The Stickleback is the third part in our essential Fish trilogy. The big difference between the Stickleback and our other two offerings is that it has a 3 fin thruster set up, so it might be more accurately thought of as a shortboard that thinks it is a fish. The result is fish performance without the retro feel of our more traditional models.
The Stickleback at a glance
SIZE RANGE: 5'.8'' to 6'.4''
TYPICAL DIMENSIONS: 6'.2" x 14"x 19 ½"x 15"x 2 3/8"
ROCKER: fairly flat
BOTTOM SHAPE: deep single concave
IDEAL CONDITIONS: small
BEST SUITED TO: intermediate to experienced
The design in detail
The Stickleback has serious shortboard and Fish credentials combined. Firstly it is shaped from a shortboard blank so it has shortboard rockers (although the nose lift is flattened), with shortboard rails and a deep single concave. So modern moves are easy to achieve.
However the Stickleback is very much wearing Fish clothing. From nose to tail it is wide, thus ensuring the standard fish benefits of easy paddling and early planning speed in small and weak surf.
Also like other Fish, the wide point is forward of the middle which elongates the tail template. Added to the double wingers and the swallowtail this provides the drive and control at speed that you need when the surf gets more serious. Therefore, avoiding that awful 'skatey' feel that wide tail thrusters can suffer from, especially when the waves get bigger.
A truly modern hybrid fish.
Stickleback By Ellis Beeton
Having spent the last few years riding various types of fish, I was keen to get back on a shortboard, but found myself disappointed that, undoubtedly due to my increase in age and weight and my decline in fitness, the shortboard simply wasn't doing it for me. Unless the waves were on fire, it kind of felt like I was fighting against the board rather than allowing the board to work for me. Jools suggested I try his new model, the 'stickleback'. He promptly shaped me one up, and since then I haven't looked back. It has the perfect balance of glide, speed and manoeuvrability which I was looking for in a board. I've ridden it in all types of conditions and it hasn't failed me yet.
A great inclusion for any quiver, yet undeniably a fantastic choice if it'll be the only board you own................