I’ll be honest, I’ve never been much of a mal guy. I nearly vomited a few years back when a bunch of hip cats started getting freaky on rockerless logs. Not sure why. I just preferred watching air-reverses. Boring, I know, but I couldn’t get amped on it. Then, I saw Jared Mel or Alex Knost in the flesh at Uluwatu and they changed my mind. They were shredding on giant boards and doing some pretty awesome shit. From that point on I loved malibus. I still wouldn’t ride one, but I liked watching a good surfer on one. Consequently, I was pretty pumped when I saw these new logs from Deus.
Basically, the story behind them goes like this: Noosa shaper Thomas ‘Doc’ Bexon and his pal Jake Bowery were kicking it at Canggu and decided to shape a bunch of boards at the Deus “Temple Of Enthusiasm”. The Tugu is the result. As you can see in the photos, the boards basically is symmetrical and has had a ton of colour emptied on the deck. Here’s the official spiel:
“It’s a double ender of sorts with a slow burn rocker. Added to that a subtle concave in the nose that tempers to a smidgen of a roll before finishing out with a panel vee through the tail. Sweet 60/40 rails chart the outline giving away liberal doses of both hold and turn. Put through it’s paces by Thomas himself, before he was happy enough to let it be test driven by a couple of hard riders; Husni Ridhwan and Little man. By all accounts it came up trumps.”
Of the five boards shaped, two have been snapped up by customers. The remaining three are still on sale at the Deus store at Canggu. If you can’t get to Bali, you can look up Thomas surfboards in Noosa and get one on Australian shores. Find more photos and info here.