Stuart Shapes – HPX3

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Welcome to Rogers Surfboard Reviews, today since we had another run of epic swell i thought I would review the Stuart Surfboards HPX3 which fills into the category of a step up. For those of you who aren’t aware of know of Stuart’s surfboards (as he is local Gold Coast shaper). There are 3 boards in the HPX series the HPX 1, which is your everyday high performance shortboard for good waves, the HPX2 is your everyday performance shortboard in 1-4ft conditions and the HPX3 unlike the other two which has squash tails has a round tail and is designed for when the waves really turn on.

The HPX3 I had was custom order 6’6 x 19 ¼  x 2 ½ coming in at 32L which I found in the end was a little undersized. The stock off the rack 6’6 is 19 ¾ x 2 ⅝ coming in 35.9L in hindsight this would of suited me better. Though this board I will admit was second hand so I didn’t really have a choice. It still paddled really easily since it was so long and I was still able to get into 4-6ft waves without any issue.

I’ve pretty much tried to ride this board in every major swell we’ve since the start of year. Mainly on beach breaks around the Gold Coast as the points just get to crowded when the waves turn on.

I actually really enjoyed surfing this board, way more then I thought I would as I’ve never really had performance shortboards before. I didn’t surf it in anything below 4ft as I figured since it was a little low on volume and with the amount of rocker and concave it has I don’t think if would work at all in surf below this height. Even on Stuart’s website he states “This board is for 3 – 8 foot”. To help get this board in Stuart has used the nose area of the HPX 2 so you’ve got a good amount of foam under your chest as we move to the back of the board it changes to the HPX 1 with a more pulled in tail and sharper rails to help hold you to the face in those critical take offs, finally the round tail gives you even more hold as there are no points like in a squash tail that break up the rail line. Now this board is not just a tube pig it does turn and turn fast, it’s got what I would consider a perfect amount of tail rocker so when want it the board will pivot with ease.

The HPX3 has a good amount of single concave leading into a double concave through the fins, combine this with a nice amount of nose rocker if gives a board that you can feel confident taking out in those critical days.

I used GMB-5 fins as I find when I’ve surfing waves that are a little more critical i don’t need a long base, instead I prefer a nice deep fin which the FCS GMB-5 covers since it is 124mm deep and has a base of 112mm.

Overall I would not call this an everyday board it is a board you keep in the rack and pull out when the waves really turn on or if you’re taking a trip overseas to Bali or Hawaii. At $745 it is certainly worth the money to get a great, hand shaped Australian board straight from the shaper that will hold up in those heavy conditions and last forever since it will only come out when it turns on.

Please let me know your experiences if you have surfed the HPX3 and how it worked for you. I would also love to hear what other step boards everyone is riding. As didn’t get any footage of my sessions on the HPX3 you can click here and Stu takes about the HPX3

Till next time, keep surfing.

To get talk to Stuart about getting a HPX3 or any of his other great boards you can click the link below.

 

http://www.stuartsurf.com.au/surfboards/stuart/model/?id=23

 

Or visit the shop

 

2576 Gold Coast Highway

Mermaid Beach

QLD 4218

Australia

Hours

Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sun: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Phone:

+ 61 (07) 55 720 098

Fax:

+ 61 (07) 55 756 012

E-Mail:

stuartsurf@hotmail.com

The Full HPX3 sizes are below

Size Width Thickness Weight
5’4 18 2 1/8 V=20 L
5’6 18 2 3/16 V=21.4 L
5’8 18 1/2 2 3/16 V=22.9L
5’8 18 3/4 2 3/16 V=23.4 L
5’9 18 1/2 2 3/16 V=24 L
5’9 18 3/4 2 1/4 V=24.2 L
5’10 18 3/4 2 1/4 V=24.4 L
5’10 19 2 3/8 V=24.9L
5’11 18 3/4 2 1/4 V=25.07 L
5’11 19 2 3/8 V=26.01 L
5’11 19 3/8 2 3/8 V=28 L
6’0 18 3/4 2 1/4 V=25.5 L
6’0 19 2 3/8 V=26.5 L
6’0 19 3/8 2 3/8 V=28.6L
6’1 19 2 3/8 V=27.7 L
6’1 19 1/4 2 1/2 V=29.6 L
6’1 19 3/8 2 3/8 V=29.1L
6’2 19 2 1/2 V=29.2 L
6’2 19 1/4 2 1/2 V=30.4 L
6’3 19 2 3/8 V=29 L
6’3 19 1/4 2 1/2 V=30.7L
6’4 19 2 1/2 V= 30.9 L
6’4 19 3/4 2 5/8 V=33.1 L
6’6 19 3/4 2 5/8 V=35.9 L
6’8 20 1/4 2 5/8 V=36.4 L
6’10 20 1/2 2 3/4 V=39.1 L

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