado Surf Classic and Beach Fair, staged on his home ground. This amateur competition includes locals of any ages as well as demo sittings with professionals including Rob. He also spends time with his children to give them pointers and guidelines. A Queen and King is crowned for the best performances overall.

Check out the new Equinox Surfboards Models for 2012.  Most models will be shipping around mid-April, but pre-order is available today.  The 6'10" Hybrid Surfboard - Blade is already available with many in stock.  Check out the full 2012 New boards or click any of the links below for details.  If you need any help deciding which board best fits your ability level, please drop an email to

5'8" Egg - Blaster 6'6" Retro Fish - Fire 6'8" Shortboard - Triton

7'6" Funboard - Lotus 8'6" Longboard - Burner
8'10" Longboard - Tree

6'10" Hybrid - Blade 9'4" Longboard - Phantom

 Retro Fish Surfboard

We get this question all the time and wanted to address, “Is a Retro Fish Surfboard a good choice for a beginner”.  There is no simple answer.  If you are referring to a 6'0" 190 lbs person who is trying to ride a 5'10" retro fish, the answer is no.  If you are referring to a 5'7" 150 lbs person who is considering a 6'10" retro fish, the answer might be yes.  There are many factors to consider when looking at retro fish surfboards.  We believe this shape is the best for surfers who have gotten through the fresh beginner stage are looking to move to a smaller board. 

We highly recommend retro fish surfboards for those who are comfortable catching waves with a funboard, mini-longboard, or longboard and are looking to move down to more of a shortboard feel.  Retro fish surfboards are great as transitional boards because they still offer the responsiveness of a shortboard but have the paddle power of the longer board.  Typical thicknesses of retro fish surfboards range from 2-3/4” – 3-1/4” which provide the ease of paddle characteristic. 

Choosing a beginner board is always stressful but it doesn’t have to be.  To receive a custom recommendation on beginner surfboards please contact us at

Recently there has been a lot of debate on which of these fin setups work better on retro fish surfboards.This issue has made a recent resurgence with many of the top pros including Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Bruce Irons wielding the four fin option.While the quad fin surfboards are increasingly popular, both Twin and Quad have their own unique characteristics. Because of the lack of center fin, both options ride faster than their more contemporary thruster counterpart.  Both are also much looser while turning than a thruster because of the elimination of the center anchor point.
While both are looser while turning, you really feel a significant difference on the twin. Think of it this way, when the fins are small and there are less of them, so therefore the hold is not as great. The fewer anchor points in the water, the less resistance you are going to feel and therefore rail to rail surfing is a must. Because the fins are usually placed closer to the tail of the board the pivot point also has been moved back on the twin fins.
Twin Fin Surfboard
Quad Fin Surfboard
While this setup was first brought to the surfing stage in the early 1980's, when the thruster was fresh on the scene.It offered an alternative to the thruster, and provided a ride similar to the twin but with better holding power.The quads also provide much more drive then the twins.This is because the two fins on each side work together to channel the water out the tail of the board.  Because the fins are set farther forward on the quads, the pivot point is pushed off the tail more than a twin.  Another positive attribute is the ability to hold better in larger surf.This is why you will see many of the big wave chargers using quads.
Difference types of surfers prefer different types of surfboards.  Each fin setup has their own pluses and minuses which can only be evaluated and chosen by the surfer themselves.  I hope this article helps you choose the best fish surfboard for you


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