Anticipation is building here in the UK for the release of the Mike Stewart Science 2014 range and we can look forward to seeing the new boards sometime in February. We thought we would take a look to see what you can expect from the new templates and we are proud to announce we have managed to grab a few words with Mike Stewart himself prior to the launch.
A great deal of time has been spent in the development of the new range to create a line of boards that cater for a preferred type of riding. For those of you whose aim is to gun for the lip every time and boost Air after ARS then the Launch board is the one for you. Available with a PP or PE core the template is straighter with a rail that will hold the hollowest of waves and will carry speed through all sections of the wave.
The Pocket board is intended for the rider who likes ultimate control and rides locked into or around the power spot of the wave. With a contoured deck, channels and nose bulbs the Pocket is available with Bat or Crescent tail and the range includes a LTD Edition model.
For someone who is looking for a combination board that is responsive and controllable that doesn’t trade speed then the Style board has been crafted with them in mind. Suited for all types of waves the 55/45 rails allow the rider to easily flow from one move to the next. All Style boards feature a crescent tail with a choice of a Ltd, PP and Loaded model. (The Surf-Report team are frothing over the Style Loaded board in particular and can’t wait to get their hands on one).
As mentioned, we have been lucky enough to catch up with Mike Stewart, who has been kind enough to give us a short interview regarding his recent UK visit and he explains what we can expect from this years boards.
S-R. Mike, I was lucky enough to catch up with you during your recent visit to the UK, (although we weren’t so lucky with the waves on your first day), but I know the trip did eventually deliver the goods especially in Ireland. What did you think of the UK waves and riders and how did you find the water temperature?
M.S – It was great for me to see the enthusiasm and dedication amongst the riders in the UK and Ireland. The water was a bit cold but with a decent suit was easily managed. I really liked the fact that it wasn’t too crowded and the vibe amongst the riders was so positive.
S-R. With the UK launch of the Science 2014 range just weeks away, anticipation is certainly building over here, what can we expect from 3 new templates on offer?
M.S – My objective with this line was to first offer the rider a board that works better for their riding preference and then enable that rider to accomplish more of what they want out of a board. More speed, more control etc.
S-R. We all know that 2013 was a turbulent year for Bodyboarding in general, especially with sponsorship issues and the cancellation of the Fronton event at the end of the season. Over the last couple of months we have seen the formation of the A.P.B (Association of Professional Bodyboarders) to help steer the IBA to better things and as an integral part of the A.P.B we were wondering what your hopes and aspirations for the tour in 2014 are?
M.S – The A.P.B was basically formed to get things back on track and ensure a 2014 tour. *
S-R. And finally, Did you ever think your beard would ever have caused so much interest and discussion and are we likely to see you sporting the beard again in 2014??!!
M.S – (Hahaha) probably not in 2014 but you never know. It’s pretty funny how facial growth can be such an issue.
Other boards in the 2014 range include a redesigned Pipe model, the Rigby and Mini Rig and for the larger rider the 45” Thunder. For more information on all of the new Science range then head over to the Science website.
Stayed tuned to Surf-Report for up to date news on the UK release of the Science 2014 range and we will be catching up with Rob Barber from The Bodyboard Depot for his views on the new line as soon as the boards arrive in store.
* It is with regret that since we managed to chat with Mike overnight, the IBA has today announced that although the Pipe Event in February will proceed it will not be run as an official IBA event and the IBA will not be hosting a full World Tour until 2015. The weight of responsibility of the Bodyboard world shifts further onto the shoulders of the A.P.B and we wish Mike and his counterparts every success in carrying our sport through these troubling times.
Let us know what Science board will you opt for – are you a Pocket Rocket or a Lip Bashing Air Monster and share your thoughts on the continuing struggle of the IBA?
Surf-Report would like to send a heartfelt Aloha to Mike, for taking time out of his hectic schedule to support our blossoming venture.