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Maurice Cole Reverse Vee Hybrid
The REAL Deal
Maurice Cole Reverse Vee Hybrid
The REAL Deal
The new modernized Maurice Cole Reverse Vee features modernized rockers, rails, bottom shape and dimensions, paired with the legendary rail surfing the Reverse Vee is known for.
Plotting and scheming Reverse Vee with MC
We’re excited to be a part of this collab project to bring the Maurice Cole Reverse Vee back to the surfing world! The new Maurice Cole Reverse Vee lineup features three models: The Reverse Vee Shorty, the Reverse Vee Step-Up and the Reverse Vee Hybrid. Each of these models features lowered entry rocker, vee with concaves under the chest, and a bit of flip out the tail. They also all feature Maurice’s unique crisp edge throughout the entire length of the board.
•Wide point forward hybrid outline
•Flatter entry rocker
•Vee with concave under chest
•Flip out the tail
•Crisp edges nose to tail, noticeably tucked forward 2/3 of board.
What We Like
Just like the OG version, the new Maurice Cole Reverse Vees take modern surfboard design and turn it upside down. Normally boards have concave up front and Vee out the back. The new Maurice Cole Reverse Vees have Vee underneath there chest and this helps engage the board on rail immediately when dropping in, and also help the board rail turn more aggressively.
Trip’s story of his Reverse Vee Shorty (in video) is pretty telling. It made so many late drops he said “Does this board have Tesla Auto Surf? WTF?!”
Here’s what Nick Carroll had to say about his Maurice Cole Reverse Vee Shorty and Step-Up:
MODERN RE-VEE TESTS
6’0” x 183/4” x 23/8” roundtail 5’10” x 187/8” x 23/8” square/squashtail
I got these two boards separately. The 6’0” was part of the first run of new reverse vees made in Torquay around April, and is just a pure rv bottom, vee tapering back to flat just ahead of the fins with standard modern tail lift. The 5’10” was a second run board, shaped in May in the US from a US red blank, and is slightly tweaked from the first run with a rv entry and a slight concave bleeding in and out a bit up from and through the fins.
I was a bit wary of the 6’0” because I’d been riding concaves for years and years and had a little struggle in my mind about how a true single concave blend like a Metro type board could be matched by a vee-to-flat.
But as soon as I surfed it I had an instant memory of how the reverse vees had felt in prior times. Instantly flashed back to a couple of the boards I’d had around the start of the 2000s, really clean free-running power surfing boards.
First thing I picked up on was how beautifully the rv “felt” its way into waves. I put this down to the vee’s straightening effect on the front foot or so of the rail rocker. It meant that when you paddled into a wave, specially on a slight angle, the rail would instantly engage and draw the board into the wave with very little effort from the rider. A lot of modern boards, especially concave-built, will sorta catch a little bit of water on that front rail in a takeoff thanks to the rocker curve, and it takes a tiny moment to shake the board loose and find speed. The rv had none of that, it rolls in from the outset with great ease and immediately puts a surfer into the driver’s seat.
Second thing I felt was the simplicity of the lines the board likes to draw, it doesn’t build to crazy speed off the inside back edge like a deep concave, instead it holds speed from any point on the wave to any other point. This makes it fantastic to surf at a range of angles, it loves to be surfed vertically off the wave base and feels really calm when surfed tight to the pocket and in steepening parts of the wave. I found those qualities especially shone when surfing backside and/or in bowly waves with a curve coming back at you from the shoulder, both these boards love to run that curve and set into it for big carving moves, fades and shorter snappy type ripping turns.
Both boards encourage a relaxed physical action from the rider, they don’t need to be pumped for speed, instead they like to be turned, so the tempo of the ride feels a bit more effortless, and little weight shifts can accomplish a lot, especially at speed. Recoveries follow the same pattern, they feel pretty easy and uncomplicated.
The lowered overall rocker line of the 5’10” made it even more of a power carving board, it throws massive chunks especially off the top in steep angles and really doesn’t take any shit from a wave at all. I’ve had to relax even more on it than on the 6’0” and let it find its line at times, it knows what it wants to do, and when we’re in sync it’s a bit scary. It’s probably given me the best opportunities for feedback to Maurice about how to take this design to another stage.
Maurice Cole’s been touting Reverse Vee and the return of Reverse Vee for years. Well, now it’s back. While the name may remind you of the Curren era, the performance is modern due to all the tweaks Maurice added to the design from his breakthroughs over the years. In a world of vanilla with different logos on it, these boards stand out as being truly unique.
The crisp rails nose to tail add significant drive and speed down the line. Over the last three years, Maurice has tucked this edge a noticeable about to “hide” the edge in hard turns to allow it to break free like a normal softer shortboard rail. Maurice says surfers can also “tune” the forward edges with wet sandpaper as they are all resin. He did mention anyone who did do this in the past actually regretted it after they lost the additional drive and speed.
Why you want a Maurice Cole Reverse Vee:
Whether it’s smaller waves, pumping tubes, or all around hybrid performance, you’re looking to experience the legendary Maurice Cole Reverse Vee rail turn with a modern twist.
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