I’ve had the Maxi PIP for about three months now and have surfed it mainly at pointbreaks and beachbreaks under 4foot. This is the first midlength shape I’ve surfed and I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve made in my surfing life so far. My wave count has increased dramatically and I am probably having more fun on this board than I can recall on my usual shortboard. At first I tried the board with some futures upright twins and really felt the ‘slingshot’ coming out of the pocket of the wave after a cutback. I also pulled off some successful grabrail carves using the full length of the board which felt awesome. I switched out the futures for some torryn martyn signature fish keels (which have quite a large area) thinking this might suit my style of surfing better, but found that I didn’t have the weight (I am 70kg) to throw it around properly and went back to futures.
The board itself absolutely fangs and the Taurus channel helps this, I even had a stranger chat to me after a surf and commented that I was able to go very quick down the line with minimal effort in weak fat waves.
The tail is quite thin and pinched at the end which helps the board to pivot, I think I would personally prefer the MAXI PIPS diamond tail to Gary’s TWO model which features a rounded tail. However, the TWO might a better option in bigger more quality surf.
Despite the volume and width, the board duckdives easily and doesn’t feel like a log. Being a stretched out twin fin, it is a bit more difficult to ride on the backhand and I still haven’t quite figured it out but I am very excited to continue to experiment with this board