What is this Mayhem?
An asymmetrical collaborative by Matt Biolos and Donald Brink. We were restricted to a length limit of 5’3” in shaping a board for Mick Fanning to ride in the Maldives, for STAB’s #ElectricAcidSurfboardTest (EAST) 2022. A daring challenge knowing Mr.Fanning’s propensity for scrutinizing the most minimal of flaws. Packing controllable punch in a diminutive design required both excess and constraint. Maximum motor with minimum waste.
We created a compact craft that would match Mick’s performance volume and hopefully handle a diverse array of waves, hold a rail through proper arcs, fit refreshingly in tight and unique creases, and uniquely utilize flat faces, energy pockets and power sections, alike.
What does this mean for you? A complement to your quiver. Not to replace or shadow dependable performers, but to balance the small board section with reasonable dimensions for progressive surfing.
How comfortable do you need to be, to enjoy the performance you envision? The three times world champ put this design through its paces, most will never come close to his precise power on rail, but many a surfer can fit in perfect parts of normal waves with the right approach and a comfortable craft.
This board is stance specific, designed to help you surf the way you stand. We embraced the leverage of your toe side approach and balanced the pivot and heavy set heel side drive. In short; go left or right, but stand one way.
Not one size fits all: Mick stands almost 5’10” tall and rides boards about this height in mid 27 liters.
Micks #MicksTape is 5’3” and pushed to 28.5 liters. A 6 to 7” gap in length, for a world class master. Going
up in overall size creates exponential opportunity for support through volume and reasonable widths to make average conditions manageable, crowded line ups tolerable and yet steer with ease on the still short rail line, for more modestly skilled surfers. It’s a case of comfort.
This collaboration was a platform for design to be the difference, a study of what we know, what we trust, and only then a delicate application of what could be. The collaborative efforts constantly seemed akin to a musical mix. A medley served to a friend with all kinds of analog and now digital nuance. You my friend, can enjoy this mix too. A Mixed Tape, er….#MicksTape. A soundtrack to cultivate your fascination for the surf.
Enjoy Your Water,
Brink ‘n Biolos