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Wetsuit Tech 8.8

Review: Billabong Custom 4:3 Synergy

Derek Morrison
We test out Billabong’s custom design your own wetsuit concept using two of its women’s Synergy 4:3 steamers. Yep, you can choose your own panels and colour ways – be the designer of your own suit. Seems so good it surely can’t be true … The idea of choosing the......
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Reviews 9.0

Review: Billabong Furnace Comp 4:3 Chest Zip Steamer

Derek Morrison
We’ve come to expect a lot from a top of the line winter wetsuit, but we didn’t expect Billabong’s Furnace Comp 4:3 chest zip steamer to catapult itself this far into the very top echelon of technology leaders. Billabong has changed. The brand used to be so cool that it......
Wetsuit Tech 9.3

Review: O’Neill Women’s Hyperfreak 4:3+ Chest Zip Steamer (Tested To Death)

Derek Morrison
When it comes to wetsuits, women and children usually draw the short straw: below-tier taping, average linings and warmth, comfort … seemingly not so important. O’Neill’s women’s Hyperfreak 4:3+ Chest Zip turns that on its head. The 2019 O’Neill Hyperfreak designed for women really changes the game. It takes O’Neill’s......
Boards 9.0

Board Review: Hughes Surfboards SB19 Custom

Brett Wood
Lockdown forces Raglan surfer Brett Wood to rethink his quiver of international brands. He returns to New Zealand-made boards with the Hughes Surfboards SB19 Custom and opens up a whole new world. His journey may sound familiar to many of us. It’s 1989. Pottz is the champ and every surf......
Boards

Shaper Walkthrough: The Link With Luke Hughes

Derek Morrison
Shaper Luke Hughes, of Hughes Surfboards, walks us through the Link model. Designed by his father the late great, Craig Hughes, with tweaks by Luke, the Link is designed to take intermediate surfers from fun boards into the performance realm. The Link is also the ideal model for those heavier......
Wetsuit Tech 8.4

Review: Solite Custom 3mm Heat-Moldable Booties

Derek Morrison
Love them or hate them, booties are like the necessary evil when it comes to year-round surfing in New Zealand. Solite reckons its Custom 3mm heat-moldable booties have taken winter surfing to a whole new level. We bought a pair to find our for ourselves. But before we get into......
Reviews 8.5

Review: 300 Surfs In Rip Curl’s New Heat Seeker … Here’s What Failed

Derek Morrison
At the start of 2019 Rip Curl launched an all-new wetsuit aimed straight at the top end of the market and billed to incorporate technology that would change the wetsuit game forever. We got our hands on a Flashbomb Heat Seeker 4:3 and thrashed it to death. Here’s what we......
Reviews 8.3

Review: Need Essentials Thermal 4:3 Steamer

Derek Morrison
We were blown away by the value for money with our Need Essentials steamer produced by a company that prides itself on stripping away the costs of traditional surf wetsuit production. By minimising packaging, branding, expensive advertising campaigns and retail markups, Need Essentials is able to deliver a high-end adult......
Reviews 8.5

Long-Term Test: O’Neill Hyperfreak 4:3 Zip Less Comp Wetsuit

Derek Morrison
O’Neill has turned the technology dial right up with the material used in its Hyperfreak range and if this zip less 4:3 suit is anything to go by then they’re on to something. We’ve thrash tested ours for more than two years now. This is what we discovered … When......

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