Roberts Dreamcatcher Surfboard Review

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Trip Forman

With Roberts Surfboards world acclaimed success with it’s White Diamond series, it was only a matter of time before they knocked it out of the park with a hybrid design focused on average to sizeable surf. The Dreamcatcher makes a great compliment to any groveler or small wave board, extending the total range of your quiver from ankle high with your small wave gear to seriously overhead surf with your Dreamcatcher.

Roberts Dreamcatcher Tech Specs:
• Full hybrid nose outline
• Flatter overall rocker with nose flip
• Single to double concave bottom shape
• Full rails for paddle power and stability
• Round pintail

What we like:
So far, 4 of our REAL team have surfed the Dreamcatcher and every one of them came back saying it caught EVERY wave they paddled for. We surfed it in everything for thigh high mush to overhead wind bombs and when it comes to paddle speed, beating current and wave count, not much is going to beat the Dreamcatcher. Our crew also made comment on the flip in the nose saving a ton of late, critical drops where they thought the flatter rocker definitely would have pearled. Wave count and confidence in larger surf are two of this boards fortes. When conditions get challenging with a ton of moving water, larger surf and late drops, the Dreamcatcher adds a solid dose of confidence and performance that allows your wave count to remain high and the adrenaline factor to go through the roof.

Combining a wide/flat wave catching front with a control oriented round pin out the back makes for a board that works well when your local beach break getting spinning as well as when you travel to larger open faced points, especially those that require longer paddles or battling current.

On the smaller side of things, the Dreamcatcher can also double duty in average surf (not grovel surf) thanks to its compact size, wider nose, full rails and flatter rocker. Think of it as an average to epic day board (for home) and an incredible travel board due to its incredible overall range.

The Dreamcatcher fits in well into existing Roberts quivers (Robert recommends sizing it 1” longer than your White Diamond), as well as complimenting the “grovel board explosion” with so many wide, flat boards out there today. Add a Dreamcatcher to any groveler and your quiver is ready for anything you will find at most beaches.

Roberts Dreamcatcher vs …Lost Mini Driver
What do they call this? The Big Elephant in the Room?! Let’s get on it and take a ride!

Many will think these boards are similar and in some ways they fit in the same “category” of boards, but in your hands and under your feet you can really feel the differences:

The Roberts Dreamcatcher has a wider nose, flatter rocker and fuller rails. This makes it a better paddler, better wave catcher, more stable with slightly wider overall range.

The …Lost Mini Driver has a narrower nose, more rocker and more foiled rails and tail. This loosens up the board for advanced surfers and allows for more margin of error (or on purpose) of oversizing the board.

Roberts Dreamcatcher Surfboard

Insider Info:
It’s easy to swallow the cool aid and think this board will do everything, but we know that’s normally not possible, especially since “everything” gets smaller and bigger every year thanks to dedicated grovelers and plutonium-powered guns. It’s also safe to assume that Robert meant 2-10ft mainland scale, not 10ft Hawaiian, although there have been some Roberts team freaks charging Sunset on 5’8 Dreamcatchers (what?!) All this aside, with the Dreamcatcher, you can get an incredible range out of the board as long as you follow this advice:

1. Don’t oversize it. LISTEN to recommendations and size it accordingly. Some boards can be ridden “big”, like those with vee bottom shapes or those with a ton of foil out the rails and tail. The Dreamcatcher was not designed to be ridden “big” so don’t size it that way. It paddles so fast and easy, you don’t need “safety foam” to get into waves. The design carries foam everywhere (to the rails, as well as to the nose and tail) so when you get a “bigger one just to be safe” it will end up feeling really big and you’re going to start losing on-wave performance quickly. Going too big will also cause your small wave performance to suffer as the board will feel bulky, long and sluggish in smaller waves if oversized. Robert’s recommendation of 1” inch longer than your White Diamond (or similar) is spot on.

2. Experiment with different fins. Most Dreamcatchers come with 5-fin setups. While the board works well tri or quad in better surf, it really likes the quad to help loosen it up and get the gas on in smaller/softer waves. You don’t have a wide tail to push off to generate speed in softer conditions, so the extra speed that quads generate help open the door to softer conditions.

Why you want a Roberts Dreamcatcher:
You’ve got your small wave game dialed and want a board that will bring home the bacon in average to epic conditions.

REAL has Roberts Dreamcatcher in stock available for immediate shipment to your door. REAL can also help you place Roberts custom board orders.

4 Response(s) to Roberts Dreamcatcher Surfboard Review

  • chris says:

    Dave we ship surfboards worldwide, if you're hesitant check out our shipping video: http://www.realwatersports.com/shipping#video

    Zack will get you your board safe and sound!

    -Chris

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  • Toby says:

    Dave,
    I love the Dreamcatcher! It really fits a wide profile of surfers but none more so than yours. The wider nose outline and gentle rocker delivers the easy wave catching which, lets face it, everyone enjoys! The width and foam balance through the center deliver great paddle power and under chest stability on later and more critical drops. This in turn also offers up some more speed and flow through mushier sections.

    As you head into the tail section you have the great finish of a rounded thumb (pin) tail. This adds to the larger wave capabilities of the board and delivers some great hold for the faster sections.

    I did find the boards full rails were a little sticky when cranking a super hard turn but then I do ride High performance boards all the time with much less rail volume so this was a personal gripe rather than a general one.

    For you, this board is perfect. One board to rule the days from knee high up to well overhead and offering great paddle power and speed. Ride it quad to feel rapid pickup after you pop up.

    The best size will be to go about an inch above your height or just dead on as the volume is abundant throughout and you don't need to ride long to feel the benefits. Numerous surfers added this too big to start with and have since switched down in size because they can!

    http://www.realwatersports.com/roberts-dreamcatcher-5-8

    Let me know if you want to make this a fixture in the quiver.

    Toby

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  • dave says:

    do they sell these in rhode island?

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  • dave says:

    I have a 6 2 and 6 4 short brds wich r thin and narrow compared to the dream catcher but I once had a hybrid brd 6 8 wider and thicker than my other short brds and I have to sayI had more fun on that brd cause I got tons of waves and was able to use it in most any conditions where as my other short brds waves had to be just right and I had to paddle my ass off to get waves.Im thinking of going back to a brd like yours cause Im older now and just want to catch lots of waves without killing my self to get themI wonder what size I would ride.Im 5ft8in 160 pounds in good shape

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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