Shred Show – Rusty Surfboards Blackbird Step-Up (AKA It’s El Nino, Bitches)

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Clint photo credits: Mark Johnson – view more from him here: http://bit.ly/1QCy55M
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Thank you to Dakine and Finatic for supporting the Shred Show community through their sponsorship of this episode and thank you Rusty for giving me this board without charge. All opinions are my own.

Comments

71pittman says:

+Shred Show, Is there a playlist or chronological listing of Shred Show? Love the content and it would be cool to work through the list. Thanks!

Rob Cohen says:

Great review. I’ve been thinking of getting a Lost Round Up for the winter here on the east coast. I’ve been going back and forth between a 6’6 38.8cl and a 6’8 40.6cl (I’m 6’2 190lbs w/o a winter suit) It’s great to hear that others are happy with 40cl is very validating. Chris, what your fin set up on this? I’m generally riding AM2’s but considering trying something a bit smaller.

spacedigger says:

Ah yess.. Shred Show.. The show about surfboards and surfsience. Awesome mix. Makes sense. Ideal for people like me who only get to look at dudes doing some awesome surfing.

Sebastian Cervantes Lara says:

Please do a review of the 7S Slipstream!

Adam Baldwin says:

Great job, as usual.

Elliot Drury says:

Were you able to duck dive through big sets and under big patches of white water okay with this sort of volume? My only real worry with going to this sort of thing for big waves.

Grace Bingham says:

so i got a 6’9 step up, but i haven’t ridden anything bigger than 6’3. do you think i should take it out to the local reef on a 4 to 5 foot day just to get used to it, or should i just take it out on a 6 foot plus day and see how it goes? and i’m thinking a big leash so i can just throw it when caught as the 4 extra litres might be harder to duck dive in the 6 to 8 foot surf?

TheBroLounge says:

Chris – Would this board still work if you scaled it up to say 8’0″ to 8’6″? Would it be more high performance (turn better) than an actual gun like the Padillac or MG11?

Hugo d'Auriol says:

+Shredshow Please do the Lost Rock Up! Really interested in how it compares… Cheers

David Jacobs says:

Great show. As usual. I have a round tail 6’4 Fred Rubble that’s great up to doh in longer period not hollow surf, super solid board that you can trust. 6’3 mini driver for the east coast and a 6’6 Roberts G Step up which is amazing. All around 36 liters. Finally , I surfed a 7’10 Griffith thruster in Tavarua and needed all of it.

tobstaa says:

can u please make a guide to help viewers to order different riding custom boards and what to ask for as I am about to order a new board. thanks

Francesco Veglia says:

Your reviews are always the best! I was wondering if you could ever get around to doing a proctor performance longboard or fish, or any performance longboard or fish in general. I wanted to get one and wanted to hear your thoughts. Thanks and looking forward to your next vid!

Jonathan S says:

How tall are you?

Lucia Sea creature says:

i have this board and anxious tp surf it… does it work in smaller waves ? thank you for sharing Finikin will try them :)

Paul James says:

I need a step-up for an upcoming trip to Indo, what to you recommend? I’m used to surfing beach breaks on my 5’10 x 18 7/8 x 2 1/4 fred rubble, I weight 75kgs. I won’t be surfing anything that makes me uncomfortable but will be confident enough to get out in 6-8ft max. I’m not used to surfing reefs and have been told length and volume is your friend although I do like to surf boards shorter with less volume. What can I get away with without going over 6’2? Any help will be appreciated.

James baker says:

Do the firewire evo! Compare it to the vanguard and vader plzzzzz

Yuma Liu says:

how can u surf step up on 5 ft waves?? what kind of measurement u guys use there?? U should try some north shore step up tho, they work super well in solid surf. i weight 150, 6’0 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 26.6 litter, and it can get me into triple overhead north shore waves (anywhere other than pipe) easily

Lui Formaggini says:

I have a 6’2″ blackbird, with 31.5l of volume. My skills and my balls allow me to surf waves until 6ft with this board. I’m 5’8″ tall and 180lbs, maybe would be better bought this board a little bit bigger, but I’m feeling comfortable with it. I use to ride it with AM2 fins. Great episode brow!

BrianSurfs says:

the shred show is 10/10 i love every epidsode you do, do you plan on getting the new rob machado firewires coming out early 2016? im in love with my baked potato, gromflex for bigger waves

Jasper van Loo says:

in 2015, i saw soft tops gaining popularity (maybe due job?), and i don’t mean beginners, but advanced surfers! some of those boards were really small (not bigger then 5.5ft), so can you do a video about soft top grovellers? im kinda curious what’s so special about these boards :S

Dewel Powell says:

do mad cat by super boards clay is my favorite surfer

Dash says:

Is this board Epoxy or fiberglass? and which is better for barrels?

Brian Davies says:

Fin choice?

Mason W says:

Do the Chris Christenson Kevin Bacon!

Jeremy Rocklage says:

Is the new Lost Tube Pig pretty similar to this board?

