FIJI - step up and mid-length twin
Simon had worked at the Aloha factory as a teen, and the flyer twin pins that Greg Clough had been making for Barton Lynch resulted in some of the most inspiring surfing Simon had witnessed.
Many years later one of the Aloha twins reappeared at a shack in Byron Bay when Simon was visiting Torren Martyn. The boys knew that the shape was worth revisiting, so they went off to recapture that feeling, and the Fiji was the result. After some fine tuning, Torren brought a 6’6” version to solid Cloudbreak, drawing lines that proved to the world twin fins can be a legitimate big wave choice.
Of all the boards he makes, the Fiji is Simon's favourite. He mentions the way it can smooth out people’s surfing, with people often being told their surfing looks better on a Fiji.
Smaller versions (up to 6’5”) use concave under the front foot.
Larger versions (6’6”+) change to a panel vee to spread water more and smooth the flow.
Deep channels run all the way through to the tail. The channels get the board sitting down into the wave more, helping to engage and have more control at speed.
The rails are a 90’s throwback, with a down rail nose entry allowing the board to knife into the wave easily. Contemporary rails flowing through the centre and towards the tail.
Low nose entry for easy roll ins on bigger waves.
Flat through centre.
Round pin with slight flyer. The flyer is a natural effect of the channels exit in the tail, the slight hip reduces the tail area and adds some bite.
Simon recommends his custom twin fin shape for this board. A full fiberglass MR style twin with a stiff flex and slight inside foil to smooth transitions. Futures base.
From 6’6” and up, Simon prefers to use a triple stringer blank, which reduces excess flex and keeps the board feeling alive and springy over time.