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When he's not tending to massive tankers on the high seas, WRV Team rider and humble Outer Banks stand-out Erik Schub is busy shredding. Thats why he has his own WRV board model, the Schubfish. We picked his brain for your reading pleasure.
The best thing about the Schubfish to me is the versatility. My last trip to Mexico, it was the only board I rode. I swapped fins for different conditions, but it handled a wide variety of waves and wave size unbelievably well.
The Schubfish came about a couple years ago when Jesse [Fernandez] invited me over to check out a design on his computer. I had a very rough idea about what it is I wanted the outline to look like. Jesse has the knowledge and experience to fill in all the blanks I left out. Having the computer open to see the shape in 3-D has so many advantages. With the click of a button you can look at every angle in every specific way possible. Within a few hours we came up with the shape that is out today. Some minor tweaks have come from its inception, but for the most part what you see today is what took place that first time drawing up the dimensions for the first board.
I currently ride a 5'7" x 19.5" x 2.5", 29 L. There's a lot of board in a small package. Thats what allows me to catch waves so easily. Its light enough to throw around though.
I had a memorable midday session down on Pea Island this spring. The day before was really good as well. I surfed probably 6+ hours the day before and was spent for the dawn patrol. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As I showed up, it was pretty crowded but looking really fun. Head high, some plus sets, offshore, with warming water. It was my second session out of booties. Always a good feeling shedding layers.
The word on the beach was that it was way better earlier, but the crowd made it tough to sniff out the good ones. As I paddled out all but three or so people stayed on the peak. The tide was at peak high as I paddled out and you could tell it was too much water for the spot. So within the hour enough water had cleared out, the crowd remained minimal, and these perfect peaks were consistently hitting a knuckle of sand 75 feet off the beach. Barrels, turns, airs, anything you wanted to do was out there and wide open.
See Erik's feature on easternsurf.com Jetty x ESM Presents Craft & Calling