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A thorough board test of the …lost Sub-Buggy from Aussie ripper Billy Kean. TRACKS.MAG

Mayhem: Board Test 2014 – Billy Kean from Tracks Magazine on Vimeo.

THE SUB-BUGGY: 5’10” x 19 1/4 x 2 1/4. 27.4 LTRS

Billy’s comments before
“When I pick up this board it’s how I always imagined a Mayhem would be, all about high performance. The foil feels perfect. There’s a decent amount of foam under the front foot, but then it tapers off into a nice thin nose and evenly down to the tail. The transition is perfect. The sharp rails in the tail should make it really responsive and the softer rail up through the middle and front thirds should be more forgiving, it shouldn’t catch much during full-rail turns.

It’s super light, so I’m stoked with that. The rocker has nice lift, like it will work in all sorts of waves. This should be a real all-round, high performance board.”

Billy’s comments after
“When I first jumped on and paddled, it felt right, and once I was up and going it generated a lot of speed in sections when I didn’t expect it to. Sometimes when I initially took off it was nice and smooth, then when I wanted to get going down the line it would just kick and take off. I was surprised with some of the extra speed it generated in flat sections. A couple of times I didn’t even mean to get as much speed as I did.

Range? This board would be really good from one to five-foot. I think the Sub Buggy model is designed for that stuff, and the steeper the wave, the better. This board is perfect for critical, explosive manouvers. A Matt Biolos designed board is typically designed for high performance surfing. You look at the people that ride his boards and you can tell. I’d never tried a Mayhem before so I was stoked when I got the call. It had a real professional feel about it, from the rail shape, to the outline, the glassing … you could feel it all under the arm I reckon. I’d love to ride this board at home in beachies, those sessions when you’re going for something wave after wave. I think this board would be epic for practicing new manoeuvres as well. It’s a board I feel like I can improve my aerial surfing on.

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Watch comedian/actor Joel McHale crack Kelly Slater jokes, attempt to burn Biolos and drink vodka…