Earl p says:

Hi Chris, great video and info as always. My step up is a custom Coil “Comfort Gun” by shaper Mike Daniel 6’6 x 19.5 x 2.4375 31 liters…me 5’6 x 140 lbs x 49 yrs old…way more board for my limited ability. Your comments about the no-nonsense longer rail line giving more confidence in the bigger stuff is spot on. Surprisingly, too, i find that this type of size and outline is loose enough in the “normal” wave range as long as the tail isn’t too pinny.

MrREMBERY says:

Off topic. I got some lacrosse balls as your email discussed and as a 43 year old who surfs everyday, I cannot believe the extra mobility and energy i’ve received from using these. I have totally solved an ongoing back problem that stems 20 years or more. These things can change your life. Thanks for some invaluable advice.

Hans Walser says:

Favorite step up would have to be FCD F-Rocket.

TheSmallSurfBlogger says:

i can’t afford any type of step up so i still have to suffer with a 5’8″ stoke-a-pop it bigger stuff I’m 5’9″ :’)

Victor Allen says:

When the waves get big I use my dads old custom board it’s a del idk it’s like a smaller version of a gun type thing

@idropkn33 says:

Yo Chris, Have you heard of Dale Walker of Ectic Concepts? He’s been shaping some GOOD looking stuff..Keep up the SHRED SHOW!!!

Aaron Bean says:

Hey Chris, great video, thanks been watching for years. Question. On that 6’10” Rusty Blackbird. What are the nose & tail width and rocker measurements?

Julian Uribe says:

Hey Chris, I’m 5’10 @ 165-170lbs and need some input regarding a 5’10 Mini Driver (28L) . Would you consider this board a step up even though it lacks length, and would it compliment or overlap with my 6’0 DFR in my quiver? If you can get back to me, Ill be super stoked. love your videos man!

FallingStarStudios says:

Do the CI Sampler by dane reynolds

Limbless Jack says:

I have a rusty gun that I just got to ride in big surf…lots of fun

Shannon Farrugia says:

Great review man. Board looks sick. Do you ride it as a quad? Or switch between that and thruster depending on conditions?

tom oast says:

Shred Show……. what kind of fins do you like riding in this board? What fins did you try before those and how did you end up with your last choice?

Justin Wilson says:

My favorite board in bigger waves is a 5’11” self shape I made myself. The heel side is the same outline as the Blackbird, but the toe side outline is a swallow tail. It has a good amount of foam in the upper half of the board to help me paddle into bigger surf.

Nate Fox says:

Had a Rusty Slayer until it broke in one of the hurricane swells last year (Newport Beach). Loved that board. Currently riding an NK Raz that I picked up off CL and loving it. Have had my eye on the Blackbird as well, so this is a great review.

Also, thanks for giving some guidelines to amount of volume to look into for a step up – that really helps.

Wyatt Morris says:

can you do a video on the christenson mescaline?!!??!

Jonathan Babas says:

Can you review a bonzer or some retro single fin hybrids

Mark Zalac says:

For me, at 6’3″ 185lbs. i love my CI 6’6″ Black Beauty…

Nick Moffatt says:

Awesome review as always. Would love to see your thoughts on the …lost tube pig. It’s summer here in West oz at the moment but will be looking at one of these as the swell starts to fill in. Cheers!

Sickening says:

MY fav for 8-12′ is the black beauty, so much flow and speed with that board.

justin murphy says:

Great to see you step into freedom Chris. YYYEEEEEWWWWW BITCHES!

Ben Pulbrook says:

hey, i was wondering what your go to board is?

Esteban Schreck says:

Thank you Chris! Happy holidays! Thank you for sharing the stoke! For more Shred Show in 2016!

A09001 says:

I’ve never used a step-up board. The first time I ever really surfed large waves was years ago in Rincon. I used a 5’6″ x 18 1/2″ Dan Taylor Burger Beater on 10-15 ft faces. I did this because it was the only board I had with me. It was really fun. I enjoyed the ability to duck dive easily with a small board. I also liked the fact that the board didn’t seem to yank me that hard when I wiped out. Ever since beginning my journey with larger waves, I usually use smaller boards when it gets big (around 26-27 liters), and larger boards on smaller days (30-32 liters) for maintaining speed. This is exactly what I’m doing in Hawaii this year. The only downside to using a smaller shortboard on big days is the following: when there is a brief lull, and I want to paddle out fast before the next set waves come in, I could definitely use the extra volume to paddle faster out past the break in the precious few seconds remaining. The upside is that duck diving is easier. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this board preference is due to being surrounded by beach breaks my whole life. If I had a nice cove I’d probably have a step-up… or maybe I’d still view not being able to duck-dive as an energy wasting liability. Who knows?

Dewel Powell says:

sub scorcher 2 by lost

Danny Doyle says:

Love it!!
I think I’d get one in a 6’8″?? I’m 6’1″ x 185lbs. So pitted.

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