After what seemed like an eternity, the Science 2014 Bodyboard range finally reached the shores of the UK back in April and we have since had a couple of Surf Report followers contacting us asking which board from this years collection they should choose. We decided than rather just suggest the board we would opt for, we would seek some advice from someone who has been getting hands on with the complete range.
Who better to seek advice from, than the former British Bodyboard Champion, coach to the British Bodyboard team and Owner of The Bodyboard Depot, Rob Barber. Rob has been Bodyboarding for 30 years and has been promoting, developing and guiding the sport here in the UK as well as organising many coaching holidays around the globe. So over to Rob….
Rob, you have been stocking the 2014 Science range for a couple of months now and been able to get to grips with them on your Science Open Day back in April, could you tell us what you think of them and what is different about this years models?
The Science Demo Day gave us all the chance to ride this awesome range and I must admit, many people were blown away. The range is really, really well thought out with something to suit every rider. The decision by Mike Stewart to produce the Launch, the Style and the Pocket means that there is something for every rider.
We know that this year the Science team have designed 3 very different boards for different types of riding – The Style, The pocket and The Launch, obviously we would all love one of each, but which one would you consider the best for all round riding here in the UK?
I don’t think that I can define ‘all round riding in the UK’. The reason being that the waves that we surf are all so different. Which is one of the things that makes it so cool being a UK based bodyboarder. It comes down to looking at your own riding, looking at what you are trying to achieve with your riding and also looking at not just the waves that you surf on a regular basis but the waves that you aspire to ride in the next 12 months. If you are looking to improve your pocket surfing and become more technical, if you want to boost big or if you are wanting to refine your style. The range has you covered.
The Science Boards are obviously designed for a very high level of riding and are ridden by Pro’s all over the world but do they offer an entry-level board for someone new to the sport or for a younger rider?
Yes the Science Pipe is one of the most competitive boards on the market for the entry-level rider. A great all round template with a single stringer. It’s a lot of board for under £100.
If someone is planning a trip to warmer climates and needs a new board, or a board that will perform in the UK and warm waters, does the range offer anything that is suitable?
Yes there are boards with PP cores that are perfect for warm water travel or the Loaded core works in both cool and warm water. Science uses the best materials on the market to maximize performance in all temperatures. There is no one that has experimented more that Mike Stewart!
We also know Mike Stewart has released a new design of Viper fins this year, can you give us an insight into how these have changed and your initial thoughts on them?
I’ve tested the Viper Delta fins and found them excellent. I’ve written a review about them here
A fantastic product at a really competitive price.
That’s excellent and a comprehensive round up on this years Science Range,there really does seem to be a board for everyone. Thanks for your time Rob, all the best
THANKS YOU!! R
If you are still feeling a little confused or want to find out some more information on the Science collection, or if your mind is made up and your ready to buy, head over to The Bodyboard Depot website, where you can find more specs on each model and even view some videos of the main man himself, Mike Stewart, talking about the range.