We recently got to check out the Chilli Surfboards Hot Knife in Twin Tech @URBNSURF as one of my favourite EPS surfboards.
This was the stock 5'10 x 19 1/2/ 2 9/16 @ 31.3L in their Twin Tech EPS technology paired with FCS thruster setup which we checked out across the intermediate, advanced and expert setting at URBNSURF.
From www.chillisurfboards.com –
The Chilli Hot Knife is the combination of two popular surfboard models (Peri Peri & Stepdown 2) resulting in what can only be described as a full-figured all rounder shortboard. This particular model was tried and tested with one of Chillis bigger built team riders, Jay Davies. This board is super easy to ride and feels forgiving in all conditions.
OUTLINE: Classic, slightly fuller shortboard outline up front, with the main feature being a slight hip at the side fin mark. This creates a straighter rail down towards the tail for driving speed, and a slightly wider rounded squaretail pod compliments the hip for fast yet predictable turns.
ROCKER: Fast medium entry through to a smooth/flat exit, the focus for this model being speed with just the right amount of curve to perform smooth adjustments between turns.
CONTOURS: (Derived from the much loved Peri Peri model), single concave through the nose into a double concave between the feet with blended vee exiting the tail. This combo creates great speed from the take-off, super forgiving rail-to-rail transitions, and a feeling of control as you finish your turns.
PERFORMANCE: There are two standout attributes with this model. Firstly, the flatter tail rocker with exit vee promotes continual speed and forgiving rail transitions. And secondly, the hip in the outline makes it super drivey and responsive off the back foot. All together the Hot Knife will hold its speed well and respond with a feeling of predictability and control making it a pleasure to ride in general day-to-day conditions.
Fin Recommendations: FCS II Carver (To compliment this model and surfers pushing harder and faster they need a fin with higher sweep/rake)
About Chilli Surfboards Twin Tech –
Twin Tech is Chilli's latest EPS/EPOXY construction. Twin Tech offers a performance orientated flex pattern that's designed to simulate a traditional stringer surfboard but with an Epoxy/EPS ‘new board feeling' every surf.
Most of the strength comes from the ‘Twin Carbon' strategically running up the centre of the deck and bottom. This creates a strong flex pattern that accentuates speed and produces that ‘pop and liveliness' but with an underlying feeling of predictability. Tried and tested with Chilli's team of all ages and sizes, this construction feels lightweight, balanced and perfect to ride.
Twin Tech consists of a stringer-less 36 gram EPS core and Chilli's own designed ‘Twin Carbon' fibre tape. Bottom: Single layer of 4oz fibreglass (featuring Chilli's signature line by Colan Australia), Twin Carbon tape plus individual FCS II plug patches. Deck: 1 x layer of 4oz fiberglass, 1 x layer of 220 gram biaxial cloth, Twin Carbon tape plus a V-Tail patch.
Thanks to URBNSURF for having us and the great opportunity to check out a whole bunch of boards!
Also thanks to Kim from @kimpedersenvideography for the surf footage!