I was looking for a board for months, coming into the winter swell I was still riding my only board, a second hand yet top condition JS HYFI BLack Box 2 at 5’7 and 27L.
I looked for a long while, wanting to try something new after being a loyal member of the DHD army for years I had heard good things about Chilli surfboards.
I was tossing it up between an A2 and a Faded, ultimate picking the A2 based on the boards spec and shape, as well as not having a 6oz glassing making the Faded a tiny bit heavier.
My first surf was in solid conditions around a 2.0m swell on an ESE and a mate and I went to an off the beaten track spot named Seldoms in Perth’s North.
The board went really well and this was the first time I had surfed a board above 27L in over 5 years. At first I felt the volume, it was unusual due to the fact I hadn’t surf a 6ft board in a long while, but it also made me feel more confident on my front foot with extra foam under the feet.
Drawing that initial line generating speed was almost too easy, the medium rail have good hold on long drawn out turns and the single concave and pinched in squash tail make it easy to push for a more fluid release when you want to go full bottle, carving or off the lip.
I use MF FCS 2 fins in Medium.
All round the board is really good and performs in decent 2-6ft it’s at its peak. Recently surfed this board at 3-5ft Redgate and it held well in the pocket and was responsive.
Only thing I would critique is the foam. Not sure why but it pressure dings more so than any DHD I’ve ever owned it’s a stock 4x4x4.