The Buzz series has been designed to minimize surfboard size through extremely efficient design and high lift. The Mr Buzz and Super Buzz have nothing in common with any surfboard out there. The Buzz is NOT a Mini Simmons, Alaia or Retro Fish. If you have the chance to put a Buzz next to any of these boards – or surf them side-by-side – you will realize that you are surfing something truly unique that will alter the way you think of surfboards for a long, long time.
Mr Buzz Review Super Buzz Review
Buzz Tech Specs:
• Extremely efficient board design thru rocker, foam flow and concaves
• Single to DEEP double concave bottom shape
• Ride the Buzz up to 10-12” shorter than your high performance shortboard
What we like:
REAL teamrider Josh Mulcoy said it better than anyone : “Mr Buzz just makes me smile. It’s so easy to have fun on this board. You can mess up three times on one wave and still be ripping”. These boards are really easy to surf well. They’re also really easy to surf small.
Mr Buzz was originally designed for aerial maniac Nathan Fletcher. The “Buzz” named actually came from Nathan’s dog, “Mr Buzz”. He wanted something super short and compact that resembled and felt like his skateboard both on and off the water. Mr Buzz did everything Nathan asked for and more. The best part of “more” is that it’s actually easy to surf.
Most boards rely on extra foam to make them easier to surf. Mr Buzz has the benefit of Stretch’s genius design skills behind it. Instead of using foam, Stretch made Mr Buzz the most efficient surfing design he has ever released and then shrunk it down to 10-12” shorter than what you would normally ride. Josh Mulcoy normally rides a 5’10-6’0 high performance shortboard, and his Mr Buzz is 5’1. Even at 5’1, he says it’s easier than his shortboard to surf and recover from mistakes on. You can size Mr Buzz however you want, but be prepared to go small, because they’re very efficient boards.
The Super Buzz is based on the minimalist Mr Buzz concept then fine tuned for smaller or soft waves. Stretch made Nuzzi and Trip a Super Buzz each with these dims : Nuzzi @ 5’11 x 173lbs : 5’5 x 19.75” x 2.5. Trip @ 6’2 x 210lbs : 5’7 x 20.5 x 2.75. By far the smallest boards in their quivers (length and volume) they can effectively surf them in thigh up to soft head high surf. These boards are really, really fast and beckon you to go as fast as you can and lay over the hardest turns you’ve ever pulled. Forget about making the entire wave - although you easily can. With these boards it’s all about speed and laying down trenches.
Even though these boards are very small, they paddle and catch waves easily. This is because the focus is on DESIGN rather than just the amount of foam in the board. The bullet nose with flatter nose rocker gets you in early. The big squaretail gives you plenty of drive and acceleration. Due to their short length, they are incredibly maneuverable and fit in two moves to every one on a normal HPSB. So much fun!!!
*We definitely like Nathan Fletcher’s Mr Buzz segment in Analog’s new film Chromatic below.
What we don’t like:
The confusion about what this board actually is?! Comparing this board to a Mini Simmons is like comparing Jessica Alba to Betty White. Surfers can be slow to understand new concepts and that’s basic new concepts. This new concept is far beyond the basic level and may take years to understand or other surfboard brands to R&D (rip off and duplicate).
The Mr Buzz and Super Buzz, with their blocked off wide tails, are VERY fin dependent. If you throw an old set of plastic fins in the board you probably won’t like it. Recommended fins are Futures Controllers or larger Quad sets regardless of the weight of the surfer. Many Buzz owners are putting in large quad fronts with two medium or large tri rears as the quad trailers. This basically creates an equal sized 4-fin set.
The Super Buzz (at the sizes Nuzzi and Trip got per their height/weight) doesn’t compete with dedicated Grovelers like the ..Lost Bottom Feeder or Roberts Mush Machine when the surf is under thigh high. When the waves get that small, you need more volume to keep the board on top of the water. At least non-pros do. You can upsize the Super Buzz if you want a dedicated groveler and expect to get improved super small wave performance.
Why you want the Mr Buzz:
Surfing a board this short is a freaking blast! Everything is much faster and it feels like there is nothing under your feet. Get ready to blow it up!
Why you want the Super Buzz:
That’s a pretty easy question to answer. Who wouldn’t want a Super Buzz!? But seriously, this board makes every day, average surf , very exciting and new again. New lines, higher speeds and super hard turns get you excited about surf that would have looked ho-hum before.