Blair Surf 9-11 Quad Ripper – Review


Blair Surf 9-11 Quad Ripper

I met up with Joe Blair initially last October at Legoland in San Diego. Joe is a very animated guy and has decades of shaping experience with legends like Dick Brewer and Xanadu. Anytime I hear a shaper tell me how good their boards are I take it with a grain of salt. I finally ordered one and have to say that everything Joe claimed is true so far.

Rider: 34 yrs old; 6′ tall; 215 lbs

Rider Skill Level: Novice

Conditions: So far I’ve tested the Blair 9′11″ stand up paddle surfboard in all conditions; Light winds and fairly glassy to blazing 25 mph+ winds and choppy. I’ve had a range of sessions with waves that were knee high to double overhead. I rode it at Courts at Ala Moana and Puena Point North Shore.

Description: This board is a Blair stand up paddle board at 9′11″ x 29.5″ x 4 1/4″. It’s a quad with four fin boxes with fiberglass JB2 fins

The board has wide hips and a pulled in nose and tail. The tail is a rounded pintail that Joe swears by. There’s a lot of nose rocker and a pointed nose.

I believe there is a single concave on the bottom starting toward the front and blending into a double concave toward the back. The rails are a little soft with a slight bevel.

The Blair stand up board is made out of EPS foam and Epoxy. It is extremely light at something like 18 lbs. It’s also not that thick so it’s easy to carry.

This board is light for its size. It’s definitely lighter than the 12′ Surftech Laird and around the same weight as the Jimmy 11′.

Pros: There are a few things that really stand out with this board. First off, it turns like a 9′ board. You can make sharp turns and I was able to come straight back up the face of the wave for the first time. Second, this board cuts through the whitewash better than anything I’ve ridden yet. I don’t feel as much of a jerk when hitting the whitewash and paddling out. Third, this board is very forgiving when dropping in. This is noticeable during late drops. The nose kick prevents pearling and the rail doesn’t dig in at the wrong time. This board is also very light and easy to carry.

Cons: At first I had a hard time paddling this board straight. It kept yawing left to right. After about 30 minutes I didn’t notice that anymore. I made the adjustments and the yawing went away. The paint job isn’t as pretty as the pop outs but I think that’s being improved.

Verdict: This board turns really well, is stable, light and super fun to ride. It turns like a shorter board and is very forgiving. I’m really liking this board. It’s a blast to ride.

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4 Responses to “Blair Surf 9-11 Quad Ripper – Review”

  1. srfnff 1srfnff

    Nice review Evan. I’m surprised you say the board is so stable with that much rocker…cool. I’m really interested in the bottom contour. It goes from single concave to double concave all the way through to the tail? Is there some vee in the tail or does the double concave create the vee?


  2. Bob 2Bob

    The shape kind of reminds me of the Angulo 11-11 that I loved so much at the showcase. I’m looking for a 9-10′ board for Sue for her birthday…what do you think? Reasonable price?

  3. Evan Leong 3evan

    Gary – This board is pretty different all around. There’s a lot of nose rocker, it’s not that thick and the small fins on the quad make it pretty unique. There’s some vee in the tail although the round pin tail really helps to loosen up the tail. What I meant by stable is that I don’t have to consciously think all the time about not falling off.

    Bob – I think you will like what he makes you or Sue, especially since he can do it custom to what you are using it for. I got Joe to offer a special price to customers that mention they saw this on or ‘Evan’s site’. It is a very good deal. Call Joe at 858-755-6629.

  4. paddledaddy 4paddledaddy

    I am having a board made locally that is something like this. What size future fin boxes should I tell him to use if I want to try out the JB2 or JB3 fin setup?

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