|Class||Modern east coast retro fish|
|Rocker||Moderate fish style rocker with a hint of continuous curve|
|Rails||Performance down fish rails|
|Bottom Contours||Flat to light vee double|
|Ideal Conditions||Summer waves, soft, slopey, weak, almondy, fast.|
|Ideal Wave Range||2' - 4'|
|Functional Range||1.5' - 5'|
I'll be honest here - it took me a pretty long time (too long, really) to add a twin fish to the model lineup. I had done plenty one-offs via custom orders, but had no official model - and I'll level with you and tell you why: before I started building boards, I never surfed a fish that I really loved. Most of them had great paddle-ability and wave catch-ability, but I always felt like I couldn't utilize all that ease of wave catching once up on-wave. I always felt like the fishes I surfed were either way too loose and would slide out anytime I wanted to push on the tail and therefore couldn't generate speed or functionally turn well; or they were too stiff and tracky and - while fast - didn't feel positive and were too sticky to turn, particularly in dynamic, fast, sectiony beach break. Now of course I'm not saying that there isn't a single other fish than the Keeper that surfs well...but the variety that I had surfed just didn't check all the boxes. I suppose that put a sort of "bad taste" in my mouth towards fishes and twins alike, which hindered my mental space to create one that I WOULD like. So, admittedly, I took waaay too long to design the Keeper - and that became apparent the moment I hit the water with the final prototype that is now the Keeper.
The Keeper is my modernized take on a retro fish, with some sleek modifications for added functionality while maintaining the classic fish feel, style and ease. Forward widepoint, but not too far forward; just enough to create the fishy outline, but keeping the widepoint closer to your body for quite a bit more maintained curve in the outline for increased positive responsiveness through turns and tighter arcs. The rocker is retro fish based, but is moderate and has a continous curve influence to further increase the responsiveness and predictability through turns.
Deck is almost flat from the nose through the mid section with a beveled rail, and then fades to a domed deck under the back foot and through the tail for a more even volume distribution out to the rail, which again adds predictability around turns. The Keeper has a lot of foam packed into the center, but is well hidden and has really nicely foiled rails which I painstakingly developed to be perfect. The bottom actually has one of my most simplistic bottom contours to date: primarily flat from nose to mid with a light double with vee through the rear third and exit of the board (more complex versions are available, too). It looks quite simplistic - and in some ways it is!...but the mods from a typical retro fish make some serious increases to the predictability and turning responsiveness comparatively - in both small and medium surf. Twin keel or quad, but highly recommended as a twin keel. The FCS II Modern Keel twin fins pair incredibily, or custom glass ons are a nice touch as well. The Keeper has a place in just about any surfers quiver. It's a rad, soulful, yet highly functional board. Whenever you go fishing, you always want to catch a keeper...
|4'8||19 1/2||2 5/16||23.5 L|
|4'10||19 1/4||2 3/8||25.5 L|
|5'0||19 1/2||2 7/16||27.3 L|
|5'2||20||2 1/2||29.7 L|
|5'4||20 1/2||2 9/16||32.2 L|
|5'6||21||2 5/8||35.0 L|
|5'8||21 1/2||2 11/16||38.1 L|
|5'10||22||2 3/4||41.0 L|
|6'0||22 1/4||2 13/16||43.7 L|
|6'2||22 1/2||2 7/8||46.4 L|
|6'4||22 3/4||3||49.3 L|
⬩ You're looking for a medium wave fish with great small wave ability across a variety of wave shapes & tidal conditions.
⬩ Speed, flow & extreme fun are more important to you than vertical performance.
⬩ You want the full twin keel fish experience but prefer a more precise board.
Consider the Skiff if:
⬩ Tiny & small waves are more important than medium+ sized waves.
⬩ Softer, mushier waves are more important than pitchier waves.
⬩ You want the full twin keel fish experience but prefer a naturally looser board.
Consider the Beta Fish if:
⬩ You're looking for a medium wave fish with great small wave ability in mostly soft-to-almondy waves.
⬩ You want a fast board that's naturally somewhat loose but also has precision to play with vertical surfing.
⬩ You're torn between a groveler shortboard and a twin keel fish.