Here’s a recent review from a customer on his custom Dung Beetle -
The first thing people tend to say when they see this board is , either,,,, · “What is THAT!!!!! ” I respond with “the perfect
board for Sunny Coast surf” · or “Nice Mini Simmons.” This one is a little harder to respond to….. cause it’s
sort of like a Mini Sim but it isn’t…… Mark summed it up but saying “they are from the same family but are not the
same species”. The dung beetle is like the nutty cousin who no one really knows how to handle.
So what is it like to surf?
In really small waves it’s like a magnet, to waves and surfers. Waves, cause you just paddle for and catch anything,
making speed where you have no real right to be making it, nice carving round houses in even a hint of a wall, and throwing it up
into little lips whenever one is game enough to pop up in front of you. A magnet to people, cause they seem to see you catching waves
making speed and doing turns and think that your bank must be doing it better than theirs and you go from a little bank to yourself to
having dudes paddle around you all over the shop. In waves from waist to just over head it’s just perfect, as long as you get your foot right
back over the back fins then it just flies. If it gets overhead it can actually surprise you, there was a period a few weeks when I was waiting on my space
cadet and I surfed the Dung Beetle in everything, so I’ve really tested its limits. There were some times when faster bottom turns
were a little hair raising and the wide tail made for one or two red faced moments but I did some of the best
carving backhand gouges I have ever done in my life. Overall this board has been so much fun, and I know one board shaper that’s been
sniffing around wanting me to trade it in for a few months now, he’s got Beetle envy.
Final word, use the right fins, I tried several different sets but once I had the DVS Quad Keels the board came to life....