Modern 80’s Tech Specs:
1. 80’s Inspired Outline with Wider Nose and Bump Wing Squash Tail
2. Roberts Signature Nose Rocker with Tip Flip and Rolled Rails
3. Modern Single Concave Bottom Shape for Lift and Speed
4. Great Blend of Modern Hybrid and Shortboard Performance
What We Like:
The Robert’s Modern 80’s takes all the fun of higher volumed 80’s shortboards and supercharges them with modern rockers and bottom shapes. This board starts with a design very similar to the popular Robert White Diamond (the board that won him Surfing Magazine Shaper of the Year) and then gives it even more performance and range through thinning the nose and replacing the diamond tail with a bump wing squash.
We personally witnessed this why everyone should add a Roberts Modern 80’s to their quivers with two of our staff members this summer. They both had quivers of pencil thin shortboards and most of the time were under-foamed or pessimistic about the conditions – even though everyone else was having a blast. They were young (low 20’s) and not much into the fat slabby grovelers, that’s what kept them surfing the tiny shortboards, except the performance just wasn’t there in sub head high surf.
On both of these guys, their first sessions on the Roberts Modern 80s were EYE OPENERS. Twice the speed, glide and huge arcs all over waves they probably wouldn’t even surf before. They also had SMILES on their faces rather than grimaces. It was pretty cool to witness both of them “open up to foam” and feel what its like to enjoy surfing in every day conditions. Because they were surfing every day, they also doubled their surfing ability in less than a month, and this was ability they could transfer back to their pencil sticks when it was pumping.
In short, why do we like the Roberts Modern 80’s? It packs the fun, speed, ease of use and power of a small wave hybrid into a high performance “looking” shortboard design. This board rips and is a great addition to your quiver.
What We Don’t Like
The “Modern 80s” name sends a good number of people into a retro haze of confusion. “I’m not retro, I’m young and aggressive!” The person saying this is often the perfect surfer for the Modern 80’s because they have similar shortboard quivers to the two guys described above. They don’t want a fish, they don’t want a hybrid, they just want a fast, powerful “shortboard” that doesn’t mess up their surfing when transitioning back and forth to it. The Roberts Modern 80’s is perfect for this.
The funny thing is, even though this board is the “non-hybrid hybrid” of choice for the younger crew, it’s also a very rangy, easy to surf shortboard for those surfers who were alive in the 80’s to feel how much fun those boards were. The lack of speed and late drop pearls of the 80’s have been addressed with Roberts single concave bottom shape and his signature progressive nose rocker. This board will have you smiling.
Why you want a Modern 80’s:
You want a shortboard looking design with more glide, power and speed.
This board features an 80’s looking outline with a modern concave and rocker.
PURPOSE: This board gives the rider a wide stable outline with a bump squash tail for tighter turns and good hold.
ROCKER: Low tail rocker with slight flip off the last 12 inches for release. Low to medium rocker with flip off the last 6 inches for smooth transitions on drops and big maneuvers.
RAILS: Medium full rails for stability.
FINS: Tri fin is standard, use your favorite tri fin template or slightly larger set for extra holding power in larger waves.
BOTTOM: Single concave for maximum speed.
WAVE TYPE: This board works in waves 6 inches to 8 foot faces.
Hydroflex boards with "The Natural" surfboard design have excellent flex characteristics. They are glassed with epoxy, so they give you a more natural and lively feel compared to a surfboard glassed with poly. Boards with "The Natural" surfboard design have Hydroflex "Set flex" and don't require air. Stringer P/U blanks and epoxy resin components keep the boards extremely light weight. We use the Hydroflex patented 3-dimensional bonding structure.
• Natural feeling through epoxy glassing
• Great performance
• Extremely light weight
• Great flex characteristics comparable to the "SuperCharger"
• Hydroflex 3D glassing for stronger Surfboards compared to standard P/U
• More affordable than a SuperCharger
• Completely customizable shapes and glassing
Reveiew by Toby
Overall Impression: I picked up this board in April for Summer mush and some small wave action and was wholly surprised to jump on this thing for some serious swells that hit Hatteras over the last few months and the board just kills it in both.
Pros: Not only does it get in early because of the extra nose but it does not feel like you are going to nose dive unless you literally take off under the lip. The place where it excels is clean 2-3ft surf and smaller where you have to generate the speed and the nice concave in the bottom definitely helps this, amazing feel to the board in a huge range of conditions and pushing into a cutback is an absolute pleasure.
Cons: It is very fast in powerful surf and needs to be slowed down before turning otherwise it is easy to be over powered. The flatter rocker can limit vertical re-entries because you feel you could nose dive.
REALPro Advice - Try out the Roberts V2 Honeycomb Fins with this board for extra hold and drive in small waves. I personally prefer the Techflex Clay Marzo fins for a better release when you want to break out the tail.
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