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I have the disaster goliath and the surfer. bought the surfer 154 and it has quickly become my favorite board in the quiver. floats like you wouldn’t believe and also rips on groomers. it was pretty fun on some slush laps in the spring as well. this board will make you not want to ride any other.
Rode the Surfer 154 for about 25 days this season. Rider weight: 145lbs, height: 5'11". Total days this season: 108 (previous daily, Lobster Eiki Pro 151). Rode this board with Union Contact Pro bindings and Burton Moto boots (terrible boot do not buy). Overall, very impressed with this board as the first directional shape I've rode. Standout features are definitely the carbon stringers in the tail, and the huge scooped out nose (it's only a couple cm wider than average, but underfoot, makes a huge difference - it's huge). Tail is nice and firm, contact points go all the way to the very end, holds an edge through almost anything, and lets you get really big, firm, knee grazing carves. Probably my favorite feature - even though its designed for powder, this thing still rips groomers like a bat out of hell. Tail also kicks up a nice plume of snow behind you to let everyone know you're bout that life. Done tail presses easily going 30+mph, locks in perfectly. If you're riding level and have both swallow tips engaged it will pop you up and kick the back knee into your chest with enough speed on your jumps, thing pops like movie theater popcorn. The nose is huge, impossible to sink it even on your deepest days. The 3BT uplift occasionally bites the snow weird and speed checks, but overall nice turn initiation and definitely a defining feature in powder. Plows through spring slush and chunder really easily, too. Definitely flexier than the tail, but is really forgiving for heel side speed checks when coming into steep, variable, mogul terrain, saved my a$$ a couple times. Board actually rides switch really well (assuming you are already a decent switch rider, to learn, I'd recommend a true twin), long tail contact points allow you to switch carve really easily, have gotten compliments from people watching me rip down the chairlift line. If you're riding switch flat on the base, you'll kick up some snow, so keep the weight on your back (front) foot. It'll still go switch, I have cab360s on small kickers with this bad boy, flexy nose lets you pop it up and clear all those contact points in the tail. Board is fun in the park too, been blasting med/large kickers with it and getting on boxes and tubes no problem, bonus style points for not riding a true twin like everyone else. Lastly, only got a few powder days with it, but had a blast, when its deep, this board floats like no other, sprays snow to the next town over, gives your back leg a break and lets you actually ride comfortably in knee/waist deep stuff without gassing out your back quad. Full disclosure, would not recommend this board for tight tree powder, tail and underfoot section are decently firm which will make it hard to turn on a dime if you're about to hit something. If you catch wide open pow stretches, its literally perfect, tail sinks, nose stays up, and you get dream lines etched into your memory for forever. PS: do not buy this board if you're antisocial, I've gotten about 100 "awww man, sweet board dude"s from lifties, another 100 "what's that pointy end for?" from Karens decked out in rental gear, and a few "man I had a board like that back in the 80s" from your local oldheads - if you like to chat, it's definitely a conversation piece. I feel like I could be a sales rep for Bataleon with how many people I've explained this board's features to, get ready to rip out your headphones for strangers on the chair. Overall worth the $$$, save up, get it, you won't regret it.
Only able to use it once so far, but it was a blast. Probably won’t get to ride good pow until next season, and I Can’t wait!
In the past I've settled for other boards that are jack of all trades but master of none, especially on fresh snow or powder days. This specializes in fresh snow because it floats so well. What I've noticed so far compared to other powder focused boards is that it is not squirrelly and is stable and predictable. Once the snow gets tracked out and packed down this board is surprisingly nimble edge to edge and can also hold an edge when you want to lay down some heavy carves.
This thing is something else. The deeper the powder the better this thing handled. The surfer is a straight missile on the slopes. Just floats so effortlessly. Btw I’m 6’1” 200 pounds and was on the 159